The best that we can do for ourselves is first to recognize our inherent intellectual and consciousness potential and then direct our collective resources to the task of enhancing both. For those who have had a true peak experience there can be no doubt that one begins attempting to live on a higher level of morality within society. One lives by a higher set of principles and ethics than ever before. One has a much greater love and respect for all of existence, and feels duty-bound to contribute more time and effort to the benefit of others. One also comes to believe that if everyone could have a peak experience, then all of society, even though still imperfect, would be dramatically transformed to a higher-level order of existence. Selfishness and negative acts would not be eliminated, but would be drastically reduced.
As evolution of consciousness continues, it becomes increasingly more feasible to predict the eventual formation of a society which will be structured on the basis of higher-order concepts and a closer approximation of reality. Even now, if all of the self-actualizing individuals in the world worked together in tandem toward a common goal, much more could be accomplished than at present.
I am certain that in time such an organization will be formalized. It will be constructed around certain guidelines and goals, and I believe that the following items might be included.
(1)... The goal of first importance might be entitled the "Quest in Search of the Theory of Everything." This would represent the beginning of the final conscious push of humankind toward our ultimate level of existence, whatever that might prove to be. By making this a most important goal, all else would fall into place. The pursuit of truth no matter what the source and cost (within reasonable limits) is an integral part of this process, and would always receive the very highest priority status. The search for truth would be perceived as the most noble of all thought processes. The better we are able to approach all truth and reality, the greater our chance of survival, individually and collectively. Maslow believed that one of the foremost tasks would be to integrate various isolated "truths into the whole truth, which should be our only loyalty.".15...The emphasis placed upon this goal would help speed global understanding and unification.
(2)... Establish secondary goals which by their very nature fulfill the meta-need of those individuals who feel that they want to be associated with an organization whose ethics and principles are of the highest order. One of the goals of the society would be to actively set new goals wherever a need is recognized. This is already being done within an organization called Action Linkage.
(3)... The society would continuously redefine our perception of truth and reality to approximate both as closely as possible while our understanding of existence continues to evolve. This would require the very highest level of intellectual honesty and integrity and the ability to change direction as new information is acquired.
(4)... This should be viewed as the most important world-wide project ever undertaken. It would be based on a principle that should ultimately result in the fastest accumulation of knowledge possible and which potentially, over a long time period, would lead to the unification of humankind. This latter goal would be rendered possible since the organization's basic premises would have no conflict with any other group.
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