From bands of hunter gatherers to chiefdoms. From city states to kingdoms. From nation states to global diasporas and the first photographs of Earth from space.
Now, we’re finally on the verge of seeing ourselves as an Us that includes everyone. 7.8 billion people. Other species. Future generations of both. All of us.
But the last century has also seen some of our darkest hours. Genocides. World wars. Poverty amid the greatest plenty we’ve ever known. Countless species gone for ever.
This is what happens when we fall into them-and-us thinking.
When we see ourselves as separate.
When collectively we forget what Martin Luther King, like many other messengers of a brighter future, knew:
That we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny, and that what affects one directly, affects all indirectly.