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Table of figures 8

Dear Reader 11

The story of this book 13

At a glance 15

The language of the new paradigms 19

General 20
Paradigm Shift 1: From Aristotle to Tao 20
Paradigm Shift 2: Towards a more balanced matrifocal/patrifocal partnership 22
Paradigm shift 3: Towards more personal ownership of information 22

Paradigm Shift 1: From Aristotle to Tao 25

Sustainability: The goal of living systems 25
The vital question: How can we ensure living systems remain viable, and thus, sustainable? 25
Aristotle’s logic: Only a partial answer 26
The law of sustainability for living systems 29
The Tao view: Balanced forces 34
Yin, Yang and the law of sustainability 36
This is the root cause of our problems 37
Hey, is there anything new here? No and yes. 38
Example 1: Shifting toward more mixed woodland 40
Example 2: Towards dual monetary systems 46
And now, it’s your turn 61

Paradigm Shift 2: Towards a better matrifocal/patrifocal balance 66

Sustainable societies, defined 66
Our values determine our societies’ sustainability 66
Focus both on efficiency and resilience of our societies 66
Patrifocal and matrifocal values - both in women and men 67
Out of balance 68
Not always so 70
The required paradigm shift 70
And now, it’s your turn 73

Paradigm Shift 3: Towards More Personal Ownership of Information 76

The human information system 76
Centralized information systems: Proprietary information, filtered for money 81
The paradigm shift required: Towards more personal ownership of proprietary information 85
Governments must provide laws to strengthen private ownership of information 88
And now, it’s your turn 90

What Bernard promised and what this book delivered 92

Four books, one article 94

About Bernard Lietaer 96

Index 100