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Earth report to the people of Ombra

Earth too divided and too violent for a partnership

 

Dear co-planetarians,

We are glad to be back from our mission to Earth. This planet looked very promising but after visiting it, we were quite disappointed about the civilization we found there – or rather the shortage of it.

Earth is beautiful and could indeed be even more beautiful, but all things considered, it is too hostile to establish direct contact or set up a partnership.

The natural environment is quite similar to Ombra’s, but the way Nature is treated there is simply beyond belief. It is treated in a predatory way. Earthians deliberately damage it and do not invest sufficiently in making or keeping Nature healthy. Earthians or at least many of its leaders do not seem to understand they are depleting Nature and thus jeopardizing Earth’s survival.

Many human activities still cause a lot of pollution and so damage the health of Nature and of Earthians themselves. Many thousands of them die or become ill as a result of pollution.

Earth is divided in about 200 different countries. Some of these are more advanced than others in terms of economic and technological development. Some countries are extremely poor, leaving millions of Earthians to die because of the lack of food and water or the lack of basic medical care.

Why such enormous differences? Throughout Earth’s history, different tribes, peoples and countries have fought each other for different reasons, the main ones being the ownership of land and other resources, the struggle for power, the exploitation of other people, the gathering of money and prestige, religious superiority… This has led to incredible amounts of money and people being lost to the destruction (of resources and people). The destruction still goes on and on, with new and more destructive weapons being developed continuously, the dominating belief being that violence has to be combated with violence. Too little is done to combat the reasons behind the violence.

The economic system on Earth, called capitalism, allows such differences to be perpetuated and even strengthened. A limited group of Earthians can build up enormous riches, often by exploiting other Earthians. Many of the products sold on Earth are made in countries with low wages and limited legislation to protect human rights and the environment. Workers often have to work long hours in abominable conditions and get paid very little in comparison with the price consumers have to pay for those products.

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