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Welcome to stren #70.  This stren explains why our history is defined by a series of wars and why we are headed for self-annihilation.  The next stren will describe Einstein’s solution to prevent human catastrophe and promote world peace.  We have an opportunity and obligation to ensure that our children and other loved ones have the opportunities we enjoy.  Global action is required to prevent a horror most individuals could not comprehend.  The “why” is important because it leads to the “how” we can proceed to succeed.    

             The Problem we all face has been simply stated in a report to President Obama that was commissioned by the U.S. Congress.  After interviewing over 250 world experts on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the first sentence of the Executive Summary states: 

The Commission believes that unless the community acts decisively and with great urgency, it is more likely than not that a weapon of mass destruction will be used in a terrorist’s attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013.  


The report adds:


 There is still time to defend ourselves, if we act with the urgency called for by the nature of the threat that confronts us.  Sounding that call for urgent action is the purpose of this report.[1]  

     Humankind is the first and currently the only species on earth to make itself capable of triggering self-extinction and dramatically changing Mother Earth by the word of one person.  At the present moment, multiple tribes are designing weapons so powerful that we can hardly imagine the horror of their use.  Our newest weapons, unlike previous ones, offer no second chance.  Powerful leaders have already indicated it is their moral right and intention to use them.  The likelihood that biological or nuclear weapons will be unleashed within the lifetime of our children is even greater.  This stren, together with the next, is a plea to you to unite with others to preserve our children’s well-being. Working together, we will be unstoppable; the alternatives are not very pleasant.           

Here are the three major reasons we are drifting towards annihilation:

1.     Nature’s role: For 3 ½ billion years, nature has genetically engineered our animal brain to survive in a savage eat or be eaten environment.  We are preprogrammed at birth to survive through fight or flight. Destructive aggression is instinctive to the animal portion of our brain. 

2.     Nurture’s role: All native languages bias us to process information intotwo either/or opposing categories; this is the primary cause of bigotry, prejudice, destructive confrontation, and war.  Helpless at birth, our survival requires that we first serve the authority of instinct and mimic whatever traditions our nurturers demand.     

3.     Self-mastery’s role: Nature has provided humankind its most advanced brain to replace destructive aggression with love and the humane qualities to which we aspire.  We have yet to educate our population in a newer way of thinking (ANWOT) required to prevent war and cooperate for our mutual well-being. This is our most urgent mission.