About Transitionalism

Through the ages we have been taught to look to religion, ideology, or philosophy for answers to the deepest of life’s mysteries – why we exist and given that we do, what does our existence mean-giving us a fractured view of how we live our lives and the world in general. Transitionalism is unique in being a holistic view; neither a religion, ideology, or philosophy but an integration of all of them. Transitionalism is also unique in it not only provides an inclusive and expansive value framework for individuals to find answers that are meaningful to them, but sees that society has a similar opportunity that needs to be recognized if we are going to realize a more positive future.

Transitionalism is an evolutionary response to a revolutionary time where the principle driver of social change is technology. With current religious and ideological value structures being rapidly eroded, Transitionalism strives to prepare us as both individuals and society for the challenges of the present and those of the future where lessons of the past can no longer act as our guide.

Transitionalism recognizes technology as an expression of our humanity and the capability to improve and expand our lives, but only if our values incentivize us to act in ways compatible with such goals. Technology is not and cannot be a solution for injustice, fear of what is different, indifference to the suffering of others or gross social inequality. To overcome these and other challenges we need to become better human beings. The essential components to Transitionalism are distilled into the following Basic Principles.

Basic Principals

  1. All is Being; Being is all. Being is an eternal singular. We can only perceive Being as multitudes of things where one thing is dynamically connected to every other thing within space and time.
  2. Being, in and of itself, is unknowable. All that we can know is restricted to what can be perceived and processed by our physiological-cognitive-social-psychological structure through the application of scientific methodology, rigorous rational thought, and how we feel.
  3. The question of the meaning of our existence is an expression of our possession of self-reflective consciousness and the source of our humanity and spirituality. As we are Being, Being too possesses self-reflective consciousness and sense of meaningfulness.
  4. No part is independent of any other part. From the threshold of the quantum boundary to the apogee that is society, the world is comprised of interdependent systems interwoven by exchanges of energy driven by principles of emergent self-organization.
  5. In the exercise of intention, we are choosing; in choosing, we assume responsibility for our choices.
  6. Human life is one with the environment. It is from the environment from which we as individuals emerge when born, continues to sustain us as our only source of resources and energy, and to which we return at the time of death.
  7. Human life is both individual and social. One cannot exist without the other requiring that individuals and society must act in recognition that each is responsible for the well-being of the other.
  8. For both individuals and society, the goal should be the search for and the finding of meaning gained through the practice of self-actualization. By becoming a better human being and a better society, Being itself evolves along the same positive path.

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