The idea of living forever has been the focus of many movies like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and movies such as the Twilight series.
While fantasy is one way of embracing a future, one of the greatest struggles for the human race has been around religious beliefs around what lies beyond. Most Australians believe in a higher power and pray, but in our materialistic world those beliefs are frequently discarded as the confusion of middle age hits.
One of the great tragedies is when “we” as a society fail to recognise the one thing that makes us human, the capacity to believe in a God. Animals while being intelligent have not yet developed the ability to beliefs or faith in a greater being. These higher cognitive abilities have unfortunately unleashed terrible events and led to groups fighting others in primitive societies. Steve McIntosh discusses this in his model in his book discussing the evolution of society. In his model, religious beliefs drive more primitive societies to develop identity and evolve. Defining “who” we are is as important as “what” we believe, the two being intertwined.
Dr James Flynn documented the rapid rise in IQ during the twentieth century and psychologists have been scrambling to make IQ tests more difficult to keep up with the increased cognitive ability. New IQ tests are needed in the Western world about every 15 years because the increase in ability. This increased awareness or consciousness is also driving new thinking if every generation is more knowledgeable than the previous one! Young people these days have so much information at their finger tips but not necessarily the wisdom to know what to do with it. In 50 years from now society will evolve because of this phenomena and how we think about our life and immorality will also change.
What will change?
I believe that too many of us in our drive for materialistic wealth and swapping a dollar for time, have mistakenly believed that religion was not a part of an evolved society. The integral (evolved) society, I believe, is about the return to integrating spiritual beliefs in our ways of living the human life and developing a global consciousness. The belief that there is a greater life beyond and it is THE destiny with this being a leg or first leg in the journey. For most religions this means that the contributions made in a lifetime are rewarded and the benefits are not just a fantasy but become societies reality.
If we start with challenging ourselves about “what” will be in this evolved society we don’t need the movies to help. I believe each one of us has a picture of what is beautiful, ideal and worth becoming in the later half of our life journey. We all have something valuable to contribute to make this world a better place. The question is “How” are you doing that today?