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Africa and Human Development (the Freedom Series for Inner Fulfillment)
Oct 03, 2010
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK -- This self reflection course weaves the history of nations together and shows how the human race is interconnected socially and culturally. In particular, the author looks at African history and development (ways of living) and compares it with that of the French from 1870 through 1914. African history and development is also compared to that of the Amish people, who mostly live in Pennsylvania in the United States. Throughout the self study course, concepts such as culture, civilization, society, and government are compared and clearly distinguished.
The breakout of the Industrial Revolution in Europe and its consequences outside Europe, mostly in Africa, is analyzed. With the Industrial Revolution came a civilization that removed people from close affinity; humanity was turned into a marketplace. We lived a life of profit, money, and demonstrations of luxury. In such a life of competition, striving for success, and separateness, individual needs are sometimes met at significant cost to others. Western civilization fueled us to control: to plan, to organize, to strategize, to manage. We lived a life where everyone depended on the marketplace rather than on their own productive skills for the necessities of life. In such a mode of living, not only are products bought, sold, traded, and exchanged, but labor, ideas, art, and souls are treated as commodities as well.
The author, citing prominent researchers, shows that the original human settlement was stateless-a society of clusters, a simple society of people without overarching nationhood. This was a consciousness period in which people were aware of themselves and their surroundings; they were concerned with others and with living in relative peace with nature.
The author argues that this simplicity of living describes the age in which we are now living-an age of spirit. An age of spirit is a period of time when people are aware of themselves, their communities, and nature. As humans, we are in fact returning to our nature. More and more frequently, we see organizations and people appealing for alignment with nature, the environment,and natural laws. People and organizations are no longer driven by mere profits and demonstrations of luxury, but by the core energies of generosity, harmony, unity, expansion, authenticity, integrity, ease, vitality, flow,attraction, balance, order, patience, courage, fulfillment, peace, trust, risk, and creativity.
These are the original qualities that drove humanity, and these are the qualities that African people, Amish people,and French peasants between 1870 and 1914 embraced. According to Margo Kirtikar, we are living in the Age of Independent Thinking, the Information Age, the Age of Communication, and the Age of Consciousness Awareness. The individual who is quick to learn, quick to adapt, intuitive, and creative is in now in great demand. Most in demand is the individual who can think outside the box. The challenges of our time are such that the industrial era thinker is threatened with extinction. The inept individual with an inflated ego who is driven by selfish motives belongs to the age of dinosaurs.
The new individual feels comfortable with new technology and with the different cultures of the world.The new individual is balanced physically,emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. The new individual is oriented toward family, group,community, and nation and is, above all, globally aware. The foundation for global, national, organizational, and group consciousness is individual consciousness.
Keywords: Africa and human development, consciousness age, amish, french Culture » General
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