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A Gaian Paradigm
The Foundation

 


Bill Ellis


For some 2,000 years or more, civilization has been ruled by a social paradigm on which all aspects of the EuroAmerican cultures are based -- the "dominator paradigm." In the past two decades a new social paradigm has been emerging that could have the most profound and fundamental impact on human civilization since hominids first came down from the trees.

The old paradigm placed humans in a purposeful universe created by some supernormal power for the domination and use by man. The new paradigm we, call "A Gaian Paradigm," suggests a spontaneously self-organizing universe in which humanity is but one of the created tightly linked, interdependent webs of being.

 

THE DOMINATOR PARADIGM

The "dominator paradigm," has had a long evolution. It evolved from the Jewish creation myth that held that the earth was created for the use of and domination by man. It was strengthened by Greek philosophy with the postulate that man is the measure of all things. The early Church held that a chain-of-being put man at the top of a hierarchy with only a few celestial beings above.

The "dominator paradigm" was imbedded in the minds of Europe by the thousand-year Inquisitions that burned thousand of heretics, mostly women, at the stake for believing in Earth as our creator. It was spread to the East by the crusades that destroyed "infidel" humans, cities and nations. During the Age of Colonization and Discovery it was perpetuated and made worldwide by the sword (technology), the flag (nationalism), and the cross (Christianity).

Newton's clockwork concept of that cosmos, and Darwin's theory of evolution were interpreted to "prove" the validity of the dominator paradigm. It was fixed in our secular moral system by the acceptance of Adam Smith's economy that human "self-interest," competition and materialism should, and do, dictate all human actions. This abomination as the essence of humanity now rules the world.

 

A GAIAN PARADIGM

A Gaian paradigm not only has many roots but can be, and is becoming, the underpinning of a new global network of cultures replacing the now dominant and domineering man- centered industrial cultures. Like all cultures, the new cultures will be, holistic and unified coherences of interdependent components -- religion, economics, social and others.

The emergence of a Gaian paradigm is resulting in a deep fundamental transition of our world view, our social institutions, our cultural norms, and our lifestyles. The need for this transition is being made obvious by the growing numbers of dangers inherent in industrialism including endless wars and economic breakdowns. But the transition is happening, and being made real by the introduction of many positive and creative social innovations.

This millennium is being looked upon as a time of radical and fundamental change. Minds are opening to new ideas. People are looking for new actions. It is in this spirit of a hopeful, deep, fundamental social transformation that this book is addressed. These are the concepts we'll explore in the next few chapters.

 

FOUNDATIONS FOR A GAIAN PARADIGM

Many basic scientific observations led to this new scientific/social paradigm. The advancement of the Gaia theory, the establishment of Chaos and Complexity theories, and new concepts of evolution were among them (snip)
What change in your life style do you see coming from Gaia?
22 speculation are listed on
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AGaianParadigm/files/