It’s time for change | Letter

Carl Sagan once said, “History is full of people who out of fear, ignorance, or the lust for power, have destroyed treasures of immeasurable value which truly belonged to all of us. We must not let it happen again.” And yet, it’s happening again.

ISIS continues to destroy ancient artifacts in the Middle East. Smashing 3,000-year-old statues with sledgehammers, not to mention murdering innocent people in their own region, as well as in Europe, and the United States, at their discretion, in acts of terrorism. Why? Most likely because they feel that the industrialized nations of the world are systematically causing irreparable damage to our planet and all that reside on it. Some believe they may have a valid point if indeed that is their motivation. I’ve heard the Muslims believe that we should become a global community, committed to helping each other and working together to preserve our planet. However, ISIS has no connection with the Muslim religious community. They are radical extremists who will stop at nothing to achieve their goal. Einstein said once that “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” And I say it’s never been more accurate! But on the other hand, he also said, “Try to be not a man of success, but rather to become a man of value.” So, perhaps we should take a much closer look at our values and how they affect our planet and its inhabitants.

Democracy is a wonderful thing, but hypothetically, if society at large has been manipulated, conditioned, or even in some cases, brainwashed into going along with whatever we’re told by the powers that be, no matter how absurd it may seem, how could we possibly make responsible decisions that will benefit all of humanity, and help maintain our planet’s ecosystems. Whatever happened to “We The People”? We are in big trouble, and although there are many who refuse to acknowledge the facts, we need wake up and to pull together now more than ever, get our population and technology under control, and then we all win!

Mick Stevens