Einstein was not only a math genius; he had tremendous insight into the everyday problems of our lives and our world as well, insight so brilliant that it can show us where to find the answers to a huge number of our problems:
Significant problems cannot be solved
on the same level of thinking
that created the problems.
— Albert Einstein
What is the level of thinking that has caused most of our problems? It’s the dominator model, to use the term coined by Riane Eisler, the human behavior that has been firmly entrenched around the world for the past 3,000 years or so. It’s a level of consciousness focused on exploitation, built on a need to attempt to control others. It is a level of thinking that is based on fear, the result of a set of deep underlying beliefs that the world is a hostile, difficult place and you have to fight for survival against enemies all around.
This level of consciousness creates endless problems, anger, resentment, and hostility, and all too often leads to violence, which of course leads to more violence. And, unless people break it by rising to a higher level of thinking and acting, we’re trapped in an endless cycle of violence against one another.
Riane Eisler puts it very clearly and succinctly in her two great books, The Chalice and the Blade and The Power of Partnership: Our problems have been caused by the entrenched model of domination and exploitation, and the solution to our problems can only be found on a higher level of thinking, a higher level of consciousness — the partnership model, focused on solving problems creatively with compassion and respect for everyone, respect for all life. This level of consciousness is based on love.
Anger will not help solve our problems; anger creates problems. Demonizing others will not help solve our problems; demonizing others causes problems.
Any action or reaction that comes out of fear creates more problems than it solves. Any decision made while in fear is inevitably a bad decision.
The solution to our problems is not all that difficult to understand, though implementing it is a great challenge, because it involves changing our perceptions of ourselves and our world.
We can find the solution only by moving into a higher level of consciousness, a higher level of thinking, based on love and respect rather than fear and a need to control. We can find the solution only by creating partnerships in which everyone is valued and gets what they need and deserve.
Jesus gave us the solution in wonderfully simple words: Love one another, as I have loved you.
Ramana Maharshi, one of the greatest teachers in India in the last century, summed it all up with these words: The end of all wisdom is love, love, love.
It’s that simple. Love one another: That’s the key to the solution of our problems. When we treat all others with love and respect, when we feel compassion for all of humanity, we can find the solutions to the great global problems we face.
Everyone deserves life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That means no one has the right to dominate or control others. The extremely wealthy 1 percent — and the rest of us — all need to work in partnership with each other, sharing whatever fortune we have with all of humanity.
It does no good for the 99 percent to demonize the 1 percent. It does no good to demonize anyone. It is time to offer our hands to each other and find out how we can work together.
There is no shortage of the resources we need to solve our problems; we have a great abundance of resources and technologies and creative ideas. The great visionary Buckminster Fuller realized this many decades ago. He said back in the ‘60s that we have the technology and the capability to house, feed, educate, and improve the standard of living of everyone on this planet.
Every one of us can do something to make this world a better place — a world that works for all. The great work ahead of us is replacing domination and exploitation with partnership, replacing anger and fear with respect, compassion, and loving kindness.
After all, we’re all in this together. We’re one great big dysfunctional family — the family of humanity — and it’s time to learn how to live together without killing each other.
It’s time to learn how to live in peace.
— Marc Allen
Marc Allen is a renowned author, composer, and speaker. On the day he turned thirty, Marc cofounded New World Library with Shakti Gawain, and as the company's president and publisher, he has guided it from a small start-up operation with no capital to become one of the leading publishers in its field. He has written numerous books, including The Greatest Secret of All, Visionary Business, The Millionaire Course, and The Type-Z Guide to Success. He has also recorded several albums of music, including Awakening, Breathe, and Solo Flight. He is a popular speaker and seminar leader based in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more about Marc, including his free monthly teleseminars, see www.MarcAllen.com.