Jim Murray in Lifestyle, Professions, Workers, Careers, Communications and journalism Creative Director, Writer, Art Director, Project Manager • Onwords & Upwords Inc Aug 12, 2019 · 1 min read · 3.0K

Earthling 39,746,609,221

Earthling 39,746,609,221That’s me. Been around more than 70 years. Seen a lot of shit go down. Seen wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan. Seen men on the moon, and other men who got blown up on the way there.

Seen Elvis and the Beatles and Springsteen and Dylan. All those guys.

Got educated. Lived in a few places. Had a career in a great business. Owned a total of 6 houses over the years. Traveled from one end of my country to the other a couple of times.

Had religion then lost it. Know people from all over the world. Found true love and managed to hold onto it. Watched the world on the news almost every night.

And through all the shit, all those highs and lows, all that adventure, all those jobs, all those people who have come and gone in my life, I never gave one fucking single solitary thought to the idea that we might all somehow be different from each other.

Because I have always believed that we are just Earthlings.

I’m an Earthling. I currently live on a planet with about 7 billion other Earthlings.

We are all the same at our core. Sure, we believe different things. We do different things. We want different things. All that stuff.

Some of us are insane, most of us aren’t. Some of us hate, most of us love. Some of us want to slow the world down so they can make more money from it, most of us want the world to move forward so that we can solve the challenges that we face as Earthings.

We can no longer afford the luxury of being white or black or brown or yellow. We can no longer afford the arrogance of thinking that some of us are better than others of us. We can no longer afford to keep ourselves separated from each other by man-made boundaries and outmoded ideas of who is who.

We are all fucking Earthlings.

Any differences between us are superficial and really don’t matter. We all want the same thing in the end and that is to keep on being Earthlings. To make the world safe for all Earthlings, especially the younger ones.

But this can never happen as long as we remain focused on our differences and don’t celebrate and take full advantage of our similarities.

We are all Earthlings. This is the only planet we have. But some of us are fucking it up, and all of us are going to suffer.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. We have proven it in small ways all over the world. With innovations and ideas and ways of thinking about how we solve our problems. These ideas need to be adopted universally, for the benefit of all Earthlings.

Now is the time for all Earthlings to start thinking the same way about the future. Or there simply isn’t going to be one.

I am an Earthling. And so are you. Anything else? Not important. Not even a little.

Stephano Gomez Aug 13, 2019 · #8

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And the beat goes on! Nice one, @Jim Murray.

Cyndi wilkins Aug 12, 2019 · #6

A great one to 'take a knee' and ponder our connectedness @Jim Murray...We are all ambassadors for change...each valuable in his or her own way. What is paramount to the health of the planet and the up and coming generations of new leaders is the health of the 'family dynamic'...Keeping families together would be a great place to start;-)

Praveen Raj Gullepalli Aug 12, 2019 · #5

#4 The millennials and the next gen have the potential and perspective Lada to change things. They can see through all the hypocrisy, fakes, lies and deception and are brave enough to protest, question and fight back.

But first we need to ease off a bit, take our finger off that self-destruct button, give them some space...and air to breathe!

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Lada 🏡 Prkic Aug 12, 2019 · #4

As Praveen said, those are beautiful thoughts, Jim. Unfortunately, many Earthlings don't share such a way of thinking. But I still have faith in humanity and am optimistic about the future - intelligence will grow and beat stupidity (you can call me naive).
BTW I tried to figure out the number from the post title. How did you get this number (ca. 40 billion)?

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Debasish Majumder Aug 12, 2019 · #3

nice insight @Jim Murray! enjoyed read and shard. thank you for the buzz.

Praveen Raj Gullepalli Aug 12, 2019 · #2

Amen to all those beautiful thoughts Jim. It don't matter who we are, where we've been, what we've seen and so on (it does matter a lot of course to the selfish, pompous and self-destructive). All that matters is what we are doing to this beautiful planet...and to each other (instead of 'for' each other).

Was reading up on the clinical and methodical destruction of the lungs of the Earth in Brazil the other day, authorised by moronic powers that be. Amazon would soon be gone at this rate. It felt like a distraught, distended scream at the top of my head after I had mentally hammered my toe with...Thor's hammer! Still ringing in my ears.

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Pascal Derrien Aug 12, 2019 · #1

Now is the time …… indeed Nice one @Jim Murray

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