What if a nuclear war occurred? What would you think in those few minutes when the missiles were flying and humanity, including your family, was about to be annihilated?
The first thing I would think of is my sons. Stephen and William. It would crush me. I’d apologize that my generation, the “baby boomers,” and those before it, were so weak and lethargic that their generation never had a chance. Then I would think of my family and friends, of wonderful times, and wonder how it could end like this. And I would apologize to God for destroying this beautiful planet, and the life on it.
While I would like to go out with love, honestly, I can’t say that I would. It would be hard not to feel some anger – not at whoever started it, that would be stupid. If we have a nuclear war it will only be because most of us on Earth left it to brutes to govern, and carry on their narrow minded view of nation states pitting life itself upon their interactions. The final question could be this: how we could be so feckless that we failed to construct an international social order where this would not come to pass? This Armageddon would not be because of inevitability, but because the common people failed to act.
The likelihood of nuclear war will drastically diminish with the implementation of a Global Bill of Rights. There are a few reasons for this. One, those in power will be genuinely elected. Dictatorship will be done, relegated to the scrap heap where it belongs.
Two, there will be integration and well-being beyond anything we have experienced on Earth before. There will be no walls. As these walls come down, and we live in mutual respect, and love for one another, there will be no need to think of each other as adversaries and live in fear of annihilation. Where there are disagreements, we will settle them in courts, not with bombs. When Martin Luther King said “We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools,” he was talking about all of humanity, not just the deep south in America.
Three, the free flow of information, and awareness of what is happening across the planet, will make it difficult to amass support for war. We won’t go; and if we’re wise, we will make it difficult for just a few people to wage one.
Of course there is a genuine possibility that we can have a nuclear Armageddon, just as there is a genuine possibility of the development of a global police state. The United States has just created an entire new military branch for space, the Space Force, and is developing space weapons.
And it’s on the ground as well as space. The United States, Russia and China are engaged in building a new round of nuclear weapons. They will spend trillions of dollars and take up many of the best minds on the planet. Why? Because we have failed to unite to stop them and provide for a better form of security.
So take a few minutes to unite with others through the work of Unite. Let’s act, not lament, and pick a different future than the path we are blandly following. Human security is something we must create, it’s not something that government officials will give us. It’s the agreement that we give those who govern that will give us the security we desire.