Why is the name of this blog “One Planet” Because it’s a bit of GOOD NEWS about how we are uniting on our planet even in these divisive times. It’s for the people who want to remove walls, psychological and physical. It’s a perspective. As Kurt Vonnegut’s son, Mark, put it when asked by his father “Why are we here,” he replied “We are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is.”
The narrow minded are running the world and the broad minded need to do something about that. Unite provides something for the broad-minded people, businesses and governments to focus on together. The most important thing you can do is to take one minute to unite with others. If you have not signed to support the idea of enforceable rights for people in all countries, please go to the Unite home page and sign giving your name, email and country — it’s as simple as that. (Ready, GO! You can come right back, and if you sign, I promise you will receive a response).
So I hope you signed, but if not, I ask you to later think about signing. Whether we care to admit it or not, to some degree each of us is a pawn being moved about through the game of life. We think we have independence, but most of the things we think about, the health care we need, if we can criticize those in power without being taken away, whether someone is discriminating about us based on race or sex, if we can get a good college education, or our children can, all these are shaped by the social order that is constructed around us. That social order is constructed by the rights we have.
Fortunately, as the author Malcolm Gladwell has recently written: “The life we could have is so much richer than the one we have settled for.” You see, through a Global Bill of Rights we can recast the constraints in which we live. We can craft a world in which we wake up each day, all of us, and know that if we become sick there will be outstanding health care, if a politician is corrupt we can say so without being taken away, that we can marry the person we choose, and more.
And this world starts with a simple signature: yours.
I urge you to be part of a new story being told through the One Planet. One about how we are uniting. It’s a different story from the deluge of negativity we are bombarded with everyday. You can help by commenting on these blogs, or writing one as a guest blogger.
Your story will be added to a chorus. It’s like a candle. You can blow out a candle, but you cannot blow out a fire. It’s time for a chorus for rights because too many of us who are calling for them and fighting for them are being blown out while others talk, but don’t act.
So help out. Take a moment to become a spark with others to form a movement that cannot be blown out, and enjoy One Planet. Thank you.