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ERIC Number: ED106196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Self-Realization and the Social Order. Education and the Evolution of Consciousness.
Shaker, Paul
In depth psychological self-realization, known as transcedence or cosmic consciousness, is an individual's personal experience of reality. It is an internal, subjective, wordless perception of the essential wholeness of the universe and the individual within it. Little mention is made of mankind collectively in this philosophy. Forms of society are often put aside as necessary evils which the self-realized individual must overcome to reach his cosmic state of consiousness. However, although transcedence may be experienced only by an individual, it does not have to be at the disdain of the social order. The freedom and meaning to the world which the transcendent individual seeks can come about not in escape from the world but in satisfaction derived from well conceived and executed action in the world. Meaning comes from humane movement directed by the individual. Freedom is not an idealistic static state of being but of being towards. If gifted individuals flee from this responsiblity of freedom and meaning, they become responsible for the uncertainty and chaos that they leave behind. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: N/A
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Note: A paper prepared for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., April 1975)