People are not the same as they were when you were in school (no matter how old you are reading this), and they are not the same as they were in the “days of old” from your parent’s day. Kids are being diagnosed with various disorders at higher and higher rates. There have always been these “different” people, but by the 90s the number has gotten so high that people started to take notice. What’s going on?
One of the most outstanding differences people will have noticed in the past decade is the surge in cases of ADD/ADHD. Sure it can be drugged out of you, but it’s not actually a problem, it’s a new way of thinking. It appears to be related to seven different genes. I’ve read most about the DRD 4 allele, but I’ll leave all that for you to study on your own. The important thing to realize is that there are more and more people being born who are wired to think differently. An article in New Scientist has found that time actually passes at a different rate for those with ADD/ADHD. They think quickly, they’re intelligent, they can’t bring themselves to listen to things that aren’t engaging, they have heightened compassion and they are well known for not following authority they don’t find authentic.
On an outer level, one thing that has changed the world is the internet. We are connected to everyone, all the time. We don’t just hear about other people and other countries on the evening news anymore. We don’t read a story about Egypt, we watch youtube videos, we see their faces, we read their tweets. We don’t wonder what others in the world think about an issue, they post it as their status on facebook. We happily experience the whole world on a daily basis, not just our own community. These are our experiences. And every experience changes us – we as humans aren’t the same people we were before, and we as individuals aren’t the same people we were before.
I’m not intending to go into all the ways that we are different now than we were. There are various things more and more kids are being diagnosed with that as they are explored are showing themselves to be not so much problems as intensely new ways of being, and there are more and more ways that we are connecting with the world around us. And whether we came out different than the rank and file of our parents’ generation when we were born (whatever our age) or have just ended up that way over time, we’re different now. We’re more intelligent, more compassionate, and less interested in the status quo.
So the internal and external revolution that is going on now isn’t surprising. It was just a matter of time – time for the world to catch up with who we are.
It’s time to think about who we are now and how to be that in the most freakin awesome way possible.