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CONCLUSION

RETURN TO PLAN B

In the final analysis, we return, as per Living Economics, set within the overall context of an Integral Green Slovenia, to the recent Sustainable Development Initiative for Slovenia, cited earlier (14):

The Green Development Breakthrough programs are focused on long-term solutions. They respond to Slovenia's strategic opportunities that arise from domestic human and natural resources. They also reduce dependence on imports and bring a balanced regional development in the cities as well as the countryside. Additionally these programs support compliance with the international climate targets and job creation with higher added value, resulting in increased competitiveness of the Slovenian economy. Green Development Breakthrough provides a positive vision, promotes innovative solutions and long-term prosperity.

TOWARDS AN INTEGRAL GREEN SLOVENIA

In the light of the review conducted herein, we might reconfigure the above not only as a "concept map", as it were, but also with a view to catalysing an Integral Green Slovenia. The newly integral result is shown below (Figure 14.5), with the local exemplar in bold capitals and the global one alongside it in italics. What we wish to emphasize, in this integral review, is that each economic path – self-sufficiency, developmental economy, social and living economies – builds on what has come before, as well as being centred upon the Slovenian moral economic core, its Earth Soul.

Integral Green Economy of Slovenia

Figure 14.5 Integral Green Economy of Slovenia

In other words, while such notions as a "Green Economy", as well as "Social Entrepreneurship" and "Social Responsibility" are commendable, and well worth taking note of, they do not build specifically on the moral core of Slovenia. For us, such economic integrity, aligns, so to speak:

• a Slovenian soul force portrayed by Pogacnik as the Breath of Gaia;

• a self-sufficient Sentrupert as the heart of the Slovenian matter;

• a Centre for Integral Development at BC Naklo as the spirit of Slovenia;

• a mindful IRDO with its overall orientation towards social responsibility;

• the embodiment of a an integral green economy, represented by Jelovica.

In the final analysis, then, with a view to building up an Integral Green Slovenian Economy (IGSE), each of the abovementioned has a vital role to play, as exemplars, but they serve as representative philosophies, theories and practices rather than as a complete manifestation of what we might term Slovenia's IGSE. Moreover, and as we have seen, in terms of our integral "Northern" polity, Havel's Central European "grund" (grounding), the Roland Berger Foundation's emergent innovation, and John Restakis' humanization of economics, not to mention Slovenian Social Economy and sustainability, all have a European – if not also Canadian – role to play, prior to the IGSE effect.

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EUROPE AND OTHER TONTINENTS

Relating, in the final analysis, to physical geography, it is important to note that Australia is positioned at the back of Europe on the other side of the globe (see Figure 14.6). To reach there one has to pass the North Pole and the Pacific. This position corresponds to what is called the causal dimension of life where a matrix (archetypal patterns) of different aspects of Gaia's original creation is stored – the matrix of life beyond any cultural expression.

Africa on the contrary is positioned "in front" of Europe, strongly relating to the Fire Element. Positioned thereby at the front of life means that the continent can be seen as a huge storage of the life forces of Gaia, capable of nourishing all forms of life in their embodied (materialized) forms. If Africa today often shows a great scarcity of life- sustaining forces, this is because of a lack of a home grown, rationally based civilization (which has been in the past imposed upon Africa) to handle the resources of Gaia's life powers in a cyclic and co-operative way. Indeed that is exactly what Chancellor Williams has been calling for in his approach to Constituting Africa (see Chapter 3).

The big circle depicting Asia represents the whole spectrum of tools that Gaia has developed to further the diversity of creation upon the surface of our home planet, relating to the forms of natural as well as cultural expression. The present day extremist political regimes in Asia and the tendency of its economies to submit to the most sophisticated technologies are, for Pogacnik, directly opposing the intention of Gaia to develop Asia as a means of inspiration towards the future development of the planet and its evolutions.

America is obviously a twin continent. Connected to the quality of the air element it represents the elemental consciousness of Gaia, her noosphere. North America would then correspond to the masculine, spiritual aspect of Gaia's consciousness – also called the "Sophia" aspect, and South America to the emotional dimension of Gaia's noosphere closely related to the feminine. This emotional quality, where the consciousness of Gaia is concerned, is not meant in the psychological sense of the word. It rather addresses the cosmic network of all-connectedness which represents the state of pure being that all beings of the Earth and the universe share.

For the balance in and of the Earth, moreover, of greatest importance is both the major Pacific and Atlantic Oceans positioned at each side of the Earth. The waters of the oceans and seas with their mineral solutions represent vast stores of Gaia's memory. The Pacific Ocean is introverted relating to the memory of life's origins emanating from the Earth's core. The Atlantic relates rather to the manifested world, holding subsequently the memory of the Earth's evolutions.

In this connection Pogacnik makes clear that the dramatic events happening at the Asian shores of the Pacific, like the devastating recent tsunami in Indonesia, mega- typhoon in the Philippines, and the broken Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan, relate to the inability of the present civilization to connect to the origins of life and to nourish the connection in such a way that would be co-creative with Gaia, the life sustaining essence of our planet.

In the final analysis, then, the Earth expresses her different dimensions through the five continents. In this context Europe represents the source of Gaia's inspiration towards transforming her natural creation into different forms of culture. First in the epoch of classical Greece and later during the Renaissance this inspiration spread as a global wave over the world, unfortunately often in a destructive way. Europe is positioned at the place of the fifth element at the centre not because of its past dominating position in the world but because of its potential role as a mediator between Gaia and human civilization. In this sense Europe should be able develop a new model of co-existence between human culture and the spiritual dimensions of Gaia, our home planet.

We now turn from "North" to "West", from Europe to the Americas.

Europe in the World

Figure 14.6 Europe in the World

 
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