Lets spell this out. I suspect most of us want a world in which we can live in peace, knowing that we and our loved ones are safe except against natural hazards. Even with the latter we would like as much protection as possible through warnings of tsunamis, earthquakes etc. and given assistance with evacuations and other protection. Such a world would enable us to utilise all our abilities and talents for the good of our communities and earth itself.

Daily events suggest that we are a very long way from this. As humans we have made enormous advances in so many areas such as space travel and knowledge and prevention of diseases yet on a daily level we fail miserably. So many people still live in poverty and fear. Not only do we not take action to alleviate these but we add to them.

I don’t believe anyone has the right to take another person’s life and any country which allows this is behind the standard of civilisation reached by other countries which have banned it. The recent approved killing of a religious leader in one country has led to increased threats of violence in neighbouring countries. The ordinary people in all countries have the right to a better life than this.

Even in countries which have less violence there are still problems. The US president is opposed to his country’s gun laws but is prevented from taking action. There are so many places in the world where people are not allowed to be armed where the policy works peacefully yet, presumably, the US gun lobby is allowed to rule in that country in spite of it being labelled a democracy.

In Australia we are currently having problems with the behaviour of our elected members, including Parliamentary ministers. There has to be something wrong with an election system which lets these people stand. How can people be elected when they regard women as second class citizens and their language is that of the gutter? Meanwhile there is still plenty of poverty in the country which is being ignored.

We have such a long way to go before we can achieve the ideal world I started out with. I’d like to think that this is the century when we achieve world peace and prosperity yet we are quite a long way into it and don’t seem very far along the journey. We have a lot of work to do but if we do it collectively we can achieve it. A big problem will be identifying those who hop on board because they think there is something in it for them, either in terms of money or power. There are already too many of those running different countries in the world. They prevent us from reaching our full potential.