This book is the first volume in a series written from an
Afrocentric perspective, especially for use in forming young
visionary leaders for the emerging postmodern Global Civilization.
It invites young leaders and all people to study humanity's African
roots and the ancient and healing wisdom of African traditions.
Within the contemporary intellectual-spiritual renaissance of
African roots, the book highlights the creation-oriented
spirituality of Africa, so full of joy and praise. It summarizes
the scientific story of our human family's birth in ancient Africa,
and our human family's subsequent migratory journey across the
entire planet. It points out the African roots of civilization, of
spirituality, and of the roles of women and men, all of which may
still be partially reflected across today's human cultures. The
book argues that we humans form a single human family guided by
common philosophical-ethical truths seminally present in ancient
African wisdom. It argues that these truths are grounded in the
nature and purpose of everything in the created world, including
humanity. We humans are not separated into radically different
races. Nor are we separated from the rest of Nature. Rather, we
form one human family within the natural world and we seek a common
Global Ethics for ourselves and for the natural world of which we
are an organic part. The book invites young leaders and all people
to work together in healing the great spiritual, ecological, and
social breakdowns that have developed from following the false
philosophical wisdom of the mechanical-utilitarian cosmology at the
foundation of modern Western industrial-colonial civilization. This
misguided cosmology constitutes the deep intellectual root of late
modern Western culture's promotion of selfish individualism,
ecological destruction, and spiritual emptiness. Drawing on African
wisdom, the book seeks to help young leaders, and others, to
develop a healing global vision for ecological, social, and
spiritual regeneration. The book may be used for college and
high-school classes, for adult study groups, or for individual
study. JOE HOLLAND, the author, is Professor of Philosophy at St.
Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida, in the United States.
He also serves as President of the Pacem in Terris Global
Leadership Initiative. He holds a Ph.D. in the field of Social
Ethics from the University of Chicago and has published twelve
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