HOMO ERECTUS – Reconstructed head of a Homo erectus female at the Smihtsonian Museum. By reconstruction by John Gurche; photographed by Tim Evanson [CC-BY-SA-2.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons – CUEVA MANOS – By Mariano (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons – INSCRIPTION OF XERXES – John Hill [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons – Space Shuttle: NASA
Humankind was very successful in the last couple of centuries. Human beings have been going through a lot of transitions and changes. The documentaries of Mankind – The story of all of us show these efforts of our species and set them once more into motion. It is amazing to watch how we’ve achieved progress within all the challenges we had to face at the same time.
There is not much evidence of the beauty of our race in mass media. Consumerism, entertainment and sex are the driving forces of our behaviour. This has been part of being human in all our history. Still there are glimpses of a force that shines through all the machinery of reports, social media and capital – a force of nature – evolution.
If we investigate more closely we may find out that we are unable to not deal with this force. It might be the power that keeps the cosmos running for billion of years. It’s a consciousness that enables us to perceive and experience in a dual world. Never before this power was more evident than nowadays. All kinds of crisis that are challenging us are waking us up to start developing and evolving once more. Life doesn’t stop where we are at. Life demands. There should be even more growth – but not in the way we thought we should practice it.
Scientists gave this new age a name. They speak of the Anthropocene: the age of mankind. The main difference between former epochs is that we can’t pretend that human beings are not effecting the biosphere and all life on planet earth.
There are thousands of networks everywhere on the planet that are engaging in changing the behaviour of human species. There are shops to exchange clothes for no money, permaculture initiatives, transitions town movements, ecovillages and communities. Pioneers and Visionaries believe that there is a need for a new consciousness to tackle all the problems of moderne civilisation and to shift our awareness from an old paradigm into a new worldview.