Very recently, on 19th April, I, the creator of Our Future Planet, sent all citizens of OFP a letter entitled ‘My April Letter to The Citizens of Our Future Planet’.
This is my second letter to you. My plan is to write more letters to you. And I hope that Our Future Planet will receive replies from you. I invite cooperative responses because the essence of my first letter was to try to emphasise the importance of planetary cooperativeness.
What is the significance of Our Future Planet? I believe its importance is as a vehicle, a system, that will assist Our Present Planet to replace its present competitiveness with planetary cooperativeness. This is a learning procedure.
First it is necessary for the inhabitants of Our Present Planet to discover, and hence learn, that our present planet’s competitiveness is highly destructive and self-defeating and that it is very likely to destroy our planet as a liveable home for humans.
There are many ways in which our present planet’s competitiveness is destroying the earth as a site for human life. One of the primary ways competitiveness does this is by creating not only winners but also, inevitably, losers. And losers seek vengeance and retaliation and this leads to further competitive behaviour. It’s that simple and inevitable. Someone wins. The losers try to win back. One nation wins a war and the loser tries to win back through another war. The history of our present planet illustrates this over and over again.
At the end of our so-called Second World War, wherein millions of the citizens of our planet were killed and wounded and filled with hatred and the desire for vengeance, our planet’s competitive nations tried to create an organisation to avoid a third world war and the future killing of human inhabitants of our planet. That system, The United Nations, has failed.
It has failed because more humans have already been killed in various competitive procedures, wars, uprisings, revenges, etc., than were killed in the Second World War. On the basis of deaths by competitive violence, the Third World War has already occurred. And who were the winners? Not the dead and wounded, nor the survivors who are filled with vengeance
Of course its very name, The United Nations, was a guarantee of failure. Our planet’s nations have not united. To do so would require the creation of a United Planet. That is Our Future Planet’s procedure.
Our first step is to learn, to become aware, to realise that only a United Planet can have the possibility of stopping the killing and the competitive destruction of our planet as a sustainable home for us all. On a planetary basis, our planet has no enemies or competitors unless and until another hostile, competitive, planet comes and attacks us.
Now our present planet and its citizens have not yet learnt this lesson, this reality, to a very high degree and certainly not sufficiently to begin to behave in a cooperative planetary manner. The wars continue. The weapons are produced and desired and distributed and used.
Now, like you, I have a dual citizenship. I am both a citizen of Our Present Planet and a citizen of Our Future Planet. It is my citizenship of Our Future Planet that gives me pleasure and excitement and a curious desire to learn about the possibilities Our Future Planet may offer. I hope it may give you hope and pleasure and curiosity and a desire to create a cooperating planet, a home for all humans, living and yet to be born.
What have you learnt from the existence of Our Future Planet? What do you hope to learn and discover? What can you contribute?