Edgar H. Auerswald, MD
“Oh, Kitty, how nice it would be if we could only get through into Looking-glass House! I'm sure it's got, oh! such beautiful things in it! Let's pretend there 's a way of getting through into it, somehow, Kitty. Let's pretend the glass has got all soft like gauze, so that we can get through. Why, it's turning into a sort of mist now, I declare! It 'll be easy enough to get through”
Lewis Caroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Seminal thinkers in our century in increasing numbers have pointed out that escape from the current self-destructive trajectory of human evolution will require a “paradigm shift” from the mechanistic and reductionistic paradigm of dominant Western thought to an ecological paradigm which directs thought and reality definition in such a way as to prevent impending ecological disaster and to promote and support the evolution of a world-wide community of differences. As family therapy has been exploring the nature of paradigm shift since such a shift resulted in its emergence as a domain of
*Family Healing and Planetary Healing: Three Paradigms in Search of a Culture. Published in the proceedings of the international congress, “Toward an Ecology of the Mind: Then Healing Dimensions in Family and Society, ” Budapest, Hungary, July, 1989.