Paul Palmarozza, director of #ORBmember If I can…CIC, has recently published Cultural Cycles & Climate Change: A Nine-Step Action Plan from MORE QUIET TIME to A GOOD LIFE. That certainly sounds like something most of us would love to achieve.
This article provided by Paul gives an overview of the book, including an outline of those nine steps.
Important lessons learned from history have been uncovered by a 30-year study that can help us deal with the difficult challenges present in our society today. In order to effectively deal with these challenges, we need to quiet the ever-active mind, wrongly seeking happiness only in the material world, so that the right way forward can be more clearly seen. That way is living natural values and offering service.
These are the key research findings by a practical philosophy teacher Paul Palmarozza and his team, who have studied cultural cycles and climate change of not only our western culture, but also of the Indian, Chinese, and Arabic cultures over more than 2500 years. Are we destined to repeat the past mistakes of our culture? Well, if this new research is to be believed we already are! One of the most useful lessons learned is that life in all cultures moves in cycles, that inevitable pattern of a creative impulse to start, expansion, reaching a peak and the initial phase of decline before the final close.
A unique 854-year cycle with four clearly marked stages was revealed through significant research into planetary patterns. All is scientifically measurable. It was for these periods that the historical research was undertaken, and the findings are striking and undeniable. The analysis shows that in the West we are currently living through the cultural equivalent of the last stage of the Roman Empire when wealth, power, fame, and pleasure were the dominant values and excess of the material realm common.
The lessons learned from the analysis prompted a recommended Nine-Step Action Plan for the way forward.
The acknowledgement of the existing conditions including the mistakes being made and the resulting problems.
More Quiet Time including meditation, mindfulness, reflection and silence, practices designed to quiet the mind and emotions so that more conscious, good decisions can be made.
Living the natural human values in how we think, relate to others and act, which will result in a willingness and resolve to serve the common good. One of the prime needs of humanity now is Climate Change and a recommended approach on how we can serve that need is offered.
Another most important need relates to the values being lived in business today. The need for responsible leaders running responsible businesses has never been greater. Public trust in business continues to fall as greed and corruption continue to manifest. In the book the natural values that guide how we think, relate to others and act in life and in business are offered. These values need to be lived and not just talked about.
Paul, who for more than 45 years studied and taught philosophy, has in parallel had a successful career in business including being the CEO of a publicly listed company he founded. He is now a Board Director of Waterperry Gardens, an eco-friendly garden centre owned by a charity, and Director of If I Can…CIC, a community interest company, a company he founded, whose focus is communicating the importance of living natural human values and making decisions in life that are more public spirited and mindful. They offer a free daily values app. See www.ificanapp.com and also a free daily email offering on values in business see www.ethicalentrepreneur.org. Also offered is an E-Book which includes many video interviews with business people who have lived the values.
To find out more about the book visit https://culturalcycles.timelessvalues.co.uk/ To purchase the book there, use the coupon code CULTURALCYCLESDISCOUNT to receive a £2 discount. The book is also available on Amazon with free delivery in the UK www.amazon.co.uk