Throughout history, we have gone from one state of human society to another. Now we have to switch to a new era, a new social structure. We do not really understand or want it but nature is forcing us to change.
It’s time for a new mindset. Instead of seeing the collapse of an old way of life, we can recognize this as a new era of opportunity. Just like a child growing up and moving from childhood to adolescence and adulthood, mankind has grown throughout history from one era of human society to another. Now humanity is on the verge of a crisis that will lead to an entirely new social structure.
The laws of development are as follows:
the connection between the individual and collective consciousness, cognition, integrality, and synergy. Uniqueness of consciousness is a public collective phenomenon. The application of general laws of nature that apply to human beings and society, are justified as the purpose and meaning of human existence.
The evolutionary development of all levels of nature, including human society, leads to even greater unity. The tendencies necessary for the formation of “collective consciousness” include: the history of the issue, the study of the brain, and the study of the laws of the formation of consciousness, which entails examples of interaction of various links of biological systems leading to their integrity and balance.
James Bugental summarized the postulates of humanistic psychology often quoted by other theorists, in The Search for Authenticity*
a. A human as a whole being surpasses the sum of his components, i.e., a person cannot be explained as a result of the scientific study of his/her partial function).
b. Human existence unfolds in the context of human relations (namely, a person cannot be explained by his/her partial functions in which interpersonal experience is not taken into account.)
c. A human is conscious of himself/herself (and cannot be understood by psychology that does not take into account his/her continuous multi-level self awareness).
d. A human has a choice (he/she is not a passive observer of the processes of his/her existence: he/she creates his/her own experience).
e. A human is intentional (he/she looks to the future; there is a goal, meaning, and values in his/her life).
3. There are fundamental limitations of knowledge acquisition by one person as opposed to a group of like-minded people from the diversity of the surrounding world.
4. Modern psychology presents each person’s “reality tunnel,” which provides the possibility of its expansion due to interaction with other people. The feeling of the holistic system of the one family of all humanity, is the path to the noosphere, a civilization of the mind and harmony between people.
5. The development of an integrated society is presented in the context of: a new social paradigm, strategies for resolving the global crisis, the limit of scientific knowledge, formation and integration of the sciences, a new approach to knowledge, new forms and content of social and cultural practices.
6. The concept of formation of a qualitative new state of public consciousness, is based on the introduction of the approach and methodology of integral interaction.
7. Mutual concessions and compromises for a constructive dialogue and reciprocal understanding between people, are given value and importance.
8. There are practical methods of establishing good, kind relations between different people, even when they hold opposite opinions, life-styles, and other differences.
9. Integral Education is a new civilizational strategy with authentic sources, change of educational paradigms, as well as principles, methods, technologies and didactic systems.
10. The development of human civilization is interconnected to the fundamental laws of the universe.
*Bugental, James. The Search for Authenticity. Washington, Library of Congress, 1965.