Summary: Amid the clamor of a world hurtling towards the next century, a great secret has been kept from humanity which may hold the key to our future. This secret is hidden in plain sight and yet remains unacknowledged by most. It is discussed widely in popular culture - but its import and meaning remain elusive.
Amid the clamor of a world hurtling towards the next century, a great secret has been kept from humanity which may hold the key to our future. This secret is hidden in plain sight and yet remains unacknowledged by most. It is discussed widely in popular culture - but its import and meaning remain elusive.
In a world swimming in new high-tech billionaires and Internet moguls, we yet use a basic infrastructure - combustible fuels - which is a holdover from the 1800s. And it threatens all that we are and all that we can be as it incinerates our future in a sea of pollution, in a world of increasing haves and have nots.
In a world where the richest 250 people have the wealth of half of the world's population and where our current direction can only lead to some eventual termination in a great grey cloud of smoke, what does it matter that we are not alone in the universe - and have been visited already? Indeed. What does it matter?
Because in that secret lies a great hope and a great promise. We see a vision not of termination and hopelessness as the current millennium rolls into the next. We see a time in which the current malaise and seemingly hopeless problems of the world are transformed into another time. One of hope and a sustainable civilization. One in which we can actually envision a global and technologically advanced society which can evolve and continue for many centuries - not terminate in the next.
The good news is that we know how to do this. The answers exist already and that bright future awaits us. The sad news is that, among the apathy and distractions of the current milieu, we find these answers withheld from view. It is an invisible future - which is here already, but hidden. Do we have the stamina and fortitude to bring it out?
I awakened this morning thinking of these and many other things. How do I explain to my children why daddy is foregoing $200,000 a year in income to pursue such a goal? How do I convey the purpose of an undertaking which has taken me all over the world, meeting with heads of state, generals, admirals and titans of industry to build support for such a disclosure? Having seen one of my closest friends and my most important co-worker die in the past year while striving to attain this goal, how can I stop moving forward? Since being diagnosed with cancer myself during the same time Shari Adamiak was struggling with hers, the question arises ‘What should I do with my life?'.
For eight years we have striven for this vision. Of course, it would be easier to live a regular sort of life pursuing career, money and the like. But isn't it precisely because that is what nearly everyone is doing that the world is in the state we find it today?
So for my children and all those who wonder - and worry - about this struggle, about its risks and who may ask ‘Why bother?', I must share this vision:
Of a time when we know we are not alone and indeed are being visited already - and suddenly the earth is a very small blue island in the vast universe and we are all family upon her.
Of a time when the people and their representatives have stood up to the forces of exploitation and covert abuse of power and have finally fulfilled the promise of democracy and an open and free society.
Of a time when the one trillion dollar military/industrial complex will be transformed into an engine to advance all the peoples of the world, not destroy them.
Of a time when the technologies of extraterrestrial origin, already figured out and operational in covert projects funded by the people, will be disclosed and owned by all.
Of a time when, by these advancements, each home and each village can have its own source of energy which consumes no fuel and pollutes not the air, the water or the land.
Of a time when the third world will be freed from the poverty which the limited resources and costs of energy ensure - and will take its place equally among the prosperous nations of the northern hemisphere. Of a time when we will utilize space to explore and discover, not as the next launching pad for warfare.
Of a time when we can see our children's children's children living and growing in a world free of the specter of environmental holocaust.
Of a time when the earth and her people will take their place peacefully among other planetary peoples, joining in an evolutionary spiral which endures for millennia.
Of a time when the millions of acres of fertile farm land now under highways will be freed to be nurtured for better uses, as we float silently from place to place in devices currently held hostage in underground facilities.
Of a time when the ugliness of transmission lines and power plants and nuclear waste will vanish into irrelevance as we each utilize power sources in our homes and offices which are free-standing and non-polluting.
Of a time when no rain forest will need to be cut down or burned for firewood and minimally productive farmland since the means of energy and production will forever quench that inferno.
Of a time when the great want and injustice of severe poverty, which breeds so much social unrest and suffering, will be replaced by a culture of abundance, not a zero sum game of greed.
Of a time when the exploration of mind and human potential will replace the exploitation of others.
Of a time of collective security when the people of the world will vow to enforce a peace which is inviolate - and universal - and will let no leader or group invade or exploit another.
Of a time when all beings, human or otherwise, are respected and protected equally for the reality of their inner being, not judged by their race or sex or other external qualities. Not even their planet of origin.
For such a time, some effort is warranted. Some sacrifice justified. We have one last hill to climb and then this vision will be reality. We are only one step away from creating this. The means exist to do it. The technologies already lie in wait. The knowledge of what must be done is obvious. The world is wired increasingly into an organic whole.
A friend told me a story related to him by Col. Philip Corso before he passed away. Sometime in the 1950s or early 1960s, he was at Holoman Air Force Base/ White Sands Missile Range during a landing of an extraterrestrial spacecraft. There was an exchange between the ET s and the military and at one point Col. Corso, in typical American military fashion, asked, with regard to open ET cooperation, "What's in it for me?". The ET responded: " A better world - if you can take it..."
Now, I do not know if this story is true. I was not there. But I can see that it is exactly what the universe is saying to us: There is a better world awaiting us - and we can create it. Can we take it? It is certainly worth a try.