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A Cybernetic Approach to Sacrum – Profanum

Problems of Sustainable Development, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 109-138, 2010

30 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2010  

Lesław Michnowski

Polish Academy of Sciences

Date Written: January 1, 2010


A new approach to religion institutions is proposed. To adopt world society to era of highly developed science and technology we ought to put away social-Darwinistic social relations and organize humans/world society on three – by John Paul II proposed – universal values: common good/common interest, solidarity and subsidiarity. For life in such State of Change and Risk we have to activate big intellectual – cognitive and innovative – currently in most cases, passive creative potential and allow access to knowledge used up to-date usually for egoistic – business and/or political – purposes. For this end we have to change work force position from “tools like” into creative one. We have also to build world information system that especially will allow to get knowledge about future complex effects of human activity.

Civilization of Life and Love, proposed by John Paul II, should be treated as draft of proper long-term socio-economy transformation that allow to adapt world society to life supported by high science and technology. To avoid global catastrophe and achieve sustainable development of the world society, it would be convenient to include strong religion institutions – for example in Poland, Catholic Church – into social homeostats that con-trol proper process of defense and development of local and global societies. Social teaching of John Paul II should be treated – as soon as possible – as important input into Polish, European and global sustainable development strategy building.

Keywords: John Paul II, State of Change and Risk, natural system, Erwin Laszlo, common good, structures of sin, global crisis, financial crisis, Christian values

JEL Classification: O13, Q2, Q32, Q41, R11, M14

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Michnowski, Lesław, A Cybernetic Approach to Sacrum – Profanum (January 1, 2010). Problems of Sustainable Development, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 109-138, 2010. Available at SSRN:

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