If the population goes up to the point where we destroy the resources of the Earth, it does not matter which nation is most populous, we all get it in the neck.
If we have a nuclear war that produces a nuclear winter or a fallout that kills people everywhere, it does not matter who started the war, it does not matter at whom the nuclear bombs were aimed, we will all get it.
You can go through the entire list of dangers that face humanity, and the very point of the whole thing is that they face humanity, and not any one section of it.
And therefore, I might say in passing that this should be of peculiar interest to humanists. I have always thought that the reason we are called humanists, is that we are involved with Human beings as opposed to the supernatural, the existence of which is dubious at best.
We have become so small, the World has become so fragile, our weapons have become so powerful, that we can not use those weapons any longer, that we cannot subject the Earth to the tortures we can now inflict upon it.
It is important that the World get together and be suffiently a unit to face the problems which attack us as a unit. The problems with the ocean, with the atmosphere, with the soil, with the population, with pollution, with anything you want to aim – do not distinguish among us!
And if they are not, then we will probably destroy ourselves, we will certainly destroy civilization, we may destroy ourselves as a species. And who is going to fight that? Who is going to lead in that direction?
Well I hope lots of people, but I am sure that among them, among them will be the humanists, because by their very name they celebrate humanity. They want humanity to survive, and they recognize that if they do survive, it will be by its own efforts.
Never can we sit back and wait for miracles to save us. Miracles do not happen; sweat happens; effort happens; thought happens, and it is up to us to help have all that happen.
We are actually tampering with the climate of the Earth and with the very atmosphere that we breathe.
Not only are we piling in more and more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but we are chopping down the farmers of the Earth at a great rate.
And these problems are life and death problems.
They go to the root of the viability of the planet itself making the Earth a lot less livable!
We are facing problems that transcend Nations.
But we talked about the greenhouse effect.
We’re talking about something that affects the entire Earth.
All Human beings are facing the same problems.
It is important that the world get together to face the problems which attack us as a unit.
The problems with the Ocean, with the atmosphere, with the population, with pollution.
The only way we can solve a problem is by a Human solution – a cooperative solution.
There’s one thing that is biologically certain about the Human Species is that it is a Human species.
Who is going to fight?
Who is going to lead in the directions?
Never can we sit back and wait for miracles to save us.
Miracles don’t happen … sweat happens, efforts happens, thought happens.
And it’s up to us to help have all that happen!