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
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 todays 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 mankinds 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 mankinds 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.
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.
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 UNs
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
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
- do you consume
35,725 barrels of petroleum to run around in cars and fly around me in
- 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
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
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 UNs recommendations
have been often ignored and most poorly implemented, as was revealed by
your 1997 Special General Assembly to review the situation. Why dont
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 worlds 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 ~
Dear Robert, congratulations for having finished your 4000 ideas.
May I ask you: which one you consider the most important?
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 others 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.
is so powerful as an IDEA whose TIME has come
STATEMENTS ON PROPER
WHICH STRUCK ME DURING MY LIFE
cause of all disorders lies in the different state governments and in
the tenacity of that power which pervades the whole of their systems.
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.
The Republic is a dream. Nothing happens unless first a dream.
If he lived today, he would say:
The Earth Republic is a dream. Nothing happens unless first a
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 worlds 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
desire for peace can realized only by the creation of a world government.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
ADVOCATES OF WORLD
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 citizens 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:
Sir Adrian Boult
Gro Harlan Bruntland
Sen. Joseph Clark
Justice William Douglas
Douglas Fairbanks Jr
John Kenneth Gaibraith
Adm. Gene LaRoque
Lola Maverick Lloyd
Edgar A. Mowrer
Carl Van Doren
Mark Van Doren
SECTION II: NEXT
DEVELOPMENT OF THE WORLD SYSTEM
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
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:
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.
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 systems 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
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.
A New Philadelphia World Convention for the Creation
of the United States of the World
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.
A World Conference of All World Federalist and World
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!
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
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.
a World Conference of the Planets Five Continents for a Proper Earth
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
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
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,
a World Conference on Proper Earth Government through What the Worlds
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 worlds
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
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,
Gods 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
a new democracy
a new global leadership
a spiritual Renaissance
and inter-religious cooperation
a non-violent human
a well preserved
a decent well-being
for all humans
of the world population right human settlements on the planet
demilitarization, denuclearization and global security of the planet
a new science and
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
a new world psychology
a new science and
art of planetary management
an art and culture
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
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
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
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
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