GOLDEN THREADS OF GOOD
GOLDEN THREADS OF GOOD THROUGHOUT WORLD HISTORY
“Golden threads of good” are found throughout history, and these linking and continuous threads can be found throughout the many fields of human endeavor by those seekers and explorers who are looking for them. These threads of good have emerged at key points and pivotal times in human evolution and social progress. Groupings of lives have lived on Earth in particular fields at the same time in order to bring a new world idea to the consciousness of humanity and society to point a way forward and provide a path of progress through a new golden thread for the time. A golden thread of good may be known by its perennial wisdom, truth, universality, appreciation and relevance down through the ages.
Here, we share golden threads of good in different fields of endeavor to reveal how the influence of the energy and force of good stimulates waves of discovery, human creation, progress and evolution.
Philosophy was one of the first and earliest fields in recorded human history where we can see a clear wave of revealed ideas. The 600s to the 100s BC saw a flourishing of new philosophical ideas in China, India and Greece, regions said to be populated by a grouping of humanity that preceded the current grouping, which has been based more in the West after the birth and progressions of civilizations and cultures via the previous grouping in the East. These philosophies ran concurrent with the founding of many of the world’s religions that are still with us today.
From 2085 BC – 610 AD, much of humanity’s thought and development occurred through the rise of religions. Here are the externalizing dates given for many of the influential religions throughout history, with each religion building upon the principles and core beliefs of those that preceded them and with adjustments and additions in response to the needs and circumstances that surrounded each subsequent religion at the time of their emergence or reemergence:
2085 BC – Judaism
1500 BC – Hinduism
1000 BC – Zoroastrianism
599 BC – Jainism
560 BC – Buddhism
550 BC – Taoism
30 AD – Christianity
590 AD – Catholicism
610 AD – Islam
Nowhere do we see more direct human interaction with the realities and potencies of the world of energies like the stimulating energy and force of good than in modern science and invention. From 1876-1945, human endeavor and consciousness literally exploded with accessing, harnessing and unleashing new expressions of physicalized energies that could be used for good for the betterment of life and progress of society. Here is a timeline of some of the most important discoveries, inventions and events that have shaped our modern life: 1876 – Bell invents the telephone and Edison invents the phonograph, 1880 – Edison invents the first incandescent electric lamp, 1880s – Edison opens the first power plants, 1883 – Eastman invents modern plastic photographic film, 1884 – the invention of the steam engine, 1888 – Tesla patents the AC electrical current, 1890s – the first movie projectors are invented and the first movie theater opens, 1890s – the invention of the diesel engine, 1895 – Roentgen discovers X-Rays, 1898 – Marie Curie discovers radium and radioactivity, 1901 – Marconi successfully sends transatlantic radio waves, 1903 – the Wright Brothers successfully fly an airplane, 1908 – the Model T Ford, 1920 – the first modern television set, 1920s – Goddard develops the principle of a modern, liquid-fueled space rocket, 1930s – radar developed, 1942 – Fermi builds the first nuclear chain reactor, August 6, 1945 – the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, releasing atomic energy into human and world consciousness and experience.
Art was an instrument of rebirth and illumination after the Dark Ages. The Renaissance, mostly centered in Italy between 1300 and 1700, is credited with the great flourishing of beauty and culture in Europe in the aftermath of the era of the Black Plague. The concentrated artistic discoveries and creations of the 1300s are considered to have resulted from a rediscovery of Latin and classical texts, especially Greek philosophy and the writings of Petrarch. One of the single most important progressions of humanity through art was the discovery of how to create and represent perspective on the flat medium of canvas or paper.
Classical music flourished along with art all throughout the Renaissance, but there was a very noticeable cluster of German and Austrian composers who worked alongside each other, creating groundbreaking music in a concentrated period of the 1650s through the 1820s. Composers of this time include: Pachelbel, Handel, Bach, Hayden, Mozart and Beethoven. Their works persist to this day as some of the most beautiful compositions and sound ever created.
Along with science, modern humanity has progressed through the late 20th century and early 21st century substantially through technology. Amazingly, many of the founders of companies and inventors of technologies that have enabled all of our personal computing and connectivity through the Internet and social media were born in 1954-1955. These technology leaders include: Bill Gates of Microsoft, Steve Jobs of Apple, Scott McNealy of Sun Microsystems and Tim Berners-Lee, credited with inventing the World Wide Web, which enabled the Internet to take the visual form useful and accessible to the general public and business that we know today.
Philanthropy has been evolving in several clear and definite waves. The first modern philanthropists lived and gave during the era of the “robber barons” in the United States. Their wealth derived from the extracting of natural resources and the building of infrastructure needed by a young and geographically large nation. Wealth that was accrued from industries such as oil, minerals, the railroad and banking by US east coast families such as the Rockefellers, the Carnegies, the Morgans and the Vanderbilts was moved into philanthropic organizations created by the patriarchal scions of these families and often continues to be managed by their grandchildren and great-grandchildren to this day. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are now considered the last of this “old school” line and mode of doing philanthropy – waiting until later in life to turn one’s attention and money towards philanthropy, and using the very traditional 501(c)(3) charitable organizational structure. The current youngest tech generation – largely working and gaining wealth in the fields of social media and e-commerce – is taking a very different approach to philanthropy, getting actively involved in supporting and shaping world causes very early into their wealth and using LLCs (limited liability companies and partnerships) as much more flexible and nimble forms for directing their money towards projects, ideas and causes that interest them. Some of these “new school” philanthropists include: Mark Zuckerberg, a founder of Facebook, and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan; eBay founder, Pierre Omidyar, and his Omidyar Network; and Laurene Powell Jobs (Steve Jobs’ wife) and her Emerson Collective.
World affairs have ever been shaped by the world of energies and the stimulating forces of good more than most of humanity knows. World War I and World War II are known in certain circles as the One World War (1914-1945). From a stimulating forces of good perspective, this World War was a turning point in the history and direction of the planet and humanity. While we still see plenty of strife and chaos, humanity made a definitive choice and invocation through the process of the World War to accept and evolve into its destiny as stewards of good. This World War era, and its aftermath, saw the rise of many international collaboratives and key, enlightened international agreements that laid the foundation for humanity to be able to move together into its eventual role of benevolent and wise steward of the planet and all the kingdoms of nature. Some examples include: the formation of the League of Nations, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms”, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s and Winston Churchill’s “Atlantic Charter”, the formation of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Red Cross/Crescent, the World Health Organisation, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the International Union of Concerned Scientists, NATO, the European Union, ASEAN, GATT/World Trade Organization and the International Criminal Court. Some of these collaboratives have been more effective than others, but their existence is more significant in terms of the stimulating forces of world good and humanity’s future than their outcomes. They are all experiments and previews of types of organizations and collaborations we will see when humanity is more aware of the realities of being an ambassador of good for all life and lives.
Film and TV offer some of the most accurate and revealing reflectors of humanity’s subconscious response to the impulse and reality of stimulating forces of world good. We can ask ourselves why Star Wars and “The Force” have remained such persistent phenomena across several generations over the past 38 years. It’s not just savvy marketing. a whole slew of movies and TV shows since the 1960s have continued to explore and point the way towards the reality of the world of energies and forces of good. Star Wars, Star Trek, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Contact, Final Fantasy, Surrogates, Branded, Inception, Ink and The Matrix all tell stories of energies and forces of good that resonate with our inherent nature and instinctive-intuitive sense as ambassadors of good, stewarding and wielding the living “Force” of good. Storytelling is a deep-seated part of humanity’s nature and makeup, and films, TV and internet shows remain some of the most accessible, easiest, clearest ways to learn about and interface with the world of stimulating energies and forces such as world good.
Many of the world’s most powerful and creative thinkers, organizations and humanitarians are turning their attention these days to the importance of cities as engines of evolution, progress, experimentation, community and living. Cities are highly significant in the world as stimulating forces of good and stations for world ideas. Examples of leading initiatives and experiments around cities include: United Nations World Heritage Sites, the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities and Commonpurpose.org’s Cities as Magnets. Just about everyone has experienced that cities – especially world cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Berlin, Cairo, New Delhi, Sydney or Tokyo – each have their own identifiable vibe or energy that makes them attractive and distinct. People get magnetized to particular cities and feel comfortable or energized there because there is an energy resonance that makes them synch up, and it may be that a person’s creativity and development may need the particular energy and type of stimulating force of good of a particular city at a particular time. it has been observed through the travels and circulations of World Good that the following cities seem to be stewarding the following energies and forces of good at this time:
New York >> creative and active intelligence
Chicago >> grounded and materializing visionary wisdom
Philadelphia >> brotherly love and fellowship
Boise in Idaho >> kindness
Los Angeles >> the power of youthful imagination and dreaming
Houston in Texas >> bold instinctive adaptability
Toronto >> diversity and visual design
Cities evolve over time, so the energies and forces of good they are stewarding also evolve, and the proposed and potential energies and forces of good being stewarded as listed above should be considered a snapshot in time.
Many of the current events we have been seeing around us, especially since 2000, can be viewed as evidence of humanity’s acceleration in evolution and response to the stimulating forces of good. World good is a stimulating force of “will to good” (not just an intention or nice ideal of good) that is becoming more available to the planet and humanity in response to their own developments, aspirations and activities. This “will to good energy” tends to stimulate new modes to de-crystallize the old and the revealing of things that need to be released. This “destruction for creation” can understandably produce uncertainties about the future, but through the lens of the stimulating energies and forces of world good, it is a completely predictable and cyclic part of our evolution. The seeds sown throughout humanity’s history as it has explored its nature, purpose and relationships create effects whose impacts must come to fruition and be released. As the Christian Crusaders conquered the lands of yesterday’s and today’s Islam through violence in the name of their “one, true God”, so Islam is now attacking the lands of today’s Christianity through violence in the name of their “one, true God”. Through these shared experiences, compassion, understanding and good are the eventual inevitable results. Racial and other inequalities in the evolution of nations resurge cyclically in order to be revealed and released. Mass starvation and cataclysmic weather events challenge humanity to come together and cooperate in the spirit of world good to address these world challenges. Wealth concentrates in the hands of a few to be both wielded for good through the sage application for world good by philanthropists and as a positive challenge to prompt more people to turn their creativity, expertise, intelligence and activism to developing and calling for alternative modes of sharing and living that benefit all.