“Spontaneous Evolution introduces the notion that a miraculous healing awaits this planet once we accept our new responsibility to collectively tend the Garden rather than fight over the turf. When a critical mass of people truly own this belief in their hearts and minds and actually begin living from this truth, our world will emerge from the darkness in what will amount to a spontaneous evolution.”
This is an excellent audio book since Lipton's speaking style keeps me alert and interested. Early on, I was starting to wonder if this book would produce any novel, imaginative ideas . . . good for the beginner anyway. But the last part was worth it all. Even though it's good to see many of our cherished, albeit corrupt societal ideals knocked down these days, what do we have to replace them? It can be depressing, to say the least . . .
Lipton and Bhaerman solve that existential problem to some extent. They compare the evolution of cells to the evolution of societies. While some of their logic is a tad inconsistent, there's too much truth here to ignore. They compare this current economic age to a reptilian predatory phase, soon to be superseded by a "mammalian" phase which will be marked by greater caring and sharing -- not because it's the "right" thing to do (which maybe it is), but because it makes common survival sense. Cooperation, not competition, is the hallmark of most natural orders, and humanity is just now learning about it and recovering the experiences of past isolated societies that had already known this. So as the "dinosaurs" of competition and corruption come crashing down around us, as the actual dinosaurs did apparently, there is a new potential order to look forward to -- one of realizing that each societal part has an essential purpose. Without all parts, we are incomplete. There IS no "survival of the fittest" in the long run. Just as a cell has limits on its growth, or its outer membrane will burst, no individual parts/members of a society can continue to grow at the expense of the rest.
"Just think about what cancer cells running amuke can do to the body . . . . The similiarity in our society is astonishing."