The future is in our hands
I invite you to play this short video to your right in which Neil deGrasse Tyson argues the case of science and our collective knowledge about what works as a means for our decision-making.
We can use this rational scientific approach to ask whether peace is better than war or whether we should have greater social equity or to continue shaping the world based on sociological and economic systems that are failing.
Can take his dialogue further and ask what is the meaning of life?
For many, life has no meaning at all and as individuals we have absolutely no responsibility and no need of any morality. For others life has become a quest to achieve, to acquire and conquer by any means while paying lip service to noble ideas and morals.
Analysts can see that these two approaches are destructive to all life and the inevitable outcome is our extinction. In terms of the lifespan of our planet, the period of life enjoyed by modern humans is but a fleeting few seconds on a fairly comprehensible timescale.
Yet around the world people have wondered why we are alive, they have asked why are we here and by employing scientific principles they have produced that we do not know beyond the fact that we are here to work it out.
Yet when we look at ourselves, we have common desires such as wanting some material comforts, a full belly and amicable relationships. In other words we want the space where we can be happy and enjoy some of the pleasures that this life has to offer.
Armed with this basic knowledge the borders and the mystics have recognised that since we are alive and we have no clear purpose except to reproduce and maintain our species, we should do that in a sustainable way which would give the majority of people the opportunity to experience a pleasant life.
It's very clear that those without a social conscience are those who cause the most suffering to themselves and others, they kill, divide and conquer. To anyone with a scientific mindset this is foolish. Thankfully the majority supported the scientific mindset which arrived at the concept of democracy and equal human rights.
These concepts are not distributed evenly across all human societies and they have foster the growth of our civilisation and burgeoning population. One of the results we can see in our society is the trend toward selfishness which has resulted in lenient laws for the rich and punitive laws for the poor and the stratification of societies.
Now let's get back to the mystics, they recognised that we have this intelligence and since our position in the universe is so remote that it's inconceivable that we can ever travel beyond our solar system, they set about in a scientific way to enquire into the nature of life.
Their enquiry that began many thousands of years ago worked and from that knowledge they produce the concept of Dharma, a way of harmonious living so that as many people as possible could join this investigation. This field of investigation was subjective, they didn't have the scientific instruments that we have today and yet they explored all the dimensions of our existence.
This natural enquiry led to the knowledge that the earth was a sphere, something that was unknown in Europe until the 1500s. Not only that the knowledge that the sun was the centre of our solar system, the planets and neighbouring galaxies were known about with a degree of accuracy proven scientifically in the 20th century.
As well as interpreting the shape of our external environment, the internal environment was known down to the atom and its components and beyond that the nature of existence itself was revealed. Those ancient mystics understood how life came and went, they understood the functioning of the universe and over these thousands of years vast numbers of people with the same capacity as you and I resolved questions that modern scientists are still struggling to come to terms with.
Dharma, the outcome of all this scientific exploration by the mystics over almost countless generations is a scientific way of living that ensures the greatest happiness and the well-being not only of human beings, but all life on the planet. It is a way of ensuring our continued existence as a species for many millennia to come.