Recently, I had the opportunity to re-read Conversations with God: Book 3 by Neale Donald Walsch. In his third and concluding book of the CWG trilogy, Walsch recommends a book written by Thom Hartmann as further reading. I wondered if this was the same Thom Hartmann who’d written Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception, one of the first books I’d read about ADHD shortly after my diagnosis.
Hartmann’s book is a favorite of mine, one I’ve cited often, so I was eager to learn if The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It’s Too Late, the sociopolitical treatise recommended by Walsch was written by the same author.
Hartmann, known for his revolutionary “Hunter/Farmer Hypothesis” of ADHD, stands out from the pack. His ADHD classic is innovative, his hypothesis reflects a fresh, bold approach, and one that resonates with me.
To my delight, I learned that The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, recommended by Walsch, was indeed penned by the same author. In this sociopolitical treatise, Hartmann once again calls for a radical shift in thinking, again belying the status quo.
Making the connection between these two books and the author’s status as a member of the ADHD tribe, I was reminded of various ADHD writers who have suggested that those of us with “special brains” might very well be the ones to lead the way in paradigm shifts necessary to better our society. This may sound like a grandiose claim, but reviewing Hartmann’s body of work got me thinking: is it possible that those of us with ADHD brains can take leadership roles in turning the tide towards human survival?
If we step back and take an objective view, it’s possible to argue that few, if any, of our social constructs are serving us well. From politics to education, religion to social structures, the global situation is far from perfect with widespread hunger, poverty, violence, and increasing inequality amongst individuals and groups. We are blinded or numbed to the level of damage we’ve caused to our environment and largely in denial that we’re on the brink of extinction. Perhaps there is a role for those of us, like Hartmann, who are differently wired to take us in a new direction.
“Our problems derive not from our technology, our diet, violence in the media, or any other one thing we do. They arise out of our culture – our view of the world.
“…Nothing but changing our way of seeing and understanding the world can produce real, meaningful, and lasting change…”
from The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Revised and Updated: The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It’s Too Late, p. 3 (2004 revised ed.)
This one concept alone could change the course of history for the better.
One of the primary tenets of this new world vision, as stated in CWG and historically inherent in some of our world’s religions and spiritual traditions is the notion that we are all one. The majority of North Americans may see this as merely science fiction, possible only for the Borg of Star Trek fame; but if understood at its deepest, and literal, level (as explained in the CWG trilogy and elsewhere), this one concept alone could change the course of history for the better starting immediately.
It so happens that the ADHD brain displays an intrinsic trait that is closely related to the concept that we are all one: and that is that everything is connected. A cognitive process that routinely trips us up – that is, not being able to see things in a linear, but rather in holographic fashion – may in fact hold the kernel of a profound and world-altering reality: that everything is indeed connected and we are all in fact, not fiction, one.
If we acknowledged this in actuality, how could we ever consider harming another? If we understood that everything is connected, we would also understand that any careless, thoughtless, harmful actions toward our environment would inevitably harm the very system we rely on for survival.
When you combine this ADHD propensity to see everything as connected with the ADHD traits of hypersensitivity and intuition, we have a recipe for heightened compassion and a new understanding of how we are to behave to achieve the global peace and harmony that so many of us say we want.
As a logical consequence of honing and developing these attributes, it would become inconceivable that we could display cruelty toward others or ourselves.
This leads me to believe that, instead of nurturing qualities and attributes that would uphold the social and sociopolitical status quo, perhaps it would be in our better interest to discern and develop our creative, humane, and more esoteric attributes; to expand our leadership qualities, and to awaken our positive potential for the greater good. Together with other like-minded individuals, societies and cultures, we may turn the tide toward a more life-sustaining future.
Our planetary survival may depend on it.