This is the end of a brief series of posts on, “This Is The End” where I explored the passing of things near and dear to our society. I thank you for your “likes” and comments. This last piece will focus on the future.
It is said that the only thing that is constant is change, and for many of us change can be frightening.
However, change is important for us if we’re to grow as a species.
Despite the potential problems noted in the previous posts in this series, I do have hope if we act consciously and act now.
First, we need to cut down on our energy consumption while we have the time. We need to quit being an exclusively car culture and embrace non-petrol means of transportation. We also need to improve our rail and public transportation systems. It’s time to also look at alternative means of energy while we can. Our current carbon-based energy use is killing the planet and our economies. We can utilize Earth-friendly means to power our homes and public transit (if we are willing).
Second, we need to grow an “organic” economy-a people-centered system that is based on win-win cooperation, than the current win-lose competitive style. One that focuses on Main Street rather than Wall Street. It’s time to eject the lie called “the American Dream” and its attendant illusions of home ownership, suburbia, and mass consumption. We can take the monies wasted on exurban developments and invest in our urban areas; also create community spaces in our existing suburbs where actual community and cultural events can take place. We also can democratize our cities and towns where diverse populations can live in integrated places and spaces. We need to tame our expanding malls and box stores that are becoming economic and land parasites as well. We can take back lands that have been taken for these “developments” and (hopefully) and put them to people use. We also need to create meaningful work which pay a living wage and people can take pride in.
Third, free Christianity from its cultural and political shackles. Jesus calls us to be salt and light-to be free from our egoistic self-serving ways. We need to welcome and engage those we’ve marginalized too long, with misapplying Scripture. Christianity must be relevant to today by opening dialogues with Evolution, Atheism, Freethought, GLBTQs, and other faith traditions. The Church today cannot afford to be an ecclesiastical social club, but to be a place for all people as Jesus stated in the Gospels. Plus, the church must engage the issues of our day: global warming, peak oil, the economy, global changes with the same spirit Jesus had instead of some political mandate.
Fourth, time to dump “Ozzie and Harriet.” New, non-traditional gender and family roles will not endanger civilization. If a woman wants to be the breadwinner while her husband desires to be a stay at home dad, let’s not penalize them. I know working women who have it more together than some housewives; while there are stay-at-home dads who are more manly than some executives. We also need to embrace Gay and Lesbian families just as we do heterosexual ones. We need to welcome single-parent families, and non-traditional family dynamics. Extended families need to comeback as well. Even non-traditional marriages need to be recognized.
And last, America needs to be the leader in the new. Its days of being an economic and military superpower are coming to a fast end. America needs to step back and take a long and pensive look at itself. We need new leadership that’s in touch with We The People, and not just the wealthy. We need to become innovators in community-based ideals that can spur a new and human economy. We need to quit trying to dominate the world with antiquated notions of “exceptionalism” and “Manifest Destiny”; and begin to engage the world if we want to be considered relevant and in step with a changing world. America can be the new leader in social change for good.
This would definitely be the end of the world as we know it. However, it would also be the start of a new-and one day-better world for us all.
God gave us the power, so ultimately it’s up to us.