From Matters of Consequence by Copthorne Macdonald —

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.9


9 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 that became the inspiration for Figures 1 and 2. In all of this, Heiner's counsel was highly valuable and much appreciated.