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Where are We? Spiritual, Psychological and Emotional Impact Those of us in the modern world have had access to more money, more food, more comfort, more entertainment, more travel, and more communication than any people who have ever lived. But has all this made us happier? The modern consumer society is a model that is leading us towards catastrophe on all aspects. The world today is in crisis. Economic crisis, financial crisis, energy crisis. Crisis of meaning. There is a great loneliness of spirit today. We're trying to cope in the face of what seems to be overwhelming evidence that who we are doesn't matter. Meanwhile, we're yearning for connection. With each other, with ourselves, with the powers of nature, the possibilities of being alive. When that tension arises, we feel pain, and then we cover that over with anything that we can use to disconnect - and go away. The problem is that we have created artificial neccesities that make us consume much more than what we need to live. The reason that people are into this mass consumption nightmare dream is because people are lonely, and people are hurt, and people really believe that more income, more stuff, more consumption, more things - the relationship with things - will fix the hunger in the human heart, and it will never work. This is not the best of all possible worlds, even though it appears that way on TV and advertisements. I think people in their most poignant and honest moments will admit that this is really hard right now. For everybody. The idea that material gain leads to personal fulfillment has been demonstrated not to be the case. Although incomes have skyrocketed in economically-advanced countries, study after study has shown that levels of reported happines have remained the same or even declined. For people of my generation who are just coming into their experience of despair as the details of what's happening around the globe become clearer and begin to click into place, there is no language for us quite yet. I think it must be unprecedented on an individual level, on a human level, that we are facing that kind of loss. The anguish we feel for what is happening to our world is inevitable and normal and even healthy. Pain is very useful. Just don't be afraid of it. Because if we are afraid to feel that, we won't feel where it comes from, and where it comes from is love, our love for this world. That what is going to pull us through. There's a possibility of embracing that pain and that grief in a way that it becomes a strength, a power to respond. That the energy that has been bound in the repression of it, can now flow through us and energize us - make us clearer, more alive, more passionate, committed, courageous, determined people.

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Duration: 4 minutes and 20 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Views: 907
Posted by: pachasherilyn on Feb 8, 2010

ATD V-2 Video #5: "Where Are We? Spiritual, Psychological, and Emotional Impact"

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