At this time, our way of living on the Earth is no longer viable in the long term. It's becoming necessary to be, think and synthesize a new way of living and being on Earth. Individual humans are the best able to create that synthesis.
However, we have all grown up in a culture where we have been socialized to accept authority. To do what authority figures say. To follow large institutions because they have authority over us. Yet, it is clear that large institutions and the authorities that head up these institutions represent the least amount of thinking that's going on. They are barely carrying on with business as usual and often not even that. Any thought about the future is put aside. Kick that can down the road.
Part of our mainstream view of existence is that we are separate individuals. We have been told we are disconnected atoms with no power. In our society it's easy to believe we are disconnected atoms. We are encouraged to follow leaders or the ideas that come out of larger institutions.
Large institutions don't think. Our institutions are producing boneheaded politics. They are approving mega tar sands pipelines right in the face of the obvious global warming disaster these projects represent. Even the people in large institutions are so bound up by procedure, rules and who knows what, that the ones who actually do think end up punished for having done so.
Institutions are not capable of the same depth of thinking as individuals. The individual is where the deepest thinking is going on. We evaluate, synthesize, compare and contrast. All the different and growing problems we see, global warming, ocean acidification, resource depletion, it's individuals who will make the biggest difference in solving these problems. Only individuals will think and then implement ideas that are "outside the box". Individual thought and action, outside of institutions, will be the source of new ways of being on Earth.
It can seem like the large institutions have power over us but the good news is, the revolution is happening. There is a change in consciousness which probably got its start with Einstein's relativity and quantum mechanics in the physics of the early 20th century. Our mainstream society is still catching up with these discoveries.
Looking at the mainstream you would never know that there was an uptick in consciousness. We are not the disconnected atoms that the authorities would have us believe. This new consciousness of interbeing suggests we are all one. We can create the needed answers, but we have to let go of the past in order to do so.