ISHK responds to September 11, 2001

The tragic events of September 11, 2001 and its continuing aftermath are a clear signal of mankind’s urgent need for conscious evolution. We see all too clearly the consequences of a mental system designed for a world long gone: overreacting to dramatic events while ignoring more subtle ones, rushing to “fight/flight”, people from different parts of the world constantly failing to understand each other.

In the months following September 11, ISHK focused on raising awareness in brainwashing: the inherent susceptibility of the human mind to “change” under pressure, a phenomena at work on all sides of the current world situation.

As a framework for developing a broader, more flexible perspective in these difficult times, we offer this excerpt from the writings of Afghan-born writer Idries Shah: “The Basic and the Unfamiliar Human Community.”