Occasionally, getting together with my colleagues from across the world, I’m suddenly reminded of how small the Earth is, and how many gulfs and divisions there are on this little planet.
Countries represented at our UK Away Day on Saturday included: US, Canada, Australia, China, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Brazil and no doubt a dozen more. We don’t have anyone (AFAIK) from Zimbabwe, Iraq, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Palestine or any of the other countries where things are ‘difficult’, and perhaps less westernised (by which I mean having access to decent sanitation, healthcare, world-wide communication systems like telephone and the internet, roads, railways, a stable economy etc. – the things which need to exist for a country to be part of a global community. I have strong opinions on morality, fundamentalist religion and various systems of government, but I don’t mean to bring them into this post.)
I’d love to see the world made whole; for people from every country to be working with people from every other. There will always be ‘difficulties’ wherever there’s a difference of opinion, but there are so many challenges thrown at us by nature that it seems a waste for us to be making our own. I’d love to see this happen within my lifetime. It seems as though it should be possible.
If the world started working together, we’d finally be able to concentrate on the real issues, like sorting out Earth’s environment and colonising Mars. If humanity isn’t going to be a blip in the cosmos then we’ve got to get off planet at some point in the future. It’ll take generations to achieve. It’ll take some brave pioneers, and I don’t doubt that people will die trying. It’ll mean taking technology to limits that we can imagine, but not yet realise. It’s going to be exciting, and fun, and scary. I won’t be around to see it, but I can see the start of it here in my own office; we’ve just been introduced to three gentlemen who are joining our client from India.
The world is getting smaller. I wonder how long it will be before we decide that it’s not big enough any more.