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"...As the globalization of selfishness and materialism has accelerated and its effects have been more deeply experienced in the daily life ... of all of us, there has been a much wider sense of discontent in American society. This sense of discomfort goes beyond the traditional ... focus on economic deprivation and the deprivation of the rights of oppressed groups. An increasing number of people have begun to experience a crisis in meaning, or a hunger for a framework of meaning that can transcend the competitive market and connect them to some higher purpose for their lives besides the endless accumulation of material possessions.

"These are powerfully important developments, and they bespeak the importance of addressing the spiritual crisis of the contemporary world in a real way."

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