Unity Consciousness: Global Confrontation with the Elephants in the Room
London, UK - 13th October 2011, 10:25 GMT
Dear ATCA Open & Philanthropia Friends
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We would like to thank each one of the ATCA 5000 distinguished members who took part in the second-in-the-series 10th anniversary Socratic dialogue on 12th October 2011 in Canary Wharf, London. Above all, the Socratic dialogue was honest and intrepid. We dedicate the poem "Mind without fear", by the Nobel laureate Tagore, to our fearless distinguished members working tirelessly in more than 120 countries around the world. Thank you!
Mind without Fear
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Multi-dimensional Unity Consciousness
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up
into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason
has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action --
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
Distinguished members were asked:
Which one word describes the global outlook and mood at present?
. Like water
Which elephants do you see in the room?
. World poverty
. Compound growth
. Unsustainable growth
. Resource scarcity
. Population growth
. Nuclear power
. Oil and gas
. World War III
. Lack of leadership
. Lack of basic health care
. Food production
. Genetically modified food
. Factory farming
. Lack of creative education
Quick Poll: Are the elephants in the room real or imagined?
Real = 100%
Imagined = 0%
Which is the most precious natural resource we have in the world?
. All species
Does the world have more people than its resources can sustain?
Yes = 100%
No = 0%
Is there any connection between oil-based energy and the global financial system?
Yes = 100%
No = 0%
If it takes more and more units of energy to produce a new unit of energy, what is the impact on global growth?
Slows down or turns negative = 100%
No impact = 0%
As the cost of producing energy keeps rising and more resources from the existing economy get diverted into energy production, how do we service high levels of debt?
Carry on as normal = 17%
Have a crash = 83%
Is there any big idea that could replace our dependence on oil?
. Energy storage technology
. Hydrogen energy
. Geo-thermal power
. Wave technology
. Solar power
. Wind power
What could be the premise for a large scale global conflict?
. Banks collapse in a chain reaction like Creditanstalt in 1931
. Stock markets crash leading to a repeat of The Great Depression and mass unemployment on a scale last seen in the 1930s
. Rise of tyrannical and fascist dictators like Hitler in 1933
Are we heading towards or in the middle of currency wars?
Yes = 100%
No = 0%
Does anyone benefit from currency wars and constant competitive devaluations?
1. In the end, most nations that engage in this persistently lose out; and
2. Speculators benefit.
What happens as a result of currency wars?
Inevitably leads to geo-political and geo-strategic conflict.
Which countries are the most significant in regard to a future balance of power?
. United States
. United Kingdom
. Saudi Arabia
. Iran is a paper tiger
. Developed versus developing world
What are the principal differences between now and the 1930s?
. 24/7 digital interconnectivity via satellites, the internet and mobile telephony
. Mutual assured destruction because of nuclear weapons
If the world cannot embark on a giant military confrontation because of the nuclear threat, what does a global conflict look like in the 21st century?
. Economic conflict
. Technological conflict
. Cyber conflict
. Conflict between Earth and humanity
. Combination of multiple conflicts
. Constant turmoil
. Inter-generation injustice
. Excessive debt overhang leading to constant debt deleveraging
. Rising pollution
. Depletion of natural resources
. Conflict that bridges generations including future ones
. Passing on a poisoned chalice to the next generation(s)
. Lack of reliance on governments to be able to save the day
. Need for think tanks to evolve awareness and consciousness
1. Water is our most precious resource and it is the liquid gold of the 21st century.
2. Movements like Occupy Wall Street are symptomatic of a larger disenchantment and conflict with the present system.
3. Are we leaving the planet for generations to come in no worse shape than we found it? Obviously not! Why not?
1. How do we arrive at decisions as a globally conscious society?
2. Why does a concatenation of short term decisions pave the way for a fragmented future?
3. What is the one over-arching theme that binds us all?
4. Our over-emphasis on "democracy" as "religion" may not be working?
5. What role do education and awareness play in building a more sustainable world?
Perhaps to recognise Cicero's two thousand year old wisdom: "Omnia vivunt, omnia inter se conexa!" or "All is alive, all is interconnected!" There aren't any multiple elephants in the room, there is just "One Elephant" and that elephant is us. There's no Earth and Humanity as separate entities. Via our tight interconnections, we are One with everything and All is essentially One! This quantum jump in our perspective and awareness, towards unity-consciousness and recognition of non-duality, could potentially propel us beyond conflict towards harmony. This fundamental change in our collective consciousness -- with or without the myriad crises -- has the potential to bring about a new enlightenment, a new awakening! Once our perspective is balanced, solutions arise elegantly, automatically!
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