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Are you a cultural creative?

Posted by sdax_ayagagix on 2005.09.25 at 01:01
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Taken from Infinite Being

The Shift to the New Reality is has been gathering steam
since the 1960s.

In “The Cultural Creatives,” Paul Ray and Sherry Anderson
detail a comprehensive study of more than 100,000 adults in
the United States. They found that, since the 1960s, a huge
26 percent of these adults have made a comprehensive shift in
their culture – their worldview, values and way of life.
A 1997 survey conducted in fifteen European countries shows
that the figures are highly similar in Europe. The following
is a summary of the typical values of this new culture.

Cultural Creatives love nature, respect the Earth and are
deeply concerned about the environment. They like to develop
close relationships with each other, and to help and encourage
other people to develop their abilities. They care about
personal and spiritual development, and want more equality for
women and all cultural groups.

Cultural Creatives would like to develop a new way of life.
They are cynical of media-fed information, and want to find a
new political philosophy that works in today’s reality. They
are not materialistically driven, and typically have their
finances and spending under control. They like traveling to
other countries to get to know new cultures and they want to
develop a sense of community where they live. Authenticity is
important to Cultural Creatives; that their actions are
consistent with their words and inner beliefs.

In the early 1960s, there were too few Cultural Creatives to
measure in surveys. At that time, American culture was split
evenly between two cultural groups - the Moderns and the
Traditionals. Moderns reflect an ethic which actually goes
back as far as the Renaissance, when European Protestantism
freed the population to pursue a self-empowered work ethic
rather than continue to give their power, freedom and sense
of initiative away to authority figures.

The ethic of Modernism is that newer, bigger and faster are
all better. Time is money, they believe, and people with more
knowledge and wealth are perceived as having higher status.
Almost half of American adults today are Moderns. Their self-
empowered principles over the centuries have brought progress
to civil freedoms, democracy, justice and equality. Moderns
tend to believe that theirs is the only way and reject the
values of other groups as being incorrect.

The positive contributions of Moderns can be appreciated when
you consider the quality of life which existed before the
Renaissance. At birth, in those days, your fate was sealed.
You were born into a certain social, ethnic and racial group
at a certain location. You would likely never travel more
than 50 miles from your birthplace during your life. What
work you could perform, and whom you would marry, were
predetermined. You would be compelled to believe certain
doctrines, as dictated by rulers, priests and elders.

Traditionals are the ones who historically react against the
changes brought about by Moderns. They wish for a return to
an older, simpler time, and they oppose modern trends such as
equality for women. They believe that patriarchs should again
dominate family life, that men should be proud to serve in
the military, and that their moral values should be forced
upon others. In post-World War II America, Traditionals formed
half of the adult population. Today they number less than one-
fourth of the adult population. Many have passed away, while
some have converted into becoming Moderns or Cultural Creatives.

Within the Cultural Creatives are two distinct sub-groups.
Almost half of the Cultural Creatives form a Core Group of
more intense, leading-edge thinkers. The others are the Green
Cultural Creatives, whose focus is directed externally,
towards ecology and environmental issues, rather than towards
inner personal development.

The trend-setting Core Group is typically into alternative
health care, often as health care practitioners, and most of
them want to develop more inner self-awareness. They shun the
materialism of the Moderns and the intolerance of the
Traditionals toward other peoples.

Cultural Creatives cross all types of demographic groupings.
They can be of any adult age category, they can live anywhere,
and have any spiritual or religious affiliation. Less than ten
percent of them identify themselves as New Age. Interestingly,
there are just as many New Agers within the ranks of the
Moderns as there are within the Cultural Creatives. The ratio
of women to men is fairly equal in the Greens Group, while
the Core Group contains 67 percent women. Many of the New Age
Moderns are men who are still chasing the boys’ toys of
modern technology and haven’t yet settled down to finding
a deeper meaning within themselves.

Compared to other groups, Cultural Creatives read more books
and magazines. Half of them are regular book buyers. They
watch less television and are particularly unhappy with the
quality of television news. They support, and become involved
in, the arts. They like well-made, durable products, natural
food, personal growth and alternative health care. They have
a holistic attitude; that body, mind and spirit should work
together. Their homes may well be buffered for privacy by
old-growth trees and large shrubs. Inside, these homes are
typically decorated by craft pieces, books and original art
pieces which have special meaning to them.

Their culture is one of silent trailblazing. Most of them
have no idea that there are countless millions of people
just like them with the same values and lifestyle. When they
discover that 25 percent of the adult population are just
like them, they are truly shocked and surprised.

Cultural Creatives, it could be said, are the silent
revolution. Imagine how much more transformative their effect
on society will be when they evolve into networking, voicing
their values and forming representative movements.

Cultural Creatives are a newly emerging type of humanity.
They hold the seeds of a new, sustainable culture, a culture
where “quality of life” replaces “standard of living.”




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Comments:


qachatu
qachatu at 2005-09-25 17:25 (UTC) (Link)
From the description I would have to say I am one for the most part.
Not 100%... but the reading more... no television.. body, mind and spirit all connected..
sounds like me.

"Their homes may well be buffered for privacy by
old-growth trees and large shrubs. Inside, these homes are
typically decorated by craft pieces, books and original art
pieces which have special meaning to them."

Yep.. Me!!!

Except for the old growth trees... we have no trees...
but I do have rock gardens in the front and a mountain in the back fortifying my home.
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