We’re in the midst of a split in consciousness as old structures, beliefs and systems relying on a linear minded world-view crumble under the pressure of complexity. Brexit and the choice of Trump as President in the US might signal otherwise but I believe that what we’re seeing emerge is a contrast that we ignore at our peril. In the gap is the void that must be filled with what you want to create for and with life.
What might that be?
While reviewing Ervin Laszlo’s upcoming ebook entitled “Beyond Fear and Rage” I came across an excerpt from Robert Theobald, futurist and humanitarian, written shortly before his death in 1999. The words seem appropriate for today’s world of Brexit, Trump, inequality and despair particularly since the call to action is both personal and global. My personal belief is that companies can serve to be of wider benefit to the world on many levels – not the companies Trump is appointing to his circle but companies that have their eyes wide open and are aiming for economic health and viability rather than a desperate need to control. The time to adopt a leadership stance is now.
Robert Theobald’s words are a manifesto for action today:
a) People are Ready. Our priority task is no longer to inform people about the need for change but rather to enable them to express their hopes. There is, fortunately, a rapidly growing awareness of the need to listen and work with those with whom one disagrees.
b) Dream no Small Dreams. We shall only attract large-scale positive energy if we enable people to believe that their actions may make a real difference to their children and grandchildren.
c) See the Whole Picture but Act on a Part of it. Big changes happen when a lot of people do a lot of things a little bit differently.
d) Less is More. The threshold for involvement should be set as low as possible so people can start with small steps.
e) Resilience. This is one word, of many, to express the core skill we need in the future. We must move away from brittle, overstressed systems to opportunities for people and ecologies to have time and space for good choices. This leads to co-intelligence rather than co-stupidity.
f) Care for Others and Ourselves. The transformation now occurring is immensely stressful. We need to use spiritual practices to keep ourselves centered. This challenge is particularly great for those who are committed to being in the “empty center:” connecting people and groups but not controlling their actions. We must, in particular, be aware how our patterns of thought, meetings and actions can exclude others: we must constantly respect the different processes that a respect for diversity requires.
What do you think?