The crew of a single ship
“Why hate one another? We stand together, carried through space by the same planet, the crew of a single ship. If it is good that civilizations compete to promote new syntheses, it is monstrous that they devour one another.“ (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in “Terre des Hommes“ / “Wind, Sand and Stars“, 1939)
“…carried through space by the same planet“ – yes, there have never been more compelling indications for this statement: We are able to switch continents or reach the far side of the globe in a matter of hours; an International Space Station orbits the earth and provides photographic evidence in high resolution, space probes have taken images of the Earth from far distances – a small dot in the depth of the universe.
And the more we expand our perspective, the clearer we see how small, delicate, fragile and even finite our shimmering blue home really is – within this vast expanse of the universe.
Never would we question the fact that clarity, alertness and capacity for teamwork are of prime importance aboard a ship, aeroplane or space station, in order to help safeguard everyone’s life. Groups of people sharing a communal fate such as the one of US Airways Flight 1549 (Hudson River Emergency Landing, 2009) who were able to survive thanks to this clarity, alertness and capacity for teamwork remain closely connected for a lifetime.
But don’t we have every reason to feel this deep bond of connection with all that lives? With every plant, every animal and every human being – indeed, with our entire planet?
Inner connection plus the recognition of interdependence are the most powerful arguments for collaboration, dialogue, forgiveness, love and trust: we are “the crew of a single ship.” Let us honour the short span of our stay on this “ride” in thankfulness for the unique opportunity of being part of a great miracle!
We all hold the same right of residence and share the same great responsibility: the responsibility for our inner space whose individual quality ultimately lays down the foundation for the outer reality in which we live.
On the basis of this fundamental idea, PEACE300 wants to create “Space for Peace”: Space for an unshakeable inner stance that recognizes any “mutual destruction”, every form of hatred and violence as being untenable for every creature, “carried through space by the same planet”.