compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
Reading clockwise from the Top-Left, of this collage of photographs; THE first full-view of Earth taken from
Apollo 17 in December 1972, the crew took the first ‘Blue Marble’ image of the entire planet Earth
as they traveled back from the Moon with the Sun behind them illuminating our world; THIS amazing image
was taken by the Galileo spacecraft as it flew by the Earth-Moon system on its way to Jupiter in 1992; the
jacket cover of The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning by James E. Lovelock; THE day the Earth
smiled - Cassini, 2013 - this incredible image of Earth, the blue dot of light to the centre-right of the image,
was taken by the Cassini spacecraft from Saturn, 1.45 billion kilometres (900 million miles) away, on 19 July
2013; the Earth from Saturn - Cassini, 2011 - NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this image of Saturn
eclipsing the Sun and, as a bonus, Earth appears just above the rings of the giant planet; and finally a
stunning view of the Earth at night - Suomi NPP, 2012 - This incredible ‘Black Marble’ composite image
was taken by the Suomi NPP satellite in April 2012, showing the Earth lit up at night by a mixture of artificial
lights and the Sun.
social animal is a tribal carnivore " - E. O. Wilson
James Lovelock wrote in his concluding chapter of The Vanishing face of GAIA ...
entitled TO THE NEXT WORLD ... Individual intelligence alone is NOT enough, and our
amazing achievements come from the additional ability of our brains to communicate
and persuade, so that the thoughts of one or a few can persuade the many to lose their
identities and act coherently as if they were a single individual. This powerful
amplification of the expressed intentions of a tribal leader can always prevail against
an incoherent foe or the natural world. This synchronisation of WILL we share with social
insects and termites as well as with flocks of birds and fish, and it empowers us far
beyond the possibilities of a single isolated intelligence, even one much more able than
we are. This may be why some whale species with brains and neurone-counts far greater
than ours have never reached the dominance of humans ... Almost all of our
achievements come from single acts of genius or leadership amplified coherently by
the many. This applies not only to great or appalling acts, but to the numerous mundane
things that keep society running: the water and electricity services, and road systems.
We are deeply impressed by the power of our weapons, yet they are puny compared
with the most powerful weapon of all - CREATIVE INTELLIGENCE ... Perhaps the
gravest error of monotheist religion, including Islam, is to believe that human are made
in God's image. The implication is that we cannot, through natural selection, IMPROVE.
To think of us as the perfect model of sentient life is as absurd as to imagine that the
first photosynthesisers to emerge 3.5 billion years ago were also perfect. By evolving
and changing they made possible everything that has happened since; if they had stayed
as they were there would never have been trees of flowers or animals and ourselves.
NOTHING in the universe can be perfect and humans have so far to go to approach
perfection that surely THE future is FULL of PROMISE.
As often seems to happen, wartime energy and post-war euphoria serve as breeding grounds for visionary thinking and bold, new break-throughs in human knowledge. Such was the case with Clare Graves. Rather than re-hash older psychological constructs or participate in the debates between the conflicting theories of the day, he decided to start afresh by searching for the reasons behind shifting views of human nature.
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