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Back Cover:
“For many thousands of years, our ancestors lived in cooperative groups which supported people’s emotional growth, from adolescence to adulthood and elderhood. Throughout diverse regions of the globe, ancient humans created cultural structures to guide and support people in their full development, with each increase in emotional maturity earning a new level of honor, recognition, and special privileges and responsibilities. Our current culture, which has spread rapidly over the planet in the past few thousand years, rewards only an adolescent mentality of competition for attention and achievement. This book illustrates the mindset that got us to this place and presents a new way forward into a new cultural belief system and a new (yet ancient) story of what it means to be human. By revising our paradigm and re-creating a culture which supports emotional maturity and cooperation, we can learn to be human again while still making use of the technologies and infrastructure available to us in our current culture.”

Table of Contents

Introduction: Learning to Be Human Again 

Glossary: A Few Terms Defined

Chapter 1. The Cultural Roots of Discontent 

Chapter 2. How Did We Get Here? His-story of Humanity

Part 1: Seeing Our Beliefs, Choosing Our Beliefs

Chapter 3. Recognizing Our Beliefs and Values

Chapter 4. Do Our Beliefs Serve Us? Examining Our Cultural Values

“We Are Fundamentally Flawed”

“Money/Possessions/Power Are the Only Way to Security”

“We Are Victims”

“Everything is Either Good or Bad”

“The Ends Justify the Means”

“The Earth is Here for Us to Use”

“Suffer Now to be Happy Later”

“There is One Right Way to Live”

“Life is Competition”

“Change Happens Instantly”


Part II: A New (Yet Ancient) Idea of Human Nature

Chapter 5. Key Aspects of Human Nature

Fundamentally Flawed: Our Current Culture’s View of Humans

Self Preservation, Co-Creation, Connection: An Alternative View

Imbalanced Versus Inherently Flawed: The Six Conduits

“Forever Young”: Our Current Culture’s View of the Life Cycle

Maturing and Maturing: Alternative View of the Life Cycle

Cooperation vs. Competitive Barbarism: What Comes Naturally?


Part III: How Do We Get From Here to There?

Tools for Emotional Growth and Cooperative Living

Transformation: A Process, Not a Pill

Chapter 6. Tools for Personal Change

Observe Instead of Judging

Value the Feminine

13 Things You Can Do to Make a Values Shift

A Measure of Happiness

“Happen”-ness in the Face of Challenge

Use Kindness as Your Best Revenge

What to do with all that Spare Time? Learning on Your Own

Value People in the Workplace

Tools from Other Sources

Chapter 7. Tools for Cooperative Living

Re-evaluating Old Relationships, Seeking New Ones

The Ten Levels of Friendship

Step Up, Step Back: Accepting People Where They are At

What is Cooperative Living? True Interdependence and Loyalty

A Business Plan for Cultural Change


Conclusion: Now is the Time


Appendix 1: Building a Cooperative Living Situation

Appendix 2: A Program of Cultural Change and Mentoring

Further Reading