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|My friends, love is better than anger, |
Hope is better than fear,
Optimism is better than despair,
So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic,
And we’ll change the world.
My Profile Photograph that you see at the top of this Page.
My Dad, Mother, Brothers and Me.
Location: Jackson Bay, Canada.
150 Air Kilometers (by float plane) North of Vancouver, Canada 1953
Every time I read, watch or listen to:
J. Robert Oppenheimer,
Hans Albrecht Bethe,
I am filled with renewed hope for humanity
and a deeper wonder about this universe.
Carl Sagan wrote the following:
As the ancient myth makers knew,
we humans are children equally of the earth and the sky.
we humans are a relative new species on planet earth
In our short tenure on this planet
we humans 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've 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.
Fanatical ethnic or religious or national chauvinisms
are a little difficult to maintain
when we see our planet
as a fragile blue crescent fading to become
an inconspicuous point of light against
the bastion and citadel of the stars.
There are not yet any obvious signs of extraterrestrial intelligence
and this makes us wonder whether civilizations like ours
always rush implacably, headlong, toward self-destruction.
I think about this ...
our global civilization is clearly
on the edge of failure and
the most important task we humans faces is
preserving the lives and well-being of its citizens
and the future habitability of the planet.
But if we're willing to live with the growing likelihood
of nuclear war and Giowble warming?
shouldn't we also been willing to explore vigorously
every possible means to prevent nuclear war.
Shouldn't we consider in every nation
major changes in the traditional ways of doing things?
a fundamental restructuring of:
We've reached a point where there
can be no more special interests
or special cases, nuclear arms
threaten every person on the Earth.
Fundamental changes in society are
sometimes labelled impractical or
contrary to human nature,
as if nuclear war were practical
or as if there's only one human nature.
But fundamental changes can clearly be made
we're surrounded by them.
In the last two centuries
abject slavery which was with us for thousands
of years has almost entirely
been eliminated in a stirring
Women, systematically mistreated
for millennia are gradually
gaining the political and
economic power traditionally denied them
and some wars of aggression
have recently been stopped or curtailed
because of a revulsion
felt by the people in the aggressor nations.
The old appeals
to racial, sexual, religious, chauvinism,
and to rabid nationalist fervor
are beginning not to work.
A new consciousness is developing
on planet Earth which
sees the Earth as a single organism
and recognizes that an organism
at war with itself is doomed.
History is full of people who out of fear
or ignorance or the lust for power
have destroyed treasures of immeasurable value
which truly belong to all of us
We must not let it happen again!
we know who speaks for the nations
who speaks for the human species ?
who speaks for planet earth ?
we speaks for Earth!
Our loyalties are to the species and the planet
our obligation to survive and flourish
is owed not just to ourselves
but also to that Cosmos ancient
and vast from which we sprang.
--- Carl Sagan
Every gun that is made, every warship launched,
every rocket fired signifies, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed,
those who are cold and not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers,
the genius of its scientists,
the hopes of its children.
Dwight D. Eisenhower,
From a speech before the:
American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 16, 1953
34th president of US 1953-1961 (1890 - 1969)
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