Necessity is the mother of invention and for humanity, the need is growing rapidly.
It’s obvious to me that we’re in trouble on this planet. The persistent rumours of trouble we heard whispered for decades have become mainstream news. Our problems have become a lot harder to ignore. Why as a species do we insist on ignoring these urgent issues? Are we too afraid of the enormity of it all? We can’t just pack up and move to another planet. Earth is our only oasis in what appears to be quite a barren solar system.
As our problems grow exponentially it seems as though it’s our generation that gets to deal with it. Our fear and ignorance of the problem aren’t helping. The longer we’re in denial, the bigger and deeper the hole we dig for ourselves. At this stage of our journey the hole we’ve dug so far is starting to look like a mass grave. This is the time. This is the place. We are the people. We need to face reality and fix this planet.
An emergency is defined as a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.
Globally, the gap between the rich and the poor is growing. Fuel costs are rising and we’re using insane methods to generate electricity. Fukushima is a reality that isn't going to just go away. Our scientific ability is far more advanced than our ethical ability which means that while we do have the technical ability to wipe ourselves out completely we may not have the moral fibre required to prevent this. Our medical systems are failing around the world and teetering on the brink of collapse in many areas. Advertisers have learned how to make us perpetually hungry for everything. All we know how to do is consume. We've forgotten what real food is and the stuff that we do eat is designed to make us hungrier. Everyone has noticed the global weather patterns have changed not to mention earthquake and volcano activity. This is just a short list of some of the changes we’re experiencing. In most cases the change is exponential and the rate of change seems to be accelerating unabated.
I think the biggest change though is with the exchange of information. The world is more connected than it’s ever been since the internet. I suspect the internet is going to play an important role in our future if we don’t bury ourselves first. This emergency scenario is very real and if we are to survive as a species we need to take immediate action at an individual level.
Why are we not taking immediate Action?
What’s happening to us is unprecedented in our lives and maybe we just can’t believe its happening. We’re in denial. We have cognitive dissonance to protect ourselves from the shock of it all. We have not yet accepted and admitted to ourselves that we have a global problem that needs our urgent attention. Many people are awaking to our reality and this trend is also growing exponentially. I think we may be nearing a tipping point of awareness. Things will continue to decline on this planet until we reach a critical mass of individuals that are actively looking after their environment as if their lives depended on it.
Because we’re in denial we’re not accepting responsibility for our current reality. We’ve abdicated our responsibility to our leaders.
Our leaders are part of the problem. They’ve fooled themselves into thinking that they’re benefitting from the current status quo and they’re digging harder and faster than everyone else. Maybe they’re just more scared than the rest of as they have so much more to lose? But we’re all in the same hole and they’re just as stuck as we are. They desperately need our help. We need to do the right thing and help them. Until we each admit that there really is a problem and that we’re the responsible people, we’re not going to change anything. The hole will just keep getting bigger until its big enough for all of us including our leaders.
When will we take Action?
Of course some people are taking action and are making a profound difference. But it’s a numbers game and a natural part of our evolution, assuming we survive. If we do nothing, our environment will become unbearable. Once our environment becomes unbearable we either expire or become forced into action. It’s very difficult to be creative when you’re under pressure. It would be a far better idea to be proactive and not reactive, or worse, dead. At an individual level we need to rummage around inside and find the courage to save ourselves. It’s there, just like common sense and initiative are there when we need them. It merely has to be found and used.
We each have to shrug off the fear personally facing this problem. We have to awaken to the current reality of our situation. We are in trouble.
We then have to shrug off our fear of being seen as non-conformist for acknowledging the problem. We have to grow up. We have to become mature enough to openly discuss what was once considered taboo. We must approach this in a grown-up, adult fashion. As adults we have the right to face and discuss these matters.
If we all grow up and do the right thing, something wonderful will emerge from our global emergency. Margaret Mead said “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Can you imagine if seven billion Earth Citizens all united with the single minded purpose of each doing the right thing? There is no stopping the focussed intention of more than seven billion people. We will have evolved into something new and quite spectacular.
Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Oxford & Witney, Oxfordshire in the UK.