Imagine Seven Generations Into The Future.

Posted on July 6, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“The power of love, as the basis of state, has never been tried… There will always be a government of force where men are selfish…”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American poet, minister, philosopher

aaa-22Because the following address by Russian President Vladimir Putin will probably not be seen anytime soon on American television, and because of a belief that dialogue between people can lead to problem-solving if done with the genuine intent of coming to mutually satisfactory agreement, it has been posted here.

As one who believes there are no “sides” when it comes to international relations, that the human race consists of people all searching for good lives for their children and themselves, the basis of this post is to contribute in some way to greater understanding leading to improved relations between nations and people of the world.

Perhaps others are sensing what Mr. Putin describes as dynamic, moving very fast, international developments, and feel there are large-scale actions being taken that perhaps need some thorough analysis and discussion to discover and prevent possible negative consequences. In this address on Russian foreign policy to the nation’s diplomatic corps, Mr. Putin describes what he sees as the current situation.

He touches on Ukraine, where he sees the failure of international law and simple rules of conduct, multiple conferences which have led to no substantive negotiations, no negotiations on a new Ukrainian constitution in agreement with Eastern Ukrainians, among other issues having to do with lack of relevant discussions between citizens of both West and East Ukraine.

He noted that journalists have lost their lives in the Eastern parts of the country, asking the question “who is afraid of objective information being spread?”, then suggests that it is those who have committed crimes. He refers to French bank Paribas’ multi-billion dollar fine by the United States as an action unacceptable for conducting international affairs. He then talks about Russian inquiries into NATO expansion closer to Russia’s borders and being told it’s “none of your business”, and how some nations and groups “don’t like Russian independence.”

Mr. Putin then offers some hope by saying he still believes “pragmatism will prevail”, and nations will observe common rules of conduct based on mutual respect, coöperation, and compromise – not confrontation. He suggests that international law must be interpreted consistently, not one way then another, and that nations of the world must build the future on coöperation not hegemony.

He then touches on fair business dealings with Ukraine on gas shipments and contracts, and that there’s a need to learn the lesson that good faith consumers and suppliers shouldn’t become held hostage. He talks about the need for no unconstitutional coups on the Eurasian continent and no outside interference that increases the risk of another “Iraq, Libya, or Syria experience.”

Vladimir Putin then concludes by saying “we’re not cooperating against someone… we don’t want to isolate or confront the USA…” and that Russia is “not interested in multilateral formats where Russia has no say or just sits next to those making decisions.” Finally, he notes that Russian leaders “do not want to break relations with the US.”

Let’s hope and pray that those from all parties involved with Ukraine will resolve their differences in the most reasonable, rational, peaceful and honorable way.

Here are a few thoughts on that hope and prayer.

Here in July 2014  events around the world continue with no coming together of wise leaders to put an end to violent confrontation. Some have given up on any type of “Utopian” global arrangement agreed upon by all people in all nations and regions, while others still see the real possibility for humanity to build a truly peaceful world.

Unfortunately there still exists on this Earth a philosophical outlook which holds that violence, when used in the context of the late National Football League Oakland Raider executive Al Davis’ quote “just win, baby”, is acceptable as a form of business tactic. This philosophical outlook finds its manifestation in war and killing over the Earth’s most valuable natural resources, a centuries-old reality that has yet to become dealt with in such ways that eliminate war.

As ways are not yet found to end war, the violence continues, large numbers of men, women, and children suffer the range of negative consequences while living in war-torn regions, and there seems for many no end in sight. So, what will it take, and is it truly possible for the entire world to agree, on ending war?

For people in the United States who just experienced the Fourth of July holiday, perhaps the memory of those babies and infants at family gatherings will offer an opportunity to think about the future in ways uncommon. Perhaps there would be practical benefits derived from the adults asking what type of world they are leaving behind for those young ones – the next generation. Will they be hearing about and seeing scenes of war at various places on Earth, on a consistent basis while they grow, and what kind of effect will it have on them?

Will they, from hearing and seeing war, develop psychological problems in their attempts at making any sense of war, and come to experience the same types of negative consequences that all those who feel empathy and compassion for the innocent victims of large-scale violence? Do those who are responsible for unnecessary and immoral war, those who commit the supreme crime of war of aggression, have any concern for the young ones and their futures?

Who speaks for future generations?

There have been entire societies which have made decisions based on the spiritually based concept of seven generations. If those who hold positions of authority today, those who can start military operations, were to base their decisions on the seventh generation philosophy, would this make a real difference – perhaps all the difference – on this Earth? Seventh generation thinking is about taking into consideration the effects of actions on men, women, and children seven generations into the future. If considered actions are viewed as beneficial for those seven generations from now, then those are actions which are good and agreeable and taken. If actions are viewed as ones which would be harmful to future generations, then they are not implemented.

Thinking about the seventh generation philosophy one finds it intriguing to imagine what the world would become if there were a global agreement to live by its basic creed. Then one can imagine how groups of people would take actions for their particular “seventh generation” in opposition to the future benefits of other groups, in a kind of “my seventh generation is more important than yours” scenario. For the highest spiritual benefit to become realized there would need to become developed a full and shared understanding that “generation” means the entire human race, to end any sense of separation between people of various nations and regions – one of the main reasons for historic conflict.

The seventh generation philosophy, for it to make a profound difference in the international affairs situation on Earth, will require a  firm, widespread agreement on the broadest, underlying basis of a philosophy and spirituality that all life and all things are sacred.

The disciples asked: “On what day will the kingdom come?” Jesus said: “It cometh not with observation. They will not say: Lo here! or lo there! But the kingdom of the father is spread out upon the Earth, and men do not see it.”

– The Gospel of Thomas

Some hold the opinion that when there is war and killing occurring anywhere on Earth that all people become affected negatively by it. Perhaps some have sensed this over time, and find themselves troubled upon hearing of innocent people dying in various war-torn regions. One could find comparisons or analogies between negative thoughts in oneself and negative events occurring around the world. Just as a man or woman must deal with and strive to drop negative thoughts, so too does humanity need to deal with negative events such as war – then end it.

Just as a man or woman replaces negativity with thinking based on perhaps more refined philosophical and spiritual wisdom offered by men and women through the centuries, so too does the human race hold the option of agreeing to base world-consequence decisions on the most moral and ethical thoughts available. The strain of moral philosophy offered here is but one of many developed by philosophers from locations around the world through history.

Perhaps one can imagine that those various philosophies, forming the basis of the great religious traditions and found in each group’s sacred writings, are facets on the same diamond of spiritual truth, and able to become synthesized when there is no longer any claim made that “my religion is the only correct one, all others are false.”  It seems that such separation thinking is the cause of misunderstanding, ill-will, competition, hatred, and violence. Perhaps it is time for the world’s people to evolve past separation and arrive at a place of unity, coöperation, loving-kindness, and peace.

“It is time” are three small words that get written often, and have been used by men and women for centuries to suggest new ways of living on Earth. Probably the quote from French poet, novelist, and dramatist Victor Hugo (1802-1885) – “Nothing else in the world… not all the armies… is so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” – is most well-known. Billions of men, women and children are waiting for such an all-powerful idea to come, and it takes the form of recognition that we are all connected on this Earth, that whatever we do to others we do to ourselves.

The idea whose time has come is represented in the synthesis of all philosophical and spiritual knowledge and wisdom ever discovered up until now in the year 2014. That synthesized wisdom, when spoken in a type of “new common language” by people everywhere, becomes the basis for creating a new world – the constructing of which begins as soon as the language becomes spoken/communicated widely.

Some would respond in their minds with “you are only repeating the impossible visions of dreamers and impractical visionaries who’ve tried and failed to bring about good changes on Earth” and are unable to believe but that there is no ending war for it is a perennial condition. Others in their way of thinking will silently say to themselves “this is a noble goal, but it won’t happen in our lifetimes.” Then there are those who think “well, 99.9% of the world’s people would vote for true peace, brotherhood, coöperation and acknowledgement of life’s universal sacredness, so perhaps this idea is one whose ‘time as come’.”

Would it make any good difference if men and women spent some time imagining the future – long after they’ve left this lifetime – viewing/visualizing life on Earth seven generations from now?

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15 thoughts on “Imagine Seven Generations Into The Future.

    1. Stuart,
      Your comment brought thoughts of Obama, Putin, the Dalai Lama, the Pope, and a dozen others on a stage discussing how to solve the world’s problems. It also led to a recollection of a panel discussion at Davos a few months ago on the situation in the Middle East, where the head of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass (spelling?) predicted worsening conditions in the region for the next few years, while supplying zero positive ideas whatsoever. The CFR head knew a lot more than he revealed that day, now shown by actual events in Iraq, Syria, etc. and the western/Middle East monarch financed “boots on the ground”: ISIL. If ever there were a time for a global truth commission, now seems like it.
      Thanks,
      Jerry

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    1. Katarina,
      Nice to meet you, thank you for the kind words, and yes three grandparents were born in Finland while one was born in Norway. Alatalo translates to “underhouse” or “under the house” I’ve been told. Unfortunately my Finnish is extremely limited, going not much further than “sauna” (one of mankind’s greatest inventions 🙂 ), so I’m unable to read your writings at katisar.wordpress.com. What issues do you focus on when writing and why? It’s fascinating to have, through WordPress, the opportunity to talk to men and women across the Earth and share ideas which may leave a better world for those seven generations ahead.
      Thanks again, stop by any time for open-minded conversations, and peace be with you.
      Jerry

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  1. I write mostly about the subjects like narrative medicine, mindfulness, self-hypnosis, guided imagery. I am interested about the tools which we can use for enhancing evolution of our consciousness. In addition I am interested in illness narratives. How we can integrate an illness as a purposeful happening to our identity narrative. I am hypnotherapist and dentist :). I have tried to write sometimes in English, too. http://katisar.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/inner-theater-a-tool-for-developing-drama-intelligence/
    I have met globally many interested persons here in virtual reality and I am happy about it. Actually I think (or at least my optimistic part thinks) there is going on a global ecological and ethical change in the consciousness of people. Let’s hope we will make it. Kati

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    1. Kati,
      As far as global ecological/ethical/moral change in the consciousness of people I feel the same way. And “coincidentally” it is being fuelled by back and forth discussions like this one. As far as your comment “let’s hope we make it”, after attending the funeral today of a relative who died at 69, in the ultimate sense nobody is going to make it out alive, yet there is a real opportunity to leave the world in a much better condition for generations to come. One positive aspect of communicating with people thousands of miles away is that there is less fear of sharing one’s true thoughts and feelings, and that positive helps raise the level of discussion, leading to good breakthroughs and revelations on a host of issues. 🙂 Then, the enhanced evolution of consciousness like you mentioned occurs, and along with it comes lessening of misunderstanding and separation between people in nations and regions around the Earth: greater international understanding, brother and sisterhood, cooperation, unity, peace.
      Thanks,
      Jerry

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        1. Kati,
          Thank you for the pleasant chat and stop by any time to talk again. Hoping you have a great summer as well.
          There’s been a large amount of evolving, both personal and collectively by humanity, since that book was written. May you find some good from reading it, and by the way, if you ‘ve ever considered writing an ebook, go to smashwords.com, download free “Smashwords Style Guide”, find ebook cover tutorials on YouTube to create your cover image with Microsoft “Paint”, and you can create/publish a decent book (or books) – for free. Thanks again Kati.

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          1. Thanks… I have actually written a book about creative writing by using ego states, but it is finnish. We live by the way 30 miles from the last finnish rune singer Jussi Huovinen. We have a great tradition of “shamans” called “tietäjä” here in Finland. The world view of ancient northern tribes was plural… Juha Pentikainen has written an english book about this subject. If I remember right the name, it is “Shamanism and Culture”. Here is a youtube video about this wonderful man, who has been one of the archetypes for Tolkien.

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            1. Thank you for directing me toward information which could shed some light on my ancestors. Will definitely look into the writings of Juha Pentikainen along with Jussi Huovinen’s story, and was hoping you could expound a little on “plural.” How would you describe “plural”? Thank you. By the way, if you’d be interested in discussions for posting, imagine two or more people “interviewing” each other, any time is good. For example, the world view of Finland’s ancient shamans – a discussion surrounding the principles of that view – would make up the content of a very interesting and possibly to some extent transformative post. The back and forth we’ve engaged in to this point could be the first part of such a post. Of course you’d have to explain to me the ideal ego state to establish before proceeding with any creative discussion/writing. 🙂 Kick it around, no sweat when, how, or if, I’m casual, so if ever want to engage in discussion this is an open invitation. Thanks again.

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              1. I did not quite get what you ment with this “interviewing”… did you mean virtually by these posts? With plural I mean that the nature of reality opened, when shamans were in contact with their “spirits” (in Ego State therapy they are “ego states”). So in trance shaman was in dialogue with different spirits of different world views and he got more clear picture about the persons problem. In Ego State therapy a person is in dialogue with his different parts, ego states. So in our modern language our spirits are less mysterious, they are called just “ego states” or “parts”. Anyway in both of these traditions, we are not singular – we are plural. There are many new therapies which utilize this plurality of Self. Our unrational action is based on our conflicted inner parts, which should be integrated. I think that our inner dialogue in trance can be a source of transformation as well as outer dialogue – as we are doing here :D. It is important both mindfully listen to oneself and itäs parts, as well as mindfully listen to other people. I wonder if I could explain the idea to you in english. A person have to have adult, mature, safe parts, to get integrated. My ideas are in synergy with Elisha Goldstein’s :D.


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                1. It’s fascinating to see the parallels between Finnish, Native American, and other regions’ shaman/healers. With Finnish and Native American one finds the similar purification through the sauna and sweat lodge, along with journeying into the “unknown” world of spirit to discover the source and treatment for disease both physical and spiritual. Here is credit to you for taking on the sacrifice involved in these healing practices. Shamans – also called “medicine people” – will admit that the power to heal comes from the Creator/God and that the power flows through them like water through a pipe, risking physical and spiritual harm in sacrificial acts to help others. And we enter the realm of personal and collective spiritual evolution, or oneness with all things through awareness of all things’ being sacred, healed and whole, the place of enlightenment.
                  The posts here on “Bear Heart” are relevant as he was a medicine person. Intuition tells me his story coincides with Mr. Pentikainen. Very neat. Appreciate your taking the time to share.

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