A person born on the planet Earth during the last two generations has access to information which could erase the illusions of separation which were bedrock to the consciousness of average humanity before this time.

If any intelligent human being could be relieved of all memory of childhood and all bias whatsoever to cultural background (as if arriving upon the planet as adult, with only a view of the “whole”) all prejudice would be gone, and a true assessment could be made of the status of mankind upon our planet.

It would be apparent that humanity, confronted with the mystery of existence throughout the ages past, had effectively achieved ways to reach into that mystery through its various religions —five thousand of them to date.

It would also be apparent that much of the mystery which originally existed and was foundational in the formation of the dogmatic and authoritarian religions, no longer exists in the face of today’s scientific wisdom.

It would be apparent that the separativeness which is at the base of many of the religions of the past has now lost all its reason, rendering adherents schizophrenic.

It would be clear that the great bulk of mankind is living in the illusion of separation which has been shown to be unequivocally false in the mere fact that energy and mass are interchangeable.

It would be obvious that those holding to the old religious concepts of separation are practically ignoring the knowledge that the Earth has been seen from the moon to have no separating borders.

It would be simple to see that humanity has the ability to meet all human need, were there enough cooperation among the various cultures and races.

It would strike an onlooker as strange that, having such ability, and being part of the same interdependent planetary ecology, mankind has not already coalesced and consolidated in efforts to steward the other kingdoms in nature.

All religions came into being during a period of general ignorance about the Cosmos in which humanity exists. Religion has to do with mankind’s relationship to a “Cause of Being”, by whatever name. The Beauty, Mystery, and Power of this Cause does not cease to exist in the framework of the knowledge now in possession.

Humanity has been consumed with self-importance, totally out of context with the true relationship to the Whole of the Cosmos. Religions have satisfied a need in the face of this blatant separativity.

To give up the false premises of religions need not divorce people from the basic Truths which religions promulgate to be known and applied; namely that mankind is Family and Brotherhood upon this planet as a species. Humanity is also endowed with creative abilities which have not yet been explored in unity. These two factors would appear sufficient to set on a new course —to join the Cosmos as an infinitesimal part, but play that part in synthesis.

It would be conspicuous that humanity lives in ignorance of proven interdependencies, while possessing knowledge the significance of which has not yet been fathomed as a race.

Is it too soon to suggest that humanity consummately “dump religions” and embark on a new relationship with the Mystery of the Creator? One which admits existence for purposes within mankind’s potential to grasp, when considered as a Whole instead of outside that context?

Is it too soon to suggest that a True Identity, as an humble but powerful Cosmic Being or "Planetary Brain," replace the former illusion of people as insignificant, ignorant, and helpless creatures? Beings who have built a mask over the Awesome Truth that a collective future must be captained through a continuing, unrelenting, contemplative Life registering the Place in the Plan for Humanity and the Planet?

It is NOT too soon! We can only hope it is not too late!

We have only to forsake false selfhood, and Join the Cosmos!

 



Since 1945 the needs, injustices and complaints of humanity, especially of the poor countries, have been high on the agenda of the United Nations. Recently the UN has held a World Social Summit on all these problems in Copenhagen and launched a United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty, 1997-2006.

Regarding the newcomer in the age of global preoccupations, namely the Earth, we must listen to her too and respond to her complaints. If the Earth could speak she would say:

Why did I have to take all of a sudden a population increase from 2.5 billion people in 1952 to 6.1 billion in 2000, more than doubling in less than fifty years?

We could answer as an excuse: it happened out of sheer ignorance. After the war the rich countries and the United Nations wanted to prevent the early death of innumerable children in poor countries. They died young because of epidemics, bad health conditions, malnutrition and hunger. But having no population statistics for the world and for most of these countries, did not tell the parents that they would no longer need to give birth to an average of six children per family to have at least two left to till the land and to take care of their old age. Until 1952 we did not even know what the world population was! When the UN organized for first time in human history decent global statistics and world censuses, we discovered that women did not have more children, but that children no longer died early (the mortality rate fell from 34 per thousand to 14 per thousand). When this was discovered it was too late, the children were born and a young population is highly reproductive. The UN warned nations and humanity by means of world population conferences and every other possible means that a world population explosion was upon us. But religions and other factors opposed it. Nevertheless, these efforts saved you from 2.2 billion more humans on your surface by the 2000. Instead of 8.3 billion human beings in that year there will be only 6.1 billion.

The Earth:
Yes, but I hear that at the present rate you will be 9.3 billion in the year 2050 and stabilize only at 10.7 billion in the year 2,200, which means 4.8 billion more people than today! You still increase by 80 million people every year. You will end by destroying me.

Our answer:
We continue to do our utmost. Each year the figure of population growth decreases by a few more millions. On 12 October 1999 we will be 6 billion people. The increase during the preceding twelve months was 78 million. To change the course of global phenomena takes time. Humanity which is in the kindergarten of the global age has not learned it yet. The UN’s latest forecasts of the world population in 2050 are: a total world population of 8.91 billion, of which 1.16 billion (a decline of 40 million) in the rich countries and 7.75 billion (an increase of 3.05 billion) in the poor countries.

The Earth:
You better learn it fast. I have another major complaint, namely while there is a population explosion in the poor countries you have also triggered off a wild inventions, production, business, marketing, advertising and overconsumption explosion in the rich countries. In these countries an individual consumes 30 times more of my resources than in the poor countries. From my point of view, namely the damages you do to my body, your population statistics are wrong: while the less developed countries count 4.7 billion people, the more developed countries’ 1.2 billion should be multiplied by 30, i.e. they represent in my eyes 36 billion people!

The Earth would have other complaints, she could ask for example:

WHY EACH MINUTE
- do you destroy 21 hectares (52 acres) of my tropical forests (38 million acres a year) after having destroyed most of the forests in your “rich” countries?

- do you consume 35,725 barrels of petroleum to run around in cars and fly around me in airplanes?

- do you let 50 tons of fertile soil be blown off my cropland?

- do you add 12,000 tons of carbon dioxide to my atmosphere, to the air you breathe, a staggering total of 6.3 billion tons in 1997?

WHY EACH HOUR
- do you let 685 hectares of productive dryland become desert?

- do you spend 120 million dollars on military expenditures, a trillion a year, which you
could use for the good of your poor and for my preservation?

- are 55 people poisoned and 5 killed by pesticides?

- are 60 new cases of cancer diagnosed in the United States alone, over 5,000,000 cases each year with 20,000 cases leading to death, because of the thinning of my ozonosphere which protected you from the ultraviolet rays of the sun?

WHY EACH FIVE HOURS
- do you let a species die out on this planet? This would mean a loss of 84,000 species in the next 50 years.

WHY EACH DAY
- do 25,000 people die of water shortage and contamination?

- are 10 tons of nuclear waste produced by 437 and a constantly increasing number of nuclear plants? How can you let my body be reatomized when it took millions of years for me to loose the nuclear radiations I had when being born from the sun, and it was only when that atomized condition ended that I was able to give birth to life and to you?

- do 250,000 tons of sulfuric acid fall as acid rain in the northern hemisphere, killing lakes and damaging remaining forests?

- are 60 tons of plastic packages and 372 tons of fishing nets dumped into the seas and oceans by commercial fishermen, killing fishes, sea birds and sea mammals?

- why each day are tens of thousands of men rushing to skyscrapers around the world to invent more, to produce more, to market more, to advertise more, to sell more, while only a few are concerned with my preservation? You cannot say, as you say for the population explosion, that each year that explosion diminishes somewhat. On the contrary it gets worse every day.

WHY SINCE 1970
- have you destroyed more than thirty per cent of my nature and the destruction is accelerating, not decelerating as is the population explosion?

WHY DURING A HUMAN LIFETIME
- do you dump so much garbage and waste on me: while the average is 150 times of the weight of a person in a poor country over a lifetime, why does the average American create a mountain of waste 4,000 times his own weight?

And the Earth could go on. She could say:
I regret to have no total figure on what you dump into the seas and oceans which cover 71 percent of my body and contain the largest number of longest living of my species. US industries and cities dump an estimated 6.4 trillion gallons of waste and sewage into the oceans every year.

I heard her also murmur:
I almost wish that you humans would put coloring materials in the exhausts of your cars and airplanes to see what you add to the air which goes into your lungs and which I made so pure for you. Thank God, it begins to show in the form of smog over your cities.

The Earth would further say:
The UN Charter does not even mention me or my nature, natural resources, or the environment. But since the 1972 Stockholm Conference on the environment and the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit you have begun to look into my miseries. You have created a UN Environment Program and an Earth Council, and you are drafting an Earth Charter, a Declaration of my rights. I hear that next you will take up the drafting of a universal declaration of human responsibilities. Ministries of the Environment have sprung up in almost all countries. I thank you for that. But alas, the UN’s recommendations have been often ignored and most poorly implemented, as was revealed by your 1997 Special General Assembly to review the situation. Why don’t you transform the UN into an Earth Organization, in which humans and nature would cooperate for the optimum fulfillment and survival of both, and make me the most beautiful and flourishing planet in the whole universe?

She would add:
I have just read a statement by Mr. Mario Soares, the Prime Minister of Portugal and Chairman of a World Commission on the Oceans, who says: “The action taken for the seas and oceans since the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit has been quite depressing.” May I warn you: if the ultraviolet rays going through the vast hole in my ozonosphere (it has reached the size of continental China) kill the plankton and diatoms of my seas and oceans you might lose 2/3rds of your oxygen!

And why do you have 556 militaries, 85 doctors and only one world servant per 100,000 Earth inhabitants?

Yes, why, why, why...

It is to these fundamental global Earth challenges, in addition to the unresolved human ones, that the world community must address itself as we enter the 21st century and new millennium.

It is a vast subject which reaches from the individual to local, city, provincial, state, national, regional, continental and international, global levels, including the world’s commons (the seas and oceans, the atmosphere, the ozonosphere, the moon and outer-space) and the immediate, medium and long-term future.

It is a vast subject also regarding the means of action: institutions, law, financial resources, taxation, human talents and resources, and the proper education and cooperation of more than 6 billion human individuals on this planet.

 

 

~ Idea 4000 ~

God:
”Dear Robert, congratulations for having finished your 4000 ideas. May I ask you: which one you consider the most important?”

I:
Well, my most important idea and conclusion after all my adult life as a world civil servant is this:

THE UNITED NATIONS MUST BE VASTLY STRENGTHENED TO RESOLVE THE MAJOR GLOBAL PROBLEMS HENCEFORTH INCREASINGLY CONFRONTING HUMANITY AND THE EARTH. IT MUST BE EMPOWERED TO ADOPT AND ENFORCE WORLD LAWS AND REGULATIONS.

I recommend that the UN General Assembly should meet again urgently at the heads of states level and that one of them will stand up and say to his assembled peers: “The world of sovereign nations is in disarray. The Earth, our vital air, waters, nature, vegetation and many species which it took millions of years to form, our climate are in jeopardy. All this will end in a global disaster without precedent, if we do not react with vision and audacity.

I appeal to you, I beg you, I implore you, let us put aside all other items on the world agenda and keep only one fundamental one: to have this General Assembly of heads of states remain in session day and night if necessary, until we give birth to a new political system for our miraculous planet and our sacred human family. Please stand up, delegates of the world, hold each other’s hand and let us swear together that we will accomplish this historical miracle before it is too late: to save this Earth, to save humanity with a new world order. All the rest is secondary. Let us strengthen and reform the United Nations into a United States of the World or a World Union like the European Union. Let us perform this miracle in the House of Mica, on the shores of the River of the Rising Sun, wherefrom our indigenous brethren prophecized that a civilization of peace will extend to the entire world.”

I offer further below a framework within which the work for the creation of a proper Earth government can be undertaken without delay.

"Nothing is so powerful as an IDEA whose TIME has come”
Victor Hugo

 

STATEMENTS ON PROPER EARTH GOVERNMENT
WHICH STRUCK ME DURING MY LIFE

“The primary cause of all disorders lies in the different state governments and in the tenacity of that power which pervades the whole of their systems.” George Washingrton

“Is there a doubt whether a common government can embrace a larger sphere? Let experience solve it.. .It is well worth a fair and full experiment.” George Washington

“The Republic is a dream. Nothing happens unless first a dream.” George Washington

If he lived today, he would say:
”The Earth Republic is a dream. Nothing happens unless first a dream.”

“It will be just as easy for nations to get along in a republic of the world as it is for you to get along in the republic of the United States.” President Harry S. Truman

“With all my heart I believe that the world’s present system of sovereign nations can lead only to barbarism, war and inhumanity. There is no salvation for civilization, or even the human race, other than the creation of a world government.” Albert Einstein

”Humankind’s desire for peace can realized only by the creation of a world government.”
Albert Einstein

“Unless some effective supranational government can be set up and brought quickly into action, the prospects of peace and human progress are dark and doubtful. If it is found possible to build an organization of irresistible force and inviolable authority for the purpose of securing peace, there are no limits to the blessings which all humans may enjoy and share.” Winston Churchill

“Science has made unrestricted national sovereignty incompatible with human survival. The only possibilities are world government or death.” Bertrand Russell

“World Government is not an ‘ultimate goal’ but an immediate necessity. In fact, it has been overdue since 1914. The convulsions of the past decades are the clear symptoms of a dead decaying political system.” Emery Reves

“World Government is not only possible, it is inevitable; and when it comes, it will appeal to patriotism in its truest sense, in its only sense, the patriotism of humans who love their national heritages so deeply that they wish to preserve them in safety for the common good.” Peter Ustinov

“No difficulty in the way of a world government can match the danger of a world without it.” Carl Van Doren

“I have long believed that the only way peace can be achieved is through world government.” Jawaharlal Nehru

“When all humanity calls planet Earth our home, there is no alternative for the Earth but Global Government.” Barbara Gaughen-Muller

“Today the universal common good poses problems of worldwide dimensions, which cannot be adequately tackled or solved exxcenp by the efforts of public authorities endowed with a wideness of powers, structure and means of the same proportions; that is,... on a worldwide basis.” Pope John XXIII

“The age of nations has passed. Now, unless we wish to perish, we must shake off our old prejudices and build the Earth. The more scientifically I regard the world, the less can I see any possible biological future for it except in the active consciousness of its unity.” Teilhard de Chardin

“Have I said clearly enough that the Communiry we created in not an end in itself? It is a process of change, continuing in that same process which in an earlier period produced our national forms of life. The sovereign nations of the past can no longer solve the problems of the present: they cannot ensure their own progress or control their own future. And the community itself is only a stage on the way of the organized world of tomorrow.” Jean Monnet, Conceiver of the European Community, now the European Union

“There are no boundaries in the real Plan Earth. No United States, no Russia, no China, no Taiwan. Rivers flow unimpeded across the swaths of continents. The persistent tides - the pulse of the sea - do not discriminate; they push against all the varied shores on Earth.” Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau ~ Oceanographer

”We are facing problems that transcend nations. When we talk about the greenhouse effect, we are talking about something that affects not just the United States or Brazil but the entire planet.” Isaac Asimov

“...The point of a nation is not to draw a line in the sand and keep its members behind it, but create world citizens who are secure enough to treat others equally.” Gloria Steinem

May I add this personal conviction:
“If heads of states fail to seize the opportunity of our entry into the third millennium to provide for a better government of planet Earth, history will not forgive them - if there is a history.” Robert Muller


ADVOCATES OF WORLD GOVERNMENT/WORLD CITIZENSHIP

Gary Davis, is a US pilot whom I saw camping at the Bridge of Kehi between France and Germany in Strasbourg in 1948 refusing to show a passport because he considered himself a world citizen, dismayed as he was for having bombed German cities and killed women and children in World War II. I proposed to his World Citizens Foundation to create a worldwide alliance of all organizations, associations, and citizen’s movements which are in favor of world government. And since world government has been downgraded by a systematic campaign of extreme right parties claiming that it would lead to dictatorship, I recommend to use the words proper Earth government. I also proposed that there should be an honor roll of world personalities who throughout history have recommended world government and global citizenship. He sent me the following impressive list which should be widely known*:

The following prominent individuals have advocated world government and/or world citizenship in their writings or speeches:

Jane Adams
Mortimer Adler
John Anderson
Percy Barbevik
Stringfellow Barr
Pierre Bergé
Lord Beveridge
Ernest Bevin
Claude Bourdet
Sir Adrian Boult
Chester Bowles
Lord Beveridge
Heather Brandon
André Breton
Gro Harlan Bruntland
Albert Camus
Brock Chishoim
Grenville Clark
Sen. Joseph Clark
Norman Cousins
Alan Cranston
Gloria Crook
Walter Cronkite
Dante
Justice William Douglas
Katherine Dunham
Albert Einstein
Erasmus
Clifton Fadiman
Douglas Fairbanks Jr

Thomas Finletter
Charles Frankel
Benjamin Franklin
John Kenneth Gaibraith
Mahatma Gandhi
André Gide
Mikhail Gorbachev
Mike Gravel
Hugo Grotius
Oscar Hammerstein
Václav Havel
Edouard Hemot
Arthur Holcombe
Robert Hutchins
Immanuel Kant
Adm. Gene LaRoque
Georgia Lloyd
Lola Maverick Lloyd
Thomas Mann
Marcel Marceau
Lord Menuhin
Akio Monta
Edgar A. Mowrer
Lewis Mumford
Robert Muller
Jawaharlal Nehru
Paul Newman
Robert Oppenheimer
Tom Paine
Ronald Reagan
Waither Reuther
Emery Reves
Owen Roberts
Elliott Roosevelt
Franklin Roosevelt
Joseph Rotblat
Bertrand Russell
Andrei Sakharov
Kory Sanford
Jean-Paul Sartre
Robert Schuman
Rosita Schwimmer
Louis Sohn
Harold Stassen
John Steinbeck
Gloria Steinem
Patrick Stewart
Strobe Talbott
Lord Tennyson
Hans Thimng
Arnold Toynbee
Henry Usborne
Peter Ustinov
Carl Van Doren
Mark Van Doren
George Wald
H.G. Wells
E.B. White
Harris Wofford
Joanne Woodward
Richard Wright
Wendell Wilikie

 

SECTION II: NEXT DEVELOPMENT OF THE WORLD SYSTEM

Since globalization is the primary evolutionary phenomenon, challenge and opportunity of our time, it obviously raises the extremely important question of the type, role, structure, strength and resources of the world system.

And since the Earth is in peril and the greatest part of humanity is still in misery, the remedies must be audacious and strong, even if they seem irrealistic or difficult to accept by those in power. We must stretch our minds and hearts to the dimension of the problems. As President Roosevelt wrote in his own hand on the day before his death for the speech he was to deliver at the opening of the San Francisco Conference convened to give birth to the United Nations:

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”

In my view, after fifty-five years of service in the United Nations system, all the above points are of the utmost urgency and absolute necessity for proper Earth government.
This should become the priority item on the agenda of world affairs at the entry into the third millennium. The poor countries who have been waiting so long for world justice should be the first to request it after 50 years of promises from the rich countries.

There is no shadow of a doubt that the present political and economic systems - if systems they are - are no longer appropriate and will lead to the end of life evolution on this planet. We must therefore absolutely and urgently look for new ways. The less we loose time, the less species’ and nature will be destroyed.

I would urge therefore that consideration be given to the following avenues:

I
To hold a World Conference on Proper Earth Government
through the Free Market System.

Since business was the first to globalize itself worldwide, far beyond governments, and since corporations are now for all practical purposes ruling the world, we should give them the oportunity, even request them to assess their full responsibility for the future of all humanity, living species and of the Earth herself and prove to us the validity of their claim that the free market will do it all, that it is the perfect system.

The world corporate community should be asked to answer how they would take care of the above complaints of the Earth, how they would provide for a well-preserved planet and the well-being of all humanity, full employment, the renewal of natural resources, the long-term evolution of the planet and continuation of life on it, the real democracy of the consumers in a corporate power and wealth economy.

Such a conference would bring together the heads of the major 180 world companies, banks and stock-exchanges, the World Bank, the IMF, the GATT, the new World Trade
Organization, the International Chamber of Commerce and similar organizations.


II
To Ensure proper Earth Government through a Second Generation
United Nations for the 21st Century

Since the United Nations is the only worldwide, universal organization at present available, since it had many years of valuable experience and many successes, since it paved the way to proper Earth government, instead of putting it on the defensive, unjustified attacks and criticism, reduction of resources and non-payment of obligatory contributions, governments should honestly ask themselves if a better way would not be to consider a second generation United Nations upgraded by a true quantum jump into a proper Earth preserving and human well-being and justice ensuring organization of our planet.

Such a conference would have at its disposal many proposals and ideas for the strengthening of the UN made by various UN bodies, governments, Secretaries General, World Commissions, outside organizations and retired elders like myself. I have formulated mine in my Testament to the UN and in my 5000 ideas and dreams for a better world.

I recommend the urgent holding of a UN Charter Review Conference and second Bretton Woods Conference to assess the United Nations system’s role, potentialities and substantial strengthening to cope with the critical issues and needs of the Earth and of humanity in the future. A Charter review conference would moreover give a voice to 135 governments of the sent 190 members, which did not participate in the drafting of the Charter and creation of UN. If a Charter review conference is vetoed by the big powers, these 135 governments should hold their own conference and offer the world a new draft Charter. They owe it to their poeple and to world democracy.

There is no doubt that given the massive changes which have taken place since 1945, an Organization created more than 50 years ago can simply not be adequate to deal effectively with mounting, unprecedented and massive world problems of a new century and millennium.

 

III
A New Philadelphia World Convention for the Creation
of the United States of the World

The star-performance, often called “miracle” of the American States in the Constitutional
Convention in Philadelphia 200 years ago which put an end to a similar political chaos in North America between numerous, sovereign independent states at the time, should be repeated.

Such a Convention of all nations would review the state of world democracy and would have to add to the system of balance of powers the new dominant power of business and the immense, global new claims of the Earth for her and our salvation.
“Philadelphia II” is a project of US Senator Mike Gravel who proposes a convention for the writing of a charter for a Global Constitution.

In this regard, we might well apply to the present world situation these words by George Washington concerning the political chaos which reigned in North America at his time:
“The primary cause of all disorders lies in the different state governments and in the tenacity of that power which pervades the whole of their systems.”

 

IV
A World Conference of All World Federalist and World Government
Associations and Movements, to Propose a Federal
Constitution and System for the Earth

An immense work has been accomplished by the World Federalist Association headed by Sir Peter Ustinov, by its national associations and many other world government movements. There exist already several draft World Constitutions. World philanthropists should sponsor a World Conference or other ways to come up with a world constitution for the 2lst century. We may remember that during World War I, Andrew Carnegie brought over to the US two Belgian scholars who drafted the statutes of the League of Nations and earned the Nobel Prize for it. Contemporary philanthropists should be inspired by such examples. According to UNESCO only 15 percent of philanthropy is international and most of it is bilateral. When the global world and the human family are in greatest need, they are the orphans of philanthropy.

And is it so inconceivable that two big federal countries like the United States and Russia might take the initiative of calling a world conference for the establishment of a global federal government in their image? After the cold war, what a warm spring, a spring of truly united nations this would be for our precious planet!


V
a World Conference for the Creation of a World Union
on the Pattern of the European Union

The world has recently witnessed another political miracle, similar to the American miracle in Philadelphia: the miracle of Strasbourg, the birth of the European Union of 15 European countries which have finally put an end to their antagonisms and wars, decided to unite and cooperate and have abolished the borders between them. Every European can now settle anywhere in the Union, elect a European Parliament at the same time when electing his national Parliament, and can have his government condemned by a supra-national European Court of Human Rights when his rights are violated. Also, the European Union has its own European budget and tax system and is not dependent on national contributions as is the United Nations. In 1990 the European Economic Community had already a budget of 7.4 billion dollars, ten times the UN budget for all its world activities. This example is so hopeful, so powerful, so novel and inspiring that I recommend it as an outstanding model or guidelight for more regional communities and for the entire globe.

It is significant that the European Parliament has called for the setting up by the United Nations of an International Environmental Court and a World Environment Agency, of which the European Environment Agency would be a regional branch. It also wants that consideration be given to the setting up of a Parliamentary Consultative Assembly within the UN. We should wholeheartedly support these proposals.

I recommend that the European Union organize meetings and conferences with outside untnes to show them how they can move towards regional unions and how a World Union ri be established. This would render a great service to the world and to the UN General sembly 2000: ten more European countries have joined the European Union, making it an ~a larger than the US. Twenty-five more countries want to join it, making it perhaps the beginning of a true World or Earth Union beyond the United Nations.


VI
a World Conference of the Planet’s Five Continents for a Proper Earth Government
through Continental Unions and a World Union

About ten years ago or more, I suggested to President Bush that in view of the creation of the European Union, the American countries from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego should create an all-American community or union. He listened to me but instead of creating that union in a common, joint effort of all American countries, as was done in Europe, the US negotiated separate trade agreements first with Canada, then with Mexico, and then the Latin American countries created their own Mercosur (the Southern Latin American market) and the future of an American Union is in doubt.

It might be noteworthy that indigenous people of the Americas believe in a prophecy according to which the Eagle and the Condor will meet on sacred Mount Rasur in Costa Rica from which a civilization of peace and nature will spread to the entire world. It is on that hill that the dream of the demilitarization of Costa Rica was born, where the United Nations created the first University for Peace on this planet, and the Earth Council created by the Rio de Janeiro Conference on the environment, as well as the International Radio for Peace. Simon Bolivar, for his part, in his dreams, prophecized that some day the capital of the world will be located in Central America.

The continental approach to a world union remains an important avenue. One could conceive five continental unions: the European Union, an American, an African, an Asian, and an Australian Union. A World Union could be constructed as a super-structure and common political system of the five continents.


VII
a World Conference on Earth and Human Government through New
Bio-Political Modes Patterned on Examples from Nature

A very novel approach to the organization of humanity and its proper relations with the Earth and nature is to follow the biological models offered by the formation and admirable functioning of numerous colonies of cells, bacteria and living species observable in nature and now well studied. This is a very advanced science which opens up the most interesting and promising vistas. A bio-political science can and should now be rapidly developed on its basis. It would offer a very much needed bio-political revolution of the Earth’ political system and science. Here the Earth and nature would come to their full preeminence and rights. All other world governmental avenues will sooner or later lead to it. First models are already the bio-regional approaches existing in certain areas of the world such as the Arctic Forum and the big river basins and mountain chains cooperative agreements.

Beyond this bio-regional vision and approach is the idea and proposal of Barbara Gaughen-Muller to create a United Nature, a transformed United Nations to respond to the fundamental unity of nature of which humans are part. Humans would not dominate nature but cooperate with her and learn from her. It is probably the most advanced, timely and imaginative vision of the total, proper functioning of planet Earth.

The Natural Law Party created by British scientists, which exists already in 100 countries and has become the third largest party in the United States could be the spearhead of this new approach. See the book by the President of the US Natural Law Party, physicist Dr. John Hagelin: Manual for a Perfect Government. How to harness the laws of nature to bring maximum success to governmental administration. Maharishi University, Fairfield, Iowa 52557


VIII
a World Conference on Proper Earth Government through What the World’s Religions Have in Common in Terms of Universal, Global Spirituality
and World-Wide Human Experience

Last, but not least, humanity has reached a point when we must consider our human presence, past, present and future on this particular planet in the universe. We have now a tremendous information on the universe in which we live. In addition to our total consciousness of our Earth and its global evolution we are also now acquiring and developing a cosmic consciousness of the universe. This is one of the greatest advances in human history. But the mysteries of infinity and eternity will probably remain beyond human and scientific grasp. This has the result of bringing together the spirituality or basic “faiths” of the religions and science. God, the gods or the Great Spirit or Spirits and their emissaries, prophets and human incarnations like Jesus gave humanity at its early stages a cosmic, universal, all-encompassing faith or feeling for the mysteries of the cosmos, for the norms of love and for the miracle of life and norms of behavior between all humans, other species and nature. These messages or “revelations” should not be neglected. They contain some of the profoundest answers to human behavior, fulfillment and survival. Great was our astonishment in the environmental crisis to discover the wisdom and rules of behavior towards nature dictated by the Great Spirit to the indigenous people of this planet, and towards Creation in practically all religions. The world’s 5000 religions are filled with incredible wisdom regarding human morality, belief in life, environmental adaptations, survival and future evolution. This is strongly coming to the fore at this time in the following:

1. The dream and plan of my compatriot Robert Schuman from Alsace-Lorraine to see the European Union, which started with a coal and steel community followed by an economic community, followed by a political union, culminate in an all spiritual European Union including the Eastern European countries, especially “Holy Mother Russia”. For him this was much more important than the extension to these countries of a military union through NATO.

2. The San Francisco Initiative to create a United Religions Organization similar to the United Nations also born in that city, where all religions of the world will cooperate, define what they have incommon, provide their wisdom on human behavior and morality, and right relations with nature, God’s Creation and the universe thus ushering the world into a great Spiritual Renaissance. In the process they will hopefully reduce and progressively give up their fundamentalism in favor of a global spirituality, the same way as nations in the United Nations have reduced to some extent their national fundamentalism called sovereignty.

3. In August 1998, at the 20th World Congress on Philosophy in Boston, a World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality was created. Mr. Karan Singh of India and I are its Co-Chairmen. It will meet for the first time in September 2001 in Canada.

4. In December 1999, at the invitation of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Bishop Edmund Tutu, a third World Parliament of Religions was convened in Pretoria, South Africa. The first such Parliament was held in 1893 and the second in 1993, both in Chicago. A fourth one is being planned for 2003.

Global religious cooperation towards a world spiritual Renaissance is accelerating.

 

Section III: The Need for a Change in Values and Basic Rethinking of all
Principal Segments of Human Life

In recent years, Erika Erdmann, the research aide and Librarian of Nobel Prize winner Roger Sperry, and Professor Jean-Claude Leonide, a reputed French anthropologist undertook a survey of long-term evolutionary scientists which showed that scientists were becoming more optimistic as a result of the birth of a global consciousness which makes us humans aware of our mistakes and problems and helps us solve them by changing course and adapting to new evolutionary requirements. Their survey revealed that the theory of “chaos” according to which the universe and human life make no sense is losing ground. The new theory is that on any planet having life in the cosmos one species sooner or later evolves to a point of gaining a total knowledge of the planet it lives on. It will then be in its power either to continue evolution or to bring it to an end. The first course will require that the former values of that species, values not respectful of the new phase of evolution, must be replaced by new ones which cater to evolution. These new values are a major new evolutionary imperative.

In my view and in theirs, humanity has reached that stage on Planet Earth: we must revise our basic values dating from the 19th and early twentieth century and acquire a new evolutionary wisdom which respects nature, the Earth and their basic laws. If nature has produced the incredible, sophisticated variety of innumerable living species around us, each one a true miracle, it is simply not possible that the human species is not a miracle too, perhaps the most advanced of all. We are no longer our own objective. We have become the caretakers, the trustees, the shapers of future evolution, the instruments of the cosmos, integral parts of it, as we have already recognized of late to be of the Earth.

The future of the Earth will be bright and life will not become extinct if we decide so at the beginning of a new century and millennium. We are entering a thrilling, transcending new global, cosmic phase of evolution in the line indicated by Teilhard de Chardin, the anthropologist, if the human species understands its suddenly momentous, incredibly important evolutionary role and responsibility.

The preceding requires that all basic segments of human life on Earth be reviewed and rethought from scratch in the 21st century. These are:

a new political system for planet Earth

a new economics

a new education

a new media and communications

a new democracy

a new global leadership

a spiritual Renaissance and inter-religious cooperation

a non-violent human society

a well preserved planet

a decent well-being for all humans

a stabilization of the world population right human settlements on the planet

the disarmament, demilitarization, denuclearization and global security of the planet

a new science and technology

a new anthropology, sociology and new ways of life

a new human biology

a new philosophy, cosmology and long-term view of evolution

a new world ethics and justice

a new world psychology

a new science and art of planetary management

an art and culture renaissance

Such reconsideration is taking place currently in a whole series of institutions and conferences around the world. We can therefore be optimistic about our future as we enter a new century and millennium.


Section IV: The Need for Futurization

With our human concern for the phenomenon of globalization must also come a growing concern for the future, a long-term future, a new phenomenon which I would call “futurization”.

Having recently attended as a member of an international advisory board, a conference on Humanity and the Earth in the year 3000 by a new Foundation for the Future created in Bellevue, Washington, by two firms of outer space satellite and stations construction, I was deeply impressed how all things earthly and human must be seen in their globality and interdependence when considered from a long-term point of view. Alas, political thinking today most of the time does not go beyond the next elections. We do not heed the Iroquois’ custom not to take any decision without thinking of its effects on the seventh generation.

I therefore recommend that all governments should create a Ministry of the Future and that the United Nations should create a main committee on the Future in the General Assembly to receive yearly reports from all UN specialized agencies and world programs on the long-term future. The Foundation for the Future has held in 2000 a meeting of 100 eminent long-term scientists and visionaries to provide a view of what the Earth and humanity are likely to be in the year 3000 under various conditions. Such long-term thinking and envisioning must become an important component of proper Earth government.

Also to be noted is the prestigious Millennium Project of the United Nations University in Tokyo designed to assist in organizing futurists, scholars and policy makers in 60 countries who work for UN organizations, corporations, governments, universities and non-governmental organizations.


After my many years as a global servant I have come to believe that our future peace, justice, fulfillment, happiness and harmony on this planet will depend in the 21st century and third millennium, beyond proper Earth government, on divine or cosmic government, meaning that we must seek and apply the “natural”, “evolutionary”, “divine”, “universal”, “cosmic” laws which must rule our journey on this particular, miraculous planet in the vast universe. After global government, we will discover government according to the laws of nature, and will then discover that these are solar laws which themselves are cosmic laws of the universe. We are on the threshold of an extraordinary, mind-boggling, new age of our human progress and evolution on planet Earth if we do not stick to obsolete beliefs, values, systems, institutions and laws.

As Leibniz said when the exact sciences were born: “Humanity will now be busy dissecting and analyzing reality for hundreds of years, but the time will come when it will be lost in so much detail and findings that it will have to acquire again a total, global view of reality.” That “holistic” age has come.

The table which follows, derived from the Copernican, meta-biological, almost cosmic work of the United Nations, gives a glance of this total view in space and in time.

 



 

AN AGENDA FOR THE FUTURE

Our absolute priorities and objectives for the 21st century and the third millennium should be:

1. To make this planet a paradise

2. To stop destroying nature at all costs

3. To eradicate from it all the poverty, miseries and errors engendered
by power, greed and egotism

4. To make out of all humans one family

5. To create a new social, political world order for the centuries to come

6. To attain a life of fulfillment and happiness for all humans

7. To achieve a human family in harmony with the Earth and the heavens

8. To be the ultimate cosmic success of the Universe and God


WE MUST

See the world with global eyes.

Love the world with a global heart.

Understand the world with a global mind.

Merge with the world and the universe through a global soul.


WE MUST ACHIEVE

Our own inner harmony

The harmony of the entire human family

Our harmony with the Earth

Our harmony with the past

Our harmony with the future

Our harmony with the heavens and God



ROBERT MULLER AND BARBARA GAUGHEN MULLER
A COSMIC COUPLE