An Integral Response to Terror in the 21st Century

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Jeff and Corey make an effort to wrap their integral hearts around the tremendous pain and sadness of yesterday’s tragic terrorist attack in New York City (and all other terrorist attacks around the world) while trying to ground the very real fears, anxieties, and resentments these attacks generate into a much more hopeful and optimistic enactment of our world.

Our intrepid hosts also discuss the cultural malaise evidenced by a recent poll conducted by the American Psychological Association, which reports that 59% of the American population believes we are currently living in the lowest point in recent American history. If the world is getting better and better by any number of objective measures, why does it subjectively feel like it is getting worse and worse?

Finally, Jeff and Corey try to answer the question of whether Islam is inherently more violent than other religions, or if this violence is actually being exacerbated by the surrounding social, geopolitical, technological, and cultural pressures of the 21st century.

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Jeff Salzman

About Jeff Salzman

Jeff Salzman worked with Ken Wilber for several years in building the Integral Institute. He is a co-founder of Boulder Integral, the first bricks-and-mortar venue dedicated to the development of integral consciousness. These days Jeff provides integrally-inspired commentary on politics and culture on Integral Life and The Daily Evolver.

Corey deVos

About Corey deVos

Corey W. deVos is editor and producer of Integral Life. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.


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    Thank you both! This is really one of my biggest question for a long time: how much should we promote an (integral) authoritarian government which keeps a high standard of values, ethics and morals to make decisions in a small core group? I would see that for example in the European Union and even a United Nations organization. Each nation state and region can still have there own autonomy and sovereignty but also has to obey to rules of higher order.
    How to sell that to the post-modern people, and even the modern who don’t trust a global governance as it might be infiltrated by the “Rockefellers and Rothschilds” a.k.a the jews?

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    I’m a little bothered by this being framed in the Islamic terrorism narrative which I feel dangerously supports a Trump agenda. The more essential issue to me is that according to BBC reporting, this man landed in the U.S. (not a muslim at the time), and had a desperately hard time surviving. Our society and culture didn’t support him, and he became increasingly angry and found resonance in the most prominent anti-American radical group. Big surprise.

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      David, also in Europe many angry young people join ISIS as a protest to the pro-American politics of the European Union. They are sick of not having a future, no job, maybe no home, not being supported from their communities and the society, while so much money is spent for wars nobody wants.

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        Thank you for that perspective Heinz. I’m thinking that labeling the problem as Islamic Terrorism dangerously misses the point.

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