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In Search of Islands of Sanity

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THE MARSHALL PLAN. In World War II, the allies devastated parts of Europe in intensive bombing raids and street to street fighting, with scant concern for human life. After the war, American General George Marshall proposed a compassionate and generous plan to help Germany and other nations rebuild their infrastructures and social systems. This shifted the relationships and contacts between the countries from unconditional surrender and killing to an atmosphere of caring and contribution. This counterintuitive act created mutuality that has lasted for decades, a miraculous change that was a gift of humanity embracing countless people in the act of giving.


Consciousness is the state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings. Each of these prominent, dramatic events caused an explosion of Human Mutuality by dramatically expanding consciousness, in individuals and across large groups of people.

Clearly, crisis can induce the experience of Human Mutuality, as can the wonder of collective accomplishment. How then to accelerate Human Mutuality without burning down the house, starting a war, telling lies or inducing crises one way or another?

30-year astronaut Story Musgrave, team leader of the amazingly successful Hubble Telescope repair, says that the extraordinary results produced by NASA teams is a product of integrating mission nobility and transcendence with systematic and exhaustive performance checklists.

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