IT IS TIME
Our hunger for peace and security compels us to launch a
new era in human history.
- We have the knowledge and
technological means to reduce ignorance and suffering and to expand knowledge
- It is within our powers to restore
our planet, sustain humanity, and advance our civilization.
- We can bequeath to posterity a
beautiful planetary home in which all people enjoy a more peaceful and healthy
world is fraught with grotesque economic disparities, life threatening and
accelerating environmental damage, violence of all manner and scale, and
The very institutions we have organized to guarantee our
security and survival too often produce the opposite results.
- Our politics are adversarial and
ineffective, our industries’ toll on our natural systems is unsustainable, and
our religious thought—dated and dogmatic—divides rather than joins us.
- Our always growing world population
compounds and complicates our problems.
- The needs, demands, and desires of
humanity exceed the sustainable yields of our natural systems.
have set into motion complex and destructive processes that we do not fully
understand, that have consequences beyond our ability to define and, at some
point, could reach destructive levels beyond our ability to control.
We are the victims of our own behavior.
We’ve created an unsustainable momentum that must be
arrested and reversed.
- If we
are to improve the quality of our lives, sustain humanity, and advance our
civilization, it is required that we enter into a new way to understand and
relate to reality.
window of opportunity to accomplish this necessary and monumental shift is
small compared to the large obstacles within our current belief systems that
must be dissolved.
- Yet, we
must do this if we and all the life forms that share this jewel of a planet are
do not have time or resources to continue to treat each other as adversaries or
to further exploit and destroy our environment.
are weary of humanity’s epic and horrific struggles that, as individuals, we
experience and witness daily.
of us share the belief that humanity and its institutions must evolve and
respond appropriately to the life-sustaining demands of reality.
natural course of human evolution reveals vital and timeless truths that await
One such truth has emerged in our lifetime.
- It informs us that we exist as a
tiny fragment of an immensely larger interlocking whole in which all of the
parts are interconnected and dependent upon each other for survival.
- Simply put, everything is connected.
- Humans exist not separately, but in
communion with all living things.
- Life is an interrelated
we continue to live unhealthy lives, damage and destroy our relationships with
each other and our environment, all of which form the foundation of our
existence, our civilization will collapse.
if we honor these relationships, we will succeed and prosper in every way.
choice is ours.
Our fate lies in our own hands as it always has.
however, we understand far more about what sustains and optimizes life.
is time to honor and apply the knowledge that we have.
Only then, will we improve the quality of our lives, arrest and reverse our destructive and unsustainable momentum, end our needless suffering, prosper together, find peace, sustain humanity, and advance our civilization.
- As life is far more complex than a
race to see who can accumulate the most, commerce
must, above all, be grounded in
respect for people and our environment.
It is time.
- As we have severe, urgent, and
complicated global and local problems that must be addressed cooperatively and constructively
and do not have the time, resources, and energy to squander fighting with each
other as individuals or nation states, politics
must, above all, and with
unequivocal urgency, find common ground.
It is time.
- As the ancient mentality of “my
truth and tribe versus your truth and tribe” has resulted in nothing but
interminable conflict and chaos, religious
thought must, above all, support universal
benevolence and be grounded in and revere reality.
It is time.
- As exclusivity and segregation have
served only to separate us superficially, social
interaction must, above all, be inclusive and
integrated as to mirror the interconnected phenomenon and structure of life
It is time.
We are each a cell in the body of humanity.
physical, mental, and emotional health each of us brings to our world
determines our collective health and wholeness.
is time to find comfort in our own individuality, joy in our relationships with
each other, and respect for our environment.
These are the dictates of the reality of our existence.
- Our behavior must be characterized
not by short-term survival instincts—like fear, greed, power, control,
immediate gratification, self-centeredness, authoritarianism, and denial of
inequality—but by health in all of its dimensions, kindness toward each other
and other nation states, and reverence for our life-sustaining environment and the
web of life.
- It matters not how much wealth we
have, what size home(s) we possess, what kind of vehicles we own, how many
academic degrees we have accumulated, what achievements we may have
accomplished, or what is our title or position.
- Nor does it matter our gender, race,
religion, age, appearance, national origin, sexual orientation, or political
What matters is whether or not we are kind to one
the final analysis, in every way conceivable, we are linked to our environment.
- We are one people bound together and
dependent upon one body of natural resources.
- If we destroy our environment, we
- In time, damaged ecological systems
will regenerate but we will be gone.
which could not care less, will have eliminated us.
it is true that we have free will to act as we please, in an interrelated
interdependent world the consequences – like the outcomes of mathematical
equations – are fixed.
only choices are, in fact, to honor that which sustains and optimizes life and
prosper together in peace or violate that which sustains and optimizes life and
suffer together in turmoil.
common destiny and sense of survival summons us to evolve and advance toward
our higher potential.
will go its own course with or without us. Our course depends upon our choices.
Let us, as individuals and organizations, bring forth a
more compassionate, peaceful, cooperative, and secure humanity.
Let the following define the legacy of our time.
- That we acknowledge the essential
oneness of humanity and life in all its diverse expressions.
- That we revere life, support
universal benevolence, and insist upon sustainable industry.
- That we support an equitable sharing
of the Earth’s resources.
- That we commit to the reduction of ignorance, illiteracy, hunger, poverty, and disease.
- That we seek and support a compassionate
and just society.
- That we demand that our planetary
resources be restored and sustained.
- That we support unprecedented international cooperation.
- That, finally, we understand that in life which, at our peril, we cannot violate, damage, dishonor, or destroy.
At this time in the evolution of humanity, all of this is
within our perception and grasp.
IT IS TIME
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(Excerpted from the author’s book, 7 Words That Can Change the World, The Simple Truth and The Death of Sacred Cows, www.7WordsChangeTheWorld.com)