Break the trance

Written by David Korten

Filipino civil society leader and strategist Nicanor Perlas helped us to understand a simple truth:  the advantage of a civil society in advancing the transition lies in the moral power of authentic cultural values.  Perlas helped me recognize that the power of the institutions of economic and political domination depends on their ability to perpetuate a falsified and inauthentic cultural trance based on beliefs and values at odds with reality.  Break the trance, replace the values of an inauthentic culture with the values of an authentic culture grounded in a love of life rather than a love of money, and people will realign their life energy and bring forth the life-serving institutions of a new era.  The key is to change the stories by which we define ourselves.

David Korten, The Great Turning, p. 18.

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