There is Something Extraordinary Happening in the World

By Gustavo Tanaka on Saturday October 31st, 2015

Everything is changing, have you noticed?

A few months ago, I freed myself from society, I’ve released myself from the attachments I had and fear that locked me to the system. And since then, I started seeing the world from a different perspective. The perspective that everything is changing and most of us have not even realized that.

Why is the world changing?

In this post I’ll list the reasons that lead me to believe this.

1. No one can stand the employment model anymore

Each one is reaching their own limit. People who work in big corporations can’t handle their jobs. The lack of purpose starts to knock on the door of everyone, as a desperate scream coming from the heart.

People want to escape. They want to leave everything behind. Look how many people are trying to become entrepreneurs; how many people are going on sabbaticals; how many people are depressed in their jobs; how many people are in burnout.

How many people are depressed in their jobs; how many people are in burnout?

2. The entrepreneurship model is also changing

A few years ago, with the explosion of the startups – thousands of entrepreneurs ran to their garages to create their billion dollar ideas. The glory was to get funded by an investor. Investor’s money in the hand was just like winning the World Cup.

But what happens after you get funded?

You become an employee again. You have involved people who are not aligned with your dream, that don’t give a damn about the purpose and everything turns into money. The financial return starts to be the main driver.

Many people are suffering with this. Brilliant startups start to fall because the model of chasing money never ends.
We need a new model of entrepreneurship. And there are already many good people doing this.

The rise of collaboration

3. The rise of collaboration

Many people have already realized that it makes no sense to go alone. Many people awaken to the craziness of the mentality of “going on your own”.

Stop, take a step back and think. Isn’t it absurd that we, 7 billion people living in the same planet get so separated from each other? What sense does it make, you and the thousands (or millions) of people living in the same city, turning your back to each other? Every time I get myself thinking about that, I get kind of depressed.

But fortunately, things are changing. All the movements of sharing and collaborative economy are pointing towards this direction. The rise of collaboration, sharing, helping, giving hands, getting united.

It is beautiful. It brings tears to my eyes.

4. We are finally starting to understand what the internet is

The internet is an incredibly spectacular thing and only now, after so many years are we are understanding it’s power.

With the internet, the world opens, the barriers fall, separation ends, union starts, collaboration explodes, help emerges.

Some nations make revolutions happen with the internet, such as the Arab Spring. In Brazil we are just starting to use better this magnificent tool.

The internet is taking down mass control. There is no more television, no more are there just a few newspapers printing the news they want us to read. You can follow whatever you want, you relate to whoever you want. You can explore whatever you want, whenever you want.

With the internet, the small starts to get a voice. The anonymous become known. The world gets united. And the system may fall.

Sorry for the inconvenience
Sorry for the inconvenience, we are trying to change the world

5. The fall of exaggerated consumption

For many years we have been manipulated, stimulated to consume as maniacs. To buy everything that was launched in the market. To have the newest car, the latest iPhone, the best brands, lots of clothes, lots of shoes, lots of lots, lots of everything.

But many people have already understood that it makes no sense at all. Movements such as the lowsumerism, slow life and slow food start to show us that we have organized ourselves in the most absurd  way possible.

Each time less people use cars, less people buy a lot, each time more people trade clothes, donate, buy old things, share goods, share cars, apartments, offices – we contribute to this movement.

We need nothing of what they told us we needed.

And this consciousness can break any corporation that depends on exaggerated consumption.

Organic eating
Waking up and eating healthy, organic food

6. Healthy and organic eating

We were so crazy that we accepted eating just about any kind of garbage. It only needed to taste good in our mouth, that was enough.
We were so disconnected, that they started to add poison in our food and we didn’t say anything.

But then some guys started to wake up and give strength to the movements of healthy eating and organic consumption.

And this is going to be huge.

But what does that have to do with economy and work? Everything!

The production of food is the basis of our society. The food industry is one of the most important in the world. If consciousness changes, our eating habits also change, and consumption changes, and then the big corporations must follow these changes.

The small farmer is starting to have strength again. Also people who are planting their own food, and that changes the whole economy.

With only the rational mind we cannot understand everything that happens here

7.  The awakening of spirituality

How many friends you have that practice yoga? What about meditation?

How many used to do it ten years ago?

For many years spirituality was a something for the esoteric people. Or those weird people into mysticism.

But fortunately, this is also changing. We got to the limit of our rationality. We could see that with only the rational mind we cannot understand everything that happens here. There is something more happening, and I know you want to understand.

You want to understand how things work here. How life operates, what happens after death, what is this energy thing that people talk about so much, what is quantum physics, how can thoughts become things and create our reality, what are coincidences and synchronicities, why does meditation work, how is it possible to cure with the hands and what about these alternative therapies that medicine does not approve of, but work?

Companies are promoting meditation to their employees. Schools are teaching meditation to kids.

Unschooling kids
Changing the teaching model

8. Unschooling movements

Who created the current teaching model? Who chose the classes you had to take? Who chose the lessons we learned in history classes? Why didn’t they teach us the truth about other ancient civilizations?

Why should the kids obey rules? Why should they watch everything in silence? Why should they wear uniform or take a test to prove what they have learned?

We created a model that forms followers of the system; that prepare people to become ordinary human beings.

But fortunately there are many people working to change that. Movements like unschooling, hackschooling, homeschooling are growing.

Everything is not normal

Maybe you have never thought of any of this and you are shocked with the points I have listed here. But all these things are happening. Silently, people are awakening and realizing how crazy it is to live in this society. Look at all these movements and try to think that everything is normal. I don’t think it is. There is something extraordinary happening.

FEATURE IMAGE: Still from a video of Om the Dome in Austin Texas, by Jefe Greenheart

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Words By Gustavo Tanaka

Originally posted on Medium




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20 Responses to There is Something Extraordinary Happening in the World

  1. The natural conclusion of the path our capitalist societies are on is more and more automation of jobs thanks to technological innovation. That (eventually) results in a higher living standard for everyone, cheaper and more efficient energy, and pretty much a guaranteed basic income while people focus on creativity, innovation and spirituality. Unless we are plunged back into war, that future is almost inevitable.

    As long as we aren’t hit by another comet, that is.

    I notice this change in myself and some of my friends too. A decade or two ago, it was unheard of. And I never imagined I would even consider meditation and yoga.

  2. @NicolaGracePage Yes, it’s an exciting grassroots movement. I mentor many entrepreneurs and changemakers around the world who have very exciting missions to be part of this movement towards creating a better, more equitable world. It’s our time to shine.

  3. Very well observed and said!!! there’s a new philosophy gaining momentum that answers these questions/concerns – Ubuntu! the unity of community 🙂 people helping people and following a much more natural way of being – in terms of communities working together, contributing to the higher good for all. Organic. feels right. helping each other.

  4. seeing things as “the cup is half full” is one thing. To declare “my cup runneth over” in a world such as this is… irrational.
    The world is going through a period where boundaries are changing. However, it’s not changing what the consequences are, nor how boundaries are set. It’s running the same model that has always existed. It’s just making new decisions about who the villains are… and in that way, the world has missed the point of revolution entirely.

  5. I really agree with all these points and see these changes in my own thinking and life and in the communities around me. The power in the change is in the parallel ways it which is is manifesting which ultimately are about leading simpler, peaceful and creative lives closer to our Source.

  6. People are and have been fed up with consumerism, materialism, and the shallowness these and other principles have bestowed upon the masses. In the 60s there was a new and different sun rising, ‘peace’, and all that had to be done to spread the movement was to drop-out of society, join an ashram or commune, and then the 100 monkeys theory would reign! The whole world would change along with those who reached a higher state of consciousness. the 1980s showed the relative low-power techniques of the 60s as being greatly over rated. The 90s saw a surge in the popularity of new-age mechanisms to bring about a kind of heaven on earth. For those who stuck with it, the world was changed, especially the world of their bank accounts. To be a Light Worker was to be one of this worlds saviors. But New-Ageists also lost momentum and power–and so humans’ interest. Now, in the second decade of the 21st century we are again promised a utopia if we only believe certain things and practice meditations. With all due respect, the world is a ‘mixed’ place. Please, think of this for a moment: Every thought or action in this world has both positive and negative reactions. The beautiful art of being charitable to people (in verbiage and in action), will have mixed results in time, both good and bad, from any viewpoint. (no room here for examples but I will give them freely if you read me somewhere else.) Life exists in a mixed world, there could be no growth or direction without it. What humans need is a changed vision, one that has a willingness to it, a craving for both the good and bad because they know in their heart of hearts that this world with all its fault contains and utilizes a perfect ecology where everything that exists, exists for everything else. The planet is perfected–even as it seems to be falling to pieces. All is working for all. Each of us is perfect! Each is necessary. A thing or idea which grows from fear of what might happen, like a need to meditate to save the planet, is short-sighted . An idea and a consciousness that can accept all points of view, all consequences, all actions as being necessary frees oneself from wasted, fear-directed energies so that we can open our compassionate eyes to where our energies should be directed: You will be shocked with a level of gratitude so deep just for the acceptance of the “being” you already are blessed with. You might that find gratitude IS the basis of life. Not peace, but gratitude. Peace is an individual’s timeless moment. Gratitude is for all, forever.
    Mine is just another view!

  7. Great thought provoking topics but all these small like minded groups only go round in circles. Changing the world is some way away because we are bonded by societies structure and sadly this will not change in my lifetime.
    Utopia for me is a cashless civilisation where everyone has equal rights to all of what society has to offer. To get these privileges you must participate by using a skill set to benefit society in some way for a defined period each year.
    As it is a cashless society the financial sector would be freed up to utilise there skills in other areas.There would be no cost on innovation and so we could eliminate all things bad for the planet, hence no need for fossil fuels etc. free health for all, free housing for all and every one on the planet gets to eat good healthy food.
    Its nice to dream.

  8. I have considered each and every one of these points and feel it’s no coincidence I woke up out of my sound sleep to read it. Very inspiring and comforting to know that there are others such as myself dissatisfied with society and the way it is run most of time, mainly to make money. At the end of the day though, it’s our health, love, & peace of mind that matter most. Being in line with what you are passionate about. True happiness cannot be bought and if it is, it’s just like a drug, it’s temporary. I would only add that people are also realizing that the system and the way it’s set up with the pharmaceutical industry overprescribing medications which lead to full blown illegal drug habits among most of our people is also coming to light. Then we punish the same people that are sick and hand out felonies which keep our people out of work, in the system and depressed. Thank you for writing this article and reminding me that Im not alone in my quest for a revolution for awareness, information, and enlightenment as appose to living life as someone else is telling you to. Especially in a country such as the U.S. where we are suppose to be the land of the free and the brave.

  9. I know this will sound insane but l will say it anyway. Not trying to be a pest but all problems can be reduced to one sublime influence that destroyed the ancient worlds time and time again. This subtle cause is usury.

    Idealist movements wether the 60s anti war music culture, occupy, liberation theology, liberation sexuality or the new age are all cointellpro lead by the those that finance all wars. Turn off commoditized money and the international gods of this sick world lose all control.

    There is no movement to this effect.

    • The anti-capitalism movement is alive and well. Strangely, you’re calling the best resistances to that system the poison causing it. How twisted.

      • Only those very movements are what lead to distopian societies. Communism being a great example. Socialism is also an example of a failing system. Capitalism still is the best option of out those three, only the capitalism we have now would require a libertarian redesign and reduction of the scale of government intervention to combat big business monopolies. The free market is the best way to deal with corruption and unethical companies.

        Another important factor of capitalism is technological progress. The natural conclusion of the path we’re on is more and more automation of jobs, a higher living standard for everyone, cheaper and more efficient energy, and pretty much a guaranteed basic income while people focus on creativity, innovation and spirituality.

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