A new ethic is required — a new attitude toward discharging our responsibility for caring for ourselves and for the earth. We must recognize the earth’s limited capacity to provide for us. We must recognize its fragility. We must no longer allow it to be ravaged. This ethic must motivate a great movement, convincing reluctant leaders and reluctant governments and reluctant peoples themselves to effect the needed changes.
The scientists issuing this warning hope that our message will reach and affect people everywhere.
We need the help of many.
We require the help of the world community of scientists — natural, social, economic, political;
We require the help of the world’s business and industrial leaders;
We require the help of the world’s religious leaders; and
We require the help of the world’s peoples.
We call on all to join us in this task.

Notice that, while in 1992 the scientists issued a call to humanity for a NEW ETHIC, in enlisting help they did not list PHILOSOPHERS. The “the world’s business and industrial leaders“, the “world’s peoples” and even the “world’s religious leaders” made it into the list, in addition to the “world community of scientists — natural, social, economic, political”.

I cannot help but repeat the translation of the Heart Sutra, provided by a friend and former Buddhist monk, that i just (synchronistically) ran into in the library – between log-in breaks 🙂

Gone,

gone,

long gone.