We live at a time when societies are riven with division and strife. What hope is there for us to heal? Healing Social Divisions provides a radically new, non-ideological and effective consciousness- based approach for transforming our societies. Peer-reviewed research provides evidence that it is possible to neutralise stress in the collective consciousness of a society. This then promotes life, liberty, happiness, heals social divisions and creates the platform for good governance. The research challenges the conventional wisdom that consciousness is only a by-product of brain functioning. Along the route it examines our self-concept, freeing us from the biases of reductionism that impede the development of morality in our public life.
“With about 200 states, 2,000 nations with claims on sacred space and with memories of sacred time and about 20 nation-states, there is a world potential for 1,980 independence wars, pitting status quo-orientated states against change-oriented nations.”
– John Galtung, Searching for Peace
“When asked, in a very revealing survey, if there are parts of neighbouring countries that really belong to them, 67 per cent of Hungarians and 60 per cent of Greeks confirmed their ambitions to add to their existing territory, as did 58 per cent of Turkish citizens. Around half the population of Poland (48 per cent), Slovakia (46 per cent) and Bulgaria (58 per cent) also supported their country’s right to territorial expansion…an equally depressing story can be told of mutual suspicions breeding division and disunity across both Africa and Asia.”
– Gordon Brown, Seven Ways to Change the World.
After Joe Biden won the election to become President of the United States, he said:
“I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify; who doesn’t see red and blue states, but a United States…The Bible tells us that to everything there is a season – a time to build, a time to reap, a time to sow, and a time to heal. This is the time to heal in America.”
We live at a time when people cannot even agree on what is factual, so what hope is there to heal social divisions? I will outline a non-ideological method to heal social and international divides: if it were ideological it would create new divisions. Some may say a non-ideological approach to healing disagreements is impossible and incoherent in principle; I hope to show otherwise.