A crash course in changing the world.
When I am 100, or, if our peoples and communities have become resilient and health issues no longer as limiting as they are today, when I am 100 years older than now, I would like to imagine that the world has become a cohesive, resilient and interdependent grouping of communities, nations, regions and peoples. I would like to imagine that Mother Earth is the base planet for off-terrestrial expeditions, and that we, as humans, have evolved enough so that possible contact (nods to Carl Sagan http://www.carlsagan.com/ ) with other beings, other lives and cultures does not cause humankind to revert to exclusionary, warlike and unsustainable behaviors.
Please excuse my unaccustomed speech mode; hopefully, in 100 years, I will have learned to be comfortable speaking in public (and not just singing).
In 100 years, then, I would be proud to say that:
"We, as humans, all hold within us the power to become 'indigenous,' because we can each become conscious of, and willing to assume, the responsibilities of the mission which we share here on our planet, to protect Mother Earth, and the future of humanity and all the biodiversity on our planet.
Our mission, our concrete contributions to global, cultural, and biological diversity, to security of livelihood, infrastructure, and human rights, to the future of humanity, have brought us this far.
We are endowed with the potential for great discoveries, innovations which can bring sustainability and peace.
We are bestowed, through our ancestors who walked this planet before us, and through our children who will walk after us, across the green lands of Mother Earth, and across the terrains of the planets in the cosmos, with the responsibility to maintain balance, and peace, within the natural world.
Balance-- among peoples, among biodiverse creatures and plants, among ecosystems and technosystems.
Peace-- between humankind, and all the vast diversity of the cosmos.
When any part is damaged or destroyed, all balance is thrown into chaos. We cannot long nurture, we cannot long endure, within chaos. Here, and on all possible worlds, accept the responsibility to bring peace and balance to your interactions with, in, of, and from this Mother Earth that we share."