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I am inviting you to put your mind in a space that is different from the surrounding noise. The conversations in the last 2 days have been revolving around the same concerns regarding war.

Let’s take a step back. In the last few days, I kept going back to the following statement from Buckminster Fuller in his “Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth” (1963).  “Our little Spaceship Earth is only eight thousand miles in diameter, which is almost a negligible dimension in the great vastness of space. . . . Spaceship Earth was so extraordinarily well invented and designed that to our knowledge humans have been on board it for two million years not even knowing that they were on board a ship.”

These words were written at the height of the cold war, 1963. In these moments of geopolitical tensions, these words of wisdom put everything in perspective. It’s a strong reminder that we are called to elevate our mindset and start to understand each other on this planet, learn from each other, create new models of communications that are not based on the competitive mindset that has prevailed up to now in the world.

So in moments like the ones we going through now, I think it’s of utmost importance to create bridges of understanding by learning about history, learning new languages, learning about other cultures.

In fact, in WAR and PEACE, Tolstoy’s true motivation was to remind us about the power of love. He asks us to “Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly.”

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