Watch out for Unprecedented Challenges

Times of India | Edition: Chennai | 17 November 2010 | Samadarshini

We live in times of unprecedented change, challenge and opportunity.

Last week in the U.K alone, more than a million people were laid-off from their jobs in the public sector. Imagine the impact of this on a country like the U.K whose population is around 60 million.

The U.K would soon start closing its doors to immigrants much the same way as The U.S, Australia and the many other European countries have done. We are seeing nations behave like warring tribal communities when their self-interest is threatened in the form of unemployment and the consequent economic slowdown.

Demographically the earth has never before been so burdened as she is today ever since the dawn of life. Our cities and towns are bursting at their seams. In India and China, urban population is growing its tentacles and spreading in every direction devouring agricultural lands, clean air and water. We are turning large tracts of land into poisonous polythene dump yards(Chennai, the city I reside, is a living proof to this). What is the impact of this aberration on the limited natural resources of our planet? How much longer would they last? There is yet another significant question we need to ask- What is the capacity of the human race to adapt to what is to come? Is evolutionary history any solace? Let us enquire.

As a species we humans have migrated from the African continent to the tundras, to the high plateau of Tibet and to the cold European regions. We have survived well. We have weathered many climatic conditions of unbelievable harshness and faced many natural calamities. Why cannot we do it again? Are we not biologically designed to cope with changes of immense magnitude? How factual is this assumption?

The study of the human genome reveals that genetic adaptations are not frequent, nor do they happen easily with in a span of a few hundred years. Most adaptations have taken thousands of years to occur.

Whether the human body can naturally adapt itself over the next 50 years to the challenges of the increased harmful radiation from the sun, the very limited water supplies available to us, the increased atmosphere and food pollution has been an issue of research. The answer from science is NO. As far as scientific observation goes the human body is not capable of handling such a massive impact.

However, not all is lost. There is a new hope on the horizon, that promises to salvage the situation for us all. It appears that if we all need to sleep peacefully at night assured of the future of our children and their children, we need to have faith. Faith in a new power- 'the power of human consciousness'. Let us hope that a new science will be born, a new technology will emerge from this new consciousness. A new mind, a new civilization with a new understanding of what it is to be human, would most certainly create solutions for most problems we have created collectively and provide us with a future that is bright.

Albert Einstein, the scientist mystic once remarked, “You cannot solve a problem from the same state of consciousness in which you have created it.” The problems we have created for ourselves and the planet as a whole stem from a consciousness that was fundamentally divisive in nature, a consciousness that put the individual's interest ahead of the whole, a consciousness that worshipped greed and encouraged ruthless exploitation.

A new consciousness is now awakening. Individuals and organizations seem to be increasingly looking out for a fulfillment beyond financial achievements. Along with the bottom line, one finds an increasing number of organizations seeking for a higher meaning, to be relevant in the context of the collective. What the earth needs is a lot of healing and it is never too late to begin. Can corporations function from a place of love and responsibility? Yes they can. This new tribe is growing, the culture of love is on the rise.

For action born of love alone can cause well-being. We all know what happens to the earth today happens to us tomorrow.


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Samadarshini
Senior Faculty, One World Academy

 

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