Bopping along through history, with different players but a through line, we go from the emergence of primitive human who took hundreds of thousands of years to even start to use tools, to the more modern eras where we have moved though thinking we could own human beings to recognizing that ALL people, whatever their religion, sexual orientation, or skin color, have an equal place at the humanity table.
These blog posts form a collection. They are a treasure trove of food for thought to spark conversation. So, grab a cup of consciousness, tour around, chew on some tasty transformation, and let’s talk!
Survival of the Kindest got me thinking even more enthusiastically than I already have been about the possibility of a kindness energetic saving us. The enthusiasm for kindness is bubbling up everywhere, and I bet the whole world would come into a new worldview, where we care about each other as much as we care about ourselves, just by amping that up. Get ad agencies all over the world to make campaigns for it, with the idea that all it would take to get massive results is reminders and encouragement. My prediction is that the warm feelings that simple acts of kindness would evoke would be just the fuel for the paradigm change we so urgently need. Watch a short video I made for a little inspiration about practicing kindness.
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I hope this entertains as well as illuminates. Although you can watch The Golden Age after you listen to my podcast with writer, director, composer, producer, and star, Justin Connor, you’d have your own experience of it to bear in mind when you hear us talk about it if you’d already seen it. This is a movie for our time, and the glowing reviews that are on Amazon Prime let you know why it should be seen.
Justin is a wonder with his prodigious artistic talents and his evolved state of consciousness. Art helps us make sense of the world, and, at this explosive time of rethinking, needing all the sense-making we can get, my conversation with Justin looks to artistry in the world to come.
With the entertainment industry under such threat now, where the ways of the past may never be in our future, I welcome any thoughts about where to from here to add what Justin and I have said.
It’s time to reinvent the world. We are so unraveled that we’re in good position to start over.
What’s primary is to move into a worldview where caring about each other is as important as caring about ourselves. Without that, it’s moving deck chairs on the Titanic. A world operating on humanitarian values will best let us address all that ails us.
What’s I suggest is that first on the reinventing agenda is bringing everyone in the world up from poverty. A declaration we’d go to the moon was what mobilized that effort. How about a declaration that it be a fundamental right of all human beings to get housing, food, education, and health care? Everyone, everywhere. And, to do it much faster than getting us to the moon. This is a decision to be made and not a technology to be invented, so getting minds changed is what we need to focus on. In Grunch of Giants, in 1983, Bucky Fuller wrote, “I do know that technologically humanity now has the opportunity, for the first time in its history, to operate our planet in such a manner as to support and accommodate all humanity at a substantially more advanced standard of living than any humans have ever experienced.”
This is a necessity NOW. Global warming is not a political issue and COVID could be relatively minor by comparison. The virus will ultimately be handled, but humanity having any future is what’s at stake with global warming.
We need government to take people out of poverty, but changing our worldview also can come from the influence of the private sector. We need to be creative.
These are two things we could do:
HUMANITY’S PARTY OR THE TEAM OF HUMANITY
All who identify as being on the side of humanity would make a huge force. Get signatures.
FOCUS FOR HUMANITY — THE MINUTE OF SILENCE
Every day, at the same time in each time zone, millions of people spend a minute focused on kindness.
Scientific studies show that prayer can affect the material world (The Power of Prayer to Affect the Physical World). Kindness flooding the world could turn us into a caring people, while the focused intention we’d be employing, if we have success, could become something to employ to achieve other objectives. It also would very publicly demonstrate the scientific relevance of what’s outside the box of scientific materialism, to finally achieve success in advancing our concept of science, bringing it from the Newtonian perspective of everything being cause and effect into the quantum world where the soul dwells.
This stainless-steel cooking spoon is testimony to thought being able to affect the material world. There were no tricks. A friend of mine focuses his thoughts and bends spoons of any size, one after another.
What do you think of my ideas? What are other ideas to get humanity working together, creating the world we’d like to be in? There is no more important question to address.
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Giles Hutchins contacted me when he heard my podcast with David Lorimer and he is so clear and compelling about where we came from and where we need to go that he became my first guest I’d not known before.
Giles works with business leaders to open their perceptions to what’s beyond their bottom lines. His book, Future Fit, half a century after the est era woke us up to responsible behavior, Giles builds on that work with his intuitive and creative mind to change the thinking of people who are a major influence on our world.
For our podcast, I asked Giles to speak to this prompt: “Something(s) I would do if I ruled the world…” Seeking ideas for what actually could be done is a major theme of mine now. How can we create a regenerative world? Giles and some previous guests have educated me as to how regenerative is even more primary than sustainable. That’s where us humans are part of nature, coming from it rather than being separate from it and dominating over it, and I encourage you to listen to Giles as well as to Joel Solomon, John Fullerton, and David Lorimer to get your own education.
Giles has an unusual openness and warmth, and I hope that we can do what we talk about to bring thought-shapers to the table. With the urgency to get the world on a better track being in such a dramatic phase now, I’m encouraging people who think about what can be done to respond on my homepage to an invitation I’ve just posted there to talk to me. As I say in the intro to my podcast, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” I’m collecting.
I love Obama’s class and charm and intelligence — send me a partner like him! — but his performance as President was something else and George Monbiot, who’s in the handful of my favorite thinkers (see this Delight), sings my song about the challenge we face to bring about more fundamental change than was on Obama’s table and figures to be on Biden’s. Think about supporting Double Down News, his eminently admirable enterprise for honest journalism, that’s interested in input subscribers make which makes them interesting to me to subscribe.
All women would like a John Fullerton in our lives. An unabashed feminist, he’s not only smart and imaginative and present and warm, but he’s addressing fundamental things that need to change for us to have the world we want. All of his advocacy is pegged to the idea of living systems, where everything works together in robust circulation along the lines of how nature does it. After his first career, as a managing director of J.P. Morgan, that steeped him in how things are done now, he founded Capital Institute to influence Wall Street to operate in a new way.
He is so clear that you will come away with the gift of understanding how we are handling the financial world and the regenerative economics we need to adopt. You’ll get the broad theory and discover actual practices, including things that came as news to me, that need to be to engaged in for “the reset” we must make. This hour could be life-changing, where you will come out of the fog most of us are in about money matters and become a big fan of John’s and his game plan to radically transform the way we run the world.