In less than one hundred years, we've gone from rotary phones to a world wide web. A non-physical world; a virtual realm where we've melted boundaries, merged cultures, perspectives and beliefs, within an infinite space with no borders, laws or even politics.
A place far outside the walls of bureaucracy where the structuring of our ideals can take place. A world we've grown more conscious together. More human.
A virtual evolving community we live in, by the millions, every day, far from any government or political structure, where a different story seems to take place.
In the backdrop of our rapidly evolving global society, our old world seems to just sit there. Our government, our political structure that seems to have stood still through time, amid the many revolutions and evolutions we've undergone individually and collectively.
While our technology, communications and everything in between have made massive leaps into the future, it seems our politics haven't. The same laws and political campaigns seem to have been on repeat for decades. It seems to be the same fight over which of the two ways of governing is better, which of the two laws, which of the two ways of seeing the world...
Always different players but always the same game.
Only now more entertaining than ever, across all media outlets, looking more like entertainment than any quest for democracy.
Political reality TV. Complete with 'king of the castle' type debates that are more about the personal lives of politicians than policies themselves. A far stretch from what politics seemingly were created for: service.
While our world has expanded into the future, it seems our politics have de-evolved to the past, far before the time of Lincoln, well over a century ago. We've since replaced inspirational action with cheap soundbites and outdated laws we've hated for years. Decades really.
We now, modern humans in the 21st century, are accepting and even expecting our politicians to stay static, to even lie and cheat, vying to win votes instead of social innovation. We modern humans have accepted this antiquated system in a rapidly advancing world.
We seem to live in a strange world where technology evolves every day but we still have the same politics from decades ago.
It seems we should be treating politics like technology, like something that should always be growing and expanding with a flow of ideas to meet our needs. The cell phone industry alone has gone through hundreds of evolutions since the beginning of this election.
We love innovation but we somehow seem to expect it from everything but our government, the very thing that controls our lives.
But just as we expect science to teach us, or technology to advance us, so too should we expect our politics to bring us forward. The science and technology of creating a better world. Anything else couldn't make sense in this age.
It's strange that a rapidly evolving civilization would expect anything less. You'd think we'd be embracing and celebrating new political ideas, rather than just choosing a political side and fighting the other, like a sport. Even having to vote for whoever seems least corrupt.
Why are we still doing this?
How did we become a civilization of passive acceptance? Even our education system is based on memorization more than on exploration. We don't even question why we're not questioning.
It's as if we grow up as radical accepters, as true patriots. But what happens if we become patriotic for the whole world? Or for each other? Or for ourselves?
How will this systematic machine continue as we're becoming more conscious, living beings, reaching out to each other across the world? How will the old, rusty machine continue the "American Dream?"
Science tells us that evolution is the natural progression of all things. Everything in nature, and the universe as a whole, is continuously seeking to evolve. Always aiming to break boundaries, always wanting to flourish at its peaks.
Anything then that is working against nature, anything static or confined, could never evolve and will eventually de-evolve or die.
Nature always wins.
And because we are alive, we need a government that is too. In our modern age, we should expect to live in a world that is more about supporting than governing. More constructive than destructive. More loving than fearful.
We are living, breathing beings requiring a society that is too. One that gives to the future rather than takes from it. A system that grows with us modern humans, in an increasingly conscious civilization.
It seems that if you want a new paradigm, first you must become it, individually. And we are.
Many of us are left waiting in the future. We know that our politics will eventually need to catch up or be replaced. We are evolving together either way.