saving-the-planetI have renewed vigor to solve every problem the world has ever had.

Some of my earliest memories are of working out how to eradicate homelessness, global hunger and war. Obviously, I didn’t succeed. My parents have always taken refuge in the religious idea that God would solve these problems, and while a part of me wasn’t super happy to hand over all of the problem solving to someone else (even God), I wasn’t quite sophisticated enough to argue for any better alternative. What resulted, however, was my belief that all the problems of the world WOULD be solved and it was just a matter of time. Homelessness, global hunger and war were in good hands.

As an adult, I went through a time of self-discovery that didn’t include a loyalty to the religion of my youth. Not a whole-sale rejection, but I definitely no longer believed saving the world was something I needed to wait on. If I wanted to see global hunger taken care of in my lifetime, then I was going to have to help facilitate it in some way.

On top of this realization (which was a big one, by the way), I had finally reached an age where I could recognize the quantity, scope, and sheer complexity of world problems. It was up to me to solve them, and they were HARD. This may sound stupid and idealistic, but at some point in my twenties I truly held the belief that it was up to me to do it all. There was a moment when the question first hit me, “How in one lifetime was I going to accomplish this?” I just zoned out on the couch with my eyes the size of saucer plates and the word “whoa” playing on loop in my brain.

In the same way the 10 year old entrepreneur realizes that in order to make a million bucks they just need to get a million people to give them a dollar, I had a slightly more complex version of this epiphany hit me in regards to saving the world: I didn’t need to solve every problem, I just needed to find people who were passionate about ONE of the problems I wanted to solve, and then do whatever I could to help THEM.

There is a lot – and I mean A LOT – of wasted human energy represented on the planet right now. We focus on the most basic necessities, get those covered and then call it good. Am I surviving? Well, I’m not dead yet. Are my safety and security needs met? I have a roof over my head, and food in the fridge. Do I have people who love me and accept me in my life? Yup, have a “Friends and Family” plan on my cell phone. All good.

couch-potatoAnd then they just… stop. Stop being ambitious, stop seeing the more they could be offering. Now, granted, it’s not exactly EASY to get all of those needs met, and a fair bit of energy is required to nail down those three things (survival, safety/security, love and belonging). But if we’re being honest with ourselves, it’s not the burden here in the United States and in other developed countries that it is for most of the world. On top of that, we’re not only lucky compared to the rest of the world, we’re extremely lucky in THIS time period of history. We have it extraordinarily cushy when you think about it, living better than Solomon in most respects.

That means this is the best time in history to capitalize on our circumstances and start REALLY looking at solutions. Sure, we still have “first world problems,” and sometimes they hurt. But let’s put things into perspective. We don’t deal with death on the scale that people did even 100 years ago, we generally have extraordinary freedom over our time (even if you work full time) since it doesn’t take, say, four hours to do laundry and we, as a culture, have gotten a little ‘soft’. That’s okay – I’m all for acclimating to a high quality lifestyle. That said, if our ancestors are any indication of what human beings can accomplish, we’ve got more inside of ourselves than we acknowledge, and often times way more than we’re actually giving.

So, let’s get back to how other people are going to save the world for me.
No one denies there’s a need to come up with solutions. Even the most zen of zen masters knows the world is mostly asleep, even if they’re accepting reality non-judgmentally. Qualitatively good or bad, there are challenges on this planet and they need people to create solutions.

No one denies that we, as a species, could be doing more. And no one thinks it’s going to happen magically. It’s going to take creativity and work from us as humans, and us as individuals.

Happily, that’s where you come in.

I have three questions for you:

1. If you could eradicate one problem on this planet, which one would it be? (Malnutrition? Sex trade? Animal cruelty? Pollution? Domestic violence? Curable diseases? Incurable disease? Be specific.)

2. What is your actual level of passion for giving value back to the planet? On the scale of “drop everything to work on the solution” to “total and complete apathy,” where do you fall?

3. What can I do to be of assistance in helping you a) develop passion to solve this challenge, and b) equip you to make it happen?

As a student of complex human systems, I’ve been blown away by the usefulness of models to solve major challenges. A lot of why we waste our energy as human assets is that we simply don’t know how (and where) to funnel our energy. We’re willing, but we very rarely feel able. And in this state of confusion and indecision, our energy slides away into a cosmic drain. But as Einstein said, if he had only an hour to save the world he’d spend 55 minutes defining the problem. Having a full understanding of ourselves first, a well-defined problem to solve next, and then a full grasp on how these two components can and should interact is the key. Understanding systems is an incredibly powerful tool when faced with the level of challenges we’re addressing here. It’s just one tool, but I feel it’s one that goes woefully forgotten, and it’s my ambition to equip every passionate, mission-driven person I come into contact with with this powerful information.

Why do I have renewed vigor to save the world?
joel-piper-antoniaI just had a baby. Tomorrow she’ll be two months old. I’m your stereotypical mid-thirties woman who was never going to have kids, got knocked up and now can’t imagine life without my amazing child. As I was looking at her alien-like, squishy newborn baby face one night, it struck me that I absolutely have to help save the world in any way that I can.

Not because I want to save it for her. I mean, yeah. That would be cool. But while I was marveling at the beauty and innocence represented in her squishy face, it struck me that every person on the planet was once a newborn baby. Not only totally dependent on others for its very existence, but a miracle for some mother all too happy to deal with exhaustion and new demands to make it happen. For every person who didn’t ask to be born but was anyway, and for every person that has to slog their way through a life of struggle based on bad luck or bad timing, I want to save the world for them. And for their mom, who only wanted the best for them.

I know, that sounds warm and squishy. I’m not usually a warm and squishy person.
However, if a renewed vigor to save the world is part of the package of new mom-hood, then I’m down with being a bit idealistic.

For the next few blog posts, I’m committing to writing (and recording) some of the absolutely most high leverage and helpful models of human development and behavior that I know of to assist anyone who has read this post and said, “YES. Saving the world. Sign me up.” So, keep your eyes peeled.

In the meantime, indulge me by answering those three questions below in the comments section.

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  • antonia
    • antonia
    • September 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    This is a really interesting idea, Inogen. I think at this point it just needs more specificity to take it out of ‘dream’ context and put it into the ‘actionable’ category.

    Tell me every detail about this sanctuary you can think of. Then ask yourself, what’s the first step to getting it to happen? Funding? Personnel support? Location?


  • antonia
    • antonia
    • September 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Nikki -

    I like it when people foam at the mouth when they talk about solving problems. It’s so much more appealing than drooling with a dumb look on your face. :p

    Your first assignment (in preparation for what is clearly a massive task) is this: bring your desire down to a more concrete level. I agree whole-heartedly with what I THINK you’re saying… but terms like ‘lack of awareness’ are highly abstract, and dollars to donuts I have a different picture in my head when I use that phrase than you do.

    So, what does ‘awareness’ look like in CONCRETE terms? How would I know if I ran into someone who was aware? How would a group of five of us know, and be able to say definitively, “Yup, that person is aware?”

    This may be one of the most frustrating parts of being an Intuitive. We LOVE the abstract. We want to stay there as long as possible, and when someone forces us to come down the ladder of abstraction we get frustrated and see them as the problem. (See my video on “Successful Communication Between Sensors and Intuitives” for more info on the ladder of abstraction.)

    However, problems are solved when we see tangible results. Therefore the solution much be tangible and communicated in tangible language.

    I bet as you work this out you’ll find not only more specificity about your mission, you’ll figure out what ACTIONABLE, TANGIBLE things you can do to help make it all happen.

    Good luck! Tell me about your results.


  • janet cade
    • janet cade
    • September 18, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I came home to my own heart. 2 years ago.
    Since then I am definitely feeling lighter, more awake, less guilty (about what? I never knew Before) healthier, calmer, more energetic and more prepared to help do ‘whatever it
    takes’ to wake up the rest.

    What I’m talking about is stopping eating Meat and Dairy and putting myself on a plant based diet. This is a diet that causes no harm to any living being (those with eyes and
    hearts and love for their offspring such as we have) and can solve – world hunger. There is enough food on the planet to feed EVERONE. There are 20-30,000 people starving daily – there is a population of 7 billion – and we have enough food here to feed 14 billion people – YET -
    we feed the food to animals (animals in the agri-business) and then eat the animal. I F we were to Wake-UP – (our planetary solution to world hunger - is painstakingly explained in WILL TUTTLE’S THE WORLD PEACE DIET’ ) and – just eat the food (grains that are fed to the animals) ourselves – without passing it through an animal (whose whole world is a living torment from day one – only to end up at the torture chamber which is the slaughterhouse – we would be bringing ourselves closer to a balanced planet – where … the rainforest is not being raped to the tune of ‘one acre pre minute’ – to make way for the soy to feed to the animals – and/or to put the cattle there who will be killed for our ‘most unhealthy’ SAD (standard american diet) that is (it will be common knowledge very soon) at the root cause of every disease from heart to cancer to diabetes.
    We heartlessly carry on – donating to little causes, (to stop the guilt) doing good work that ‘may’ patch up a little problem here and there, but – we don’t seem to be willing to really take a look at what is at the very deep, deep root of our barbarian attitudes and do something that will actually change and impact our own lives and cause us ‘just a little’ inconvenience.. Paul McCartney said – ‘if slaughterhouses had glass walls, we’d ALL be vegetarians’ -
    YET – we don’t really want to look - we don’t want to give up that TASTE – How Very Selfish can we be?? to alleviate the suffering of animals who have no voice , who suffer every day in crammed feedstocks – whose babies are kidnapped from them at birth, who are repeatedly put on the rape rack until they can no longer stand – then sent off to the slaughterhouses themselved. Call this a Society?? We don’t have to look that animal in the face – we have the slaughterhouse worker to do the dirty work for us, and we just go to the grocery store and pick up the disguised, plastic wrapped chunk of meat and continue to pretend that we are blameless in this scenario.and it is all kept very hidden and our world is being devastated by the effects of the military, medical, meat, pharmaceutical model that we just let carry on – without ever looking for a connection.
    I am challenging you all to ‘raise your level of consciousness.’ PLEASE go to youtube and watch the one hour video by Gary Yourofsky – ‘best speech ever made’ – then see if your consciousness is raised enough to begin to see WHAT it is we CAN DO – every day -
    to show the world we are actually prepared to ‘do SOMETHING concrete’ to begin to change this violent behaviour – which is at the root of war and destruction on the planet.

  • antonia
    • antonia
    • September 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Lourenço -

    Thank you for the reminder. You’re right – everything is perfect exactly as it is in this moment. It’s how it needs to be, and that is a very valid perspective.

    If you notice, however, the world isn’t static. It’s on a trajectory. It IS moving, and there are things that DO influence its direction. I happen to be someone with the hubris to want to influence which direction it moves, and I want that direction to solve problems and challenges that cause others pain.

    As regards to your illustration of the surgery room… if I were to take this as a direct metaphor, then the suggestion is to rest into the knowledge that someone has it ‘handled’. In surgery, there are trained experts guiding the process (even if it looks messy), and while someone totally unfamiliar with modern medicine may not understand this, those of us ‘in the know’ recognize that as bloody as it may get, there are people who are there to help and know what they’re doing.

    To believe the same correlation about our reality means believing someone – or someones – has it covered. The world is in good hands, and it’s simply undergoing surgery by trained experts. As someone who has decided not to believe in God, gods, or a specific defined divinity until further proof is provided, I guess I’m going to assume it’s all in ‘good hands’.

    That may make me a faithless heathen, but I’m okay with that.


  • antonia
    • antonia
    • September 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    FM – So what you’re saying is, you want to do what I’m doing. Awesome! The more people sharing models for development, the better (I say).

    You struck on something very near and dear to me: permission. It’s the one thing people don’t know they need until they get it, and then they wonder how they ever lived without it. Permission to be yourself, to go after what YOU believe is important, and shed all of the out-sourced and borrowed values in favor of what is authentic to you. Powerful stuff.

    Let me know if I can help in any specific way. Camronn and I teach a class on the Genius method (called the Profiler Training Course). It’s a six month intensive course designed to get you to become completely trained in the system and able to diagnose the Genius of others. It’s not cheap, but it’s WELL worth it.

    Let me know if you’re interested. We’re taking students for the beginning of October.


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