Carl Sagan describes the human species as essentially ethnocentric. I have to agree with his description because I realize that I am very ethnocentric myself. I love my immediate family the most, and those people of my family that live farther away I love much less. When I was in high-school I always wanted my school's football team to win. Why? Because it was my
school, and I always wanted my school to win.
It's generally the same in politics. American politicians (most, anyway) have an ethnocentric view of progress. They seem to think that the whole world revolves around just one nation: the United States of America, and they reveal this in the speeches that they make. They will talk all about America from America's perspective. America must do this, and America must do that. It is rare to find a politician with a world-wide perspective, not to mention a Galaxy perspective!
The last president that I know of that had a world-wide perspective was John F. Kennedy. He realized that no matter what each and every nation's differences were at the time, we all occupy this small planet in this vast Universe. We don't have to end all wars for just America's sake, but we must end all wars for the world's sake!
Indeed, I see some of this world-perspective in the next prospective president, Kerry. Kerry talks about the advance of science, and the progress not just of America, but of the world. I like it when politicians aren't running just at an American perspective but at a citizen of this small planet perspective. When they take into account the bigger picture they can make decisions that will both benefit America and the world. I believe that so far George Bush has shown that he has a limited perspective on things. He's concerned about the immediate self-gratification of just one country of many. (I think you know which one this is). He seems to have no concern for the consequences as long as those consequences lay outside the borders of America.
I hate to flip and make this a political thing, but I have to. There are only 5 more days to register to vote, so all of you who havent registered, register now! Vote in November and change America for the betterment of the entire world.
I'm for Kerry, and I hope that you are too.
God bless (if there is a God).
Sincerely, Arthur (Tury)