My dear friends...
Humanity is today facing a very critical moment — and what could be a very dark time. We need to make some adjustments fast if we want to survive, in our present physical form, our own childhood.
We are, of course, a very young species. A lot of people like to think of humans as highly evolved. In fact, humanity has just emerged from its infancy on this planet. In their book New World New Mind, Robert Ornstein and Paul Ehrlich placed this in perspective in one mind-boggling paragraph:
“Suppose Earth’s history were charted on a single year’s calendar, with midnight January 1 representing the origin of the Earth and midnight December 31 the present. Then each day of Earth’s ‘year’ would represent 12 million years of actual history. On that scale, the first form of life, a simple bacterium, would arise sometime in February. More complex life-forms, however, come much later; the first fishes appear around November 20. The dinosaurs arrive around December 10 and disappear on Christmas Day. The first of our ancestors recognizable as human would not show up until the afternoon of December 31. Homo sapiens—our species—would emerge at around 11:45 pm...and all that has happened in recorded history would occur in the final minute of the year.”
I consider that a brilliant piece of writing. In just 125 words these two gentlemen have turned a huge piece of information into bite-sized data that we can get our head around, then to more easily understand why we are continuing to act the way we are.
Our youth as a species doesn’t justify our actions, but it helps us to see the nature of the challenge. We simply have to grow up. We have to stop acting like children. And we have to do it now. Today. Not in ten or twenty years. Now. Right now.
We have to stop the saber-rattling — the “my missile is bigger than yours” flexing of military muscles between nations that could easily lead, on a moment’s notice, to the death of hundreds of thousands and the decimation of nations.
We have to stop the disaster-ignoring — the kind of “look the other way” apathy that allows over 650 children to die every hour on this planet of starvation, 1.6 billion of Earth’s inhabitants to still live without electricity, 1.7 billion to go without any access to clean water, and 2.6 billion to not even have basic sanitation...in this, the first quarter of the 21st Century, within a civilization that calls itself “civilized.”
We have to stop the hypocrisy — the kind of “say one thing and do another” behavior that allows us to deliberately kill people in order to teach people that killing people is not okay; that allows us to place our children in front of video games and television programs and movies that depict violence, violence, violence even as we talk of raising a generation that we hope will renounce violence as a means of conflict resolution. We have to stop the kind of “say one thing and do another” behavior that consumes unhealthy food, habitually inhales carcinogens, and deliberately drinks injurious amounts of brain-frying and liver-damaging liquids, all the while preaching wholesome living.
We have to stop the archaic thinking — the kind of “stuck in yesteryear” approach to life that keeps us trapped in an ancient story of separation that declares all sentient beings to be separate from each other and that motivates each of us to serve our individual agenda, each of us to meet our individual needs, and each of us to cater to our individual desires, even if it means doing so at the expense of those who we see as not part of “us.”
We have to stop, just stop, behaving the way we have been behaving, and call forth from within us a New Way to be Human. A way that allows us to embrace singularity without creating separation, to express differences without creating divisions, and to experience contrasts without creating conflicts.
All of this is possible, but it will require us to write and to live a New Cultural Story — an idea about Who We Are and Why We Are Here that has never been tried on a worldwide basis. It has never been tried for the saddest of reasons: It seems, to many people, “too good to be true.” And it violates the Old Story we have been told about who we are as a species and why we are here on Earth — a tale we have been told for millennia.
That story is no longer working. That is, it is not viable. It is not functional. It is not producing the outcomes we say we desire, either in our individual lives or our collective experience. Yet we continue to cling to it, repeating the behaviors that emerge from it over and over again, expecting to get a different result. This is, of course, the classic example of insanity. But that doesn’t seem to deter us. Apparently, the only thing that will stop us is unmitigated, unlimited, unimaginable disaster.
We're heading there now. Militarily, politically, economically, environmentally, we're heading there now. That doesn’t mean we can’t change direction, but we can’t change direction unless and until we acknowledge the direction in which we're currently going.
In the words of John Adams from the Broadway musical 1776: “Is anybody there? Does anybody care? Does anybody see what I see?”
If you're there, if you care, and if you see what I see, there is something that you can do. Both for yourself, individually, and for humanity collectively. That's what this series of articles, and the book upon which it is based, is all about.
Love and Hugs,
© 2019 ReCreation Foundation - http://www.cwg.org - Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. His With God series of books has been translated into 27 languages, touching millions of lives and inspiring important changes in their day-to-day lives.