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Ashok Natarajan

Natarajan, Ashok

Natarajan, Ashok

Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science; Secretary, The Mother’s Service Society, Pondicherry, India
Email: secretary@motherservice.org

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Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science; Secretary, The Mother’s Service Society, Pondicherry, India
Email: secretary@motherservice.org

Ashok Natarajan is Secretary and Senior Research Fellow at The Mother’s Service Society, a social science research institute at Pondicherry, India, specializing in research on social and economic development. In 2009-10 he co-chaired the World Academy’s e-conference on the Global Employment Challenge. He has written numerous books, articles and working papers on social development, employment and spirituality, including A Study of American Historyand Theory of Social Development. He is also editor of Malarndha Jeeviyam, a monthly journal in Tamil.

ARTICLES BY THIS AUTHOR

Human Attitudes that Prevent the Advance of Human Progress and Civilization   ( Knowledge, Science & Values ), ( Global Governance & Law )
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract Human civilization is a long record of the evolution of human thought Rationality enables civilizations to progress. Since the time of Socrates, human advancement has relied heavily on the power of logic and reason. Logic involves study while reason involves implementation. Converting reason into action would require not so much new creativity but a greater strength. If reason is implemented with the required clarity, it has the power to save the world...
Peace, Security, Globalisation & Cultural Diplomacy   ( Knowledge, Science & Values ), ( Peace and Security )
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract This article argues for a positive, comprehensive conception of peace that goes beyond the mere absence of war and a more integrated conception of human security that encompasses a wider range of issues than threats of physical violence. Education is one of humanity’s most effective social institutions for redirecting the violent physical energies of destruction into higher avenues of civilization and culture as an instrument of conscious social evolution....
Relevance of Spiritual Principles for Resolving Social Problems   ( Global Governance & Democracy ), ( Transdisciplinary theory ), ( Social Science ), ( Knowledge, Science & Values ), ( Global Governance & Law )
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract Society unknowingly follows the course of spiritual evolution. Spirituality is the quest for self-existent order and harmonious perfection. The evolution of society is driven by an irrepressible aspiration for the values that are the translation and embodiment of that order. The history of civilization is a record of its progressive emergence. Spirituality is the quest for a unifying reality that transcends all limitations, distinctions and differences; an...
Viable Solutions for seemingly Intractable Problems   ( Economic Theory ), ( New Economics ), ( Knowledge, Science & Values )
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract Life is filled with seemingly intractable problems. But life wisdom affirms that if there is a problem, there must be a solution. Or better yet, the solution to the problem lies within the problem itself. Problems have their roots in disharmony. Disharmony arises when a part separates itself from the whole and acts independently of the wider reality of which it is a part, as financial markets have separated themselves from the real economy and economy has...
Is the World Floundering or Has She a Vision?
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract To all appearances the world seems to be floundering without leadership, direction or even a clear formulation of goals and processes. Yet, paradoxically, amidst the apparent chaos and confusion, evolutionary patterns of advance somehow seem to emerge, universal values become ever more prevalent and powerful as deep drivers and determinates, a more than conventional wisdom seems to guide situations where conventional wisdom is stymied or blinded by dogma and...
The Conscious Individual   ( Individuality ), ( Transdisciplinary theory ), ( Social Science ), ( Knowledge, Science & Values )
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract This article traces the evolutionary development of human consciousness and its increasingly complex and sophisticated organization as human personality from the instinctive behavior of the animal and the subconscious conformity characteristic of early forms of human civilization through progressive stages of transition from physical to social to mental levels of awareness and from the undifferentiated social consciousness of the member of the tribe to the...
Creative Consciousness   ( Education ), ( Knowledge, Science & Values )
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract Consciousness is creative. That creativity expresses in myriad ways – as moments in time in which decades of progress can be achieved overnight, as organizational innovations of immense power for social accomplishment; as creative social values that further influence the evolution of organizations and society; as the creativity of individuality in the leader, genius, artist and inventor; as social creativity that converts raw human experience into...
Original Thinking   ( Education ), ( Knowledge, Science & Values )
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract History that comes to us as a chronology of events is really a collective existence that is evolving through several stages to develop Individuality in all members of the society. The human community, nation states, linguistic groups, local castes and classes, and families are the intermediate stages in development of the Individual. The social process moves through phases of survival, growth, development and evolution. In the process it organizes the...
Rising Expectations, Social Unrest & Development   ( Peace and Security )
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract: The relationship between peace and development holds the key to effective strategies for addressing the roots of social unrest. Rising expectations are the principal driving force for social development. However, the faster and higher aspirations rise, the greater the gap between expectations and reality. That gap promotes a sense of frustration, depravation and aggression leading to social unrest and violence. The opposite is also true: rising economic...
Theory & Strategies for Full Employment   ( Employment ), ( New Economics )
Get Full Text in PDF Table of Contents The Need for New Theory and Strategies Necessity of Full Employment New Theoretical Perspectives Available Tools for Full Employment Endnotes 1. The Need for New Theory and Strategies From October 2009 to March 2010, the World Academy of Art & Science launched an e-conference on the Global Employment Challenge (GEC). The conference included video webcast presentations and formal papers by innovative thinkers combined with open discussion between...