Chapter 15 Matters of Consequence by Copthorne Macdonald

Doing What Needs To Be Done

MATTERS of CONSEQUENCE explores the closely-linked issues of becoming a wiser person and creating a wiser world society. The book explores the nature of physical and mental reality; the question of cosmic purpose; socio-cultural, economic, and biospheric realities; inner reality (including self-knowledge, freedom, responsibility, identity, ethical sensibility); and creating a life characterized by meaning, purpose, and significance. It then presents the vision of a year-2050 world worth creating, and concludes with a discussion of concrete opportunities for personal action. (A German language edition was published by Verlag Via Nova in October 2010.)

Figure 2 — Mind–Directed Evolution,

and Our Transformational Challenge

Figure 2 presents, in graphic form, the transformative challenge that humanity faces

today. As in the twentieth century, human values are guiding the changes. What is different are the values themselves. Instead of the informational elaboration of the world being guided by greed and acquisitiveness, the transformational activities of Figure 2 are structured around values such as sustainability; economic equity; psychological, spiritual, and ethical development; true democracy—and a deep appreciation of the big picture, the long view, and our place in the scheme of things.12


12 Heiner Benking ( is a connector of people, a facilitator of dialog, and an expert at helping people comprehend through visualization. Upon reading the manuscript for this book, he felt that the first five transformational tasks outlined in this matter-of-consequence should be complemented by two things:

1) a sixth task that focused on the big picture, and 2) a visual device of some sort that would relate the individual tasks to the task–as–a–whole, to the entire earthly happening. We discussed the matter at some length, and Heiner introduced me to several “wheels of transformation” (;; and innovations/index.jsp) that became the inspiration for Figures 1 and 2. In all of this, Heiner’s counsel was highly valuable and much appreciated.

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