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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Promoting Movement Up the Spiral

"I am not saying in this conception of adult behavior that one style of being, one form of human existence, is inevitably and in all circumstances superior to or better than another form of human existence, another style of being.
What I am saying is that when one form of being is more congruent with the realities of existence, then it is the better form of being for those realities.
And what I am saying is that when one form of existence ceases to be functional for the realities of existence then some other form, either higher or lower in the hierarchy, is the better style of living.
I do suggest, however, and this I deeply believe is so, that for the overall welfare of total man's existence in this world, over the long run of time, higher levels are better than lower levels and that the prime good of a society's governing figures should be to promote human movement up the levels of human existence."
--Professor Clare Graves,
 as quoted in Spiral Dynamics
by Don Beck and Chris Cowan

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