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We always possess the potential to make a leap forward, to liberate our lives from the inertia of the past, to add something new and novel to the march of history, but not discard it completely. We have a tremendous capacity to mold and shape the future, but not to magically erase what has come before…Evolutionaries must find their way to a deep optimism, grounded in realism. We must steer between a cynical conservatism on one hand, which tells us ‘there is nothing new under the sun,’ and a naive romantic idealism on the other, which tells us that ‘anything at all is immediately possible.’ Both are untrue, both deny the actual processes of evolution, and both ultimately impede our capacity to respond effectively to the demands of the world…

…So many people today have lost faith in the power of deep thinking, in the ability of novel insights and emerging truths to change our hearts and minds, to freshly inspire and radically reorganize our categories of consciousness. And they are often convinced that when it comes to the problems of our global society, fundamentally we already have the answers. All we lack, they feel, are the practical resources, the institutions, or the collective will and political power to apply them. I understand the frustration, but I would suggest that theirs is the frustration of a static worldview—one that does not allow for the possibility of genuine evolution, either in the world they are seeing or, more important, in the lens through which they are seeing it.

 

Carter Phipps, Evolutionaries.
Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science’s Greatest Idea