From a commencement address at Johns Hopkins University yesterday by Sol Linowitz, former ambassador to the OAS and negotiator of the Panama Canal Treaties:
We have been living at a time that has been called both the age of anxiety and the age of science and technology. Both are accurate, for indeed one feeds on the other. As our scientific and technological competence has increased, so have our fears and our anxieties.
No one needs to remind us that this moment may be one of the most fateful in all the long history of mankind. By that I mean far more than whether glasnost and perestroika will succeed. I am talking about whether the human intellect, which has invented such instruments of total destruction as nuclear weapons, can now develop ways of peace that will keep anyone regardless of ideology, race or nation from pushing the fatal button.
In the past men have warred over frontiers; they have come into conflict over ideologies; they have fought to better their daily lives. But today such struggle overlaps the other in a vast human upheaval that touches upon every phase of our existence -- national and international, religious and racial.
Part of that upheaval is as old as hunger. Part is as new as launching a telescope in space. The overriding fact is that today we are all part of a global society in which peace and prosperity have become truly indivisible.
And the fact is, whether we like it or not, either we will all survive together, or none of us will. Either we will all share in the world's bounty, or none of us will.