Is Civilization Worth Saving?
Civilization: An advanced stage of development in the arts and sciences accompanied by corresponding social, political, and cultural complexity.
Culture: 1. The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, art, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thoughts characteristic of as community or population. 2. The act of developing the social, moral, and intellectual facilities through education.
(The American Heritage Dictionary)
One would think that building a consensus on the need to save civilization would be the easiest part of the problem. But history records otherwise. The issue turns not so much on what civilization is, as on strongly held beliefs of what civilization isn’t, or more specifically, what is civilized conduct.
Is it agreed that any group that kills or approves the killing of innocent civilians should be called uncivilized or lacking culture? But such slaughter has been so ubiquitous throughout history, that by dint of acceptance it is clearly under the umbrella of civilized conduct.
But what may have been accepted or at least tolerated when accomplished by stick, spear, arrow, cannon and conventional explosives has amazingly survived long into the era of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). For over seventy-years we have had the physical capability of ending civilization on earth by massive loss of life, overwhelming medical care systems and poisoning the food chain for thousands of years.
That being the case, one issue is whether human civilization as it has evolved is worth saving?
P.E.A.C.E. Inc. believes that it is. What we have learned from our extraterrestrial contacts is that humans have other attributes that makes it important to the Cosmic community. They also make it clear that it is unacceptable for humans to spread its violence beyond Earth, into space.
A paradox of knowledge is admitted and probably must be endured. Knowledge can be the basis of hope for understanding that can lead to peaceful resolution of potential conflict. Knowledge can also be the basis of despair when it supports prejudice and fear.
An example of the latter came from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld at a Pentagon news briefing on February 12, 2002. The Bush administration was launching its campaign to invade Iraq. Rumsfeld informed the collected reporters: “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know.”
While this quote is widely attributed to Rumsfeld, he was actually embellishing a concept from D.H. Lawrence's poem, "New Heaven and New Earth": Ha, I was a blaze leaping up! I was a tiger bursting into sunlight. I was greedy, I was mad for the unknown. I, new-risen, resurrected, starved from the tomb starved from a life of devouring always myself now here was I, new-awakened, with my hand stretching out and touching the unknown, the real unknown, the unknown unknown.”
Notice and marvel at the bravery of the character in Lawrence’s poem. For most humans the unknown is the basis of primal fear.
Admitting that knowledge can be critically used for the benefit of civilization, it can be, and sadly is, frequently abused. The point I am making is obvious by the successful use of lies by Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld to con the U.S. public, Congress and the United Nations Security Council about Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction capability.
The life affirming utility of an extensive database of critical information has a negative value in the hands of political leadership that lacks ethical and moral values.
It is extremely important to keep the above lesson of Iraq in mind.
None of the current institutions of peace, and certainly not the nation state system, is alone capable of avoiding both slow moving catastrophes and earth ending use of weapons of mass destruction.
Earth is undergoing a great physical transformation. Human survival depends upon a transformation in consciousness.
The nation-state system is dysfunctional, completely incapable of feeding, healing and providing security for billions of its citizens. Rapacious economic systems are addicted to profit, and corruption compounds the condition. Our proclivity to institutional and personal violence to each other and to Earth is probably a case study on many other planets that survived their adolescence.
Along with others, P.E.A.C.E. Inc. recognizes the hope that is still alive for humanity.
There is zero expectation that the Visiting Others (ETs) have arrived to save us from the consequences of our poor decisions and stubbornness to make changes clearly required to survive. What very likely will happen is that the arbiters of the global status quo will declare the Visiting Others to be the ultimate threat to the world that must be resisted to the end.
It will be at this point when the con of war will be transparent. The Visiting Others will not engage, and false flag operations will be perceived for what they are. If nature, particularly in the form of the return of Planet X, does not close the book of life on Earth, there is a chance that the lifesaving transformation of homo sapiens to sapiens sapiens will take place.
The reader has the option of being a terrified observer, or a participant in transformation based upon knowledge that is available now. Herbert Spencer, the astute 19th century English philosopher and political theorist nailed this years ago in two sage statements: “The great aim of education is not knowledge but action,” and “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep man in everlasting ignorance – that principal is contempt prior to investigation.”
P.E.A.C.E. Inc. has been in contact with extraterrestrials for years. Their history has recorded the fate of many other civilizations that faced what we are facing now. We have decided that working with these ancient cultures makes sense, perhaps civilization saving sense.
Yes, civilization is worth saving. As exciting as human’s first steps on the Moon were, they were baby steps compared to our potential future into space. The good news is that we have extraterrestrial friends throughout space willing to partner and guide – provided we take the critical action needed to survive and prove we deserve that future.