Letter: Harmonious global society is still many years away

Editor: We have just finished celebrating our entry into a new year — the most recent one in a many-thousands-of-years process during which we have been learning how to organize and govern ourselves in ever-larger and more complex social structures: families, tribes, neighbourhoods, cities, states/provinces/regions and nations.

Clearly we are approaching the end of this particular process because there is no larger social unit possible on planet Earth than a global community.

Our earliest attempts in this task are manifested in the League of Nations and the United Nations. As we consciously, or unconsciously, continue the struggle to build a just and equitable global civilization we will undoubtedly continue to face many daunting individual and collective challenges.

It will probably take many centuries for us to learn how to construct and operate a just, harmonious, smoothly functioning and ever-advancing global civilization and our successes in this enterprise will require us to continuously identify thoughts, opinions, beliefs, actions and administrative structures that are obsolete and unhelpful in the process, and willingly shed them as a snake does with a skin that no longer serves the needs of its growing body.

Other processes are simultaneously proceeding along their own pathways and ever-shortening time scale.

One of the more exciting and obvious ones is the process of science and technology. In less than 100 years we have learned to fly to the moon and co-operate in building and maintaining the International Space Station, connect most of the world’s citizens electronically, replace non-functioning human body parts, build robots, etc.

It isn’t that long ago that White Rock had a train station and its tallest buildings were three storeys high. Now we have a growing number of “skyscrapers,” instant mobile and wireless communication with anyone on the planet and bots developing their own artificial intelligence.

Our curiosity and continuous investigations, testing and explorations in all fields of research and development swiftly lead us into new and never-ending discoveries and possibilities.

Another equally important process that especially comes to mind at this time of year is our active reflection and meditation on our individual and collective physical, social and moral responsibilities and spiritual development.

My constant prayer is that in the process of our becoming ever-more spiritually mature and with an increasing understanding of God’s curriculum and teaching style, that the human race will become one spiritually united family and shed forever the disunity and prejudices currently destroying our world.

Failing such a transformation, more and more people will continue to think we’d be better off without religion.

Merrill Muttart,

White Rock

Just Posted

Langley City prefers Skytrian but will acceot LRT , with conditions

Ciuncil decakred Skytrain “superior” to planned LRT connection during December closed-door meeting

Langley, Nelson, Abbotsford riders takes top spots in horse vaulting at BC Games

This weekend, athletes took to the Cowichan to deliver their best poses on horseback

TWU-as-Team-Canada wins three in Brazil

Spartans are representing Canada in the inaugural FISU America Games

Langley City considering funding fence to keep homeless away from condominium

Report to council cites issues of “defecation, drug consumption, discarded needles, littering”

2018 Aldergrove Fair photo gallery

Good times from pony rides and petting zoo to free MainStage concerts

BC Games: Day 3 wrap and closing ceremonies

The torch in the Cowichan Valley has been extinguished as Fort St. John gets ready to host the 2020 BC Winter Games

Police confirm girl, 8 others injured in Toronto shooting; shooter dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Why do they do it? Coaches guide kids to wins, personal bests at the BC Games

Behind the 2,300 B.C. athletes are the 450 coaches who dedicate time to help train, compete

Gold medallists at BC Games only trained together for 1 day

Ryan Goudron, Nathan Chan, Owen Pinto and Praise Aniamaka from Zone 4 - Fraser River ran together for the first time

Five taken to hospital after one of two Coquihalla accidents

One airlifted in critical condition, four taken via ambulance in stable condition

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

It is his first win at a major and the first by an Italian

Most Read