Creating the necessary conditions for a sustainable and secure future, understanding and managing human affairs in sustainable, secure and peaceful ways.
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Ottawa, Canada—November 12, 2007—The Institute for Human Conceptual and Mental Development (IHCMD) announces the release of its report "Beyond Managing Environmental Crises: Creating the Necessary Conditions for a Sustainable, Peaceful and Secure Future."
The report, going beyond conventional measures and understanding of the ecological crisis set out in a recent series of high-profile reports, discusses creating the conditions necessary for a sustainable and secure future. Dealing with environmental problems at the human level, in terms of how we understand and manage human existence and development. Not addressing them only at the socio-cultural level, in political, economic, scientific and technological terms.
Conventional measures and understanding, the report argues, while necessary, they are insufficient to deal with growing environmental problems. Dealing only with environmental symptoms and consequences, the human effects on the environment, they are only short and medium-term measures. They fail to address the human causes, deep-rooted problems and developments behind the ecological crisis.
Conventional measures, according to the report, need to take place within the context of long-term development changing how we understand and manage human affairs. On their own conventional measures only buy time for a way of understanding and managing human existence and development that is not sustainable.
How we traditionally and today understand and manage human existence and development contradicts and conflicts with the natural conditions of existence, causing persisting and growing problems and difficulties for the individual, society and the natural environment. It leads to changes in natural developments that in the long-term will render the natural environment of the Earth uninhabitable for the human species.
Essentially, we meet non-material mental needs in material ways, exploiting and consuming natural resources beyond actual human material needs. We try to create in the world around us in socio-cultural and physical-material terms what by nature we must establish in the mind and mental existence, interfering in nature and the natural environment beyond what is necessary to manage human existence.
The problem is we fail to understand and manage the mind and mental existence, where we consciously exist and act, where problems and difficulties have their roots and beginnings. We fail to understand and manage where individually we are in charge and in control, where we must actively be engaged and take responsibility for what takes place and what we do.
A sustainable and secure future, the report points out, requires establishing the necessary internal mental conditions, not creating the ideal external conditions in the world around us. It requires understanding and managing human affairs, human existence and development, at the level and within the context of understanding and managing, in the first instance, the mind and mental existence.
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The report is available and can be downloaded from the IHCMD website, at http://www.ihcmd.org.
The Institute for Human Conceptual and Mental Development (IHCMD) is an independent, non-profit organization advocating, promoting and facilitating understanding and managing human affairs from the inside out and from the ground up. Understanding and managing existence and development from inside the mind and mental existence at the level of the natural conditions of existence, in a comprehensive, differentiated, but integrated, connected and related way.
Dr. Axel Dorscht, Head
Institute for Human Conceptual and Mental Development (IHCMD)
PHONE: 9 Second Avenue, Suite 2
Ottawa, ON K1S 2H2