Humankind has reached
a state of development in which old modes of thinking and
behaving threaten to destroy our planet. This is becoming
patently obvious to people of all political and religious
persuasions. We are living through a global crisis in which
only a profound revolution can save us from total self-destruction.
Those of us who are dedicated to the preservation of life
must play a prominent part in this revolution, which calls
for a substantial change in our manner of thinking.
The two equinox days are the World
Unity Days. On these days, we, world citizens, demand the
establishment of democratically elected, transparently monitored
institutions that will uphold the principles of federal World
Governance and include a World Parliament.
You will find
the text of the Manifesto and more information in the 6 languages
of the UNO and in other languages on the site http://www.worldcit.citymax.com.
During the last few decades, a radical
change has occurred in humanity's awareness of itself. In
simple terms we have over the millennia, translated ourselves
from ones to aloneness. The truth is that al life on the planet
is connected. This newly acquired state of aloneness and alienation
causes considerable discomfort. This discussion aims to understand
what we have become and illustrate our future potential.
institutions and values are being embarrassed in discovery
that they are contradicted by
- the systems
theory of a conjoint evolution or unfolding of mind and
- the interconnectedness,
interdependence and interaction of ourselves with each other
and the world around us
we move ahead on the basis of this knowledge that we have
uncovered? - Enlivening and enhancing the critical mass; or
Will this knowledge be suppressed in order to maintain the
old paradigm and the old world view and its institutions?
THE MEASURES AIMED AT PREVENTING ECOLOGICAL
CATASTROPHE AND TRANSITION TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, WHETHER
IT BE TECHNOLOGICAL, ECONOMIC AND OR ECOLOGICAL, WILL BE DOOMED
TO FAILURE UNLESS WE FREE OURSELVES FROM THE OLD SCIENTIFIC,
|THE NEW PARADIGM
INTEGRATING CONSCIOUSNESS AND SCIENCE
EINSTEIN, 50 YEARS AGO, SAID 'IF HUMANITY
IS TO SURVIVE, THERE HAS TO BE A SUBSTANTIALLY NEW MANNER
In this respect, the new frontier is the new paradigm that
encompasses a consciousness of oneness where all of life on
Earth is connected and not separate.
is changing rapidly. As a result, we are entering the so called
post-industrial or the information society.
The computer information
and technological revolution now occurring should be accompanied
by new ways that actualise the global mind and vastly enhance
the creative potential and access to freedom for all humanity.
paradigm which integrates consciousness with science
should become the basis for new education systems, new information
policies, and a means to building relationships between people,
nations, social groups etc.
DAY MARCH 21
United Nations, March 20, 1977
It makes me feel very humble to be
here today and to realize what this day means, because I have
lived long enough to see us come to know that we have only
one Earth and to come to know that all the people on this
planet are one species.
This was a matter of hope and of faith
before. Not until World War II, when we explored the
whole Earth, its deepest valleys and its highest mountains
and looked everywhere for the people that were there, did
we know for certain that all of us on this planet were one
species, human beings. And then as we began to go into
space for the first time, to leave this planet for the first
time, we came to know that not only were we the only people
on this Earth, and all one people, but also that Earth was
the only inhabited planet in the solar system - that we were
all alone here, all alone to be the custodians of life on
We used to call it, you know, "the
Earth." Now, we call it "Earth."
And we didn't speak of a "planet" when I was a child.
Sometimes we talked of the "globe." But then
we referred to an artificial globe which human beings had
made to represent this Earth for them.
So that only, in the last quarter of
my life, have I, like all those here, come to know what it
means to be the custodians of the future of Earth: To
know that unless we take care, unless we check the rapacious
exploitation of Earth, unless we protect our rivers and our
lakes, our oceans and our skies, we are endangering the future
of our children and our children's children.
We didn't know this, except in little
pieces. People knew they had to take care of their own
meadows, of their own forests or their own rivers. But
it was not until we saw the picture of Earth from the moon
that we realized how small and helpless this planet is, something
that we must hold in our arms and care for.
Earth Day is to be the first completely
international and universal holiday that the world has ever
known. Every other holiday was tied to one place, or
some political or special event. This Day is tied to
Earth itself, and to the place of Earth in the whole solar
At this moment, when I climb the steps
and ring the Peace Bell, it will be the Equinox in every part
of the world, and we can all celebrate it at once on behalf
of every part of the world.