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PersonPlanet Leadership: Working for the Whole
Transformations Start as Religion and End
One of the great and ancient spiritual truths is that we are all
one. In today’s world this has taken on new meaning. “We
are all one” is no longer just a spiritual cliché;
it is now, thanks to the even more ancient and never-ending processes
of globalization, a technological, economic and cultural reality
as well. The entire planet in interconnected through the arteries
and capillaries of our global, national and local transportation
systems and by the nervous system of our global communications
systems. Whether you are communicating via a mobile phone, or
posting on an online forum from the airport, you are part of the
global nervous system. The world is now linked in such depth and
breath that our separate lives, goals and actions have become
interlinked. Social networking is a small portion of the way in
which we talk, travel, and test ideas and concepts on a global
community. This interconnection has radically changed the world
and will transform it in coming years in amazing, seemingly miraculous
ways. Modern technology of interconnection has concretized the
spiritual philosophy of the ages.
Ethics Is Knowledge Of Interdependence
The “wisdom of the ages,” we are all one— had
and continues to have important spiritual implications that drove
moral and ethical insights, standards and behaviors for millennia.
“We are all one” as the techno-economic reality of
21st century globalization also has important technological, economic,
cultural and spiritual insights and dimensions.
Technology Is Biology
We are all one— and just as with our personal bodies,
our planetary body is not healthy if a part of the body is ill.
And if our planetary body is ill, we as individuals are not well.
We can no longer resign ourselves to complacent indifference if
someone “on the other side of the world” is starving—
anymore than we could be terminally nonchalant about “only”
our lungs having cancer. We can no longer be on the sidelines
because there are no more sidelines in today’s world. Not
only are there no longer any sidelines, there are no sides if
we are all in this together.
We are all one— and we are now part of a global
organism whose health, well-being, and transformation is now an
integral part of who and what we are and can become.
We are all one— and if the global body gets really
sick, we all will feel it— just as the cells in your brain
or toe will eventually be impacted by that cancer in your lungs
or the stopping of your heart.
All Service Serves Our Self
We are all one—and when we work on making any of
the parts healthier, including ourselves, we are engaged in service
to the whole. The larger the circle of our service, the more people
whose condition we are seeking to improve, the more we are working
for the health of the whole. And, the larger the group of people
we are concerned with, the more effective will we be. (This is
not to say that feeding one person is not effective or has little
impact; it is to say that when our actions are in tune with the
largest system of which we are a part, those actions will have
more of the larger system’s momentum and trends on their
We are all one—and as we work to help the world,
we are helping ourselves— both in the sense that as the
potential of the whole system is increased with the increased
health of each of the members of that system we, personally, are
better off; and in the sense that working on making the whole
system better helps us learn about our self; plus the process
of working on the whole is a powerful self-developmental technique,
both from a Karma Yoga perspective and as a methodology for self
We are all one— and because of our technology this
is not just a spiritual reality. We are all one— with our
technology and culture and economics and spirits and Spirit. We
are all one— and working with our technology and economy
in ways that are spiritually based and informed is also working
with our own personal spiritual development.
Serve Humanity. Get Rich.
We are all one— and who wants to be enlightened? Who wants
to be rich? Working on your own spiritual development and evolution
can be in tune with making the planet work for 100% of humanity.
Working on making the planet a success for 100% of humanity can
be a path to spiritual enlightenment. Working on making the world
a better place is also an economic imperative that is in tune
with long term economic trends and filled with viable business
Personal Values and Planetary Leadership
We are all one— and leadership in a world that has this
as its environmental, economic, technological and spiritual basis
is both profoundly different than everything that has been in
the past, yet in tune with the imperatives of the future.
Summary: The path to self-development is
world development. The fastest path to personal enlightenment
is to work for the good of the largest system. Self-development
and personal evolution is achieved by actively participating in
the solution of society’s problems. Solving society’s
problems accelerates the solving of our own problems. Solving
society’s problems provides solutions to our own problems.
When the person and the planet have their interests aligned, maximum
personal progress is attained. Working on society’s problems
provides economic opportunities that are moral, just, sustainable,
peace-enhancing and immensely profitable.
2003 Medard Gabel