There is a lot of derision of "New Agers" on this forum, often with good reason, but I started thinking this weekend: What if they're right? Not about what they think is "Buddhist" or the way Buddhism should be practiced, but about being on the precipice of a new era of human thinking? In another thread, here
, we were discussing modernity (& postmodernity) and what it really means tp move beyond that worldview. What if humanity is right on the precipice of moving beyond modernity?
Such a shift in worldview does not happen overnight. It happens piecemeal. In the other discussion, we mentioned that, in scientific thought, Einstein's relativity opened the door to quantum theory and that is certainly a new way of looking at the world. HHDL talks about moving toward a global 'secular ethics', and that is certainly a new way of looking at the world. What will
it mean to move beyond the modern worldview and what does such thinking entail? How will this shift come about?
Typically, the Buddhist answer to the latter might involve the coming of Buddha Maitreya. If we are nearing the end of a kaliyga, what if Maitreya is already preparing to descend to the world? How would one know?
Just thinking outloud....