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In the playing cards scheme for classifying worldview themes, themes associated with the spade symbol involve an individual’s relationship to the natural world and how his or her support of, or participation in, activities (including daily lifestyle, earning a livelihood, etc.) impact nature. These themes are loosely associated with "doing" in the Thinking / Feeling / Joining / Doing way of looking at the world.  

SPADE THEMES: META-THEMES (4) & WORLDVIEW THEMES (22)

META-THEMES (basic choices)

                    #104A HUMAN CENTERED     or     #104B  RESPECT FOR NATURE?

       #204A  FREEDOM FROM LIMITS    or     #204B  LIMITS & ETHICS?

Select the worldview theme(s) below that you want to consider:
(Note: If you start with the first one, we will lead you through each of them in turn with prompts to click on!)

#44A Sanctity & Dignity of Life 

or

#4 Global Vision: The Big Picture ?
#25 Anthropocentrism

or

#44B Animal Rights ?
#22A Economic Growth

or

#23A  Sustainability ?
 #26B The More is Better Mentality or #23B Enoughness ?
#26A The Consumerist  or #27 The Small Producer ?
#24A  Struggling With A Basic Need: Sustenance or #24B Creative Expression ?
#45A Borrowing Mentality  or #45B Work Hard, Pay As You Go  ?
#46A The Technological Fix Mentality  or #47A  The Attitudinal Fix Mentality  ?
#46B Militarism or #47B Pacifism ?
#22B Imperialism or #51A Ethical Globalization ?
#51B Big Business Pushes Global Limits  or #40  Environmental Economics    ?

Related Worldview Development Questions:        back to The Reality Marketplace

1) Can I get beyond an egocentric perspective? Can I fit my experience, and the human experience in general, into the much larger content of space and time? 

Related Worldview Theme #s: 3, 4, 10  

2) Which is more important, short term economic growth or long term efforts to build a sustainable economy?

Related Worldview Theme #s: 19, 22A, 23A, 40 

3) Should powerful nations or multinational corporations be allowed to extend their power and influence over poor nations or powerless people?

Related Worldview Theme #s: 22B, 24  

4) To what extent do I empathize with those engaged in a struggle to provide life's basic necessities?

Related Worldview Theme #s: 16, 21B, 24, 39A

5) Should human beings act as if they belong to nature or have mastery over it?

Related Worldview Theme #s: 22A, 23A, 25, 27  
  

6) Which do I value: freedom to consume or freedom to limit consumption?

Related Worldview Theme #s: 16, 22A, 23A, 23B, 25, 26A, 26B, 27, 29A, 42, 43, 45A, 45B, 48 
 

7)  What obligations do people have to protect the natural environment? How can the market economy be reworked to value environmental health?

Related Worldview Theme #s: 22A, 23A, 25, 27, 40, 49A 

8) To what extent should an effort be made to limit the human population?

Related Worldview Theme #s: 22A, 23A, 24, 25, 27, 42, 44A 
 

9)  To what extent do I believe that life is sacred and should be protected?

Related Worldview Theme #s: 5B, 42, 44A, 44B
   

10) To what extent is debt--monetary, personal, or ecological--justifiable?

Related Worldview Theme #s: 26A, 29A, 45A, 45B 
 

11) Does technology typically improve the quality of life? Should its use be limited--if so, how?  Do I prefer technological fixes or attitudinal fixes?

Related Worldview Theme #s: 13, 24, 40, 42, 46A, 47A    

12) In resisting evil, is my approach more militarist or more pacifist?

Related Worldview Theme #s: 17A, 17B, 29B, 39B, 46A, 46B, 47A, 47B 
 

13)  Does globalization need an ethical dimension? 

Related Worldview Theme #s: 22A, 22B, 24, 32, 37B, 40, 42, 43, 50A, 50B, 51 

  Thoughts to Take With You:  

"The door of the future is opening onto a crisis..."  Barbara Ward
"The Chinese...have a language symbol for crisis composed of symbols for two words:
danger and hope"
from Coming of Age in the Global Village
"This growing awareness that we are part of a global system -- a global village -- is a tremendously revolutionary concept...capable of remaking our entire planet" Adam Daniel Finnerty 
in No More Plastic Jesus
"Things do change. The only question is that since things are deteriorating so quickly, will society and man's habits change quickly enough?" Issac Asimov
"Give Earth a chance!" from bumpersticker, author unknown
"Insatiable is not Sustainable!" from bumpersticker, author unknown
"In order to survive and flourish in nature, we must produce what we need...Yes, we too are part of nature, but our nature is that of a developer...It's time we defend a new vision: an inspiring individualist vision of human potential, in which each human being is honored as an end in himself." R.J. Bidinotto
"What we need is the evolution of a new ethical consciousness"  E. Laszlo
"It is no longer a choice my friends between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence." Martin Luther King
"One people, one planet, one future." from bumpersticker, author unknown

 Caution: "As you shop in 'The Reality Marketplace' avoid spending your 'reality cash' too early,  before you have seen everything!” from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.

*In the alternate TFJD code scheme for classifying worldview themes, themes associated with spades generally (but not always!) tend to have higher D (doing) scores.

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