• The Age of Aquarius?

    Well, I don’t know. My yoga teachers have been banging on about the Age of Aquarius for years now. Yogi Bhajan said we entered the Age of Aquarius at the end of last year. The theory is, as a race we are moving to a new era where the old rules no longer apply, a new era of honesty, wisdom, thoughtfulness, wholeness, consideration and generosity. Yogi Bhajan and many others kept warning that people should be getting ready for it, that those who didn’t prepare themselves for the new paradigms would be lost. In short, he meant that the world of unfettered greed, ambition, linear advancement and competition was coming to an end, and that those who continued to espouse those ambitions would find themselves unable to cope. Take a look at modern publishing. What is quietly taking place is a new generation of publishing, run by smart co-operative people like And Other Stories and Faber Factory, people whose priority is to focus on the work and how to deliver it to people well. There are New Edwardians in this Aquarian Publishing Age, people like The Society Club and Fotonow, people who like to gather others around them just to see what conversations might develop. I’d like to think that Waterstones was embracing this cool new breeze, but on the evidence of recent news, it doesn’t seem as though the new management there has got its chakras fully aligned. No matter. As Lou Reed sang on New York, New York: this is no time for ancient rhetoric. It’s time now to press on with the new way of co-operating, in business as much as in pleasure. In the Aquarian Age, technology liberates us from the need to hold to the past. It’s very exciting.