Despite the general despondency over the rise of nationalism, xenophobia and fundamentalism in many countries, we are on the threshold of another Renaissance in raised human consciousness.
A new chapter in the evolution of mankind is often preceded by an era where the shadow side of humanity comes to the fore. We saw this in the dark ages of religious intolerance and suspension of Greco-Roman classical culture of the Middle Ages prior to the Renaissance of the 14th century.
Evolution happens with pauses and setbacks. It is in the tension and confrontation with the opposite that change occurs – the law of yin and yang. The silver lining we see is that science and technology is giving us many more clues into the functioning of the human mind and why we are who we are.
Currently we see two extremes: A rigid belief system and fundamentalism on the one hand versus a Bohemian, free-for-all nihilism on the other. Without the grounding in a personal philosophy and value system, people easily fall prey to demagogues. In a fast-changing world the instinctive impulse is to protect the world we know with inner and outer walls.
In order to move forward into the era of our new Renaissance there are several challenges:
- We need a real reconciliation between the races and the sexes.
- Religious dogmatism and intolerance needs to be transmuted by the spirituality of choice, inner growth and tolerance.
- A new spirituality comes with the realization of a deep inter-connection with the universe and the world we live in.
How far are we down the road and when will we have our Renaissance? Will we see the change during our lifetime or that of our children? Such a change cannot be measured in years or decades. It could however, come faster than we realize. On average human knowledge is currently doubling every 13 months and the pace is increasing rapidly.
It is phenomenal when we put it into context. In 1900 human knowledge doubled approximately every 100 years. By the end of 1945, the rate was every 25 years.
The digital age is changing our world very fast – technologically, economically and on a mind-thought level – whether we like it or not.
Reino Gevers – Author, Mentor and Consultant