Eternity - Reason In
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~ Idea 4410 ~
Summary of a passage of my Journal of 5 January 1970. Luncheon offered by the Secretary General to Mr. Aurelio Peccei, a remarkable man who merits to be known world-wide. Having reached the height of business success he now pursues a dream of his youth, the same as mine and that of Robert Schuman, namely the dream of a world without borders. He speaks of futurology, of macro-problems and I noted two remarks which profoundly impressed me.
He said, "Once one has placed oneself on a universal point of view there is no return possible. From the time I saw the pictures taken from the moon of our Earth I went across this step and I am no longer able to reason in terms which are not universal and planetary. An unceasing growing number of humans will take that step too and the movement will become irresistible. Number two, it is enough to have understood this and everything becomes clear. When I was a kid I could not understand the notion of eternity. Today I understand it and everything has become simple."
My contribution to the conversation was this:
1. The study of the future has been undertaken in many sectors by the United Nations and by its specialized agencies. The time has now come to link all these diverse elements and to create a Committee of the Future in the Economic and Social Council.*
2. In order to know where the world will go at the present writing it is enough to multiply by 7 billion (the projected number of the world population in the year 2000) the figures of consumption which prevail at the present time in the United States. One will be shocked by the figures and one will have to correct the present course of economic development.
Here is an example: multiply by 7 billion the average consumption of 600 kilograms of steel per inhabitant of the United States. The result is an impossibility, a crazy concept. And I write later in my Journal that this conversation was at the origin of the famous book by Peccei and the Club of Rome, entitled The Limits of Growth, a book which adopted exactly this hypothesis: Suppose that the world of 7 billion** inhabitants will reach the current levels of consuming of the American people.
The result of it pointed to unprecedented disasters and gave a durable shock to the world economy. From that time there is talk of 'sustainable economic development'. Aurelio Peccei says so rightly in The Inner Limits of Mankind "Modern man is 'unfinished,' his transition to a greater maturity retarded. One must recognize this as a cold fact.
The current global crisis — in which old and new problems of population, food, education, resources, energy, crowding, inflation, poverty, alienation, militarization, disorder, ecodegradation, injustice, etc., are growing and intertwining beyond recognition — are a consequence of the difficulty people have in achieving the level of understanding and sense of responsibility demanded by their mutated universe.
They have — all of them, in all classes and nations throughout the planet — remained confined within obsolete cultural boundaries which in the past could serve them well enough, but which nowadays are dangerously crippling, preventing them from living on par with the reality of their time and from controlling the mechanisms of change."
Thirty-one years later, in 2001, it still has not been done despite my urgings.
Why not? The fear of nations of the Future?
* This was never done. In 1998, when writing my 2000 Ideas for the year 2000 I recommended the creation of a main commission of the General Assembly on the future. It was not done.
** Thanks to the work and recommendations of the United Nations that figure of 7 billion was reduced to 6.1 billion, [the actual 2000 population was 6.8 billion].
1500 585 Million
1800 978 Million
1900 1.6 Billion
1950 2.5 Billion - More than twice 1800 - In 150 Years
2000 6.8 Billion - More than twice 1950 - In 50 Years
2018 7.6 Billion
2023 8 Billion - or by 2026
2055 10 Billion - Estimate made in 2018
See Live - Current world Population
Population & Land Area by World Region
4.545 Billion - 31 million Km2 - Asia
1.287 Billion - 29 million Km2 - Africa
1.015 Billion - 39 million Km2 - Americas including Caribbean
.742 Billion - 22 million Km2 - Europe
.041 Billion - 8 million Km2 - Oceania
Robert's The Miracle, Joy and Art of Living,
Volume I The great Scene of Creation
Chapter 1 Our Place in the Universe
We are minuscule entities in the universe and in time.
We will never fully understand the infinitely large and infinitely small.
We will never grasp the beginningless beginning and endless end.
And yet, within these limitations we can live miraculous, joyful, confident, searching, fulfilled, extraordinary lives and acquire an incredible consciousness of the stupendous universe and of our miraculous Earth.
UN News: UN Chronicle, United Nations News Service, UN Wire Archive
References: Earth Charter, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Rights of: Children,Women, IndigenousPeople
To Be Written: Rights of Nature, Birds, Animals, Fish, etc.
WORD FOR THE DAY
Ask, and you will receive;
seek, and you will find;
knock, and the door will be opened.
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