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The Quest for Justice, Part II

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Sam Keen attempts a worldwide "Dow" — an indicator of political, economic, and environmental justice for all. We're asking you: What works? What's missing?

This article appeared in the Winter 2003 issue of Spirituality & Health. The Global Justice Index: A Work in Progress If we extrapolate present trends into the future, the 21st century seems already doomed to be a time of tyrannical corporate economics, a widening gap between the rich and the poor, domination of the powerless many by the superpowerful few, ecological decline, violent fundamentalism, and free-lance terrorism. But there may be another way to calculate our future possibilities. The mystical, psychoanalytic, and spiritual traditions insist that hope is born precisely at the moment when it seems least likely. The owl of Minerva takes flight when it is darkest. We heed the call of wisdom only when there is nothing left to do. I suggest there is a viable candidate for a new organizing paradigm, a vocation for the 21st century. The unifying principle we seek is not to be found in an overarching global organization, a world government, a world religion, or some new spiritual consensus, but in the humus that is the foundation of all human community — the ancient, unfulfilled vision …

This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Part 1 is linked here, from the Summer 2002 issue of Spirituality & Health.


Sam Keen, whose Psychology Today conversations brought Joseph Campbell, Norman O. Brown, and other seminal thinkers to national attention, holds two M.A.s in theology from Harvard and a Princeton Ph.D. in philosophy. His books include the best-seller Fire in the Belly, Hymns to an Unknown God, and his most recent, Learning to Fly: Trapeze – Fear, Trust, and the Joy of Letting Go.


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