In a world of ever-growing population and declining resources, humanity will face a great decision, a fundamental choice in which direction to go: Do nations compete and challenge each other for the remaining resources? Do they fight and struggle over who will control these resources and who will have access to these resources?
Will the wealthy nations of the world insist that their lifestyle must be preserved and therefore enter into competition and conflict with one another further degrading the rest of the world, robbing the poorer people of the world of their own ability to sustain themselves so that some grand or indulgent lifestyle can be maintained in the wealthy nations?
If humanity chooses this path, it will enter a period of prolonged conflict and permanent decline.
But if humanity chooses a different path, recognizing the inherent dangers involved in facing these Great Waves of Change, recognizing the seriousness of their reality and the great consequences that they can have for the well-being and for the future of humanity.
Wise individuals and leaders of nations and religious institutions can recognize that divided humanity will fail in the face of the Great Waves of Change; but united humanity can chart a new course, prepare for the impacts for the Great Waves of Change and set in course the beginnings of a greater cooperation and a greater unity than humanity as a whole has ever experienced before, generated now not by religious principles or by high ethics, but by sheer necessity itself.