Magazine article Tikkun

Steve Bhaerman on a Marshall Plan to Eclipse the "Martial Plan"

Magazine article Tikkun

Steve Bhaerman on a Marshall Plan to Eclipse the "Martial Plan"

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WELL, THE RESULTS ARE G?. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC CAST A DEFTNITIVE VOTE FOR "POLITICAL CUMATE change." Thanks to a massive "up-wising," a critical mass of Americans chose to wise up and vote for a world where "we're all in it together."

I was heartened to hear you utter those very words during your campaign. Now it's time for some action on behalf of this evolutionary idea. You've positioned yourself as a twenty-first-century leader, so you might be interested in what the latest science is telling us about human evolution. Thanks to the work of cellular biologist Bruce Lipton (my co-author in an upcoming book, Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and How to Get There From Here), the next phase of human evolution will not be to growabigger brain, but to growa bigger community.

Just as surely as each of us is a thriving community of some 50 trillion cells, we are evolving to realize that we are each and all cells in the body of a new organism called Humanity. Interestingly, this new scientific understanding is totally consistent with the spiritual understanding at the root of every religious, spiritual, and ethical path: some version ofthe Golden Rule. In this shrinking world that could use a good shrink, the survival of our species now depends upon our shifting from "survival ofthe fittest" to "thrival ofthe fittingest"

At a time when our planet's physical resources are diminishing, we must call on the underutilized human resources of love and imagination to magnify the sun's energy and grow enough food for all. If we do that, we won't be spending our irreplaceable resources on humanity's "auto-immune dysfunction," warfare. And by committing to insure the health of every human soul on the planet we grow health and functionality from the grassroots up, and prevent problems before we need to intervene with expensive cures.

Biology- and common sense- tells us that the preventive cure for the ailments of humanity is local food and energy self-sufficiency, in the context of valuing each human being. This may sound like pie-in-the-sky idealism, but unless it becomes feet-on-the-ground real-dealism, we may find ourselves at the top ofthe endangered species list. It matters not how "fit" the individual: if the ecosystem doesn't make it the "ego system" isn't much use. …

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