Are we ready for the transition?
History is filled with examples of how human kind moved forward by changing their thinking whenever confronted with social and economic change. Confronted with the crumbing of the aristocratic state (and the development of the city-state), the Ancient Greeks moved from Myth to Rational thought through the use of philosophy. Confronted with the tyranny of the Church, the Reformists moved from a passive-religion (faith dependent on a mediator) to an active-religion whereby Christians could have direct contact with their God. Through failings of the industrial age we saw the birth of a cultural revolution that forever changed our conceptions about the segregation of the races and the rights of women.
Can someone tell me then, why are we currently so reluctant to change the way the thing about the world in the face of our current challenges? All across the globe we are confronted with political and economic troubles, created by our current system of thought. It seems so obvious that we need a new paradigm but seems so difficult to let go of the one we have trusted for so long.
Change is forced upon us
Unfortunately, history also tells us that a changing paradigm is forced upon human kind. The Ancient Greeks did not instantly change their paradigm when they saw trouble coming. It took decades of strife and countless lives to make the transition. The reformed paradigm of religion was preceded by years of persecution, torture and brutal executions. The end of the industrial age was heralded by the social unrests and wars of the 1950’s and 1960’s.
It seems that in order to construct a new reality, the building blocks of truth first needs to be broken apart from our previous construct. The blocks that we used to build our current paradigm need to be dislodged, often violently, before we can build our new paradigm. As we discover more building blocks of truth, we learn to build new realities with the blocks of truth that we have discovered through the millennia.
Learning from the past
With my entire being, I hope that we have learned enough from our previous transitions to use this knowledge to avoid large scale bloodshed during the next. Change will always come with pain but it need not be physical pain necessarily. Should we all accept that economic pain (foregoing short term pleasure for long term gain) and political pain (radical change in current structures) are needed then we will avoid the unnecessary loss of lives.
The biggest challenge would be requiring individuals with current economic and political power to hand over their power for the greater good of mankind. And this, ladies and gentlemen, has rarely happened before.
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