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02/09/2003 Entry: ""Youtopia""
At the Early Girl Eatery for brunch, had a really good conversation with Sherman about Utopia/Dystopia. The question is whether as we advance consciously, will following human nature lead society to some sort of planetary zenith, or some sort of individual spiritual pinnacle? My take is that our current global paradigm, something of a myopia, is not self-sustaining, and eventually most of it will crumble either via revolution or "under it's own weight." It is likely not be a single event but rather a long series of social-politial-economic breakdowns/breakups (that's already underway, somewhat). Once the collapse has stabilized, the air will be ripe for a quantum leap in personal psycho-spiritual evolution, that rather than taking a single shape, will blossom in myriad forms and phases.
I do believe that despite our want of certain dogmas to have the heave-ho, they must remain to an extent because evolution demands variation, and for any one worldview to dominate a new paradigm would be counter-productive. What ceases to be useful will eventually perish, and while for sentimental reasons this can be distressing, all systems must adapt and change. If it's true with moths, it must be true for movements and ideas. Yet there is no ultimate answer; no one knows the Big Truth, so let's honor our little truths and be on Earth together, learning from eachother while we can.
What I'd like to forsee is a great dialog of the world's philosophies, meeting somewhere in the middle for tea then going about their business trying to survive and be happy. Singular interpretation of life and it's mysteries is part of the crisis we're in right now; western history is written with too few hands. Collective participation while maintaining, celebrating and expanding cultural identity seems to be a viable path for growth. That's cultural identity without ignorance, politicizing, marginalizing, and playing the same stale, bloody game of oneupsmanship. Is it possible for there to be an era based upon the idea that we wake up, realize that life is a miracle not to be squandered on petty differences but on common, inborn natural needs to grow and love?
Seems as if that's what most religions, philosophies, and prophecies of the world are aiming at, in a nutshell. That's natural enough for me.
Meanwhile, here's more about 'topias and the shift in global consciousness.
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