"Before the apex stone is fitted"
"It will take a more definite recognition of the Grand Architect of the Universe before the apex stone is finally fitted into place and this nation in the full strength of its power is in position to assume leadership among the nations in inaugurating the new order of the ages." - Vice President Henry Wallace, 1934
A brief follow-up to Friday's post. Ever heard of Changing Images of Man?
The report was issued by Stanford Research Institute in 1973, having been commissioned by the US Department of Education five years earlier, and its influence has far outstripped its limited circulation. Its one brush with a general readership came in 1982, when Robert Maxwell's Pergamon Press republished it as "one of the 1,000 most important works of modern times," though at this writing even used copies are unavailable at any price through Amazon.
The report found that "Analysis of the nature of contemporary societal problems leads to the conclusion that...the images of man that dominated the last two centuries will be inadequate for the post-industrial era."
Co-editor and principal contributor was Willis H Harman, the late Stanford futurist, professor of Engineering Economic Systems and president of Edgar Mitchell's Institute of Noetic Science (which has been used as cover for some of the CIA's esoterica, such as remote viewing). Harman believed humanity is embarking on a period of "global mind change," and that people could reorder the world "by deliberately changing their internal image of reality."
Harman based his book Global Mind Change upon the Stanford report. In this interview, apparently from the mid-90s, he elaborates on his thoughts on shifting worldviews and our "remarkable point in history":
Whether its psychic phenomena, mystical experiences, communications with the dead...whatever it is, you're implying that reality is different from the way they taught you in school. Sooner or later we're going to say "Well if all of that's so, then our emphases in business and economics have to be different, as well as our emphases in politics, education and healthcare."
How to anticipate and capitalize upon the revolution in worldviews in the dawning post-industrial era is the question Harman's SRI team set to answer. In The Stargate Conspiracy, Picknett and Prince quote the following passage from Changing Images of Man, perhaps the most important book almost no one has read, which suggests how this may be accomplished:
Of special interest to the Western world is that Freemasonry tradition which played such a significant role in the birth of the United States of America, attested to by the symbolism of the Great Seal.... Thus this has the potentiality of reactivating the American symbols, reinterpreting the work ethic, supporting the basic concepts of a free-enterprise democratic society, and providing new meaning for the technological-industrial thrust.
Symbols and myth are not the accents of a society, they are its engines. Something to think about before they run us over.