Yesterday, I had a conversation with a friend about how depressing the state of the world is and he said that I should take the long view and note how people behaved much more cruelly towards each other and more exploitively of the environment in the past, but that with so many fewer people then, they didn't have to deal with it. Today, we have to deal with each other as neighbors, both locally and globally. How we communicate, what our references are, what our idea of history is, are all more important than ever. Many artists are voices in the choir of a belief system that respectfully and peacefully spans cultures. The future of humanity is going to be determined by how well we treat each other. Artists will continue to work towards a future of increased understanding and respect of one another.