For some time now I have been posting articles I found across a wide selection of media. I tried to stick to articles written by independent experts and reflect a picture based on facts, avoiding speculation.
I have been painting a picture of the world we live in Now.
To me this is a world that is re-inventing itself. A world that in rapid pace is shedding old beliefs, systems and structure. The emerging topics are true democracy, self-organisation and a new economic model, largely free from the driving forces of consumerism and monetary system. That goes along with great concern and care for natural resources, the responsible use of energy and preservation of ecological systems. It will lead to new societal values, a new definition of government and administration – without the need to politics – and by and large a departure from the current economic, political and societal systems we have come to get used to. For they have served their purpose and now they are failing.
Brave New Earth.
The changes are swift, momentous and irrevocable. they are driven by 3 key driving forces – nature, people and the internet.
Natural disasters cause huge disruption and change. There is the effect of the great droughts in China, Russia and Europe, as well as flood, storms and volcanic or tectonic activity. In its wake we see the effect on the global economy, in particular in terms of food prices, but also in terms of migration, impoverishment and the emergence of diseases and epidemics.
Not to speak of catastrophic events like Fukushima, or even ecological disasters like the oil spill in the gulf.
It also has an effect on the energy prices and this in turn is affecting the global economy. Rising prices are leading to less consumption, which is leading to unemployment. Aggravated by the financial crisis and the public debt, also public spending is coming to a halt, affecting healthcare, education and infrastructure.
This in turn is leading to dissatisfaction – and many times to acts of pure despair – in people. Once they have not enough money to put food on the table, or pay for the most urgent needs in terms of health care or the need of their children, they obviously ask themselves, what is happening with their tax money and what are governments doing to protect them.
If it is on Tahrir square in Egypt, Puerta del Sol in Madrid or Syntagma Square in Greece – the issues are the same and then of thousand, mostly young people have gathered to demonstrate, not for the left, or the right, but for common sense.
They may be the first, but soon they will be joined by their brothers and sisters all over the world. There will be one common goal – true democracy and the formation of new ways of living and working together, motivated by human need, as opposed to national greed.
We are indeed witnessing the birth pangs of a New Earth.
What made it possible is this being interconnected. The internet has served as a tool, as a conduit, for the collective need to finally see the truth about having been enslaved by false systems and beliefs, and having supported them with their manpower and tax-money.
It is everywhere. Everything we believed in. The power of nations, institutions and corporations, the influence on beliefs and stability of systems like church and state, tribal identities and in general “the way we do things”.
In awe we see everything falling away.
And it is becoming so obvious, that nothing in this world happens in isolation. If child-sex trade or corruption, slavery or the destruction of nature and resources, the wars, the pollution, the drugs, the abuse – there is nothing in this world, I am not a part of.
But also our beliefs in our way of life, the emphasis on productivity, the idea of success and failure, the ubiquitous fragmentation and separation – everything we have come to believe in, as they way things have to be. And yet, nobody said that even this is the way things are, that they cannot and will not change, even though we may think it is utopian.
It is anything but. It is what is emerging and I am a part of it.
And this is what compels me to become silent and humble. No finger-pointing, no feeling superior or even looking away and avoiding – it is what it is. My thoughts and actions are affecting this world and puts the responsibility right back onto me.
So I continue to live my life in the moment, the only place that is and ever will be. In times like this it is useless to look back – or forward for that matter. It is important to stay centered and make sure one’s own thoughts and actions are not driven by fear. It is a little bit like white-water rafting: hold on to your seat, trust the universe and enjoy the ride. The world is going to change and so are we.