The 72nd Ses­sion of the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly was held in the UN head­quar­ters in New York City where top politi­cians gath­ered to dis­cuss how to pre­serve sta­bil­ity, se­cu­rity, hu­man rights and in­ter­na­tional law as well as how to re­form the UN and to cre­ate mo

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What does it mean to have a des­tiny? And are we des­tined to know the truth of our own rea­son for ex­is­tence, as in­di­vid­u­als, as na­tions—as a race? These are the ques­tions of the age—the Hu­man Age—if we de­sire to go higher, and not merely ex­pire.

With yet another UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly (UNGA 72) con­clud­ing, one that set our col­lec­tive con­scious­ness on “Fo­cus­ing on Peo­ple: Striv­ing for Peace and a De­cent Life for All on a Sus­tain­able Planet,” per­haps it would be use­ful to look at the state of mankind un­der its cur­rent set of rules, games, con­di­tions.

We seek na­tions united. In a world that re­mains di­vided. With each serv­ing their role in part, yet fall­ing well short of the whole that may only be re­al­ized when the many act as—and be­come—one. I speak of unity, of a united face, one that un­der­stands, em­brace the vi­tal role that each coun­try, each in­di­vid­ual plays in as­sur­ing the whole re­mains vi­able, sus­tain­able. And by “whole,” we are talk­ing about hu­man­ity in its en­tirety.

A United Na­tions. United by ideals. Di­vided by de­grees of will­ing­ness, co­op­er­a­tive­ness, and in­no­va­tive­ness.

The proof is on dis­play. The case stud­ies are many. Con­flict. Cli­mate change. Clean food, wa­ter, health is­sues. Hu­man be­ings and our less than ad­mirable do­ings. Any me­dia view will pro­vide am­ple ex­am­ples of a num­ber of games in play that con­trib­ute to this di­chotomy of di­rec­tion, this dishar­mony of hu­man­ity. Games that had their ge­n­e­sis in child­hood but have be­come trag­i­cally fa­mil­iar on the adult stage. The boys grew up. The games re­main the same. And these “games” tell a story of the fate of hu­man­ity liv­ing the def­i­ni­tion of in­san­ity: the same games, over and over, with the ex­pec­ta­tion of a dif­fer­ent out­come.

From Cap­ture the Flag, where one team de­fends its in­ter­ests against an ag­gres­sor that has but one mis­sion: take what the other has and leave them empty handed.

Or Mu­si­cal Chairs, where there ex­ists one less chair than the num­ber of play­ers, thus guar­an­tee­ing there will al­ways be some­one left out­side the group.

And maybe we can re­call the famed Si­mon Says, where one plays the leader and all the rest are sys­tem­at­i­cally elim­i­nated un­til no one is left stand­ing. There are those who pro­pose a new game. One forged by the high­est set of rules, doc­u­mented by rule­books of var­i­ous struc­tures, sys­tems, be­liefs that gov­ern peo­ple un­der the high­est author­ity—our in­tegrity. For the mo­ment, let’s call it the One Sum Game, a game where no hu­man be­ing of his do­ing may corner the mar­ket on the com­mod­ity known as hu­man­ity. This en­sures the high­est laws at work—na­ture and be­yond. One where all must play. No ex­cep­tions. If you’re here, you’re in.

In the One Sum Game, each player con­trib­utes his or her value to the cause at hand. Let’s call this cause the “Sur­vivals of the Species.” Where one player lacks in vi­sion, ex­per­tise, re­source, the others fill the void ac­cord­ingly, in ac­cord with the be­fore men­tioned high­est laws (re­minder: all must play and no one is al­lowed to lose). In this game, na­tions con­trib­ute what they can, what they know, have, tak­ing turns in the lead­er­ship role in ac­cor­dance with their knowl­edge and abil­i­ties—with proper checks and bal­ances in place in case one dare for­get the true pur­pose of the game at hand. The ta­ble is round. Ev­ery­one par­tic­i­pates. No one is left be­hind. There still re­mains free choice, but only one will. For in the One Sum Game, one only wins when all win. There are no losers. The game is over only when all play­ers have made it safely home. Where hu­man­ity meets with in­tegrity, the only out­come al­lowed un­der the law that gov­erns all.

Con­fu­cius shared, “The strength of a na­tion de­rives from the in­tegrity of the home.”

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