Albert Einstein wrote: “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything
except our ways of thinking. Thus we are drifting toward a catastrophe
beyond comparison. We shall require a substantially new manner of
thinking, if mankind is to survive.”
A substantially new manner of thinking—we should underscore Einstein’s
words. They suggest that any approach that relies on old formulas
for solving the world predicament probably need to be scrapped. A substantially
new manner of thinking? Einstein has remarked on the importance of
imagination in solving the great problems by stepping outside
the box of our usual assumptions.
In Edward Thompson’s Letter to America, we read: “Nothing less
than a world-wide spiritual revulsion against the Satanic Kingdom
would give us any chance of bringing the military riders down.” The
“new manner” needs to be conceived in terms of a spiritual revolution.
Einstein and Thompson seem to me right and being right here points
to the greatness of the challenge. It’s no small thing to outgrow one’s
worldview and launch a revolution of consciousness. Something
very jarring needs to happen.
In a short play by Luigi Pirandello, The Man With A Flower In His
Mouth, a man emerges from a doctor’s office with a fatal diagnosis. Possessed
by this knowledge of impending death, the world lights up for
him, the smallest things swell with significance; he lingers over every
detail; the doomed man’s awareness changes radically, and he undergoes
a brilliant conversion of consciousness.
The question is whether ours is a world with a flower in its mouth.
Like the man in Pirandello’s play, will we wake up in time and see all life
in a new enlightened way?
(From The Final Choice: Death or Enlightenment? Available on Amazon or from the publisher, White Crow Books)
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