Introducing the Primal, Ancient, Medieval, Modern, Post-Modern and Trans-Modern Historical and Cultural World View Perspectives and Frames of Mind
1. PRIMAL: Animistic & Tribal (Siddhic & Tantric)
A. The Primal View is Sensuous: Natural & Embodied
B. The Primal View is Intuitive: Spiritual & Shamanic
2. ANCIENT: Axial & Classical
A. The Ancient View is Axial: Religious & “Other-Worldly”
B. The Ancient View is Classical: Philosophical & This-Worldly
3. MEDIEVAL: Monastic & Scholastic
A. The Medieval View is Monastic: Contemplative & Experiential
B. The Medieval View is Scholastic: Intellectual & Propositional
4. MODERN: Rational & Romantic
A. The Modern View is Rationalist: Scientific & Instrumental
B. The Modern View is Romantic: Aesthetic & Imaginative
5. POST-MODERN: Eclectic & Ironic
A. The Post-Modern View is Eclectic: Multiple & Divergent
B. The Post-Modern View is Ironic: Absurd & Paradoxical
6. TRANS-MODERN: Pluralistic & Integral
A. The Trans-Modern View is Pluralistic: Quadrants & Levels
B. The Trans-Modern View is Integral: Holistic & Unitive
Questions for Reflection and Discussion:
1: What do you see as the strengths and weaknesses, assets and liabilities of each of these six ways of seeing?
2: What kinds of tensions and conflicts might we expect between Primalist, Traditionalists, Romantics, Modernists, Post-Modernists, and Trans-Modernists?
3: What are the major challenges and opportunities do these sixways of seeing the world pose for those of us who live in a pluralist society and global age?