Light at the End of the Tunnel: A Survival Plan for the Human Speciesabracad, · Categories: books, environment, externally authored, spiritual politics, ufos
a book review by Gerard Aartsen
In his book, former Canadian Defense Minister Paul Hellyer calls for a truer, broader view of reality, one which embraces the fact of our interplanetary brotherhood of humanity, and acknowledges the serious threats to human survival on planet Earth. Published here courtesy of Share International magazine.
Former Canadian defence minister Paul Hellyer instantly rose to fame within the circles of disclosure and exopolitics activists when he declared, in a speech at the Exopolitics Toronto Symposium in September 2005, that "UFOs are as real as the airplanes flying overhead'' and that "the veil of secrecy must be lifted''.
In his recent book Light at the End of the Tunnel: A Survival Plan for the Human Species, Mr Hellyer likewise does not mince his words about the need for governments to get real about the problems confronting humanity, urging a view of what he calls a "broader'' versus a "narrow'' reality.
His heartfelt call for openness in all matters UFO came after he had learned that the authenticity of the Roswell crash, as described in a book by retired Colonel Philip J. Corso, was confirmed by a retired USAF general, who told him: "Every word of it is true, and more.'' Mr Hellyer's address also earned him, in his own words, "the dubious distinction of becoming the first person of cabinet rank from the G8 group of countries to say unequivocally that UFOs are real, we are not alone in the cosmos, and we had better get used to it''.
That this distinction is absolutely deserved becomes clear from Light at the End of the Tunnel in which the author connects the dots between what must be a unique array of subjects to many of his readers. And while most Share International readers will already be familiar with the interrelatedness of the challenges which Mr Hellyer analyzes in his book, they too will find it a breath of fresh air among the myriad books that seem bent on exponentially increasing the number of hysterical conspiracies — Earth-spun or of suspected extra-terrestrial origin.
Perhaps it is only to be expected that Light at the End of the Tunnel does not manage entirely to steer clear of conspiracy theories itself, given how much effort authorities worldwide have expended in keeping the fact of extra-terrestrial visitors and their technology out of the public domain by consistently covering up encounters and executing covert operations intended to confuse and scare the public. Overall, however, the book is that rare voice of reason from one who combines a lifetime of public service and a keen insight into the needs of the time, with an open-minded view of a broader reality which alone will guarantee the survival of humanity on this planet. The author's description of himself as a practising Christian shows that he is one of the true, tolerant kind, whose inclusive views are based on a solid understanding of the essential message of all the world's Teachers: "My philosophy can be summed up in three words: The Golden Rule.'' [i.e. To treat others as we ourselves would want to be treated.]
Before setting out on his extraordinary journey to connect dots in a way that eludes most present-day commentators, the author identifies three "principal elements'' that he says are required to "put the planet earth on the road to recovery and its inhabitants on a path of undeniable hope''. The first of these is "the availability of reliable sources of energy to replace fossil fuels''; the second is "a world culture of co-operation in contrast with the traditional desire to dominate and rule supreme''; and the third is a monetary and banking system that facilitates the transition from an economy that depends on oil and the perpetual slavery of the impoverished people of the world.
Injustice, whether economic, social, ecological, political, religious, or scientific, is indeed seen by the author as a major obstacle to salvaging the world. Thus it is that in one chapter he eloquently and movingly denounces the plight of the Palestinian people as he experiences the Israeli policy of oppression first-hand, and in another sums up all the compelling evidence of the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin that is ignored by debunkers; in the same chapter he identifies the ‘star' of Bethlehem as "one of God's spaceships''. He discards the outcome of the Copenhagen climate summit as ineffective, while demanding disclosure of the available extra-terrestrial technology, saying: "There is no doubt in my mind that the Star Visitors would give us the technology necessary to save the planet if we asked them to.''
With the same ease with which he gives an overview of convincing stories of contactees Mr Hellyer outlines the nefarious forces on Earth that are struggling with all their might to hold humanity in thrall to the economic power which they wield through constant warfare and conflict.
In the chapter 'Ending the World Financial Crisis', the author states his case for a complete restructuring of the global financial and economic system, pointing out with keen insight the flaws of the current reality, "where a combination of greed and incompetence can doom billions of people to lives of misery and hopelessness''. In the final chapter Mr Hellyer puts forward his "Political Agenda'', a list of comprehensive reforms and proposals which he ranks on a scale from "Absolutely Essential'' (such as full and complete disclosure, changes to the monetary and banking systems, a just Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement and protecting the environment), to "Desirable'' (for example universal healthcare).
In his introduction Mr Hellyer says that he started writing this book as an autobiography of the second half of his career, but because of his profound concern "about the future of the human species'' he decided to eliminate the historical section "to make space for more urgent concerns''. The result is a literary tour de force in which he brings together all the urgent matters concerning life on planet Earth. As such, Light at the End of the Tunnel: A Survival Plan for the Human Species proposes solutions that are based on principles which slowly but surely are dawning in the minds of practical, reasonable human beings who recognize the fact of the one humanity: sharing, justice and co-operation.
Paul Hellyer, Light at the End of the Tunnel: A Survival Plan for the Human Species. AuthorHouse, UK, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4490-7612-2.
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