– A Paradigm Shift in Human Interaction
By Jeff Henry; edited by David Montané, 2017
With the all the problems in the world, there is a shift in thinking starting to take root – a shift in the way humans interact. People are waking up to the fact that things are not working as well as they could. Some people feel overwhelmed by what is going on in the world and feel there is nothing they can do to change things. This might account for the rise in anxiety and depression, which could in turn stem from the feeling of lack of control or the hopeless feeling of not being able to change the world around them.
We all dream of a Utopia. An idea that all people can live in harmony with each other; that there is no need to worry about the basic needs like food, water, and shelter. This comes with many questions about how to get there. There are answers, but it comes down to one very simple idea – we as humans need to work and live in service to others, not in service to one’s self. By being in service to others the world becomes better right away. With everyone working for everyone else and no one being selfish, problems go away.
Right now, most people are in the mindset of Me, Me, Me. This is due to a programming of: We must get more to have more. Think first of the self and others second. If we are going to continue we need to make a 180° turn to the mindset of We, We, We. Me, Me, Me is never going to fix the problems of life.
For us to really fix the problems we need to shift the way we think. Start thinking of the needs of others first, then change the fundamental way people interact with each other. Others’ needs should come first, not our own. We need to think of ourselves as just one small part of a much bigger organism.
Think of yourself as one cell in the human body – if you work with the rest of the cells, you will thrive. But if you do not work with the rest of the cells, you become a cancer to the rest and you start killing the body.
“One of the most important aspects of progression in all spheres of life is the offering and provision of service to others without any thought whatsoever of reward or self-gratification. Selfless service is absolutely fundamental, both from an individual perspective and from the perspective of the entire human race, without which there can be no true progression.
Selfless service should be offered and provided out of a genuine and deep desire to help and be of service to others. Inner Beings of the Astral, Mental, Celestial and Cosmic spheres of life are continually involved in service to humanity by selflessly providing their services, the inner always assisting the outer, from the very innermost sphere closest to The Source, The First Cause, God, out to the physical Universe of matter; such is the way of progression in the entire Universe.”
Adrian P. Cooper *
This is not only a social shift but a spiritual shift in mankind, where the idea of the self is changed to being a part of the bigger whole. We need to realize that we are not alone – we are all connected to each other. We need to use our conscious thoughts to bring in the world that we want: where a community of people treat each other as if they were family; where no one wants to hurt anyone else; where everyone is willing to give anything and everything for one another; and where everyone works to make the community the best it can be. They also work to grow, make, and develop everything that the community wants or needs.
When we do this, we start to work like a natural system where everything works for the whole. This is the meaning of Ubuntu – “unity within community”. We will start to look at the cycles of nature, and build the systems and the community to mirror those of nature; where we as humans and the technology we use work as well as, or better than, natural systems. We will develop systems for everything from how we grow our food, to how we deal with our waste. We will make and build things that do not harm nature but work with it and complement it.
We all agree there are many problems in the world today. Some of them seem to be overwhelming, too big for one person to fix. Well I say there is something we can do to fix all the problems. We are the ones we have been waiting for.
We as a group can change everything if we all unite and work to achieve a common goal. Yes, there are many roads that lead to the same place. What we need to do is put aside our egos, and use logic to see what path will get us to the end goal in the most effective way.
So, first we need to look and see what the most urgent need is that we need to fix. Then evaluate the ways that we can fix the problem. Finally, we unite and work to fix the problem. That is what we can do as a group.
So, where do we start? Even before “One Small Town”, and “One Small Project”, we can start with “One Small Act”! As an individual, you can do a lot. But before I get into what an individual can do, let me ask a few questions:
· Do you know your neighbors? If not, why not?
· Do you interact with them in any way?
· Do you do anything to help your neighbors to make their lives better?
· Is your neighborhood clean?
· Is there a lot of crime?
· Do you believe there is something you could do about any of this, or do you think it is none of your business and/or not your problem?
I hope that these questions get you to open your eyes just about your local neighborhood. Stop trying to fix big problems that are way out of your ability to fix. Fix the things that are in your control; fix the things in your local neighborhood or in your own family.
Get to know the people around you. Get a group together and go out and clean up your street, your local park, and/or a neighbor’s house. If you cannot get others to help, lead by example and do it yourself. Be helpful in any way you can to the people around you. You could start by growing fruit and nut trees on your street, along with other foods in your yard. Then share that food with your neighbors when it is ready. Encourage others to do the same thing. If you all did this, you and the neighbors could lower your food bills and eat healthier.
Then you and the others could fix your neighbors’ houses that are run down. Then move to the next house. Help each other in the neighborhood with whatever they might need. After that look at what has happened to you and your neighbors: you have recreated your whole neighborhood, which raises property value. The neighborhood looks better and is most likely much safer. You have raised everyone’s standard of living and you now have a lot more friends willing to help you in times of need.
You have the power to change the world! It doesn’t matter what is happening on a large scale; start small, get to know and become helpful to the people who live next to you. It all starts with one act of selflessness.
We are the change we’ve been waiting for and
With One Small Act We Will Change the World!