The Times They Are a-Changin' is a song Bob Dylan wrote in 1963, purportedly as an anthem of change. Evidently, he was inspired by an Irish ballad that proclaimed, "If your time to you is worth savin', then you better start swimming. Or you'll sink like a stone. For the times they are a-changin'." And most famously, "The line it is drawn, the curse it is cast. The slow one now will later be fast, as the present now will later be past. The order is rapidly fadin', and the first one now will later be last, for the times they are a-changin'."
In 1985, Dylan said this about this song:
This definitely was a song with a purpose...
I wanted to write a big song, a song with short concise verses that piled up on each other in a hypnotic way.
He succeeded. The Times They Are a-Changin' is acknowledged as one of the most influential political songs of all time. Fifty plus years later, it could stand as an anthem for our time.
The 21st Century is another era that's "a-changin'." If you're interested in knowing more about the characteristics of this century, your place in it, and the learning journeys that could be yours to launch in response to its new demands, please explore the resources available later on this page. There you'll find self-assessments that will help you perceive, assess, and understand your own worldview. You'll also find expert thought papers written by leading adult development researchers that will help you compare what you've learned about your own worldview (i.e., from the self-assessments you take) with the new discoveries that today's best Order of Consciousness researchers are currently revealing. In addition, there are TLO thought papers below that explain our views about these developments, especially our sense of the mindset work that these new advancements are asking of us. You'll also find links to scholarly works that speak to these issues. If you're curious about right-brain paths to this same learning, you'll find poems that can help. And finally, you'll find references from those with whom we've worked over the past several years.
Explore these resources. Expand your knowledge and your curiosity. Then come back to us and share your comments, questions, and new insights. Most importantly, come back to us and share your curiosities so that together we can design and launch a mutual learning journey that will generate powerful, self-sustaining development for you and us.