Robert W. Malone
Human dignity demands the promotion of health. To be healthy is to be whole, to be whole is to be unfragmented, to be unfragmented is to be unified in body and spirit, and to be unified is to speak in one voice. But today we speak in many tongues; we are fragmented in politics, economics, and spirit; we have no leader; and, as a species, we have no dignity.
Perhaps this is to be expected. Humanity, after all, is only in its infancy. Our history would occupy less than a minute if we counted the time from the origin of the Earth to the present as one year. Given what we do know of our beginnings in the evolution of complex biological systems, it seems that something of a miracle has happened. Whether it be by the emergence of awareness from inert matter or by the emergence of matter from a morphogenetic consciousness, the development of our understanding over the millennia--through our creative activity in the sciences, the arts, and in commerce with one another--has led to a tiny, but crucial, recognition of the inherent nobility, worth, and divinity of awareness itself. But, as Christopher Hitchens has said, we stand "in the prehistory of the human race, where no tribalism can be better than another, and where humanism and internationalism, so much derided and betrayed, need an unsentimental and decisive restatement." 1 We are at a crossroads where we either promote poise, self-respect, and a reverence for one another and our place in the cosmos, or suffer terribly and die.
Some of the best minds in this century have intimated there is no hope. Arthur Koestler, for one, suggested that we are doomed because of Nature's evolutionary error in putting a cerebrum on top of an uncooperative lizard brain. 2 Koestler argued that our tendency to aggression is