We are not victims of the future, but the ones called to create it…
It is easy to abdicate responsibility for the future to a higher power — whether that is some imagined God, a numb force like fate or nature, or more recently the technology we are creating.
It is easy to crumble in the face of the wicked problems humanity is up against, easier to imagine sinister forces, the 1% or some “Illuminati” controlling everything; or, of course, to hope that some politician will fix things for us or make us great again.
Nobody really knows what the future will look like.
Unfortunately, those, who “run the show” are mostly as clueless as everyone else. The difference is that they are willing to do something about it. They are willing to step up to the plate — willing to be leaders rather than passive victims. They work with whatever belief systems, insights into reality or dynamics they have available. Whether right or wrong, they are at least doing something about the future.
But business and political leaders are also realizing that the divisions in the world are continuing to increase even faster than anticipated. At this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Edelman’s annual “Trust Barometer” survey showed a record gap in trust between leaders and the populations in many countries, driven by income inequality and divergent expectations of the future.
Mired in existing systems, our leaders currently use archaic means to govern — from trade agreements between nations to the phony money we have been taught to believe in. Nations are formalized resource acquisition mechanisms. Nationality is an old technology, and money based on debt has created much of our current inequality in the first place.
We can’t solve problems on the level they appear.
Whatever measures built within existing structures will be merely more symptom fixing. Our current systems are not built for a planetary future, just as the law of the land could no longer address issues adequately once we discovered and mastered the sea.
Hoping our leaders will figure it out and will fix things is convenient. Even though, deep down, we feel that cognitive dissonance.
It is more comfortable to avoid the issues and distract ourselves with one of the ever growing ways to do so: from making money in order to spend it shopping for stuff that will leave us feeling empty once we acquired it, to the distractions of the digital world, from useless online meme patter to ever more immersive experiences in alternate virtual realities.
Deep inside we know that something ain’t right and that nobody is coming to solve our problems for us.
If we wish to live in a future that we would want to live in, it is up to each and every one of us to create it.
Imagine a future planetary society, a society where every individual is honored and respected and has all the resources to unfold themselves to their highest potential no matter where on the planet they happen to be have been born; a society where we have better tools to solve conflict than to kill each other; a society where we take care of the resources we have; where we live in harmony with nature; where we don’t merely instruct, but actually educate our youth, and inspire them to live in service not just to themselves, their loved ones, or their tribe, but to all of life.
Such a future is possible. But it is only possible, if everyone takes responsibility for life. If everyone becomes indeed a citizen of this planet.
As Bucky said, “There are no passengers on spaceship earth, only crew.”
Each one of us is crew.
Unfortunately, at the moment, much of humanity is either ignorant of this notion, or actively ignoring it.
In part, this is due to our relationship with death. Our relationship with death in turn informs our relationship with life.
Most of our ideas about life are either spiritualistic or materialistic. Either they aim for some life after death, or assume that all ends when we die. I wrote a few years ago about how neither approach provides satisfactory meaning for the life we are living now.
With a planetary perspective also comes a new relationship with time.
We realized that the sun is always on.
Time-bound consciousness was still waiting for the sun to return every year, celebrating each time that death was cheated once more, that we expanded life into another year instead of getting swallowed up by darkness.
It is a consciousness of scarcity, of limitation. It is looking at human life and its inevitable end, and attempts to horde as much as possible, find ever new ways not to die.
It is a consciousness of fear — and ultimately one that is opposite of life.
Realizing that the sun is always on out there, we also gain a new perspective on time and — with that — our lifetime. We are always on.
There is no death as we are all of life.
There is an abundance of life.
If we focus on that, we build different systems, different ways of resourcing.
There is no scarcity but the scarcity we create due to ignorance, misplaced value or win-lose mentality.
With the advent of a planetary perspective also came a shift in human psychology.
Seeing our planet from above also activated a trans-personal perspective.
While many techniques to activate higher levels of consciousness had been available for centuries, kept secret and taught only to initiates, we now all get to see ourselves from above.
We all get to look at ourselves and wonder what we will do with this lifetime we have been given, what legacy we wish to create by the time our current body fails us, and how we will each step up to become powerful co-creators on this planet.
While the majority of humanity is still stuck in lower levels of consciousness, concerned with survival, the creation of safety, or individual gratifications, there is now a new perspective available. One that looks at each human as an expression of life as such.
Life is constantly expressing itself in ever more complex forms: from plant life, communicating via chemicals, to animal life concerned with safe territory, to humans, first as simple egos, and eventually as willing and conscious co-creators of the reality we perceive.
“Each person must live their life as a model for others.” ― Rosa Parks
There are many approaches to purpose when it comes to human life. Many of them are beautiful, though not all are necessarily pragmatic. If you remove all religious superstition and all other things you cannot possibly know with certainty, in the least, every human has the invitation to live as an example of what a human being can be like in any given time period.
Every human is invited to be a prototype of what a human can be like.
What would your life be like if you lived up to the fullest potential you have been given?
What if you set out to create those new systems required for a planetary future?
What if you became an active force in your community and created new ways of addressing our basic needs?
What if you lived as an example for others?
What if you lived as an example for generations to come?
What does that mean to you?
With all that is available to humanity today, what are you expressing through your life?
This is your invitation to be a prototype of the human species.
It is an invitation, as there is no “should” here. “Should” immediately invokes guilt. So, there is no “should” here. Merely an invitation to ponder.
Every human is invited to be a prototype to express through their lives how they think humans can live, who they can be for others, who they can be for this planet as a whole.
What would it look like if you used your lifetime to become a prototype for a humanity of the future?