The Road To 2020: The Soul Is Impatient

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“The Road To 2020” is a series of posts where I examine important topics to consider as we get closer to the key year of 2020. 

One of the biggest themes I’ve come across in my meditations on 2020 and our future is the concept of the Soul being “impatient.” There is this vastly increased desire to “get to the point” and be aligned with your life’s purpose—and this sense of urgency is, I believe, what we are experiencing now and have experienced for the last few years.

Like in the “old days,” you had this path to follow, that your parents followed and their parents followed and which is what “modern people” just do. And that is such-and-such amount of childhood, grammar school, high-school, college, degrees…you get a job and then there is a whole “process” of time being put in, waiting for a promotion, and etc.

Modern adults have been taught to defer “living” until after they have “established” themselves. Everything on this delayed-gratification schedule. “When I get the car, I will be happy.” “When I get married, I will be happy.” “When I get the house, I will be happy and can really start living!”

It’s this series of socially-conditioned plateaus—only, the world in which these plateaus were built is quickly going away.

That span of decades and decades in which to save, buy a house, earn enough “bonus stamps,” and so on…you don’t have that.

Now, does that sound ominous? Am I coming across as some sort of Apocalyptic weirdo? Let me clarify.

That whole “decades and decades” span thing? That time-release standardized socially-approved pathway of life? That was an artificial thing created in the post-World War II era. That was an artificial little era—the thinnest of thin slices in the history of humanity—that served the purpose of giving humans this accelerated “leg up” on evolution to get to the point they are now.

That thing that your parents and the parents of your parents and your culture and your media and even your entertainment drummed into you…that thing about this “long game” where you are going to hit these pre-established “markers” of life and, through which, build an existence of Meaning…this is going away.

The Soul is impatient. 

And when you consider the lightning-fast pace in which humans and human science/technology have evolved over the past 70 years, it’s really not that surprising.

Sure, we had this period of time in which the human lifespan greatly increased. So you’d think that we’d actually be more patient. But that was deceptive. Those years were merely the “scaffolding” for where we find ourselves now—as of this writing, three years before 2020.

The world is not going to “end”…but our world (as we understand it) and humanity as a species is going to change. Radically. And whatever lessons our souls were meant to learn within the world as we know it, within the pool of humanity as we currently know it…we have to hurry up with that. We need to get to “the point.”

And so to put off anything that would be part of our essential life purpose…to say, “I’ll do that after this point or that point…”

To put off really living

—we just can’t do that anymore.

Now, this is not some “magic wand”-type thing where you walk away from your job and then something miraculous comes along at exactly the right time (though that does occasionally happen) and you are happy for the rest of your life.

But it is something like: if you are unhappy at your job but feel it is an “investment” for several more years, I’d make an exit strategy instead (preferably for within the next 3-6 months). If you are unhappy with your current vocation or skill-set but you think it is a good “investment” for several more years, I’d make an exit strategy anyway.

Because the other things to consider here are:

a) Modern society is fixing to have artificial intelligence take the place of many many jobs, without a discernible game-plan for what to do with all the unemployed people. This is not going to happen in 50 or 25 years; but rather, within ten years or less.

b) While there might not be an “Apocalypse,” we are rapidly entering a phase of human life on this planet that is becoming more and more uncertain and/or weird. I don’t think “the same rules” that have been relevant for the last 70 years are going to necessarily still apply. If you are “investing” in things that give you no joy, you might be investing in anticipated “future” that might not exist.

c) While we are on the topic of “weirdness”…just the entire concept of “time” seems to be getting a bit shaky. We take Time for granted as this “constant”…and so we measure our lives in terms of hours, months, years, decades…and by so measuring, we employ the tactic of pushing things off to this “future,” this future pushed way ahead of everything else by units of this “time.”

But maybe we should focus more on Right Now.

More to read about on Butterfly Language:
The Road To 2020
We Are Not Prepared For The Job Market Of The Future
When The Universe Really, REALLY Wants To Tell You Something…