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An Unsustainable System Must Change Or Die – Welcome to Humanity’s Crossroads

August 25, 2009

If we individually are to awaken, to really take this whole enlightenment things seriously, we must come to terms not only with ourselves, but also with our place in the world. Where are we at? What have we done? And where do we go from here?

This whole process is one of awakening and part of that awakening is recognizing what can be deemed as “the crossroads” – that place where one cycle ends and a new one begins, or, one cycle repeats, again, often with graver and graver consequences. We are at the crossroads of human civilization now. The following excerpt is from “The Bottleneck”, an excellent article by Harvard University Biologist Edward O. Wilson, published in the September 2002 edition of Scientific American:

The 20th century was a time of exponential scientific and technical advance, the freeing of the arts by an exuberant modernism, and the spread of democracy and human rights throughout the world. It was also a dark and savage age of world wars, genocide, and totalitarian ideologies that came dangerously close to global domination. While preoccupied with all this tumult, humanity managed collaterally to decimate the natural environment and draw down the nonrenewable resources of the planet with cheerful abandon. We thereby accelerated the erasure of entire ecosystems and the extinction of thousands of million-year-old species. If Earth’s ability to support our growth is finite–and it is–we were mostly too busy to notice.

– E.O. Wilson from the article “The Bottleneck”

Read the full article here.

Time is running out for us stay too busy to notice. We must, MUST, begin to change, to usher in the new world that is coming, whether we like it or not. The way we have been living, the system we are part of, the way we relate to life and the world, our views on damn near everything have to change because they are unsustainable. Unsustainable – will not last. Just like falsehood, which is ultimately exposed by truth. See the correlation between “the way the world works” and the lies we have bought into about that world? Unsustainable = False (eventually exposed for its failure to maintain itself). All are ramifications of the world existing in the ignorance of ego – too busy, too distracted, to asleep to notice.

Wilson refers to our situation as a bottleneck:

We have entered the Century of the Environment, in which the immediate future is usefully conceived as a bottleneck. Science and technology, combined with a lack of self-understanding and a Paleolithic obstinacy, brought us to where we are today. Now science and technology, combined with foresight and moral courage, must see us through the bottleneck and out.

What is important for us in this process is the self-understanding. This is crucial. We must understand that we are intimately connected with this world, a part of it. What we do to it, we do to ourselves. Change is here as the old systems begins to crack and fall away. Whether are not we do the work necessary to realize our connectedness and open ourselves to the oneness of true reality will be crucial to how we undergo the end of the world as we have known it and move through Wilson’s bottleneck. The old system is unsustainable, it has reached its peak, and now, something new will take its place. If that is frightening, scary, or hard to believe for you, use those feelings and thoughts as a way to begin questioning and challenging your belief system that is tied to the old way. Examine with a swift brutality what you are holding onto and what it is that you must let go of. If you begin to deconstruct the falsehoods of the ego and awaken to the true grandeur of life free from fear, you will be actively participating in the beautiful birth of a new world.

Any mother can attest to the pain and trauma of childbirth, but when that new life enters the world, it is a miracle, and that fear and pain that once existed is replaced with new life. New life is what we are focusing on. A new life, a new world, a new way that is no longer bound to the old system of fear, debt, slavery, and ego – that system that has brought us to the breaking point, the bottleneck, the crossroads.

We have had our share of wake-up calls, from rising gas prices to Hurricane Katrina, from the greatest pyramid scheme on earth – the U.S. Economic system and its recent collapse – to the revelations about the world food situation. But we seem to think that it will never happen to us, like ostriches with our heads in the sand. This change is inevitable, we are at “the bottleneck” as Wilson describes. How we go through that is the key to everything.

We are now at the crossroads of life (a fact that is staring each of us in the face whether we want to look or not). We have existed in and contributed to an unsustainable system of conditioning and lifestyle that has stretched back for thousands of years. Now we must move in the new direction of undoing that conditioning, awakening to the true nature of ourselves and this world, and create from that truth for the building of the new world that is coming, regardless of which path we choose.

Do the work now. Approach this with a sense of urgency, for if you stay too busy to notice, you might just get left behind.

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