We are more than halfway through 2020 and I think it’s fair to say it has been a challenging year for most of the world. It started with half a billion animals being burned to death in fires which scorched Australia, and before we knew it Corona Virus had spread from China to Italy and onward around the globe.
Now, we are in a whirlwind of natural disasters, a pandemic, social unrest, racial reckoning, political divide and economic distress. Globally.
Although this seams like a new reality, it’s happened several times throughout history. This time, it’s just tangible and realistic consequences of bad decision making over the course of time leading to a snowball effect where, as humans, as Americans, we are not going to change for the better until we are forced out of our comfort zone. Bad decisions have caused a perfect storm of chaos and discomfort – and right now, mankind is squirming.
It seems everyone is on a different page, and each person is handling the fear and inconveniences differently, and seeing it through their own lens. It’s a time of mental strain, as each person tries to find relief, and ultimately, peace.
These kinds of moments are the kind which allow true colors to shine through. Some of what is uncovered is beautiful and bright and some of the truths are grotesque and empty. In a sense, there is a splitting of those who can rise above the chaos and cooperate, communicate and coexist peacefully; versus those who will get sucked down into the fear, and will cycle through fight or flight syndrome endlessly.
These two worlds exist simultaneously. Because one is nurturing and causes humanity to thrive and the other is destructive ~ there’s somewhat of a question as to which path is more powerful. Just like the ancients describe in various philosophies, there’s a force to build and a force to destroy. Birth and death is the story of humanity.
The difference is, there are more humans on the planet than ever before and we have the ultimate source of communication due to advanced technology. It’s brought us closer together than we ever were before. We can communicate with the world from our homes.
In looking back over the last few decades where the Internet has played a significant roll in human communication, and global connectedness has taken accelerated leaps and bounds – we can see a sort of shape shifting within societal communication and global connectedness. We can see that as protests erupt in our country, they do as well in other countries and it makes those “foreigners” seem more like neighbors; their stories are similar to ours. We can see that if we thought we were a “freak” because no one at our high school was like us, we can find a community online that is like-minded and will embrace us. We can find anything we want to and connect to just about any place in the world with our current technology.
So in this sense, there isn’t too much to find if we look to our past to figure out our present moment. Because the massive public use of the Internet is only about 20 years old. Before that, we had television which progressed from 3 or 4 channels to thousands over a 40 year span. We had print newspapers. A local paper was readily available and we had very few choices for national newspapers found in vending machines and at newspaper stands. We had encyclopedias and the library. Our intake of information happening in real time was minimal. We were not aware of social unrest in other countries and were largely unaware of what was happening in other cities in America.
Some of us lived in a time where ignorance was bliss. We remember a time where politicians and government were not on our minds in our daily life. We remember a time when something big was on the 6 o’clock news, or something big came on as breaking news in the middle of the afternoon soap opera. This would be big news like the Challenger exploding and killing seven crew members in 1986. Otherwise, we basically lived life in our neighborhood and got to know the world through family vacations and field trips.
The trouble with now, and with hindsight being 20/20, is that we can’t use the past to fix the issues challenging us today. We are already in a new age, we have already passed over into the technological age and we’ve been here long enough that we can’t un-know the enormous lightening bolt of information thrown our way in the last 20 years. This is one reason time seems to accelerate. A year where one big thing happens for you to process will probably seem a lot longer than a year when something big comes across your screen three times a day.
We are writing history right now, and this chapter is about how we adapt to the pace of change accelerating so quickly that we are completely overwhelmed and frozen in a moment, like a deer in the headlights. We are in the middle of an enormous tornado at the point of the still center, wondering how we are going to make our way out of this alive. We are suspended in the middle, with no real solution in sight and no control over where the twister goes and how much damage it will cause.
We waste time if we look behind us. We have to meet the moment of now. We have to confront who were are in this moment. We have to find a new way to survive that doesn’t include destroying each other.
It’s go time.
We don’t have any time to waste, and we may at some point have to make very quick decisions that are not based on any past experience.
What we do to one we do to all. Our actions now determine the outcome for generations to come. This is our time to write our story about this moment in time. It’s a collective story about how humanity shifted its way of thinking and the planet headed quickly into….?….hopefully healing and harmony within humanity to be enjoyed for at least a century.