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Everyone seems concerned and confused 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 any leaders or governments around the world. We appear to have actually taken an embarrassing step backward, with many leaders selling us a terribly 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 want to go back when the past was full of issues and problems we no longer entertain and have no desire to revisit. Its 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, and if we continued to follow that path, everything would be beneficial for us all. People were supposed to gain more leisure time and the world was due to be one of openness and opportunity. In reality, it's worked out extremely well for corporations and the wealthy elite, but been disastrous for the youth, employees, families and the poor. Ironically, with the rise of the internet, we're informed enough to groan and complain, but it doesn't change much and we see that too!
We humans, love a story. It helps us understand and 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 how wonderful globalism would be. However, in the past a year or two, this story has been exploded into pieces, almost everyone in the western world has ceased believing in this story. So the only story being served up, 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 for us as individuals 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. This should not only included the welfare of your loved ones and friends but must include your fellow humans and of course the planet itself. Otherwise, you will find yourself at war with your personal environment.
Is there a need to be concerned?
Well not really. It's just that we are in transition, where the old is hanging on for dear life, while the new pushes though to take over. The future is genuinely bright.
While we stand at the crossroads deciding which direction to take, the technological wave is already sweeping us into the future. It's set to transform and shape humanity towards unimaginable ideas and new thinking. Now if this feels a bit scary, consider where we are at present, we are really not doing too badly...
Slavery once legal everywhere on earth and still practised as recently as 40 years ago, Today every person is paid for their work effort. The death penalty is in decline if the trend continues at the current rate, it due to getting the chop by the year 2026
We are living longer, not only is life expectancy for adults at a high but, child mortality - once an enormous problem before age 5 - is in decline around the world including sub-Sahara and African countries. Deaths during pregnancy are now extremely unusual, as opposed to something normal last century.
Despite what you hear or your bank account may indicate, the world as a whole is getting wealthier, as a result, extreme poverty is diminishing, in 1900 - 90% of the world was officially in extreme poverty, today it is 10%, with the UN hoping to eradicate this by 2030. Education is worldwide today, close to 90% of people are literate, as opposed the almost the entire world being illiterate just a few centuries ago.
For the first time in history, more people are dying of overeating than a lack of food. More people are dying of old age then infections. Violence is at a historic low, more people commit suicide than are killed by crime, terrorism, and war put together. Yes, statistically that means you are the biggest threat to your life!
So why are we pessimistic? Well, partly we're genetically programmed to look for danger and fear the worst. As cave people, we survived longest when we expected danger. It was far safer to move with caution, then to flit around with a carefree attitude. Add the fact that for the past century governments, corporations and advertisers have been using the fear tactic to sell us things or scare us into accepting policy changes
Whichever way to slice this cake, the truth is, we are progressing very nicely! The technological revolution will transform humanity and remodel our world, no question about that. While nobody can be certain how life will be in 20-30 or 50 years from now - the one thing we can be sure, is that it will be amazingly different to the world of today.
The other thing you can be certain of is you will look back to these days, and realise they were filled with old notions, customs, and ideas, which never belonged in the 21st century and going forward is always the best path for society
3000monks...are smiling at the future
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