Sunday, March 1, 2009
PRESENT & FUTURE ISSUES, by Dilip Mukerjea
The purpose of life is to have a life of purpose . . . and to have our dreams unfold with perfect precision. But we are slaves of mineral resources; without them, we retrogress into darkness . . . or so we fear.
The raw materials that propagate life, in any form, are sources of energy, and fresh water. The former are primarily fossil fuels: coal, oil, and gas. Oil figures most prominently within this list as we have become utterly dependent on what it can enable us to enjoy.
But oil will soon run out . . . the industrial demands of Third Millennium industries is built on ‘catching up’, greed, ego, and an unrelenting thirst for power.
Water represents life, in all its infinite forms. And drinking water is in danger of becoming more scarce than the oil we have come to take for granted. What’s horrifying is that our rampant consumption of oil has depleted and polluted our reserves of water!
Oil energises our industries; water energises our bodies, and our consciousnesses.
Energy rules our lives. The mind is energy, powering and empowering protoplasm; it is the same energy that comes bursting forth from the sun, the same subtle rays. Our thoughts are products of this phenomenon.
Our lives have also come under the influence of five G-forces:
Global Warming and Greenhouse Gases:
Global Warming refers to the increase, and speed of increase, of the average temperature on Earth. As the Earth is getting hotter, disasters like hurricanes, droughts and floods are getting more frequent.
Many scientists infer that the global warming we are experiencing is not a product of natural causes. Man is responsible, they say.
The sun is the Earth’s primary source of energy, a burning star so hot that we can feel its heat from over 150 million kilometers away. Its rays enter our atmosphere and shower upon our planet.
About one third of this solar energy is reflected back into the universe by shimmering glaciers, water, and other bright surfaces. Warming land, oceans, and the atmosphere, absorb two thirds.
Much of this heat radiates back into space, but some of it is stored in the atmosphere. This process is called ‘the greenhouse effect’. Without it, the Earth’s average temperature would be a chilling -18 degrees Celsius, despite the sun’s constant energy supply.
the art and practice of using international political power. Mishandled political power can destabilise the equilibrium needed by our species to survive and thrive on our planet.
the study of the genomes of organisms. The field includes intensive efforts to determine the entire DNA sequence of organisms and fine-scale genetic mapping efforts. Foreknowledge of our gene maps could impact our evolution, towards a greater good, or towards Armageddon!
integrating the parts into a whole, on a global basis. Local outputs integrated across the planet produce global outcomes. The domains are infinite, and include economics, technology, culture, education, trade and commerce, and to a certain extent, politics too.
Chaos Theory informs us that we must pay attention to our “sensitive dependence on initial conditions;” thus, seemingly negligible local causes could cascade into massively significant global effects!
Genetically Modified (GM) Foods:
GM foods or GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) most commonly refer to crop plants created for human or animal consumption using the latest molecular biology techniques. These plants have been modified in the laboratory to enhance desired traits such as increased resistance to herbicides or improved nutritional content.
The enhancement of desired traits has traditionally been undertaken through breeding, but conventional plant breeding methods can be time consuming and are often not accurate.
Genetic engineering, on the other hand, can create plants with the exact desired trait rapidly and with great accuracy. Like most things in life, there are pros and cons to the GM domain: its creation can lead to our destruction . . . or to our salvation.
Life begins with questions . . . and ends with even more questions. Quo vadis? Wither goest thou?
We need to ask ourselves this question in order to preserve, protect, and promote the well-being of generations to come.
If we continue on our present path, there is a real danger of us enjoying the dubious distinction of being the first generation to annihilate ourselves . . . and our planet! Our irresponsible thoughts, decisions, and actions can have cataclysmic effects.
Whether it is ascending temperatures on our planet, or ascending temperatures within ourselves, we are on a parallel path to destruction. Instead of whining “Something must be done,” we must state, “I must do something!”
We need to exhibit self-leadership . . . towards the best interests of humankind. It will multiply into a fresh consciousness, one worthy of us dispensing love and light across the planet.
A shortage of fuel is not as critical as a shortage of wisdom! The time for burying our heads in the sand has run out. Deadlines have all too often become lines of the dead!
Our associations, internal and external, must lead us from harm to harmony. A sustainable planet requires not just economic prosperity, but also social justice and environmental well-being. These critical factors are known as “The Triple Bottom Line.”
We owe much to the Children of the Third Millennium: we are guilty of being the first generation in the history of human evolution to have robbed exponential amounts of their future. Either we move ahead, or stay dead.
The future calls upon us to learn how to learn, so that such education can trump warfare! Brain force will then have replaced brute force.
What’s to be done? Here is a capsule summary of action points that will inspire epiphanic transformations within us:
VOID: stay open, surrender to a state of vulnerability, unblocked, so that resources can flow into you; much as a vacuum attracts elements to it with great force.
ALIGN: stay aligned with the forces of nature, much as a sailor follows the wind and the current in order to get to her destination. Nature, in order to be commanded, must be obeyed.
ASK & QUESTION: Declare your needs, seek answers via insightful questions, born of commitment. Once your situation is out in the open, forces will mobilize in your favour.
EXPAND & MAXIMISE: Use every resource that is relevant to your growth as a child of Divinity. Not every growth leads to development: a garbage heap may grow, but it is not developing; you may be developing, but no longer growing. Aim to grow and develop by using all your resources boldly, intelligently, generously.
GIVE: become a conduit for goodness; whatever flows into you will multiply if you allow it to flow out of you with interest!
STAY GROUNDED & CONNECTED: The past is no more, the future is not yet. Stay in the present, grounded and connected to immediate realities. You can then guide your present good intentions towards future great outcomes.
VISUALISE YOUR VISION: Form and function follow thought and feeling. When you visualize your vision, using every sense in your being, you have closed the gap between present and future; what transpires becomes predetermined, in your favour.
GRATITUDE: express gratitude on a continual basis for the good and the bad that might have come your way. Good days bring forth a good mood, but bad days should challenge you to bring forth an even greater mood. Lead from your heart, and your mood will stay resurgent.
ACT to ACTIVATE: As you visualize your vision, so must you live your vision, as if it were real: metaphysical becomes physical. Becoming becomes being!
ENGAGE & RECIRCULATE: Our cosmos is systemic; the currents of life are meant to circulate, not stagnate. Once you engage, aim not to be static (like a puddle) but dynamic (like a raging river). Movement generates movement, and what you give out will come back amplified.
RECEIVE: In order to keep the circulatory circuit alive, do not just give; be equally open to receive, in order to give back more!
RECYCLE & REVITALISE: There is no waste in nature; thus, stay natural, use and recycle your resources so as to stay continually vitalised, and revitalised.
The arrow of time is a key, headed towards its lock: when opened, we shall awaken, and a new world will have come into being.