Here's an interesting movie that a friend recently passed on information to me about (thanks Joyce!). I haven't seen it fully, so can't really comment about it, but plan on seeing it soon.
The author of the movie, Foster Gamble, begins his introduction with the question "What happened? What can account for the staggering deprivation and suffering on this planet?" ..... he has his own conclusions, and conversation, within the movie. I can't help but add my own comment, which is to say, I do believe the first solution arises from a profound understanding of inter-dependency, that on virtually every level, socially, environmentally, psychically, energetically..........we are all related, and interdependant. From that much can be accomplished. If we can evolve to internalize such a basic truth.