So the leave voters won. If you wanted to stay, like me, you will probably be feeling sad, disappointed and may even be feeling fearful about the future of our young people. Let me offer a word of comfort. Viewed through the prism of evolution, I believe this is a temporary setback—a blip in the evolution of human consciousness that will self-correct at some time in the future. The question is when?
First, there was no European Community, and we were all fighting each other, repeatedly. Then there was a European Community (Common Market) and most of the fighting stopped. Sometime after that, we chose to be in. Now we have chosen to be out. Next … wait for it … we will choose to be in again. It is inevitable.
Why do I believe it is inevitable? Because that is what billions of years of evolution is telling me. Evolution has always been messy, but always adaptive and always predictable: always evolving towards entities and structures that are more inclusive and display more expanded levels of consciousness. Let me explain.
First, there was the big bang, and the universe was awash with a sea of energy. Then electro-magnetic particles learned how to survive in this sea of energy and became viable independent material entities. As life conditions became more complex, particles bonded with each other to form group structures—protons and neutrons—and these group structures cooperated with each other to form atoms. Atoms then learned how to become viable and independent, and as life conditions became more complex, they bonded to form molecules; then molecules cooperated with each other to form cells. Cells learned how to become viable and independent, and as life conditions became more complex, they bonded with each other to form organisms; then organisms cooperated with each other to form creatures. One of those creatures—Homo sapiens—is now learning how to become viable and independent, and, as life conditions have become more complex, we have been learning how to bond together in increasing larger group structures—tribes, city states, nations—and these group structures have been attempting to cooperate with each other through treaties and alliances in larger group structures such as NATO, United Nations, European Community, etc.
This is why I believe the United Kingdom is destined to become part of Europe. There is no stopping the evolution of consciousness. However, as we have seen, there may be setbacks. Setbacks occur when inequalities exist between the entities that are attempting to bond together to form a group structure (nation). That is why Brexit won. There are too many inequalities in the United Kingdom for it to be a cohesive nation. Enough people feel disenfranchised that they want nothing to do with Europe. Joining Europe did not work for them.
Consciousness in the UK
In 2012, my company measured the consciousness of the UK. We found a very high level of dysfunction—fear-driven consciousness. The level of cultural entropy was 59%. Because of the inequalities, there was very little cohesion in the nation. You can see the full results here. A referendum in France and Italy would most likely achieve the same result as Brexit because the levels of cultural entropy in those nations are even higher than in the UK. When Iceland went bankrupt, the level of cultural entropy was 54%. You can find out more here.
Brexit is a sign that we have to get our house in order. We must repair the inequalities in our nation so we can bond together to form a cohesive unit. Only then will we reach the level of consciousness that will enable us to take our place as an equal partner in Europe. It will happen, the question is, when?
Consciousness in the US
Now let me stick my neck out. Based on our measures of cultural entropy in the US, which were around 52% in 2009 and 2010, and the high level of inequality that exists in that country, I would say that Donald Trump will win the presidential election. Like the UK, the US needs to get its house in order to become a cohesive nation. Whoever taps into the concerns of the disenfranchised will win the US election, just as those who tapped into the concerns of the disenfranchised in the UK won the Brexit vote.
If you want to see a cohesive nation, look to Canada, Denmark or Bhutan where the levels of cultural entropy are 32%, 21% and 4% respectively.
The problem that most Western nations face is that we have not yet developed a form of democracy that is free from the influence of the elites—from the influence of the upper class “establishment” and global business leaders.
Until we restore equality in our nations, we will never be able to evolve because equality is fundamental for bonding and bonding is essential for the evolution of group consciousness. I suggest we look to the Nordic nations if we want to see equality in action.
Consciousness of the elites
Finally, let’s address the issue of poor political leadership. This article explains why, at least in Britain, the country is being run by a group of immature boys. If you don’t believe me watch how they behave in Parliamentary sessions—shouting, name calling, bullying, just what we expect from adolescents. We need to address this issue. We need leaders who can operate from the highest levels of consciousness—authentic individuals who are not afraid to enter into dialogue, and are willing to exhibit compassion and empathy for the poor, the sick and the disenfranchised. Until we care for those who cannot care for themselves, we will not become a cohesive or a civilized nation.