Tag Archive | worldview

Thinking About the Future

We have problems. Serious problems. Problems like poverty, hunger, homelessness, wars, immigration, financial systems, corruption, and many more. Something is wrong.

A worldview is a way of organizing ourselves, it’s a system, a collection of beliefs about how the world should be. Do most of the people you know believe that we should be hungry? Homeless? Killing one another? Poverty-stricken? I don’t know anyone who believes that that’s the way we should live. So why do we put up with such conditions? Is it because we have never stopped to examine the roots of such a system?

Well, it’s time. And what do we find when we get right down to those roots? We find two things.

One is the distortion of ownership. Ownership is not bad, in itself. However, it is not good to allow the idea of ownership to pave the way for the bullies, corporations, or nations to take over everything – to claim that the land is theirs, the water is theirs, the money is theirs, and all the power belongs to them.

The second thing is the concept that some people are better and more deserving than others. Healthy competition helps to nurture our growth, but not when it results in the belief that some people are more important than others. This paves the way for gross imbalance in a system. We are all valuable in different ways.

What if the person who was the best gardener was obliged to feed the most people? What if the group that made the best cellphones had the job of supplying the most people? What if the best artist, writer, or singer was expected to present visionary material to the widest slice of the public? What if the best leader was expected to negotiate only peace and service to others?

And what if 6.9 billion people woke up one day to realize they were cold, hungry, thirsty, homeless, cut off from what they needed to survive because of money, and being encouraged to slaughter one another? Would they continue to go along with such a system? Or would they begin to notice that there was something ass-backwards about that system?

We are right there!

This is the end of an age…the age of industrialism, of coal, oil, and chemistry, of nation states and capitalism, of religion. Industrialism has gone as far as it can go without totally destroying the Earth. Coal, oil, and chemistry have gone as far as they can go in covering up the discovery of free energy. Nations states and capitalism have gone as far as they can go without completely destroying civilization. And religion has gone as far as it can go without completely arresting all human development.

What is beyond the end of our age? It’s time to think creatively about the future.

 

Political Maturity?

January 9, 2011

My mother used to say, “You can say anything you want, but you can’t say it any way you want.” Later, as I grew up, I discovered that timing and tone were as important as the choice of words. Still later, I realized that one’s level of maturity was even more important – it was the key to all satisfying conversation and productive communication.

It is time for people to begin maturing politically. The political arena is not the center of life. Barack Obama is not running your life – you are. Glen Beck is not making choices for you – you are. Neither the Republican nor the Democratic party is responsible for your health or financial condition – you are.

If you have the idea that someone, some political party or elected representative out there in the world is to blame for your situation, then you are thinking, and probably acting, like a teenager. No one is out there doing anything to you, and this kind of thinking is a sign that you have not matured or stepped into your own wisdom and power.

Do not allow the media circus that goes on around political events to suck you into believing that political events are more important than what is happening in your own mind and your own life. Maturity is a willingness to go below the surface of things and to think for yourself. It’s time we matured as a nation. Do not allow yourself to be manipulated via media. It’s your consciousness, and no one can do your perception for you.