A New World Order

Human history, as compared to the history of the universe or even Planet Earth, is relatively short. Of course I mean this relatively speaking because for the human mind, 2.5 odd million years is not short by any stretch of imagination!

During this time, human beings have become increasingly more sophisticated until we have become the undisputed rulers of our planet. To get to where we are today, we have undergone many changes as a species. I mean this not only biologically, but also in the sense of how we interact with each other and the planet. There are four main revolutions in the human history. These are the Tool-making Revolution, the Agricultural Revolution, the Industrial Revolution and the Knowledge Revolution. As a result of these revolutions, society, economy and civilization have becomes entirely transformed.

At the beginning of human history, primitive man was a hunter-gatherer using stone tools. At first they probably hunted alone, but as time passed they came together and started hunting in groups, for reasons of safety, efficiency, and maybe even social reasons. When small groups came together, it was inevitable that a leader emerged – leader of the tribe. The next age was the beginning of organized cultivation or agriculture. Agriculture changed human civilization in a way few other things did. It led to food surpluses that could support people in lean periods and those who were not directly engaged in food production. This also meant that larger groups could live together without impacting the land around them and this resulted in the emergence of cities. Cities in turn became hubs for trade and politics and generally more sophisticated civilizations. The notion of the tribal leader remained, though it evolved into the monarchic system with a king as the leader. The power and corruption of kings and courtiers combined with the failure of monarchies eventually led to the emergence of other forms of government.

A new age was dawning with the beginning of the industrial revolution. Several occurrences were beginning to rock human civilization. On the one hand, explorers and traders had discovered new lands and opportunities. This coupled with the Industrial Revolution led to the emergence of first Imperialism and then Capitalism. On the other hand, centuries of oppression of the poor and underprivileged led to the emergence of the Marxist and Communist school of thought. Greed and corruption are common human traits and this became apparent with the not so gradual corrosion of communist regimes in East Europe and the former USSR. Other than Cuba, which is a failing economy, the only country where a form of Communism continues is China. For a while it seemed that Capitalism had triumphed and the free market was here to stay, but in the midst of the new information revolution, multiple recessions in different parts of the world in the last decade has made us wary of Capitalism. As George Bernard Shaw predicted, “Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force.”

The events of 1929 led to the Great Depression for most of the 20th century. The USA was able to emerge from it partly due to good policies but eventually only because of the Second World War in Europe. The current recession is prompting implementation of unconventional policies such as quantitative easing (QE). QE is a monetary policy used by the central bank(s) of a country to stimulate the national economy when conventional policy has become ineffective. A central bank implements QE by buying financial assets from commercial banks and financial institutions, thus creating money and injecting a pre-determined quantity of funds into the economy. QE has been implemented by the United States, the United Kingdom and the EU during the financial crisis of 2007–2012. However, increasing the money supply tends to depreciate a country’s exchange rates as compared to other currencies. This also means that those holding bonds (for example countries such as China) see the value diminishing and this bodes badly for the future, especially for the US as it has seen three rounds of QE in rapid succession – QE1 in 2008, QE2 in 2010 and QE3 in 2012. To compound the problem, the US had moved away from the Gold Standard in 1971 because the then President Nixon needed to fund the Vietnam War. The ‘Fiat Currency’ that it has moved to essentially means that the US Federal Reserve is not obliged to tie the dollar to anything; it can print as much or as little money as it deems appropriate. Obviously this has many positives and negatives; devaluation is one such big negative.

As we struggle with the latest recession across the world, I wonder if we are witnessing emergence of a new order. What the order will be, only time will tell. As I write these words, I am thinking of US President Eisenhower’s farewell speech where he warned the world about the Military-Industrial complex. This refers to the increasingly more intimate relationship between governments and the defense industry leading to the need to ‘create’ wars. We see evidence of it even in India with the latest Helicopter Deal controversy. This apart, people are beginning to rise up and ask for more. Authoritarian governments were shocked by the volume and vehemence of people’s anger during the Arab Spring across the Middle East. The natural world is also mirroring this ‘violence’ – earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, tornadoes and storms are everywhere and more frequent than ever before.

The future is yet to unfold, but most of us see only turmoil and change. In the midst of all this, the Mayan prophecy for 2012 spelt doom for many people. What the Mayan Elders actually meant according to Ricardo Cajas, President of the Collective of Native Organizations, was that “the date did not represent an end of humanity or fulfillment of the catastrophic prophecies, but that the new cycle supposes changes in human consciousness.” The Mayans are not the only ones to talk about such a transformation. According to Dr Sunny Satin, the earth goes through major transformational shifts every few thousands of years, which was always accompanied by a total decimation of existing life forms. Dr Sunny Satin, a renowned and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Past Life Regression Therapist, a Life-between-lives Therapist, a Crystal Therapist, and Bio-Energetics healer. He says, “Planet Earth has been raising its vibrational rate or frequency since 1983, and will complete this transition to a higher level by December 2012… To survive in this New World, each of us must raise our own vibrational rate.”

I have presented two sides of the picture – both the violence and turmoil as well as the opportunity for peace and harmony. For a transformation to really occur, the onus is on us human beings. We hold the power to change our world and create a new Earth where people are equal and respect and harmony are universal…

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