Today. Tomorrow. Yesterday.
Everyone seems quite concerned about the state of the world today, and what the future may hold in store for us.
There's certainly no positive view coming from our leaders or governments. We appear to have taken an embarrassing step backward, with many selling us a retrograde story-line "let's make our country great again."
Yes, your country may have been great in the past; however, this probably involved inequality, exploitation, racism, homophobia, restricted woman's rights and for sure patriarchy.
Its utter nonsense to go back when the past was full of issues we no longer entertain or wish to revisit. It's a false fallacy which triggers an emotional response in the uneducated, the angry, old thinkers and of course tyrannical nationalist.
Around 20 years ago, the story we were sold, was a globalist economy and liberal politics, if we followed that path, everything would be honky-dory. We would gain leisure time, and the world would be one of openness and opportunity.
In reality, this has worked exceptionally well for corporations and the elite, but disastrous for the youth, employees, families and the poor. Ironically, with the rise of the internet, we're informed enough to groan and complain about it,
but it doesn't change much, and we complain about that too!
We, humans, love a story. Stories help us make sense of the world. We have had stories about gods in the sky, about heavenly places after we die, about building fantastic cities, about discovering space and about globalism.
However, in the past decade or so these stories have been exploded into pieces, almost everyone in the western world has ceased believing in them. So the only story served up today is to return to the "great days of the past."
- is it any surprise we are confused and pessimistic about the future?
The logical option is to begin creating our own stories. Forget what government and corporate giants are proposing, decide the best story for you, then try making it a reality. Your story should not only included the welfare of your loved ones and friends but must also include your fellow humans plus your planet. Otherwise, you may find yourself at war with your environment.
Is there a need to be concerned?
Not really. It's just that we are in transition, the old is hanging on for dear life, while the new pushes through. Unquestionably the future is bright!
While we're mentally at a crossroads pondering the options - the technological wave is sweeping us into the future. We're already on a path to transform and shape humanity towards new thinking. Now if this feels a bit scary, or you have a glum outlook on life, no need to fret, the world is doing pretty well
Slavery once legal everywhere on earth, was still practised as recently as 40 years ago, Today every person is paid for their work effort. The death penalty is in decline and if the trend continues, its due to get the chop by the year 2026
We are living longer, not only is life expectancy for adults at an all-time high but, child mortality - once an enormous problem of children before age 5, is in decline around the world including sub-Sahara and African countries. Deaths during pregnancy are now rare, as opposed to something quite normal last century
Despite what your bank account may indicate, the world as a whole is getting wealthier; extreme poverty is diminishing. In 1900, 90% of the world was officially in extreme poverty, today it's 10%, with the UN hoping to eradicate this by 2030. Education is worldwide, close to 90% of people are literate today, as opposed to almost the entire world being illiterate just a couple of centuries ago.
For the first time in history, more people are dying of overeating than of lack of food. More people are dying of old age then infection. Violence is at a historic low, more people commit suicide than are killed by crime, terrorism, and war put together. Yes, statistically you are the biggest threat to your life!
So why be pessimistic?
Well, partly we're genetically programmed to look for danger, to fear the worst. As cave people, we survived longest when we expected danger. It was better to move with caution, then to flit around with a carefree attitude and become lunch for another creature!
Today fear is promoted by governments, corporations, and advertisers, using it as a tactic to sell us things or scare us into accepting policy changes that restrict our freedoms
Whichever way you slice this cake, the truth is, we are progressing very nicely! The technological revolution is about to transform humanity and remodel our world, no question about that. While nobody can be sure how life could be 20-30 or 50 years from now - the one thing we can be sure is it will be completely different from anything we can imagine today.
The other thing you can be certain of is you will look back to these days, and realise we were trying to hold onto old notions and customs which never belonged in the 21st century. Going backward is a ridicules option. You must embrace the future, push forward by creating a story that resonates with your hearts and makes you passionate for your world
3000monks...are smiling at the future
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