In the mid-20th Century, The philosopher/linguist Jean Gebser posited that human consciousness has experienced, and is experiencing,  notable transitions through various stages of consciousness. According to him, humans have shown evidence of having traversed through and "archaic", to "magic", to "mythic", to "mental", to "integral" phases of individual and cultural consciousness...with each stage being more complex than the ones that came before.

A strong case could be made that this is a good thing, as increased complexity in consciousness perhaps paves the way for increased capacity to take the perspective of others, which could therefore pave the way for increasing spheres of compassion.

Could this indeed be the, or at least, "a" trajectory of humankind (assuming there is one)?

If so, it's valuable to recognize the "good news" items that come with such development (i.e. the abolition of slavery, the forging of documents that extend universal rights to all, the advent of first and second wave feminism, civil rights, extended average lifespan due to medical advancements, the possibility that the world is getting increasingly less violent, etc.). And as Steven Pinker alludes...it is important to become clear about what it is we are doing right, instead of (or in addition to) focusing on what we are doing wrong.

And still it seems that, in from the lyrics of musician Stuart Davis, the "higher" we climb, the more the ladder sways. Below are a selection of videos that describe various ways in which the ladder is swaying...as well as links to various organizations that are brainstorming solutions. Solutions are not possible without clearly (and in our "sound-bite" culture, quickly) defining the problem. And ultimately, there are no more prizes for forecasting the rain, only prizes for building the ark. You, me, and everyone, is invited to that process.

Environmental Issues


Food and Agriculture Issues


Climate Change and Global Warming


Third World Debt


Trade, Economy, & Related Issues


Nuclear Weapons


Arms Trade


Corporations


International

Criminal Court

Health Issues


Foreign Policy


Food Aid Maintains Poverty


Aid


War on Terror


Consumption and Consumerism


Genetically Engineered Food


Conflicts in Africa


Sustainable Development

Human Rights Issues


Fair Trade


Mainstream Media


World Hunger and Poverty


Possibilities of a Hidden Globalist Agenda


Palestine and Israel


Natural Disasters


Arms Control


Iraq

​Middle East

Free Trade and Globalization

The G8 possibly having too much Power

Biodiversity

Poverty, and it’s causes

Geopolitics

Human Population