As I watched the youth in the Middle East and Africa, the tsunami in Japan, and the unprecedented tornadoes and floods in the United States, I was left pondering whether we Earthlings can come together with enough collective heart and wisdom to resolve the problems that face our societies and our planet.
As Albert Einstein prophetically said, "We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive."
The Dalai Lama sees the concept of "they" as no longer relevant in the world. We must consider all human beings as part of "we" now. I know that there are those who would call me naïve to think that we can collectively find answers to our conflicts and wars, which are mostly about resources such as oil, water, financial chaos, tribal conflicts and borderlines. Yet I say it is naïve to assume that anything other than a revolutionary way of thinking and consciousness will bring about change. We are currently in an example of what E. O. Wilson, a Harvard University biologist, called a "bottleneck," which Scientific American editor George Musser characterized as "a period of maximum stress on natural resources and human ingenuity."
For the most part the adults of the world have bollixed things up. They have consistently lacked the willpower to see and confront the truth. So here is my radical suggestion. Bring in the young people, 13- to 16-year-olds. At the 1992 U.N. Earth Summit, a 13-year-old named Severn Cullis-Suzuki spoke eloquently about the state of children, and what it felt like watching the adults of the world. She was talking about a "we" consciousness in which we are all connected. We are coming up on 20 years since this Earth Summit happened, and we are largely still stuck in these old patterns of consciousness and stagnant thinking of "us" and "them." It is also what the youth of the Arab Spring are calling for in their largely peaceful protests. I would bring in the young people; after all, they are inheriting the planet that we adults are leaving to them. Bring them into our boardrooms, panels and conferences. Give them a vote and a voice.
I have just completed a sci-fi paranormal action thriller called "Grene: Cosmic Cipher." The story is about a group of 10 kids, all 12- to 15-year-olds from around the world. Led by the protagonist Orad Bereewan, they create a revolutionary technology called TTEG (Tsunami Tidal Energy Grid) that helps stem global warming. The new technology does not go unchallenged, as the dark energies look to sabotage it at every turn. It is my belief that the young people of the world will end up saving the world. They don't have the filters of deception that we adults have adopted. Bring in the truth-telling young people that will call us to see the world more honestly.
Goodbye to the adults having all the say.
Hello to kids having a vote and a voice.
Goodbye to "they" consciousness.
Hello to "we" consciousness.
Goodbye to the oldies setting all the rules.
Hello to the newbies changing the rules.
Watch Severn Cullis-Suzuki speak at the 1992 U.N. Earth Summit Here.