We are at a crossroads in which the beliefs of the past and the images of the futures have collided, with both trying to impose themselves on the other.
In a few decades the world has become planetary, creating unprecedented intercommunication between peoples and cultures, and an inter-penetration of their traditions, beliefs, values, their ways of life and conceptions of the world.
Simultaneously, technological advances are creating an opening towards new horizons and are awakening aspirations that were dormant but are now pushing human beings to want to go beyond what we already know, beyond the allowable limits of space and time.
The repercussions of planetarisation are challenging the way we see and interpret the world. In this irreversible and accelerating current, those who hold the reins of power are trying to deviate planetarisation towards globalisation, in other words, they are trying to impose a uniformity on everything they touch, valuing everything in monetary terms in order to put it all at the service of their own interests, destroying every socio-cultural difference there is and creating a world of conflict, revenge and destruction.
Nevertheless, in this asphyxiating world, a new sensibility is starting to appear strongly; the sensibility of humanity with a heightened vision in which can be seen some signs that are worthwhile investigating and go deeper into, namely; that human life is the central value in society while the environment and other species are protected; that all human beings must have the same opportunities; that no one can be discriminated against; and that everyone has the right to discover their existential dimension and legitimately ask themselves about the meaning of their lives.
But, how can these aspirations become reality? How can we respect and value the lifestyles that others have chosen? How can we respect different cultural expressions? How can we favour the freedom of beliefs and ideas so that they may be freely expressed? How can we endow all human beings with equal rights and opportunities in terms of education, healthcare and quality of life, for example? How can we make sure that scientific and technological progress is always put at the service and for the benefit of humanity? How can we establish a new social methodology based on nonviolence and non-discrimination?
Without doubt, what unites us will help us to answer these questions.
Conscious of the collapse of today’s society and of the new challenges we’re faced with, it would be good to imagine ourselves together, men, women and diverse organisations, helping each other in solidarity to investigate the new models and paradigms that we need and to construct a path that leads us to that new world we aspire to: a Universal Human Nation.