Has the rise of information technology and the expansion of what was originally the military-industrial complex substantially improved our lives? The jury’s still out on that.
In presentations, interviews, panel discussions, and breakout sessions,
the role of spirituality in business and society was explored from every
angle — almost. One question that hung heavily in the ether above the
privileged participants was this: Is Wisdom 2.0 really an upgrade?
Daniel Northcott was an artist, a filmmaker, and above all, a visionary. After years of traveling and filming, Daniel was diagnosed with leukemia, and passed away in 2009. He left over 1000 hours worth of unedited footage to his sister. The project, Be Brave, is now being crowd-funded through Indiegogo.
Burning questions filled my mind and appeared on my Facebook page after my return from Black Rock City. I had a hard time making sense of the default world and understanding why I should participate in it. Inasmuch as I was able to maintain a consistent thought, it was this: What, exactly, is the point of it all?
Commencement means beginning. The word is synonymous with start, onset,
outset, inception, and initiation. Thus under ordinary circumstances, I
would be expected to tell you about the glorious future that awaits you
on the other side of tomorrow’s hangover. But this speech will not be
ordinary, because these times are anything but ordinary.
Just outside my door at Norbulingka in northern India was a magnificent
rendering of the Bhavachakra, the Wheel of Suffering. The more I
thought about it, the more it seemed that American culture is a charicature of the human condition, similar to the one in the Tibetan painting. The cartoonist in me couldn't resist.
The current global crisis represents the
greatest challenge our species has ever faced. The very structures that support life are being rapidly dismantled, and our daunting challenge is to come
together to engage our collective wisdom,
compassion, and creativity to preserve as much life as possible. This requires an authentic, heroic humility.