What the world needs now…


I venture to guess that few of us actually bother to make resolutions or New Years wishes anymore. Perhaps it’s gone the way of that song no one really knows the words to, “Auld Lang Syne,” with its toasts to kindness and the good old days. Nonetheless, I believe there clearly is no better way for humanity to move forward instead of backward than for it to collectively express a positive affirmation in 2004. We have had numerous and seemingly spontaneous global meditations in recent years. Let’s do it again on January 1.

In the interest of jump-starting that effort, I offer you some of my own wishes for 2004. Let’s envision a world we all would love to share. Let’s take the high road and challenge ourselves to be who we truly are and manifest all that and more, not just what brings us immediate gratification.

What the world needs now is a creative, loving global society of human beings that lives and breathes as one, with the principal goal of supporting balance and peace, and individual creativity that supports our collective experience. Do I favor communism? No. Do I favor capitalism? No. I favor no “ism,” rather a global society based on love and joy rather than nationalism, separatism, self-interest and judgment.

And now for my list…A vision we can all share for 2004:

1. May all the people of the world know that they are divine souls who are temporarily operating in a human body, and may all such people then agree collectively to uphold a standard human code of ethics that protects and celebrates the rights of each human being as they live and breathe in concert with the human race.

2.May all the people of the world, representing every nation and every tribe and every race and every creed, know in their hearts that they are united, a single people known as human beings, and may they know deep in their hearts and in their minds that every action that harms another human being also harms all of us, collectively. May we all do everything in our power to put down our arms of war and hatred for the final time, choosing instead to celebrate all that we have in common and find ways to settle our differences without judgment, peacefully, for the greater good of all.

3.May all the people of the world know love as a divine energy that unites us all, and may the expression of love, by individuals and groups toward each other, regardless of gender, race or creed, be celebrated.

4.May all the people of the world know that they exist on a conscious being, Gaia, Mother Earth, and may they begin communicating and acting in conscious relationship with her, knowing that she supports us and we support her, and collectively, we can evolve in ways we never imagined.

5.May all the people of the world know that they exist in a multidimensional reality, alongside other beings of varying vibrations and frequency and consciousness. May human beings acknowledge that they are just one race of beings on this planet, in this dimension, and may they celebrate harmonious new relationships with those who have been waiting for us to open our arms toward them in peace.

6.May all the people of the world collectively share resources to ensure that every man, woman and child is fed, clothed and sheltered, so that all humans wake up each morning, knowing that they are cared for by their fellow human beings — and that they are loved.

7.May all the people of the world view government as a tool to promote unity, and may each person in a position of governing do so with the intent of serving the human race, not individual desires or self-interests at the expense of the collective human race. May human beings focus their priorities on the greater good for all, without prejudice based on gender, race, creed or wealth.

8.May all the people of the world understand prosperity as a divine right, and know that each human being has an unlimited value to the whole. May we all know our own value is equal to that of our brother or sister, and may we share our talents, gifts, unique abilities and resources for the good of all.

9.May all the people of the world celebrate life as a joyful experience and be allowed to contribute to the greater good in ways that promote joy, personal satisfaction and soulful growth.

10.May all the people of the world devote at least 60 seconds of each 24-hour period they are alive toward prayer, love and support of the human race.

My list is neither right or wrong. It is just my expression, as one member of this collective human race. I invite you to write your own wishes for 2004, and express them to one and all — without fear or reservation.

Finally, I leave you with a song that tells it like it is…feel free to sing it to yourself or out loud for the world to hear (and don’t think you’re too cool or the song is too hokey to participate):

What the World Needs Now is Love

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone.

Lord, we don’t need another mountain,
There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross,
Enough to last till the end of time.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some but for everyone.

Lord, we don’t need another meadow
There are cornfields and wheat fields enough to grow
There are sunbeams and moonbeams enough to shine
Oh listen, lord, if you want to know.

— Words and music by Burt Bacharach and Hal David

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Tim Miejan
Tim Miejan is a writer who served as former editor and publisher of The Edge for twenty-five years. Contact him at [email protected].


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