Stewart, C.C., Humanicide: From Myth to Risk: A History and Two Possible Futures for Western Globalisation, Journal of Futures Studies, May 2005, 9(4): 15 – 28.

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Abstract

The paper was developed in response to the request for an integral theory analysis of the global predicament. Attempting such an analysis poses many problems before it even starts. What is integral? What is meant by global, or globalisation? What is a global predicament? Is there a single global predicament? How can these complex topics be approached coherently to derive meanings and utility beyond the pages they are written on? No small challenge for any single paper. A creative approach is taken that affords both depth and breadth while achieving some clarity. An integral theory stance is adopted and The Fisher King myth is employed as an explanatory logic for reviewing the historical antecedents and current situation of globalisation. The conclusion is twofold. One, there are no real predicaments where most see them. Two, the real predicament is simply survival, and the quality of that survival. This leads to the outlines of a 21st Century risk profile for humanity. Humanity is, for the first time in history, poised on multiple fronts to wilfully or negligently commit Humanicide: the annihilation of our species to all but a stranded handful. The secondary risk is one of quality: humanity could be forfeiting the hard won gains of our history. Both survival and its quality involve the whole of humanity. They speak to the consequences that are integral to any choices we make, as individuals, communities, nations, and, as a species. The new global domain also requires an integral level approach to competently engage the topic of globalisation as a whole in the first place.

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