We Can Change Our Future!
In the 1st section, We Can Change Our Wicked Problems! , we explored 25 dimensions of U.S. society, which is the world’s largest empire and economy, aggressively exporting and forcing its ways globally. Many of these dimensions also exist in other countries. It finds great brokenness and unsustainability.
The most feared nation, biggest arms dealer and surveillance state, the U.S. devotes ¾ of discretionary Federal spending to Earth’s largest military, with no credible military threat, more than the next 10 largest militaries, combined, as it lets infrastructure and social systems degrade. We’re bankrupting ourselves with the world’s most expensive healthcare system, that leaves millions without care. Extremely unfair income/wealth inequality has ¾ living paycheck-to-paycheck, with far more in poverty than we recognize and epic homelessness, mental health, substance abuse and gun violence problems. We have a mass shooting a day, in the only nation where we kill our children with guns in our schools.
We’re addicted to energy that only seems cheap because we ignore many of its costs, creating a global climate change crisis, while ravaging our natural life support systems and poisoning life with our wastes and food processes. We’ve imprisoned 1 in 35 adults, 5.4 times the average global rate, ruining lives, spending more to imprison us than it costs to send us to Harvard. Legal and tax systems are insanely complex and unfair. We’ve built the equivalent of 301 roads to the moon we’re frustrated in traffic on, with 1 in 5 in poor condition, carving up and polluting our environments, harmfully and inefficiently.
We’re obsessed with fake money and an artificial economy that fails most. Education systems fail us, creating an ignorant populace. We scapegoat immigrants and asylum seekers we harm where they live. We’re assaulted by 5,000 ads a day, causing us to put up shields between us. We’re addicted to media. Our governments are profoundly corrupt, the #1 issue for U.S. people, and we do nothing about it.
U.S. systems are failing. We make a case for change. We must change, or we face catastrophic collapse. To address global climate change, for example, we must radically change within 10 years, or it’s too late. There are many ways, great and small, we can change for the better. It doesn’t work to wait and hope someone else “out there” will do it for us. We each need to change how we are complicit in problems.
In the 2nd section, We Can Change Our Programming! [iv], we considered that, if so many social systems are broken and unsustainable, and we create and maintain those social systems and are not fixing them, that must indicate that there is something broken and unsustainable inside us, somewhere deep down in our conditioning, beliefs, programming, views and values. Our inner and outer worlds are related. "As above, so below." To fix our wicked problems, we must fix ourselves and become better beings.
We explored things we think and how we might improve, to surface deep programming and values, and we came up with a draft set of 10 Shared Principles for Human Earth Citizens. If we can agree on and widely adopt common sense values to make us better humans, those better beings will make the many good decisions and take the many right actions needed for us to change for the better, by integrating such values into our characters and living with integrity, respect and honor according to those values. To change at the scale and rates needed, we need something to guide us. Shared values could do that, better than libraries of corrupt laws and rules we’re largely ignorant of, and only some can comply with.
This third section, We Can Change Our Future!, is fiction, make-believe. It imagines us two generations in the future, in the year 2060. If we committed to change, and adopted shared principles like these, how might we have changed, and what might our worlds look like? How might things be different?
Let’s use our imaginations, have a little bit of playful fun, and attempt to envision a different future than we’re on the path to realizing now! If the world were the way we wish it was, how would that world be? Let’s start living that way and creating that world now!
“When there is no vision, the people perish.”
Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his 1933 inauguration address, seeking to lay out his vision for the New Deal, explaining in broad strokes how he planned to help us change for the better.
This 3rd section attempts to provide a positive, proactive and possible utopian vision of a brighter future. By the year 2060, how might we have changed, and how might we have accomplished those changes? What might we have brought into being, how might we live then, and how might we feel about that?
We are powerful creative beings. If we come together as one, united while honoring our great diversity, agreeing with common sense to change ourselves deep inside for the better, evolving into higher states, being, behaving and doing from there, using shared common principles and values, we can do anything! The pace of change is already rapid and accelerating. That change can be for good. We can change!
As this is being written, the world is locking down, freaking out with fear and anxiety over the Coronavirus pandemic. Maybe this experience will help us stop running around, frantically doing what’s not working, be still, get informed, reflect, meditate, awaken, get inspired and change for the better! That is the great hope of We Can Change!
And the people stayed home. And they read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And they listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live, and they healed the earth fully, as they had been healed.
“Not until the creation and maintenance of decent conditions of life for all people are recognized and accepted as a common obligation of all people and all countries - not until then shall we, with a certain degree of justification, be able to speak of humankind as civilized.”
Albert Einstein, The World as I See It
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
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