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    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    Are we Cultural Creatives? Not to generalize, but I do get that feeling around here. It's a good feeling. Cultural Creative. I like the sound of it!

    I first encountered this term when I took one of those online quizzes that my friends were all taking (we are so interested in forming our identities from other people's ideas), What Is Your World View? The quiz told me that I was a "Cultural Creative". Its description goes:

    "Cultural Creatives are probably the newest group to enter this realm. You are a modern thinker who tends to shy away from organized religion but still feels as if there is something greater than ourselves. You are very spiritual, even if you are not religious. Life has a meaning outside of the rational."

    This is one of those rare online quiz results where I felt every sentence to be true about myself, and the term made me curious, I wondered if the quiz maker had just made it up or if there was really such a movement. Google, of course, helped me find these:

    Wikipedia
    "This growing section of the population is admittedly spiritual and embraces the practice of spiritual values in daily life without formal religion (Anderson and Ray, 2000). Many adherents to the tenets of the cultural creatives tend to become familiar with a variety of religions and seek to identify with principles that are universal amongst religions. The intention is to search for universal, practical spiritual principles that have intrinsic value, and do not depend on ecclesiastical authority."

    http://www.amazon.com/Cultural-Creatives-Million-People-Changing/dp/0609808451
    Cultural Creative is a term coined by Ray and Anderson to describe people whose values embrace a curiosity and concern for the world, its ecosystem, and its peoples; an awareness of and activism for peace and social justice; and an openness to self-actualization through spirituality, psychotherapy, and holistic practices. Cultural Creatives do not just take the money and run; they don't want to defund the National Endowment for the Arts; and they do want women to get a fairer shake—not only in the United States, but around the globe.

    http://www.culturalcreatives.org/book.html
    The Cultural Creatives care deeply about ecology and saving the planet, about relationships, peace, social justice, and about self actualization, spirituality and self-expression. Surprisingly, they are both inner-directed and socially concerned, they're activists, volunteers and contributors to good causes more than other Americans. However, because they've been so invisible in American life, Cultural Creatives themselves are astonished to find out how many share both their values and their way of life. Once they realize their numbers, their impact on American life promises to be enormous, shaping a new agenda for the twenty-first century.

    Beautiful. It sounds very John Lennon, very Gandhi, very Khalil Gibran, very Isabel Allende, very Rumi. Positive, gentle, intelligent, and proactive. Sounds just right for our "post-ideological, non-partisan, forward-thinking" perspective here on SpaceCollective.

    As scientists, artists, thinkers, feelers, students, and teachers, what are we doing to move humanity forward?
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