The Power of Nature in 2112

Futurists describe an optimistic but attainable vision of the future where we learn to live as one with the earth.


| November/December 2012



Glass Pyramid

We must respect nature, we must respect life, and we must respect ourselves and each other. We must strive to develop and expand our inner and outer capacity for living in ways that are consistent with all life, and the realization that everything is connected with everything else.

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In 2112 we live in a world transformed by the power of nature. You will be surprised at how much human life has changed. Consensus councils politics, sharing for business, and meaningful living in “co-naturality.” And you will understand that all this is the result of deep changes in the way we perceive ourselves and Mother Earth. But you will recognize the impulse within yourself.

We as living beings are nature and therefore the power of nature is also the power of us. The power to change. The power to redefine ourselves and conceive nature and humans as one. This is the story of how we changed the world by changing the understanding of ourselves and by remembering what it is like to be one with nature.

 

The mindset that drives the “Power of Nature” has in a sense always been present insofar as humans have always been part of nature and been able to recognize this. But the powerful activation and unfolding of it in the 21st century had its roots in currents, movements, and thought that first began to arise around 1970. These came both as a culmination of an era of unprecedented material progress and at the same time as a reaction against it.

E.F. Schumacher’s book Small is Beautiful was emblematic of the new agenda as were the movements his ideas helped create. It was a rejection of a way of life that was based on a mindless materialism oblivious to nature and its boundaries, and founded on the creation of large-scale systems, bureaucracies, governments, corporations and mass society. A model of economic development that seemed to satisfy material needs, but in fact perpetuates itself by constantly creating new artificial needs. The eternal race for growth in material prosperity increasingly came at the cost of alienating us from nature, from each other and from our basic, deeper, spiritual, and more authentic needs and potential. Throw-away consumerism and economic growth were not making people happy. The fact that this was not sustainable was a big problem, but the roots of the problem ultimately lay with ourselves.

It triggered a broad search for new ways of connecting with inner as well as outer sources of meaning. It was not a question of just making it, possibly surviving by scaling back our standard of living, and/or by way of technological development. We wanted to experience the richness of being.