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Saving the world
Saving the world
I do mot mean to be arrogant with the above title. Iain’s work is of great consequence in understanding how the world works. But beyond that, he warns, that our civilization is heading for the abyss and, unless the modern left hemisphere dominance is reversed we will fall into it. It behooves any of us who is concerned about this and wants to do something to find ways to put his work into action. My way has been to incorporate it into the work I had been doing for some time before I became aware of his. I have been, in essence, critiquing modernity for quite a while without the benefit of the divided-brain-model, for example, my first book, Sustainability by Design: A Subversive Strategy for Transforming our Consumer Culture. I redefined sustainability in terms of flourishing, the attainment of the human potential. More recently I wrote another book, The Right Way to Flourish: Reconnecting with the Real World, continuing the critique, but now basing it on McGilchrist. Flourishing has a dual character: personal wholeness and social coherence, which aspects line up, magically, with the right and left hemisphere, respectively.
The failure to generate flourishing and the opposite production of the ills we now face can be held to be unintended consequences of normal [modern] behavior. That normality reflects the left/right weighting of modern cultures, and must be reversed if we are flourish and preserve the Planet. The book ends with a suggestion of how that balance be restored. Some measures includes practices that directly rely on the right hemisphere, like mindfulness and pragmatic inquiry. Others include the design of artifacts that induce presence, that is, the activate the right hemisphere. I have been teaching, writing articles, etc. to get these ideas in front of a wider audience, in my case, academics and business.
I notice on this website a group devoted to the intersection of politics and McGilchrist. I am writing see if there is interest in broadening the scope, using his work in bringing transformational/paradigmatic change to other key institutions: education, business… You are welcome to take a look at my website, which I have neglected recently, but used to put forth a lot of info on McGilchrist. Also, I recently wrote an article (link) directed to a business audience that got a lot of attention. I am tuned into a lot of chatter about ways to avoid the catastrophe we are headed for, but none gets deep enough. Only a change in the modern brain change normality such that we begin to care for the Earth and one another instead of seeing everything simply as resources to satisfy the left’s insatiable hunger.