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by Mark Klempner

In the Bible we read that God created the world in six days, but took 40 days to partially destroy it in the flood. I wish the human race could operate more like that. Instead we’ve developed weapons of mass destruction that can obliterate us in a flash, but we seem to lack the capacity to rebuild, repair, and heal ourselves with any kind of speed. Isn’t it time we realized that the future depends on our ability to create, not to destroy?

     The Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP), a grassroots organization that recently emerged from the religious left, has proposed the Global Marshall Plan under which the United States, followed by other major industrialized nations, would dedicate at least 1 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) each year for the next 20 years to substantially reduce or eliminate global and domestic poverty, homelessness, hunger, inadequate education, inadequate health care, and to ameliorate the physical damage we’ve done to our planet. During that time, economic, industrial, environmental, and political strategies could be developed and implemented to help make the gains permanent.


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