I've been doing some thinking about crises. We certainly have had a few over the last couple ofyears.
The way I see it, there cannot be change or evolution, without crises. We simply would be too happy doing what we have always done. Unfortunately for us, what we have always done is no longer sustainable and being the magnificent creatures we are, we'll now find ways to get ourselves out of the messes we've created by being unconscious to other life forms and our planet.
We need a certain amount of fear to get us going. Otherwise we sit fat and happy, doing the same things day after day, complacent in our ignorance.
At no other time in history, however, have we had the ability to connect with each other as we do now. This ability to synthesize, utilizing the brilliance of each person's natural gifts, will bring us to a new frontier.
No where is this more telling than the nuclear catastrophe unfolding in Japan. The technology is antiquated and built in a dangerous location. The thinking behind nuclear energy by the Japanese people, however, is right on. Their desire to free themselves from fossil fuel addiction is very forward thinking. It is the technology that needs to be modernized. The plants were built in the 1970's and are no longer considered safe - especially with spent fuel rods stored at the top of the building - a relic by today's standards. But maybe we need an entirely new technology - maybe we need something clean and safe. Maybe it is time for our best and brightest to work at solving the world's problems and not head off to Wall Street to make oodles of money, actually bringing our world to the brink of economic disaster with their financial machinations for more, more, more.
Would any of this happen without the crises we've faced? I don't think so. We would all still be thinking that buying stuff equates happiness. We need to get the stuffing scared out of us to move forward. And I believe we will now go in that direction. It is time for humanity to move into a new evolutionary stage.
Crises can be a catalyst for change. An opportunity to work together to solve the issues of our time, as it brings home the notion that we are interconnected in ways unimaginable just a few years ago.