In my 70th year, I’m experiencing amazing changes flowing at me like a fast moving river of ‘not enough time. This time pressure feels like the squeeze of a vice grip when I have too much to do and I’ve forgotten one of the passwords that is required to just view my checking account. Coming from a time of slower-moving mid-life, it now feels like its hard to carve out a few minutes to just sit still.
Time is too short and it’s getting shorter. Why? I suspect that the huge population growth on our planet is contributing to this pressure and time squeeze. But this can’t account for all of it.
“Therefore, if you bear witness to the events in your world, you will see that your world is racing to a culminating experience. Everyone feels this, but not many people know what it is about.”
Is Time Accelerating Due to Our Entry Into a Larger Playing Field?
Our world has never been alone. Our world is now emerging into a Greater Community of intelligent life.
Many have conceded the probability of intelligent life out there. But have we actually considered how they could impact us? Consider:
- a billion potentially inhabitable worlds in our galaxy
- the evidence of ETs on Earth and the advanced technology they have provided us
- the overshoot of human population on a planet with carrying capacity for less than 2 million in a world of declining resources
Even if another race (and their technology) never set foot on our planet or humanity wasn’t in overshoot at 7.6 billion, the very competitive nature of a billion worlds interacting, in just our galaxy alone, would add a new dimension of time pressure for us all.
Is it Inevitable?
The agenda of these intervening races in our sovereign world is the subject for very important consideration. For this, I recommend reading The Allies of Humanity for an interesting perspective. But this is not my focus. I want to discuss the inevitability of our emergence into this Greater Community of Intelligent life. Though we’d like to duck and avoid the obvious reckoning with this larger arena of life–life that is already aware of us–beneath our ventures into space and the rapid development of technology is a growing awareness.
“Your belief system may account for it or not. Your ideas may speak of it or not. It may be a subject of personal interest or not. Yet everyone knows it exists…Everyone knows that humanity…will inevitably emerge into the Greater Community.”
For those of us who just want to be left alone to enjoy the little bit of time that we do have, this may not be good news. But could this new challenge be just what humanity needs?
“You may say, “We do not need greater difficulties. We have enough difficulties. No more difficulties!” But greater difficulties can solve lesser ones. Many of the preoccupations with your human difficulties will dissolve in the face of a larger challenge. This is good for your people in many ways.”
Is this Part of Humanity’s Natural Evolution?
Humanity is an intelligent race that has been stuck in its adolescent, tribal stage for way too long destroying our world and any chance of a sustainable future. We need problems that will call forth our greatness. The Greater Community is an arena that will pose these problems—problems worthy of our intelligence—and will call us to grapple with them both mentally and spiritually. The arena we are entering will force us to unite.
“When a world undergoes the transition into the Greater Community, out of necessity it must unify its own people. This is evolutionary. It occurs in all worlds where intelligent life has been seeded.”
A Window of Opportunity?
From this standpoint, The Greater Community is offering us an opportunity that we might never choose for ourselves. Facing a universe of billions and billions of races, all very different than us, with different values and cultures than us, it might behoove us to see how very much alike humanity truly is.
Though the ‘time squeeze’ may not appear to be an opportunity, it could be part of a greater set of dynamics which are pushing humanity to unite; to solve the growing problems on Earth and also to establish boundaries with those races who would really like to have control of our sovereign planet of origin.
Maybe These Intervening Races Would Do a Better Job of Managing Our Planet
After all, they see that we are doing a great job of destroying Earth. It would be easy to make the case for inviting wiser races to step in to clean things up. But, do not make the mistake of thinking they will do a better job and provide humanity with better solutions and just answers to all our problems. After all, they are simply races who have depleted their own worlds and are now forced to travel the galaxy to find the resources they need.
Why Not Travel the Galaxy and Set Up House-Keeping on a New and Pristine World?
We actually have the opportunity to choose to unite and find ways to live sustainably on our own world. Elon Musk aside, there are no worlds such as ours waiting to be discovered. Worlds like ours are gems in the universe and are already inhabited by races that would not take kindly to our planting a flag on them.
Make no mistake about it, our halcyon days of aloneness are over. We will now have to deal with the reality of living among billions of worlds with races unlike our own, races that know how rare and valuable our planet is. But, if humanity can see this for the opportunity that it is, we can enter this ‘brave, new Greater Community of worlds’ ready to learn what is needed to become responsible and contributing citizens of our own precious world and the Greater Community.
Will You Accept This Brave, New Challenge?
Many will want to say NO to this opportunity but it is here–ready or not. And those who step forward to learn of it and engage with it will be the inheritors of tomorrow. Let us step out to meet this new challenge. Our old set of problems are far too small for mature human beings. We must outgrow them. We need ‘greater problems’ that will encourage our evolutionary development as a race. It is essential if we want to survive this great turning point that we are facing.
All quotations on this are from Wisdom from the Greater Community Vol.I, Chapter 3, Greater Community, by Marshall Vian Summers. Read more about the expansive perspective of the Greater Community in these volumes also by Marshall Summers.