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The mandala is a fitting metaphor to act as a model for a more balanced conception of development, one that recognizes culture as central to human resource development. A globalising world can be understood as a unity, in which cultural and material divisions - as well as connections – are more readily discerned. The mandala exhibits three key attributes necessary for a more balanced world. They are the integrating elements of the relational, the educational and orientational – whereby cultural and ethical direction serves to bestow meaning in people’s lives. In the opposite direction, a disintegrating world scenario would feature a loss of relationships and hence alienation, a reeducation process that serves prevailing ideologies, and the subsequent disorientation that comes from losing one’s sense of place, direction, and self. The mandala model of development in a globalising world is both missing and missed. It needs to be more fully theorized if it is to make a conceptual contribution to the pressing tasks of the day – not least of which is the desperation of terrorism, involuntary migration and a loss of cultural capital.
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