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A Quote by Bill Clinton on integral, ken wilber, democracy, and politics

I don’t think we’ve found a way to promote economic and political integration in a manner that benefits the vast majority of people in all societies…

In the end if you want to promote democracy and you believe in it, then you have to understand that voters usually see these grand political issues through the prism of their own experience, how it impacts themselves, their families, their communities, how they imagine their children will live. … If ordinary people don’t perceive that our grand ideas are working in their lives, then they can’t develop, the higher level of consciousness, if I can use a kind of touchy-feely word, that American philosopher Ken Wilber wrote a whole book about, called A Theory of Everything. He said, you know, the problem is the world needs to be more integrated but it requires a consciousness that’s way up here, and an ability to see beyond the differences among us. So I worry about that.

Bill Clinton

Source: Bill Clinton at the World Economic Forum 2006 via

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on healing, health, illness, disease, sickness, compassion, understanding, culture, treats, treatment, challenge, condemnation, moral judgement, person, grow, heal, enriched, result, better chance, process, larger process, movement,

If a culture treats a particular illness with compassion and enlightened understanding, then sickness can be seen as a challenge, as a healing crisis and opportunity. Being sick is then not a condemnation or a moral judgement, but a movement in a larger process of healing and restoration. When sickness is viewed positively and in supportive terms, then illness has a much better chance to heal, with the concomitant result that the entire person may grown and be enriched in the process. ~ Ken Wilber ~

Ken Wilber

Source: The Essential Ken Wilber: An Introductory Reader.

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A Quote by Peter McNab on first ken book, integral, ken wilber, nlp, americans, and britain

It was during this period that I stopped off in London and found a book called "A Brief History of Everything" by Ken Wilber.  Although strangely attracted to the book and to the cover, initially I couldn't bring myself to buy a book with such an arrogant title.  At that stage I hadn't discovered many Americans with a sense of irony and took the title to be literal.  (I have sinced discovered that Ken has a great sense of humour and most of our early communications were about "Absolutely Fabulous" and Eddie Izzard.)  The title is meant to be ironic but it is also strangely accurate.

Peter McNab

Source: Towards an Integral Vision: Using Nlp & Ken Wilber's Aqal Model to Enhance Communication, Pages: 18

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on criticism, ken wilber, shadow, projecting, controlling, never met me, borderline psychotic, borderline, ad hominen, and ad hominem

Shambhala:  [Laughing]  Actually, the most common ad hominen criticism as of late is that you are a very controlling person.  You have tried to build a huge and encompassing system because psychologically you want to control everything and everybody.

KW:  Yes, I've heard that, but only from critics who have never met me, which suggests to me that these critics are simply projecting their own shadow onto me.  Because the people who know me don't say that I am competitive or controlling.

Shambhala:  What do they say that you are?

KW:  Borderline psychotic.

Ken Wilber


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A Quote by Ken Wilber on joy, pain, suffering, ken wilber, integral, unite, universal pluralism, pluralism, and commonalities

True pluralism on the other hand, is always universal pluralism, (or integral-aperspectival): you start with the commonalities and deep structures that unite human beings--we all suffer, and triumph, laugh and cry, feel pleasure and pain, wonder and remorse; we all have the capacity to form images, symbols, concepts, rules; we all have 208 bones, two kidneys, and one heart; we are all open to a Divine Ground, by whatever name.  And then you add all the wonderful differences, surface structures, culturally constructed variants, and so on, that make various groups--and various individuals--all different, special, and unique.  But if you start with the differences and the pluralism, and never make it to the universal, then you have only the aprespectival madness, ethnocentric revivals, regressive catastrophes.

Ken Wilber

Source: One Taste, Pages: 184-185

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on evolution, spirit, ken wilber, up from eden, and metaphysical knees

We are part and parcel of a single and all-encompassing evolutionary current that is itself Spirit-in-action, the mode and manner of Spirit's creation, and thus is always going beyond what went before--that leaps, not crawls, to new plateaus of truth, only to leap again, dying and being reborn with each new quantum lurch, often stumbling and bruising its metaphyscical knees, yet always getting right back up and jumping yet again.

Ken Wilber

Source: Up from Eden, New Edition : A Transpersonal View of Human Evolution

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on ken wilber, integral, fluffy, intrinsic value, buddha-nature, and sentient beings

All sentient beings - all holons in fact - contain Buddha-nature - contain depth, consciousness, intrinsic value, Spirit - and thus we are all members of the council of all beings… And the ultimate objective truth is that all beings are perfect manifestations of Spirit or Emptiness

Ken Wilber

Source: A Brief History of Everything, Pages: 121

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