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Humanity is made up of stories that follow us through the times. Each and every one of us has stories to tell about lessons learned and lessons forgotten. Sometimes those lessons don’t trigger our conscience until a time long past its viable use. And sometimes they trigger the innovative spirits of a culture. We’ve built some tremendous monuments to the splendors of our civilizations, and we have torn just as many of those monuments down in the blink of an eye. Why would we choose to tear down instead of build up? When is it necessary to do both?

Because we’re continually reminded to look ahead to our future, we often forget those lessons of the past that have been paid for with the blood, sweat, and tears of our predecessors. Well, if we won’t learn from our past, then maybe we should look at our present, because it is telling us something very profound. All we need to do is look at our video screens to watch the worldwide social revolutions that are coalescing into something new and long-awaited. This tearing down can be the start of a new build that’s full of potentials:

Tunisian protestors photograph credit: Fethi Belaid (AFP/Getty Images)

The Arab Spring started mass outcries against previously ingrained monarchies (see the Guardian UK timeline);

Riots of Croyden photograph credit: Sang Tan (AP)

The British riots will never be clearly explained without examining the society in which they started (see the BBC UK timeline) while heeding the outcries of the downtrodden;

Greek protestors at a Parliament Rally

The Greek riots have literally pit a populace against its government, and threatened to destabilize a country (see the Dailymail UK article) because of their vehement outcries;

Where’s The United States of America?

The tearing apart of the United States can be symbolized by ideological beasts battling to the death on a field with mostly apathetic onlookers.

Each of these countries has taken similar roads to perceived prosperity, but at the detriment of a large swath of humanity. Many of these systems can no longer bear the brunt of lessons not learned. It’s no mistake that there isn’t a picture associated with the United States, because there isn’t as big a public outcry as the levels seen elsewhere around the world. It’s troubling since the United States has been the most vocal voice for democracy, and yet it is using an antiquated political system to exact changes with completely ineffectual results. Clearly, the sense of urgency still hasn’t registered in some countries. Yet these examples are only a small portion of the outcries that are literally happening across the globe. We will never hear about many of those rumblings being covered by up those who don’t want the word spread. And there will also be those who are comfortable with their lot in life who won’t be participating at this stage of our new world evolution. But I’m also positive that their denials won’t do much to stop the momentum that is gaining speed. We know that this is a time of change because we see it in the eyes of those currently in charge: fear of the unknown.

The citizens of every country have been waiting for some clarity from the elite that currently dictate the progression of society. And they have finally had enough, if those previous examples are anything to go by. I’d say that we would be waiting forever if we left it to those who brought us into this mind-numbing state that we currently live in. With our dreams shackled, we have become people with short-term desires and little expectation. That way, we won’t be disappointed when our dreams fail to come into fruition. But in order for us to really start dreaming in color once again, we’ll have to let go of those tangible assets that crown our life achievements and reach for those intangible victories that bring civilization together inch by meaningful inch.

No one believes that this is the world that we all wish for. Unless, you are one of those who already has everything you ever wished for. We are the products of chasing McDreams using whatever or whoever we have at our disposal. But the voices of those who do not want such empty motivations are becoming stronger. The images that we see are the pictures of a world in flux. Like nature, they are simultaneously good and bad. How we view them in context with our individual standards will collectively define who we are as a society. What we make of the new possibilities is up to each and every one of us. The question is: Can we work together long enough to draw out a new vision where society in its entirety is the absolute target, without loopholes for personal gratification? That’s something that humanity doesn’t always excel at unless they are provoked. I’d say that we are being provoked by a myriad of institutions who think that “they are too big to fail”. What is our answer to such egos? Watch this video from Richard Heinberg and The Post Carbon Institute for a stark reminder of our current world.

And here’s a glimpse of the statistics behind our world image. It’s not a pretty picture, is it?

The worldwide outcries of humanity resemble each shot heard around the world which has brought us through every stage of our social evolution. But these outcries don’t only stand for our call for freedom, equality, and opportunity. These outcries from humanity are the stepping stones towards innovating a society that will be ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century, especially since they might mean the difference between the literal life and death of our fragile stay on this world. We have much opportunity to make good on the infant steps of this new world revolution. This conversation can actually be the start of something awe-inspiring and positive for our society. Let’s talk more about those calls-to-action for a better world that are swelling everywhere. There are voices here and elsewhere that have already started the conversation. All we need to do is listen and act.

Lee Ielpi talking with honor students photograph credit: Fire Fighter Nation

Or maybe this man can help to provide a spark for change: Lee Ielpi, a retired NY firefighter who lost his son on 9/11, simply states, “Tomorrow has got to be a better day”.