I wrote this manifesto last night. It started off that I was just going to write "I fucking love immigrants" somewhere on my site- I couldn't figure out where, so I was like, "I'm just going to write a manifesto, and I'll include that in there. (I don't know why but I just love immigrants sooo much. They've added so much to Regina over the last 30 years.) So but the rest is good too- that's my call-to-action for the Western world.
1. We call for equal status for science, math, logic, and capitalism on the one hand; and mysticism, the void, spirituality and myth on the other. In Jungianism, these two elements are the animus and the anima; the male and female principles; in the Asian tradition, the yin and yang. They both originate in similar times and cultural contexts, and they should be rejoined together after millenia of separation. Neither is superior to the other, nor can they operate fully without the other. Both are needed for balance in all areas of life.
2. We champion A) self-knowledge (inner) education for the corporate and scientific (yang) communities; and B) business and tech (outer) training for communities of a yin inclination. Both sides need the other to be fully in touch with reality, because in both camps, our egos viciously lead us away in search of false realities, cementing our antimony. The future of the planet depends on learning about the interior world as much as the exterior world, and vice versa.
3. We believe that when more people practice mindfulness, and learn to apply the Enneagram, and other self-observation and self-knowledge tools, the world will be a better, healthier, and safer place. Self-knowledge engenders leadership; emotional intelligence brings about more "presence", as opposed to reactivity and craving, which the Buddha warned against.
4. We call for political leaders with a mindfulness and self-awareness practice instead of those who are identified with a particular party. When self-awareness practices become mainstream, bi-partisanship can be achieved, opening us up to more creative solutions to the world's problems.
5. We fucking love democracy. In the end, though, the capacity for self-awareness is going to be more radical and effective than democracy is currently.