Questions to Ask Ourselves About Global Survival

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peaceThe future is uncertain.  That’s for sure.  Of course, the future has always been uncertain.  The difference is that right now, at this moment in time, the changes we see on the horizon could possibly affect the viability of life as we know it on global, all encompassing basis.

Climates are changing, resources are being depleted, economies are collapsing and, most frightening of all, weapons of mass destruction that could destroy humanity are being stockpiled by militant groups worldwide.

Anyone with a modicum of sense should be preparing themselves and their families for this uncertain future.  The smart ones are storing food and water and they are bolstering their self-defense systems.  They are also putting together “get out of dodge” plans just in case they need to do just that.

But what about the others?  And most especially, what about our young people who have not yet been spoiled by the realities of life?

I came across this article by David Krieger who is President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.  It was posted at Common Ground, a Canadian publication dedicated to health, wellness, ecology and personal growth.  Although it is addressed to recent graduates, I found the questions thought provoking and timely for everyone, including those of us that graduated in the 70’s and even earlier.

Enough said.  Read on.

An Open Letter to Graduates
by David Krieger
June 23, 2011

Dear Graduates,

David KriegerHaving received a college degree, you are among the 6.7 percent of the world’s most educated elite.  If your education has been a good one, you are likely to have more questions than answers.  If your education has been mediocre, you are likely to think you have more answers than questions.

Did you have a chance in college to ponder these questions: What does it mean to be human?  Why are we here on Earth?  What are the greatest goals one can pursue in life?  What are the keys to a happy and fulfilled life?  If you didn’t, it’s not too late.

You may have taken many introductory courses during your college years, but was there a course on Global Survival 101?  If not, you may not be prepared to make a difference in ending the great dangers to humanity in the 21st century.

Do you know how many nuclear weapons there are in the world?  Do you know which countries possess them?  Do you know what nuclear weapons do to cities?  Do you know whether these weapons are legal or illegal under international law?  Do you know whether they could end civilization and the human species?

Do you know about the Nuremberg Principles, those that were derived from the tribunals at Nuremberg that held the Nazi leaders to account after World War II?  Do you know that these principles apply not just to Nazi leaders, but to all leaders who commit heinous crimes under international law?  Do you know what those crimes are?

Have you studied the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?  Do you know to whom these rights apply?  Do you know that these rights encompass economic and social rights as well as political and civil rights?

Do you know that we all live on a single fragile planet and that we humans are the caretakers and stewards of this planet, not only for ourselves, but for future generations yet unborn?

Do you realize that you are about to enter a world of vast inequities, as measured in money, health and happiness?  Do you understand that throughout the world there are more than a billion people who are malnourished and go to bed hungry every night?  Can you comprehend that in our world there are still 25,000 children who die daily of starvation and preventable diseases?

Does your education lead you to believe that money will buy happiness?  It may buy fancy material things, and even status, but it is unlikely that it will buy happiness or fulfillment in life.  Caring for others and living with compassion, commitment and courage offers a far surer path to a fulfilled and happy life.

Graduating from college is a commencement, not an ending.  It is a commencement into responsibility for one’s society and one’s world.  Exercising this responsibility is a daily task, a necessary and never-ending task.  It is a task that will require further education, outside the college classroom, but inside the multiversity of life.

The world needs to change.  We cannot continue to teeter on the precipice of nuclear and ecological disasters.  We cannot continue to exist divided into those who live in abundance and those who live in scarcity.  We cannot allow the greed of the few to overwhelm the need of the many.  We cannot continue to exploit the planet’s finite resources, in effect, stealing from the future.  We cannot continue to draw lines on the planet and separate ourselves into warring factions.

For the world to change, new peace leaders and change makers will be needed.  The first and most important questions you must ask yourself in your new role as graduates are these: Will I be one of the peace leaders and change makers, devoting myself to building a better world?  Or, will I choose to be detached and complacent in the face of the 21st century’s social, economic, political and military threats to humanity?

As the little prince, in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book by that name, stated so clearly, “It’s a matter of discipline….  When you’ve finished washing and dressing each morning, you must tend your planet.”  Look around.  Our beautiful planet needs a lot of tending.

David Krieger is President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye

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Questions to Ask Ourselves About Global Survival — 5 Comments

  1. The letter presented by the “Nuclear Age Peace Foundation” is garbage. It’s just new age, planet worshiping, atheists mumbo-jumbo. This planet, we call earth, will be here and in great health long after God has called his people to return to him.

    • Not certain if Mr. Krieger is a New Age planet worshipper or not. I also don’t know if he is or isn’t an atheist; only God and he would know his true heart. One thing I do know is that the subject matter he addressed, that of Global Survival and leaving the world a better place than one found it, shouldn’t be dismissed altogether as mere hogwash. My feelings are that in order for a civilized society to communicate effectively there should always be honest discourse, a genuine listening to what the other person has to say. At the end of the day we may still disagree, but at least we were courteous and respectful enough to consider the opinions and feelings of others.

    • Hi Steve,

      Whether you believe in god or not – the point is – don’t think that this worldly mess made by human hands will be zapped away by god. God gave us freewill to choose and humans have chosen poorly. We are 100% responsible and must not pass the buck on to god to sort it out. This has essentially been the problem with our species – taking very little responsibility for our actions and crying about it later to god. Humans need to grow up and start creating god’s utopia on earth by initiating positive action themselves.

  2. I remember listening to a similar address when I graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1975. It was given by a Navy Captain at our commissioning ceremony. Back then people weren’t so much worried about climate change but they were terrified on nuclear weapons. I can’t say things have improved that much between then and now. True, the Russians aren’t sitting there with their fingers on the trigger anymore, but we have the Islamic Global Terrorism Club in their place. I’m not sure we weren’t actually better off with the Soviet Union.

  3. We all have a lot of tending to do, Gaye. I particularly like his comments on graduating from college being “…a commencement, not an ending.”

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