The Rebirth of the System: From Caterpillar to Butterfly

Think about it: We need the caterpillar to create the butterfly.

I was at a lunch meeting today and we were discussing the current crisis in the financial markets as a much needed adjustment to the overstimulated system. One of us said something to the effect of, "This system needs to die for us to have a new, better system." I responded that the system doesn’t need to die, it simply needs to evolve and become better. Just as a caterpillar does not die to become a butterfly, it simply changes, we all need to hold space for this system to metamorphose into a new and improved reality for all.

Our economic strategy of endless consumption to measure the growth of our economy must end, simply because we live on a planet with finite resources. The experience of well being for all can be shared by utilizing all of our planet’s resources in a more efficient manner. We must implement evolutionary ideas, values and technologies which can help the system to simply evolve without breakdown.

If the positive innovations connect exponentially before the massive breakdowns reinforce one another, the system can repattern itself to a higher order of consciousness and freedom without the predicted economic, environmental, or social collapse.

-Barbara Marx Hubbard