No spoiler alert needed. I won’t be giving anything away to tell you Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol ends with a couple of pages that will most likely never make it into the movie, nor will they cross Tom Hanks’ lips.
Here’s a portion:
“Our physical bodies have evolved over the ages, but it was our minds that were created in the image of God…as soon as we humans begin to harness our true power, we will have enormous control over our world. We will be able to design reality rather than merely react to it…And (Kathryn says) if we as humans can honestly grasp this one simple truth…the world will change overnight…the power of human thought grows exponentially with the number of minds that share that thought.”
Kathryn’s character is based, at least in part, on
Lynne McTaggart, the author of The Field and The Intention Experiment.
After reading The Intention Experiment, I was again reminded that, indeed, we ARE all connected and we are now called to really pay attention to our thoughts, our intentions and our actions.
But there is another book I'd like to call your attention to. The Power of Collective Wisdom and the Trap of Collective Folly. I admit I'm partial. It's written by some friends of mine:
Alan Briskin, Sheryl Erickson, John Ott and Tom Callanan.
As the title implies, it's more about group
wisdom than about our individual attempts at being and acting
intelligent. They quote Albert Einstein in their chapter called
"Inhabiting a Different Worldview."
“A human being
is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and
space. He experiences himself [she experiences herself] as something separated
from the rest, a kind of optical delusions of his [her] consciousness. This
delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and
to affection for a few persons nearest to us.” [The brackets are mine.]
Now that Carl Jung’s heretofore unpublished Red Book (NYTimes Magazine today, Sunday 20 September 2009) is about to be published, it’s interesting to read about Jung’s final days on page 83 and 84 of The Power of Collective Wisdom. The authors tell us that Jung believed ideas lie outside the individual mind but can be discovered and rediscovered from different disciplines and different cultural backgrounds. They say: “To inhabit a world view of such shared collective knowing, we need to be able to hold in our mind a larger canvas on which to see the cumulative accomplishments of consciousness. We need to understand ourselves as a human species evolving together.”
Together. Not separately.
At the end, they quote Christopher Alexander: “People are deeply nourished by the process of creating wholeness.” It is indeed time we come together. That’s their last line.
It IS time we come together. We're wasting precious time being fractured and fractious. Miserable and misery-makers. Angry and anxious. We’re soooo much better than that.