Something unique about people anywhere, everywhere, is that we are creators. We make things that have not existed, from things that are here with us. It's far more than being a "tool maker".
For the past 200 years 'our kind' has been going through a huge eruption of creative inventiveness and making. When we make new things, or adaptations of new things, or old things renewed, we are indeed creating something the world has never seen before. Its been quite a frothy time.
Interestingly, so called "primative peoples" were very concerned about what would happen if they created something new or did something differently. Tribal groups would deliberate communally about making changes to their way of doing things. There was concern about offending the invisible world around them. So, usually change occurred very slowly. And if a change was made and there was a "bad sign" following, it was taken as a veto, so to speak, by the invisible realm.
In contrast, today we have little to no concern for the impact of changes. We are not at all concerned about how new things may effect us spiritually, psychicly or socially. Most changes are driven almost purely for the sake of making Money or making Power. If the Money (or Power) is there, then we do it. This has led to things like atomic weapons and geneticly modified (GMO) plants that produce their own internal insecticides or even terminate their own seed, etc. The changes to whole societies has been quite drastic and continues to be so.
I am hoping that we will learn to be a bit more responsible about what we are doing. Freedom must be balanced with responsibility for what we make and what we do with it. Money and Power probably are not very good guides for our long journey together.
My concern is that we have lost most of any sense of humility about our limitations of wisdom or understanding. One could also say that we have become very arrogant and proud, when we really have no evidence for such a high opinion of ourselves.
Quite unfortunately the Proverb, "Pride comes before a fall." may end up how we get our re-training in humility. Hopefully the lessons will not be too painful or long lasting.
Allen Pollock, ( Owner of Gentle Breeze Farm, LLC located in Windham, Maine )
Gentle ponderings & ruminations on life and living