I think what we are experiencing is not directly a massive spiritual shift because of some cosmic event, or preordained prophecy. That doesn’t mean I don’t think there is a massive shift happening however. The perspective I have is that the internet and open, free, instant and global communication. Coupled with ordinary people travelling further and more rapidly than they ever have before. Is having a fundamental and huge impact on how we see both, each other and ourselves.
Science no doubt revolutionised the world when it became the principal driving factor of progress. It still is driving progress forwards there is no doubt in that, I’m not sure it’s the sole cause of drastic change so much as it used to be though. Don’t get me wrong, science and its achievements is to me one of the most wonderful things about our time. I just also value the exchange of ideas that we are seeing.
People seem to be moving away from rigid inflexible organised religion. There are a lot of videos that try to disseminate ideas about spirituality I would agree, but this for me is a healthy result of global communication rather than something resulting from a sudden strong need for spirituality. In the past there were people who controlled what information was seen by the masses; Kings, Queens, Governments, Printing press owners, Owners of broadcast stations and newspapers. With the advent of Youtube, Twitter and many blogging sites. Nearly any person anywhere can publish information to the masses. (I’d heartily recommend anyone who was interested to watch “steal this film” you can get it from any torrent site. It’s freely disseminated there with consent of the authors.)
This for me is because communication channels with eastern society have been opened so massively by the cables delivering internet connectivity between the two societies. The cultural influence on each other is phenomenal, and wonderful in my humble view. To me it’s a normalising influence that will transform our world if it’s allowed to remain free and unfettered. It draws us all closer together making war less and less likely. It means countries can no longer manipulate and control the information so easily, although that won’t stop them and others from trying. “Knowledge is power” is very true. (Can I sneak in a go Wikileaks! here? )
I’ve laced what I think throughout my post here, but to sum it up. I don’t think something inherently spiritual is happening. I think it’s more a societal transformation. There is no more humanising force that will unite all people than global communication and the free and open exchange of ideas. When you are friends with a guy you know in Iran and your government says, “We’re going to go to war with Iran” Things suddenly seem to take on a different perspective. The us and them mentality that drove wars of the past no longer works so well. There will be conflicts as people with different ideals collide with one another, but I strongly believe we must never tear down nor censor that open free space because one person, or a group of people don’t like what another has said. The internet is an infinite place, we can have places that set their own rules. If you don’t like those rules, set up your own place and those who care will follow. If a place has harmful rules then it will die along with the harmful rules, peacefully. I tend to believe all people yearn for freedom, and that yearning will ultimately destroy barriers placed artificially on the global space for idea exchange. Provided of course that place isn’t broken up too much.