War drums beat all around us, raising the shackles of quiet but frightened people feeling helpless. Militant Islam and militant Christians react with ever louder shouts of war. If there ever was a time for reasonable men and women to step forward it is now. The war mongers of Islam and Christianity are so loud it appears to the casual observer that hopelessness is all that exists.
I see opportunity all around me, not just a PollyAnna kind of optimism, but a future full of promise, new alliances, changing power structures, a different type of government that begins with a commitment to preserving the Earth.
Thomas Kuhn wrote about paradigms and their shifts. A belief system exists that seems to explain nature and its workings. Some anomaly appears that shows deviation from the model. As people begin to recognize the departure from the conventional system, some struggle against any change, some embrace the shift. The conflict between those who want to maintain the status quo and those who wish to make changes grows. Conflict generates heat; heat causes a loosening of boundaries. As more people look beyond the status quo or find the status quo insufficient to explain anomalies, a new paradigm emerges. Paradigm A gives way to Paradigm B, and C and D onto ∞.
Whether we discuss Islam/Christianity, belief/evidence, faith/science, these different belief systems create a crisis. Crisis provides the opportunity for change.