global peace, the challenge of the 3rd millennium
GLOBAL PEACE, the challenge of the third millennium
Parting thoughts as we enter a new millennium
As we come to the closing days of a century there is a reality to these being the ending days.
Yes, it can be argued that only the Western Christian world marks the passing of this next year as a journey into another millennium. Yes, its merit can be, and is already being, argued by those so inclined.
I understand. I used to be inclined that way. I searched to understand the organic wholeness of life by trying to learn about all the pieces. Though I was compelled by some inner drive to see all sides, I often found myself siding with one - usually the underdog who I felt needed my help most. I could fight for any good cause as long as I could see its purpose was rooted in some common good. Such passion is the property of youth, of the idealist. I am eternally grateful for its presence in my life and increasingly appreciate the same in others.
|Modern man likes to play at being God, creating life in a test tube or ending it with chemical cocktails, destroying populations of insects and rerouting rivers in the name of progress, worshipping the Creator or denying Her existence. |
Man is like a child, playing. He pretends, unaware that the real revolution is not one of matter.
It is one of spirit.
There was a large pool of passionate souls who incarned in the United States after W.W.II. In their youth the
y brought about revolution, not so much the fife and musket type that leaves carnage in its path, but the emotional and mental type that leaves upturned traditions. Mid century, particularly the 1960's, was the beginning of the end we now face. No longer was it acceptable to allow injustice based upon how you look. No longer were young men meekly consenting to fight and die in a conflict half a world away that the supporters refused to declare. No longer was it necessary for women to potentially procreate with each conjugal joining. No longer was fish served every Friday in public schools in deference to the Catholics. The freedom of interaction, the longest period of peacetime prosperity, the increasing acceptance of people demonstrated in this country found its origins in the ideals of those passionate souls. And its power in their willingness to act on those ideals.
They weren't afraid to stand up for what they believed in. Even if it meant arguing. In their desire to win the argument, to uphold the truth, some lost their familial inheritance, some lost their country, and some lost their lives. To these passionate souls being willing to die for your beliefs was much more than a romantic notion, it was a reality in their lives.
Such passion, however rash, is essential to begin a revolution, but inadequate to sustain it. Sooner of later passion seeks to be tempered with thoughtfulness for in that fertile ground of spiritual contemplation is found the synchronicity of all life. It is only now that our passion is maturing.
Ideally, the reason the Western-world, Christian-based turn of the millennium is relevant to everyone on the globe is the United States' capacity and willingness to lead. This is no doubt a material fact. Since the revolution of the '60's - embracing free love and goodwill and fueled by a rejection of materialism - the United States has established itself as the world's greatest consumer. It is also the "way shower" for what's become known as "pop culture", the collective attitude of a people whether it be led by a Madonna or an Oprah Winfrey, a Michael Jordan or a Bill Gates. What is astounding about foreign travel, says one of my friends, is the juxtaposition of scantily clad, starving children lying in the dirty street next to a soft drink billboard. We have indeed led the world -into sensory experience, untempered by meaning that feeds the spirit.By uprooting every tradition be it all male academies or prayer in school we shook society's beliefs to their core. Now we swim in a sea of virtual reality, seeking meaning in the outer world that may all prove to be an illusion. The flurry of worldwide Y2K activity, whether the need is real or imagined, is but one reflection of America's impact on humanity. You need not be connected to the Internet to feel it. We are all connected in spirit, beyond our physical selves. Our passions increasingly synchronized. Think of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the uprising at Tiananmen Square, worldwide activism toward peace.
The matter-soaked miss the unfolding that we are living. They see "end of the world prophecies" through fear-filled eyes. Earthquakes, tidal waves, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, volcanic eruptions, meteor showers, solar flares, magnetic field disturbances, the list of changes in our physical world beyond man's control has remained the same for countless millennia. What is changing is man's attachment to his beliefs, the seed of the passion without thought, the argument that separates rather than unites. Celebrating diversity is not the answer, transcending it is. As the master teacher whose birth anniversary we celebrate counseled fear not he who can take the body. Be aware of the one who can rob you of your soul.
Modern man likes to play at being God, creating life in a test tube or ending it with chemical cocktails, destroying populations of insects and rerouting rivers in the name of progress, worshipping the Creator or denying Her existence. Man is like a child, playing. He pretends, unaware that the real revolution is not one of matter. It is one of spirit. It is time to move beyond the argument of "better than" and enter into the communion of spiritual revolution. It is time to move from believing into knowing.
Even the experts in the field, lawyers, will admit arguing is never our strength. Strength is the courage behind the argument. Many souls incarning now sense this. They must find the courage to strengthen this inner sense so it becomes a fount of living wisdom. When such courage is synchronized by a unifying vision of what can be we experience new meaning in our existence. Such a one becomes a counselor of life and Universal Law. Such a one allows the inner urge toward enlightenment to guide their passion, thus transcending the pairs of opposites inherent in the material world. Such a one is synchronized with the universe, being in the world but not of it.
Synchronicity. It is how I make peace at this stage in my existence. This point of connectedness that lifts my sights and sets my feet on higher ground.
Here is com-passion.
Here is the common idealism and the wisdom to sustain a spiritual revolution...throughout a new millennium.
I give you my Circle of Love,
Barbara Condron (Thresholds Quarterly, November 1999, © 1999 SOM)