Between the wars, when hyperinflation wracked Germany, the Berlin government was congratulated on its ability to speedily print higher and higher denominations of banknotes. To some extent they were forced into this. No-one chose for there to be such a catastrophic devaluation of the currency. But there was certainly nothing new in praise being heaped on people or organisations that could fashion such extreme achievements. And there is certainly nothing wrong in having ambitions to achieve new ‘heights’ and in actually achieving those new heights. But that being said, we do need to take stock of some of our ambitions and endeavours. It is laudable to run faster without the aid of performance enhancing drugs; laudable too to create a plane that can fly faster and higher than any other; or for that matter a car or train that can travel faster than any other. But what of our everyday lives? Is it really sensible to create trains that go fast, only to create new trains that go faster and so on? Do we need to motor along a highway at seventy, eighty or a hundred miles an hour, when it is probably safer and more relaxing and more environmentally appropriate to travel at some slower speed? Is an increasingly hectic world a boon for humanity? Is a noisier world to our advantage? Speeds and size and noise seem to dominate our national and world agendas. We have certainly improved when it comes to safety, but there seems to be very little room these days for matters such as beauty or elegance. Where are we in this brave new world we are creating?
This is one of the greatest, if not the greatest spiritual challenges of our time. It also can mark, if we make the right choices, a profound turning point in humanity’s spiritual and psychological evolution, or to put it in more mystical terms, in humanity’s spiritual unfoldment. It has been natural for humanity to seek better ways of doing things. Indeed, if we had not always been doping that, we would not have reached the point we are at now, when the wealth humanity across the world can generate is more than adequate to keep the whole of humanity properly fed, clothed and house, and indeed, properly nurtured in emotional, mental and spiritual terms. This must be the time when we turn at last from all the Siren-like attractions of material improvement in order to seek those higher ‘attractions’ of individual and collective wellbeing, spiritual wellbeing, and environmental wellbeing. We are all pilgrims – individually and collectively – upon our great spiritual quest. Our challenges are no longer material, but instead are deeply psychological, deeply of the spirit, and profoundly sacred – if we did but know it. We are so aware now of what we owe to each other. We are so aware now that we all belong to each other. We are so aware now that we ourselves are actually an integral part of the flora and fauna of our Mother Earth, our Holy Gaia. We are so aware now that we must seek to heal our communities and nations, heal ourselves, and heal our Mother Earth. And it is that profound awareness that marks this extraordinary moment in our long and often troubled history. This is the great challenge in our sacred quest for individual and collective holiness. We can find other words for it, but that is the truth of where we are now, and what we must do to make manifest our spiritual destiny on this beautiful Mother Earth.
We seek everything faster!
Nothing necessarily better!
We are in an unending race against time.
BEFORE TIME RUNS OUT