It appears that the standard solutions to our basic problems has deteriorated into yelling and screaming. I think there is a better way!
I have always felt that there must be some important conflict, some large out of equilibrium process, that drives philosophical development. In the past that important conflict was often major wars that were quite traumatic like the Civil War or World War I. The driving conflict could also be glaring inconsistencies in the social-cultural assumptions. This driving conflict leads the social-cultural realm to be out of equilibrium enough, over a long enough period, so it can cause major thought change. For the new age I could not, at first, find such a traumatic conflict, at least directly visible, such as in a war. What I have finally concluded is that the conflict of the new age is not any particular war but the fear of the war to end all wars. The new age has been driven by the out of equilibrium fear of the nuclear apocalypse. Thus the need for a new meta-physic.
So they needed to go elsewhere to seek out sources of knowledge. The standard sources seem to only know the old physical world (at least the learned sources appeared to only want to know the old physical world) which is definitely passing away in a horrible nuclear way. The physical apocalypse that the new agers saw was far worse than anything in the Apocalypse of John. Remember, although we all knew about this problem we were not able to talk about it generally. It was too horrible. So it remains the subconscious assumption behind our thoughts and our own philosophical development. It is obvious that this driving force would engender more interest in another reality, a reality that could not be affected by the final nuclear event. The social-cultural realm was far from equilibrium, in a hidden way, and thus we were driven to seek new approaches to resolving our inner conflict. The new age had to happen and it had to question the meta-physics.
Dr. Jerome Heath, Ph. D.