We need to realize how inherently violent is the world we live in. We live inside violent power structures. Our families, schools, workplaces, communities, churches, and nations are all violent systems of domination and subjugation. We need to realize that although we live within violent cultures, it doesn’t need to be so. We can reduce the violence, and bring gentleness, kindness, compassion, respect, and nonviolence to all our relationships with each other and the planet.
We need to move to a new paradigm that replaces the current one.
It is time for us to agree that the current ways we have organized ourselves to live on this planet may be working temporarily for some, but are not currently working for everyone, and, in the long range, will certainly not work for anyone. We need to come up with better ways.
The most damaging belief residing in the collective unconscious is that there isn’t enough for everyone. This idea of scarcity, and the fear of impending times of lack, compel humans to engage in a process of unending competition for the accumulation of resources. As a result, to compete and to defeat others, to gain access and deprive others of access, to own and deprive others of owning resources that make life easier, is accepted, without questioning, as the rule of the game. Immersed in this competitive culture, we grow conditioned to believe that the only viable way of operating on this planet is selfishly: “Each man for himself” and “Only the strong survive” are adopted, indisputably, as guiding principles. Cooperation and solidarity are quickly disregarded as wishful thinking of the weak.
Unfortunately, we have created a global economic system based on super-sized corporations focused on short term profits. In the final analysis, what commands all major decisions is the question, “How can we maximize profit this quarter?” This short-sighted focus propels the privatization of gains and the socialization of losses. In the struggle to maximize profits and minimize costs, social responsibility gets very little attention, or is totally ignored. The care for others and the environment, the care for the health of the community, the payment of just wages, the payment of benefits for workers, the payment of taxes that, in the final analysis, benefit the entire community, are all seen as obstacles on the way of maximizing profits. This all leads to the situation we are living right now: a world of unbearable inequalities, with an absurd concentration of wealth, that is bringing about a never-ending series of social and environmental problems.
Maybe the majority of our problems comes from over-consumption and waste. We don’t even notice it anymore, but we have been conditioned to desire, buy, and consume much more than what we actually need. This short-sighted vision emphasizes production, consumption, and waste, as the way of maximizing gains. The bigger picture – the Spaceship Earth idea — is seldom, if ever, brought into consideration by those making corporate decisions.
Fueled by the drive for ceaseless accumulation, wealth and power end up concentrated in the hands of a few while the majority of individuals scramble to survive. Within this scenario, where the majority of Earth’s population is focused on short-term survival , little room is left for its inhabitants to see the bigger picture. Social injustice, exploitation, oppression, inequality, poverty, destitution, and so on, make it very difficult for earthlings to join forces, work together, and tackle humanity’s biggest problems.
But the truth is that it doesn’t have to be this way. We have the capacity to organize ourselves differently and find better ways to live and prosper together. The truth is that we don’t need so much. We can live much simpler and satisfying lives. The moment we bring about a juster society, where everyone’s basic needs are met, individuals will be more inclined to cooperate with one another, and our interactions with the planet and all its inhabitants will be less aggressive and damaging.
A time will come when we will transcend our sense of separation, and realize our inextricable interconnection and complete oneness. We will, then, put aside whatever divides us, embrace this new cosmic perspective, and work together to repair and maintain Spaceship Earth. We will realize that we need to stop the destruction, heal the environmental wounds we have inflicted on our planet, create a sustainable future, and preserve our habitat in order to save ourselves.
This is our common goal.
The task is huge, and it is urgent. There’s nothing more important. We are on this One Planet and we, the inhabitants of this planet, are United by the same destiny. We have to understand that we are all in this together, for real.
We are One Planet United.
“I really believe that if the political leaders of the world could see their planet from a distance of 100,000 miles their outlook could be fundamentally changed. That all-important border would be invisible, that noisy argument silenced. The tiny globe would continue to turn, serenely ignoring its subdivisions, presenting a unified facade that would cry out for unified understanding, for homogeneous treatment. The earth must become as it appears: blue and white, not capitalist or communist; blue and white, not rich or poor; blue and white, not envious or envied.” ~ Michael Collins, astronaut of the Gemini 10 and Apollo 11 missions.
We need new mindsets. We need new prevailing ideas. We need new paradigms.
This blog was inspired by the documentary “Overview.”
I have dedicated myself to promote the vision that this planet of ours is our Garden and our Playground, and that we are called to enjoy the beauty of the Garden and have fun in the Playground; that we are called to share our toys because the enjoyment of others enhances our own; that if we feel like doing it, we should give our contribution to make the Garden more beautiful and the Playground more enjoyable; that we are called to understand that this is Heaven, if we want it to be!
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