All people born on this planet received a legacy from
generations past, as will future generations. Such
legacies as science, art, philosophy, humanism, freedom
and equality, are treasured because they enhance the
human condition. Unfortunately, for most of the earth’s
inhabitants, the legacies they receive are greed, war,
pollution, dominance, imposed ignorance, starvation,
pain and suffering, and even death. The planet has
become a playground for some of the world’s most immoral
people to impose their will on the rest of humanity as
well as on the earth itself. As the unfolding world
events are becoming more global in nature, the need for
a unified planetary response is becoming more evident.
If such immorality and greed are left unchecked, the
results will be devastating to the planetary and human
condition. Even though the past cannot be changed, the
future certainly can be, and that’s where we, the
present, emerge as the shapers of the future.
What can be done?
The course is clear for individuals that believe in a
human condition that includes freedom of speech, the
right to a healthy and clean planet, the right to hold
an individual belief system, and the freedom from those
who would take away these rights. Regardless of race,
religion or ethnicity, likeminded people must work
together as a planetary coalition, guided by ethics,
science, reason, morality and empathy. This coalition
must be vocal, active, and dedicated to using all the
tools at their disposal to create a unified force that
cannot be ignored.
What tools can be used?
Whether we are theists, agnostics, or
atheists, we can live our lives with compassion,
reason, ethics and morality, and should not take
advantage of others just because their condition
makes them vulnerable. Our planetary responsibility
should be to help the disadvantaged, not to exploit
them. The right course of action is rarely the
easiest at first, so we must be strong, and also
join forces with likeminded individuals. There is
strength in numbers.
Truth: There is no substitute. We must become
teachers and shine a light on ignorance and
oppression. Not everyone is going to embrace the
truth quickly or easily. For people to change their
belief system, they have to be receptive to science
and reason, and they have to be treated with the
same respect that we would expect from them. That
respect coupled with a humanist approach may just
plant a seed that will grow into enlightenment.
Humanism: We are all one planetary family,
regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity. What
affects one of us will more than likely affect all
Tolerance: No two people will concur on every
topic. My father used to tell me, “You catch more
flies with honey then with vinegar.” While that old
adage is probably true with flies, it also applies
to people. You cannot ridicule someone’s beliefs and
then expect fruitful dialogue to emerge.
Politics: Form grassroots political
organizations. We can vote against the officials
that do not adhere to humanist ethics and vote for
the officials that do. Support the candidates that
are most aligned to the above beliefs. Support the
organizations that are working to bring this
metamorphosis about, for example, The Institute for
Science and Human Values. These organizations need a
lobbying arm that is working towards the same goals.
I believe that the moral, humanist and empathetic
fraction of humanity outnumbers the immoral and greedy
part. I also believe that with perseverance and
individual involvement we can eventually win this fight
for a healthy planetary environment, where each
individual has a chance for a good life. It won’t be
easy and it’s certainly harder than doing nothing, but
look at what doing nothing to change clearly bad
situations has brought upon us in the past..