Civilization is a process operating through the organic development of many simultaneous as well as successive culture-wholes, each of which is born, grows, matures, and more or less rapidly disintegrates and decays. Each culture actualizes in concrete forms and specific modes of activity one particular aspect of the evolving potential inherent in mankind. The process of civilization, on the other hand, is a universalistic, all-human, planetary movement, but it can operate concretely only when embodied in the psychomental substance of a people and in the root patterns of a culture conditioned by climate, flora, and fauna.
As a culture is formed out of a combination of new, dynamic elements and the remains of the past revitalized by these elements, its function in the overall evolution of humanity is to embody a new human quality or Tone, an as yet untried way of life based on new myths, symbols, and social institutions.
- from The Magic of Tone
Dane Rudhyar (1895-1985) is best known for his contributions to the fields of music, art, the philosophy of wholeness, and astrology. Yet his concepts and insights regarding civilization and its many cultures, and issues of social organization, informed all sphere's of his creative and literary work.
Rudhyar wrote extensively on the subjects of civilization, culture and the emergent new social order. Directives of a New Life and We Can Begin Again - Together provided a broad, historical and philosophical perspective for the new (and ultimately elusive) social ideals emerging during the 1970s. In Crisis, Culture and Creatively (1977), Rudhyar explored the process of civilization and the rhythm of its many cycles of culture, and our place and purpose within the grand process.
DIRECTIVES FOR A NEW LIFE by Dane Rudhyar
. This long out-of-print booklet essentializes much of the material from the larger volume We Can Begin Again - Together
. Written in response to the pressing needs of the emergent "counter-culture" of the 1960s-70s, this engaging short work includes chapters on "A Reassessment of Individualism and Freedom", "The Transformation of Interpersonal and Group Relationships", "Principles for the Structuring of a Harmonic Society", and more. Read it now.
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