Pride as a Planet

Here’s some food for thought:

I watched a video earlier today about astronauts and their changed viewpoints of the world after going into space and seeing our earth from a different perspective. They called it the “Overview Effect” and opened my eyes a little more to how amazing our planet is. It also made me think this extremely improbable thought: What if every human on earth gained a sort of “earth pride” for the world we live in? Instead of “US is the best!” we’d see everyone on different continents saying “Earth is the best”! It would unify humanity so much more to have a common denominator to be proud of!

The astronauts also talked about how they experienced a deeper understanding of how the earth is so fragile and that we ought to treat it better. So I came up with the idea to send all of our politicians and major authorities in the world up into space to develop a common ground of saving the world. If we as the human race poured all the resources we allocate towards military (not police) into finding sustainable, environmentally friendly sources of energy, I’m sure we could find a replacement to fossil fuels and reduce our carbon footprint. How great would that be? 

You can find the video here http://vimeo.com/55073825

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One thought on “Pride as a Planet

  1. A Voice says:

    If I recall correctly, this is in some real way how the backing narrative for Star Trek came to be. That is, instead of focusing on more and more division the focus on real togetherness brought about significantly more prosperity and provided for technological growth in ways that wouldn’t have been possible before. It wasn’t until the planet came together as Man that humanity really prospered.

    On another note, from what I understand we’re beyond merely reducing our carbon footprint and needing to actually pull harmful components from the air. This has much to do with animal husbandry and agriculture, something tied to commercial interests as much as vehicle and factory emissions -it’s just that animal emissions aren’t really considered as emissions by many people and unhealthy soil is something many just aren’t aware of. It would be awesome if we could invest in this area, not a single doubt about it.

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