How can we address the philosophical crisis
of our global society?

Our civilization is at a crossroads. Globally, politically, socially, and philosophically, we appear to be heading further in the direction of fear, misinformation, anger, and tribalism.

We recognize that people who have vastly different worldviews are often unable to understand each other. They appear unable to productively communicate across this chasm of thought and belief. Such disparate groups also have seemingly incompatible ethical and moral frameworks and contrasting political ideologies. The problems are made worse by weaponized news, deliberately false information and hyperpartisanship.

These trends could lead us towards more conflict and instability. If not effectively countered in some way, we will see the rise of nationalism and autocracy around the globe. In fact, unless we take a serious look at how we are thinking and communicating, the very idea of free and open societies will be at risk.

The Mission

Our mission, therefore, is to search for more effective techniques, better communication styles and new methods of dialogue in order to bridge this great divide. We hope the result will be better communication between people who hold opposing points of view, the goal of which is to bring about a more peaceful and prosperous society.

Put another way, We recognize that human beings have differences in thought and opinions on different matters. But, we also recognize that there is a “space between” where we can creatively merge ideas to form a middle ground – a place of reason where people can agree. A fundamental purpose of this project is to explore and write about this area. It appears at the outset that this is a relatively unexplored area of human thought – a frontier where the mind meets the social landscape – and we accept the challenge of working in that area.

Methodology

Our method is important here since, if we start with a set of prejudiced or biased assumptions, we will likely form whatever conclusions would happen to be convenient for the authors. In order to avoid that, we believe it is essential to use Grounded Theory, which requires practitioners to use questions at the start of their research, rather than a thesis statement. In other words, the goal will be to sample data in order to arrive at a set of solutions or conclusions, rather than presuppose them.

Practical Application

In order to have greater meaning, significance and impact, we intend to apply this new found knowledge and we have developed the following objectives:

1. Examining the Basic Building Blocks

We’ll start with understanding things we can all agree on – recognizable facts about what all human beings require to live and thrive.  From there, we will research, write and discuss the historical roots or building blocks of our fundamental beliefs and how they came to be constructed into worldviews.

2. Seeking a Middle Ground

It appears at the outset that the aforementioned “space between” is important to our work. Delving into this area, we will focus on innovations in communication. We will research and write about potential new frameworks for productive discussions or ways of speaking that are conducive to good dialogue and agreement. Perhaps a new “public discourse vocabulary” will emerge out of this. Using methods derived from phenomenology, for example, could help in this way so that even the most scientifically minded people might be able to learn something from religious and spiritually minded people, and vice versa.  As a result of this work, our hope is that the most reasonable and evidence-based features of the various worldviews can then be brought together to construct a more enlightened worldview. We hope that such a construct will serve as a bridge between people and lead to more social understanding and political harmony.

3. Final Application

What can you expect to see from all this work? Our discoveries will take the form of blog posts, public discussions, podcasts and the publication of the book Seeking a More Enlightened Worldview (work on Volume 1 is now taking place). In the meantime, If you would like to be involved in any phase of this work, please reach out to us at brandon@enlightenedworldview.com.

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