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BECOME A FRATERNALIST
Whether you believe that global warming is happening or not; whether you are of a religious conviction or not; or whether you think the quality of life is improving or not, there are some stark facts that are difficult to refute.
The human population is continuing to grow and will need to be fed and catered for with consequentially ever increasing pressures on the environment. In spite of the ingenuity to create ever more efficient means of food production, in the end the numbers will not stack up and something will have to give. Either the world population growth has to be halted or reversed to preserve what stocks and resources that exist or nature collapses which will then lead to a massive epidemic of problems that will essentially reduce the human population in a catastrophic way. It is not much of a choice. Whilst world leaders may acknowledge the fundamentals of the dilemma, the success of human endeavours will only delay the inevitable.
I do not wish to sound overly fatalistic but, as individuals, we need to prepare for what is likely to come, whenever it does.
In dealing with and coping with crisis, survival and moral self discipline will be essential to avoid individuals adopting selfishness as a means of survival in a dog-eat-dog code of conduct. As things degenerate, the state (in whatever form) can expect to exact increasingly intrusive and brutal measures to try to maintain control of a crumbling civilisation. In the end, what will exist will be a contrast between selfish anarchy and dictatorial repression.
What is important before this comes about is for individuals and families to embrace a different way forward and a moral code that cuts across both religion and non-religious mores. The traditional religious institutions have been embattled for many decades and have tried rather vainly to draw people under the guidance of moral doctrines through a combination of reiteration and reinvention of traditional beliefs. Whilst they have succeeded for some, most have missed out as people have lost faith as the credibility of the basis of religiosity has been challenged. As a kind of surrogate moral guidance, the state has increasingly moved in to the vacuum to serve as a moral guardian through its making and enforcement of law and raising of taxes.
What I want to do is to offer an alternative. What I wish is for people, whether they be religious or not, whether they believe in God or not to be able to adopt a philosophy of life that will help them towards fulfilment, achievement and happiness. It does not mean giving up traditional faiths, but it does mean adopting a way of life that embraces the underlying ethos of the set of moral codes that follow.
I do not want to become a cult leader. I am not a perfect human being myself and am as prone to the frailties and failings as any other human, but what I want is a recognition and acceptance of the brotherhood of man.
If you want what I want, then read further and I hope that we can start a movement that will spread across the world based on a desire to love, respect and celebrate all life in all of its forms.
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