THE WAY OUT OF THE MESS WE ARE IN
   
The following is the text of a message delivered by
Nirmalan 
at the Vernal Equinox gathering on the evening of Saturday the 21st March 2009, arranged by The Synthetist Mission.
  

My greetings to all those of you who have taken the trouble to put aside your work and gather together this evening, to reflect for a while on what is happening within us and all around us and try to discern how best we should proceed.

I bring you news today, of a profound and far reaching change that is looming ahead of us on the horizon. It is a change from which we cannot escape. It is a change that we cannot postpone for much longer. It is a change that will soon occupy our entire attention, engage all our energies and all available resources. Whether we are able to survive as a species, whether this planet will be able to continue to support life as we know it, will depend on the dedication with which we are able to work towards the task of mediating this change and integrating it within our lifestyles in a way that ensures our survival.

Change as always, however challenging, however unsettling, how ever frightening, brings with it both hope as well as despair. We are often too willing - in the face of change - to give into despair and lapse into paralysis. But it is also possible to rise up with hope and make the best even of a very bleak situation - and a very bleak situation is what we are now faced with.

The situation is rendered even worse by our tendency to be distracted by peripheral issues. We have lost a few centuries to the cultivation of nationalism, we have lost several decades to experiments with fascism and communism and we are now distracted by a pathological pre occupation with a battle against what we have chosen to call "Global Terrorism". These are problems that have to be responded to effectively, but they are not the central issue. The central issue is ourselves.

We are the biggest problem. The biggest problem is the civilization that we have generated - this civilization that we have for so long been so proud of. This civilization has been generated through and is sustained by  the obsessive cultivation of desires and our compulsive search for their satisfaction. I will not go into this further. It has been expounded at great length for thousands of years by wise people who have appeared from time to time. I will merely point out that this is the biggest problem that we face. Let me try to show you exactly how big a problem it is.

We are being asked to believe that sub prime mortgages in the USA are the cause of the current economic crisis. We are told that US government policy encouraged lenders to adopt lenient standards in selling mortgages. We are also told that rating agencies were lax in evaluating these mortgages. Can this indeed have been the case? Could all these watchdogs have gone to sleep on the job at the same time?

Let us look at the context within which the so called economic collapse occurred. Governments all over the world were happily printing money and there was absolutely no shortage of money. Corporate acquisitions were proceeding at an unprecedented rate. Businesses were expanding rapidly and salaries were rising in leaps and bounds as headhunters hunted scarce human resources. People bought houses, cars and all sorts of stuff. Demand for this stuff was rising, manufacturing was speeding up and the economy moving faster. The future held out the promise of better pay and more spending power. So there could not have been leniency on the part of the lenders. They simply saw very good lending prospects. It was the same with rating agencies. They could not see how borrowers could default in such a climate of rapid growth.

Then some people stopped buying. Somewhere amidst the very small percentage of the worlds population that has bank accounts, is computer literate, has access to the internet and easy access to credit, and which is therefore the engine that drives the economy with their endless consumption, a change of perception seems to have occurred. The better apartment, the bigger house, the country house and the second, third or fourth car, the yatch, the extra wide screen TV, and the smart refrigeratorseemed unnecessary.  It was not the price that mattered. More and more people just ceased to see value in these commodities and far more seriously seemed to see no value in this acquisitional lifestyle as a whole.

When they stopped spending, the circulation of money slowed. Printing more money did not work because these people would not spend. Production went into surplus. Inventories built up. Companies downsized. People began to be laid off. Houses could not be sold. Prices began to be cut. Mortgages could not be paid.  The prices of oil, steel and other commodities crashed as demand fell. Factories slowed and fell silent.

These items that symbolized wealth and power were no longer seen to be of value. Wealth and power themselves seemed to be of no value in the world of the future, the dawn of which was beginning to become apparent to more and more of those who had access to education and resources. More and more people were awakening to something that had been present on the peripheries of human perception from the dawn of time and which had steadily moved towards center stage where it now looms over the horizon - no longer possible to ignore.

The educated, the intelligent and the wise have reached a point where they are able to see clearly that the civilization we have built is sustained by a dynamic that consists of the obsessive generation of desires and the compulsive search for their satisfaction. They see how this dynamic has led to the increase of the human species to the point where there are far too many of us than are required for our survival as a species. They have seen how our search for eternal life has led to the survival of defective genetic elements to the point where our gene pool is polluted with defective genes so that the care of the sick threaten to overwhelm the healthy. They have seen how this search for eternal life through the deferral and avoidance of death - if ever successful - will make it impossible for the arrival of the new within a world already filled with the old.

They have seen how the compulsive search for the satisfaction of the desires that we generate has led to rapid resource depletion and pollution which has resulted in climate change that is now clearly evident and which threatens us with mass destruction through global warming, atmospheric turbulence, rising sea levels, water shortages, famines and consequent mass human migrations. They have seen that more money and more commodities and more consumption cannot help us deal with the issues ahead. Consequently they do not value money or these things any more. Those who have seen what can now be seen cannot value consumption any more. Moreover what they see scares them, leaving them bereft of desire and the compulsive need for its satisfaction.

This is no sudden development. There have always been people who have questioned the sustainability of our current civilization. In the past these have been solitary individuals with exceptional perceptual capacities who have been able to perceive the logical path of our civilizational development and consequently warn us of its likely outcome that is now rapidly being realized before our very eyes. These people warned us and called upon us to change our way of seeing the world and the way we lead our lives. Many of them set up systems of teaching and training designed to enable us to make these changes.

The situation today is different. Every kid with a computer and access to the internet can gather enough information to put together the big picture that will show them what these ancient seers saw so long ago.

The intelligent and the wise have not been idle either. They have been silently working to gather evidence and data that support their critique. They have also been busy with the task of trying to identify the kind of dynamics that will be able to supercede the generation of desires that sustains the current civilization, and they have been articulating what they are able to perceive. As a result their critique has been institutionalized within the content and process of the United Nations Organization, most notably through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in recent times,  and their projections are beginning to seem more and more viable - even urgently necessary alternatives, to be pursued without delay.

In short the world is beginning to look different to a large number of people. These people are moving out of a world that is;

1. Dualistic
2. Authoritarian
3. Creationist
4. Wealth and Security oriented

in which they see themselves as being autonomous entities placed within a world of discrete objects created by a creator or creators whose origins are unknown, and a civilization based on the obsessive generation of desires and the compulsive search for their satisfaction.

They are entering a world that is:

1. Wholistic
2. Liberative
3. Stochastic
4. Relationship and Direction oriented

in which they see themselves as being amongst a myriad perceptual mechanisms generated by an endless process that proceeds along stochastic pathways of its own perceptions.

Meanwhile governments all over the world are planning to roll out what they call stimulus packages. What are these stimulus packages? They are a bundle of measures designed to increase desire and make people spend. In short, governments are going to try to stimulate desire and get the economy rolling again.

Unfortunately this is not what is required, and with the big picture becoming clearer and clearer to more and more people it is simply not likely to work. No one is going to plan on buying a ferrari when climate change is appearing on everyone's doorstep. No one is going to get turned on by a bigger and better TV set, a country house or a fancier mobile phone when they can see that pollution is rapidly increasing. No one is likely to go out partying when they can see that jobs are being lost everyday and that many more people are going to lose theirs shortly because the things that factories make are of no value anymore.

So then what should we do?

Two very concrete things have to be done:

a) attend to the repair of the damage that has been caused.
b) at the same time change direction.


Let us look at the damage that has been caused. First the human fall out. There are far too many people on this planet and we do not know how to care for them or what they can do that will be of use to the world. People do not have jobs and are unable to buy what they need. Their jobs are redundant - the stuff they made are no longer required. Are we going to let them starve to death on the streets? Are we going to let their kids grow up without an education? Are we going to let them grow old and die without having had an opportunity to contribute to the development of the human species and the of world? No we are not, and we do see very clearly that there is work that has to be done. Work that these millions of unemployed people can do if they can see that it has to be done and if they can see how it can be done and if they choose to do it. Work that today will not be paid for and may not even be considered work, but which is work that is so vital to the future that it will turn all those who engage in it into the most valuable human resources in the world. I speak here of the work of repair and regeneration, the work of perception, the world of visualization and the projection of what is visualized and the work of helping people as they seek out ways to move out of the old and into the new. But that is still a short distance ahead and first there are five areas of intervention that will have to be engaged without delay. They are:

1. Shelter, food, clothes, medicine, communication and transport for all.
2. Security, from people who still seek wealth for themselves and power over others.
3. Motivation, through the articulation and visual projection of the perception and realization of evolutionary potential towards lifes universal spread and its evolution beyond human being as our civilizational objective instead of the generation of desires and the compulsive search for their satisfaction that drives our current one.
4. Psychosocial support that will remove our dependence on religious structures and ideological constructs so that human minds are set free from systems of belief and ritual allowing mental, psychological and spiritual development to move forward.
5. Physical infrastructure that supports the new civilization and its institutional infrastructure.
How can we give them all these, you will ask me - and I can hear the rising irritation and frustration in your voice.

No single one of us can come up with the answer. To find the answers and to put them into action we have to join all those who have already seen the crisis looming ahead. They have already begun to link up to form a global network that can function as a species wide perceptual mechanism that will enable them to perceive the answers to your question and as a global strategic guidance system that can guide the developmental process towards the meeting of these essential requirements.

This process is already in motion and its facilitation will help it progress more and more rapidly. We hope that when we return on the Solstice in Summer we will be able to share with you some possible pathways that may lead to the meeting of the five requirements that we have described above. Some basic outlines of what is possible have already emerged. Others are emerging. All of them are based on the utilization of the internet in creative and innovative ways. Those of you who can see what can be done and who want to join in this work are most welcome to join us, we need the help of everyone who is willing to join in.


Till then may the hope that inspires us arise within you too and give you the energy to go forward in faith.





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