receding. Truth is no longer expected. Deceit is now condoned as being necessary for success.
With the loss of truth, trust becomes impossible, and, of course, with the loss of truth and trust,
love becomes unimaginable and meaningless. The irony, of course, is that it is not hard to find
adequate instruction for a better way. The sages of the ages, The Buddha, Confucius, Socrates,
Christ and more recently the great poet John Donne, to name a few, have outlined in detail the
path we must follow should Utopia be attainable. The great truth revealed by all of these
ancient figures that we foolishly pay lip service to but fail to heed is brotherhood. We are our
brother's keeper. How could we have gotten it so wrong? As a Secular Humanist, I have long
contended that the book of Genesis, with its tale of Adam and Eve being evicted from the
garden of Eden after eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge, is but a myth to
depict the dawning of man's awareness of his own existence. By virtue of this knowledge and
in the interest of survival, it became the onerous obligation of man to be responsible for those
of his kind. "We belong to each other." Buddha, "Do your best for others." Confucius, "I am a
citizen of the world " Socrates. "Do unto others"" Christ, "No man is an island" John Donne.
But in spite of all the warnings modern man seems bent on alienation. How has this come
about? Could this idea of competition we take such pride in be the culprit? I believe It may be.