Humanity’s Rite of Passage from a Love of Power to the Power of Love
By Anodea Judith
Judith creates an analogy between the maturation and growth of a human being and the growth and maturation of humans as a species. From our infancy as hunter gatherers who revered Mother Earth, to farmers attempting to cooperate with nature to builders of empires who conquered nature revering war gods to rationalists with a mechanistic view of nature, as a species we have moved further from the natural world. And, from her point of view, we have not matured as a species, we are still in our adolescence. Our culture has move beyond the simplicity of living within nature’s laws, but we can embrace the sacred ground of nature as the fundamental value of a healthy society. We have moved from our bodies to our heads, but it is time to move into the heart.
Along our evolutionary path we have developed an incredible communication network that in many ways mirrors the relational web of life in ecosystems. Dynamic change and relational webs are the enduring principles of life. We have the capacity to join with others on a scale never seen before. Like the single-celled creatures that finally learned how to combine forces as multicellular organisms a billion years before us, we can only imagine our innovative and collaborative power if we could join together and focus as a species on meaningful purposes. To save ourselves from ecological suicide we need an overarching vision that inspires our hearts.
Our ethics are shifting towards questioning the institutionalized values of corporatism, economic greed, warfare and militarism. “The new progressive values planetary rather than national interests, eco-sustainability rather than sentimental environmentalism, feminism rather than heroic models, personal growth more than personal ambition and condemns globalizing mega-corporations.” Paul Ray
Could these progressive values be the foundation of our meaningful purpose? Maybe just start with loving one another, treating others how we would want to be treated and perhaps think beyond our immediate comfort and convenience. Then we could start broadening our ideas about who or what to include in our loving and respectful considerations- extending beyond humans to the other living organisms that share our planet. Judith claims as a species, we are in our adolescence running headfast into a perilous ecological crisis. Just like a teenager, we are rather impulsive and not very adept at considering the consequences of our self-indulgent consumerism. To mature into adulthood we must become parents of the future. If we are to birth and nurture a thriving future, then as good parents, we must do so with the power of love. The future is calling us forward, guided by what we love, calling us through the crucible of the awakening global heart.