Something Extraordinary is Happening in the World – and Most People Haven’t Realized

Something Extraordinary is Happening in the World - and Most People Haven't Realized

By Gustavo Tanaka

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Most of us haven’t quite realized there is something extraordinary happening…

A few months ago, I freed myself from the standard-procedure society. I broke the chains of fear that kept me locked up into the system. Since then, I see the world from a different perspective: the one that everything is going through change and that most of us are unaware of that.

Why is the world changing? In this post, I’ll point out the eight reasons that lead me to believe it.

1. No one can stand the employment model any longer

People working with big corporations can’t stand their jobs. The lack of purpose knocks on your door as if it came from inside you like a yell of despair. People want out. They want to drop everything and run. Take a look at how many people are willing to risk entrepreneurship, how many people are leaving on sabbaticals, and how many people are suffering with work-related depression, and burnout. We are reaching our limits.

2. The entrepreneurship model is also changing

The vortex of entrepreneurship was once to find an investor and get funded — to be funded was like winning the World Cup or the Super Bowl. But what happens after you get funded? You get back to being an employee. You may have brought in people not sharing your dream, not in agreement with your purpose, and soon, it’s all about the money. The financial end becomes the main driver of your business. People are suffering with it. Excellent startups began to tumble because the money-seeking model is endless.

A new way to endeavor is needed — and good people are doing it already. Over the past few years, with the explosion of startups, thousands of entrepreneurs have turned their garages into offices, to bring their world-changing, billion-dollar ideas to life.

3. The rise of collaboration over competition

Many people have figured out that it doesn’t make any sense to go on by yourself. Many people have awakened from the mad “each man for himself” mentality.

Stop, take a step back, and think. Isn’t it absurd that we, 7 billion of us living in the same planet, have grown further apart from each other? What sense does it make to turn your back on the thousands, maybe millions, of people living around you in the same city? Every time it crosses my mind, I feel blue.

Fortunately, things are changing. Sharing and collaborative economy concepts are being implemented, and it points towards a new direction. The direction of collaborating, of sharing, of helping, of togetherness. This is beautiful to watch. It touches me.

Related reading: Are You Part of the New Trickle-Up Economy Yet?

4. We are finally figuring out what the Internet is capable of

The Internet is an incredibly spectacular thing, and only now — after so many years — we are understanding its power. With the Internet, the world is opened, the barriers fall, the separation ends, the togetherness starts, the collaboration explodes, and the help emerges.

Some nations saw true revolutions that used the Internet as the primary catalyst, such as the Arab Spring. Here in Brazil, we are just starting to make a better use out of this amazing tool.

Internet is taking down mass control. The big media groups, who controlled the mainstream news and deliver the message they want us to read, are no longer the sole owners of information. You go after what you want. You bond to whomever you want. You explore whatever you may want to. With the advent of the Internet, the small are no longer speechless. There is a voice. The anonymous become acknowledged. The world comes together. And then the system may fall.

5. The fall of exaggerated consumerism

For too long, we’ve been manipulated to consume as much as we possibly can, to buy every new product launched — the newest car, the latest iPhone, the top brands, lots of clothes, shoes, in fact, lots and lots of pretty much anything we could our hands on.

Going against the crowd, many people have understood that this approach is way off. Lowsumerism, slow life and slow food are a few types of actions being taken as we speak, changing how we live and pointing out the contradiction of how absurdly we have come to organize ourselves. Fewer people are using cars. Fewer people are overspending. And more people are swapping clothes, buying used goods, sharing assets, cars, apartments, offices.

We don’t need all of that they told us we needed. And this consciousness of new consumerism can take down any company living on the exaggerated end of it.

Related reading: The World’s Mad Obsession With Unlimited Economic Growth

6. Healthy and organic eating

We were once so crazy we accepted eating anything! It only needed to taste good, and everything would be alright. We were so disconnected that companies started to practically poison our food, and we didn’t say anything!

But then some people started waking up, enabling and strengthening the demand for healthy and organic eating. This is only going to get stronger.

But what has this got to do with economy and work? Just about everything, I’d say. Food production is one of the basic fundamentals of our society. If we change our mindset, our eating habit and our way of consuming, corporations will have to respond and adapt to a new market. The small farmer is getting back to being relevant to the whole chain of production. People are even growing plants and seeds inside their homes as well. And that reshapes the whole economy.

7. The awakening of spirituality

How many friends do you have who practice yoga? What about meditation? Now think back, 10 years ago. How many people did you know by then who practiced these activities?

Spirituality, for too long, was for esoteric folks — those weird-like and mystic people. But fortunately, this is also changing. We’ve come to the edge of reason and rationality. We were able to realize that, with only our conscious mind, we can’t figure out everything that goes on here. There is something else going on, and I’m sure you want to get hold of that as well.

You want to understand how these things work — how life operates, what happens after death, what is this energy thing people talk about so much, what is quantum physics, how thoughts can be materialized and create our sense of reality, what is coincidence and synchronicity, why meditation works, how it’s possible to cure some ailments using nothing but bare hands, how those alternative therapies not always approved by regular medicine can actually work sometimes.

Companies are providing meditation to their employees. Even schools are teaching the young how to meditate. Think about it.

8. Un-schooling trends

Who created this teaching model? Who chose the classes your kids have to take? Who chose the lessons we learn in history classes? Why didn’t they teach us the truth about other ancient civilizations?

Why should kids follow a certain set of rules? Why should they watch everything in silence? Why should they wear a uniform? What about taking a test to prove what you actually learned?

We developed a model that perpetuates and replicates followers of the system, and breeds people into ordinary human beings.

Fortunately, a lot of people are working to change that, through concepts such as un-schooling, hack-schooling and homeschooling.

Related reading: Raising Awake Children in a Broken School System

Final Thoughts

Maybe you’ve never thought of all this, and even may be in shock. But it’s happening. Silently, people are being woken up and are realizing how crazy it is to live in this society. So take a moment: Look at all these new actions, and ask yourself if everything we have been taught so far is normal. I don’t think it is.

Thankfully, there is something extraordinary happening.

About the author:


Gustavo Tanaka is a Brazilian author and entrepreneur, trying to create with his friends a new model, a new system and maybe helping to create a new economy.

Visit Gustavo’s website at

This post originally appeared on Medium

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  • Harvey Mitterdorf

    Yes, I agree, there is much change happening. However, the main thing I see is not a coming together (except for a few small groups here and there) but a drifting apart. Although the whole world is becoming more like a small community in some ways, in other ways it is causing more and more isolation and polarization.

  • Anna Van Z

    Beautifully expressed! I think it’s so important, especially when feeling despair with the daily onslaught of socio-political obscenities, to step back, breathe, and see that these transformations ARE happening, all around us, and contrary to what “they” would have us believe, this cannot and will not be stopped.

    Vive la evolucion!

  • bsroon

    Interesting, but this is said by a guy that took his wife and 2 toddlers into West Virginia backwoods and spent 10 yrs without electricity.
    Have never fit into this farce of a “civilization” where the least civilized are those that wear the thousand dollar shoes and fancy dresses…

    Currently working on getting a Permaculture Certification from Geoff Lawton as we live on the wife’s ranch in N Calif – growing as much of our own food as possible in better than mere “organic” manner, and just this morning had another litter of 8 baby hogs, have recently finished up with our baby goat season, and raise the best eggs anyone around has ever tasted. Apparently people can’t go back to even “cage-free, organic vegetarian raised, free range” chicken eggs. They are lame in comparison…

  • tamajam10

    I agree with everything in the article except the use of the term “spirituality”. I have spent the better part of 30 years searching for ‘spirituality’. I have come to conclude the term is used by the devil to fool people into believing Jesus did not / does not matter into the equation….that the ‘self’ (higher or otherwise) is all that matters. ‘Spirituality’ is another PC term that I have come to believe is intentionally misleading. We live in the devil’s world – the world controlled by him and his fellow fallen angels. Jesus was the final revelation of God to man…having sacrificed himself for the salvation of humankind who would otherwise remain the devil’s folly eternally. “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

    Just my personal two cents. Peace.

  • Penny

    I loved this article and totally agree. It’s these shifts that created my shift. I would love to connect with wake up world as I feel there is an alignment with the currently trending #nakedforchange experiment I have created The Daily Mail along with two other major publications in Australia have jumped onboard and shared this initiative in just the past 24 hours.

  • diana

    I have been living in two worlds for many yrs. I never did fit into the corporate model. I loved my Nursing career. i had some positive Spiritual experences, not fundamental, especially with the Real Jesus. I receive guidance and healing I am a Reiki practitioner. I have had to put up with alot of neglect and verbal abuse in my family, “not fitting in”. It is worth it however I am still waiting for my tribe to appear and hope people will leave their “Conservative” life style. I was steeped in the 60’s

  • diana

    I totally understand the isolation by people besides family. I ask myself. “Who are these people?” I feel likie I am some kind of Alien not from this planet. I do know we are all here for reasons. Even if we say something they don’t understand. It seems to open a closed mind

  • Michel-marie Solito de Solis

    Unfortunately, even a new model is a model, as utopic as the previous

  • tgas269

    The fall of consumerism?!? Really?!? When everything on this page is trying to separate me from my meager wages??? Seems to me it’s just more of the same bull with a new package. From what I see now greed is the new religion. Everybody seems to be trying to scam a buck. Most people selling spirituality are doing just that, selling. After seeking a better way for over 40 years, I agree with tamajam 10. Believing that Jesus is Lord is the only true way. Not a church person btw, just a follower of Jesus. Funny how so many ‘spiritually evolved’ people can be as judgmental as the rest of us ‘lesser beings. 😀