The Golden Age
The Golden Age
I believe in the possibility of a Golden Age for humanity. I believe that with the right attitude, the right planning, and the right organizing, we can envision and build a future of plenty, security, and possibility for every person alive today and after.
Let me tell you something you probably already know: there are too many people today who are making money and obtaining power by doing the opposite of what I just described, who are in the business of selling and peddling cheap nightmares to the human race.
It is not necessary to believe in these nightmares. We can choose to create, organize, and act on positive visions of the future instead of ones based on anxiety and fear.
It sounds naive to write that a Golden Age is possible. But if it sounds naive, it is because too many of us are dead to the power of imagination. We have become as mechanical and robotic as the machines we use to make a living. We have forgotten that it is only by dreaming that we can shape our own reality. And we have become accustomed to having other people shape our collective realities, and to distort them in the cause of panic, fear, and greed.
When we go about discovering and creating our Life's Work, we start to soon realize the power of imagination, and the power of dreams. Now, more than ever, we need those powers in order to overcome the tremendous challenges that lie ahead for humanity. Humanity is in the midst of an extinction event -- the sixth in the history of planet earth -- and we are altering the climate of the planet in ways that may end up destroying our civilization.
The fact of the matter is that "business as usual" leads humanity over a cliff, from which it may never recover. With proper visioning and preparation, it is possible to instead take humanity in a different direction, and to make needed changes in human societies so that people to have equal access to opportunity and equal dignities in living a life of possibility and security.
When I think of the challenges of the present, my focus is on the possibilities that lay ahead in the future. And I choose to reject the nightmares that are foisted on me without my consent. Instead, I choose to believe in the possibility of a Golden Age. I choose to believe that the best in humanity has yet to flourish, and that with prompting, with education, and with inspiration, there is much that is good and honorable that awaits us, if we are willing to dream it, create it, and work for it.
A Golden Age does not have to remain in myth. We can create one -- if we want it.