Environmental and Social Architects
As planetary citizens and future architects we are facing a collective challenge, one that has far-reaching considerations and potentially able to shift existing systems to better serve the world. I’d like to address social architecture and our opportunity to ascend to a new order of living together in a connected world. Many fear-laden folks will shy away from standing up and speaking toward doing the right things.
We tend to think symptoms of chaos are the core issues. In the bigger picture, there is an all-pervading consciousness at work. Could this be the beginning of a restructuring of our planetary civilization toward something much better, a newly ordered world? That sound frightening to many I’m sure, with visions of some kind of dystopian world. Just the opposite is possible; a world run well that meets the needs of its citizenry designed by future architects across industry.
My wife, Luba, and I talk about everything, especially the deeper considerations in life and the world. We observe and report on the ridiculousness of the finger-pointing and obstinate behavior of our political leadership. We, because of our choice, also look for opportunities to consider it, too, as being a necessary part of the evolution of our planetary consciousness. Why? Because we want to be a part of the change as future architects as well.
Luba is from St. Petersburg, Russia and has a completely different perspective than most Americans because of her life experience. She went through the empty shelves in stores during the 1980s. Americans have been brainwashed by contrived and twisted educational materials as well the media, too often looking for what is wrong rather than right. We look for enemies before even thinking about friends we haven’t met yet.
My proclivities to look for the misunderstood and clarification of ‘what is’ certainly fall in line with the Zen moniker and philosophy. As a professional facilitator I’m, trained to be unbiased and observant, able to report on the reality in order to manage it better. Now we’re at a point where our obsessive and selfish behavior is needing a dramatic change. Like it or not, it is happening. What are you going to do to make it better? Is God going to help?
God is a term that creates inner turmoil in some, not really knowing what ‘IT’ is, though it encompasses and permeates everything. We call it many things, too, yet don’t always respect it, let alone honor the natural harmony and order it offers through the personal obedience to the greater theme – ONE PEOPLE, ONE PLANET, ONE LIFE TOGETHER. We’ve become disrespectful of the elements of life-friendly sustainability.
One of the interesting side-effects of the COVID-19 extravaganza is the near-immediate cleaner skies in the densely populated areas, a good thing for our environment. There are no doubt other benefits as we learn about how logistics work. I’ve worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on many projects and know their dedication to doing things right and with skill and precision.
Present Position for Future Architects
The amazing thing about our current situation is that it is forcing us to consider our personal hygiene habits. Collectively, we’ve been living like pigs in the world. Our air, land and water have become so polluted it is a global concern. T Harv Eker was quoted as saying, “What you do anywhere, you do everywhere.” There comes a time when consequences for poor behavior happen, no matter what we believe. Imagine what it would be like if everyone became future architects, mindfully approaching how they interact with others and the world.
Beyond all the virus mania in the media and the political side-stepping, we have the opportunity to really look at ourselves now. What have we done to contribute to the situation? Has the natural order of things now presented us with a deadly threat because of our lack of consideration for each other? Nature is based on cause and effect. What can we do to distill what we know and be better planetary citizens? We have to look at both ends of the pendulum and balance toward the prudent path together.
I’m not a Bible thumper nor am I particularly a zealot, yet I promote sense made common and the teachings of Christ and other spiritual leaders as I know them, that we are all connected spiritually in an amazing thoughtmosphere of infinite intelligence individually delivered in our personalities and activity. We believe there is something much greater than us; a source we commit our lives to fearlessly. We hear the phrase, “God, Country, Family” and forget the order.
We can’t make sense out of small pictures and limited belief systems, consequently; the petty and perverse subjective notions that keep us arguing. We can, however, make sense out of getting in touch with what truly makes us human; our body, mind and spirit. We all have them as a holistic system within our physicality. It is undeniable though baffling to science, still. Politics, to date, have been full of ego and profit over people instead of people over profit. Our entire world has suffered as a result.
Ancient texts point toward a path beyond religious perspectives or the quest for knowing and/or serving God. A newly ordered world emerges when we change our view, shift our perspective, to one of recognizing the invisible guidance. God is really a diminishing term because we limit the infinite intelligence within us by believing somehow God is incomprehensible. The greatest tool for shifting one’s awareness is AWE; a sense of knowing and not-knowing simultaneously, yet obvious feelings beyond our ability to articulate in most cases.
In considering the overall picture and patterns (profit over people) we need to shift world views toward something more applicable to our health and sustainability; subtle shifts in our personal behavior provide profound changes in society over time. The physical changes of behavior often get us to consider the deeper impact on self; personal hygiene leads to inner hygiene, perhaps. Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
What are the elements of personal hygiene regarding the mind, body and spirit of our BEing; the presence of profound potential? Decades ago I heard a pastor, Richard D Rogers, at a Unity Church in Phoenix speak to our capacity for ‘radical godliness’ and living with the awareness and performance of this infinite intelligence in our lives; a lifestyle of honor and respect for each other as an example of living the principles for better living.
As a planetary citizen, I’m all for radical Godliness in these times! How about you? It changes where we put our attention, develops our intention and creates activity that supports the Divine presence within each of us. Together we can overcome anything, learn from mistakes and ascend to a new order of living in the world. It takes the old adage of ‘being in the world yet not of it’ to a whole new level, allowing each of us to become future architects – to BE the Change.
Are we being asked to step up our game? Do we still think it is a game and therefore consider it inconsequential? While you are sitting wherever you are at this time in the social distancing and isolation caused by the current activities toward this pandemic, at least consider how your personal and professional activities can assist creating the kind of world we know is possible.
I’m aware that many will consider my words to be naive, regardless of how much sense they make. It doesn’t make them any less real or important to consider as we stumble through the surreal events at this time. The practical side is we learn to adjust our various systems to match the needs of humanity.
In hopes of a better and healthier world, prayer works wonders. Not self-indulgent prayer for relief; prayer for those who can help to achieve a greater good and for our best individual contributions to that end. Answers come as we listen and pay attention. Offering to give yourself to something greater has always been an indicator of the wise leader. You are a leader for your life, we all are now, and together we will survive and thrive because of the examples we set.
Emergence of a Newly Ordered World
We’re a resilient and resourceful bunch here in a America, let alone brilliant and capable folks around the world much like the Cultural Creatives spoken of in the 1980s. We lost our heart [America] some time ago and have been functioning more like the muscle on the planet instead of the mind/heart leader we are destined to be. It is possible that’s changing since we absolutely have to focus domestically now. There is no outer enemy, no need for war. Arms can’t even be used for hugging now.
Our supposed mortal enemy is doing more for the world than we are currently, providing personnel and supplies where needed to various countries, including the US. What an example of a world-leader. Americans are moving beyond the petty POTUS, though he has to adhere to protocols now. Valiant servants are stepping up to provide resources and respond with rational and well-organized logistical efforts. Unfortunately, we didn’t have plans in place because of a previous POTUS move to dismantle those departments.
Our health care system was obviously unprepared and pointing fingers as to why serves no one. Picking up from where we are is imperative, assessing and making the prudent choices. Moving forward we have the opportunity to change the system into what it needs to be and put people before profit. The needs of the many are now more important than the needs of the few. Funny how Nature is reversing the old order of things. How can we be more conscious future architects?
What is also obvious is that advice and recommendations that were dismissed such a short time ago are now being instituted as solutions for our current crisis. It isn’t a personal or political choice, it’s a people over profit choice. It makes one wonder about the natural order of things, like a welling up of the soul of humanity that has been crying our for attention finally being heard.
We’ve been headed in an untenable direction for decades, putting profits above people for far too long. Wouldn’t you think that, over time, the subconscious activities we do not understand fully would have an impact on the development of change agents? The soul of humanity operates on an ocean of emotion, often reacting to stimuli with less than intelligent actions.
Eminent Change – Future Architects
We’ve needed a change. Change only comes when things get too uncomfortable to continue in the same direction. Forced change is usually the most effective as people still haven’t learned how to get along well enough to make the best decisions. Perhaps the soul of humanity is welling up and providing a way toward those ends.
Keeping an eye on the horizon and observing the present, at least a little informed, the changing of ages seems relevant to note and the chaos of change apparent in the natural order of things right now. According to at least one source, the 7-10 year period following the Winter Solstice of 2012 would be full of challenge and turmoil. We just didn’t know exactly what.
Be that as it may, it is important to keep things in perspective. In spite of the great challenge we face globally, it requires us all to learn how to work together better and move beyond the petty differences that have kept us from embracing the unity in diversity we so treasure in our ideal America. People, not politics or profiteers, are rising to the occasion like the Phoenix.
Efforts are being made and things will get better. We all needed a holiday to get our heads on straight. It just happened to be forced. The call that has been welling up in humanity, for a more caring and concerned citizenry and leadership, has been heard. Prayers are being answered, perhaps not in the way we anticipated, yet they are being answered.
Smarter Choices – Smarter Humans
If we were smart and thoughtful in our preparations for the next phase of humanity’s journey, recovery and reformation, we would examine and update all the systems critical to our communication around the globe. One perspective of that endeavor is with materials and technology, the other is human leadership and strategy.
We have an opportunity to unite as a planetary civilization, perhaps not in a very comfortable way at first, though wars over resources are certainly less important with a global pandemic on our hands. Our world has been managed by profiteers, capitalist that care nothing for human life. In many ways, Nature has put a damper on those activities through the introduction of COVID-19.
Restoring order to everyday living will take some time, possibly years. We need to be aware and mindful of the process. We also need to take inventory of ourselves; what we really want and who we trust to lead us there. In America, the leadership and organizations for handling pandemics and national health systems were gutted for no apparent reason, leaving a void that prohibited prudent and swift action that cost lives.
Apparently in Russia, the opposite occurred. Not only were they prepared; there were enough resources, human and material, to share with other countries affected by the contagion. We now have a great example and lesson for developing better systems for planetary administration. We need a revolution of conscience to prepare the way for our sustainable future. What seems to be coming to light, though, is a few surreptitiously continued research and development after the same was outlawed in America and, in essence, performing treason.
In moving toward toward clarity, truth-telling and regaining the trust of the citizens, there are nearly insurmountable details and strategies that need to be addressed. They range from deliverables (new technologies) to distribution systems for goods and services, as well as non-polluting energy and transportation systems. Those items are pretty obvious. There is one that isn’t, though and future architects are well aware of the need for re-directing education, beyond previous reformation notions.
Our educational systems have been based on production; who needs to know what in order to be a productive member of society or cog in the wheel of the corporatocracy as a white- or blue-collar worker. We haven’t address the nature of intellectual evolution, let alone the affect of understanding how quantum physics has proven thoughts and feelings are intricately woven into creating our reality. As a future architect, to even speak of a spiritual evolution in tandem with intellectual growth often falls on completely deaf ears.
The latter is conundrum. It naturally moves us beyond the constraints of religious thinking. In actuality it replaces God with human accountability and responsibility. We aren’t ready for that, yet. Evolution of the human condition; the mind, body and spirit complex system has no more excuses for ‘the devil made me do it’ or ‘God willed this to happen.’ The evo-leap calls us to order in the highest sense possible. It isn’t blasphemous or heretical – it’s science. Let’s get practical for the next phase of human development.Help Us Grow!