Global Consiousness - We All Share One World
In today's world, all nations and all people are more inter-connected and inter-dependent than ever. An
economic downturn in one country rapidly impacts upon its neighbours,
which - in this era of globalisation - means all of us.
The world's youth face problems of a different nature than did their parents. Greed has created
ecological problems such as resource depletion, pollution and global warming
that know no borders, and work on a deeper level that human made rules of the old world order.
Hunger for power has spawned technologies of mass destruction, decreasing not increasing
fear and uncertainty about the future of all of us.
Such changes have brought about an increasing acknowledgement of the co-dependence of
the diverse forms of life on earth. Deeper understanding is spreading the realisation
just as a healthy ecosystem requires species diversity, so a healthy global society
must protect all its members interests and treasure rather than suppress the
diversity of their thought, actions and ideals.
Some would say that the conflicts going on in the world prove that mankind has learnt nothing
from millenia of historical struggle. However, we believe that a worldwide change of
consciousness, perhaps even the evolution of a qualitatively new,
global consciousness is underway.
The invasion of Iraq, for example, sparked the largest ever anti-war demonstration, involving
well over 10,000,000 people in almost every country.
As the world moves from material
scarcity to abundance,
last century's metaphor of life as a Struggle for existance1
is looking increasingly unhelpful.
Social Darwinism, popular amongst the ruling elites a century ago,
is now a highly unpopular view, and insights such as
the evolution of altruism
have sprung from a deeper understanding that our role is to cooperate, not to compete.
Now connected worldwide by communication
technology as never before,
more and more young people are making personal connections internationally.
More experience makes them less willing to accept simple stereotypes. They are
questioning their parents' worldview of life as a perpetual battle,
and are trying to think and behave more
Nowadays no government or corporation can afford to ignore the new force know as
'global public opinion'. New technologies of connection are defying the controls of
the established order, and a global consciousness is permeating more and more young minds.
The old, national and regional top-down systems of military, financial, legal and political domination
are fast becoming untenable in the face of younger, decentralised but increasingly coherent chaordic grassroots alternatives.
Horizontally organised social justice movements resonate more deeply with the human spirit
because they are based on autonomy and consensus not control, on cooperation not on conflict.
 This phrase was first recorded during Ludwig Boltzmann's lecture to the Imperial Academy of Science in Vienna, 1886