There has never been a better time to be alive: 98% of our planet's climate scientists believe that Earth is at risk for catastrophic climate changes; there are still roughly 30,000 children who starve to death everyday; economies around the entire planet are increasingly fragile; poverty is increasing everywhere; terrorism is everywhere; violence is financially very rewarding - especially if you can get a big government contract; and, well, the list could go on and on...
So, why are these the best of times to be alive, you might be wondering? There are a number of great reasons! Each of these reasons are pointing the way to how our problems will be overcome: 1) There is an increasing sense of global interconnectivity. The internet is available on the top of Mount Everest. Probably during this decade the majority of the world's population will have internet access. This surge of information will awaken a universal desire for the liberation and full development of every people and person. 2) The reality of economic globalization will actually strengthen current efforts to "localize" and enhance and fully develop local resources towards long-term sustainability; free trade will increasingly become fair trade for everyone's benefit. 3) The fledgling "new thought" movement will become increasingly influential as the abuse of power in the mainline religions becomes more and more evident. All of the justifications for the acceptance of intolerance and violence will finally be confronted: folks will simply stop going to church, temple, and mosque. Folks will simply stop paying for the priests of the world to intimidate them with theologies rooted in domination, threats of eternal punishment, etc. 4) Women are getting organized and stronger everywhere on the planet! This is the real key to global change and our planetary possibilities. Women will no longer tolerate systems of abuse and oppression -- while at the very same time organizing and creating new theologies, new economics, new politics, new art and literature, and, while they are at it, a new humanity out of the old. 5) Young people everywhere are seriously recognizing their opportunities to create change! If you thought the 1960's were really something in either the US or France, take a look at Egypt. The power of an organized youth -- the world over -- will unite with a renewed women's movement, for the saving of the planet! Neither corporations nor countries can stop the New World Movement for Peace and Justice!
Ah, yes! This is the best of all possible times to be alive! You, YOU!, have the opportunity to change, to re-direct, the very course of human history! What if you really and truly show up for this rEvolution everyday for the rest of your life? You, YOU!, my friend will be remembered and cherished for the rest of human history!
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.