Globalization is a fact of life today. Country borders can no longer sustain a separation of humans by citizenship when laws cannot be comprehensively applied on a consistent basis. Humanity, as a whole, is pursuing more extreme measures to achieve short term goals that will lead to self-destruction.
Followers of abrahamic religions (Jews, Christians and Muslims) are waiting for the coming of a savior after most humans kill each other. Chinese and Indians continue to focus within their regional civilizations, with China branching out to focus on global trade to accumulate wealth (i.e. not conquest) by repeating the silk road with one belt one road. To the Chinese, the only humans on earth are Chinese. Everyone else are ghosts. The size of China attracts global attention. Japan’s efforts since 1987 to build territorial coast lines by claiming tiny reef rocks near Okinotori in the Philippine Sea is left unnoticed.
To change course from these self-fulfilling prophecies of destruction, let us thrive with knowledge of our places in the world. We need to do the right things to make our world better, not imposing views onto others with threats of destruction or hell. For thousands of years, Chinese and Indians live moral lives so they can re-incarnate into higher forms of living. These are internally focused, not imposing views onto others. Iranian prophet Zoroaster predates the Old Testament in the pursuit of monotheism that evolved through Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The reliance on spirituality (which cannot be seen as a mental, not physical, force) drove evangelism, imposing views onto others to self-aggrandize faith.
Morality must not be imposed onto our children. Unfortunately, there is no curriculum that teaches morality to our children. Almost all of our children learn morality from parents and/or through faith. Christian Catholics baptize their babies right after birth, while Christian Protestants have started to evangelize Bible as a perfect document despite its inherent inconsistencies. Muslim umma discourages followers from leaving the faith under the penalty of death. Chinese and Indians discipline their children to teach them values that, for example, have led to the reputation of “tiger mom.” In other words, our children grow up with morality imposed upon them.
One way to introduce morality to our children is to illustrate morality through history. Let us highlight the immoral Opium Wars against China, or the American destruction of Native American civilizations accompanied by African slavery. USA would not have industrialized as fast without slaves, and Europe would not have advanced as fast without the 70,000 tons of silver taken from China by force and opium.
Let us also introduce both evolution and creation to our children. Encourage them to explore their own values. Some will pursue faith, and some will follow evolution for their own reasons. Hope supported by motivation will likely emerge as a common objective for all humans. For the 1-2 billions of starving humans today, their hope is any path to fill their stomachs. The major challenge is to encourage constructive hope based on opportunities, not faith based destructive suicide bomber mentality. For the majority of the remaining 5-6 billion humans, hope can guide us towards moral behavior, especially if introduced at an early age and collectively reinforced by a moderate (not extreme) level of faith. Prayer can be constructive, as long as we donot blindly follow faith, and we continue to work hard.
This blog is also to celebrate my child who is named “hope.”