Cultural Creative Revolution

Working together for change.

There’s a revolution going on in the world today, and I’m a part of it, and maybe you are too and don’t even know it.  It’s called a Cultural Creative revolution.  Cultural Creatives actually came out of the 60s movement and has been growing ever since.  All the people who were fighting for love and peace, still held true to the values that they nurtured during their time of fighting for a better world in a more peaceful way.  Some of the characteristics of the Cultural Creatives are:

  • Love of nature.
  • Building relationships.
  • An interest in spirituality and psychological growth.
  • Equality.
  • Optimism for the future despite how the world seems to be going in a downward spiral.
  • Concern with how big business generate profits despite its effect on the world.
  • Dislike the idea of success based on consuming and making money.
  • Prefer visiting places and people that are different or exotic.

Does any of this sound like you?  If it does, you’re not alone.  As of the year 2000, 50 million people in America are Cultural Creatives.  That doesn’t even take into account the 80-90 million who live in Europe.  And the strange thing about them is that every one of these people feel isolated.  They don’t have organizations, big media outlets, or institutional affiliations that support them, and yet it is because of the Cultural Creatives that we have green programs, bio-foods and alternative and complementary medicine, as well as all the new forms of spirituality and psychotherapies.

In a world that is changing rapidly: from economic disruption, ecological instability, social alienation, and political incompetence (think Donald Trump), there is a deep sense of unease in the world today.  There is a need for a new order in the world – a new way of thinking, of being, of living.  If we are to survive as a species, we need to work together to accept the changes that are not only coming into the world, but the ones that are already here.  We can no longer work with an old system.  It is time to look within to a system that is more humane, wise, and thoughtfully looks to the future of all mankind for continued sustainability and survival.  Something has to die before something new can slip into the void.  Traditionalism is dying, and many Modernists are being recruited over to the side of the Cultural Creatives.

The tipping point.

I have always believed that there is hope for the world.  Twenty years ago, when I started to study spirituality, we talked about something called “critical mass”.  It is believed that when enough people believe the same thing there will be a tipping point, much like a wave washing against the shore that encompasses everything in its wake.  Well that is exactly what is happening with the Cultural Creative revolution today.  They began quietly turning their thoughts into action without some huge campaign to bring them on board.  This suggests that the time has come for a New Age, or new world view, to evolve out of the old traditional way of doing things.  I have seen churches close due to poor attendance.  I have seen people get swept up in today’s technology to the point that they’ve lost their connection to the real world.  The political landscape is frightening, and terrorism is the new battlefield.  But there is hope and it’s called the Cultural Creative revolution.  They are more interested in saving the planet and the people in it than they are in making money.  They want to build bridges from the old way of doing things to the new, and I imagine these bridges include integrating the world’s displaced people into the fold.

The Cultural Creative revolution inspires hope for what is realistically possible in the world today.  Instead of walking around complaining about the state of the world thinking “what can I do, I’m only one person?”  I am here to tell you that all those individual people in the world who had a single thought, who took a single action to create change, now adds up to approximately 130-140 million people.  You no longer have an excuse to sit back and do nothing.  It is time to join the revolution.

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