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A Vision for our Future

Thank you for taking the time to read "Life and Earth". If you have not read the section called How a Planet Survived it offers a good summary of the ideas presented.

If I could emphasize one point it would be that all of us, especially the leaders of the countries of our world, must work closer in order to resolve the global issues we face related to our technologies. We have already seen some side effects like pollution, resource depletion, nuclear proliferation, and possibly global warming. Who knows what side effects will come from the new technologies that lay ahead of us? My guess is that they will be both more common and carry with them greater consequences. If this is true the world must prepare by unifying and working together as if it were one Nation, one Community, and one Family.

It may be that we are coming to an age that requires us to gravitate toward a new type of thinking. The simple fact that our technologies are having a greater impact on Life and the Planet may mean that countries no longer have the option of placing their own concerns before global concerns. We have come to a juncture in the evolution of the human species where the great benefits of technologies, and the dangerous side effects of our technologies, span all corners of the globe and leave no area untouched. The impact that our technologies are having on Life and Earth have left countries no choice but to work together under global policies.

Leaders must now think in terms of "the Planet", not just their own countries. They must create a global Universal Philosophy, possibly similar to the one described in the section How a Planet Survived, that educates humankind on the welfare of Life and Earth as opposed to the advancement of regional gain at the expense of other Life and the Planet. Many would say that this is an idealistic vision. Nevertheless, just as raindrops can do the impossible and erode a mountain over thousands of years, our leaders, with the vision and will, may also be able to turn what might seem the impossible, into the possible. It may be that we will be fortunate and evolution will just unfold and things will work out. It is up to us to decide whether to take that chance or to act and apply ourselves so that we are prepared to face current and future global issues together.

In the end we all make our own choices. You will choose how you wish to interpret the world, what beliefs you choose to live by, and how you want to place your energy toward other Life and the Planet. The ideas presented have been more about all of us questioning how we perceive our world. How much of our lives do we want to place toward our own welfare and how much do we put toward accommodating and caring for the welfare of other Life and the Earth? Regardless of the choices you will need to make in your life, they will make a difference. You may be a parent and wish to educate your family on world issues beyond the daily issues that revolve around each of us. You may be a manager of a company and choose to change policies to pollute less. Whatever steps you take I hope that the ideas presented will bring you closer to seeing yourself as an integral part of all Life, and this fragile Planet.

However different we are in color, culture, wealth, or education - we are all alive. Maybe this common bond is enough so that we might work together to protect Life and Earth, and take it to the future that we all envision it might be.

Please feel free email any comments you may have to: bob_lifeandearth@yahoo.ca.

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