compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
When it comes to burying their heads in the sand and convincing themselves that all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds, the financial markets take some beating. The year that is coming to an end was probably the worst for world peace, geopolitical stability and ultimately prosperity since 1979, the year of the Iranian Revolution. The coming year could bring further deterioration on all these fronts; but you wouldn't know it from perusing the research from most investment banks or economic forecasters. Indeed, the geopolitical risk premium on oil, commodities and equities has fallen to zero, an astonishing indictment of the financial world's ostrich tendency.
Although Mark Leonard has described the European vision as - never having aimed at establishing a single model of human progress: it is about allowing diverse and competing cultures to live together in peace - he has more recently written, in his introduction to - Divided world - The struggle for primacy in 2020 -
- I also recognise that the next 15 years could be affected by major discontinuities, such as the collapse of the Chinese economy or the break-up of Russia. However, the purpose of this exercise is to show the consequenses of current policy, rather than to predict the unpredictable.
Furthermore - as Andrew Cohen
has quite rightly said -
" The Goal Is Not Peace "
and goes on to say ...
in an evolutionary context, the goal of the spiritual life is not peace; it's perpetual development. Evolutionary enlightenment is about the ecstasy that compels us to create the future. And it's not a future that's going to unfold by itself while we go back to sleep. It's a future that we forge the hard way through direct, conscious, intentional engagement with the life-process itself.
In the context of - Surviving the 2030 Spike - I would urge you ALL to read The Business editorial in FULL - and the comments posted thereto - as well as Mark Leonard's essays and Andrew Cohen's thoughts - in order that our NEW kind of collective @ zaadz can be realistically optimistic during the coming year - in ITS quest for THE MISSING PEACE
Re: Saddam is history, and what a mistakeMichael said Dec 30, 2006, 1:39 PM:
My own soul-mate violently disagrees & feels that he - as all who transgress - should be punished for not following the rules - whose rules & what scale of punishment is obviously open to question and further debate -
but my own feelings - in the context of the big scheme of things - namely ALL 6 billion of us on earth today - first and foremost have a responsibility towards the whole - & if any democratic solution is to be considered to return rights to the people - it must be driven directly by the 6 billion rather than representatively by a subset of the whole.
We have had three chances thus far in history - to achieve this state of affairs
1, Pericles & Athens for 30 years - direct democracy of the people - which established the concept of democracy which all western democracies are now based on.
2. The last 30 years of the 1600’s in the Netherlands - during the time of Spinoza & Liebnitz - when protestantism FIRST began to stand up against the politics & corruption of the Papacy.
3. The democracy of the United States - based on the WRITTEN & legally binding constitution & its ammendments PLUS the UNWRITTEN spiritually & morally based godliness of “ALL the President’s Men”
- which promised so much for the potential of global society - but which has itself become almost totally political in consort with the potential greed & corruption of big business - which in itself has
In the context of the 2030 Spike - should we not also be considering the first 30 years of the 21st century as a very important window of opportunity - for each and every ONE of us to assume the personal responsibility of influencing the establishment of a NEW ORDER direct democracy appropriate to the requirements of ALL people on earth ?
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