Chapter 2: The New Man: A Citizen of the World
One of the titles of the master’s press is a History of the Future. It is a book that puts together all the views of the known prophecies about our future, and tries to show what our world will be like in two hundred years. Since your views of the human race and this planet are very specific, we would love to include your views of what man will go through and of how he will go through it.
The first thing to be remembered about my attitude about the future is that all predictions are guesswork. The future remains always unknown and takes strange turns which no one would have ever conceived.
Moreover, my approach to life is to not be bothered with past and future. The past is no more, the future is not yet - all that we have got in our hands is this moment. The past is dead and the future is unborn.
Keeping this approach in mind, I would like to say a few words. First, there is every possibility that there will be no future as far as life is concerned. We are coming closer to a dead-end street. It is sad to recognize the fact, but it is good to recognize it, because then there is the possibility of taking a different turn. As things are moving today, the logical conclusion is a global suicide.
There is only one hope: that life does not follow logic, that it is irrational. If it was rational, mathematical and logical, then you could not give more than twenty years to life on this earth.
The reasons are five:
First, the nuclear weapons are piling up every day. Right now, only five countries are nuclear powers. Within twenty years, twenty-five more countries will have joined the nuclear club. Thirty countries will have nuclear weapons. Already we have so much nuclear power that the whole earth can be destroyed seven times. And this will show you the insanity of man. Now what is the point of piling up more and more nuclear weapons?
Everybody is not a Jesus Christ, and everybody is not going to be resurrected again and again and again - seven times. The truth is, even Jesus himself was never resurrected, because in the first place he never died.
Just the other day the prime minister of the Soviet Union, Gorbachev, said, “It is not possible to calculate how much destructive energy is already available.” Just one submarine - and there are thousands of submarines moving underwater carrying nuclear weapons - just one submarine is equal to hundreds of second world wars. So the first problem is nuclear weapons.
The second problem is the immense rate of population growth. By the end of this century we will have seven billion people on the earth. And the earth is so heavily exploited that it cannot support that much population. Fifty percent of the population has to die simply of hunger. And just think, if fifty percent of the people die, what will be the situation of the living ones? There will be nobody even to carry their corpses to the graveyard; they will be rotting in your streets, in your neighborhood, even in your own house. The whole world will have become a vast graveyard, stinking of death.