What We Can Do About It
With the preceding observations and challenges in mind, I came to this conclusion. If we are to do better than those who came before us and fulfill our best possibilities as individuals, as societies, and as a species, we must add to systems of education processes dedicated to enlightening us to become (a) comprehensive, critical thinking, self-directed individuals, (b) free of illusions, prejudices, self-limiting ideologies, and other forms of conceptual imprisonment, and (c) oriented in a manner that is coherent, moral and universal. To show how this can be accomplished, I developed three illuminating processes/courses that are outlined here:
1. Map Your Life is a process that frees and empowers us to direct our life’s journey from our own point of view, rather than thoughtlessly follow the prescriptions and proscriptions of prevailing institutions. This journey of self-exploration enhances our understanding of our self as a unique individual, member of society, and as part of the larger world so that we can orchestrate a more authentic, productive, and satisfying life. The process is energized by a 16-point Life Map Template that helps us assemble our Life Map in an organized and purposeful manner.
2. Social Mapping builds upon the clarity we gained about our self through the life mapping process by encouraging us to assemble a map of our opinions about great issues of our time. We are asked to write our thoughts and feelings about each of those issues and about any other issue we may wish to add to the list, knowing that we are free to modify what we have written at any time. The sum of our opinions becomes our Social Map. This process helps us understand the dynamics of the social process and, in turn, escape illusions, prejudices, self-limiting ideologies, and other forms of conceptual imprisonment.
3. MetaVisioning is an illuminating process that broadens our perspective further by encouraging us to resolve coherent, moral, and universal premises upon which to build a coherent, moral, and universal MetaVision of how humankind can move forward together meaningfully, joyfully, and peacefully. As an individual, we build upon our premises and opinions we defined in the Life and Social Mapping processes by asking ourselves what they inspire us to envision regarding how humankind can direct its developmental journey forward more wisely. We summarize our premises, opinions, and what we envision within an open-ended essay that becomes our personal, open-ended “MetaMap.” And then, collectively, we work together toward reconciling and synthesizing the MetaMaps of the entire class into a coherent, moral, and universal MetaVision of how humankind can move forward together meaningfully, joyfully, and peacefully as communities, as societies, and as a species. This pursuit of clarity about our existence helps each of us to become liberated global citizens, rather than imprisoned conceptually within a provincial orientation where illusions, prejudices, and self-limiting ideologies prevail.
Please Note: On The Mazeway Project’s website, mazeway.org, you can review:
• Fuller descriptions of the Map Your Life, Social Mapping, and MetaVisioning courses.
• A syllabus for each of the three courses.
• Databases of completed Life Maps, Social Maps, and MetaMaps.
• More examples of feedback from students who have taken the mapping courses.
S U G G E S T E D N E X T : Our Life Map