Carl Jung believed that life has a spiritual purpose beyond material goals and that one of our main tasks is to discover and fulfil our deep, innate potential. This was revolutionary at the time but to many of us today it may seem quite obvious.
After the second world war the baby-boomers (1946-1964) had greater economic security to explore their innate potential and to look for their purpose. This generation no longer had to grind away all day just to eat and survive. They had the freedom to explore, to challenge and rebel. They instigated a cultural revolution in art, music, sexuality and spirituality. It was this generation that kick started the LGBTQ and Feminist movement. They didn't accept the status quo. They wanted to do things their way.
This generation is now facing the autumn of their days. The ideals and visions of youth may have faded but we baby-boomers are now facing a critical, new challenge. How to grow old consciously. Can we do the autumn of our lives and the end of days in a different way to previous generations?
As cultural creatives we want to question the assumption that old people are a drain on resources and have little to offer. We want to change the image of ageing and dying not just for ourselves but for future generations. This is not to diminish the challenges that face us but we want to question some of the stereotypes. It is not so much about living longer and staying fitter, it's about discovering our deep, innate potential in this part of our lives. Perhaps this seems revolutionary but to future generations it may seem quite obvious.
7 AGES CIC is a consciousness raising community providing leadership workshops, meetings and talks.