Have we forgotten anything while improving the material comfort of our world?
The speech in the accompanying video is from the ending of the 1940 movie, "The Great Dictator", in which Charlie Chaplin plays both Adolf Hitler, whom he mocks, and a poor but reasonably happy Jewish barber in Nazi Germany. Of course, the two identities get switched in the course of the film.
The words in this speech apply well not only to the war that threatened the world in 1940 and that took so many lives; these words also apply to humanizing today's world and changing the priorities from building wealth and technology at all costs, to preserving human values and the health of the planet.
My lifelong pursuit, since age 18, has been to live more fully and find wisdom. This has involved studies with Zen masters, Tai Chi masters, and great psychotherapists while achieving my license as a gestalt therapist and psychoanalyst.
Along the way, I became aware of how the planet is under great stress due to the driven nature of human activity on this planet.
I believe that the advancement of human well-being will reduce societies addictive behaviors, and will thus also help preserve the environment and perhaps slow down the effects of global warming and other major threats to the health of human societies.