There are so many gloom-and-doomers who think the world is in a downward spiral, that we’re irrevocably doomed to annihilation of our race and our beautiful planet. But I believe they’re wrong. I know we instinctively stay nestled in comfort zones and choose the easy option which works in the short term but can destroy ourselves or others in the long one. We also don’t seem to learn much about our self-destructive tendencies until they create situations which are intolerable. Then we wake up. Sometimes. Sometimes we don’t, and we hope we can get away with it.
We never do, though. Once we get a reveille call, we’re en route to having to wake up whether we want to or not. It’s true for individuals, societies and the whole human race. It’s our saving grace. Part of our evolutionary make-up. So, I know the world looks as if it’s in a shocking state – and in many ways it is. Human trafficking??? Rape, murder, violence, abuse of children, pedophilia, political corruption. You name it, we’ve got it all. And we’re destroying the planet – either actively, or passively.
But what if the result of our actions has reached such a level of degredation that we’re finally responding to the wake-up call that is nothing more than the better part of ourselves? The part which needs to see life being cherished above all else.
The stories that are being exposed by the media are horrendous. I certainly can’t get my head around the idea of a girl child being sold into sexual slavery by her father for a few measly dollars. Nor can I fathom the new immigration law in Arizona which is paving the way for racial profiling and is driven by fear and prejudice. Or the way the ANC in South Africa has become so corrupt, betraying everything Nelson Mandela established.
But I don’t think we’re in a downward spiral. I think we’re stepping out of history. Ignorance is bliss, but it leads us to do terrible things. Facing the truth is always incredibly painful and challenging. But there’s something in our intrinsic make-up that’s drawing us towards that truth. So we can deal with it. And we are. An enormous number of people are rallying in a meaningful way to stop human rights violations. They want to be part of a solution. Consciousness of the value of life is increasing exponentially.
Our evolution used to be focused on physical survival. But once we got that down to a certain degree, our aspirational self started developing. Now our evolution is emotional, and we’re becoming more conscious of each other and how much we need a quality of life that isn’t just about how many cars we drive. We’re realizing we have the right to do more than just survive at any cost. We have the right to experience love and be cherished. To do what makes our heart sing. To not give up on our dreams. To fight for our rights as individuals, communities and as a race.
So I don’t think we’re in a worse place than we’ve ever been before. We’re just better informed about the reality of who we’ve always been. We’re shining the torch on it. It’s only when we see and accept the reality of our limits that we can go beyond them. I think that’s what’s happening now, and that the most powerful driving force within us is luring us towards moving beyond those limits towards that which is better.