Civilisation: Where Are You Going?

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With this book I would like to contribute to the global discussion on current unsustainable practices in many areas of planetary life. I finished writing the manuscript in 2002, yet all matters I offered up for discussion then are still valid and have become even more urgent today.

As the title of the book suggests, it would be very useful for us to see the road our current policy and decision makers are taking us on. What can we do if we do not agree, or would like to change some aspects of the current direction. What are we to do if our politicians do not see the impending catastrophe of their own making?

These and many more relevant aspects of the global sustainability issue are discussed in Civilisation: Where Are You Going? But most of all, I hope, the reader will find in this book a passionate affirmation of life with all its challenges. Furthermore, the book encourages the reader to become a visionary of sustainable and peaceful future, and to become personally involved in different aspects of planetary activities.

Some citations from Civilisation: Where Are You Going?

On poverty

Half of the Earth's population are living in conditions of extreme poverty, hunger, malnutrition and with a lack of sanitation. Daily, thousands of children die in extreme pain and suffering, from hunger and preventable diseases.

On ecology

Nature's work is based on a set of natural laws, which cannot be changed by man. These laws will prevail. This is an unquestionable fact. Humans are driving this civilisation to extinction, which can happen at any time.

On wars

The tragedy of the world is exacerbated by wars, by the continuous wastage of human life, the degradation of living standards, destruction of the environment, housing, roads and other infrastructure, by the poisoning of air, water and soil, and by the waste of human effort and money, which could otherwise have been used for peaceful purposes.

On economy

Many early corporations were created with the purpose of serving society. They had a limited lifespan and were controlled by governments. In the last one hundred years the reversal of roles emerged. *

Unbeknown to the majority of people, the tools of the current economic paradigm-profits, efficiency and productivity-have replaced the universal societal value system of serving the public good, equality and justice. This is not the only area of human and societal functioning where the means have been sadly mistaken for the goals. *

The current economic globalisation phenomenon has no mandate to address the disastrous consequences of its own making. The current economic globalisation is the cancer of this civilisation; it acts independently of state powers; it is not ruled by transparent, democratic processes, and its main goal, as we all know, is to increase the profits of the world's financiers and the multinationals.

On human psychology

In the West, the negative notion about being emotional has caused the most profound damage to society. By suppressing emotions as non rational and unworthy, people have lost the potential for the most rewarding experiences that can be granted to human beings. We need to understand that integration of the feminine side of human nature is not a weakness. In fact, the opposite is true. Those people, especially those rare men, who show feelings and compassion, are the truly strong ones. Only love and compassion can lead us to experience the true value of humanity, goodness, harmony, beauty and genuine creativity.

On human values

What does it really mean to be a human being? How can we return to a life of good causes, good neighbourhood and prosperity for all in both the narrow and in the wide sense?

On compassion

Compassion, humility, respect for other people, appreciation of another's contribution-all these are the qualities of an accomplished whole human person. Only a person who feels for another and wants to alleviate another's pain, poverty and misery is a whole person. And only such individuals can design a new framework for living, because in their thinking they are capable of encompassing all people.

On future sustainability

It is absolutely indispensable to the future of our planet that we create a world of communities where all people feel needed and respected. In return, people will give of themselves; they will show respect for and appreciation of others. Human potential will flourish; people individually and collectively will make a big effort and help each other and the planet.

On unity of people

The unity of people is not just a dream. We can progress toward unification step by step. Full unification will happen when all of us change our level of being, when all of us become whole persons. When we become a collective of whole persons, unification will be completed, because we will all act from a completely different range of values than we do today.

Book availability

The book can be purchased in bookshops or directly from the author. Cost, including postage, is $25 (within Australia) or $AUS $30 (outside Australia).