Will the worst predicted consequences of climate change do us in? Or, will we go out, really stupidly, in a worldwide atomic war? I am not taking bets. I am just asking the question, and it seems clear to me that the future of human life, as we currently know it - the future of our "human world" - is going to depend on something beyond "technology" and artful politics. Both will be needed, I am quite confident of that, but our future, if we are going to have one, is ultimately going to depend on some kind of spiritual transformation, something that is an example of one of my favorite words, "metanoia."
Change in one's way of life resulting from penitence or spiritual conversion.
Testimonies are not fixed dogma, but a distillation of Friends' faith in action over the centuries. Here is one formulation of the testimonies from the Friends General Conference. There are many other formulations of these same basic ideas from other Quaker sources.
SIMPLICITY-- focusing on what is truly important and letting other things fall away.
PEACE --seeking justice and healing for all people; taking away the causes of war in the ways we live.
INTEGRITY -- Acting on what we believe, telling the truth, and doing what we say we will.
COMMUNITY -- supporting one another in our faith journeys and in times of joy and sorrow; sharing with and caring for each other.
EQUALITY -- treating everyone, everywhere, as equally precious to God, recognizing that everyone has gifts to share.
SUSTAINABILITY -- caring for the earth, valuing and responding to all of God's creation; using only our fair share of the earth's resources; working for policies that protect the planet.
(An easy way to remember these testimonies is by the acronym "SPICES" -- simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, sustainability.)