We believe this is a project we are meant to write. We believe it comes from a place beyond our conscious minds, and for a purpose that is still revealing itself to us. "All We Need to Know" does not belong to us alone, but to a much larger community who, we hope, will be inspired to think more independently about their own purpose in life and how they might help improve the world that we all share.
This is an interactive site. We encourage visitors to listen to the songs, read the words, and then click on the forum link located under the title of each song to go to the discussion page related to that song. There you will find our thoughts about the songs as well as other listeners comments and interpretations of the songs and links provided by you and from our own ongoing evolving understanding of the songs.
The epitaph for Life on Earth's demise, should it come to pass, would not place blame solely upon humankind's insatiable greed and obsession with individuality, but would equally admonish humans for losing their faith in one another and for their inability to think or act as a global community.
The demagogic reverence of the individual, the sanctity of the self and the ideal of independence have created a dichotomy in which:
The social democratic principles founded upon the social contract which starts with the words, “We the people…” and which were designed to protect citizens, and their future generations, against the tyranny of the few, or of the one, have been demonized by those whose control of wealth, power and information would be significantly limited if the health, happiness, and welfare of average citizens were made a priority. As a result:
The right of an individual to amass a personal wealth that is beyond imagination is protected more vigorously than the survival of the very planet the wealth is derived from.
The wishes of un-elected, non-voting, special interest and lobby groups take priority over issues that a majority of the population are concerned with, such as; healthcare, gun ownership, uneven distribution of wealth, women’s issues, and the environment.
“Ever since the dawn of civilization, people have craved an understanding of the underlying order in the world. Today we still yearn to know why we are here and where we came from. Humanity's deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our continuing quest. And our goal is nothing less than a complete description of the universe we live in.” “If we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we would know the mind of God.”
Stephen Hawking – A brief history of time.
One of the main objectives of All We Need To Know is to show how we are all part of something that is greater than ourselves. That our actions do matter. And that we have a responsibility as stewards of life on Earth to sustain our existence and our quest for knowledge until the secrets of the universe have been revealed and until we can confidently say that we do now know the mind of God.
To act as gods before we have achieved this knowledge and to place ourselves above nature, just because we have discovered how to exploit it, is not only catastrophically dangerous, it is the greatest act of irresponsibility and of hubris imaginable.