As an individual raised in two very different parts of the world, Nepal and the United States, I developed a very holistic view of the world and life from a young age. I went to elementary school in Nepal, and I felt uncomfortable because of how my teachers would talk discriminatorily about people from other countries and religions. It didn’t make sense to me: why were they trying to teach me to hate, especially at such a young age? Over time, I began to lose faith in humanity, as I noticed a continuation of social tension and war in our species. But as I grew older, I grew more observant. I noticed that people of all cultures and walks of life do not set out to cause harm to one another. I realized that with hard work, cooperation, and structure, it truly can be possible to change the course of humanity.
The FusionFirm organization is a life-long project of mine. I was motivated to create this organization due to heightened social and political tensions across the world and environmental disasters such as climate change. I have always wanted to create something completely original that can also benefit society. This organization combines aspects of media, government, and business under one roof that promotes the sustainability of humanity.
Where FusionFirm wants to take the world
This century is one of the most important for humanity, as we are progressing towards a “Type One Civilization,” defined in science-fiction as a civilization or species that can utilize all the resources within its host planet. For the FusionFirm organization, Type One also means unity. The Internet is a good example of a type-one communicative system, because any person that can log on to the internet can communicate with one another, regardless of their location on this planet. The Internet links communication into one harmonious, unified system that has allowed our species to easily connect and communicate with one another.
The main force that halts our progression into a type one civilization is fragmentation. As of now, the world is divided into states, nation-states, religions and more. I am a proud believer that one should continue to love their faith and their country; however, saying that other countries and other religions are “bad” is not okay. Humanity naturally likes to form clusters of groups with similar interests, language and culture, which can also progress into countries and empires. It is also only human to say that people of other language, interests, countries, religion, are bad or inferior to their own. Not all humans foster that thought process, but many do. That inner hatred and feeling of superiority promotes social fragmentation, which can result to radicalism, hate crimes, war and death.
The root of conflict
The creation of a group and resentment towards other groups has created the most human conflict, ever since humanity’s creation of settlement and civilization approximately 20,000 years ago. World War 2, World War 1, the Crusades, The Korean war, The Vietnam War, Palestine and Israel, Sunnis and Shi’ites, fragmentation of Pakistan and India, Hindus and Muslims, Christians and Muslims, Hindus and Christians, the Roman empire, the Turks and the Byzantine Empire all have the same pattern: people put themselves into groups, they foster resentment, and then conflict occurs.
But one can still make an argument that most of human deaths aren’t due to war; they are mostly due to old age, thus showing that humans aren’t all radical and angry at each other.
The problem in this century is that social fragmentation might end our species all together. Right now, there are nine states that have nuclear weapons: United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea. Only the first five listed have signed the NPT, or “Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons,” which essentially stops a country from using a nuclear weapon for destruction and promotes countries to utilize nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Not only have India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea not signed the treaty, but the rest of the countries’ actions to utilize nuclear weapons for peaceful purposes are only promoted through trust.
The ultimate battle
For the human species, it is a battle between trust/compassion and hatred/resentment. In a treaty, countries must trust each other. But humans in the past have lost that trust and engendered hatred. Germany broke the Treaty of Versailles, which led to World War Two. We can’t allow humans to prioritize resentment over trust, and have it spark a nuclear war. That itself can lead to the end of our species, and an end to ever-progressing towards a type-one civilization.
That is what FusionFirm is about: promoting compassion and unity for our species. My company has three main aspects that work with each other. The first is FusionFirmMedia, which aims to educate the public on current global issues (climate change, rise of dictators and conflicts), and promotes kindness within people. I believe that it starts with the children: we should have a universal right or law preventing abuse against children or cease teaching them that other countries, religion, and people are bad. If children are taught compassion at an early age, it suppresses or might even completely diminish their feelings of hatred towards other groups in the future.
FusionFirmBusiness is the profit-oriented aspect of this organization, which will be selling everything from socks to solar panels in the future. Part of that profit margin will also go towards FusionFirmAid, which aims to give money to politically unstable and economically backward countries and governments for humanitarian aid.
Each of these variables act on each other. FusionFirmMedia increases publicity and awareness of our current human battle between trust and resentment. Media also increases publicity, which helps generate profit, which helps generate money for humanitarian aid.
I have only just begun this life-long project.
This corporation is going to take a lot of effort and time; however I do have the patience and the motivation to continue this creative project. In five years or so, I hope to exceed in all three aspects of my company functioning simultaneously.
FusionFirm’s website: fusionfirm.org to donate. If you have any questions about Shrey’s visit fusionfirm.org/contact.
Shrey Khanal is a junior studying economics and international relations at Syracuse University.