Killing Our Way to Oblivion Needs Urgent Action by the Majority of World Citizens

By Donald A. Collins | 1 November 2017
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If you are feeling nervous about the state of the world you are likely joined by almost everyone on our plundered planet. Yet the booming world economy has pushed stocks up everywhere.

Predictors of another lusty Christmas US buying season tell us that our 70% GDP consumer economy will likely be sustained at least for now.

And the medical advances being announced daily forecast that most of us will live long enough to enjoy this latest burst of prosperity.

Thus it would seem that dangerous factors such as the huge overpopulation problem, the Opioid crisis, the threat of Kim’s ICBM reaching LA plus more of the lone wolf terrorist attacks are being ignored by our citizens who seem to bask in the virtual reality dosages being offered via our electronic devices.

Perhaps you have bought one of Bill O’Reilly’s Killing books. I have only read one on Patton which I found very engaging. His status on FOX is that he is off as a regular, but back for appearances and probably lots of guest spots on other media. Now he claims to be mad at God for the continuing attacks. Oh, my. I am not hearing any Mia Culpa moments. You can waste your time going to this prompt if lurid is what pleases you.

However, let me at last get to the point of my discourse. All the world’s animals—and people are animals—have historically been killing our way for survival ever since tracking animals started.

Will this human behavior continue? Of course. However, the ultimate threat, first tested at Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9th 1945, opens the obvious threat that on our finite planet total human destruction looms as ever more likely. That this has been obvious and the answers to date have led to a mutual destruction mode of behavior may not in the presence of mad human behavior work in the future.

In short, we can’t continue to kill our way forward or the obvious end will surely occur. This means stopping the behavior which must instinctively be embedded in human (animal!!) nature!!

This speaks to the most urgent need now. Whatever your biases, religions, ideologies, or preferences, they better be tempered with real restraint.

How to get there? Well, here is the avenue. When the vast majority of people want this Armageddon not to happen, we must be willing to compromise on the ideologies which now so divide us.

Push your passion for saying your religion is the only religion as the majority of the world’s populations do, that is the sure track to a nuclear Armageddon.

To those who take the hard core Catholic view that every fetus is a human life to be saved, you might consider the impact on so many poor women whose pregnancies are unwanted. There is no need for you to change your view of abortion, just your willingness to let other views prevail.

The same applies to the other end of life, helping those who wish to end pain and suffering by allowing access to the appropriate medicine so they may die with dignity as 6 US jurisdictions now permit. Again, allowing personal privilege to prevail in all matters does not mandate your need to change your position. You can be against something without malice toward those whose views differ.

Ignoring as so many now do the burgeoning rise in human numbers, then failing to supply women with the means to control their fertility risks the now proven worsening of global warming. Surely, while you may want more people you consider part of your tribe, you know that on our finite planet endless growth is not only untenable but disastrous to your tribes’ wellbeing. Again tolerance needs to prevail.

Ok, how can offering these simple, ultimate human freedoms to be practiced by only those who wish to not lead to what some may see as total illegal license and anarchy? For some it cannot, but falsely yelling fire in a crowded movie theater comes close to the tolerance I am preaching.

Folks, we are talking about our survival here on Planet Earth. The revelations of today’s exploratory astronomy should awaken in all of us a sharply enhanced new understanding about all our beliefs. The immutability of gaining full knowledge of truth should allow humility from all of us as to our own personal core beliefs.

So finally let me suggest that the vast majority of all humans are people of good will and ideally would embrace reasonable approaches to the wishes of others. Thus, it is still possible that this enlightened majority of us could prevail in this seemingly Don Quixote quest to stop killing our way to more and more trouble. Does this need a new religion? No, religion is a word inapplicable to a better future. Perhaps we need a worldwide contest to pick the word to describe what we need. Its qualities include forbearance, tolerance, patience, and love of others which do not fit snugly into the multiple versions of the world’s main line religions as practiced today.

But, we can’t keep trying to kill our way to peace without risking total human destruction. Oh, yes, the trilobites will likely survive.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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Back in 1991, the NGO Don Collins founded in 1976, International Services Assistance Fund (ISAF), co-produced a TV quality 22-minute film called “Whose Choice?” which Ted Turner arranged to broadcast on September 21, 1992 in prime time on his then independent Turner Broadcast System (TBS). Other outlets such as PBS and several of its affiliates Collins and his colleagues contacted then refused to run it because of its forthright treatment of the abortion issue, arguing for all women’s right to choose not to have a baby. ISAF has made a new edition of that DVD. The purpose for reissuing this 3rd version of “Whose Choice?” was simply to show the historical urgency that attended those times, still blocked and attacked over 40 years after the Roe v Wade decision in 1973. This video is available for public viewing for the first time.

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