Attitudes to climate change depend on people's sense of belonging t...

Are you more an Earth citizen than a citizen of one country? Then you probably grasp the Partnership possibilities in working together globally to prevent Climate Destabilization.

People who have a stronger sense of place at the global than the national level are more likely to accept that climate change is caused by human activities.

... individuals with stronger global than national attachments were more likely to perceive climate change as an opportunity rather than a threat -- for example perceiving positive economic impacts to arise from climate change responses, and the potential to build a stronger sense of community worldwide. These individuals were more likely to be female, younger, and self-identify as having no religion, to be more likely to vote Green, and to be characterised by significantly lower levels of right wing authoritarian and social dominance beliefs.

"... Those with stronger global than national sense of place are more likely to accept that climate change is caused by human actions and could be an opportunity for society, to bring people together, not just a threat to the economy." [emphasis mine]

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We can spread awareness that global and national identities aren't either/or -- just as identifying with one's birth family (usually, hopefully!) doesn't negate our membership in wider communities, being a citizen of one particular nation shouldn't be at the expense of being a committed citizen of Earth.

Religious believers too can share the message.

From Lloyd Stone's hymn text "This is my song", set to the tune of Sibelius's "Finlandia":

"...This is my home, the country where my heart is; here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
But other hearts in other lands are beating, with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

My country's skies are bluer than the ocean, and sunlight beams on clover leaf and pine.
But other lands have sunlight too, and clover, and skies are everywhere as blue as mine....

May truth and freedom come to every nation! May peace abound where strife has raged so long;
that each may seek to love and build together, a world united, righting every wrong;
A world united in its love for freedom, proclaiming peace together in one song."

(That might be a good candidate for repurposing as a secular song! The version I've seen only mentions the "God of all the nations" twice in its three verses.)

Gorgeous videos, Joan. Perfect!

I like Stone's lyrics. It acknowledges one's heritage while confirming another's. One's experience does not trump another's. How arrogant to stand on, while believing in, one and only one religion or one spirit or one culture. 

Oh! there is a bright side to this event! 

Out of chaos comes conflict.  

Out of conflict comes heat.

Out of heat comes change. 

Out of change cosmos.

Or something like that. 

The Ideas and Institutions Holding Up Society Are Disintegrating

Terrence McNally introduces a biologist/comedian team whose unique framing of this transition loosely assembles imagines a new unity, along with woo.They conflate "the spiritual world" with the quantum, because both are about "the invisible". Their concept of evolution needs work. Nevertheless, there's a place for such approaches. Humanity's effort to find a new unity needs many diverse voices.

Bruce Lipton and Steve Baherman:

Most people get caught up in, "Oh my God, crisis here, crisis there. What are we going to do? The sky is falling!" For the last few years Steve and I have been crafting an understanding that says we're in a transition. Rather than focusing on what's coming apart, we want people to understand that this crisis makes it possible to move to a much higher level of evolution.

TM: ...You say 1) there are three perennial questions that any belief system needs to address; and 2) that the answers to those questions have changed. What are those three questions?

SB: Why are we here? How did we get here? And now that we're here, how do we make the best of the situation?

SB: If you look at recorded history, we began with animism -- simply "I am one with everything." There wasn't much of a distinction between the spiritual world and the material world, and indigenous people were able to navigate these two worlds fairly easily. Had we stayed at that point, we would be little more than human animals in a cosmic petting zoo.

We then began to see that there are many forces. We recognized the "me" and the "not me," and we began to assign powers to various gods. So we had polytheism. Then came the monotheistic view that there is only one God and one power.

As the church loses its infallibility, we see the rise of the current dominant paradigm: scientific materialism, the material world is what matters. Newton, Descartes and the rest say that the universe is a machine.

We are now at the threshold of a new understanding which we call holism, in which what we call "science" and what we call "spirit" are part of the same thing. Yet our institutions are still based on scientific materialism, on beliefs that have actually been disproved by science.

BL: When the general population accepts particular answers to perennial questions from some group or entity, they tend to turn to that same source for other truths about the world. When the Church was running the show, if you wanted to find out about health or what's going on in the future, you turned to the priest or the Church for answers.

When science took over, we started saying, "You want truth? You don't go to the Church anymore. Now you go to the science people." The flavor of the answers flavors culture and character. When the answers change, civilization changes.

SB: We are now at the threshold of a new understanding which we call holism, in which what we call "science" and what we call "spirit" are part of the same thing. Yet our institutions are still based on scientific materialism, on beliefs that have actually been disproved by science.

BL: The Newtonian belief that the universe is a physical machine takes our attention away from the invisible realm. We focus on material acquisition as a representation of how well we're doing in our lives.

Over 100 years ago, quantum physics said, "The invisible realm you ignore is actually the primary shaper of the physical realm."

... science and spirituality are coming back to a midpoint, recognizing that they are both critical.

Humans evolved over a million years ago. What's evolving now is not the individual human, but the living superorganism called humanity. We are all cells in the body of one living thing. So we need to come together and recognize our unity.

The cells making up humanity will keep killing each other -- as in an autoimmune disease -- until we realize that we're all part of one organism and cooperation is key.

BL: We started this whole cycle of civilizations with animism and we have to return to that kind of awareness. Belief systems that allow us to pollute will go away when we realize we're part of an intricate and delicate network and web of life.

Underneath our skins we have a 50-trillion-cell, highly functional community ... When we're healthy, ... The organs cooperate with one another so that the whole system can thrive. You never hear about the liver invading the pancreas demanding the islets of Langerhands.

We need to begin to imagine how to put these ideas into practice in our lives, our communities and our world. Awareness is the first step. Every phase of evolution involves expanding awareness and expanding connection.

SB: Each of us is a community of 50 trillion cells working in concert. At this stage in human evolution, we don't need to grow another arm or a bigger brain. We need to grow greater awareness and connection in community.

Politically we've been divided -- as if the liver said, "I'm not talking to the heart, to hell with him!" Can we begin to recognize that every nationality, every cluster of human cells, is an organ in this one body of humanity?

What would it be like if our systems -- the organization of money or health care or the law -- actually worked in concert with one another rather than in competition? These are important questions to begin to ask as we take the first steps of new awareness, as we lift ourselves outside the matrix of invisible beliefs that we've mistaken for reality.

SB: Once we recognize how much of our reality is programmed, we can begin to forgive ourselves and forgive others. We can begin to recognize that one thing we have in common is that we're all programmed. That recognition is a first step outside the matrix of controlled beliefs.

I've been told that a person out there is my enemy. We've both been programmed, but with different programs, therefore we disagree. So the first step is to recognize that we are all programmed.

SB: ... When you create situations where people can communicate and listen in a respectful way, an interesting thing happens. We begin to focus on what we have in common as humanity. We begin thinking like a species instead of like individuals.

We're in a similar situation to a caterpillar in the process of transforming into a butterfly. Most of the news is about the caterpillar that can't be fixed. Our book is about the emergence of the butterfly. While still a caterpillar, the imaginal cells of a new butterfly begin to communicate with one another, allowing new structure to emerge as the caterpillar collapses.

How they talk of our money, health care, law and other systems working together rather than in competition is too vague for me. Fred W. Riggs long ago established the value of separate social structures performing separate functions. For example in tribalism the chief controls all function other medical. Developing countries suffer inefficiencies because politicians advance their families and tribes through nepotism. Separation of social functions to independent structures is incomplete.

In the US, the business community (specifically Wall Street and Fossil Fuel Corporations) is taking direct  control of politics, and through that justice, law, health care, military, etc. Fascism isn't an advance toward a united humanity, but a slide back toward tribal structure. We must rethink how unified systems might work, with checks and balances to prevent corruption.


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