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Coming Home: The Birth & Transformation of the Planetary Era


Coming Home: The Birth & Transformation of the Planetary Era



With the threat of global climate change, a looming mass extinction of species, and increasingly complex and volatile geopolitical relations, the entire Earth Community has entered a most critical phase of what the author describes as the “Planetary Era.” This era began some five hundred years ago with the conquest of the Americas and the Copernican revolution in cosmology, but it is just now becoming a defining feature of human consciousness on a global scale.

How did the Planetary Era come about, and why was it initiated in the European West? What elements in the evolution of the Western worldview might contribute to the actualization of a sustainable planetary culture? Drawing from a wide range of panoptic, or “big-picture,” thinkers―from Hegel, Teilhard, Jaspers, and Campbell, to Ken Wilber, Richard Tarnas, and Edgar Morin, among others―the author answers such questions and presents his own synthetic theory of the evolution of consciousness, leading to the birth and transformation of the Planetary Era.


1584200723; 9781584200727

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Lindisfarne Books


Great Barrington, Massachusetts


Civilization 21st century, Social change, Climatic changes, Extinction (Biology), Geopolitics, Sustainability, Social aspects, Consciousness, Counterculture, World histor, yPhilosophy


Demography, Population, and Ecology | Environmental Studies | Human Ecology | Other Earth Sciences | Politics and Social Change


Contents: Introduction -- Finding our way -- The monomyth -- A more fundamental pattern -- From myth to history -- The great code -- From arc to spiral -- Birthing the modern -- Triumph, revolution, and protest -- From the new enlightenment to the counterculture -- A tightening spiral--a widening gyre -- Coming home -- Lengthening shadows -- Global solidarity -- For the soul of the world -- First light : toward a planetary wisdom culture -- Epilogue -- Appendix 1: Two summary diagrams -- Appendix 2: Archetypal astrology and the evolution of consciousness.

Coming Home: The Birth & Transformation of the Planetary Era