I find it so tragic and ironical that the age in which we
live should regard the word "myth" and "illusion"
as synonymous, in view of the fact that the myth is the real
history, is the real event of the spirit. It is this immense
world of meaning with which the image links us. The myth is
the tremendous activity that goes on in humanity all the time,
without which no society has hope or direction, and no personal
life has a meaning. We all live a myth whether we know it
or not. We live it by fair means or we live it by foul. Or
we live it by a process or a combination of both. We have
a myth that we live badly. The Christian myth is a myth in
the real sense of the word.
- Laurens van der Post, "Race Prejudice
as Self Rejection,
AN INQUIRY into the PSYCHOLOGICAL and SPIRITUAL ASPECTS of
GROUP CONFLICTS", 1957
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The breakdown of a central myth is like
the shattering of a vessel containing a precious essence; the fluid
is spilled and drains away, soaked up by the surrounding undifferentiated
matter. Meaning is lost. In its place, primitive and atavistic contents
are reactivated. Differentiated values disappear and are replaced
by the elemental motivations of power and pleasure, or else the
individual is exposed to emptiness and despair. With the loss of
awareness of a transpersonal reality (God), the inner and outer
anarchies of competing personal desires take over. The loss of a
central myth brings about a truly apocalyptic condition and this
is the state of modern man.
- Edward Edinger, The Creation of
I think our whole society tries to stabilize
itself by starting out to destroy sensitivity to incoherence starting
with very young children. If people could see the vast incoherence
that is going on in society they would be disturbed and they would
feel the need to do something. If you're not sensitive to it you
don't feel disturned and you don't feel you need to do anything.
I remember an instance, a daughter was telling her mother, "this
school is terrible, the teacher is terrible, very inconsistent,
doing all sorts of crazy things," and so on. Finally the mother
was saying, "You'd better stop this--in this house the teacher
is always right." Now she understood that the teacher was wrong
obviously, but the message was, it was no use. Even the message
may have been right in some sense, but still it illustrates that
the predicament is that in order to avoid this sort of trouble,
starting with very young children, we are trained to become insensitive
to incoherence. If there is incoherence in our own behavior, we
thereby also become insensitive to it.
Bohm, seminar on Thought and Dialogue in Ojai, November 4, 1989
Brief Introduction to the Work of Krishnamurti, David Bohm writes,
. . . we went on to consider the general disorder and confusion
that pervades the consciousness of mankind. It is here that I encountered
what I feel to be Krishnamurti's major discovery. What he was seriously
proposing is that all this disorder, which is the root cause of
such widespread sorrow and misery, and which prevents human beings
from properly working together, has its root in the fact that we
are ignorant of the general nature of our own processes of thought.
Or to put it differently it may be said that we do not see what
is actually happening, when we are engaged in the activity of thinking.
Laurens van der Posts' profound essay, "Witness
to a Last Will of Man", expresses an essential core of
his life-long involvement with and appreciation of "First
Man" as he was privileged to know, and be a principle chronicler
of, the Kalahari Bushmen -- remnants of "stone age man"
still living as they had for tens of thousands of years when Laurens
was born in southern Africa in 1906. These human roots exist within
all of us still:
First man, as I knew him and his history, was a remarkably gentle
being, fierce only in defence of himself and the life of those in
his keeping. He had no legends or stories of great wars among his
own kind and regarded the killing of another human being except
in self-defence as the ultimate depravity of his spirit. I was told
a most moving story of how a skirmish between two clans in which
just one man was killed on a long forgotten day of dust and heat
and sulphur sun, caused them to renounce armed conflict forever.
He was living proof to me of how the pattern of the individual in
service of a self that is the manifestation of the divine in man
was built into life at the beginning and will not leave him and
the earth alone until it is fulfilled. It is no mere intellectual
or ideological concept, however much that, too, may be needed, but
a primary condition written into the contract of life with the creator.
Questioning the very nature of the self as expressed by Krisnamurti
in his 1970 talk, Observing
Without the "Me", can cause one to re-evaluate some
of the deepest foundations of how one perceives one's own self and
. . . to look at myself without any formula - can one do that? Otherwise
you can't learn about yourself obviously. If I say, I am jealous,
the very verbalization of that fact, or of that feeling, has already
conditioned it. Right? Therefore I cannot see anything further in
it. . .
Now the question is: can the mind be free of this egocentric activity?
Right? That is really the question, not whether it is so or not.
Which means can the mind stand alone, uninfluenced? Alone, being
alone does not mean isolation. Sir, look: when one rejects completely
all the absurdities of nationality, the absurdities of propaganda,
of religious propaganda, rejects conclusions of any kind, actually,
not theoretically, completely put aside, has understood very deeply
the question of pleasure and fear, and division--the `me' and the
`not me'--is there any form of the self at all?
Many assumptions about the nature of human
sexuality explored by Lynda Marín in Mother
and Child: The Erotic Bond can reveal much about the sandbars
of assumptions we endless are running up against but rarely stop
to explore and reassess:
The real secret, though, is how "ardorously" culture struggles
to forget what eroticism actually is, where it comes from, and why
it is absolutely everywhere all the time, especially and necessarily
in a mother's love for her child. When we successfully forget that
fact, as we require ourselves to do in the name of becoming adults,
we severely limit the ways we can experience the connection/pleasure
which originally nurtured us into life and which sustains our desire
for life forever after. It seems evident that one of the reasons,
for instance, that Western culture has so little regard, by and
large, for what's left of natural life -- for plants and animals
and earth and atmosphere -- is its successful endeavor to see itself
as separate from all that life, to forget the connection/pleasure
that informs our verybeing here.
Ho's magnificent Organism
and Psyche in a Participatory Universe. We collectively owe
a debt of gratitude to those like Mae-Wan who employ their wisdom
and intelligence to make science once more accountable to life.
The Jungian ideal of the whole person is one whose cell and psyche,
body and mind, inner and outer, are fully integrated, and hence
completely in tune with nature. Jung's ideas on psychical development
show many parallels to those relating to the organism. Similarly,
Laszlo's theory of the quantum holographic universe views the universe
effectively as a kind of superorganism, constantly becoming, being
created through the activities of its constituent organisms at every
level. The organism is thus the most universal archetype. I describe
a theory of the organism, based on quantum coherence, which is,
in some respects, a microcosm of Laszlo's universe. It involves
key notions of the maximization of local autonomy and global cohesion,
of universal participation, of sensitivity and responsiveness, which
have profound implications for our global future. . .
The true love of self is also inextricably
the love of humanity and of all nature. That is why we feel obliged
to serve, to help, to alleviate suffering and pain just as they
were our own. Scientists like David Bohm, Ervin Laszlo and others
are indeed trying to recover that lost love, the universal wholeness
and entanglement that enables us to emphathize and to be compassionate.
The whole is never static, it is constantly
dying and reborning, decaying and renewing, breaking down to build
up again. The same cycles of disintegration and re-integration occur
whether one is looking at the energy metabolism of our body or the
stream of consciousness out of which we individuate our psyche.
During the normal 'steady state' of our existence, the multitudes
of infinitesimal deaths and rebirths are intricately balanced so
that the old changes imperceptibly into the new. However, whenever
the attracting centre of the new is radically different from the
old, a larger, and at times, complete disintegration may be needed
before the new can individuate. It is like the caterpillar which
must completely dissolve so that the beautiful butterfly can emerge.
That is our hope for the approaching millennium.
Let us plant dates even though those who
plant them will never eat them. We must live by the love of what
we will never see. This is the secret discipline. It is a refusal
to let the creative act be dissolved away in immediate sense experience,
and a stubborn commitment to the future of our grandchildren. Such
disciplined love is what has given prophets, revolutionaries, and
saints the courage to die for the future they envisaged. They make
their own bodies the seed of their highest hope."
- Ruben Alves, Tomorrow's Child
"Everyone lives downstream from someone
else." - anonymous
"There is enough bad in people to make
law necessary, and enough good in people to make it workable."
"It isn't important in which sea or
lake you observe a slick of pollution, or in the forests of which
country a fire breaks out, or on which continent a hurricane arises.
You are standing guard over the whole of our Earth."
- Yuri Artyukhin, astronaut
"There are no nations! There is only
humanity. And if we don't come to understand that right soon, there
will be no nations, because there will be no humanity." - Isaac
Asimov, I. Asimov
"It is quite clear that as long as
the nations of the world spend most of their energy, money, and
emotional strength in quarreling with words and weapons, a true
offensive against the common problems that threaten human survival
is not very likely. A world government that can channel human efforts
in the direction of the great solutions seems desirable, even essential.
Naturally, such a world government should be a federal one, with
regional and local autonomy safeguarded and with cultural diversity
promoted." --Isaac Asimov, "The Dreams of Science Fiction"
"It isn't important whose [the Earth]
is, just that it is." - Oleg Atkov, astronaut
"We should take care, in inculcating patriotism into our boys
and girls, that is a patriotism above the narrow sentiment which
usually stops at one's country, and thus inspires jealousy and enmity
in dealing with others... Our patriotism should be of the wider,
nobler kind which recognises justice and reasonableness in the claims
of others and which lead our country into comradeship with...the
other nations of the world." - Lord Baden-Powell, founder of
"As I looked down, I saw a large river
meandering slowly along for miles, passing from one country to another
without stopping. I also saw huge forests, extending along several
borders. And I watched the extent of one ocean touch the shores
of separate continents. Two words leaped to mind as I looked down
on all this: commonality and interdependence. We are one world."
- John-David Bartoe, astronaut
"The first day or so we all pointed
to our countries. The third or fourth day we were pointing to our
continents. By the fifth day, we were aware of only one Earth."
--Sultan bin Salman Al-Saud, astronaut
"When you're finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth,
all these differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going
to blend and you're going to get a concept that maybe this is really
one world and why the hell can't we learn to live together like
decent people?" - Frank Borman, astronaut
"How long will it be 'till we've turned
To the tasks and the skills
That we'll have to have learned
If we're going to find our place in the future
And have something to offer
Where this planet's concerned?" - Jackson Browne, musician,
"People stand themselves next to the
They believe the things they say are true
They speak in terms of what divides us
To justify the violence they do
"But it is one, it is one
One world spinning 'round the sun
Wherever it is you call home
Whatever country you come from
It is one" - Jackson Browne, musician, "It is One"
"Say it isn't true
That there always has been and always will be war
Say it isn't true
And apart from all the fine things that man has struggled for
Say it isn't true
There always has been and always will be war" - Jackson Browne,
musician, "Say It Isn't True"
"Make no little plans. They have no
magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized.
Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble,
logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we
are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing
- Daniel Burnham, architect of first skyscraper (1864-1912)
"The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should
love stop at the border?" - Pablo Casals
"There is no national science just
as there is no national multiplication table; what is national is
no longer science." - Anton Chekhov
"Unless some effective world supergovernment
for the purpose of preventing war can be set up ... the prospects
for peace and human progress are dark ....If .... it is found possible
to build a world organization of irresistible force and inviolable
authority for the purpose of securing peace, there are no limits
to the blessings which all men enjoy and share." - Winston
"Unless we establish some form of world
government, it will not be possible for us to avert a World War
III in the future." - Winston Churchill
"War is an invention of the human mind.
The human mind can invent peace with justice."
- Norman Cousins
"There are no boundaries in the real
Planet Earth. No United States, no Russia, no China, no Taiwan.
Rivers flow unimpeded across the swaths of continents. The persistent
tides, the pulse of the sea do not discriminate; they push against
all the varied shores on Earth." - Jacques-Yves Cousteau, oceanographer
"[T]hose advocates who work for world
peace by urging a system of world government are called impractical
dreamers. Those impractical dreamers are entitled to ask their critics
what is so practical about war." - Walter Cronkite
"hatred bounces." - e.e. cummings
"Contemplating the suffering which is unbearable to us, and
is unbearable to others, too, can produce awake mind, which arises
from the compassion that wishes to free all living beings from suffering."
-The Dalai Lama
"All those who seek to destroy the
liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest
and shortest means to accomplish it." - Alexis de Tocqueville
"I have no country to fight for: my
country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world." --Eugene
"No man is an island entire of itself... Any man's death diminishes
me because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to
know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." - John Donne
"It is obvious that no difficulty in
the way of world government can match the danger of a world without
- Carl Van Doren
"World federation is an ideal that
will not die. More and more people are coming to realize that peace
must be more than an interlude if we are to survive; that peace
is a produce of law and order; that law is essential if the force
of arms is not to rule the world." - William O. Douglas, US
Supreme Court Justice
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought,
but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." -
"Problems cannot be solved at the same
level of consciousness that created them." - Albert Einstein
"A world government with powers adequate
to guarantee security is not a remote ideal for the distant future.
It is an urgent necessity if our civilization is to survive."
- Albert Einstein
"There is no salvation for civilization,
or even the human race, other than the creation of a world government."
- Albert Einstein
"With all my heart I believe that the
world's present system of sovereign nations can only lead to barbarism,
war and inhumanity, and that only world law can assure progress
towards a civilized peaceful community."
- Albert Einstein
"I like to believe that people in the
long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments.
Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these
days governments had better get out of the way and let them have
-Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)
"Every gun that is made, every warship
launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft
from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are
not clothed. The 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
"The world no longer has a choice between
force and law; if civilization is to survive, it must choose the
rule of law."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
"... we have been warned by the power
of modern weapons, that peace may be the only climate possible for
human life itself ... There must be law, steadily invoked and respected
by all nations, for without law, the world promises only such meager
justice as the pity of the strong upon the weak."
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower
"... the emergency committee of atomic
scientists, having explored for two years all means other than world
government for making responsible the control of atomic energy,
has become convinced that no other method than world government
can be expected to prove effective, and that the attainment of world
government is therefore the most urgent problem now facing mankind."
- Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists, 1948 Resolution
"If the name of the country has such
a nature as to create bonds between those who have a common country,
why do not men resolve then that the earth should become the country
- Erasmus, Peace Protests, 16th century
"There is the sky, which is all men's
- Euripides (412 B.C.)
"From space I saw Earth - indescribably beautiful and with
the scars of national boundaries gone." --Muhammad Ahmad Faris,
"All wars are civil wars, because all
men are brothers... Each one owes infinitely more to the human race
than to the particular country in which he was born." - Francois
Fenelon, theologian and writer (1651-1715)
"I prefer law to war under all circumstances."
- Benjamin Ferencz, Nuremberg prosecutor
"In spite of everything I still believe
that people are really good at heart." - Anne Frank
"God grant, that not only the Love
of Liberty, but a thorough Knowledge of the Rights of Man, may pervade
all the Nations of the Earth, so that a Philosopher may set his
foot anywhere on its Surface, and say, "This is my Country.""
--Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
"Civilization is a process in the service of Eros, whose purpose
is to combine single human individuals, and after that families,
then races, peoples and nations, into one great unity, the unity
of mankind." --Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
"We are going to have to find ways of organizing ourselves
cooperatively, sanely, scientifically, harmonically and in regenerative
spontaneity with the rest of humanity around the earth.... We are
not going to be able to operate our spaceship earth successfully
nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our
fate as common." --Buckminster Fuller
"I am part and parcel of the whole and cannot find God apart
from the rest of humanity." - Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948)
"Unity to be real must stand the severest
strain without breaking." - Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948)
"I have learned through bitter experience
the one supreme lesson: to conserve my anger, and, as heat conserved
is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be
transmitted into a power which can move the world." - Mohandas
"My country is the world; my countrymen
are mankind." - William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist
"Where is the justice of political
power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then
itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging
the very hills?" - Kahlil Gibran, "The Voice of the Poet"
"I don't want to be an emperor. That's
not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should
like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black men, white.
We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We
want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery.
We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there
is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide
for everyone... The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer
together. The very nature of these things cries out for the goodness
in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us
all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world,
millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims
of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.
To those who can hear me, I say "Do not despair." The
misery that has come upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness
of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will
pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people
will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will
never perish... Now let us fight to free the world! To do away with
national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance!
Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress
will lead to the happiness of us all... [I]n the name of democracy,
let us unite!" - The Great Dictator (1940)
"There is an increasing awareness of
the need for some form of global government." - Mikhail Gorbachev
"We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness."
- Thich Nhat Hanh
"The bomb that fell on Hiroshima fell
on America, too." - Hermann Hagedorn
"When you look up at the sky, you have
a feeling of unity, which delights you and makes you giddy."
- Ferdinand Hodler
"How can we fret and stew sub specie
aeternitatis - under the calm gaze of ancient Tao? The salt of the
sea is in our blood; the calcium of the rocks is in our bones; the
genes of ten thousand generations of stalwart progenitors are in
our cells. The sun shines and we smile. The winds rage and we bend
before them. The blossoms open and we rejoice. Earth is our long
home." - Stewart W. Holmes, 1973
No army can withstand the strength of an
idea whose time has come. - Victor Hugo, poet, novelist and dramatist
"A world community can exist only with
world communication, which means something more than extensive shortwave
facilities scattered about the globe. It means common understanding,
a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals." - Robert
M. Hutchins (1899-1977)
"How vast those Orbs must be, and now
inconsiderable this Earth, the Theatre upon which all our mighty
Designs, all our Navigations, and all our Wars are transacted, is
when compared to them.? A very fit consideration, and matter of
Reflection, for those Kings and Princes who sacrifice the Lives
of so many People, only to flatter their Ambition in being Masters
of some pitiful corner of this small Spot."
-Christiaan Huygens, New Conjectures Concerning the Planetary Worlds,
Their Inhabitants and Productions, c. 1690.
"Any scientist can testify that a dead
ocean means a dead planet .... No national law, no national precautions
can save the planet. The ocean, more than any other part of our
planet, ... is a classic example of the absolute need for international
global action." - Thor Hyerdahl
The international community should support a system of laws to regularize
international relations and maintain the peace in the same manner
that law governs national order." - Pope John Paul II
"Mounting an expedition to actualize a Compassionate Commonwealth
of all peoples... is the great spiritual challenge of our time."
- Sam Keen
"Our most basic common link is that
we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all
cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." - John
"World peace, like community peace,
does not require that each man love his neighbor -- it requires
only that they live together with mutual tolerance, submitting their
disputes to a just and peaceful settlement."
- John F. Kennedy
"We must create world-wide law and
law enforcement as we outlaw world-wide war and weapons" --
President John F. Kennedy
"Mankind must put an end to war or
war will put an end to mankind." - John F. Kennedy
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to
justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,
tied in a single garment of destiny." - Martin Luther King,
"We have learned to fly the air like
birds and swim the sea like fish but we have not learned the simple
art of living together as brothers." - Martin Luther King Jr.
"The hope of a secure and livable world
lies with disciplined non-conformists, who are dedicated to justice,
peace and brotherhood. The trailblazers in human, academic, scientific,
and religious freedom have always been non-conformists." -
Martin Luther King Jr.
"We must in strength and humility meet
hate with love. Maybe in some distant Utopia, you say, that idea
will work, but not in the hard cold world in which we live. My friends,
we have followed the so called practical way for too long a time
now, and it has led inexorably to deeper confusion and chaos. Time
is cluttered with the wreckage of communities which surrendered
to hatred and violence. For the salvation of our nation and the
salvation of mankind, we must follow another way. To our most bitter
opponents we say: "We shall match your capacity to inflict
suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We shall meet your
physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will, and we shall
continue to love you. One day we shall win freedom, but not only
for ourselves. We shall so appeal to your heart and conscience that
we shall win you in the process, and our victory will be a double
victory." - Martin Luther King Jr.
"I have the audacity to believe that
peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies,
education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and
freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men
have torn down, men other-centered can build up. I still believe
that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned
triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive goodwill
will proclaim the rule of the land." --Martin Luther King Jr.
--- Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1964
"Our only hope today lies in our ability
to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes
hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and
militarism. This call for a world-wide fellowship that lifts neighborly
concern beyond one's tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality
a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all men and
women." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"...we must realize that a vast majority
of believers are still searching and will continue to search for
the being who is the "source of human good." Those who
seek with clear heads and sincere hearts will in some measure find.
Of course the true seeker will realize that there is no one way
to find God. To be sure, there are many possible ways of finding
God." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"In a real sense, all life is interrelated.
All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied
in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects
all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are
what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be
until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure
of reality." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Legislation may not change the heart,
but it will restrain the heartless." - Martin Luther King,
"The potential beauty of human life
is constantly made ugly by man's ever recurring song of retaliation.
The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever rising tides
of revenge. Man has never risen above the injunction of the lex
talionis: "Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand
for hand, foot for foot." In spite of the fact that the law
of revenge solves no social problems, men continue to follow its
disastrous leading. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations
and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Every war already carries within it
the war which will answer it. Every war is answered by a new war,
until everything, everything is smashed." - Kothe Kollwitz
"After an orange cloud -- formed as
a result of a dust storm over the Sahara and caught up by air currents
-- reached the Philippines and settled there with rain, I understood
that we are all sailing in the same boat." - Vladimir Kovalyonok,
"When you call yourself an Indian or
a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are
being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating
yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by
belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man
who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country,
to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is
concerned with the total understanding of mankind." - J. Krishnamurti,
Freedom from the Known
"I think we're in a new era where the
advancing tide is towards human unity, where people all around the
world want to come together. The United States is in a position
where it can lead the way towards that and it can do it in practical
ways by affirming the power of the United Nations so that the international
process makes decisions on international security." - Dennis
Kucinich, US congressman
"Our vision of interconnectedness resonates
with new networks of world citizens in nongovernmental organizations
linking from numberless centers of energy, expressing the emergence
of a new organic whole, seeking unity within and across national
lines... If governments and their leaders, bound by hierarchy and
patriarchy, wedded to military might for legitimacy, fail to grasp
the implications of an emerging world consciousness for cooperation,
for peace and for sustainability, they may become irrelevant."
- Dennis Kucinich, US congressman, "Spirit and Stardust"
"[T]here is a deeper truth expressed
in the unity of the United States. [I]mplicate in the union of our
country is the union of all people. [A]ll people are essentially
one. [T]he world is interconnected not only on the material level
of economics, trade, communication, and transportation, but innerconnected
through human consciousness, through the human heart, through the
heart of the world, through the simply expressed impulse and yearning
to be and to breathe free." - Dennis Kucinich, US congressman,
"A Prayer for America"
"Aristippus said that a wise man's country was the world."
-- Diogenes Laertius, 13 xiii, Circa 200 A. D.
"There is no such thing as an inevitable war. If war comes
it will be from failure of human wisdom."
- Andrew B. Law
"The Earth was small, light blue, and
so touchingly alone, our home that must be defended like a holy
relic." - Aleksei Leonov, astronaut
"Either men will learn to live like
brothers, or they will die like beasts." - Max Lerner.
"War is as outmoded as cannibalism,
chattel slavery, blood-feuds, and dueling, an insult to God and
humanity...a daily crucifixion of Christ." - Muriel Lester
"If we could read the secret history
of our enemies we should find in each person's life sorrow and suffering
enough to disarm all hostility." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"The abolition of war is no longer an ethical question to be
pondered solely by learned philosophers and ecclesiastics, but a
hard core one for the decision of the masses whose survival is the
issue. Many will tell you with mockery and ridicule that the abolition
of war can only be a dream - that it is the vague imagining of a
visionary. But we must go on or we will go under ... We must have
new thoughts, new ideas, new concepts. We must break out of the
straightjacket of the past. We must sufficient imagination and courage
to translate the universal wish for peace - which is rapidly becoming
a necessity - into actuality."
- General Douglas MacArthur, July 5, 1961
"You point out that war is only a symptom
of the whole horrid business of human behavior, and cannot be isolated.
And that, even if we abolish war, we shall not abolish hate and
greed. So might it have been argued about slave emancipation, that
slavery was but one aspect of human disgustingness, and that to
abolish it would not end the barbarity that causes it. But did the
abolitionists therefore waste their breath? And do we waste ours
now in protesting against war?" --Rose Macaulay
"So long as you are ready to die for
humanity, the life of your country is immortal." - Giuseppe
"I know war as few other men now living
know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated
its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend
and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international
disputes." - Douglas MacArthur
"To see the earth as it truly is, small
and blue in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see riders
on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the
eternal cold -- brothers who know now they are truly brothers."
- Archibald McLeish, poet
"We cannot live only for ourselves.
A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those
fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they
come back to us as effects."
- Herman Melville, writer
"I dream of giving birth to a child
who will ask: "Mother, what was war?"" - Eve Merriam,
"The whole idea of compassion is based
on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings,
which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another."
- Thomas Merton
"In outer space you develop an instant
global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction
with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about
it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty.
You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag
him a quarter of a million miles out and say, "Look at that,
you son of a bitch." - Edgar Mitchell
"Have I said clearly enough that the
Community we created is not an end in itself? It is a process of
change, continuing in that same process which in an earlier period
produced our national forms of life. The sovereign nations of the
past can no longer solve the problems of the present: they cannot
ensure their own progress or control their own future. And the Community
itself is only a stage on the way of the organized world of tomorrow."
- Jean Monnet, conceiver of the European Community, now the European
"When we try to pick anything out by
itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."
- John Muir, naturalist
"If heads of states fail to seize the
opportunity of our entry into the third millennium to provide for
a better government of planet Earth, history will not forgive them
- if there is a history." - Robert Muller
"I have long believed that the only way peace can be achieved
is through world government." --Jawaharlal Nehru
"The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and
to do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine
"The multitude which is not brought
to act as a unity is confusion. That unity which has not its origin
in the multitude is tyranny." - Blaise Pascal
"If you are required to kill someone
today, on the promise of a political leader that someone else shall
live in peace tomorrow, believe me, you are not only a double murderer,
you are a suicide, too."
-Katherine Anne Porter
"The moral development of a civilization
is measured by the breadth of its sense of community."
- Anatol Rapoport
"Our goals are the same as those of
the U.N.'s founders, who sought to replace a world at war with one
where the rule of law would prevail, where human rights were honored,
where development would blossom, where conflict would give way to
freedom from violence." - Ronald Reagan
"We are prophets of a future not our
own." - Oscar Romero
"Brotherhood is the very price and
condition of man's survival." - Carlos P. Romulo
"My short-term vision is the abolition
of nuclear weapons. My long-term vision is the abolition of war."
- Joseph Rotblat, Nobel Peace Laureate, 1995
"People rarely win wars, governments
rarely lose them. People get killed. Governments moult and regroup,
hydra-headed. They use flags first to shrink-wrap people's minds
and smother thought, and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury their
willing dead." - Arundhati Roy
"One must care about a world one will
never see." - Bertrand Russell, mathematician and philosopher
"At a few hundred kilometers altitude, the Earth fills half
your sky, and the band of blue that stretches from Mindanao to Bombay,
which your eye encompasses in a single glance, can break your heart
with its beauty. Home you think. Home. This is my world. This is
where I come from. Everyone I know, everyone I ever heard of, grew
up down there, under that relentless and exquisite blue." --Carl
"In the daylight, though, it's hard to see any sign of human
habitation. But at night, except for the polar aurora, everything
you see is due to humans, humming and blinking all over the planet.
That swath of light is eastern North America, continuous from Boston
to Washington, a megalopolis in fact if not in name. Over there
is the burnoff of natural gas in Libya. The dazzling lights of the
Japanese shrimp fishing fleet have moved toward the South China
Sea. On every orbit, the Earth tells you new stories. You can see
a volcanic eruption in Kamchatka, a Saharan sandstorm approaching
Brazil, unseasonably frigid weather in New Zealand. You get to thinking
of the Earth as an organism, a living thing. You get to worry about
it, care for it, wish it well. National boundaries are as invisible
as meridians of longitude, or the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
The boundaries are arbitrary. The planet is real. Spaceflight, therefore,
is subversive. If they are fortunate enough to find themselves in
Earth orbit, most people, after a little meditation, have similar
thoughts. The nations that had instituted spaceflight had done so
largely for nationalistic reasons; it was a small irony that almost
everyone who entered space received a startling glimpse of a transnational
perspective, of the Earth as one world." - Carl Sagan, Contact
"Human history can be viewed as a slowly
dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group. Initially
our loyalties were to ourselves and our immediate family, next,
to bands of wandering hunter-gatherers, then to tribes, small settlements,
city-states, nations. We have broadened the circle of those we love.
We have now organized what are modestly described as super-powers,
which include groups of people from divergent ethnic and cultural
backgrounds working in some sense together--surely a humanizing
and character building experience. If we are to survive, our loyalties
must be broadened further, to include the whole human community,
the entire planet Earth. Many of those who run the nations will
find this idea unpleasant. They will fear the loss of power. We
will hear much about treason and disloyalty. Rich nation-states
will have to share their wealth with poor ones. But the choice,
as H. G. Wells once said in a different context, is clearly the
universe or nothing." - Carl Sagan, Cosmos
"Our loyalties are to the species and
the planet. We speak for Earth. Our obligation to survive is owed
not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast,
from which we spring." --Carl Sagan, Cosmos
"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us.
On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard
of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate
of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies,
and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and
coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king
and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father,
hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every
corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme
leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species
lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
"The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think
of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors,
so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters
of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by
the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable
inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings,
how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
"Our posturings, our imagined self-importance,
the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe,
are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely
speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in
all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere
to save us from ourselves." - Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot
"Teller contended, not implausibly,
that hydrogen bombs keep the peace, or at least prevent thermonuclear
war, because the consequences of warfare between nuclear powers
are now too dangerous. We haven't had a nuclear war yet, have we?
But all such arguments assume that the nuclear-armed nations are
and always will be, without exception, rational actors, and that
bouts of anger and revenge and madness will never overtake their
leaders (or military and secret police officers in charge of nuclear
weapons). In the century of Hitler and Stalin, this seems ingenuous."
- Carl Sagan
"Whenever our ethnic or national prejudices
are aroused, in times of scarcity, during challenges to national
self esteem or nerve, when we agonize about our diminished cosmic
place and purpose, or when fanaticism is bubbling up around us -
then, habits of thought familiar from ages past reach for the controls."
- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World
"Up there in the immensity of the Cosmos,
an inescapable perception awaits us. National boundaries are not
evident when we view the Earth from space. Fanatical ethnic, 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." - Carl Sagan, Cosmos
"Compassion is not at all weak. It
is the strength that arises out of seeing the true nature of suffering
in the world. Compassion allows us to bear witness to that suffering,
whether it is in ourselves or others, without fear; it allows us
to name injustice without hesitation, and to act strongly, with
all the skill at our disposal.
To develop this mind state of compassion
. . . is to learn to live, as the Buddha put it, with sympathy for
all living beings, without exception." - Sharon Salzberg
"[I see] half a world to the left,
half a world to the right. I can see it all. The Earth is so small."
- Vitali Sevastyanov, astronaut
"My mental boundaries expanded when
I viewed the Earth against a black and uninviting vacuum, yet my
country's rich traditions had conditioned me to look beyond man-made
boundaries and prejudices. One does not have to undertake a space
flight to come by this feeling." - Rakesh Sharma, astronaut
"The Earth at night looks even more
magical than it does during the day. There's always a lightning
storm happening somewhere. Flashes of lightning sometimes cover
up to a fourth of a continent. At first you see this as a natural
disturbance, the eruption of splashes as a majestic spectacle...
All of a sudden, against your will, you imagine that the lightning
comes not from a natural storm but from the explosions of bombs.
No. That must never happen. Let only the northern lights and lightning
blaze above our precious Earth."
- Vladimir Shatalov, astronaut
"You see things; and you say, "Why?"
But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?""
--George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950
The reasonable man adapts himself to the
world; the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. - George
Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950
"I am neither an Athenian nor a Greek.
I am a citizen of the world." - Socrates
"If it were all so simple! If only
there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds,
and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us
and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through
the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a
piece of his own heart?"
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
"We wanted to love, freely and without
barriers. We had to remake the world in order to do it." --Starhawk,
The Fifth Sacred Thing
"I believe that if we really want human
brotherhood to spread and increase until it makes life safe and
sane, we must also be certain that there is no one true faith or
path by which it may spread." --Adlai E. Stevenson
"On this shrunken globe, men can no
longer live as strangers." - Adlai E. Stevenson
"[Viewing the Earth from space,] you
see a singleness and unity to it all that we never perceive in the
press of daily life. It seems such a vivid unity that surely it
must be rooted some reality, and you wonder why this unity isn't
more the reality of everyday human life on earth. You wonder if
it could ever be so unified, and you return determined to do whatever
you can to make it so -- even a bit." - Kathryn Sullivan, astronaut
"It is not your obligation to complete your work, but you are
not at liberty to quit." --the Talmud
"World federalists hold before us the vision of a unified mankind
living in peace under a just worl order. The heart of their program
- a world under law - is realistic and attainable." --U Thant,
U.N. Secretary General
"What good is a house, if you haven't
got a decent planet to put it on?" - Henry David Thoreau
"If people behaved like governments,
you'd call the cops." - Kelvin Throop
"Mankind's problems can no longer be
solved by national governments. What is needed is world government."
- Jan Tinbergen, Nobel Prize-winning economist
"I know that my unity with all people
cannot be destroyed by national boundaries and government orders."
- Leo Tolstoy
"It will be just as easy for nations
to get along in a republic of the world as it is for you to get
along in the republic of the United States. Now when Kansas and
Colorado have a quarrel over the water in the Arkansas river they
don't call out the national guard in each state and go to war over
it. They bring suit in the Supreme Court of the United States and
abide by the decision. There isn't a reason in the world why we
can't do that internationally." - Harry S. Truman
"My humanity is bound up in yours,
for we can only be human together." --Archbishop Desmond Tutu
"Each nation knowing it has the only true religion and the
only sane system of government, each despising all the others, each
an ass and not suspecting it." - Mark Twain
"We are seeking another basic outlook: the world as an organization.
This would profoundly change the categories of our thinking and
influence our practical attitudes. We must envision the biosphere
as a whole with mutually reinforcing or mutually destructive interdependencies."
- Ludwig von Bertalanffy
"In a sense, each of us is an island. In another sense, however,
we are all one. For though islands appear separate, and may even
be situated at great distances from one another, they are only extrusions
of the same planet, Earth." - J. Donald Walters
"A Chinese tale tells of some men sent
to harm a young girl who, upon seeing her beauty, became her protectors
rather than her violators. That's how I felt seeing the Earth for
the first time. 'I could not help but love and cherish her.'"
- Taylor Wang, astronaut
"Every explicit duality is an implicit
unity." - Alan Watts
"Lack of awareness of the basic unity
of organism and environment is a serious and dangerous hallucination."
- Alan Watts
"A federation of all humanity, together
with a sufficient measure of social justice, to ensure health, education,
and a rough equality of opportunity to most of the children born
into the world, would mean such a release and increase of human
energy as to open a new phase in human history." - H.G. Wells
"Men who think in lifetimes are of
little use to statesmanship." - H.G. Wells, The World Set Free
"Our true nationality is mankind."
- H.G. Wells
"We look back through countless millions
of years and see the great will to live struggling out of the intertidal
slime, struggling from shape to shape and from power to power, crawling
and then walking confidently upon the land, struggling generation
after generation to master the air, creeping down into the darkness
of the deep; we see it turn upon itself in rage and hunger and reshape
itself, pursuing its relentless inconceivable purpose, until at
last it reaches us and its being beats through our brains and arteries...
It is possible to believe that all that the human mind has ever
accomplished is but the dream before the awakening... Out of our...
lineage, minds will spring, that will reach back to us in our littleness
to know us better than we know ourselves. A day will come, one day
in the unending succession of days, when beings, beings who are
now latent in our thoughts and hidden in our loins, shall stand
upon this earth as one stands upon a footstool, and shall laugh
and reach out their hands amidst the stars." --H.G. Wells
"There must be, not a balance of power,
but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized
common peace." - Woodrow Wilson
"Now I know why I'm here
Not for a closer look at the moon,
But to look back
At our home
The Earth." - Alfred Worden, astronaut
"Ecological troubles have no limits. In spite of ideological
and spiritual differences, we are all citizens of the World Polluted
States... Environmental interdependence inevitably leads us to a
new concept of global security, which includes not only military
but environmental security." - Alexei Yablokov