An international equivalent of “We the People” could provide goals toward peace for humankind.
Each of us is part of not only our family and culture and neighborhood and city and area and country and continent and globe but is part of humankind. Borrowing from Ralph Waldo Emerson (The American Scholar, 1837), humanity is composed of independently acting individuals, “just as the hand [is composed of] fingers, the better to answer its end.” If humankind succeeds, each element of humankind succeeds; each continent, each country, each area, each city, each neighborhood, each family, and each individual.
It seems most individuals just want to be free to live in peace. However, it seems no leaders help the people. Could it be that failure to recognize a few common goals prevents humankind from achieving the peace it deserves? If so, what goals should the people adopt and require of their leaders?
“We the People” seems defined in the Preamble to the US Constitution as people who wish to fulfill seven secular goals: unity, justice, tranquility, defense, prosperity, liberty, and continuity. Continuity would maintain the progress for future generations. The list is small because some goals are required by the stated goals; for example, justice and liberty require responsibility. So far, it seems America either lost or never accepted these noble goals. But there is nothing wrong with humankind helping one of its elements.
Considering the possibility of shared goals, could most human beings agree on the seven goals of “We the People?” What additions or deletions would be needed for agreement?
With a few shared goals, the elements of humankind could find paths to fulfillment.