On the day of writing it is 26th Feb 2020.
The Covid-19 virus continues to cause concern around the world with the following map looking like something out of horror movie.
Where am I going with this?
A few months ago I listened to a wonderful podcast between Deepak Chopra and the first Iranian female astronaut to work on the international space station, Anousheh Ansari. What struck me the most about this conversation was when Anousheh looked back at the Earth from space, she realised that there are no borders.
There is no separation. All land rights, country borders, passport controls, grades on a piece of paper are thought-created by humans. We are one connected, interdependent system on which all life relies.
Now, I am not saying this is bad in and of itself. It has clearly helped us evolve as a singular human race, that we have some outline structure and guidelines on how to behave and co-exist, BUT, have we gone too far? The power and plight of this wonderful blue orb on which we live sits in too few people’s hands. Those with the most money and the most opportune societal positioning generally.
The Covid-19 outbreak that we are currently experiencing is yet another reminder that the Earth has zero borders. People in China, The US, Europe, India, Australia all have confirmed cases. I am hopeful that our clever R&D chemists around the world will find a vaccine quick-smart, however, when will we, as a single connected human race, learn that the money we stash in our bank accounts and the division that we reinforce, consciously or unconsciously, is serving nobody in the end.
What if we somehow shifted the paradigm from borders, division and separation to collective activism, connection and true collaboration? What if the only comparison we made was the healthy stretched competition to find vaccines for global challenges such as Covid-19, solutions to climate change or to revert the risk of extinction to animal species?
This is not a pipedream.
Universal Basic Income
One such intervention which could systemically shift us, realistically and positively towards a more unified, collective global culture of humanity and away from division and separation, is UBI.
Scott Santens has been living on UBI for some time and kindly joined me on the Value through Vulnerability podcast way back om episode 17. A system that would correct the myriad of dysfunctional social security systems into a monthly payment that everybody receives, literally everybody, and offers everybody the chance to say no to crap jobs ‘just to get by’!
I know there is a lot to do. This is not a quick fix.
However, I truly and deeply believe that the consciousness shift, the mass awakening that we are all experiencing and seeing right across the world right now, is a reaction, in part, to the separation of our singular human race that has persisted for too long.
I would love to know what comes for you, what you would challenge what you would add and what you think.
PS – my clarity and passion behind this post comes from a very recent conversation with regeneration expert Laura Storm below ⤵︎