Can we reach 5,000 members by the end of this year? I asked that question in this space on Sept. 25, and since then we have increased in membership by 100. I am so happy to welcome those of you who have joined with us. Do you think you, and the rest of us, might recruit 500 more members by December 31st? Should we bother even trying?
“What’s the use?”, you might ask. “What’s the point?”
This is an update of a message, below, that I first posted here in late September. In it, I wondered if we could reach a membership of 10,000 before January 1. That may not happen…but you know what? I am wondering why.
It is a gentle wondering, not an indictment. My heart is simply and quietly pondering…what does it take to sufficiently inspire or motivate people to spend a few hours a month in something that could — if it grew large enough — really impact the world? I notice that some groups seem to have no problem increasing their numbers. They are clear that they can impact the world. They did so again in Paris on Nov. 13. People in these groups are willing to give up their lives for their beliefs. Are we willing to give up, say, ten minutes to simply read the article below?
Well, let’s see…
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
– Nelson Mandela
“There’s no use trying,” said Alice. “One can’t believe impossible things.”
“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” replied the Queen. “Why, sometimes I’ve believed six impossible things before breakfast.”
— Lewis Carroll
Alice in Wonderland
“Every noble work is at first impossible.”
— Thomas Carlyle
“If it’s not impossible, it’s not worth trying.”
When we created the Evolution Revolution early in 2015 with the help of wonderful teammates and visionaries, I set a goal of 10,000 members by New Year’s Eve. A lot of people thought that was impossible, and today we’re well over halfway through the year and well under halfway there. So maybe they were right. But I don’t believe it. And I’m asking you today to help us change this Goal into an Accomplishment: TEN THOUSAND MEMBERS BY NEW YEAR’S.
It’s very fair to ask: “Why? What does it matter how many members we have? Why lay down such a marker? Why measure success with a simple number?”
Let me answer by saying that this isn’t about measuring success. This is about making the impossible possible. And the impossible thing that we wish to make possible has nothing to do with enrollment, it has to do with achievement.
What the Evolution Revolution seeks to achieve is the igniting of a global shift in our most fundamental understandings of God, of life, of who we are, of why we are on the earth, and of how we can achieve at last our highest potential as a species of sentient beings through the simple process of completing our Soul’s agenda.
The chief problem facing humanity today is that we don’t know who we are. Some of us have forgotten that we even have a thing called a Soul. Others of us believe that we have a Soul, but have completely forgotten why it has taken on the body, what it is doing here on this planet, and how to achieve what it has set out to do.
What if everything we thought about God was inaccurate? Would it matter?
In The Storm Before the Calm, I shared a sparklingly brilliant observation shared with humanity by Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future (2002). Ms. Wheatley is not someone without credentials. A globally known consultant on organizational behavior, she received her doctorate from Harvard University, holds an M.A. in systems thinking from New York University, and has worked on every inhabited continent in virtually every type of organization. Here’s what she says:
“There is no more powerful way to initiate significant social change than to start a conversation.”
And so you see, there is something you can do. And you do not have to turn your own life upside-down, or sign up to devote hundreds of hours a month that you do not have to spare, in order to do it. You simply need to be willing to talk about things. To say out loud what is in your heart.
You can do this by bringing the subject up whenever and wherever stimulating people congregate. You could even cause them to congregate by starting a discussion group in your own home. If you want to be really daring, invite the pastor of your local church to allow you to start a discussion group there.
If this seems all too “visible” for your taste, you could become what I call a “quiet activist.” Offer it to family and friends from the “for what it’s worth department,” and just ask them what they think of it. Accidentally leave copies of it everywhere. Forget that you placed it on a park bench or your subway seat. Add it to the reading material on the table at the hair styling salon. Misplace it at the coffee shop. Lose it on an airplane. Let it find its way to the book table at your organization’s charity rummage sale. Create ways to join an underground distribution network.
If you think that openly talking about all of this might feel out of place in today’s fast-paced, sorry-no-time-to-talk world, consider that Ms. Wheatley observed in a 2002 article in Utne Reader that “. . . true conversation is . . . a timeless and reliable way for humans to think together. Before there were classrooms, meetings, or group facilitators, there were people sitting around talking.
NOTE: Please read the new item at the top right, above. It tells about why we are joining together in this movement.
Some people have asked, “What is the point of the Evolution Revolution? Why are you doing this? What can it prove? What can it produce?”
I should like to offer this observation as my response: The problem in the world today is a spiritual problem, and we are trying to solve the problem at every level except the level at which the problem exists.
We generally start with politics. We go about trying to solve the world’s problem as if it is a political problem, but it is not. Political machinations only put a band aid on the problem, at best. Then the problem reemerges. It will not go away. So we say, “Okay, this is not a political problem. It must be an economic problem.”
So we go about trying to solve the problem as if it is an economic problem, but it is not. Economic maneuverings—throwing money at it, or withholding money from it (as in the form of sanctions)—only put a band aid on the problem, at best. Then the problem reemerges. It will not go away. (more…)
Many people are “on board” with the purpose and the intent of the Evolution Revolution, but they don’t know what they can do, specifically, within their community of family and friends to get the energy really moving.
My answer is to start simple conversations with people everywhere, and engage the EvoRevo energy by working into those conversations a series of thought-provoking questions:
- Is the world the way it is today okay with you?
- Is your life the way it is today okay with you?
- You may not think there is any that you can affect or change the way the world is today, but if you thought there was…would you do it?
- You may not think there is any that you can affect or change the way your life is today, but if you thought there was…would you do it?
- Would you be interested in sitting down with two or three other folks once or twice a month to talk about this, and maybe explore what might be able to be done?
Hello, my friends. It is good to be here with you. And today I have a question for you. Do you think that most other people (other than you, that is) are just too busy to participate in a movement that could change the world? Or, in the second case, do you think that few people believe that our movement can? Which do you think it is?
I ask the question because, a few weeks ago, I encouraged our 4,000+ members to each approach one other person in their life and invite them to join the Evolution Revolution. I quaintly thought that by this device, we could double our membership overnight. Or certainly see, at least, a significant advance in our membership numbers.
We wound up getting about 40 new members. Forty new participants harvested by 4,000+ current EvoRevo members. Remarkable for its paucity. Excuse me, but remarkable for its paucity.
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