Richard D. Moore
Humanity is today at a crossroads that will determine not only our own fate, but also the fate of all life on this planet. The root of this crisis is the materialistic, mechanical world-view of the so-called modern period of Western Culture, which more and more is being recognized as not only moribund and dysfunctional, but as a threat to our very existence.
This mechanization of the world has led us to believe that we live in an essentially dead universe where life arises only by chance. The result has been a near total separation of ourselves from nature. This separaU+00A- tion finally reached its logical extreme in the modern myth, as articulated by Francis Bacon over three centuries ago, that we can and should use sciU+00A- ence and technology to dominate, manage, and control nature for our own benefit.
But the result of this myth is the opposite of what was promised -- we have just about "used up" nature -- and ourselves in the process. As we near the twenty-first century, the almost unbelievable disintegration of the natural world is finally penetrating through our attempts at denial, minimizing, and avoidance.
In part a result of this devastating development, much of the "New Age" movement is rejecting science and technology in its attempt to find a new view of reality. Yet at the same time, science itself has now shown that this image of a dead nature is a false, or graven, image. Through the dynamic of science itself, a new world-view -- a new picture of the nature of the universe -- is emerging from the present cultural confusion and is showing the first signs of solid form.
This new scientific image is of a cosmos which is evolving. Progress is seen as more fundamental than objects are. Moreover, the secondary myth of "hard substantial matter" has evaporated under the impact of Quantum Physics, which has also shown us that everything is connected in a seamless web, and of Einstein's discovery that "matter" is only a form of energy.1 Studies on the origin of life indicate more and more that the