Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Killing each other is not our manifest destiny

"Coming together is a beginning; Keeping together is progress;
Working together is success."
- Henry Ford

This is more than just a clever quip. It's a prescription of objectives for humanity.

All animals and plants compete, by nature. To succeed, they must grow to adulthood and remain healthy enough to spread their seed while others attempt to take their place and crowd them out of existence. It's from this natural drive to be better than our neighbours that we find ourselves in situations of prejudice, of claiming political incorrectness, of buying on credit more than we need and of looking after ourselves while other die of loneliness or starvation.

Humans are a social species that acts as if each individual is independent. Until we come together and follow the path that Ford outlines, we must suffer in inequities and the consequences of our failure to work together.

What nature provided within us is not necessarily our destiny. We can teach each other how much better life could be if we came together for our collective benefit rather than struggling each for our individual benefits.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to bring people together for a better future for all.
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