CALL TO ACTION
Value of the Human Species
Our focus must be on realizing the true value of the human species and providing means for its collective security. It will require a change in our perspective.
Ancient history refers to the time (around 60,000 BC) in which scientists have found the earliest remains of human activity. It ends with the fall of several significant empires, such as the Western Roman Empire in the Mediterranean, the Han Dynasty in China, and the Gupta Empire in India around 650 AD. Imagine the perilous human condition during this period. Humanity moved on.
The rise and fall of European empires from the 16th to the 20th Century has been the defining world experience of the modern era. European powers placed their stamp on various parts of the world. After the decline of the old pre-industrial empires in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries1, new empires arose as Europe progressed ahead of the rest of the world with economic and military power. Imagine the perilous human condition during this period. Humanity moved on.
In 1800, Europe and its colonies and ex-colonies covered just over half the land surface of the world. By 1914 this proportion had increased to 85 percent; and by the Second World War, the only major inhabited areas of the world that had never been under European rule were China, Japan, Mongolia, Persia, Siam, and Tibet. However, within a little over thirty years these great global empires had almost all collapsed. When the twentieth century ended, it left only a few isolated and fragmentary colonial possessions. Imagine the perilous human condition during this period. Humanity moved on.
The 18th Century saw a major turning point in human history led primary by scientific discovery. Major events in medicine extended human life, developments in communications made it possible to bridge vast distances, and advances in travel allowed increasing numbers of people to visit and explore distant lands.
We know of the perilous human conditions that were resolved during this period and of new challenges not previously experienced. Humanity moves to find new solutions to old problems while struggling to understand and resolve those newly arrived.
We are now at a point in history where humanity lives in proximity with its vast diversity. This is occurring without a change in thought patterns to allow acceptance of differences related to cultural and social norms, economic conditions, ethnicities, indigenous identities, belief-systems, and religious affiliations. Unfortunately, humanity remains in lock-step with its prior history where differences sought resolution through conflict and warfare. Where to now for humanity?
Humanity must change its perspective about itself and strive to understand and appreciate the purpose for its existence. For guidance, we must turn to the Ancients, i.e., Sages, Prophets, Philosophers, Visionaries, Savants, etc., those who advise on the spiritual nature of the human species and cautions against the corrupting influence of materialistic pursuits when taken to excess.
We are at a new era in human history where a paradigmatic shift has occurred, a shift we sense has taken place but with little knowledge and understanding of its meaning, and less about its impact on the future of humanity.
We must merge the spiritual nature of humanity with its ability to achieve scientific wonders. In this way, we receive the best of both ‘worlds’ by opening new vistas of opportunities and change that will pioneer systematic and progressive achievements for extended time-horizons and result in mature approaches that will advance global human development and by extension, human civilization.
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