All eyes these days are on climate change. Climate change is of course the huge challenge of our times. This in turn creates other challenges, such as people migrations north to escape arid and hot, unsettled or flood prone areas; agricultural quandaries like longer drought periods or overabundance of precipitation, and more erratic weather patterns in general; but also shifts of growing zones, and with it for example wine growing regions moving further north, or the reduction and extinction of species. We could go on.
With science currently being our God, we still focus on technology to fix all our problems, but we are hitting a glass ceiling. The medical sciences don’t understand many of our current afflictions, hence cannot heal them. Agriculture becomes ever more technology oriented with its last ditch efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, and having to feed a still growing world population, by using ever more pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and genetic modification technology, which is making us and the environment sick.
Let’s face it. Technology is helpless when it comes to something as huge as climate change. Author Charles Eisenstein has reframed the whole climate quandary in his Climate: A New Story, and zooms out to recalibrate our outlook on a bigger issue yet, that of our disconnection from nature in general, the disassociation of ourselves from consciousness, and the need to recognize ourselves as spiritual beings in a physical body. Even the atheist visionary historian and author Yuval Noah Harari leaves the door open to a solution beyond algorithms and technology in the final conclusion, and the final words, of his recent book Homo Deus . He asks, ”Are organisms really just algorithms, and is life really just data processing? What’s more valuable – intelligence or consciousness?”
Sometimes we need to zoom out to see an issue in a completely different light. Already Einstein is purported to have said that you cannot solve a problem from within the same paradigm that created it.