Posted on | April 2, 2010 | 1 Comment
I’m not one to tell people what to do, but propositions and suggestions I’m okay with, and I think the human race might be up for this one:
In retrospect, we tend to do things in thematic movements or trends: the 60’s were about free love and protesting the establishment; the 70’s were disco and carelessness; the 80’s were big hair and subversive governments; the 90’s were grunge and war for oil in the middle east; the 00’s were 9/11, technology and the internet making the world infinitely smaller than it ever had been.
So what is our next phase going to be about? I’d like to propose that we make a move towards something new that humans haven’t jointly agreed upon in a long time: self-responsibility. Less finger-pointing, negativity, expectation, entitlement, judging, selfishness and all-around “looking out for number 1,” and more collective, integrity, honesty, smiling, aiding and all-around “I’ll help you and you help me.”
A tall order? Perhaps, but to be quite honest, I already see it taking shape. More people are apt to smile and say “hello” when passing each other on the sidewalk. More people are fed up with the use of the words “terror” and “getting by.” More people read books like “The Power of Now,” enjoy Yoga, go hiking and discuss metaphysical topics over lunch. More people are ready for the belief that by simply changing our perspective internally, we have an immense impact on our world externally.
The idea here isn’t to save the world (contrary to popular belief, the world will always take care of itself). It’s also not about saving ourselves (although that would be a nice perk). Nothing and no one needs to be saved, but rather a deeper understanding of who we are, how we are all connected, and what we are capable of is poised to be achieved. All that is required is that we shed old ideas and ideals, and allow our true potential to reveal itself. History is full of examples of how this evolution of consciousness works (Eratosthenes, Sir Isaac Newton, the Renaissance, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, Martin Luther King, Jr. etc.). Aren’t we due for another period of enlightenment?
If you agree, neat-o. If not, that’s okay too. It’s food for thought, and discussion, and I hope that discussion happens… because that’s what moves us forward — nothing else will.