We are now beginning to hear predictions of even less growth, and the likely length of the depression increasing.
It's a little unfortunate that the only people who can get a word into the newspapers or onto the television, are in fact prime candidates for being helped by the men in white coats.
All they succeed in doing is causing confusion amongst those of us who are in the process of evolving into a more sensible human being.
The old "modern" paradigm has lived its life -- bring on the new paradigm.
The nearest parallel I can think of was when Imperial China was taken over by Maoist China. Could the people who were around in those times have predicted such dramatic change? Absolutely no way, but here is one of hundreds of similar examples -- things do change.
The modern era has been dominated by business, and profit has become the sole reason for some people to live. They are so locked inside the box that they are not even aware that they are living inside a paradigm, and as a result are completely unable to imagine a different one.
These are the people who are eventually destined to be classified as insane, just as those are today who continue to declare that the earth is flat.
Sane people would not base the on-going survival of the human species on a foundation of business having infinite growth. There are many alternative foundations for life, and the most likely suggestions to succeed are those alternatives that are aligned with nature.
In the new paradigm, deeper truths will be recognised. Our scientists and philosophers will be telling us that we are a part of nature, and not master of it -- we do not own the earth -- it owns us.
Let's not look upon the demise of our financial base as a bad thing. In fact it can be turned into a very good thing.
It gives us the opportunity to walk away from our present destructive way of life, and to actually DO something about the earth's environmental problems.
We are being told that it's already too late, but as the saying goes, it's never too late. However, certainly now is the time.
We do not own the earth, despite what we are told by various governments and real estate agents. We have been given an opportunity to manifest a body which can stay here for a while, but if we abuse that privilege then we are delaying our own personal and spiritual evolution.
We must wake up to the fact that our lifestyles have become lazy, unhealthy and pointless, and as we suck the earth's energy instead of using our own, each one of us is unable to fulfill our true potential.
We will soon start to wonder why we were born -- a question that most people surprisingly cannot answer. It would seem a childish notion to consider that we were born to become rich, or to collect amazing quantities of material things. So we see that most of the people who encourage and govern us, and manage the earth's resources, and whom we presently elect and worship are in fact no more than children.
When we mature into an adult, we cease to need all of today's toys, and we begin to realise that life has much more meaning than adding a couple of percentage points to a P & L account.
We desperately need new leaders, and as we have tried all forms of leadership only to discover that they failed, we had better discover a very different kind of leader. We will begin to lead ourselves. We will draw back all the responsibilities and power that we have delegated to these failed leaders.
We will cease to be dependent on the state and big business for our survival. We will withdraw from the cities, as soon as we realise that they are the source of all evil and environmental destruction (probably because they are so far out of line from nature).
City people have become ungrounded -- they have completely lost all connection with the spirit that manifested them. Their daily activities and thoughts are unhealthy, and definitely do not show any meaningful reason for their birth. They are exactly what the CIA calls them -- useless eaters.
Most of the useless eaters will be unable to find a way of living once their faces are taken off the TV and out of the newspapers. They contribute nothing meaningful to society, and in fact are delaying the evolution of society.
The survivors will be those who have developed the necessary survival skills -- those who are able to grow and cook their own food, and educate their own children, and look after their own health. These people will not wake up every morning fretting about money, or spending most of their day being concerned about their coiffure or fashion. They will not spend huge chunks of their time shopping.
All of that is far behind us, if only we could realise it. The earth is moving on -- its vibration rate is becoming higher -- it is heating up, along with the rest of the universe, as another step in the evolution of our solar system. If we can get enough intelligent people to align themselves and their lives with nature, then we can use our wisdom to help us to survive -- or else we can continue to talk about the prospects of limited business growth this year. Doh!
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David West is a writer based in the UK. He is an avid reader of Culture Change.