Posts Tagged ‘earth’

Extinct, Enslaved or Empowered?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Navigating between extinction and enslavement, brave humankind could very well avoid both to reach compelling new heights.

Neils Bohr once said that prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future. Despite the words of caution from the pioneering quantum physicist, I’d like to offer you my take on the three potential futures that we, as a species, are facing.

The first is extinction. This is where the human race is no more because we’ve wiped ourselves out in some foolish conflict or scientific mishap. Either that, or the universe conspires to eliminate us using it’s vast arsenal. There’s not a lot we can do to avoid this, apart from building peace instead of war.

The good news, despite what the mainstream media may want us to believe, is that humankind is actually the most peaceful we’ve ever been. (more…)

7 Billion Humans and Getting Better Everyday

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Humanity is embarking on a remarkable milestone. There will soon be 7 billion of us roaming this wonderful gas covered rock as it hurdles through space.


Now, some of you may find this worrisome, but don’t. Instead, consider the follow assuagements to a few common fears.

Overpopulated? Nawww.

The carrying capacity of a tech enhanced earth might very well be limitless. So far we’ve only colonized the surface of our dear planet. There’s still the oceans to populate (both under the sea and afloat) as well as the untapped real estate that spans miles beneath our feet.

Running out of food? Hardly.

Apart from a few blips, earth’s per capita food production has been consistently holding. Now, if we could just not waste 1/3 of all the food we make, we’d be laughing.

But even this waste won’t matter within a decade or more. With the advent of 3D printers and dramatic breakthroughs in affordable green energy, we’re likely to soon develop automated solutions that generate limitless food with little intervention, anywhere the sun shines.

Going to kill ourselves off? Probably not.

The past decade has brought an unprecedented level of interconnectedness to our world, and this is set to increase exponentially over the decade to come. Social media is helping expose our common humanity, teaching us how the vast majority of people are pretty much the same as us and that we really can co-exist without slaughtering each other.

And the more we come together, the more power the people will have. Global solidarity will be enough to counterbalance the world’s military industrial complex, effectively dismantling institutionalized warfare and freeing up trillions of dollars which, ideally, will be used for productive and constructive ends.

The more the merrier!

Don’t fret about our swelling global family, and try not to let irrational fear cloud your judgement. There is still plenty of room for us to grow, meaning the best is yet to come.

The Selfish Humanitarian

Monday, April 11th, 2011

(The Humanitarian Summit was going splendidly, until someone suggested a game of Pictionary.)

Trying to make the world a better place? This doesn’t necessarily make you a bleeding heart liberal. Just as volunteering and charity work aren’t always acts of altruism, humanitarian efforts and other noble causes can be undertaken with entirely selfish motivations. This is because of one simple truth:

When we better the world around us, we ourselves are better off.

Any steps you take that successfully improve the planet immediately provide you with the direct benefit of living in an incrementally superior world. So, get out there and help heal the earth and its people… do it for yourself!

Embracing a Global Village Paradigm

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

As we move forward into a new age of world peace, where cooperation takes precedence over conflict, a small yet significant change will take place in the psyches of many people on earth. This change will be in our own personal identity… in the way that we perceive our role in the world.

Being part of One World, the Global Tribe, the World’s Community, means we’ve undergone an expansion to our own identity. We now view our selves as members of the Global Village. We see ourselves as part of the human species, one with all others sharing this giant ball of matter as it hurls through space.

As we grow to accept this global paradigm, being one of the world’s people becomes one more notch in our own personal identity. Along with all the other ways we may identify ourselves – our music taste, our hobbies, our sports interests or favorite sports teams, our heritage, our nationality, our fashion style, our occupation, our education – we also recognize the fact that we are human from planet earth.

While it is just a small step, just one more way of looking at ourselves, it has huge ramifications for our world. As we expand our identity to include being a member of the global village, something remarkable happens: every other human on earth inherently becomes, on some level, part of our own group, part of our own extended family, part of us. So, these people who were once strangers, who were once part of the “Out-group”, part of “them”, “they”, “the outsiders”, now shifts to be part of the “in-group”, part of “us”, “we”, our side.

Now, this doesn’t mean we need to immediately sacrifice ourselves for our new extended family, or really change our behavior dramatically. But what does happen is that number of outside threats, the number of enemies in the world, suddenly drops dramatically. The world isn’t so scary, anymore, as our common humanity reveals itself.

This way, we can move forward into a new age, building trust, building channels of communication, building stronger and larger communities… all of which will be instrumental in the formation of a world of peace.

If you are interested in learning more about the shift to a global village mentality, please look into the fine work of the Global Oneness Project, and their latest campaign about expanding identities.