If society doesn’t change we’ll forever live with palpable fear. It’s worst for those who frequent or live near public transportation, parks, shopping centers, tunnels, bridges, skyscrapers – even our churches, mosques andtemples. We’ll add entire cities to that list if and when terrorists acquire just one nuclear weapon. Newborns start life in an ever-more-dangerous world. Our great-grandchildren will, too, if we don’t evolve.Terrorists are winning now, even when they’re not attacking us. This is our new “normal”. Experts say we’ve been lucky. They’re surprised a large attack hasn’t been repeated. They also say terrorists love anniversaries;dates like nine-eleven, 2011. That date passed, but we were hit overseas.Plans for using this information to achieve peace are not new. Leading academics began to follow research on NDEs when the medical profession learned to successfully resuscitate people. They seriously discussed ideas for using this information at a UN symposium in 2008 reasoning that such profound, implicative events couldcounteract dangerous beliefs.These experiences are mystical experiences, but, they’re not the singular experiences that fostered religionsand their endless schisms. Those incidents were not subjected to scientific peer-reviewed studies.By contrast, there have been a great number of NDEs. In the early 1980’s a Gallup poll found there have beeneight million survivors with NDE’s in the US, alone. They have very consistent characteristics that have beenrigorously studied. They have statistical significance, making important the fact that they all teach the same principles of peace and understanding.As already suggested, no matter what they’d believed before their experiences, NDErs will tell you theylearned why we are here and how we’re supposed to live, and that for them violence toward others isunthinkable. It becomes impossible for those who’ve learned these things to believe women are inferior, that Godinstructs us to kill, or that a suicide-bomber gets rewarded in the afterlife.Some NDErs speak of life elsewhere in the universe. That makes logical sense. Would the billions of stars inthe billions of each galaxy exist for no reason? We stopped thinking “flat-earth” long ago; it’s time we stoppedthinking “small”. We’re part of a far bigger plan than we’ve imagined. We have new evidence and we’d bestupid to ignore it. Not entirely surprisingly, near-death experiences also say there’s a universal intelligence far beyond the grasps of our finite minds.Famous people have had these experiences, too. To name just a few, those admitting to that include Peter Sellers, Elizabeth Taylor, Tony Bennett, Donald Sutherland, Burt Reynolds, Nebraska Senator Robert Kerrey,Debra Winger, Chevy Chase, George Lucas, and Jordan’s King Hussein. Before you conclude they and other survivors were hallucinating, think about other paradigm changes – even recent ones – that enhanced our understanding of reality.Galileo and Copernicus found our true position in the universe. Astrophysics tells us starlight traveled billionsof years from galaxies billions of light years from us, and that makes our universe more than 6000 years old.Medical science discovered microorganisms, and surgeons learned to wash their hands. Scientists discoveredinvisible radiation – radio waves, ionizing radiation like X-rays, and photons in the spectrum below and abovevisible light. Physicists discovered relativity and quantum physics, finding subatomic behaviors asincomprehensible as NDEs. Biologists found that organisms evolve over time. Earth scientists discovered platetectonics. It has always taken a while for man to believe in what he can measure but can’t see.And, by the way, evolution is part of the ongoing paradigm shift. Even the Catholic Church accepts that itcauses change, stating that evolutionary biology is consistent with creation. Evolution happens. It’s the reason weneed a different flu shot every year. It also has made bedbugs harder to kill.So, survivors started our newest paradigm shift. Consciousness can exist apart from the physical brain; doessurvive when brain and body functions are interrupted. And, note that attributes of “consciousness” includenothing less than “vivid and complex thinking, sensations, and memory formation under conditions in whichcurrent neuroscientific models of the mind deem them impossible, such as under general anesthesia, and incardiac arrest.” Skeptics have responsibly suggested that physiological conditions such as visual cortex firings, a flood of endorphins, low blood oxygen, and even psychological conditions might produce these experiences. But, theydon’t. As another leading researcher pointed-out those kinds of conditions produce “…disorganized andcompromised cerebral function and impaired attention” [during which] “consciousness and memory formationwould not be expected to occur.” As with other discoveries, the evidence filters through society and it’s eventually accepted. That can beaccelerated if people realize its potential benefits and that we may be running out of time. We need to see if thisresource can prevent genocides, end permanent feuds, make politicians responsible, and give the world somehope for its future. We can test that potential by starting a global conversation about our best scientific studiesonthese experiences. Once that is underway, experiencers who’ve lived these events (many of whom have keptthem secret) could feed this conversation indefinitely. It could even start an unparalleled news-feeding frenzy.Perhaps we would finally grow-up.