The Human Experience

June 30, 2011

Where a river runs through black
I take school books from your pack
plastics and wires in your kiss
breath of eternity on your lips
in the crowded market place
I drift from face to face
I hold my breath and close my eyes
I hold my breath and close my eyes
and I wait for paradise,
and I wait for paradise…

Bruce Springsteen – Paradise

I recently found out that the first verse of this beautiful song (above) was inspired by a suicide bomber who killed many in a suicidal search for paradise. If you open your heart to the beauty of the song and its words, you open a possible door to her world. This might be the only insight we will ever get into a troubled mind and heart of a human being who saw no other way than to do what she did.

If I open my heart to the words and to the thought of who she was, many questions may come running through your mind.

Where was she from? Did she have parents? How was her childhood? Did she have many friends or was she alone? Did she have a boyfriend? What music did she listened to? What was her favourite place where she went to hide away from it all? What events in her life lead her to the final destination? What were her dreams when she was little, what troubled her mind? Why did she do what she did?

It makes me wonder, what are the ‘human’ stories of people I meet every day? What chapters of life are behind the women at the train station who got angry at me for asking a question yesterday? What is the pain that hurts people that we get into argument with? What life events lead the many homeless people on the streets to where they are? What are the things that if we knew would help us to fully understand and find compassion for that annoying coleague that we gossip about at work? What are the forces at play beyond what we can choose ourselves that decisively shape who we are?

The more I travel and the more I learn about stories of people, the more I am realizing how complex, confusing and difficult it is to be human in the world today. I have learned through my life to distinguish what is mine to be responsible for and what is someone else’s. Yet at the same time, I feel one of the biggest gifts I can give to people I meet, is an unconditional compassion in regards to their life-stories, an unlimited amount of chances to try to understand the very things that I feel compelled to judge. I do not see it as a proof of being ‘weak’ and it certainly does not meet that I allow my life to be influenced more than I choose to. Yet, it does mean that anytime I meet people, whether it’s for first time or not, I strive to give them my gift of undivided attention and unlimited care and compassion.

It is in the common humanity, in the common battle of life, where we can find the connection so much needed to build a foundation of trust and respect that can help us to solve the increasing challenges of the world around us. It is when we take time to fully understand the person in front of us, that we can begin to understand and perhaps forgive the actions and choices that we disagree with. It is in the annoyances that the others ignite in us that we find the understanding and forgiveness for the parts of ourselves
we have chosen to disown.

If we are to ever work together to create a sustainable and healthy future for all of us, this needs to be our first step.

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The time is now…

October 30, 2009

Humanity has arrived at the crossroads of our history, in front of the doors to the unknown. There are no definite answers for our future. No one has a reliable forecast of what will happen in the next few decades.

  • Environment – Even the most advanced climate and environmental models do not give secure predictions for the climate of the future. We have accepted the need to address the human activities and their contributions to climate change, yet we have no way of knowing whether reducing CO2 emissions will be enough. With rapidly changing weather conditions, decreasing amount of fresh water, methan slowly starting to be released into the atmosphere, increasing occurrences of disruptive climate phenomena, we have no clue what the next years will bring and demand from humanity to survive.
  • Economy – The economic books were fundamentally re-written in the last couple of years. Economic theories seem obsolete, current financial system limited and not suitable for needs of wider humanity. New economic systems sparking all over the place. Very few are able to understand, explain or predict the way world economy will develop.
  • Science – With new insights into quantum physics taking solid ground from fundamental premises of exact science, we are re-learning nearly everything from scratch. The interplay between our conscience and the physical reality, the realization that our most advanced models only explain the bit before the mystery begins. Increasing flow of new technologies, scientific insights and models desperately attempting to capture the rapid progression of evolution. No one is able to reliably predict the implications and developments that are waiting to be uncovered.
  • Spirituality – With the Western world increasingly opening up to Eastern and indigenous spiritual traditions, conscious evolution increasingly becoming topic of conversations and the Mayan calendar predictions and explanations, humanity is experiencing a fundamental inner renaissance. Constantly shifting landscapes of how we see our world gave birth to entire new sectors of economy, art, literature and focus of all our activities. Flow, synchronicity, life habitat, Gaia theory, these are just some expressions of the world we are tapping into.

The point being, that no one has the final answer although we all hold a piece. Point being that our future is absolutely open and uncertain. In short, we don’t have a clue what our future will look like.

When we do not know what our future holds, the important question becomes.

What future do we want to create?

If nothing is certain and little is predictable, that means that any future is possible. So which one is yours?

The time is now for all of us to wake-up. It is too late to be pesimists. It is too luxurious to complain and avoid action. I am tired of discussing what does not work and what challenges are in the way.

The time is now for us to make a stand for what we see possible, in ourselves, in others, in our organizations, communities, countries and as a humanity. Thanks to our diversity, we all see the world in different ways. But we all know what do we feel inspired to improve. There is so much possible and waiting to be realized…

Do you feel called to create? Do you have a dream that is waiting to be brought into reality? Are you open to find it? Are you willing to do what it takes to make possible what you envision no matter what resistance you will face?

The time is now my friends. I count on every single one of you… And I will help may you need it… Make the leap, take the step…

Let’s design the world we dream of, let’s map together the path into the unknown…

Use your wings, it is later than you think…
(Paulo Coelho through Twitter)