This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we know what to do with it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If we know what to do with it.” That seems to be the challenge, doesn’t it? We’re at a point in human history unprecedented in its potential to unify and transform us on a global scale.
And yet …
We don’t seem to know quite what to do with it.
What happens to compassion when we are at once so connected that we can witness injustice or inequality or exploitation anywhere in the world as it happens; and yet so disconnected that we can shut everyone and everything out with the flick of a switch?
How can this be a “good time” when so much that is not good exists?
It’s at times like these when we need to look to the underlying commonalities that bind us to help us to find the way forward. And the most fundamental commonality, the one that underlies everything else, is the Principle of Mutuality.
Mutuality doesn’t provide us with pat answers to the questions that are confronting us. Instead, it gives us a model on which to find new answers that fit the new circumstances that we find ourselves in.
That model, to treat others as we would be treated, is as suited to a time of global community as it was to one of tribal community. It can make this time, like all times, a good one.
If we know what to do with it.
If we let it.