Well the Royal baby and third in line to the throne has arrived.
What kind of world is he emerging into?
Will England still need kings by the time he is ready to assume that responsibility?
Will any traditions be left?
In the 1970’s, Alvin Toffler wrote a book called Future Shock where he discussed how quickly the world was changing and suggested that many people were finding it hard to keep up. Well, the rate of change has accelerated even more in the last forty years.
And are we keeping up? And what about the next thirty years? Will things speed up even more? How are we going to react? Will this accelerate our cognitive intelligence or stretch us beyond our capacities? Or both?
One of the things we need to remember is that we all have multiple intelligences and that different aspects of ourselves exist at different levels. Thus, we may be pretty evolved in one or two areas, whereas in other arenas of our lives, we may be less adept and in some areas pretty hopeless.
Let us look, for example, at six aspects of life: our cognitive (intellectual) skills, our interpersonal skills (how adept we are at relating with others), our ‘street cred’ (how practical we are at handling the everyday nitty gritty challenges in life), our emotional, moral and spiritual intelligence. Some of us may be highly skilled at a cognitive level (two Ph.D’s in astrophysics) but have absolutely no interpersonal or emotional skills. Someone might be very emotionally and cognitively skilled but have absolutely no moral sense, i.e., we are a total shit, and we use our intelligence primarily to dupe and manipulate others. (I can think of a couple of CEOs of large companies who fit into this category.)
Serge, you have just written a book on Spiritual Activism and the emergence of the Global Heart. Let me start by asking you a few questions. First, what do you mean by the global heart and why is it ‘awakening’ today, and how does it relate to spiritual activism? And secondly, how does spiritual activism differ from other forms of activism?
Serge. Good questions. I’ll try to answer them in order. When I talk about the global or the universal heart, I am referring to the heart of humanity as a whole or the collective human heart which, if our own ‘personal’ hearts are sufficiently open, we can potentially link into or connect with.
We will know when we are connected or when the universal heart has stared awakening inside us, when we start feeling furious about the many huge injustices in the world or when we find ourselves minding what happens to people who live right at the other end of the world from us, or when we suddenly experience a mysterious love for our fellow human beings whom we’ve never met, or feel moved to commit to championing some cause where there is no direct, personal gain to ourselves.
Night, it has been said, is always at its darkest just before dawn and if we were to apply that image to what is currently happening in our world (the dire situation in Syria, the horrendous scenario in Egypt, Iran going nuclear, our global financial problems, the problems of youth unemployment, the environment – my list can go on for ever), we can say that, species wise, we are definitely in the middle of a dark night.
And the problem about dark nights, which is well known to anyone going through the early stages of a ‘dark night of the soul crisis’, is that when immersed in them, it often seems as if there is no way out and that the forces of darkness truly have the upper hand.