MAKING GLOBAL SENSE
Why a Billion of Us Build Our World Anew
Grounded hope for democracy inspired by Thomas Paine’s Common Sense
2022 update covers the U.S. insurrection and the invasion of Ukraine.
“Thomas Paine rallied Americans to a new sense of themselves and their possibilities. Judah Freed does likewise for citizens of the planet.”
Bill McKibben, Falter, The End of Nature; 350.org
“Making Global Sense is a vital and wonderful book, well written and inspired.”
Barbara Marx Hubbard, Conscious Evolution (she saw draft)
THE CAUSE of global enlightenment is the cause of all humankind.
N THESE trying times of climate change and pandemics with war in Europe and uprisings in the USA, freedom is in peril. Authoritarian nations now outnumber the democracies. Hope lives in outgrowing our need for kings while learning to live mindfully and responsibly free.
Making Global Sense shows why more than a billion of us on earth, often unwittingly, are now building the “global sense movement.” Acting from an awareness of our natural oneness or connectivity, acting alone and together, we are generating a cultural and social wave for humanity to mature and repair the world we’ve created.
Award-winning author and journalist Judah Freed weaves a tale of inspiration from Thomas Paine and his 1776 essay, Common Sense. He revives ideas and ideals from the 18th century Enlightenment to champion our 21st century enlightenment. Where Paine urged independence and revolution, Freed invites interdependence and evolution — now.
Where Paine invited violent revolution, Freed invites peaceful evolution. Where Paine refuted monarchy and hereditary succession, Freed refutes alpha male rule and authority addiction, hidden from our minds with split perceptions, which is how we treat opinions as facts or think lies are true. Freed like Paine advocates critical thinking and reason.
Where Paine proposed a war for independence and the first modern republic. Freed proposes peaceful inner mindful self rule and outer personal democracy, so we mature into direct republics one day.
Changing how we make sense of life and the world changes our lives and the world. A global sensibility equalizes and liberates all races and genders and ages and abilities for ample prosperity and lively democracy. “New men,” for instance, let go of trying to rule the world and instead learn to rule themselves. People of all sorts and natures can thrive when their lives make global sense.
Balancing head and heart, around the essays are woven memoir sections where the author tells the story behind his insights. Youthful faith in a cult, for example, led him to grasp why and how we give away our power to leaders. The story of his later cancer survival journey offers hope for anyone.
Globally awake readers will feel they are not alone, nor powerless, especially when we unite for nonviolent actions together. Those still asleep to our oneness may now safely open their eyes.
Comments on the Book
“Making Global Sense is at once vast and tangible, disturbing and inspiring.”
– Ocean Robbins, CEO, The Food Revolution Network.
“Judah Freed shows how global awareness is already changing life on our planet. The book offers us real hope when we need it most.”
– John Mackey, Conscious Capitalism, CEO, Whole Foods.
“Making Global Sense by Judah Freed is truly a masterpiece.”
– Don E. Beck, PhD, co-founder of Spiral Dynamics.
“Judah Freed holds an unflinching mirror up to human nature and offers a blueprint for the spirit and substance we will need to survive and thrive on Planet Earth.”
– Terry Tamminen, Lives Per Gallon; former California EPA head.
“Making Global Sense is compelling in its ideas and wonderful in its personal elements!”
– Herb Goldberg, PhD, The New Male; The Hazards of Being Male.
“Making Global Sense is a timely, inspirational empowering call to action.”
– Marian McCain, Elderwoman; editor, GreenSpirit.
“The book is clear-eyed and novel. Judah Freed charts a path towards greener and more responsible economies that would be good for people and the planet.”
– Jules Pretty, OBE, The Edge of Extinction.
“Beautifully written, engaging and inspirational, this transformational book is a must-read for enlightened thinkers and instruments of change.”
– Jill Heinerth, filmmaker, We Are Water.
“This is the first book I can remember reading that synthesizes so much into a coherent whole.”
– Shel Horowitz, co-author, Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green, Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION: Making Sense of Global Life
PREAMBLE: A Tale of Liberty Lost
PART I: Our Global Awakening
1. World Enlightenment
2. Shadow Forces
3. The Global Sense Movement
4. Common Global Sense
5. Sense and Insanity
6. Split Perceptions
7. Absurdities and Atrocities
PART II: Kings and Other Masters
8. Alpha Male Rule
9. Authority Addiction
10. Money and Power
PART III: Thoughts on the State of World Affairs
11. The Hazards of Autocracy
12. Clear and Present Dangers
13. Finding Our Courage
PART IV: Our Ability to Change the World
14. Personal and Social Transformation
15. Gender Equality and New Men
16. A New Birth of Freedom
17. Begin the World Anew
EPILOGUE: Liberty Found
JUDAH FREED is an author, journalist, educator, and publishing consultant. His writings about global thinking won two Nautilus Awards for Best Social Change Book and a Colorado Evvy for Best Personal Growth Book..
His career features a decade in Denver journalism followed by two decades as a media trade journalist for the top industry magazines in the USA and Europe. His sidelines are teaching and nonprofit communications. He’s also given talks on four continents..
Judah earned a 1988 double BA in communication and journalism from the University Without Walls at Loretto Heights College (Regis). He researched organizational and public communication within the Individualized MA program at Antioch University.
Judah is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (First Amendment Committee), Authors Guild, Society of Professional Journalists, National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Independent Book Publishers Association, and Coalition of Visionary Resources.
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