Our Greatest Challenge?

994Genesis 4:9:  Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Back a few years there used to be a late night radio show in the U.S. which was hosted by Art Bell.  To my knowledge the show had at least a couple names; Coast to Coast AM and Dreamland.  Maybe they were different shows?  Anyway, I very much enjoyed and appreciated Art’s style.  One of the concepts that got presented on that show is that we are living in a time of accelerated processes, called “The Quickening”.

There is no question we live in a time of great transitions.  Within these transitions there are some competing agendas.  There are two increasingly exclusive competing agendas which are worldwide.  These two competing agendas have to do with who or what is going to take priority in the world; the well-being of the human race or the well-being of corporations.

In an ideal world there would not have to be a schism between the interests of these two “groups”.  However our current reality is that it is increasingly apparent that what large corporations see as their best interests has too little to do with the well-being of the general population of the world.   I don’t know if those controlling the large corporations throughout the world have built a space station or underground and/or underwater cities they intend to run to when the Earth becomes unlivable or what.  What I do know is that caring for and protecting the Earth’s human population and the natural resources we need for life and health seems way down on their collective agendas.  The waters, soil, and air of the Earth, the primary resources we all need for life (including the personnel of the very corporations that are active in manifesting the problems), are not-so-gradually becoming casualties of the heated, worldwide corporate (misguided human) rush for “profit”.

And within what I would call the blind rush for “profit”, there is the reality that too many corporations want to pay the very least amount in workers’ wages they possibly can.  In many countries this is contributing to an increasingly impoverished working class.

Combine these actions with the bitterness, anger, and other negative emotions many in the world feel in response to these actions and it is a truly horrible situation we find ourselves in.

The aforementioned threats to the health and well-being of humanity and the ability of our planet to sustain humanity are monumental and unprecedented in human history.  At best we’ve hardly begun to implement effective solutions.  However, possibly our greatest challenge in the face of these combined realities, one that will greatly affect if not determine our combined futures; is the challenge of keeping our love for our fellow men and women alive.  Staying aware of the effect upon the fabric of humanity that our actions and reactions can have.

This is a challenge we all face, no matter on what side of the corporate “desk” we find ourselves.   If we do lose our ability to love one another, do we have anything left that is going to sustain us as individuals, families and communities so that our future has a chance of being better than our present?  During the 1960’s there was a phrase which caught on in the U.S.; “You can’t make love and war at the same time.”  It is true that the mindsets required for these two activities are very different.

The actions we take, as women and men of conscience, in regard to all the very real challenges we are facing matter greatly.  Can we collectively arrive at a realization of the mutuality of our condition and future?  Can we redirect the momentum taking place and turn our energies toward survival and health oriented goals and practices?  Can we embrace cooperation above competition?

It’s up to us.

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