My new political book, Developmental Politics, is now complete and will be published by Paragon House on March 1. Now that the writing is done, I’m turning back to the work of the Institute for Cultural Evolution. In the next few weeks we will be launching an exciting new Character Development Exercise (adapted from Appendix B of Developmental Politics), which will be similar in format to our popular Worldview Questionnaire.
This new online exercise is called “Your Portrait of the Good.” The exercise asks you to reflect on your ideals and what you really care about. This 15 minute process helps you discern your highest personal virtues. By answering the exercise’s 10 questions you create a personalized chart like the sample shown above. Your finished Portrait of the Good virtues chart can then be printed-out and used as a practice tool for personal development. Thinking deeply about your core virtues is an important part of a virtue practice, and this exercise is designed to help you do just that.
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From Developmental Politics: “Taking an evolutionary perspective on our political problems helps reframe our hyper-polarized political condition as a golden opportunity to bring about the next emergent level of our civilization’s development.”
From Developmental Politics: “The higher purposes which we recognize as *transcendent* have a kind of magnetic power that draws us forward. As Oxford philosopher Iris Murdoch wrote, ‘we are spiritual creatures, attracted by excellence and made for the Good.’”
Emerson’s insight, that “every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact,” reveals the connection between exterior physical energy and interior ‘value energy.’ In fact, ‘the good’ in itself can be most accurately conceived of as an upward current of perfecting energy.
Although every infant begins life with the same basic form of biological “human nature,” the extent to which their consciousness develops is largely determined by the culture in which they are raised. Human nature itself thus evolves through the evolution of human culture.
Managing the polarity of liberal and conservative values is not simply a matter of meeting in the middle or compromising. Working to both challenge and *support* our political opponents is a new approach to politics that is pragmatic and transformational at the same time.