"Are you surprised, Ross?" I interjected. "The General Welfare Principle, and I mean with that the principle of promoting the general welfare of society, has been recognized eons ago as an essential element of civilization. It has been recognized throughout the ages as a part of an unwritten Universal Constitution. The ancient Mosaic Decalogue, for example, contains many fundamental elements of this Universal Constitution, such as: thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not lye, thou shalt not break the honorable bonds that love has forged, thou shalt not be greedy, and so forth. The founders of our American Constitution incorporated the Universal Constitution in the form of the General Welfare Principle. Since it has become a sport by almost everyone to rip up the American Constitution, and with it the Universal Constitution, are you surprised that our civilization is rapidly disintegrating? The 9/11 tragedy is nothing more than a symptom of a rapidly disintegrating civilization. In fact, it is an accurate representation of the collapse process. At eight in the morning the towers stood tall as they had stood for decades. People had breakfast in the cafeterias. Others were coming to work, riding up the elevators to their workstations. Three quarters of an hour later the nightmare began. By ten-thirty their world was reduced to dust. For thousands their life ended at this point. It took just a bit over a hundred minutes to end civilization on this particular scene. This trend still continues, Ross, and will continue evermore until society rebuilds its humanity and reverts back to the principles of civilization. Failing that, civilization will end altogether. If a nuclear explosive is set off under a 110-story building, the building is doomed to collapse no matter how strongly it had been constructed. What happened applies as a metaphor to civilization as a whole. In this case the nuclear explosive is the growing void in society's humanity."
Ross smiled and nodded. "We certainly won't make it past the transition point to the next Ice Age period the way we are going," he said and stopped raking the beach. "We need to build, not destroy. We are builders of civilizations, creators of new worlds. We are capable of more than just love, so that love is just a starting point. This higher element that is built on love is called economics, Peter."
"Economics?" I repeated. "How can that be greater than love?"
"Because it is uniquely human, Peter. Even animals show some forms of affection and possibly love, but none are capable of economics. Only human beings are capable of that. The dinosaur for example that made the Earth shake under his footsteps could nevertheless only move with the power of his muscles. But we human beings, with feeble muscles and being small in stature, can move with the power of a thousand dinosaurs. We can fly across oceans with an ease that no bird can equal, and beyond that leave the Earth altogether and explore other planets. We can witness events that occur at the far reaches of the planet, without even having to go there. We can make deserts bloom if we care to do so, and beat the Ice Ages. We have the capability to change the planet to suit our needs. The Russian scientist Vernadski called this unique human sphere the noosphere, the sphere where scientific knowledge and mankind's technological capability creates a new dimension for life on this planet of ours. That's what economics is. It's the unfolding of this human capability. It's a higher-level phenomenon than the biosphere, which is itself a higher-level phenomenon than the abiotic Universe. The Earth started 4.5 billion years ago as an abiotic planet. Then a billion years down the road life began and created the biosphere. The biosphere is a product of life. That includes the atmosphere that we breathe, the minerals that we use, even the metals that we dig out of the ground. Many of the metals that we find in the crust of the earth in the form of ore are concentrated remains of once living entities that utilized these particular substances that we have learned to find useful. Those mineral remains had no significance until we came along and discovered their usefulness. And that takes us back only a few thousand years. That marks the point, when after 3.5 billion years the song of life erupted with a new tune. We became creators of new worlds by the power of intelligent processes. And with that we have barely begun. We have created energy resources that have no equal in the natural world, such as nuclear fission energy. We have stepped up from wood fire energy, to coal energy, to oil energy, to nuclear fission energy, to now impending nuclear fusion energy. With each step along the way we gained greater resources that opened the horizon to vastly greater freedoms. With oil production already declining we have our sight set on mining the moon for helium-3 as the most ideal fusion energy resource that is rich enough to supply the entire world's energy needs for 10,000 years. That's what I call economics. It gives us the capability to create the infrastructures for indoor agriculture that will render the next 100,000-year Ice Age a non-event. That's why I say that economics is greater than love. Love alone can't save us from the effects of the impending return of the Ice Age, but economics can."
"But economics is built on love," I interrupted Ross. "Without love the human capability for discovering, creating, and building won't be utilized. Without love there is no economy. In fact, without love we won't make it to the next Ice Age as a civilization. Right now disease is the biggest challenge. Even as we speak, close to 30,000 children are starving to death each single day because society has no love left for its own humanity. We are killing them with diseases and starvation so that they won't use up their country's natural resources that we say belongs to us. That's our policy. That the NSSM200 policy, a fascist policy, a loveless policy. We, in the service of imperial objectives wrecked their economies by intent so that these people can't live. We are bold enough to spell this out and virtually nobody bothers to stop that insanity. That's where our challenge begins, to rebuild our universal love for our own humanity to stop that, because if we don't, we are doomed ourselves. Poverty kills not only with hunger, but in weakening the human biological fabric we become evermore vulnerable to pandemic diseases. The 1918 flu that came out of the wreckage caused by World War I, has killed several times as many people in the space of a few month than all the murderous escapades of all those years of war that eventually destroyed much of Europe. The war was a horrific killer, but the disease that erupted in its wake was several times worse. AIDS too, is a disease that resulted from the lack of love. It erupted from the brewing caldron of a starving continent, that is a continent forced into starvation. Now we face the potentially worst pandemic erupting from the bird flu for which the species jump to human beings has already been experienced. And even while this happens we can't be bothered to create the protective infrastructures. We say it costs too much. How much love have we got for our own humanity if we can't be bothered to protect our existence simply because it costs too much. The lack here isn't a lack of money, but a lack of love. We can't be bothered to develop our economic potential to protect our very existence. In this case the void in the fabric is a lack of universal love. If we refuse to repair this void of love the coming Ice Age won't matter, because in they way we are going, very few will survive to see it."
"The void in the human fabric starts as a rift and then becomes a great emptiness in which fascism unfolds. That's where your void of love begins, Peter. But that creates this paradox, Peter. Can't you tell? Love isn't something that we create as human beings. It is evidently an inherent part of our humanity. We don't go to school to learn it. We find it manifest in even the most primitive cultures. So, what then causes this void of love if we don't create love? If it is a part of our nature, then it should always be there and should be naturally universal. Why then do we have to struggles so hard to love, and more so to make love a universal phenomenon?"
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