I will never apologize for saying that the future of humanity and the future of the world is going to be defined by what we have in common as opposed to those things that separate us and ultimately lead us into conflict.
In times when video conferencing, triggered by the Coronavirus Pandemic, is becoming increasingly popular, most of us have experienced that moment when participants enter a virtual space and check their webcams and, more importantly, their microphones:
‘Can you hear me?’ is the phrase you hear most often in various virtual meetings and conferences.
As Financial Times journalist Philip Stephens said already a couple of years ago:
“What’s certain is that the world is changing faster than at any time in human history.”
Now, the question is: Who or what is changing and in what way? Indeed, during lockdown in 2020 we have witnessed how digitalization has rapidly become increasingly visible and tangible in our daily life.
For the first time in human history, a privately held spaceflight company sends astronauts in its SpaceX ship to ISS (International Space Station). Almost at the same time, unrest and protests break out in the same state after the unarmed African American George Floyd was killed by policemen.
Can you hear me?
This could also be seen as a global outcry of all people who are – still – oppressed and persecuted. Technological progress before respect and humanity – is this the direction we humans on planet earth are currently steering towards?
This and two more questions will be answered on June 18th, 2020 by Andrea Eleonore, Edwin and Helen.
What is your opinion on JU’s questions of this month?
Andrea Eleonore Weller 🇦🇹🇨🇦 – June, 3rd, 2020
I met Andrea Eleonore during our training course for spiritual healers in 2012. There has been a good chemistry between the two of us from the very beginning; we also started working together now and then. Andrea Eleonore is from Schwechat and is married to a Canadian. She studied Pharmacy, has her own practice for Holistic Healing (www.naturpath.at) and also works as a Pharmacist.
I like Andrea Eleonore for her straightforwardness in thought and perception, her generosity and her ability not to lose sight of the big picture.
Edwin Thekkinen🇦🇹🇬🇧🇮🇳 – June 12th, 2020
I know Edwin from our Sunday Weekly Long Run (www.wemove.at). He is a young jogging buddy who studied Bioscience in England. He is Viennese with South Indian roots and in his free time he likes to go for a run, do karate or yoga. Edwin is currently working as a Project Manager for a pharmaceutical company.I admire Edwin for his refreshing, positive spirit, his lightheartedness and positivity, as well as for his astonishing physical condition.
Helen Dolman 🇬🇧 – June 15th, 2020
Helen Dolman is from England and works as a Dental Practice Manager. The hobby she is very passionate about is her position as a County Cricket Coach and Manager for U15 Girls. She also loves music, spending time in nature or with friends and family. In the summer of 1978, Helen came to my home village, Zell am Pettenfirst, to visit her pen-friend (IPF International Pen-Friend). The two of us met at an open-air swimming pool and I asked her to become my pen-friend, too. Our pen-friendship outlived all technological changes and now, 42 years later, we are still connected in warm-heartedness.
I love Helen for her warm, beautiful way of being, her loyalty and straightforwardness.
In my opinion, misjudging our human nature lays at the root of technological. We want to improve ourselves and, thus, trespass our ‘natural’ borders. Better, faster, further is the name of the game. We act this out extrinsically in our society and we analyze and judge according to these criteria. Only when we realize that we, as human beings, are already perfect and can show respect towards ourselves and our fellow humans accordingly can we grow in a different way, namely together, without exploiting ourselves, others and Planet Earth with all its treasures.
I have a good imagination and I am in my element when I interact and discuss with people. A matter of great concern to me is to create connections, to recognize synergies and never forget the big picture, so that the topics discussed can be framed within the context and regarded from multiple perspectives. In a nutshell: I love to put things straight. What concerns me most is creating a form of society that offers us all (humans, animals, plants and other forms of life) enough space to develop in safety, to be in balance and exchange ideas with one another.
At the moment, grounding ourselves has been harder than ever, in my opinion, because the structures that shape our life currently get us distracted. There are not many safe havens left. What helps me most is my energy and spiritual work. That is when I feel 100% connected to myself, to the present moment, to my inner power … or to my garden. ;-)