‘The Future of Humanity’ is a small text which captures the conversation between the philosopher J. Krishamurti and the physicist David Bohm.
The text concludes that humankind’s biggest problem is the human thought process itself. This process creates unnecessary separations between people, denying each other their deeper humanity.
When people see the story behind a tense situation or difficult to understand behavior, when they see the humanness in another person – they develop compassion that often leads to revolutionary change.
The knowledge of our shared humanity is what allows us to transcend cultures, nations and organizations.
For example, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever admitted that the inspiration for his company’s ten year Sustainable Living Plan – itself a revolution in the way large corporations work in the world – “came from looking into his children’s eyes and recognizing he would be failing them if he did not do all he could to ensure their future wellbeing”.
Our hearts know that we cannot win the struggle for fulfillment in isolation. Nor can we master the challenges of sustainability alone. There are many routes that take us to our humanity. Among the abundant choice it may help if we spot these three aspects: mindfulness, balance and empathy.
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