How can my child be happy in the future landfill of a world, stripped of all resources? Am I willing to subject them to future suffering, increase in natural disasters and unclean air to breathe? Will my children be able to achieve their very best, live happily or live comfortably? Which ideas will ignite the fires of inspiration for them? And what do we need to do for that to happen?
The world has become more transparent; lying to yourself and the world is becoming more and more uncomfortable and unsustainable. Even giants like Volkswagen, get instantly caught in their lies when they lower emission figures and their shares crash.
This New Sincerity in the world prompts us to be authentic, instead of simply trying to look good.
I believe that there will be demand for more honest ideas, companies and relationships than the ones we have today. And I want to hope that our children will be more sincere, and our world will be more sincere with-them. In many ways, this is already happening.
Our civilization no longer has any gurus, and every human being searches for their own answers, every day. The issues that we face become more and more urgent every day too.
This is true even for a serene Buddhist who seeks inner peace, and is used to viewing what is going on without becoming affected-by-it or having to label things one way or another.
Because if I am a serene Buddhist (as much as I seek to become one), how can I distance myself from such facts as, say, garbage floating by in the river?
My meditative contemplation of industrial waste and non-judgemental attitude to carcinogenic substances that we increasingly breathe in – don’t all these things matter to me?