The Aquarian Conspiracy: Personal and Social Transformation in Our Time (The Tarcher Cornerstone) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/8/20
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Here is the human potential masterwork that defined the New Age.
Called "an exciting vision of the future” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), “a handbook of the New Age” (USA Today), and “a new charter of human possibility” (Norman Cousins) upon its initial publication in 1980, The Aquarian Conspiracy is a breathtaking, compelling study of the changes in work, relationships, medicine, religion, education, and more that comprised the birth of the New Age movement.
An influence on thinkers from Deepak Chopra to Al Gore, The Aquarian Conspiracy remains a thorough, detailed classic of contemporary thought—an impeccable document that traces one of the most powerful cultural movements of our age.
“A bible of the New Age movement.”
—William Grimes, The New York Times
“Marilyn Ferguson helped pull together various emerging countercultural strains...into what soon after became known as the New Age movement.”
“The New Age watershed classic.”
"A galvinizing influence on participants in scores of alternative groups."
—Los Angeles Times
“A lighted fuse.”
—Toronto Globe & Mail
“An exciting vision of the future.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“May decisively affect the future of us all.”
—San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle
“A new charter of human possibilities.”
I was astounded to see that this book has 3.5 stars - then I saw the reason, the poor souls who have created a terrifying reality filled with satanic conspirators have been sharing their delusions. I think they unwittingly prove a major tenet of the Aquarians: we don't see the world as it is, we see the world as we are.
Ferguson's insight into the power of networks three decades ago is particularly impressive - Twitter's role in the Iranian uprising is a clear example of this potential being used to transform the world.
The title's reference to the 1980s is a lesson in itself - this is a process with no beginning and no end, and change always take longer than we want it to. That being said, we have come a long way in past three decades. Obama is our leader! He sees that in order to create a future with less violence and more love (which, BTW, is what Jesus would do) we have to be less violent and more compassionate. As Ferguson says, the Aquarians realize that there are only means, no ends. Secret prisons in which human beings are tortured are inconsistent with the ideals of our forefathers (who were certainly early Aquarians) that all men are endowed by their creator with the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. When we act inconsistently with this ideal we are doing more to destroy our country than any terrorist ever could.
If I could give this book more stars, I would - read it!