Animal Writes
24 January 1999 Issue

Why Not?

1,769,406 dollars per minute (29,490 dollars per second!) is spent on earth
for military purposes. 1/2 of 1% of the annual world military budget could buy
enough farm equipment to enable food deficit countries to approach self
sufficient food production in 5-10 years. Two weeks of the world military
expenses (7-8 billion dollars) would give all the underdeveloped countries
potable water. The cost of a single Trident submarine (1.7 billion dollars) would
provide medical care for the 40,000 children who perish every day from
preventable diseases.

In the latter half of this century we have developed, for the first time, a world
destruction capability.

We have, however, also developed a world communications network.

With the human endeavor to reach the moon, we have been provided with a
view unique in human history. . . a whole world view.

In order to begin to formulate a vision of world peace, it will be necessary to
realize our whole world view for what it is: a wonderful and unique home in the
blackness of space; an incredible fabric of life woven from the elements and
endowed with spirit. As stewards for the planet and its inhabitants, we must ask
each other. . .

Why Not World Peace?

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