“Humanity is moving ever deeper into a crisis which has no precedent – a ‘final exam’ as to whether or not it qualifies for continuance in the Universe. It is not an examination of political, economic, or religious systems but of the integrity of each and all individual humans’ responsible thinking and unselfish response to the acceleration in evolution’s evermore unprecedented events.”“Critical Path” – Buckminster Fuller, 1981
The nature and magnitude of the urgency confronting us each day now was already lucid to Buckminster Fuller decades ago. Expressions about integrating our selves with the ‘Whole’ have been articulated for ages in word, song, image, prayer, and plans. But logical plans and methodical execution that have always worked in the past, no longer apply. We are stymied by deeper issues – a nut we have yet to crack. Despite the ever increasing number of us who envision a Whole World, seen with a growing magnitude of resonant, congruent awareness – the big question remains, unmoved:
How will humanity survive?
The greatest threat to humanity is humanity itself. Since the invention of the wheel, technology has inspired humanity to slowly and steadily separate itself from its habitat, Earth – as well as from its own inherently spiritual and organic nature. The Age of Reason accelerated this division by introducing reductionist thought and inserting a partition between spirit & science. We began our self-destruction in earnest as the Industrial Revolution encouraged a diminished regard for Earth, now seen principally as warehouse and lavatory by a self-entitled species determined to dominate rather than integrate. At the close of the 20th c, we are split between living as people and functioning as ‘human resources’.
Today’s Transhumanists expand this cleavage in a rush to establish a race of biodigital Frankensteins. Hypnotized by wet dreams of enhancement, they attach wings to a caterpillar and call it a butterfly, ignore the pulse of their own breathing beings hidden behind a heartless view of the Universe, and charge headlong in passionate pursuit of some contrived delusional notion of ‘progress’.
By the 2020s we find ourselves commandeered by a technology whose algorithms and oh so virtual artificial intelligence are often regarded as a model to emulate in real life, sacrificing our very own minds in a blind displacement of genuine thinking. Is it any wonder we find our entire species in the diamond lane on the highway to extinction?
Since the first Earth Day in 1970, rhetoric about the gravity of our situation has been constant, with words that continue to awaken our collective consciousness and inspire legions around the world to act on behalf of our planet and each other. Yet, despite 50yrs of admirable achievements, we must honestly acknowledge that not a single policy, plan, proposal, action, or ‘disruption’ has significantly slowed our overall descent one little bit – not one! Humanity’s toxicity continues to prove overwhelming.
Most solution proposals for government, ecology, economy, equality, energy, infrastructure, society, etc., though conceptually viable, require an inherently impossible consensus. Current world policy appears to be fueled by a wealthy, powerful, and unaccountable Ignorati who exhibit no awareness whatsoever of how life on Earth actually succeeds. ‘What could go wrong?’ Our predicament is unprecedented. Any successful solution that matches our plight in magnitude must surely lie beyond what is currently tangible.
The elephant in the room is ego – each one the center of its own personal Universe. Our collective conviction that this is the only world that can possibly be, forms a consensus reality that defines the Bastille holding us captive within our current paradigm. What will it take to initiate a Copernican shift away from our myopic, egocentric orientation – and transform our disparate array of isolated egos into a coherent network of integrally interconnected beings? To wit:
“There is one human story. Dressed in new clothing and using new tools, we endlessly relive it. If we read philosophy, literature, history, poetry, and theology – we see greed, hedonism, and hubris easily defeat empathy and reason.” – The Last Act of the Human Comedy – Chris Hedges
“It should get our attention that every person or group of people that have discovered what the Native Americans call wetiko disease unanimously consider it to be the most important topic to understand in our world today. Wetiko psychosis—which can be conceived of as being a mind-virus—is at the very root of every crisis we face. Wetiko is the over-arching umbrella that contains, subsumes, informs and underlies every form of self-and-other destruction that our species is acting out in our world on every scale. If we don’t come to terms with what wetiko is revealing to us, however, nothing else will matter, as there will be no more human species.” – “Totalitarian Psychosis in our World-and Our Minds“ – Paul Levy
“The most important point to be made here is that as long as we remain egocentric beings, there shall always be sociopaths and psychopaths among us, who inevitably rise to authority driven by selfishness, greed, and apathy – who then capsize their entire sphere of influence despite the best intentions of all the rest of us. This perpetual cycle can only continue its descent until we undergo the spiritual and cultural transformation available by transmuting the egocentricity at its root.” – The Project
“The egocentricity experiment with human Design has run its course – its climax is our confluence of crises. It is now imperative that we develop metamorphic catalysts immediately – means and methods to efficiently transmute egocentricity and profoundly evoke our innate senses of interdependence and compassion.” – Care To Evolve? – Beau
We shall successfully transmute egocentricity with the evocation of Intuitive Intelligence, II – defined for our purposes here as: “what comes to mind” – as opposed to deliberation, deduction, and analysis utilizing our brains. ‘What comes to mind’ as II, transcends egocentric analysis, is neither our own expression nor creation. History is replete with accounts of scientists, philosophers, and artists whose ‘I found it’ moments ostensibly emanated from II ‘downloads’. When we successfully receive II without any filtration whatsoever by our egocentric preconceptions, II is arguably 100% accurate or appropriate, and available to guide us to the best possible outcome whenever we allow it to do so.
- The historical mission of our times is to re-invent the human at the species level with critical reflection within the community of life. – Thomas Berry, 1997
Human evolution, as envisioned here, shall be achieved in part by facilitating the integration of II into our beings such that a substantial, if not majority, of our activity is directed more by II than by egocentric deliberation. In the new paradigm, II shall habitually “come to mind” both individually and collectively to inform and influence resonant action. The more we allow the ‘Whole’ to guide us, through its always available voice of II replacing egocentricity, the more quickly we evolve.
Transmuting egocentricity requires its dissolution, much like a caterpillar in a chrysalis – what else can possibly stop us from destroying ourselves? Herein lies our greatest dilemma. How does anyone justify a commitment that requires we relinquish our core belief about our very being, in order to transform into the unknown and barely imaginable? Our self-cherishing egos that insist we are our analytical minds, inhibit acceptance or even awareness of II, because Intuitive Intelligence presents an existential threat to our ego-centric illusory autonomy and compulsion to control – the ultimate ‘Catch-22’!.-
By its own fluid, the caterpillar’s body dissolves within the chrysalis to metamorphose into the butterfly. The chaos that has recently emerged on all of Earth, is the ‘fluid’ now dissolving humanity as we know it, within our global ‘chrysalis’. We the ‘Conscious Creatives’, are the imaginal cells building the new evolved Whole World out of the formless solution that chaos continues to make of us, as it expands and envelopes virtually all of humanity. It is time we redirect technology toward the truly organic evolution we so desperately need, arrest our descent to extinction, and manifest a paradigm that transcends our shortcomings.
Our challenge is to engineer the Moonshot of an evolutionary path wherein we permanently catalyze human experience into a broader and deeper perceptual dimension – a transition that reifies a heart-centered, personal/collective human experience, as consciously interconnected individuals integrated within a coherent network – simultaneously separate and all together, like 7.x billion fingers on one ‘Whole’ hand. Once done, perhaps the best part will be an undeniable and perpetual sense of belonging – to one another everywhere, as constituent cells of a ‘Whole’ Humanity, integral to our living Earth.
The Age of Reason famously proclaimed “I think, therefore I am” – an ode to egocentricity.
The Ubuntu principle, “I am because we are” – appropriately expresses our evolved symbiotic orientation in the new paradigm – The Age of Intuition.