WE ARE HISTORY
History is, in essence, a record of past events. At any given time, the present is the culmination of all that has gone before.


In like fashion, we are ourselves records of past events. We are the culmination of everything that has taken place in our own lives.


Have you ever stopped to think, at any given moment, of the vast web of events that have led you to be at this particular place, time, and circumstance? Take, for example, the fact that you are reading this right now. What events brought you here? You were born, you took a particular course in life. But what about the other events? Your learning to read in the first place. Your first steps. The food you took into your body today. Your decision to take one route as opposed to another, only to find that a horrible accident occurred at the place you would have been had you chosen an alternate route.

What tiny, insignificant incident may have altered the flow of events that brought you here? The split second by which the other car missed you. That instant in time and space when you decided to do one thing and not another.

And what about the device you’re using to read this? How many developments, how many lives were changed to bring this about? How will it affect the future?

All these are things that have happened. They won't go away. They are all part of you, me, and everyone else on the planet. When one makes a splash, who knows where the ripples will end up?


In similar fashion, whatever happens in the next instant is the product of events taking place right now, which makes it essential that we be ever mindful of the consequences of our actions.


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"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children ... This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from an iron cross."

                                                     - President and General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower

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"Our time is rich in inventive minds, the inventions of which could facilitate our lives considerably. We are crossing the seas by power and utilize power also to relieve humanity from all tiring muscular work. We have learned to fly and we are able to send messages and news without any difficulty over the entire world through electric waves.

            However, the production and distribution of commodities is entirely unorganized so that everybody must live in fear of being eliminated from the economic cycle .... suffering from the want of everything."

                                                                                    - Albert Einstein's Message to Posterity, 1938

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"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can; I hate its brutality, its futility, and its stupidity. "

                                               - President and General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower                                                          

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WHAT IS GREED?

The inculcation of greed into the minds of the general populace – that is, the insatiable obsession with possessing ever-larger quantities of any commodity beyond one’s needs – is not a natural byproduct of the process of reward for worthwhile effort. It is the result of a concerted  effort by those having this mental aberration to legitimize their excesses in the minds of the public. 

THE FUTILTY OF POLITICS

I have little use for politics. Can you imagine how long it would take to make a phone call if you had to go through Congress, or even your local city authorities? In our age, someone who develops a microprocessor that stores and transmits information more quickly than its predecessors has far more to do with my daily life than any number of popularly-chosen decision makers arguing incessantly about what I may or may not do, or who gets what.

TECHNOLOGY

As far as I'm concerned, the only worthwhile technology is that which benefits all people without needlessly damaging the earth for the rest of its inhabitants and helps people to treat each other better. That rules out every new development in armaments.

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"Let us jump ahead to the year 2030. Then the earth's resources will be difficult to share. Their fullness can be evaluated today, using the most sophisticated science and technology to obtain the best yield from them while using our sense of justice to assure equitable distribution. Energy will be the money of the future, determining the real value of goods instead of basing the economy on the desire of artificially tempted consumers."

                                                              The late Captain Jacques Cousteau, World Conference on

                                                              Population and Development, Cairo, 1994


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"We were bred of the earth before we were born of our mothers. Once born, we can live without mother or father, or any other kin, or any friend, or any human love. We cannot live without the earth or apart from it, and something is shriveled in a man's heart when he turns away from it and concerns himself only with the affairs of men.

                                                                                      - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Cross Creek


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" .... it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."

                                                         - Luftwaffe leader Herman Goering at the Nuremburg trials