In this 2014 article by Charles Eisenstein, he tells us that the globalization narrative, has implications in every realm of life beyond the economic. It is an ideological movement with roots in Newtonian science. It creates the illusion that all cultures, individuals, and experiences are the same, and universalized solutions are effective. But for Eisenstein, globalization is in crisis because it failed to consider our human values, cultures, and knowledge systems have been ignored and disregarded. It has dominated our basic understanding of what is real and valuable. Eisenstein says that when we talk about localization, we are actually referring to reclaiming the fundamental narrative that has created our civilization.
Implications for AI
This article offers us a new insight to why scientists refuse to let go of the materialist mindset. Recognizing that there is a reality beyond the physical means that we can no longer look at the earth as a passive participant of evolution. It means that we can no longer look at human beings as simple animals. It would require us to overhaul all our societal structures, and those that have monopolized power and resources will be forced to let go of their control.
For isn’t control at the bottom of materialism? If all of reality can be created through the interaction of particles, then finding the material basis for life means that we can create it at will.
But acknowledging that human consciousness is non-physical, and that the entire planet is connected by a cosmic consciousness, means that we, humans, cannot (and should not) hope to control the universe to serve our personal goals. Once we accept that our existence on earth has a purpose, we will also begin to realize that it is our sacred duty to protect the integrity of the universe’s evolution, and the forms it has created.
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