Striving to transform the many cultures of the world and create a global Earth Culture is a challenge of epic proportions. In addition to the religious obstacles, there is the automobile industry, the oil industry, and the use of sex as the foundation of the advertising, marketing and entertainment industries—all of which fly in the face of common sense.
The profits involved in the automobile and oil industries alone virtually rule the world, and in today’s world profit comes before morality, before sanity, and especially before the future! It goes without saying that these two industries are not going to change their stripes anytime soon! They will surely milk the oil cow until it goes dry!
The blatant, gross use of sex in business is another of the most negative legacies of the religious distortion and repression of the sexual impulse. Even once straight-laced Asian countries have picked up on the American way of using sex to sell. This misuse and abuse of human sexuality is also not going to go away until we manage to create a new ethic for sexual behavior that is rational, satisfying and doable.
GOD DOESN’T NEED MORE PEOPLE!
We also need to obliterate the religious commandments for people to go forth and multiple. God doesn’t need more people, and the Church-based obsession that it does is another kind of insanity! Who in their right mind can believe that the Earth needs more millions or billions of poor, oppressed people? Why? For what purpose? For the support and glory of self-serving religions?
Furthermore, the religious-economic-political concept that prosperity and the quality of life is based on a continuously growing population is not only out-dated, it is one of the primary factors in the poverty that plagues over half of the population of the Earth, including millions of people in the most prosperous nations.
Over-population is also one of the primary sources of much of the violence that afflicts so much of mankind. In fact, the world needs some kind of parental code of ethics that people be required to agree to before they have children—in or outside of wedlock. To start with, courses in parenting responsibilities and skills should be made a mandatory part of the education of the young.
The political, economic and social policies of promoting growth and more growth for the sake of growth and power must be eliminated from the human mindset. Economic growth should first of all be designed to raise the level of the living standard of all people on Earth to a comfortable level and thereafter ensure that it is sustainable.
All of the prevailing reasons why men go to war—religion, the hunger for political power, the obsession with wealth, territorial ambitions, oppressive government regimes—should be eliminated by a coordinated universal effort that now seems to be so far beyond the ability of mankind that it is not even a dream. But that is exactly what at least 95 percent of the people on Earth want! So why can’t it be done?
It can be done but it will not be done until religious and political leaders are no longer in the dark ages where ignorance, irrationality and inhuman behavior are the norm—the norm for them; not for the people at large.
One of the most positive factors that is already raising the living standard of people in China and India—two countries that represent some two-thirds of humanity—is work out-sourcing from the United States, Japan, South Korea and other developed countries.
As controversial and as painful to some as this phenomenon is, it nevertheless is the most efficient and practical means of achieving economic parity between nations—not tearing any of them down, but building all of them up.
The more affluent China, India and other developing countries become, the more they contribute to the economy of the countries out-sourcing to them, the more stable their governments, and the more likely they are to cherish and work for peace and prosperity.
Of course, there are many other things that should be done. And despite all of the gloom and doom scenarios I’ve harped on the great majority of people on this endangered planet are good-hearted, well-behaved and hard-working, and want only to live peaceful, comfortable, secure lives.
The truly evil doers—those leaders and their henchmen who are actually well-known to the world—number only in the thousands. If the world could somehow get rid of them and prevent others from taking their place the Earth could and surely would become a sane, safe habitat for humanity in a very short period of time.
It is obvious that the material quality of life is primarily determined by knowing what to do and having the political and religious freedom to do it. This makes it imperative that all people be freed from the destructive religious, political and economic shackles of the past.
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