“Human beings have this quality that scientists call behavioral plasticity, and that means we can do things one way and then suddenly reverse course and do them in another way.” -Charles C. Mann
It seems throughout many parts of society, systems are caving in on themselves due to rampant corruption, greed and lack of integrity.
In an interview focused on individuals who aim to use their celebrity platform to assist in the greater good of society, Big Think spoke with Rainn Wilson to discuss various aspects of society and Rainn’s perspective on what is going on.
Here is a segment of the transcript from Rainn Wilson’s interview with Big Think:
“In terms of big ideas I think that there is another revolution coming. I’m not sure what it’s going to look like, but I think it’s going to be very interesting and it’s going to unfold over the next 10 years. And I think it needs to be a spiritual revolution because I think that our systems are broken. I don’t think that our political system will ever work. I don’t think no matter how great a man…”
“If you cloned JFK and Abraham Lincoln and made them president it wouldn’t matter. Our system is just too corrupt and too broken. I think that science is corrupt and broken. I think health and nutrition. I think the economic systems, the international relations, the environment, everything, the engines of everything are broken. There are some good ideas there behind and some good intentions, but these are going to break down more and more and more.”
“We’re going to see these wild pendulum swings between democrat, republican, tea party, right, left, right, left. It’s going to swing every election because people are scrambling for answers and it just it doesn’t work, so the young people are going to need to like they did in the 60’s, they’re going to need to take the reins here and really look at the world in a fresh new way and say you know enough is enough, you guys screwed it up, we need to take our planet back and I think part of that journey, part of that revolution needs to be spiritual.”
“I think that the word spiritual is a very loaded, weird word, but I think it needs to be with a heart-based wisdom and this heart-based wisdom needs to go hand in hand with science and with social activism and love for our planet and love for our whole human family that spans the whole globe and this may sound very high and mighty or airy-fairy, but it’s going to have to go to that or else we’re just all going to destroy each other.”
When I watched the excerpt of Rainn Wilson’s interview, it was difficult not to think of anything precious that is not endangered in some way, specifically life as we know it.
For some time now, many of us have straddled two worlds; a world of fear, doubt and cynicism, while simultaneously hoping for a world that encourages faith, peace and equanimity.
It is clear that the time has come to move into a new way of being, or as Eckhart Tolle says, “A New Earth.” We are now faced with the decision to determine which world to leave behind, a world of fear based decisions or a world that promotes harmony and inclusion.
Will we simply continue to take the same actions and hope for a different outcome?
It is clear that certain ways of treating each other, as well as the planet, are no longer sustainable. Knowing this, the opportunity to move our collective actions to more integral ways of being is at hand.
Here are examples of what an integral world can look like:
- “People who thought only of themselves will begin to think of their neighbors as well, and leaders who thought only about their community’s interests begin to think about the global community.”
- “People will begin to evolve their traditions to allow for new ways in which we can all co-exist together, recognizing our common depth of unity behind all the surface diversity.”
- People will begin to sense that a much greater perception of what is best for humanity is trying to emerge.
- People will begin to “wake up” to a higher possibility for their life as they begin to remember their Supreme Identity.
- “People will begin to “grow up” to see their unsolvable problems “solved” at a higher level of consciousness.”
- People will begin to look around for others who share a more expansive consciousness and when they do they will be attracted to books, blogs, movies, art masterpieces, political representatives, workshops, educational programs, therapies, spiritual teachings, leadership and think tanks that are in alignment, and conducive to the movement of a global community operating for the highest good of everyone.
Within every moment of the day, we make choices; choices that appear to be small and insignificant or sometimes large with a noticeable impact. In every moment of our lives, we are in some direct or indirect manner touching the life of another human being.
Although we tend to see ourselves as individuals, who are repeatedly encouraged to celebrate our own individuality, this mindset also encourages a belief in, “I am separate. I am not like you. I am alone.”
When it seems as though all is lost in society, many may question if it’s possible to create an integral world.
The creation of anything beautiful and integral begins with an idea. The question is, will you nurture the idea, or will you sabotage the idea?
Every doubtful and fearful thought chips away at the foundation of the idea, the belief in the idea and the possibility of the idea becoming a reality.
To create a more integral society and world, we have to become who we are meant to become. We can all feel that we were meant to be more of who we are, that’s why anything less is so unsettling, or as Louisa May Alcott said, “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”