How You Can Survive The Finish of Empire within the U.S. and Do Your Half to Save Humanity
On September 11, 2020, as many remember the 2,977 people who died in the 9/11 attack and its aftermath, CNN wrote: The fires raging in the west are unprecedented. They’re also a mere preview of what climate change has in store for us. The number of deaths from coronavirus continues to rise. More than 900,000 deaths are reported worldwide and over 200,000 deaths in the US alone. The fact that the US has a little over 4% of the world’s population but we have more than 22% of the deaths. This is an indication of our poor physical and political health.
Like the climate crisis, experts have been warning for many years that people are the leading cause of Covid deaths. Colin Carlson, an ecologist at Georgetown University, says:
“Our species has relentlessly expanded into previously wild spaces. Through intensive agriculture, habitat destruction and rising temperatures, we have uprooted the animals of the planet and forced them into new and tighter areas that are on our doorstep. Humanity has squeezed the world’s wildlife in a crushing grip – and viruses have broken out. “
An objective observer from another planet might well conclude that the US is in decline and people have a death wish and are in danger of self-obliteration. How do we understand what is going on in the world and what can we do to survive? The scientist Carl Sagan tells us: “You have to know the past in order to understand the present.”
Let’s take a quick look back at our history. The cosmologist Brian Swimme of The Universe Story and the cultural historian Thomas Berry offer these highlights in their book.
- The The universe began than an original flare about 13 billion years ago.
- First Life began on earth 4 billion years ago.
- Mammals developed 216 million years ago.
- The first People (Homo habilis, cell phone, man) developed 2 million years ago.
- The domestication of plants and animals that we have termed “civilization” began 10,000 years ago.
Those at the top of the hierarchy have viewed our history through a warped, human-centered lens and have come to believe that it is their job to dominate and control nature. Also, they envision that civilization is the height of human achievement. After all, despite the problems that have arisen over the past 10,000 years, they believe that human ingenuity and technology will lead to a better and healthier world.
Gloria Steinem reminds us: “The truth will set you free, but first it will upset you.” I am offering my own journey to freedom and anger in the hope that it will help you find your own way. When the cultural historian Thomas Berry looks at humanity honestly at the present time, he speaks the plain truth that might upset some: “We never knew enough. We were also not familiar enough with all of our cousins in the great Earth family. Nor could we listen to the different creatures of the earth, each with their own story to tell. However, now is the time when we will listen or die. “
My own awakening started early. I was five years old in November 1949 when my father overdosed on sleeping pills in response to his mounting depression and desperation because he couldn’t make a living from feeding his family. I grew up wondering what happened to my father, if it was going to happen to me, and how I could keep it from happening to other men and their families. When I held mine newborn son everin my arms further November 21, 1969I made a vow that I would be a different kind of father than my father could be to me, and intuitively felt that we could not heal the world until we could heal wounded men.
in the 1976I read the book by the psychologist Herb Goldberg. The dangers of being male in which he said:
“The man has paid a high price for his male privilege and power. He has no contact with his emotions and his body. He plays according to the rules of the male game board and destroys himself with a lemming-like goal – emotionally, mentally and physically. “
Since there is a clear connection between the rise of empires in the world and the rise of powerful and wounded men, I was not surprised to learn about Sir John Glubbs from author Margaret Wheatley 1976 Book, The Fate of Empires and the Search for Survival, in which he studied thirteen empires in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe – from Assyria in 859 BC. BC to modern Britain in 1950. As Wheatley said in reviewing Glubbs’ results, “It didn’t matter where they were or what technology they had or how they wielded power. They all refused at the same stage, and it took ten generations, about 250 years. ”
When the US fought the British and gained independence in 1776, the United States emerged as the youngest empire. Ten generations have passed and the days of the American Empire are coming to an end. The term “Nero played while Rome burned” has become synonymous with something trivial and irresponsible in the midst of an emergency. At the end of the American Empire in In 2020, 246 years since the beginning, Donald Trump tweeted while the US is on fire and 1,000 Americans die of Covid-19 every day.
in the 1987 I met futurists and activists Riane Eisler, shortly after the publication of her book The Chalice & the Blade: Our History, Our Future, in which she describes two alternative possibilities for humanity. “The first thing I call the Dominator model,” she said, “is what is popularly called either patriarchy or matriarchy – the ranking of one half of humanity over the other.” The second, where social relationships are primarily based on the principle of linkage rather than ranking, can best be described as a partnership model. ”
in the 1994, My book, The Warrior’s Journey Home: Healing People, Healing the Planet, has been published. Author and consultant John Bradshaw called it “The Book of Our Times”. In the book, I drew on the work of the Buddhist master Chögyam Trungpa, who recognized the importance of bringing forth the warrior spirit on behalf of humanity.
In his book Shambhala: The Sacred Way of the Warrior, he says:
“Warriorship here does not mean waging war against others. Aggression is the source of our problems, not the solution. Here the word “warrior” comes from the Tibetan Pawo, which literally means “one who is brave”. Warriorship in this context is the tradition of human bravery or the tradition of fearlessness. Warriorship isn’t afraid of who you are. “
Warrior practices to survive the end of the empire and the emergence of new partnership societies
All realms have a beginning, a middle and an end. Likewise, all species develop, have a life cycle, and die. We know that dinosaurs once ruled the earth and then became extinct. They ran pretty well, about 180 million years ago. Humans have been here for about two million years and more than 99% of that time lived as hunters and gatherers in what Riane Eisler referred to as “The Original Partnership Societies”.
We have only domesticated plants and animals for ten thousand years. Many, including biologist and author Jared Diamond, refer to civilization as “the worst mistake in human history.” I do not believe that our problems were caused by civilization itself, but rather by the dominator practices that have often accompanied it. But clearly, if we are to survive the next 50 years, let alone 50 million years or more, when we are back in balance with the earth, we have to change our ways. Here’s what we can do now:
- Support partnerism.
“The argument of capitalism versus socialism,” says Eisler, “does not recognize that both are rooted in domination. This system has caused suffering and injustice for more than 6,000 years. There is another way – a socio-economic system that supports mutual respect, non-violence, equality, empowerment and caring: partnerism. “
- Bring the masculine and feminine together in true partnership by helping to heal men.
Both men and women have suffered under systems of rule, but wounded men have been the main culprits, causing great harm to women, children, other men, and themselves. In my book, 12 Rules for Good Men, I offer instructions to help men heal our wounds and end the cycles of rule, including the following:
- Join a group of men.
- Free yourself from the man box.
- Accept the gift of manhood.
- Recognize our anger towards women.
- Do meaningful rites of passage.
- Understanding and healing childhood trauma.
- Heal your father’s wound.
- Train men and women to lead the partnership revolution.
“We need leaders who understand the damage done to people and the planet by prevailing practices that control, ignore, abuse, and suppress the human mind,” said Margaret Wheatley, author of Who We Choose: Face Reality, Claim Leadership , Restoring mental health. “We need leaders who serve themselves, withstand crises and failures, and who show unwavering belief that people can be generous, creative, and friendly.”
Wheatley calls these leaders “warriors for the human spirit”. she says that “Warriors are armed with only two weapons: compassion and insight. They are peaceful warriors and swear never to use aggression or fear to achieve their goals. “I conduct such training courses that you can find out more about here. Whatever you do, get involved. Sitting back and hoping that our leaders will save us is naive at best and likely suicidal. I am looking forward to read your comments. Come visit me here.
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