FIVE

Compassion and the Cycles of Human Civilization

WILL WE GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME?

As I mentioned in the introduction, I was on a plane with my wife, Julie, heading to Cost Rica for an early 20th wedding anniversary. I was reading the book, Deep Truth: Igniting the Memory of Our Origin, History, Destiny, and Fate, by Gregg Braden.1 My brother introduced me to this book, and I remember being turned off by the title. I tend to reject anything that claims to be absolute. At the same time, I found the title compelling. So I began reading.

I should warn you that this chapter is simultaneously a philosophical and analytical detour from the rest of the book, and the central theoretical core of Next Element’s compassionate accountability model. I debated ...

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