Every generation believes themselves to be the most intelligent, socially aware, and generally enlightened.
This of course means that those who follow will be even more so and we could well look quite dim, insensitive, and backward to them, until they remember how they may be seem in similar ways by those who follow them.
When we see ourselves from the perspective of the future, we’re able to change today a little bit more, shaping the future – this is the emerging future. We live in an opening world.
This opening world presents itself to the humble and grateful and faithful: meaning we try to see ourselves more truthfully, seeing what we have is enough, and living accordingly.
Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler offer their perspective of building new communities for bold innovation by suggesting we need to avoid greed, fame, and short term desires.*
Otto Scharmer equally warns against this trio pf pitfalls of fame, money, and empire-building when it comes to being present to the emerging future.**
If we run some thoughts from Rohit Bjargava across these, we can see how the trio impedes and closesmdown the future rather than opening it. And some of the biggest things to happen politically in 2016 were about a closing world paradigm prevailing. (Discuss.) Bhargava warns against bias, judgement, and an inability to play the “yes and” game.^
Because bias closes down the possibility of another way.
Because fast judgement heavily filters what is allowed to happen.
Because no “yes and” game assures us of only one side winning, being correct, having their way.
Erich Fromm steps back and takes a larger view of humankind, how we have emerged through consciousness from the animal kingdom and now are separate from it in so many ways. This separateness means we’re seeking to find another reality to replace our isolation, how the religions and philosophies of the ages are a history of this seeking to be reunited:
‘The deepest need of man, them is the need to overcome his separateness, to leave the prison of his aloneness.’^^
This is the journey we find ourselves making. My mentor Erwin McManus would say that we seek honour, nobility, and enlightenment.*^ To which, I believe, the world will open.