A human being is part of a whole, called by us the “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. – Albert Einstein
The time has come for the people of planet earth with unprecedented inclusiveness, respect for diversity, and a sense of responsibility for the whole of life to join together on a planetary scale and move humanity and civilization in a direction that is peaceful, just and sustainable.
The time has come to move beyond the primitive urge to use force to settle our differences.
The time has come when the destruction of any living species is no longer acceptable…and will no longer be tolerated.
The time has come to feed people’s hope, not their hate.
The time has come that we understand that longevity is determined not by demonstrations of brute force but by securing the hearts and minds of all peoples.
While the majority of us lead our lives according to our convictions that serves all of humanity, those who cling to destructive and self-serving thinking and behavior will be left behind. As their irrelevance grows, they will either board the train or be left at the station.
In New York City, a zen master ordered a hot dog with everything on it from a hot dog vendor. The master gave the vendor $50. When he received no change, he asked, “Where’s my change?” the hot dog vendor replied, “Change comes from within…..”
If you’re doing anything to better humanity, whether through charity work, your day job, or even if you’ve changed your outlook on the world because of a profound experience, we really would love to hear about it below.
The above is an edited excerpt from page 170 of Joe Simonetta’s book, Will Humanity Survive?