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From the Editor: November/December

Stephen Kiesling
It’s the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong!” That line, from Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, helped us find fellow seekers for the launch of this magazine. Our founding visionaries were “progressives” in search of real progress. Daniel Matthews, rector of Trinity Church Wall Street (page 14), realized that progressives of all religions now have more in common with each other than they do with fundamentalists of their own faith. Our ancient stories don’t matter so much. We can talk! The other visionary was my mentor T George Harris, a World War II artillery scout, Time reporter, and editor in chief of Psychology Today, American Health, and Harvard Business Review. T George sent me out for data from the World Values Survey, which showed that by the year 2000, “postmaterialists” would outnumber “materialists” worldwide. In other words, most people would be born higher on Maslow’s pyramid. Less concerned with survival needs, progressive postmaterialists would connect around the globe for equality, justice, and peace.  So, our mission was to help usher in …

Stephen Kiesling is a former Olympic rower, cocreator of the Nike Cross Training System, and editor at large of Spirituality & Health. A 35th anniversary edition of The Shell Game: Reflections on Rowing and the Pursuit of Excellence has just been published.

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