I haven’t written blog in a week or so because I’ve been doing some thinking. I been wondering how bad does it have to get before we (the average person) decide that we are 100% responsible and 100% accountable for the condition of Planet Earth. I suspect most of us believe we are innocent victims of the system or that our leaders (whoever they are) will somehow save the day. Or at least we can blame them when things start to fall apart. When I speak of we, I am speaking of every inhabitant of Planet Earth.
The condition of the planet is that we have had 10,000 wars in 5,000 years; with no end in sight. More than 40% of the U.S. population is health uninsured. The rate of poverty and starvation continues to increase in spite of the fact that there is enough food to feed every person on this planet. Most of us live in a constant state of fear. In the U.S., we are individually the most armed nation on the planet. We live in fear of each other. Yet we all seem to be looking for something that brings us peace, love, and happiness.
However, peace, love, and happiness are not free. Fortunately, the cost is not money. It costs something more challenging than earning money. It requires a transformation in way we view reality. The problem here is that we all, 6 or 7 billion of us, think that our reality is not only right but the only one that makes sense! Even in this day and time, most religions are still claiming they are the only true religion. With this mentality, I wonder some time how we’ve lasted this long.
I’m sure you’ve heard the story about the rat, the tunnel, and cheese. A rat will go down a tunnel once or at most twice. If there is no cheese, he or she tries another tunnel. But not humans. We continually go down the same tunnel of conflict, endlessly. The beliefs and attitudes we have about each other are so hard-wired, that we’d rather end our existence than change or more precisely, transform.
This whole discussion is why I believe diversity is the most important phenomena of the 21st century. Our willingness (not ability) to understand, respect, and ultimately value differences is the only hope for our continued existence on planet earth. Transformation can come about through either “tipping point global transformation” or “catastrophically driven transformation.”
The point is this: When a majority of us individually and collectively decide to live as though peace, love, and understanding already exist, the the reality will appear at blinding speed–without the necessity of any great (or ungreat) leader. When we realize that leadership is the “living will of the people,” we will have gotten it!
P.S. I will be posting some new podcasts soon.