I’m writing a book. It’s my second. My first was 2048: Humanity’s Agreement to Live Together. It was a best seller in the Bay Area for four weeks back in 2010 — that was seven years ago. 2048 laid out the foundation for a plan for humanity to transition from war and want to peace and prosperity.
I didn’t write the plan. As far as I can tell from my studies of the microfiche files for the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the principal authors for substance are John Humphrey, and Rene Cassin. Yes, Eleanor Roosevelt, Charles Malick and P.C. Chang were responsible for much of the steerage, but these two did the most research and writing, primarily Humphrey – it’s fitting that he’s a hero in Canada.
The book I’m writing now, Through the Eyes of Astronauts, is about how we can build upon the foundation described in 2048. Eyes is about perspective. Most of us see myopically, and generally we are oblivious as to how myopic we are. Even worse, brutes with minds as narrow as their vision are gaining power globally using nationalistic fervor to enhance tunnel vision, fear and divisiveness – the same old trick of the power hungry to pit the masses against each other.
Fortunately there is a vision and perspective greater than theirs. Just as heavenly objects make their steady rotations around each other, and the universe, so too will the perspective of humanity from warring nation states slowly rotate to the global community we are destined to be. Here is the view that will bring us there:
Her experience helps overcome myopia. Most astronauts return changed mentally. A Saudi cosmonaut put it brilliantly:
“The first day or so we all pointed to our countries. The third or fourth day we were pointing to our continents. By the fifth day we were aware of only one Earth.”
We can learn from this insight. When astronauts look at the world beneth them, yes, they realize that it’s a beautiful blue marble, and they also realize that all the nations pitted against each other are no more than a construct — and, as with any construct, it can be changed.
So take that first step. See through the eyes of astronauts, and set your imagination free to think about rights for all on that beautiful planet below.
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