Aristos School of Thought

Aristos Thought and Paradigm Shift...

Each human society is based on a paradigm—a worldview—a constellation of shared concepts, values, perceptions and practices. The institutions, organizations, family units and individual lives within a specific society are organized around some variation of that constellation.

A paradigm shift is in progress as new knowledge from quantum physics reveals a new worldview. How do we recognize this shift? Here are indications:

  • Various movements mount serious challenges against current practices that exploit the environment, mandate a hierarchal order, elevate males over females, emphasize competitiveness over cooperation and rely on technological solutions.
     
  • Disruption proceeds in fits and starts as the old and the new paradigms grind against each other like tectonic plates that cover the earth’s crust. The movement of individuals and societies from the old paradigm is characterized by conflict and strife, pain and denial. But that old paradigm is how we have lived and organized our lives. And some aspects need to be carried forward.

Aristos Thought Provides a Transition...

The transition from one worldview to another would be simple if it were only a matter of mastering knowledge or information. The difficulty arises in that a paradigm shift requires a change in values, a change in our own basic beliefs, a flexibility of individual character. And that is difficult.

We explored these and other issues and used the findings to formulate Aristos Psychology over the past four decades. More specifically, the work was formulated as Aristos Psychology in a seminal work, Energetics of Personality, John G. Geier, Ph.D., Dorothy E. Downey, M.S., 1989, Aristos Publishing House, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

The authors, John G. Geier, Ph.D. and Dorothy E. Downey, M.S., working with scholars and practitioners from numerous disciplines, designed a goal to facilitate adaptations to the new social paradigm, and in the past years, a broadened focus was required, and is best summarized as:

An Aristos, with a Greek meaning "Toward the Best," but with a clarion call for all human effort, that "We can do Better."