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"A freewheeling rollick through the history and future of our species, All's Well. Where Thou Art Earth and Why blends ethics, metaphysics, legal and political philosophy into an original and lyrical meditation on refining our place in the universe” say my publishers. 150 generations out of the caves, we think we know our place in the vastness of the cosmos. Only 100 years ago we hardly knew that our Sun is just another star. Today, we still believe we're the most intelligent beings to exist. Yet simple arithmetic suggests there are at least 10 trillion thoughtful species elsewhere. Our best argument that they don’t exist is that we have never heard from them, as if anybody could get in touch with us but would not bother. Perhaps when we sufficiently mature, others may reach out.
In All's Well I contend that this maturity will be deeply rooted in our acknowledgement that-- at our core-- we are the Universe’s vessels of consciousness, of astonishment and of love. An important element is that, when those with privilege accept accessible freedoms while being careless about what others who have not been so fortunate must endure, they have not earned such freedom but are merely taking liberties. Even these liberties come with responsibilities: to protect all humans from deprivation, and all natural bounty from degradation. To accept that these responsibilities have no borders, and to act accordingly, has never been more pressing.
My hope is that All’s Well can offer contemplation on humankind, and what both parts of that word truly mean.
If you can stick with the math, it explores the mind expanding vastness of our universe, looks at our unbounded consciousness and then the interconnectedness of all life. We have an unfulfilled responsibility. John walks with a congregation of our most generous souls. His advice on being nice comes from a place most of us will never experience, so I listen, like I listen to the Dalai Lama when he says we need more warmheartedness.
Be still, yet still be. You can’t get richer than that. All we need do to get more than we ever dared dream is sweet fuck all.
Still again, I do have a story to tell, and as it turns out, there can be no story more lurid. It is the story of us all.
As is aptly demonstrated by their prosperity, Freedom has worked especially well for the wealthy, and the good among them will be delighted to pay their true cost of that Freedom. But it is our responsibility to require that the same fair share be paid by them all.
“I have set afoot a Universal system that generates species. It’s how shit works, Man.” God
Just 150 years ago, we didn’t know what germs were. We have been out of caves only 150 generations, and we think we know just about everything. As usual, this is a laugh. A scream, really.
Our most imaginative argument in support of our uniqueness meme is that we’ve never heard from anybody. As if anybody could possibly know how to get in touch with us, but for some reason, would not bother.
There are at least 10 trillion thoughtful species in the Universe and the chance that we are the most advanced among them is zero.
Ethics, besides being evident to every kid in second grade, embody a branch of philosophy that is, similar to epistemology and jurisprudence, more honored now in the breach, if at all—as opposed to logic, which receives interminable lip service.
Be still, yet still be. You can’t get richer than that. All you need do to get more than you ever dared dream is sweet fuck all.
But ethicists are not even disregarded. They could walk through the room and it would be like nothing happened. A rabbi, a priest and a minister could walk into the bar with an ethicist and it would still be a normal joke.
Here we are out of the caves 150 generations, enjoying prosperity beyond anybody’s dreams ever, and while we celebrate freedom in our lives daily, we are unable or unwilling to prevent mass deprivation and abasement of our kind all over Earth.
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