We need a new kind of man to lead us into better times.
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” —Robert A. Heinlein
I don’t have a way to tell this story because it’s just now happening and it’s happening in so many places that Jimmy Olson could never report on them all at once, even with the help of super guy. I can’t even prove empirically that it IS happening, but I can feel it to my core. Energy is moving on planet earth. Human energy—moving from epiphany to epiphany in search of a paradigm shift. It feels invigorating to me after so many years of feeling a different vibe. A vibe of aggressive acquisition, of rapine and pillaging. A time of divisiveness where brute force or stealth and deceit were seen to be man’s preferred means to an end. A time when money and power corrupted the world. A time when, though we didn’t know it, we were truly feeling the aftershock of being evicted from Eden carrying in our naked hearts the eternal gift of free will. That era is coming to an end in a crescendo of blood and fire. The past hundred years has seen the slaughter of humanity in such numbers as were, not long ago, the entire population of our planet.
Free will. The greatest gift that the IS could ever bestow upon us. The freedom to choose our own path, to do what we dare and explore the result. We make bad choices and we make good choices but by God we choose. And we learn. We chose war and experience pain and loss and sorrow and joy and even rapture. We chose peace and experience the same things on a slightly less violent scale but on the whole we’ve been separated from our own consciousness either way.
And now, after so many centuries of baby steps and course corrections, we’ve arrived at the threshold to a learning curve of epic proportions—a leveraging of intellect on a scale heretofore impossible. The population of spaceship earth is, for the first time in history, becoming interconnected in a way that will, at last, allow us to experience synergy. The real and certain knowledge that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Forty years ago, I could not have said that without being laughed out of the room. Today? I can feel you feeling the vibe. Our collective consciousness is learning that greed and power are not what’s needed for us to evolve and we owe a deep debt of gratitude to those who so graciously gave up huge reserves of Karma to teach us this lesson. That in the end we all go naked into the unknown with nothing but the love of our fellow men and women to sustain us. That we have a responsibility to our home and to each other to be stewards of the earth and all it myriad inhabitants. That technology can free us or enslave us and it’s once again up to us to choose which it will be. That power can rule human bodies but only love can rule their hearts. That empires rise and fall but human hearts and minds move inexorably ahead.
It seems to me that the current game is over. Most of the chips are at one end of the table and it’s the end with the least players. In a poker game that means only one thing. Even with a full house or a straight flush, there are simply not enough chips left to make a bet big enough to even the odds. Game over. You gambled with the rent and lost. Now it’s consequences time. In the book Strategy of the Dolphin Lynch describes the result. The first thing we do when confronted with inevitable disaster is to go into denial. We’ve done that. “The recession is over,” “The economy is on the upswing,” “I can get some more money and get back in the game.” Sound familiar?
The next step is to make a deal with the devil. We’ve done that too. Multiple rounds of ‘quantitative easing’, bailouts of companies and banks that deserved to fail, bailouts of governments and whole countries to try and convince the bit players that the game was not yet over since there were still some chips left that the devil did not possess. Hmm, that didn’t work so well either, at least not in the sense of prolonging the game. In fact it accelerated the breakup of the game itself dramatically by moving unimaginable quantities of chips in the wrong direction. Game over.
Now we get to recriminate. We get to wonder how we’ll buy groceries and pay the rent now that our money is gone and even our income is hamstrung because all the other bit players are also broke. So we enter the “recovery trough”, wherein the world as we know it does a slow dissolve into a new reality. The dissolve will not be without suffering and riots in the streets will inevitably take place as the players discover that the end of the table with all the chips has been cheating for several hundred years.
And then? We rebuild. We use paper money for wiping our asses and trade in goods and hard currency. We throw out our “leaders” for betraying us when we discover that they were holding the mirror so the bad guys could see our cards, and we start to re-order our lives on more human lines. Like the authors of the Constitution of the United States of America intended. They had it right. They were just 200 years ahead of the rest of us. With that change we will see also a change in the consciousness of human kind. I call that the advent of “Omega man” and I’ll pull that into focus next time.