There is so much needless suffering in this pathetic world that humans have created for themselves. There is a boundless wealth of imagination, ingenuity, intelligence, generosity and potential that is bound up in the lives of billions of humans whose lives are unnecessarily cut short or bastardized by poverty, disease, conflict, war and scarcity – all of which are wholly preventable. In response to this madness, this is my wish list -
If that cumulative potential were only released; if war was only made obsolete; if the untold wealth diverted to weapons and instruments of death was only redirected to human progress, what a different world we would have. If those who have been taught to look upwards for salvation to some essentially unreachable deity would only look around themselves for answers, what a different world we would have. If only all of us would find peace within ourselves and reflect on the well spring of our own behavior, what a different world we would have. If only humanity would speak the word love and truly mean it and accept the implications of this kind of surrender, what a different world we would have. If only the wealthy among us would understand the emptiness of greed, prejudice and mindless acquisition, what a different world we would have. If only true-believers would remove the blinders that obstruct their minds and see the beauty inherent in diversity, the universality and interdependence of all of life, what a different world we would have. This is my fondest desire.