The Evolution of Consciousness

The Evolution of Consciousness

The Evolution of Consciousness

The Evolution of Consciousness

Synopsis

The name of Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) is one of the most widely recognized in the world. His Autobiography has been translated into all the major languages. In the first half of his life, Gandhi suffered from a debilitating shyness. After practicing law in South Africa and India, in his middle and later years, Gandhi was recurrently in contact with the man who would inspire his assassination. Gandhi's life of peace thus always had a tragic dimension. His assassination occurred on January 30, 1948, virtually in conjunction with the declared independence of India and Pakistan.

Excerpt

This collection of essays, by experts in various disciplines and perceptive thinkers, touches upon the major ambivalent theme of our times, the choice between suicide and an increased level of consciousness. The crisis of man and civilization, at every level, is too real to be ignored. Looking in depth, it is traceable to a crisis of consciousness. This is a subject deep and dark, but full of promises.

The present fluid situation in the world is partly the result of our inability to achieve a balanced development between the unique scientific and technological breakthrough of the twentieth century and the growth of human consciousness. Consequently, the human species has been brought to the verge of self-destruction, and it is now an open question as to whether or not man will be able to survive his own technological ingenuity. In such a situation, nothing is more important than our search for viable alternatives for the human race to live in global harmony, with norms of its own, based on a holistic and evolutionary world view. It is only through actualizing the total potentiality of the human mind and enlarging our areas of awareness that we will be able to contain our societal and psychological conflicts which threaten to explode as we move towards the twenty-first century.

While much of contemporary thought has engaged itself in the problem of man and society, no subject has been so neglected as the evolution of consciousness. Perhaps no one fully knows the total potentialities of the human mind and our awareness of human nature (including the nature of human systems) is selective, shaped by our explicit and implicit images. True, man is the product of millions of years of evolution. From the first unicellular organisms, evolution has developed a race which has crossed terrestrial barriers and landed on the moon. Spectacular though this development has been, there is no valid reason to assume that human consciousness is the final product of evolution. Indeed, a strong case can be presented--on the basis of a variety of writings--to show that man is an intermediary creature and that there is a distinct . . .

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