Flowers in a Garden

I was so sad to hear about the recent attacks in Paris; a historical world centre of decency and reason, suddenly attacked again by forces seeking mindless chaos. A nihilistic degeneration of Islam seems to be responsible and I give my full support to rooting out anyone involved in this, but ultimately we need something more than the usual efforts at fighting this. All humanity must stand together, like never before.

You’d think, with all the looming threats of ecological catastrophe and the unfolding promise of space exploration, humanity would see a reason to band together for the common. Isn’t space exploration something that brings out the very best in our hearts and technologies?

Seen from space, we are after all no different from the flowers in a garden, with varying appearances, but such similar hopes and fears. Sure, our bodies have a lot of regional adaptations due to the geographies of each place, but in today’s modern, climate-controlled world, they mean far less than ever before.

Yet we waste so much time and energy in pointless conflict, rather than in productive co-operation. Despite all our world wars, we still forget the importance of peace and of embracing all our cousins in a reasonable, rational system based on fairness and equality.

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