I read Russell Brand’s book Revolution at Christmas and it made me reflect on my own views about the topics he raises. Amidst his strongly expressed views and his style of rhetoric there are serious points worthy of reflection.
He is saying that we need a revolution: nothing less than this will shift the tectonic plates of our current world situation – socially, economically, politically and environmentally. I tend to agree.
To those who say that the evolution of consciousness is upon us and that this will deal with our problems, I would say the following:
To those who argue that technology will sort everything out I would say that history is against them. For every problem solved at least one new one emerges. Just think of the advances in communication that now stop us relating together as human beings: think ipads for toddlers to amuse them, think emails to the colleague sitting within ten feet of you, think of life prolonging medicine that creates huge social and economic problems for caring for the elderly beyond the lifespan that nature intended. Innovation for innovation’s sake: built in obsolescence and short life of products creating false demands and therefore pressure on the world’s already overtaxed resources – usually in the pursuit of growth that is also unsustainable. We cannot go on using up the world’s resources at 1.4 times the rate of replacement with impunity.
And evolution, as in doing things incrementally better, only buys time it does not change anything.
So, if revolution is an essential answer to the world’s dilemmas, how do we have one? Let us first look at what is stopping us taking this monumental leap? Let us explore who has their hands on the levers of power – our decision makers and influencers.
Enough of the rant! Even if you don’t believe everything I have said, I would ask you to consider whether there is a smidgen of truth here. It is increasingly hard to take the position that there is nothing wrong in our current predicament. All of us should derive some strength from the fact that this message comes now from an array of economists, spiritual leaders, thinkers and ordinary folk. People like Naomh Chomsky, Bruce Nixon, Meg Wheatley, Richard Barrett and many others all conclude similar things. We need to connect the dots, see the whole picture and then do something about it.
And this means does not mean tinkering with the status quo, which usually is all that happens with changes of government because the tectonic plates will not shift this way and they have no interest in transformation. We need to be radical. We need revolution, peaceful and determined focussing on the common good. Ghandi proved the success of this approach and Occupy has had its moments. We need to reclaim democracy, redefine needs rather than wants, focus on the common good (including looking after planet) and stay determined. We need to:
Nobody said it would be easy. Please do something!
If you would like a reference work to help you on the journey please read Ignition –from global crisis to a world of abundance.