We are in “Late Transition” on Planet Earth.
Our evolutionary transition began in 1945 when the United States dropped the first atomic bombs on Japan. This was the signal that humans in self-centered consciousness with this degree of power would not long be viable. Of course, power to destroy and create has grown rapidly since then. We are told by scientists that we do not have many years to change our behavior if we wish to avoid a catastrophic collapse of our life support systems, our social systems, and indeed, life itself on Earth.
Social Evolution is a vast field designed to guide us through this “crisis of the birth of a new humanity” such that we can cocreate a future equal to our spiritual, social and scientific potential. Linear, separate initiatives no matter how powerful will not suffice. Nor can we solve our problems in the same state of consciousness in which we created them, as Einstein told us.
What can we do that can make THE Difference?
It is to follow the lessons of evolution found in the 13.8 billion years of transformation from sub atomic particles to more complex life forms eventuating in the human person.
Here is what we learn by examining the principles of evolution. When nature hits limits and crises that cannot be resolved by doing more of the same, she innovates and transforms. The key method of transformation found in nature is to engender synergy and cooperation.
As evolution biologist Elisabet Sahtouris tells us, when young species are over populating, polluting, and competing, they either learn enlightened self-interest, negotiation, cooperation, and synergy or they become extinct. This same lesson applies to us. The significant difference is that we are conscious of our situation. We know that we can destroy or evolve ourselves. This is a great step forward, knowing that we are responsible for evolution by the choices we make.
In order to get through our current crisis of entangled problems, we need to cultivate SOCIAL SYNERGY, the coming together of separate groups, initiatives, and ideas to form a new whole system different from and greater than the sum of its parts or competing factions. We have the knowledge, the skill and the resources to create a world that works for everyone. Do we have the will to do so?