The Golden Age of Opportunity
The writer in 2015
Today the gold gleams even brighter
Way back in the 1980's I heard a speech by the late Earl Nightingale stating that we human beings "live in a golden age" (of opportunity) Well, today, that gold gleams even brighter. When Earl made that speech we didn't have worldwide Internet. Now we do. And what an opportunity it provides for us. We now have a chance to exchange creative ideas on how to improve not only our lot, but that of the entire world. We really can - by our combined efforts - usher in a brand new world with opportunities for personal happiness for billions of human beings where that opportunity never existed before.
Change is inevitable
Change is inevitable. Yet the delicate balance between radical change and it coming in too quickly, and the status quo shifting too slowly (all a matter of our own personal opinions, of course) is about right. Those currently in power and their lobbyists still advocate we keep things the way they are. On the other hand, the radical among us want everything changed to their interpretation of perfection now. However, those who would hang onto the past cannot do so. It slips from their grasp. And change cannot always come about in an instant. We know that a billion people on the Internet cannot be controlled - at this time, anyway. Our ideas are placed and are viewed, and views of how things should be, according to various opinion, are perpetually aired. Indeed, it is was Alvin Toffler said in his classic book, 'Future Shock,' written in 1970, we'd have information overload. Well, he was right. We already have information overload and have done for decades.
Fifty percent of humanity so often overlooked
That said, there are some really profound moves going on in the world today. Not the least of these is 'literacy for all' - including the 50% of humanity so often overlooked in many of our world's societies: the women. Girls should be educated. Women should have equal opportunities. It is a basic human right. Certainly, cultures which are completely male dominated endeavour to hold this back. In the long run they will fail. Exposure to the Internet will see to that.
There was plenty of room to move around - once!
The waste of war. We'd have trillions of dollars to spend if it were left behind forever
Then there is the 'waste of war.' How sick our world when we let people starve yet can afford to build aircraft carriers, tanks, and nuclear bombs. In my lifetime we had the biggest, ugliest, most devastating war in world history - the 2nd World War. In my father's time we had the two greatest. He was a soldier in both of them. Today, if we had another World War we would not survive. If any of humanity did get through it alive and well, we'd have turned back the technological advances of humankind by a thousand years. Civilization would have to start over.
World's greatest problem: too many people!
If one thinks seriously about the world today, it is plain that Planet Earth is being ruined by the actions of the human beings who live upon its surface. The rot started way back. Even as far back as the days of the Roman Empire we human beings were turning arable land into deserts. In those days they could grow wheat in abundance in Libya, for example. This devastation of land sped up as our numbers increased. Thomas Malthus predicted in 1798 that we'd breed ourselves out of existence. We are fast doing that. When I was born in 1936 the world populations was around two billion. In eighty years it's jumped more than three-fold. Seven going on eight million and ten billion expected by the middle of this century. The world cannot sustain that in the long term.
I was here first...You people are pushing me out
We really can 'reach for the stars.'
Efforts to keep the world population growing using sophisticated methods of conservation will help short term. Those methods cannot do this forever. What will happen, I suspect, is that we will have either forced upon us a draconian world government which controls just about every aspect of our lives (An Aldus Huxley's 'Brave New World situation - written in 1931) or we will have changed our strategy and will be using the huge resources we use for 'Defence,' and such wasteful practices worldwide, to mastering the challenging of populating certain planets in our solar system. The Moon, Mars and lesser globes circling our bigger planets - and maybe some huge artificial worlds made by us.
All is change. Nothing remains the same
Yes, we live in a Golden Age and it could be even shinier. All is change. Nothing remains the same. We, both as individuals and as a collective, bring those changes into being. It's always been up to us. The 'us versus them' attitudes which prevail so commonly today, in ourselves as individuals, as local societies, as businesses, as nations, must go...and they will go - if we will it. Intention is the watchword here.
"Aw, there's still plenty of room left...Forget about it."
Is there anywhere in the world we still don't know about?
Change has always been. Now it is speeding up as never before. As a lad, I can recall a world where the jungles of the then Belgian Congo, and the Amazon were so vast that a lot of the areas had never been explored (by Westerners) Even river many systems hadn't been mapped out. Places like Tibet were almost legendary fiction. Even as late as the mid 1960s, when I worked as an aeradio operator in Papua-New Guinea, much of our wall map was coloured in black with the words 'unexplored territory' printed on it. The Global Positioning System (GPS) wasn't yet extant, and most people hadn't even thought of a world where everything could be pin-pointed down to one particular place or another on the surface of our earth.
More eyes in the sky than hairs on a hog
Now, the whole world is constantly scanned by an almost countless number of satellites that survey its surface from high above. Documentary movies have taken away almost all the mysteries of other countries and other cultures. The age of the jumbo jet and cheap air travel has ushered in a era where millions travel every day to other countries and mix with people who do not speak their particular language.
"Stop whining. You're okay. And there still SOME room left
Well known saying: Bull-dust (slight change) baffles brains
But I think the greatest changes happening in the world today are those pertaining to the human spirit. World religions, so polarizing in the past, are giving way to New Age thought. People are figuring out things for themselves. They are increasingly rejecting the dictates and doctrines of the established teachings of their respective religious leaders. For example, "You shouldn't eat fish on Fridays," was proclaimed by the head of the Roman Catholic Church to be redundant; not necessary any more. This was done after years of people feeling guilty if they didn't comply. This sort of thing was pretty obviously not serving anyone and never did. Bearing in mind the huge numbers of people who were affected by this edict, you can see why so many are now beginning to ask, "Who are these people to tell me what to do?"
Do you feel guilty? Or at least a little uneasy?
Please don't think I'm particularly targeting the Church of Rome here. This is just an example of how ridiculous some of our religious teachings are - and have been down the ages. And every religion has its own, often quite stupid, traditions advocating certain actions which might have made sense hundreds of years ago but now have little more than nuisance value - if not worse, making people feel guilty if they don't comply.
And not one couple on the pill. Just look at the results
The world really IS becoming more educated
When I first began my own 'search for meaning' way back in the late 1960s there was very little by way of reading matter to set one on any particular course. The Theosophical Society ran a number of bookshops. In my city, Sydney, Australia, there was, to my knowledge, at that time one bookshop in the CBD (The Adyar Bookshop) which stocked such genre. No other bookshops did, as far as I know. And even in the 1970s it was hard to come by such material. Now, these type of non-sectarian books on spirituality and self-knowledge fill our bookshops (what's left of those shops) and are their most popular genre, I suspect, in the world today. Authors such as the late Dr. Wayne Dyer, and Deepak Chopra, Neal Donald Walsch, Louise Hay have sold millions of copies of their books and lectured at great gatherings all round the world.
"What did I tell you! We're chock-a-block full already
Your CAN change YOUR part of the world
If we look to the Internet we find on YouTube videos by hundred, probably thousands of people, telling us of their spiritual growth and how we, too, can become happier, more creative, more at peace et cetera.
But this Hub has grown long enough. Time to bring it to an end. My aim here has been two-fold. To write these things out of my system, and to arouse in the reader their own views of the world today and how they think it will be in the future - and what you can do, dear reader, to make it the way you'd like it to be.
Don't under estimate your power
And don't underestimate your own, individual power in this. Once enough people start intentionally seeking to bring about that Golden Age I mentioned at the outset, a critical mass will be reached. And once that happens, the tipping point will be reached. At eighty-one (in a few days time) I likely won't be around to see it, but I'm pretty sure it will happen. It is, of course, up to you to help bring it about.