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Final Message

Let me strive to be as truthful as I can, regarding what I have seen. I have seen the salvation of humanity through collective self-control. But I honestly do not see destruction. Without the collective self-control, we will still survive, but the state of our existence will be pathetic. Taking into account the general order and nature by which the earth and its societies operate, we will increase in quantity and decrease in quality, progress having reached its saturation. I see superficiality and lack of reasons for living creeping in. No psychological justification or remedy will work to contain it, for its duplicity will be evident to all. Mankind will live more and more like a pack of animals. Mankind will lose self-respect, originality, compassion, and all forms of sensibility. No action will stand the test of genuineness, sincerity or whole-heartedness. I am afraid of nuclear wars wiping out chunks of humanity, but I am even more afraid that future humans will be a poverty-ridden race with zero self esteem and sense of dignity.

I do not feel proud of any achievement in science or towards progress because I feel that a greater need is crying for attention. The need for someone to notice how superficial and meaningless our lives have become and how much less worth the average human has. Progress reaches a few. He or she has zero choice in his or her life in almost any matter. I know that most humans today think that they have a high degree of choice compared to yesteryears. But with time, the realization sets upon them that choice in one matter comes at the price of choice in a whole lot of other matters. They end up more frustrated than they thought they would otherwise be. The Nobel laureate, Wangari Maathai, says, if we destroy our natural resources, it becomes scarce and we fight over it. But why does the need to destroy natural resources arise? Because of overpopulation, i.e., more births than can be sustained by existing resources, natural or otherwise. If people are born without money, nations will have to over-use natural resources to sustain their lives. To provide for those who don’t have money, we will first look to natural resources that are the cheapest. We will look to coal because it is the cheapest, though it is the most polluting. We look for the cheapest because of the lack of money. We will not be able to be environmentally friendly because presently being environmentally friendly is costly.

If the PFC law is not enforced immediately in all countries, we will pollute and imbalance the earth till extremely cheap environmentally friendly technologies are discovered. If we fail in discovering such technologies, we will pollute till we destroy the earth and ourselves. Why do people die of diseases that can be cured? They cannot afford the price tags on the medicines required to cure them. Medicines are costly. The most valuable medicines, the ones that can save lives are often the costly ones. We may finally find cheaper alternatives, but till we find such cheap alternatives, people will die of curable diseases. Will people who don’t have money for food and shelter be able to buy a medicine if afflicted by a deadly disease? Improper sanitation due to lack of money would increase their possibility of contracting deadly diseases. Would education on how to prevent diseases be of much use to the person who cannot afford to implement the measures to protect him from the disease? If the PFC law is not enforced immediately in all countries, people will continue to die of curable diseases till cheap medicines for all deadly diseases are discovered. If we fail in discovering such medicines, then people will continue to die helplessly of curable diseases.

There is no meaning anymore in achieving progress or finding cures for diseases if the majority of humanity cannot reach it. There is sense only in preventing life that cannot be sustained, consequently ensuring that the fruits of progress reach all. Requiring basic financial capability to become a parent will ensure that majority of newborns are financially secure, that is, that they can buy medicines in the case of an emergency, live in sanitary conditions, are less likely to go hungry and shelter less, would have access to better quality education and information and above all would not have a great need to use resources and technologies that are polluting. Not every parent could be brought to honor the requirement of the PFC law. No law has ever been completely obeyed. Yet, on the whole, this approach would be much more efficient and effective than trying family planning on one hand, which is not acceptable to many major religions and cultures, enforcing environmentally friendly practices on the other hand, which the majority of us wouldn’t be able to afford, besides spending millions on feeding, educating and sheltering the poor and ignorant.

If the PFC law is enforced immediately, taxes will become unnecessary as the proportion of poor will decrease in a few years time and the government will not have to provide cheap transport, subsidized goods, free education and free healthcare. Money saved in this manner can be used for:

Maintaining Justice and public order;
Modernizing Infrastructure (roads, railways, etc.);
Improving Military system.

The first public expenditure of ensuring justice and public order would help in enforcing even more the PFC law. Even if not everyone honors the PFC law requirement, the descendents of those who do would slowly but surely be out of poverty. This would reduce the need for the government to provide free shelter, food and education for them. The money saved in this manner could be used to enforce the PFC law even more. This would ensure that more people are above the poverty line, which would save even more money for the government, which could be used again to enforce the PFC law. Tax burden will decrease. Inequitable tax systems like income tax will become uncalled-for. The second public expenditure of Modernizing Infrastructure would help the nation progress as a whole and in aiding research. Better infrastructure would encourage foreign investment, which would create more jobs and generate better salaries through competition. This would further reduce the need to provide free/subsidized food, shelter and education, which would again reduce the need for taxes. The third public expenditure of maintaining and upgrading the military system would ensure better security for the nation, reducing possibility of wars. In today’s world, wars happen when there is a huge difference in the military capability between two nations. Since government money is saved when there are fewer poor people, the need for taxing the people to fund wars is reduced, too. As the proportion of the poor decrease, the proportion of those who can afford environmentally friendly resources and technologies will increase. Hence, there will be less pollution. We can then live in harmony with nature. This would reduce the number and magnitude of floods, famines, droughts and earthquakes. We can then continue our progress without causing a threat to our own survival.

After knowing what must be done, if we still hesitate, we simply deserve to face the consequences. We will be wiped off the face of the earth and a superior type of species that thinks and acts better will replace us. What we should aim for, is this. The ability to treat every individual equally, regardless of color, cast, education, financial status, etc. If we are unable to do that, then we are a socially undeveloped group, no matter what our educational qualifications are. That is what our education should have prepared us for. What value has dignity in poverty? It does have value in prosperity. In a poor country, does a rich man’s sense of dignity make sense? Can he feel dignified as long as poor people live all around him, striving for a living and having their basic rights constantly denied? Of course not. Yet that is the hypocrisy in which most rich people live, looking the other way, living rich lives, but without dignity. That hypocrisy is going to be our doom. Our inability to contain our growth as a species in a manner commensurate to the resources on the planet and a manner in which rights of people can be safely secured is our only inability. It is the inability from which all our shortcomings including our doom is coming. Our priorities are wrong. The priority should not be elimination of the innumerable shortcomings but the elimination of our inability to prevent those shortcomings through new thinking and a new solution. Finally, there is but one question: DO I CARE ENOUGH? Is my priority my own pride and laziness or is it a responsibility to ensure our harmonious survival on this planet? If you do care, do your bit. You may or may not accomplish anything but at least you wont be feeling as guilty as those who were too proud to follow a path of sustainability, on doomsday.

The day will come when people are killed before our eyes and we don’t feel anything at all; we will just look the other way and act as though nothing has happened. Today, people die due to hunger and mistreatment right across the street and we live as though nothing has happened, busy with our own lives. How long will it take for those people to be killed right in front of our eyes and for us to act the same? How long will it take for the person killed across the street to be yourself instead of someone else? It is our kindness and sensitivity to suffering that has made us a great race, not brutality and indifference, which is the way of animals. But slowly we are changing over to the ways of animals; we regard those ways as superior and consider worthless the softer side of mankind. And why? We have become like an oversized pack of animals; gnawing and biting at each other because we are choking each other with our basic needs. Your basic needs of food, water and shelter stands in the way of my basic needs being met. So, I want to kill you. It’s a natural instinct. We are not perfect people; we use our animal instincts as much as we use our brains.

Why is it important for children to have more choice in their lives? It’s because they are the ones who have the least choice. And what good will it be to the world if the world decides to give them more choice? There would be more satisfied people in the world and if that’s not true, at least there would be less unfairness in the world. And that would slowly bring about a perfect world where everyone is treated fairly. If we want a world where everyone is treated fairly, shouldn't we first ensure that children are not treated unfairly? Campaigning for fair treatment for adults is not of any use because unfair treatment is being meted out at the childhood stage at that very moment to children, who will have that debt of fairness that he or she rightfully deserves to be repaid, for as long as it takes society to repay. The fact that the debt incurred when he was a child does not cease to make unfair treatment a debt that society must repay and clear off. We shouldn’t let the unfair treatments remain and gather interest from childhood. Unfair treatment should not happen at childhood because that sort of treatment would hamper a person’s growth. The longer it takes society to make up for its unfair treatment of an individual, the more society will have to pay him back to make up for all his losses incurred due to society’s unfair treatment when he was a child. If society does not pay him back for that unfairness met out to him when he was a child in a reasonable span of time, the person might take it by force from society or even write it off. Religion encourages people to write it off. It will work for a while, but people cannot be fooled all the time. If they want justice, they will demand it from society. They will stop writing off the debts. Unfair treatment should not have happened in the first place.

The value of a human being ought to be upheld by law, above everything else. To protect, serve and maintain human societies and their individuals is the purpose of law, which it is failing in because it has not upheld the value of a human being by any law that prevents the birth of humans into substandard conditions. What the law tries to do at present, is to prevent those substandard conditions in which persons are born into continuously and brought up in, from affecting others. After a person is born into substandard living conditions, the only thing that can be done by the law or any other agency is to better or remove that substandard environment, which is mostly unaffordable and therefore impractical. Practical, maybe for a few environments here and there, but not for all environments. Affordable, maybe for a while, but not for long. For true effectiveness of all laws, the first and most basic law should effectively prevent human birth into substandard conditions. That law which ought to be enforced before any other law is the law requiring basic financial capability to become a parent.

If it is ensured that children are born into financially secure environments, the next generation will be a financially secure generation. The nation, state or race that ensures this, will have ensured that every one of its members is treated with basic human dignity and respect. This is not an aim or achievement; it’s a responsibility on our part to ensure fair treatment and mutual respect. It’s a responsibility to ensure that people will not be driven to kill each other for money. It’s a responsibility to ensure that people do not have to cheat and lie to earn their living. It’s a hugely overlooked responsibility, the responsibility of ensuring birth into basic financial capability. Enough financial capability to make theft and dishonesty unnecessary. Enough financial capability to make overexploitation of natural resources and extinction of species unnecessary. Birth into basic financial capability, if ensured, would result in a fair, just and self-sustaining humanity.

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The 10 Laws of True Progress

The Perfect World Discourse

Pointers to the Meaning of Life

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