It really is a new year.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
What’s the big deal? Well, it’s something about the slow progression of humankind toward a life filled with beauty and wisdom and compassion. Oh, I know there’s still lots of people who get slammed with lives of senseless cruelty. There’s lots of work to do helping humanity become more humane. But it’s clear to me that the possibility has taken root. I know this because the kind vibe last night was not surprising at all to the rest of the audience. It was no big deal to them that they were comfortable being themselves and their hearts felt safe with their friends. That’s just their normal world. But if I had gotten to feel that way for an hour or two at their age, it would have been a miraculous exception to the rule. This is what’s different for Nate’s generation. This time around, the progress of humankind is awakening to the realm of the heart, becoming more authentic and connected with each other. Back when I was a kid, the ambient mindset about the progress of humanity only had one thing to brag about: that life was made easier with the help of machinery. We were supposed to place our future hope in time-saving inventions. The thinking was mechanistic: Just make the flow of commodities more efficient and life will be better for each of us. We will expend less energy - and then we’ll be happy, right? Humanity can be fulfilled with more stuff and less work, right? High efficiency is a great goal for machinery, and it might also make humans more human. Oh well, it was worth a try. I am glad to see the world progressing toward a more humane notion of what makes us human.