The next hundred years are the most important in the long history of humans on this planet. The population explosion of the species Homo sapiens, polluting technologies leading to global warming, and the rapid destruction of life sustainingMoreThe next hundred years are the most important in the long history of humans on this planet. The population explosion of the species Homo sapiens, polluting technologies leading to global warming, and the rapid destruction of life sustaining eco-systems have brought us to the edge of a precipice.
We are almost at the point of no return. We need to bring to a screeching halt this multi-pronged destruction of the ability of our planet to sustain life and the decimation of every other living species. The time to act is now. Armed conflict, terrorism and military preparedness have transfixed our attention. Violent conflict is in itself an immeasurable human tragedy. However, the tragedy of human conflict transcends the painful human cost of conflict itself, by resulting in the neglect of global issues that threaten the survival of all humans and all life forms.
What we do in this century will decide either the long term viability of this planet in supporting all forms of life or the slow but inevitable journey over the cliff of disaster. What is the basis of human conflict? What are the roots of terrorism? What are the real differences among followers of different religions? What should be the role of women in modern human societies? How do we reconcile the irreconcilable? How do we build bridges between nations and religions and not walls of suspicion and hatred?
How do humans become equal members of a global community wedded to peace, knowledge and prosperity? How do we align nations across the world to come together and work to rebuild this planet to be a paradise for all its living creatures? These are weighty questions and there are no simple answers. This book is the perspective of a physician, who in the pursuit of truth sees human beings as members of a single species with a common origin, a shared interrelated existence, and a common destiny. This book is written as a plea. It is a deep anguished cry to help save our endangered planet.
It is a call for all nations across the world to come together to stop the ruinous course that we have taken, and help nurture this planet into a beautiful home for all humans and all life forms for millions of years into the future.