The Age of Enlightenment: Moving from the symbolic to the real in human communication.
We see in our times the simplistic symbolic influences that people respond to almost unthinkingly where we as a world society are putting the symbolic, the mythical, the religious, over scientific facts. We are in an age where symbols instead of substance still dominates, but we also see ourselves coming out of this age.
We are just in the beginning stages of the communication age but things are changing rapidly. This means that the age where “authorities” rule is coming to be an age where “authorities” inform, and increasingly are resources rather than managers. We seek and are advised to seek “second opinions”, and symbols of authority and tribal identities are slowly losing their grip. This age is slowly moving into an age of personal enlightenment in which we are becoming increasingly imaginative and can take this greater use of the imagination to communicate within ourselves and to imagine other ways of seeing and experiencing our universe.
Emotional Intelligence, and to an extent even IQ, are now being promoted as something we can develop, and my concept of optimistic intelligence shows ways to use the imagination to develop communication within one’s own mind.
Those wielding oppressive power are losing it, even though they seem to be well ensconced in positions of power, and political party representatives and elected officials are slowly being changed into resources and facilitators of the will of the people in general.
The lines that divide the world are fading and authorities are changing into resources and facilitators, but some people and organizations and governments who are not so enlightened within, who lack sufficient optimistic intelligence are fighting to retain their control. We will see violence as power is slowly wrested from their hands, but if we move quickly enough into this age of communication and enlightenment the future will be bright and amazing.
David “Mitch” Sotelo