There has been a lot of talking around the date 21-12-2012 and, with it, a lot of imagination, emotions and anticipation.
21-12 came and nothing happened. We woke up on the 22nd and the world was still there, unchanged. The furry of information, conflict and greed was still going on; the misery and slavery and depravation of human dignity was still shaming us; the movement toward authentic solutions and the rebirth of true civilization was still alive.
And we breathed.
As we breathed, we allowed our consciousness to relax and open. As our consciousness relaxed and opened, we thought; and as we thought, we saw. Continue reading →
Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have ~ Maragret Mead
Although there is a growing awareness in humanity today that freedom, compassion and power are inherent parts of our humaneness, many people still believe they are victims of their conditions: the external circumstances in which they live and the character they carry with them. They feel that those things have been imposed on them and that they cannot be changed – which justifies the selfishness, the competitiveness and the mercilessness of their own life.
“Everybody can be great – because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve … You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When they hear about self-awareness, most people initially react saying that it sounds a bit selfish to spend so much time looking for or at your ‘self’ and exploring, understanding and caring for its needs. I do understand that: the world is already so full of selfish individuals that we definitely do not want to add more names on the list!
But there is one thing that anyone who has travelled the journey knows: when you ‘find’ yourself and become aware of who you truly are, two things happen:
There is enough for everyone’s needs but not for everyone’s greed.
All human societies are built on a number of basic assumptions that determine the choices their people make and the systems they rely on to organise their life.
A fundamental of our scientific, profit driven, materialistic worldview says that we are selfish creatures randomly evolved from chaos through a competitive process of selection, struggling for survival and intrinsically concerned by self-interest. All our educational, social, economical, political, cultural as well as mental and emotional makeup are built on this assumption. What if it was flawed? What if it was wrong – dreadfully wrong?
A heart warming talk by our great friend Nipun Metha: Designing for Generosity
From the TED blurb:
“What would the world look like if we designed for generosity? Instead of assuming that people want to simply maximize self-interest, what if our institutions and organizations catered to our deeper motivations?”
A compelling TEDx talk explores this question and introduces the concept of Giftivism: the practice of radically generous acts that change the world.
The video is charged with stories of such acts, ranging from:
the largest peaceful transfer of land in human history, to
a pay-it-forward restaurant, to
a 10-year-old’s unconventional birthday celebration, and
the stunning interaction between a victim and his teenage mugger.
With clarity and insight, it details the common threads that runs through all these gift manifestations, and invites us to participate through everyday acts of kindness — in an uplifting global movement.”