There's no denying that the world is divided in many ways, both geographically and culturally. The prominence of war is simple proof of mankind's tendency to separate itself into specific groups based on religion, ethnicity, nationality and other factors. But this detachment is detrimental to humanity and inhibits societal peace that can lead to happier, healthier lives for all. That's why Ilchi Lee asks us to cast off our old identities and and take on a new one: Earth Citizen.
In his book, "Earth Citizen: Recovering Our Humanity," The New York Times bestselling author recognizes that people are diverse – in fact, its key to the beauty of humanity. But, as Lee illustrates, we are all united by one common factor: We are all citizens of this one magnificent planet. As such, the earth must be at the core of our personal values, and we must put forth effort to show respect and manage the planet's resources, as well as appreciating each other. Only when we realize the deep connection among all people under the sun can we come together to transform life on earth into a peaceful and sustainable existence.
"If you realize that no one in this universe is separate and alone, and that all are connected as One, you choose a life lived for the good of all life," Ilchi Lee wrote.
Becoming an Earth Citizen
To join Earth Citizen movement, one must shed their identity as an "American," "Korean" or other nationality. Rather, embrace your status as a resident of this marvelous planet. Override loyalties to these manmade ideals of patriotism, money and success, and treat all people as your neighbor. Take responsibility for your source of life – earth – and take tangible initiatives to keep the environment clean and healthy. Encourage others to join in on the movement, because the collective energy of many can accomplish much more than any one individual.
As people unite in the efforts to cherish and protect Mother Earth and the global community continues to grow and bond in common principles, she can restore her state of natural beauty and harmony for future generations to enjoy.
"Let us give future generations the gift of Earth citizenship by first giving it to ourselves," Ilchi Lee wrote.