The XXI Century Warrior: The Prophecy
“Only the sufferer, the victim, the weak, the meager can put an end to their miseries. They will do it by raising above their suffering once and for all. Their liberation does not depend on the heroic works of some warrior. Yet, only this warrior will be capable of doing it”. A monk of the Himalayas.
There is an ancient prophecy, so ancient that it has almost been forgotten in the threads of time. A friend of mine, who is a world traveler and spirituality seeker talked to me once about it. An old monk narrated it to her while they had been walking to a little sacred town on the foot of the Himalayas, where she had gone to meditate.
The monk began to narrate.
“There will be a time when the forces of evil seem to be determining the fate of human beings, who feel hopeless and helpless to confront their oppressing power. Violence is everywhere; war prevails over peace, evil over goodness, treason over trust, intrigue over sincerity, lie over truth, cruelty over compassion, and suffering over contentment. Most people look to everyone else in distrust, being afraid of getting hurt sentimentally, physically or morally. Chaos seems to be the commanding force of the world. In most countries, greedy and cynical men hold the key positions in government and businesses; they look after their personal benefit instead of after the common welfare. Those in power have at their disposal armies of fanatic followers, willing to harm and even to kill anyone who opposes their bosses’ power. They have at their disposal weapons of abysmal destruction potential. Ordinary people feel that they have no hope of ever overcoming that oppressing situation. The ambition and greed of the men in power do not have limits. They not only have profited from their corrupt leadership, but they also have turned the Earth into a wasteland, because of their limitless extraction of its riches. Food is scarce and expensive, poor people eat left overs, when they eat at all. People die by the thousands of unknown diseases. Many people feel hopeless and wonder how much they will have to endure that suffering until something, anything happens. It is the kingdom of fear and darkness”.
“Humanity has been pushed to the edge of time, driven by their choice of going through the path of power, greed and oppression. Instead of through the path of love, wisdom and compassion”.
-Is that the end of the world? My friend asked the monk.
-The end and the beginning. The monk answered cryptically, and continued talking.
“In this most obscure of realities a ray of hope will shine, the hope that a hero, a mighty warrior will come and free every one of their suffering, giving birth to a new era of peace, understanding and mutual respect. The legend says that this warrior will have special qualities that will render the power of the rulers useless”.
-What are those special qualities? Asked my friend.
-Later please, said the monk, continuing the narration.
“At that moment in time, most people will be like camels; they just sit there and take the load. There will be some lions, who will resist the power of the rulers with all their strength, but it will not be enough to overpower them. Only the child can and will”.
-The child? Asked my friend.
-Later, said the monk, somehow annoyed, and continued with the narration.
“It will be the end of time and the beginning of time. It will be the no time. There cannot be a beginning without an end. In order for an era of peace to begin, the era of suffering most end. However, suffering is not easy to end. Only the sufferer, the victim, the weak, the meager can put an end to their miseries. They will do it by raising above their suffering once and for all. Their liberation does not depend on the heroic works of some warrior. Yet, only this warrior will be capable of doing it”.
-I am sorry. I do not understand. Said my friend.
-Yes. It is paradoxical. Isn’t it? Please, let me continue…
This story will continue…
PS: I express my deep gratitude to Otto Scharmer and his team of gifted collaborators at the ULab program at MIT, specially to Arawana Hayashi, Kelvy Bird, Julie Arts, Adam Yukelson, and Simoon Fransen.They are working hard to create a worldwide army of XXI Century Warriors.
U.lab: Leading From the Emerging Future. An introduction to leading profound social, environmental and personal transformation.
Positive Psychology Center. University of Pennsylvania.