We are children equally of the Earth and the sky.
In our tenure on this planet we have accumulated dangerous evolutionary baggage: propensities for aggression and ritual submission to leaders, hostility to outsiders. All of which puts our survival in some doubt.
But we have also acquired compassion for others, Love for our children, a desire to learn from history and experience, and a great, soaring, passionate intelligence – the clear tools for our continued survival and prosperity.
Which aspects of our nature will prevail is uncertain, particularly when our visions and prospects are bound to one small part of the small planet Earth.
But up there, in the cosmos, an inescapable perspective awaits. National boundaries are not evident when we view the Earth from space.
It’s probably here that the word ‘cosmopolitan’ realized its true meaning of a citizen – not just of a nation, but of the cosmos. To be a citizen of the cosmos!
Our global civilization is clearly on the edge of failure in the most important task it faces: preserving the lives and well-being of its citizens and the future habitability of the planet.
But if we are willing to live with the growing likelihood of nuclear war, should not we also be willing to explore vigorously every possible means to prevent nuclear war?
Should we not consider, in every nation, major changes in the traditional ways of doing things? A fundamental restructuring of economic, political, social, and religious institutions?
We have reached a point where there can be no more special interests or special cases.
We are one planet.