The Globalization of
Elisabet Sahtouris, in "The Biology of
"The Globalization of humanity is a natural, biological,
evolutionary process. Yet we face an enormous crisis because the most central
and important aspect of globalization - its economy - is currently being organized
in a manner that so gravely violates the fundamental principles by which
healthy living systems are organized that it threatens the demise of our whole
Time for Plan B
Lester R. Brown World watch Institue
Against rising temperatures and falling water tables, farmers
will struggle to feed a surging world population in the coming decades. The
technologies and strategies needed to sustain civilization in the 21st century
are ready, but time may be running out.
the world grain harvest is expected to fall short of world grain consumption by
nearly 100 million tons, or 5%. This shortfall, one of the largest on record, will
mark the fourth consecutive year of grain deficits, dropping global stocks to
the lowest level in a generation.
Last year, the
U.S. National Academy of Sciences concluded that humanity's collective demands
first surpassed the earth's regenerative capacity around 1980. Its study
estimated that our demands in 1999 exceeded that capacity by 20%. We are now
satisfying our excessive demands by consuming the earth's natural assets, in
effect creating a global bubble economy.
The global bubble economy that is based
on the over consumption of the earth's natural capital assets will affect the
entire world. When the food economy bursts, it will raise food prices worldwide.
The challenge for our generation is to deflate the economic bubble before that
since September 11 2001, political leaders, diplomats and the media worldwide
have been preoccupied with terrorism and, more recently, the invasion of Iraq.
Terrorism is certainly a matter of concern, but if it diverts us from the
environmental trends that are undermining our future until it is too late to
Mega-threats currently being neglected include climate change, eroding
soils, aquifer depletion and expanding deserts. All are threatening the
livelihood and food supply of hundreds of millions of the world's people. These
issues do not even appear on the radar screen of many national governments.
Thus far, most
of the environmental damage has been local: the death of the Aral Sea, the
burning rainforests of Indonesia,
the collapse of the Canadian cod fishery, the melting of the glaciers that
supply Andean cities with water, the dustbowl forming in northwestern China, and the depletion of the U.S. Great Plains aquifer.
But as these
local environmental events expand and multiply, they will progressively weaken
the global economy, bringing closer the day when the economic bubble will
demands on the earth have multiplied over the last half-century as our numbers
have increased and our incomes have risen. World population grew from 2.5
billion in 1950 to 6.1 billion in 2000. The
growth during those 50 years exceeded that during the 4 million years since we
emerged as a distinct species.
growth and rising incomes together have tripled world grain demand over the
last half-century, pushing it from 640 million tons in 1950 to 1855 million
tons in 2000. To satisfy this swelling demand, farmers have plowed land that was
highly erodible Each year billions of tons of topsoil are being blown away in
dust storms or washed away in rainstorms, leaving farmers to try to feed some
70 million additional people, but with less topsoil than the year before.
water also tripled as agricultural, industrial and residential uses climbed, outstripping
the sustainable supply in many countries. As a result, water tables are falling
and wells are going dry. Rivers are also being drained dry, to the detriment of
wildlife and ecosystems
use quadrupled, setting in motion a rise in carbon emissions that is
overwhelming nature's capacity to fix carbon dioxide.
The sector of
the economy that seems likely to unravel first is food. Eroding soils, deteriorating
rangelands, collapsing fisheries, falling water tables and rising temperatures
are converging to make it more difficult to expand food production fast enough
to keep up with demand.
is: Can the world's farmers bounce back and expand production enough to fill
the100-million-ton shortfall, provide for the more than 70 million people added
the world are facing two new challenges: rising temperatures and falling water
tables. Farmers currently on the land may face higher temperatures than any
generation since agriculture began 11, 000 years ago AND the first to face widespread aquifer depletion and the
resulting loss of irrigation water.
average temperature has risen in each of the last three decades. Higher global
average temperatures reduce crop yields through their effect on photosynthesis,
moisture balance and fertilization. Researchers at the U.S. Department of
Agriculture developed a rule of thumb that each 1oC rise in
temperature above the optimum during the growing season reduces grain yields by
challenge facing farmers, falling water tables, is also recent with the
worldwide spread of powerful diesel and electric pumps during the last
half-century, however, overpumping has become commonplace.
As the world
demand for water has climbed, water tables have fallen in scores of countries, including
China, India and the United States, which together
produce nearly half of the world's grain.
other countries are also overpumping their aquifers, setting the stage for
dramatic future cutbacks in water supplies. The more populous among these are
Pakistan, Iran and Mexico.
that cutbacks in grain harvests will occur in many countries at more or less
the same time when the world's population is growing by 70 million a year.
quickly reverse the damaging trends that we have set in motion, they will
generate vast numbers of environmental refugees - people abandoning depleted
aquifers and exhausted soils and those fleeing advancing deserts and rising
seas. In a world where civilization is being squeezed between expanding deserts
from the interior of continents and rising seas on the periphery, refugees are
likely to number not in the millions but in the tens of millions. Already we
see refugees from drifting sand in Nigeria,
Iran and China.
We are already
looking at the potential wholesale evacuation of cities as aquifers are
The world is
moving into uncharted territory as human demands override the sustainable yield
of natural systems. The risk is that people will lose confidence in the
capacity of their governments to cope with such problems, leading to social
breakdown. The shift to anarchy is already evident in countries such as Somalia, Afghanistan
and the Democratic Republic
of the Congo.
usual - Plan A - is clearly not working. The stakes are high, and time is not on
our side. There is mounting evidence that our modern civilization is in
trouble. The good news is that there are solutions to the problems we are facing.
The bad news is that if we continue to rely on timid, incremental responses, our
bubble economy will continue to grow until eventually it bursts. We need a new
approach - a Plan B - an urgent reordering of priorities and a restructuring of the
global economy in order to prevent that from happening. We need a massive mobilization to deflate the global economic
bubble before it bursts. This will require an unprecedented degree of
international cooperation to stabilize population, climate, water tables and soils - and
at wartime speed.
Our only hope
now is rapid systemic change - change based on market signals that tell the
ecological truth. This means restructuring the tax system: lowering income
taxes and raising taxes on environmentally destructive activities, such as
fossil fuel burning, to incorporate the ecological costs. Unless we can get the
market to send signals that reflect reality, we will continue making faulty
decisions as consumers, corporate planners and government policymakers.
Ill-informed economic decisions and the economic distortions they create can
lead to economic decline.
Possible Human . . . and Conscious Evolution
In evolutionary theory Jump Time is known as the time of
punctuated equilibrium - when a species is living at the edge of its tolerance
in a state of gestation and ferment and suddenly jumps to a new order of being.
This is it. This is the time.
This is especially critical, given the fact that we are now in Jump Time. In
evolutionary theory Jump Time is known as the time of punctuated equilibrium -
when a species is living at the edge of its tolerance in a state of gestation
and ferment and suddenly jumps to a new order of being. This is it. This is the time. We
are in a hot house environment: lots of members of the species congregated
together with the aim of healing the whole self so that we can respond to the
strange attractor, the lure of becoming that is calling us into new ways of
And yet, people and
nations live as hobbled giants - Gullivers pinned down by the Lilliputians of
limited thought, habituated patterns, toxic culture, or lives of serial
monotony. How do people and nations learn to see and hear and feel our way into
the mind of the maker in ways which add to the health and aliveness of those
around us, renew our spirits, regain a deepened sense of our life's purposes, acquire
courage to heal what has been hurt, replenish what has been exhausted and to
redeem, in Mr. Eliot's beautiful phrase, the unread vision of the higher dream
that each of us carries to restore our world and all its living things to a new
wholeness? For it would seem that we also contain within ourselves a cultural
inheritance as well - not genes, but memes - constellations of cultural memory,
which also includes perhaps the woundings of the past.
Thus, in our time every shadow has
risen, every hurt has come forward to be healed. We are in a time when not only
are we required to heal the personal and ancestral wounds but also to heal the
hurts of nations and cultures. Therefore, not only do we have to find ways of
building new careers and communities as other times required but we must do it
faster and deeper. Not only do we have to multiply new ways of being, living, tapping
into vast untapped potential of our over-endowed brain, but all of these human
potentials have to be bridged to social potentials. We cannot sit on the
sidelines watching things grow worse. We need to savor the journey of
engagement and draw strength from its challenges - to mend the broken
connection between our beliefs and our lives.
. We strengthen our society, our world,
and ourselves enormously when we find ways of expressing and working in social
betterment, when we allow ourselves to become healers of a world in need, a
world in which people and nations have been accelerating at an unparalleled
rate in our ability to inform each other - printing, telegraph, telephone, radio,
television, photocopying, computers, global telecommunication networks, internets
- each move increasing prodigiously the quantity and availability of
information. Humanity is now linked into a new cell of many cells, similar in
structure and importance to the emergence of the first multicellular organisms
a billion years ago.
This world network portends a potential
renaissance of world culture and a decentralization of power, a radical
democratization of everything and eventually everyone with all the
responsibilities that this entails. What had been contained in the
"unconscious" over hundreds and thousands of years is up and about and
preparing to go to work. This fact is the news that rarely makes the News, and
it will have consequences greater than anything we might imagine. The negative
"Thank God, our time is now, " poet Christopher Fry says, "when wrong comes up
to meet us everywhere. Never to leave us, till we take the longest stride of
soul men ever took." Perhaps, then, it is our innermost psyche - the "nature
that lies within" - the inner mirror of the Great Nature which has pushed the
universe at large along on its evolutionary journey, that is the "who" calling
us to be more than we ever thought we could be. Physicists know this force as the "strange attractor, " the
universal principle by which increasing complexity produces beauty. In human
terms, it is our lure toward a destiny beyond our present knowings, "the hound
exists in each of us in the form of latent human capacities, which can be
awakened and called into play. My studies have shown me that the
fantasy of "the possible human, " a once and future person, who may be both
what we were and what we may yet become: The first thing you notice about her
is that she enjoys being in her body. A fullness of being inhabits that body, with
its flexible joints and muscles, its movements fluid and full of grace. She is
given to long pleasures and short pains. And if her natural zippiness and
boundless curiosity entice her into situations where she gets physically hurt, she
is able to control any bleeding and accelerate her own healing.
Like the yogi adepts in the Himalayas, she can voluntarily control involuntary
physical processes and stay warm in cold weather and cool in hot. (This is true
in emotional climates as well as physical ones.) She can also self-regulate
skin temperature, blood flow, heart and pulse rate, gastric secretion, and
brain waves. Indeed, she can consciously enter into alpha and theta brain wave
states for meditation and creative revery, drop into delta whenever she wants
to go to sleep, and call upon beta waves when she needs to be alert and active.
Scanning her body, she self-corrects any function that needs improving.
This new Eve celebrates acute senses, which
are not limited to five, for she enjoys synesthesia or cross-sensing, the
capacity to hear color and touch the textures of music, capture with her nose
the smell of words, and taste the subtlest of feelings. Since her sensory
palette is so colorful and wide ranging, she engages and is engaged by the
world as artist and mystic, seeing infinity in a grain of sand and heaven in a
wild flower. The splendor of her sensory life graces her with an accompanying
gift, an excellent memory, for she is so present to the perceptual richness of
everyday life that little is lost or disregarded and all is stored in her
memory banks for later review and delectation. She can time travel into these
memories, walk around in them as if they were happening now - talking to this
friend, reliving that moment of joy, even holding the hand of a long-ago loved
one. Thus she need never feel lonely, for the past is as present as the
And wherever in the past wounding
occurred, she can visit that time in her mind as the wiser version of her
former self and bring understanding, compassion, and wisdom to the occasion.
She is, thus, a time player, able to speed up subjective time when she needs it
to go faster, or slow it down so as to savor lovely moments or have more time
to rehearse skills.
The possible human can think in inward
imageries and experience subjective realities as strikingly as she can know
objective ones. She listens to inward music as complex as any symphony, in fact
often richer, for instruments and sounds are added which are unknown or too
expensive for any formal orchestra. She views new movies on her inner screen
whenever she wishes, for she knows that it is the nature of the brain to
provide stories, well wrought novels for the Inward Television Station (ITS).
She uses these imageries to entertain herself as well as to provide the
materials of creativity and invention. She is already an adventurer into a vast
reservoir of virtual realities and doesn't need any machine to assist her. She
makes use of the fact that self-creating works of art are always budding out of
the fields of her mind, and she can capture and rework them as she wishes.
to cultivate the human capacities that
we need to deal with the opening times that follow upon closing times.
Critical to this new psychology is the
integrative or essential self. It has a radiance that our local self does not.
It is in touch with both our life and the Life of the Universe. It is in touch
with the wisdom of the earth and the wisdom of the heart. It can put us in
touch with the unexplored continents that lie within our minds and bodies, for
it knows the maps of the soul and the treasures that can be found there.
The Essential Self knows the possible
paths our life may take and wants to help us choose the best ones. It knows how
to turn imagination into reality and make the life we live fulfilling and
creative. Above all, it knows why we are here and what we yet can do; where we
can go and why we need to go there.
Closer than breathing, nearer than hands and feet, the
Essential Self is the mysterious friend who has always been ever near, however
much we have denied its existence.
. Things that belonged to extraordinary experiences of
reality are becoming ordinary. And with the coming of so many realities and
ways of being from all over the planet,
many of the maps of the psyche and of human possibilities are undergoing
awesome change. That is why the myths are rising - because they give us maps
and templates of who we are and and what we may become.
Nam Myoho Renge
Kyo gives us the opportunity to change this state of affairs of the potential
demise of the planet AD THE Human Beings on it.
The principle of synchronicity
applies. You are in the right place at the right time
Chanting revitalises you and your
You can heal yourself
Chanting heals people at a distance
Creativity increases and new solutions
The positive influence of chanting on
Society and the Environment is enormous
The level of
consciousness becomes Integrative . Life is a kaleidoscope of natural
hierarchies (holarchies), systems, and forms. Flexibility, spontaneity, and
functionality have the highest priority. Differences and pluralities can be
integrated into interdependent, natural flows.The natural flows are like rivers
which flow into the all embracing sea of enlightenment, Egalitarianism is
complemented with natural degrees of ranking and excellence. We are all equal
before the Ultimate overarching fundamental Law of life and death and wisdom, knowledge
and competency at this level should supersede power and status. The Group in Itai Doshin is unified and telepathic
enough to discern differences and see and acknowledge them as positive.