With the evolution of consciousness comes wisdom.
Wisdom is to see much more deeply into our future while utilizing the past as a reference for what has and has not worked. And with conviction and compassion take up our role to create wellbeing futures for everyone.
Wellbeing is and has always been about creating good futures.
How do we make wellbeing a greater priority in our personal lives and on a community scale in the planning and thinking for society itself?
The ability to investigate the future and see further than today; to look at our future with not simply the desire to accumulate material and financial security, but to create a good wellbeing life for ourselves, our families and our communities.
How do we think and be present enough to reflect on whether we are creating a better future life or are we simply repeating yesterday, hoping that something will be different in the future?
It’s estimated that we repeat more than 80% of our thoughts from the previous day and that 90% of those thoughts are mildly anxious.
We wake up every day and are captured by the urgency of today’s emails, demands, dramas. We don’t have the mental space or our most valuable asset – time – to think differently.
We spend most of our energy looking in the rear vision mirror of our life.
How do we create time to plan and manage a future for a good life for ourselves and others?
Openness to change is difficult if we are repeating 80% of our thoughts from yesterday because we have an unconscious bias to the past.
Wisdom addresses important and difficult questions; about our conduct and strategies; about the meaning of life.
The ability to create a good future for ourselves and others requires us to think deeply and pragmatically of life and address it with a balance of character and virtue.
The ability to question the current way we do things is wise as we have discovered that what we thought was a good future, in many cases, was not.
When wisdom is about doubt and questioning to find a better solution, then it is challenging old paradigms because wisdom is wise enough to not simply repeat the past. Doubt, questioning and being unsure about the future is also a positive characteristic of wisdom.
With progress comes new learning and adaptation as a progressive evolution of humanity.
Yet real wisdom requires a higher level of consciousness or we can say – requires temporal brain functioning that can operate beyond self-interest and plan, manage and review knowledge and science while using it for the good of us all in society.
We can look at the current state of the world regarding technology and government to see this.
In regards to technology, on reflection, we did not foresee the impact that technology created (through an incredible degree of intelligence) a society that is permanently switched on – which is itself a challenge to individual and societal wellbeing.
The productivity commissions announced that mental health is costing the country a startling 500 million dollars a day.
If mental health is costing $500 million a day, then it may be that we are not wisely putting enough attention on the human understanding of wellbeing.
When teenage suicide, the drug debate, depression- all part of a problem in society that has many complexities and difficulties, it’s easy to drop it in the ‘too hard’ basket and we keep doing what we have always done.
When society is truly confronted with such issues where the answers are not so simple, where the results are not so clear, and when the old ways of dealing with them just don’t work, in fact, on deep reflection, they never worked, but we still support them- why?
The time and energy policing against drugs is in itself a failure and will never succeed. It only ensures that those with the least wisdom, intelligence and virtue, thrive on the reality that anything illegal can make a big margin – if it was legal, they would not be able to profit on suffering. “Follow the Scream” is a worthwhile read on this subject.
Is privatizing the prison system and making it another economically beneficial corporate profit-making opportunity worthwhile? The question of profit vs rehabilitation will, of course, be a non-debate. Investing in rehabilitation for offenders? The real question is not punishment or suffering or how long the term- all those may be correct, but are the offenders changed to a better human -wiser and more capable of managing themselves and less a burden on release to society? The answer of course you know.
When our lives and our society are reliant on key decision-makers – how much are they able to see beyond their present and to have the level of wisdom to transcend old ways of repeating how things are done, to be open to new solutions that provide positive change in the future?
There is and always will be a competing short-term demand for governments to spend money in short term issues that are fulfilling electorates and their own need for gaining favour.
But, are we wise enough to tackle issues in society that are not glamorous and attract attention?
Today there are urgent wellbeing issues we are dealing with. Is this simply an old problem or are we dealing with the old problem in the same way?
The urgent is a result of the past ignoring the need to plan, manage and create wellbeing futures as we create financial and material progress.
Wisdom is a by-product of the evolution of our self. So I suppose when we look out into the world and cringe at debates where people with all certainty claim they are right and others are wrong, we can only reflect on ourselves and realise that if we want the world to change, we must have the ongoing capacity to look inside ourselves and see the darkness that needs to be removed within us. We need to understand that for the world to change, we must continue to change our own self.