Veterans' Day 2013 062We are living at an extraordinary time in which Industrial Age thinking–more is better, the faster the better, the future is the focus–is transitioning into a Life Sustaining Age–make, remake, fit within nature, innovate, create, and relate.

Naturally, the present is turbulent because the old ideas persist while the new ideas struggle to be born and take root. And, like all transitions, there is a third potential: collapse and disintegration.

Examples of the old ideas: frantic search for fossil fuels; partition of political and social ideals; disconnection from earth and each other; waning productivity of centuries old farmland from industrial scale farming; saturation of pollutants from pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and nuclear waste. Despair, poverty for many, top-down economy, stale politic.

Examples of the new ideas: creation of nonpolluting forms of energy; community-building to increase quality of life for all; new realization of the vital connection to the earth, to all forms of life, and stewardship of air, land, sea, and soil for health, joy, and economic productivity. Hope, high quality work and living conditions, renewed participation in democratic principles, bottom-up economy.

Go here to see the new, spirit of this age, this through music. The new impulse is generosity, i.e. what value can I bring to my community through my talents?

Why Aria van den Bercken Takes a Piano with Her.

She focuses on regaining a state of wonder!