Discretionary Reading Notice: This Writing is a mixture of Science Fiction (Philosophical Debate) and Science Fact writing.
"Once a photograph of the Earth taken from outside is available, a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose"
-Fred Hoyle, 1948.
We spent so much time looking outward towards the Stars in the 50's, 60's, and 70's and then we took so much for granted in the 80's, 90's, and early 00's that should not be taken for granted. We forgot to take a look inward, to reflect on what is now called the Global Consciousness. Global Consciousness is the idea that we are all interconnected on a lonely island in the galaxy. Some have coined it a spaceship, and others have quoted the earth as a battlefield. What we should realize is that we are all in this together and fighting each other is just plain retarded, pardon the use of this derogatory term, but it's the only one strong enough to fit. Some matters are well worth the saying despite the fact that it may be unpopular. You can start to see the whole picture of "Global Consciousness" at this page: http://themindunleashed.org/2013/10/strange-things-are-happening-to.html
If you never experience the "Overview" effect your view can be very limiting in nature - horizons of entire cultures must be updated by teaching each other the idea that at a bare minimum we must communicate the idea of "Global Consciousness" effectively. It is no longer a matter of when we all die together, but the fact of the matter is that Humanity will die together as we live together.
They say it much better over at The Mind Unleashed: http://themindunleashed.org/2013/10/strange-things-are-happening-to.html