“A central question for this moment in history is how do we collectively navigate a crescendoing wave of crises and move toward planetary resilience and thriving?
“….it is our task — those of us alive in the early 21st Century — to ride out the storm keeping our humanity intact. This means we need to know with certainty what it means to be human. There are a lot of people spreading false stories about what it means to be human.
“Now is the time to tell a different story. One based on the best of our knowledge rather than the worst of our moral failings. Humans are profoundly social. We are born vulnerable and absolutely depend on adult caregivers for our survival in our early years and throughout our lives. We are profoundly moral. We feel inequality as a physical stress and seek fairness in our dealings with others.
“Humans are wired for empathy, which is why it hurts so much to see the suffering of others when a new crisis strikes. And herein lies the pathway to our salvation. We can bring comfort to one another. Give hugs and words of moral support when needed. Offer a hand up to those in need. Lift our own hand in need when we reach the limits ourselves.
“There are now millions of us working hard to guide our civilization through the largest process of social change the Earth has ever known. You are not alone.”
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