A Flutter Of Reality – Insignificant Changes Within A Complex System Lead To Unpredictable Results

If you truly want to change the world, you must change your thinking! The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. -Einstein.

Given the problems we face on Earth at the beginning of the third millennium we should make “changing the world” our highest priority. Our planet is in crisis, we have damaged our ecosystem to the point where it cannot compensate. There are numerous issues to be addressed but clearly Global Warming can be labeled as “our primary concern”. 26-30,000 innocent children starve to death each day, we do nothing about it, despite humanitarian aid projects, the human race in reality has not made any improvements and to be honest has no intention of doing anything to resolve this and other issues. The impacts of Global Warming and other man made environmental disasters will dramatically worsen the plight of many people in the next 50 years. Churches (all religions) Governments, and Industry have the power to do something, but they chose not to take effective action.

Why not? In business such would lose money, in government it would lose votes and in religion it would lose wealth and power. Seriously, why would they spend resources on people who don’t buy from them, don’t vote for them and don’t worship or contribute to them?

You are a responsible resident of planet Earth, You are responsible (along with the rest of us), for all of the problems that beset our world. Unaware you have given your power to those who continue to destroy our world and opportunities for a future. You now feel powerless to take your power back. 26000-30000 children die of starvation every day, our children and grandchildren will live in a world of disasters of biblical proportions. Look around, you know the issues, they will not be repeated here! In their naivety, greed and hunger for power our ancestors took more than their entitlement of the earths resources and damaged its ability to recover. We do the same but to a greater degree and there are many more of us now.

All of our cultural structures are based on surrender of power (including wealth) to those further up the hierarchy, whether it is a monarchy or other form of government or any form of religion and of course trade and finance.

You are not being asked to turn away from your religion, overthrow your government or quit your job! You are being urged to observe independently, judge critically and take inventive risks in every aspect of your lives. This will prepare you, not for the existing order which demands conformity and obedience and which created our problems, but for the only way society can resolve the issues it now faces.

What is the alternative to perpetually degrading the earth, warring against our fellow man and in the process living futile, insignificant lives with only superficial enjoyment and no concept of real happiness? –

Stop doing it!

In all of creation only man is capable of evil, and the only thing that can stop evil is other men. In our shame lies our salvation. A man knowing his own true self cannot be used or possessed by any power other than himself and whose life is lived for life’s sake and never in the service of pain hatred or the dark. Ursula LeGuinn.

By giving our power to forces other than ourselves, i.e. religion, government, industry and others we have allowed our power to be used to ends that now threaten to destroy us and life on Earth as we know it. We need to take back our power by taking responsibility for our every action, considering what we are doing and its effects.

What does happen is the sum of all individual actions BUT you can change your own choices. Global warming and other destructive results of our activities were not created by a few people as the result of a limited number of actions. They result from very small actions by 9-12 billion people over a few generations.

The doctrine of material wealth has signally failed to provide people with any lasting ideals or values. The social order is expending all its’ creative energy on just maintaining the status quo. We know that continued economic growth in developed countries will be at the expense of those who really need an increase in material well-being, the underprivileged in the Third World. There is no connection between increased living standards (beyond sufficiency) and happiness/contentment. There can be no doubt that material living standards in developed countries have increased since 1960. However consider the rate of murder and other violent crime, the increase in drug and alcohol abuse and suicide. It would appear that we live in a less happy society in 2008 than in 1960. It is difficult to draw a line between sufficiency and extravagance, however it is certain that in developed countries we are dying of the stresses of abundance rather than the stresses of scarcity.

The longer we resist the inevitability of change, the less chance is there that we will achieve it peacefully; the sooner we commit ourselves to change the easier such a process will be.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”~ Margaret Mead.

Apportioning blame for the current situation will not address it and if we are honest we will admit that individually we are all to blame. We are driven by our vices rather than guided by virtue.

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. A virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions. The Vatican

In order to cease being the object of blame for our situation and instead be worthy of praise we could attempt to reject our vices and and adopt virtues to determine our values. It is up to every individual to develop their own personal system of values/ethics and then to commit to those values in every aspect of their lives.

If we honestly wish to change the world, we need to be honest with ourselves, determine what is real and true in the world as we know it, accept that our lifestyle is not sustainable and is the cause of the dangers we face, that we as individuals have the ability to improve or worsen the situation we find ourselves in, commit to a higher purpose than our own personal best interests and develop a personal code of values/ethics by which we can live daily and use as a decision making tool.

Imagine if our world, religious and business leaders were seen as virtuous and unanimously respected regardless of some differences in their beliefs. Imagine if the vast majority of the human population consciously considered their day to day actions made their every decision according to their own personal values and ideals that they had determined for themselves after careful consideration, to be valid for them. Imagine if these people acted on these values instead of being instructed in their actions by others who may be less ethical.

What would a code of virtuous conduct for our society look like? and where could we go for inspiration when seeking to develop our own code of values?

The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental values and principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. Created by the largest global consultation process ever associated with an international declaration, endorsed by thousands of organizations representing millions of individuals, the Earth Charter seeks to inspire in all peoples a sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the human family and the larger living world.

It is an expression of hope and a call to help create a global partnership at a critical juncture in history. The Earth Charter’s inclusive ethical vision proposes that environmental protection, human rights, equitable human development, and peace are interdependent and indivisible. It provides a new framework for thinking about and addressing these issues.

This is a positive step but only effective if we ALL, change our ways, accept personal responsibility for our actions and their impact. We can do so by developing our own individual, personal code of conduct, thinking it out carefully, ensuring it reflects our own individual truths and wishes and committing ourselves to using it as our guide for making decisions and actions.

What would such a code look like in the 3rd millennium?

The following is an example:

* Be true and at peace with yourself

* Honor your word

* Be worthy of respect, respect yourself

* Let no influence or substance dictate your life or the lives of those around you

* Think carefully before you speak

* Use wisdom, discretion, grace and dignity in thought, word and deed

* Take daily action to strengthen and fortify your spirit, mind and body

* Be confident and avoid arrogance

* Be strong yet gentle, especially with those less strong of body or mind, particularly with women children and animals

* Use your brain before resorting to might

* Be light of heart, cherish your sense of humor, make life fun and memorable

* Develop a passionate love and respect for nature, life and the earth.

Use Your Strength And Courage To Act When They Are Threatened Or Violated.

However any such code, charter or guide is only as good as the individuals commitment to live by it.

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