©Fernando Caracena 2014
In viewing Star Trek(TM) episodes, I have often had the thought, "We can't get there from here; unless,..."
What needs to change for us to achieve the progress to move among the stars and embrace new worlds, is within the human spirit itself. We carry within us a basic pathology that cannot be cured by external force. In fact, force is the form that that basic pathology takes. We have to give up the idea that we can or should force other people to think and act our way. But of course, this cannot happen unilaterally. As Sir Isaac said, "Every action has an equal and opposite reaction." In human terms, Dr. Martin Luther King stated it very well as follows:
"Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness.We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love...";
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy, instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”.
As anyone can plainly see, this downward spiral operates actively in plain sight today. As greater and greater power is placed in the hands of individuals, the downward spiral threatens to destroy the whole human race. So if the human race is to survive, we need a mutation of the human spirit, a new kind of man, who can control vast quantities of energy and power without indulging in the lust to control and overwhelm humanity. We must be born again into the spirit of love, and all the vast technical progress will follow.