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
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.”