If we look through history, wondering whether the insanity of the ego1 we find expressed in wars and cruelties around the globe has receded over time, we may find that, despite all progress that has been made, it has killed more people than ever before during the 20th century, and one might not wish to say at all, that e. g. 2020 and the first part of 2021 has not been quite crazy, be it in the U.S., be it in the whole world.
On the other hand, there has been a lasting peace within many first world countries for quite a while now, so outer conditions, in some places, despite occasional outbreaks, have improved.
And yet, the ego has lingered on, working e.g. through mental and political division, fear and even, perhaps, rules and regulations that keep the outer peace in place.
True Peace, of course, is to be found within and a precondition for acheving true and lasting outer peace on the whole, too. (See the last part of my thesis for further explanations and references.)
In looking at this, what can be our perspective? Is there a reason for hope?
Each time brings with challenges also opportunities.
And I would like to think that the more “civilised” clothing ego and insanity wear at least in more modern countries, if regarded on the whole, has offered us a vaster opportunity to educate ourselves about methods how to look through the illusion and dissolve it. We have had wisdom and teachers in the past, too, and yet we can be (mostly2) unafraid today when discussing these topics with others or buying a spiritual book in the book store.
And because of modern technology and the interconnectedness around the globe, we have access to so many streams of wisdom. We have Eckhart who speaks with such clarity, we have easy access to such a lot of spiritual scriptures around the world, can e. g. download Max Müller’s huge edition “Sacred Books of the East” onto our hard disk or even speak to healers and spiritual teachers online… talk to each other and thus know that there are so many who aim for realisation, whether they live close to us or not.
If we look at that, we have a great opportunity for change, and if we use it successfully, it will weigh so much more than any insanity handed down into this time. Thousand years of darkness can end in an instant of sunlight.