For the Global Good – An Ethic for our Time


A new tribe is emerging on the planet – a tribe that transcends gender, race, religion and nations. It is a tribe of people who self-identify as global citizens and are dedicated to the wellbeing of the planet and all its inhabitants - without privilege or prejudice. This tribal identity holds powerful revolutionary and evolutionary potential! It aligns people across cultures and continents. It cuts to the core of what separates people from each other and the planet.

The identity of “those for the global good” draws a defining line between those who are consciously working for the wellness of all and those who aren’t. From a holistic perspective, this no-compromise line distinguishes those who are dedicated to learning how to heal and enrich our collective body and those that are willing to leech off and deplete it for their own benefit. 

Old tribal identities based on characteristics such as race, gender, politics and religion emerged from a picture of the world as made up of separate parts with a relationship of hierarchy and privilege among them. The paradigm of separateness and privilege created a culture of competition, conflict and ruthlessness, where societies function like an auto- immune disease, with parts of the whole attacking other parts it does not recognize as self.

Now, awareness of our shared ecosystem is growing.  Science has shown that the planet and all its species function as an interconnected living system, and we are experiencing this through the devastating impact of global warming. The recognition of the world as a living system is replacing the mechanistic view of the world, and the tension between the two paradigms inevitably brings with it a clash of cultures.   

Some believe “globalization” means the entire planet is now a playing field for the old system of domination, and that all human and planetary resources are up for grabs by the smartest and most conniving. This dynamic of self-interest acts as a splitting virus that fragments the integrity of people and planet.

For others the idea of being a “global citizen” comes with an ever deepening sense of accountability and being a contributing part to the global good. It comes with a profound sense of connectedness to all of creation and a commitment to offering ones unique gifts in service of the whole. “Global citizens for the global good” is a worldview that catalyzes a  healing dynamic and connects nourishing communication pathways among all parts of the interconnected whole.

The ethic of ‘the global good’ turns many of the values that we have learned to believe in, upside down. Paradoxically, values such as loyalty, equality, freedom, justice and compromise have meaning only in hierarchical societies where there is privilege, inequality, oppression and injustice.

The idea of Global Citizens for the Global Good is rooted in the science of living systems and in the spirit of the sacredness of all Creation. It promotes self-organization according to what is healthy for all diverse parts of the ecosystem. A healthy body does not try to standardize its different functions or privilege one part over another. Instead, it seeks to ensure accurate mutual nourishment among the diverse parts, so that all receive the precise nourishment they need in order to take up their complementary role in the whole. It has a healthy immune system to defend against that which goes against Life – the Life consciousness that transcends the individual.

Similarly, citizens for the global good seek to create a no compromise, oppression free planet that is nourishing for all. They work together to uncompromisingly ensure the safety and vitality of each other and all species. In an interconnected system there is no logic or justification for oppressing any one part for the benefit of others. The underlying principle is that in any living system, where there is oppression of one part,  it will impact the entire system.  When we privilege or oppress ANY healthy part of the living system, we are part of the problem and not the solution. Oppression of the 'other', (both human and non-human) is so deeply ingrained in our culture that we are often tragically unconscious of the way in which are complicit with it in our lifestyle choices. Becoming conscious of the impact of our behavior on the shared system is an essential part of the healing process. This framework raises two key questions. The first question relates to our willingness to learn about the impact of our behavior on the whole. The second is what we choose to do with the information once we become conscious of it.  The answer to these questions can indicate something about the metaphoric tribe we belong to.

The line between those working consciously for the global good and those who are not, promises to be one of the most defining concepts of our time. We are all active participants in the unfolding divide and are all accountable for its outcome. 

When the Earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the Earth from many colors, classes and creeds and who by their actions and deeds shall make the Earth green again.  They will be known as the Warriors of the Rainbow. 

Ancient Hopi Prophecy

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This article was previously published on Together in Creation and Re-edited on May 13, 2018


Distressed by the suffering humans are causing each other, animals and the planet, I spent many years exploring diverse healing paths and solution oriented programs.The journey led to the development of a holistic approach for nurturing systemic wellness that draws on a broad range of experience in different countriestraditions and disciplines.  The approach offers conceptual and practical frameworks for systemic healing and for nourishing vitality of people and planet. The framework has evolvedover more than 25 years working with leadership and people from all walks of life and across sectors of society and continents. Over the years I have worked as a therapist, consultant, manager, teacher, author, activist, leadership consultant  and creative partner in cultivating individual and systemic wellness in groups, organizations and communities. The current focus of my work is to contribute to planetary healing, and to a new form of local and global governance (eco-governance), that puts the health and vitality of the planet and all its inhabitants for generations to come as its core purpose and organizing principle.  

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