An Appeal for Life on Earth
commit to live each moment for maximum benefit to the future of Life on Earth
We belong to a tradition that is billions of years old: Life on Earth. This most venerable tradition has the potential to continue for vast ages and countless generations.
Our actions today, even our small actions, hold great consequences for all potential future generations. Because of this, the moral weight of our actions upon the future is truly immense. Yet we justify our lack of concern for the future of Life on Earth. We give up on our own potential to learn or to be ethical. We place smaller commitments above that to the future of Life itself. We numb our hearts to the reality of the real world through distracting pasttimes or hateful ideologies.
What losses have we justified? The loss of 99% of all wildlife, the loss of over half of all ecosystems, of over half of nonrenewable resources, of reckless development and use of massive weapons. We have used our power of justification to cover so many thefts and attacks upon the future generations who depend upon us.
Your own skills have so much potential through dedicated and high quality education. Likewise, you have real potential to develop greater morality and sanity and to step above the petty concerns of today. There is no need to surrender your life to things that do not help our great tradition of Life on Earth. You deserve to not have your hours be wasted and fruitless. You deserve to live with dignity.
Identify how you can live your life to increase the chance that you will make the right decisions. For example, you might