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This idea needs a lot more examination than it got. "Nation States" have been responsible for most of the major catastrophes recently.

Nation States came from a "People's " reaction to Feudalism, and was originally supposed to be a unified Ethnic group. They were corrupted by success, and became Empires, made up of warring factions. Look at the US. They are intrinsically unstable, since they are based on force and/or fraud, and have no obvious other way of settling disputes with "others". They are basically like the Greek City-States, which evolved into Cities. (Civilization) But cities have solved their political problems by means of Laws, etc Nations cannot do this, because their "principles" do not involve respect for any OTHER nation state. That would be contradictory If you want to see how this all turns out, look at pre Dynastic Chinese History: the "Period of Warring States", They tried everything: Alliances, Balance s of Power, NATO, etc. it all failed.

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    Apr 21 2013: Shawn, the unification of humanity is a natural feature of our moral trajectory. As Chaplin said in the speech below, "The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass and dictators die; and the power they took from the people will return to the people and so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Let us all unite!! Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie! They do not fulfill their promise; they never will. Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people!! Now, let us fight to fulfill that promise!! Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness." Amen. Rest in peace, Mr. Chaplin. I care much for what Christians want, and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, too. I also know all of these groups are united under Homo sapien, and I care much more about the needs of humanity than the wants of its organized religions. Jesus, Moses, Muhammad and Abraham had more in common than their followers do. We ought to understand they were all just striving to be good, as we all should. As, one day, we all will.
    • Apr 21 2013: In a Buddhist sense, I agree with you that Humanity already IS "united". There is only ONE" Race" in Science. But Reality creates all kinds of problems: It is hard to think of any Banana Republic Dictator who did NOT seek to promote "Unity", sometimes by means of violence and atrocities. If you read the speeches of some of our most famous dictators, you will find many themes in common with what you are proposing. Most of them thought they were doing a good thing, which their enemies could not appreciate. So , a proper recognition of the "Unity" that already exists is a good thing, but any program to promote "Unity" of the usual kind is very dubious..
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        Apr 21 2013: I do not know what you mean by, "unity of the usual kind." Human civilization has never achieved unity. To call it 'usual' is odd to me. If you mean what I suspect you do -- that sometimes evil masquerades as good -- than I agree, but just as much of a threat to human civilization is a lack of effort where discerning right and wrong are concerned. As Theodore Roosevelt put it, "The fool who has not sense to discriminate between what is good and what is bad is well-nigh as dangerous as the man who does discriminate and yet chooses the bad. There is nothing more distressing to every good patriot, to every good American, than the hard, scoffing spirit which treats the allegation of dishonesty in a public man as a cause for laughter."

        Cynicism is brewing in our uninformed world, and rightly so. There is a vast, deep well of injustice. Islands of wealth can only ignore seas of poverty for so long. The seas are rising. Soon the flood will come. In a few thousand years, humanity will rule itself, and "science and progress will lead to all men's happiness."
        • Apr 21 2013: If you read history, much of it is a recitation of how various Rulers, achieved" Unity" like Rulers of Russia conquering various assorted neighbors such as Poles, and Ukrainians, or in more recent times, Chechens. Or in our own history, "Unity" was achieved (they say) by a "Union" victory over the Confederates, who didn't want a Union, only a Confederacy. There were "Germans" at least since Roman times, but they only achieved "Unity" , somewhat , in the late 19th C. This is such a common use of the term, that's why I call it.usual.

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