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Are you a Cultural Creative?

This list from authors Paul H. Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson can give you an idea. Check the statements that describe you:

1. Love nature and are deeply concerned about its destruction.

2. Are strongly aware of the problems of the whole planet (global warming, destruction of rainforests, overpopulation, lack of ecological sustainability, exploitation of people in poorer countries) and want to see more action on them, such as limiting economic growth.

3. Would pay more taxes or pay more for consumer goods if you could know the money would go to clean up the environment and to stop global warming.

4. Place a great deal of importance on developing and maintaining your relationships.

5. Place a lot of value on helping other people and bringing out their unique gifts.

6. Do volunteering for one or more good causes.

7. Care intensely about both psychological and spiritual development.

8. See spirituality or religion as important in your life, but are concerned about the role of the religious right in politics.

9. Want more equality for women at work, and more women leaders in business and politics.

10. Are concerned about violence and abuse of women and children around the world.

11. Want our politics and government spending to put more emphasis on children’s education and well-being, on rebuilding our neighborhoods and communities, and on creating an ecologically sustainable future.

12. Are unhappy with both the left and the right in politics, and want a to find a new way that is not in the mushy middle.

13. Tend to be somewhat optimistic about our future, and distrust the cynical and pessimistic view that is given by the media.

14. Want to be involved in creating a new and better way of life in our country.

15. Are concerned about what the big corporations are doing in the name of making more profits: downsizing, creating environmental problems and exploiting poorer countries.

16. Have your finances and spending under control, and are not concerned about overspending.

17. Dislike all the emphasis in modern culture on success and “making it,” on getting and spending, on wealth and luxury goods.

18. Like people and places that are exotic and foreign, and like experiencing and learning about other ways of life.

If you agree with 10 or more of the above, you probably are a cultural creative.

Source: The Cultural Creatives Web site at www.culturalcreatives.org

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