What Matters/Adopt a Global Perspective

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Adopt a Global Perspective[edit | edit source]

If you grew up living in a small isolated village you would naturally assume, perhaps without ever giving it a second thought, that what you see is all there is. You might believe the people of your village are the only people in the world, all the world's people have customs and culture like yours, and the ecology, geology, and climate of the world is like what you experience around you. Such is the tyranny of evidence.

But correspondence with reality is the true test of a belief, and that reality must include the broad scope of a global perspective.

Work to understand our world from a global perspective.

Assignment:[edit | edit source]

  • List ideas and beliefs you had earlier in your life that had to be discarded, revised, or generalized to accommodate the broader perspective you gained as you matured.
  • As you go through your daily and weekly activities, notice what attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors originate from a tribal perspective and what ones are from a global perspective. Notice if you tempted to apply tribal thinking to address a global problem.
  • Complete the Global Perspective course in the Applied Wisdom Curriculum.

Suggestions for further reading:[edit | edit source]

  • Kelleher, Ann; Laura Klein (2005). Global Perspectives: A Handbook for Understanding Global Issues. Prentice Hall. pp. 240. ISBN 978-0131892606. 
  • Greene, Joshua (December 30, 2014). Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them. Penguin Books. pp. 432. ISBN 978-0143126058.