Question of the Week: What can we learn from these current events?

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There is civil unrest in Thailand, Greece, Jamaica and elsewhere. The incident aboard the Gaza relief flotilla was very violent. Oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico.

Are there common meanings or lessons we can learn from these events? What do they tell us about what needs to transform in the next four years?

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  • http://www.sharedpurpose.net Ben Roberts

    Good point, Ellie. And perhaps we need to change the media, or create our own, in ways that make the Shift and the steps we are taking towards it the main story, not the latest crisis. That said, SOME horrific events, such as the Oil Spill, are worth the emphasis they receive, in my view.

  • http://www.sharedpurpose.net Ben Roberts

    Good point, Ellie. And perhaps we need to change the media, or create our own, in ways that make the Shift and the steps we are taking towards it the main story, not the latest crisis. That said, SOME horrific events, such as the Oil Spill, are worth the emphasis they receive, in my view.

  • Worth

    A Golden potential is that ever-more people begin to understand that everything is *connected.* Contemporary/Western culture insists in many ways that we perceive everything as binary — something is either this or that, true or not, good or bad, etc. — while Old/indigenous cultures teach connectedness and layeredness. Things like the volcano in Iceland early this year — surely there were some people waiting for days in airports who began to understand how connected we, and our world, are.

    Sometimes the fact that we live in a sea of metaphor can be a useful beginning.. like sitting with the question of how the bleeding in the Gulf in the U.S. related to the bleeding in the Persian Gulf… oil and people, people and oil… hmmm.

    Ancient Druid prayer: All the gods are one god / All the goddesses are one goddess / All the faiths are one faith / All things are interconnected / And Truth is whole.

  • Worth

    A Golden potential is that ever-more people begin to understand that everything is *connected.* Contemporary/Western culture insists in many ways that we perceive everything as binary — something is either this or that, true or not, good or bad, etc. — while Old/indigenous cultures teach connectedness and layeredness. Things like the volcano in Iceland early this year — surely there were some people waiting for days in airports who began to understand how connected we, and our world, are.

    Sometimes the fact that we live in a sea of metaphor can be a useful beginning.. like sitting with the question of how the bleeding in the Gulf in the U.S. related to the bleeding in the Persian Gulf… oil and people, people and oil… hmmm.

    Ancient Druid prayer: All the gods are one god / All the goddesses are one goddess / All the faiths are one faith / All things are interconnected / And Truth is whole.

  • http://www.guyfarmer.com Guy Farmer

    I’ve found it valuable to think in terms of healing. Even in cases where people are in active conflict things can be done to ameliorate its impact. There is always an opportunity for people to leave hate and mistrust behind and build on the things they have in common.

    Perhaps many parts of the world would benefit from looking at different ways to heal. It is an approach that works at many levels but it starts with individual. If an individual heals his or her hurts he can then reach out to others and help them do the same. Each person who heals can touch others and it can grow exponentially.

    It takes someone to suggest that the cycle of tension be interrupted and that people can move in a more positive direction.

  • http://www.guyfarmer.com Guy Farmer

    I’ve found it valuable to think in terms of healing. Even in cases where people are in active conflict things can be done to ameliorate its impact. There is always an opportunity for people to leave hate and mistrust behind and build on the things they have in common.

    Perhaps many parts of the world would benefit from looking at different ways to heal. It is an approach that works at many levels but it starts with individual. If an individual heals his or her hurts he can then reach out to others and help them do the same. Each person who heals can touch others and it can grow exponentially.

    It takes someone to suggest that the cycle of tension be interrupted and that people can move in a more positive direction.

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