Beyond The Human Condition

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9. Illustrated Summary
of the Development and
Resolution of Upset



UNDERSTANDING the reason for our upset stops its growth and allows it to subside. With this resolution comes a paradigm shift, or monumental change in our way of thinking. Humanity steps out of an insecure 2-million-year adolescence into a secure adulthood.


[Judgement Day is] Not the day of judgement but the day of understanding.

Unnamed Turkish poet, mentioned in National Geographic, November, 1987.


The shift will be a time of liberation, compassion and adjustment. It will also bring exposure to and confrontation with the reality of our upset. There will be shock the real ‘future shock’ in adjustment but this massive transition can be managed.


‘Future shock’ . . . [is] the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time.

Alvin Toffler, Future Shock, 1970.


The final section, Adjusting to The Truth, outlines the form of the new world in its transitional years.