Tonight I had an epiphany of understanding, and it came from an unexpected source: television. I was watching the PBS Evening News and they had an article on Hans Rosling accepting an award from a major and very elite philanthropic organization. I’d never heard of him. He gave one of his well-honed talks. It lit me on fire. So, of course, I did what I normally do . . .went on the hunt for more.
I’ve spent my evening going through a series of TED videos on YouTube on various talks he’s given at conferences over several years.
All are worth watching and vary from 10 to 20 minutes. He’s a statistician who has created software to animate and make statistics interesting and understandable to anyone. But, most importantly, he’s taken historical publicly available data and made it relevant about a world that is changing far more rapidly than any of us have kept pace with. It altered my belief systems about population, income, health, and life expectancy — changes that have been occurring over the past 150 years, but most especially since 1960.
I’ve not been able to validate Michael’s reiterations about the world moving into a Mature Soul Age as I’ve been hung up in old data, old images, and paradigms about East versus West or to use the language of the past 50 years — developed versus undeveloped nations. Rosling admits that he started from the same place, but it was through statistics about what has really been happening that changed his worldview. If you only watch one of the videos, start with the first one. His data proves that almost none of the political rhetoric that we’ve been employing is valid.
Birth rates have been radically dropping since 1960, even though there has been population growth overall. They have been dropping worldwide in all places, except for most of Africa. Child survival rates have increased dramatically — in fact, he’s drawing the correlation that birth rates are tied to survival rates. He believes that trends are well in place throughout most of the world for rising income, rising survival rates, increased longevity, to actually achieve maximum population of about 9 billion people, then universal stable birth/survival rates, and then declining population at about 2048.
It’s easy for us to focus on places such as Afghanistan, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Haiti to draw a worldview of ALL backward and poverty-ridden countries and assume that this is true for all but the “West.” Watch the video on Asia’s rise to get a better understanding of huge changes that have been underway since 1947.
Michael students have a tendency to gloss over the importance of younger soul ages and just how much vitality they can have. Let’s face it, we tend to be Soul Age snobs. Another thing we tend to gloss over is the fact that Young Souls progressively move past rigid ideologies. They become highly competitive, independent, and willing to explore beyond the boundaries of tradition. They are movers and shakers. Mature souls may become more community and relationship oriented, but they keep a lot of the paradigms that drive Young Souls, but with more “heart.”
The world is not as backwards and poverty-riddled as it once was. Change has been occurring, and it’s been occurring far more rapidly than anyone has realized. I can now see that it’s quite possible that we are moving into a Mature Soul world that will continue to evolve. It simply won’t be based on old data and belief systems.