Fear, Loathing and Forecasting the Future
There definitely is a sense of unreality in the air, combined with pervasive fear and loathing. More of us than usual are contributing a lot of energy to the fear and loathing thing right now and it adds to a pervasive heaviness in our planetary atmosphere.
When we feel afraid and angry, we energetically contract and close our hearts. We fixate on what disturbs us and forget about the billions of things—from the functioning of our bodies to the integrity of the infrastructures that support our lives—that are working harmoniously.
We become the problem.
Simply by living, caring and paying attention we impact not only our own perspective, but the feelings and thoughts of countless lives we touch, directly and indirectly. Why not do your part to lighten things up? Take a breather. Plan a picnic; celebrate something. (This is recommended by the Dalai Lama for getting people to relax and thereby ease tension between warring countries.)
Get outside, relax in the sun. Get some perspective. See your concerns in light of the evolution of our home planet, of the history of human kind. Consider what truly intelligent life on other planets might look like in galaxies far, far away where they have moved beyond fear and loathing as part of the collective worldview.
In other words, pull yourself out of the muck. Look up. It’s big out there. The universe is our playground and nothing ever, ever stops changing.
Keep in mind that most people on the planet would exchange your concerns for theirs in a heartbeat….
Meanwhile, Here are some down-to-earth quotes from experts of the past. They remind us that, even though we may have access to a lot of information, and we may have a lot of opinions and are immersed in non-stop commentary on how things are going to turn out, we can’t actually see the future. Possibilities are boundless and we create new realities as a matter of course.
Check these out:
“Television won’t be able to hold any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” Darryl F Zanuk, head of 20th Century Fox, 1946.
“Landing and moving around the moon offers so many serious problems for human beings that it may take scientists another 200 years to lick them.” Science Digest, August,1948.
“I think that there is a world market for about two computers.” Thomas John Watson, President of IBM, 1924-1956.
Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. At that time, he could imagine only one use for it: so that people could record their last testaments and wills for their descendants.
“Who knows how good this thing’s gonna get?”
Lyrics from: Uncle George by Doug Swayne