What the world needs now is love, according to Burt Bacharach's song, and never a truer word was said. But while we face a threshold of transformation which could go one way or the other, the love that's needed is a fusion of energy, a force to be reckoned with in the fight against fear. Love is a powerful commodity, driving a lot of things from success to supplication, but the Powers That Be sorely misrepresent it. Commerce would have us believe that love of objects, face cream and entertainment is what makes the world go round and keep us happy. But these trinkets are drugs we've been seduced into depending on, and as another song tells us, the drugs don't work. We still live in fear, discord, tension, and the apathy of helplessness. Meanwhile, our planet rollercoasters towards a dismal end-zone of wasted deserts that were rainforests, and slurried cesspits that were seas.
Why, we wonder to ourselves, doesn't somebody do something?
I have a thought to share here, but wish to tread carefully. Quantumology has a healthy number of high-profile followers and the last thing I'd want to do is alienate them. They are, as far as I can gather, all inclined to tell it like it is and put their pledges out there where they believe a difference needs to be made. But my experiences with social media have revealed a darker side to the status of celebrity. Many are not prepared to step beyond the golden zone of cosy red carpets and oxo kisses, waving to fans behind tickertape and demonstrating love for their own kind in the comfort of a well-established communication framework. They prefer to stay clear of the commoners and enjoy the gilded life of scented lilies with each other.
If you're a celebrity, you have love status automatically bestowed to you, by virtue of the fan base you've amassed. Anything you say is likely to count for something to a lot of people, a double-edged sword exploited mercilessly by the media. For the rest of us, the power to sweep a hand of influence across such a broad net is a distant dream, a reality we wish we had. And as we all tentatively agree, time is running out for humanity. The planet can't cope with the scale of wanton destruction besieged upon it in the name of gain. Greed and corruption have gone a long way beyond mere inconvenience, to the tipping point we've now reached from which we might never be able to return.
Before this see-saw finally clunks onto desolate ground, and the event horizon of inevitability is crossed on the wrong side, a random chance remains that we can pull back from the brink. To do this, we need influential guidance from people setting examples, people who can put their names to causes needing effect. Whatever the cause, if there's love behind it, the effect of high-profile support is going to make a positive difference.
I hope Quantumology's aim to forge active links between quantum behaviour and social empowerment does go some way towards encouraging better ways of living, more fairness in human endeavour, and more motivation for everyone to enjoy in the certainty that we are privileged pieces of universal intellect. With a glittering plethora of influential celebrities out there, I hope too that politicians and power merchants can finally expect a run for their money, and will be forced to tear their veils of duplicity against a surging demand for proper conduct. As far as I can see, there is nothing to stop people from voicing fair expectations of decency in how we treat our world.
I only wish more voices would come ringing from the halls of fame.
Kathy is the author of Quantumology. She met up with quantum mechanics in 1997, pledging allegiance to its sources thereafter. These are her personal thoughts and testimonies.