Saving the world
One of my favorite blogs is Dave Pollard's How to save the world. It's not that I agree with what he says (often I don't) it's just that I really like him. He has a genuine desire to be helpful that's evident in everything he writes and his passion is infectious.
His post today, Forgive Yourself: Becoming a Care-Taker for Gaia, continues a familiar theme - that the end of the world is nigh (this century). Dave goes on to say that there are but two appropriate responses to our impending doom - either deny all responsibility or feel guilt for being party to the problem. Forgiveness is suggested as a way of ameliorating our guilty feelings so we can be of sound mind and make the most of the little time left to 'live a full, joyful life and do what we can do to make the world a little better'. But how can we live a joyful life under such a fearful prognosis?
I agree with his analysis entirely that the human race seems hell bent on a path towards self destruction. In fact, it appears that it would take nothing short of miracles to save us now. We despair not because of the state of our world but because we feel powerless to do anything about it. As for the miraculous, we dismiss that as being from the world of fantasy and myth. This to me is a shame, because what we dismiss we don't have eyes to see, and now more than ever, we need to see anew. And surely, failing in the past shouldn't be cause for despair but a signal to move on and embrace what lies beyond our present understanding.
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes" - Marcel Proust
The problem I have with Dave analysis is not that it is flawed but that I think it only tells half the story. For the first time in our history there's a huge and accelerating convergence between myth and scientific discovery. Both of these point us to being on the brink of a quantum leap in our understanding of what we are capable of, and the true laws of nature that govern our universe.
Scientists are now saying that when we look closely at matter all we find is energy and it is us, the observer, that seems to call the tune that this energy appears to dance to. If this is true, then the death, destruction, pain and futility that Dave highlights, and we seem to see in the world, may simply reflect our current state of consciousness - our fearful thoughts and limited self concepts. If this is the case, then despair would be unfounded because we can do something about it.
As I suggested in my last post we are now quickly building the tools and the willingness to connect with each other, and that connection is constrained by neither time nor space. It's because of this that it would probably take very few to awaken to reach the 'hundredth monkey' tipping point and save the human race. By 'awaken' I mean awaken to the recognition of our true nature and creative potential, and the realization that miracles are as normal, right and as natural as breathing to a mind that no longer sees itself as separate from, or victim of, everything that appears to be 'outside itself'.
"Harry Potter is one boy in a long line of mythical heroes who have reminded the human race that we are so much more than we think we are, so much more powerful than we seem to know. Jesus said that we would someday do even greater works than He; should we not take Him at His word? And should not 'someday' be today?" - Marianne Williamson
Thanks for the post Dave and for getting me to think about these things. And I just hope that the irony of talking about 'self acceptance' and 'non existent big answers' in the same post doesn't go wasted. ;-)
1. For a basic introduction to this new way of seeing through the eyes of neuroscience and quantum physics you might like to try "What the Bleep Do We Know" DVD and theatre.
2. Please read Dave's post in full because I'm not skilled at paraphrasing other people and I wouldn't want you to take what he says out of context.
I've added the picture in the post as a reminder to myself of 'my answer'... that the world as we percieve is a perfect reflection of the state of our collective consciousness; that the only way to heal the world is to heal the cause; and that there is only one antidote to fear in all it's forms.... and that is love. Just my personal view.
The picture is a salt and pepper shaker I've just bought for my sister. On the box it says, "The very nature of the 'Hug Salt and Pepper Shaker' connotes brotherhood. The bold use of black and white suggests that we are all brothers and sisters on this planet and we need to treat each other with kindness, compassion and respect."
Fitting, don't you think?