The world is at a crossroads, where divergent forces are fighting for their share of input and power and hegemony.
I know. I know. People have been saying this for over one thousand years.
“We’re an important generation.”
“These are important times in which we live.”
And I hate to suffer from generational echolalia, but people, I feel these are important times that may determine the course of the world for many, many years to come.
There’s going to be a lot of debate. What advances should be made? Who gets the benefits? Why them and not me? On and on.
Okay. That’s fine.
But during these important times, I implore that we keep one thing in mind.
Whatever country you come from, whatever political ideology you feel defines you, whatever your national identity, whatever economic system you think will triumph over all the rest and save us from ruin, whatever god or gods or lack of gods you feel are benevolently watching over us, first and foremost, we are Earthlings.
We are all inhabitants of this tiny planet. And there are a lot of us. And more coming. And all of these diverse ways of life have sprung forth from Earthlings. We may think or feel or experience the world differently.
And that is fine. It’s one of the reasons why evolution is such a powerful force. We’re here because our ancestors’ genes had the decency to diversify and allow us the abilities to adapt and change.
So, let’s honor our ancestors’ genes. If you’re traveling, or shopping, or just working out at the gym.
Let’s all just be Earthlings first and all those other qualifiers second.
See you around somewhere on this tiny, blue ball.