In this conversation we are exploring more deeply the perception that humanity can be seen as a collective body or organism sharing a unified consciousness. But how did this feeling of a higher human integration first emerge?
As we follow the trace of human history over the past epoch, or several thousand years, there are clear lines of development and growth where the appreciation for the value of individual human lives was a driving force. We can also see the later rise of a different impulse or intelligence that enabled humans to collaborate and work together, and create great cities, commerce and institutions.
An integrated consciousness is made possible by the willingness of individual humans to move beyond the need to
identify with old political and social structures that see people as separate from the greater whole. But it can be a challenge to let go of the cultural formations and attitudes grown up over such a long period of human development and civilization. But in doing so we realize the larger opportunity is for each individual to play an even bigger role in co-creating humanity’s future.
I've realized I have a significant responsibility to choose wisely because the choices I make contribute much more. Awareness is infinitely powerful and contributes much more than one in approximately 8 billion humans. It's not like what I do is a tiny fraction of human activity. The decisions I make aren't to puff myself up. This will be true of all of us as we dial into this awareness, having a seemingly outsize contribution to which way humanity goes.