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Patterns of Thought and Human Survival: Holism vs. Fragmentation

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In other words, the Earth Constitution begins with the wholes of which we are all necessary parts: the wholeness of humanity, the wholeness of civilization, and the wholeness of our planetary ecosystem. The Earth Constitution embodies the holistic wisdom of a century of scientific thought. The only possibility for human survival and creating a decent future for our children comes from thinking in terms of these wholes, and deriving our economic, political, and consumer actions from these wholes. The parts fall into their proper places within the harmony of the wholes when we begin in this way. If we begin with the parts (my nation, my private property, my company, my religion, my ethnicity, my race) then we inevitably will fail as a species and as human beings.

The 14th session of the Provisional World Parliament just took place in Kolkata, India, December 27-29th. The Parliament operates under Article 19 of the Earth Constitution. In other words, the Parliament begins with the whole of humanity and our planetary ecosystem and operates from that wholeness. We passed two major World Legislative Acts: one merging the entire UN system into the Earth Federation under the Constitution and another creating a Global Sustainability Directorate (GSD) that integrates all UN and international organizations working for sustainability into a single organizational whole, encouraging cooperation and an integrated approach to saving our collapsing environment [5].

The UN's current set of Sustainable Development Goals are neither adequate (in terms of what needs to be done if we want to survive climate collapse), nor are they achievable under the current UN Charter that is merely a treaty of militarized sovereign nation-states in a competitive and conflictive relationship to one another. The UN Merger Act and its complementary Global Sustainability Directorate lay down the pattern for the holistic thought and action that are necessary if we want to end world militarism and create for ourselves a decent, sustainable future on this planet. These legislative acts think holistically, just as the Earth Constitution establishes a holistic world system based on the realities that science has discovered: the holism of humanity and our planetary ecosystem.

There is no other way into the future. We must begin thinking and acting holistically now, or we will only further descend into chaos and mutual destruction on this planet. We need to study and promote the Constitution for the Federation of Earth in every possible venue and forum. We need to be thinking about it and how to actualize it in every aspect of our workplaces, our lives, our politics, and our scientific endeavors. The entire future is at stake: either we think and act holistically or we end up destroying both ourselves and our precious planetary home.

(Glen T. Martin is President of the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA), professor of philosophy and chair of the Peace Studies Program at Radford University in Virginia, and author of ten books on human liberation, earth federation, and the development of democratic world law.)


[1], 18 January 2016.

[2], 9 December 2015.

[3] See, e.g., Harris, Errol E. Apocalypse and Paradigm: Science and Everyday Thinking, 2000.

[4], 30 January 2016.

[5] These can be found at

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