What we are observing is not just fundamental changes to the way we used to live -moreover, the sweeping changes affect the very structures that have influenced our values over the centuries. Institutions like the church, the monetary system, nations and their boundaries are all crumbling. And so is the meaning of political systems, hierarchy, information and democratic decision making. The importance of doing satisfying work opposed to holding a job to pay the bills, the move towards voluntary contributions to society and welfare, the significance of equality and freedom are taking priority, as well as the impact of our contribution to the whole – may it be small and seemingly meaningless, are undoubtedly on the rise.
All of this is more than just a paradigm shift – it is an evolution on all levels of human existence. If the trends take their course, we will soon live in a world that looks and feels very different from the one we live in today. How will this world look like ? We do not know and much of it will be determined by our own willingness to go with the changes and let go of what does no longer work.
The events have been set in motion and all we can do is observe in awe and get ready to contribute, in whatever way we can. Looking around we see political and industrial leaders who are baffled and at a loss. As I am writing this, Angela Merkel is facing a historic decision to either be a leader or risk her popularity. Barack Obama in the US is facing the same dilemma, and to be fair – leadership has not been a particular important requirement for an US president or a German chancellor. So the dilemma they are facing is one of epic proportion: Will the decide based on the rules of the old world or will they embrace the new dynamic of decision making for New Earth. Will they base their decision on reason, or will they go with their hearts and guts. Time will tell, but from where I am sitting, I do not really believe they actually have a choice in the matter. Old strategies do not work if all the rules have changed overnight.
Global interconnectedness and the power of the new media have become a new tool in terms of first-hand information. Ordinary people experience the power of being connected and are executing their right for free speech and being a part of decision making in matters that affect their lives.
What is important for us is to remember the basis. We have to recognise and address our fear, because in a time like this we just do not know. We do not know what will happen and nothing we have learned and experienced in the past will help us to arrive at a certain future.
So we just have to let it unfold. And go with the flow. One day after the other. One moment after the other. Being grateful to live in such fascinating times.