One of the longest wars in history was the 600 years war between the English and the French.
About 3 out of 5 words in English come from the Anglo-Norman roots and the French language.
France and Britain also, in a different time, built the Channel tunnel together and Concorde.
I recall my mentor talking about how he would go from the Rockefeller Foundation in New York to various delegations at the United Nations intent on common good on a larger scale and he met so many excuses, so many trap doors.
In Star Trek the fiction you have this kind of space age United Nations in the Federation. There’s a certain aspirational and very real sense of mythic imagination in the comparison.
Soon we will have planes that can glide over the surface of the earth and make journeys that took 20 hours in a fraction of that time.
The Earth is vast but technology means it gets smaller and more traversable. And, as with the story of the French and the English, old enemies end their enmity when maturity ripens and they can bud into becoming supportive partners. Cohesion is inherent in nature. And it evolves.
There is hope in such a view. War and terrorism and ecological ills are mostly the story of shortsightedness – politically, economically and technologically. And, especially our management models. Allan Savory’s work in agriculture and land and Human Resources management in Africa, and elsewhere, is very inspiring in that sense.
And many of our wars are over energy and resources. The solution lies in rethinking those stories in highly original ways. In the curated evolution of supremely intelligent management systems and advanced technologies and very ancient technologies appropriately applied.
A case in point: the size of the Sahara:
3.552 million mi²
That’s a lot of land. It used to be forested.
Bad management of goats and livestock – one of the first leveraged “technologies” – of humanity, was domesticating animals. And in ten thousand years of doing that unintelligently, not conscious of the ecology of the whole, our goats and cows ate up all the roots and we created the Sahara. Because of our actual activity.
It can be reversed.
It’s like that old story about the two shoe salesman who go to Africa long ago from America. One comes back saying there’s no use in selling shoes in Africa as everyone goes barefoot. The other comes back and says: “Guys, Africa is THE place to sell shoes. The market is ripe for innovation and it’s big.”
Well, 3.552 million mi² is big.
We want to get to Mars to look for water and we throw huge sums at it. But what about bringing it back to the Sahara?
That’s a worthy goal. And we do know how to do it. It’s the coordinated will that’s been lacking until now. Too many trap doors – not enough faith and applied vision.
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