There are often flashes, here and there that we might, in fact, be entering a new age of human consciousness. A slow, but steady global change towards renewable energies (in Europe, United States and Asia) might mean a greener future in decades to come and a total abolition of all polluting and dangerous sources of energy; a decrease in gun sales, even one as small as 5% is positive news, reflecting the decrease in military expenditure and a postponement of weapon programmes both in North America and Western Europe; and all the hands that join every single day around the world in meaningful campaigns to save the environment are definite proof that if we will it, we can make it happen.
We are indeed a young species, with much to learn and comprehend and higher values to acquire as a race, but maybe that’s is just part of the trip.
In an intriguing Care2.com article, author Jurriaan Kamp follows this line of thought from the early days when oxygen was a poisonous gas produced by the first bacterial life on Earth, millions of years ago. Her view at our present situation is quite keen:
“Perhaps environmental pollution, global warming and the painful gap between the rich and the poor do not constitute the major challenges of our civilization. Perhaps the real challenge lies in the way humankind meets the world—that is, in human consciousness. Consciousness is what makes us unique in the history of evolution.”
The total military expenditure of the world’s top 15 military spenders for 2012 was 3,157 billion dollars US (source: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute). If we were to consider that a University capable of educating 25.000 students would cost approximately $500 million dollars US or a well-equipped medium-sized hospital would cost $300 million or ending world hunger would cost about $175 billion every year (source: Jeffrey Sachs, The end of Poverty) it is easy to understand why war and the exploitation of war takes such a heavy toll on our quality of life as a race and as common inhabitants of the planet Earth. In rough numbers, investing this amount to create social value, would be the equivalent to building 6,350 Universities, 10,523 hospitals or end world hunger 18 times over, not considering the immense power in human resources that would be allocated from military service to more productive fields for society. Analyzing from a value-creating perspective, it is an undeniable fact, the resources available to us are not only terribly misallocated as they are economically set against a social, peaceful and developed society.
War and the whole mechanism of war expenditure is obsolete and utterly useless for us as The Human Race and common neighbors of this Earth. In this new age of technological development, war is but a concept fueled by fear and ignorance with the sole objective of creating profit for the narrow and anonymous circle that feeds and maintains this idea, the day we understand this is the day we will free ourselves from this vicious and seemingly never-ending cycle. Some may inquire about their personal and national safety and rightly so. In every society safety is paramount and must be guaranteed. To answer this, I’m sure economists and psychologists, grounded on their communal theory of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs will support my belief that a society of abundance abolishes the need for war or violence or robbery. When our individual needs are satisfied there is no interest in the resources of another. Scarcity begets selfishness, but abundance turns to altruism. Second, it is to be expected that with a sound investment in education in a worldwide level, the growth in human and social values for us as a society will also be exponential, meaning that violence, crime, racism will be overthrown by knowledge, compassion and understanding. These prognostics may cause some skepticism if considered through the narrow, profit-oriented perspective that is so widely spread today, but history, experience and science have proven this over and over in smaller scales. It is all about the laws of economics and good political decision-making. We need a profound and efficient societal paradigm change to improve the allocation of our common resources to the creation of value for us as a race. We must build our common future through cooperation as opposed to hindering it with competition.