It won’t be technology that gets us there, although that’s a critical part of the equation. It won’t be money alone. Humanity won’t crawl out of the mud until we really learn to care for each other.
This sad tombstone reads:
Seduced and pregnant by her father’s friend,
Unwed she died from abortion, her only choice.
Abandoned in life and death by family,
With but a single rose from her mother.
Buried only through the kindness of an unknown benefactor
Died February, 1875, age 21
Victim of an unforgiving society
Have mercy on us.
The poem below was part of a BBC program, unfortunately not available in the US, translated by redditor /u/Reedit_girl
Too many people in this world live and die essentially alone and ignored and forgotten. How can we possibly hope to inherit the stars if we can’t even take care of our own here on this Pale Blue Dot?
This image from David Linn – “The Ascent” – illustrates beautifully the Quaker proverb, “Thee lift me and I’ll lift thee, and we’ll ascend together.”
That’s what life is about, regardless of your spiritual walk, be it person of faith, humanist, deist, atheist, anti-theist, or somewhere else – it matters not. We’re here to make a difference in one another’s lives for good. If you’re doing that, you’re on a good road.
The idea is not new, it’s as old as the hills. In the Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 31a, we find this:
“That which is distasteful unto yourself, do not unto others. This is the whole Torah, the rest is commentary. Go and study.”
Lest you think I’m being partial to Judaism, have a look at the Golden Rule in many faiths around the world:
Missing from the chart is the humanist “ethic of reciprocity,” the belief that people should aim to treat each other as they would like to be treated themselves – with tolerance, consideration and compassion.
Until we live in a world where this idea is as natural to every person as breathing, we won’t be ready to inherit the stars.
The Old Wolf has spoken.