Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is a medical doctor, public speaker, and author of more than 80 books, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. He is regarded as a major advocate for the use of alternative medicine. Dr. Chopra is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
Dr. Chopra’s books have been published in more than forty three languages. His New York Times bestseller Peace Is the Way received the Religion and Spirituality Quill Award in 2005, and The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2005 Nautilus Awards. His latest New York Times bestsellers include What Are You Hungry For: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of the Soul, Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well Being, War of the Worldviews, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, and Spiritual Solutions - Answers To Life's Greatest Problems.
Question: What forces have shaped humanity most?
Deepak Chopra: I think that the forces that have had the most powerful influence in bringing us where we are today, at least in recent times, have been the progress of science and technology. Unfortunately that’s not been all good.
We have now modern capacities, including things like biological weapons, nuclear warfare, and other diabolical technologies that can destroy the planet and cause the extinction of other species and risk our own extinction. So we have ancient habits which are still very tribal, ethnocentric, racist, bigoted, based on primitive ideas, and yet they rule our behaviors. These ancient habits, combined with our modern capacities, are a very devastating combination and have brought us to a place of crisis. And unless we combine our technologies, which are neutral by the way; the same technologies that can create these diabolical behaviors, the same technologies can be used to heal the world.
We can create energy systems that are non-polluting.
We have enough intelligence now to remove radical poverty in all parts of the world; to actually holistically take care of all of the diseases; and through our harnessing of the collective consciousness, actually get rid of war and all the conflict in the world.
So technology is very useful. The Internet, media, educational institutions, information networks can quickly create critical mass to heal the world. But we have to pay attention to our own spiritual development, while at the same time, acknowledging that technology by itself is unstoppable. And we cannot stop our technological progress; but we must use that technology for useful purposes.
Recorded on: Aug 17, 2007