Editor’s Note:  This article was written in July 2010 but its message continues to be relevant today…..

A week ago I offered for your contemplation four questions posed by Deepak Chopra as part of a EnlightenNext Magazine web article (questions repeated in bold below).  I thought I might give you my thoughts on them as of today.  One caveat — these answers are subject to change as I grow and change!

1. What kind of world do you want to live in and what kind of world you want your children and grandchildren to live in?

I’ve answered this question a number of times in the context that humanity needs to set a vision of its highest possibilities that the vast majority of us can buy into and then collectively work towards it.  However instead of repeating a full positive vision for humanity’s future, here is a short version — I want to live in a world where everyone honors and respects everyone else, a world where everyone has an opportunity to express their gifts and to succeed.

2. What is your role in bringing this about?

I see my role as a teacher.  To the degree that I have any ability to bring clarity to others through either the written or spoken word, I hope to inspire them to work in their sphere of influence towards a world that works for everyone.

3. Regarding the organizations that you’re part of, what kind of team do you want to have and what kind of relationship do you want to have with this team?

Obviously, all teams of which I’m a part must work in a manner that respects all members and helps each to reach their highest potential.

4. What do you see as the primary need in our current cultural moment?

Our greatest need is to foster a shift in consciousness such that humanity no longer defines success primarily by one individual or group gaining at the expense of others.  The greatest good for all must be our greatest motivator for all.

So these are my current thoughts… how would you answer the questions?

Mark Gilbert

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