Written by: Rick Staggenborg, MD on Oct 10, 2009 6:42 AM PDT
This essay is dedicated to Albert Einstein, who worked tirelessly for the cause of peace after his discoveries were used for the purpose of establishing American domination through destructive power.
There is little that is inevitable in the social, psychological and political processes that have led us to this critical nexus in space-time. Every event in history is the result of the sum of all individual decisions leading to that point. We must thus consciously choose our collective destiny rather than superstitiously leave our fate to chance.
To not choose to control our own future is to make a choice that abrogates our responsibility to our children. We cannot ignore this responsibility, for willful ignorance is the greatest evil. It is a betrayal of all those who have fought and died to keep the hope of freedom alive and to the generations to come for whom Soldiers For Peace throughout history have always fought.
All things are still possible, but we must choose our path carefully because most of the choices before us lead to self-destruction. If you believe as I do that men and women are essentially good, then you can have faith that democracy can be achieved and together we can deliver the justice that the People now cry out for. Virtue is necessary tor us to keep working to save our collective selves and the planet itself.
If you do not share this faith, then ask yourself why you struggle. Is it really possible to save ourselves if Mankind is not essentially good? I cannot imagine the pain of struggling on with such doubt in the ultimate success of life's struggle. I have always believed that we are essentially good and that we want to believe that in ourselves.
If we can believe that of ourselves and communicate to others that we believe that of them, a new era of harmony can begin. We can and must move forward together into a future free of unneeded conflict between us. Those with the power to control the lives of others have always willingly exploited these divisions to keep us slaves to our hatred and prejudice, knowing that only a people divided can fail to defeat their designs of world domination.
It is not necessary to believe in God to see them, but it is necessary to believe that apparent miracles occur if you are to recognize them. Once seen, it is up to the observer to decide for himself whether it is superstitious to believe that there is a power connecting us all that we do not completely understand or whether it is more illogical to ascribe a series of events to chance which taken together approach zero probability by all scientific models based solely on observation of past events.
This is the essence of the scientific process. Theory is one thing but theory is not accepted as natural law by scientists until it is verified by experiment. In testing a theory of how to ending war, the null hypothesis is rejected at each step when we see that hypothesizing each element is "impossible" turns out to be wrong. With each piece of data suggesting that we can end war, we move a step closer to understanding the nature of the reality that it can.
It can be shown by Baysian analysis that the probability of a chain of events is equal to the product of multiplying the probabilities of each individual event. Thus, a string of incredible “coincidence” is convincing evidence to believers that something that we don’t fully comprehend all that is influencing the events of our lives. It is impossible to conceive of the thought experiments necessary to witness this yourself if you do not begin with the assumption that miracles defined in this way may exist.
Without the evidence of the senses most people simply explain away remarkable "coincidences" in their lives as "bound to happen." These people never notice how frequently highly improbable events may occur that are ignored. The variability in the estimates of the probabilities of rare events that might form a chain of causality is where the controversy comes in. Those who want to see miracles say they find them. It is not that they imagined they saw miracles. It may have been that they imagined they could see the miracles, which caused them to look for them. If miracles do occur in our lives, this is the only way to find them.
We must strive to teach with empathy frightened and angry reactionaries that understanding our interdependence is the key to working together for a better or even survivable future. Person by person, we change the collective consciousness that guides the choices of action we make together and individually.
It is time to take to the streets and demand this change.