Are we really having such a bad time?

We are on the edge of a nuclear war. The stock market is heading for its biggest-ever crash. By the end of the century, the planet will become uninhabitable. If you believe this doomsday messaging from mass media you might think we are living in apocalyptic times. But are times really so bad?

If you go back only two centuries humanity was in a completely different place. Our ancestors in their wildest dreams could never have imagined that you could fly from one end of the world to another in an airplane. Even a simple thing like turning on a tap to get fresh water was out of reach for most people.

Clean clothes, refrigerated food, and a comfortable bed to sleep on were unheard of for most people. Even the most wealthy nobility did not have the luxuries enjoyed by the middle-class today.

Humanity has never had it so good.

Undeniably the recent events such as the catastrophic war in Ukraine and environmental disasters in several parts of the world are a wake-up call that we have still much to learn. But from a historical perspective humanity has never had it so good.

Until 1900 human knowledge doubled about every century. Today human knowledge is doubling almost every day, thanks to the technology of the digital era. It is having a phenomenal effect on the development of new technologies in almost every sector of life such as health, education, and business.

With such a rapid advance in innovation, we will be in a good position to solve some of the most pressing problems confronting mankind such as climate change.

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As humanity evolves to a higher consciousness we will be seeing the pendulum sometimes sway in the opposite direction, creating the impression that humanity is moving backward. Pundits are arguing that we have learned nothing from the fanaticism and extremism in the 1920s that led to the growth of fascism and World War II and are heading for another dark age in history. And of course, it is necessary to be wary and alert. Nothing is a given.

Part of the raised consciousness is the empowerment of the citizen beyond the vote once every four or five years for a government that inevitably backtracks on its promises. But centralized governments have long ceased to be the major agent of change. The world is influenced by countless other factors.

The science of a changing world

An Oxford University researcher Max Roser has collected a wealth of data on our changing world, proving with hard facts that our world is in fact getting to be a better place.  Since 1900 the global average life expectancy has more than doubled and is now approaching 70 years. No country in the world today has a lower life expectancy than the countries with the highest life expectancy in 1800.

But in our focus and emphasis on the negative, we ourselves become negative and this paradoxically results in less positive change.

Your life and your happiness are defined by what perspective you take on the world. And, your perception does not necessarily conform to reality. Move your position and ask yourself:

  • Is this really true?
  • What is my imagination and what is reality?

When the demons of fear and anxiety are triggered your body is flooded by stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. You go into the tunnel vision of fight or flight mode. Breathe, take a step back and relax.

When you emotionally shift into the higher vibration of trust, compassion, empathy, and love you are in a much better position to guard against that which distracts and pulls you from the center of your creativity and life purpose.

In spiritual literature, we find numerous encouraging verses to trust in the flow of things. In Jeremiah 17, 7-8 of the Bible we find the words:

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

The Buddha said: “Everything happens for a reason. Don’t question it, trust it.”

In the Bhagavad Gita, we find the words: “Meet this impermanent world with neither attachment nor fear. Trust the unfolding of life and you will attain true serenity.”

Reino Gevers – Author – Mentor – Speaker

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