Learner is available in English and in French.
Table of Contents (you are here.)
“We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.” Martin Luther King quotation. Invitation to read and translate Learner.
About 70 millions psychopaths and 210 million sociopaths subsist in the world today. Whenever civilization falters, they take over and wreak havoc on innocent strangers who would look after one another reflexively in their absence. What responsibility have some of them held for the persistent lies, cruelty and hypocrisy of day-to-day politics that we the conscience-driven despise in overwhelming numbers? How have one percent and three percent of humanity, bereft of the moral conscience the rest of us take for granted, distorted our values enough to militarize five thousand years of world history and make World Peace not only impossible in practice but “utopian” in theory? Why must we submit to their dismal science and disastrous outcomes, since we outnumber them tremendously?
Hitler understood that a new ideology needs a simple message that everybody can understand and adopt. He stipulated that it requires step-by-step development. His intent was toxic; ours more benign. The method lends itself just as easily to honesty as to fascistic abuse. Also, your honest reading of Learner, begin is going to call for great open-mindedness on your part.
We are trained as children against peace. The gates to PeaceWorld will open wide once Learners acknowledge this situation and defy it.
Why are we in this mess?
We need a whole new political vocabulary. Our range of topics will be encyclopedic and our first treatment of them, insolently superficial and subject to mythic dismissal at every page turn.
Do we share a collective superconscience? Have we polluted it with violence? Could we apply Peace to it instead?
The development of military states by Darwinian selection. Their leadership in weapon and peace contexts.
Innate human evil or ultimate good? Nature, nurture and other fine things.
Pick your constellation of political metaphors: historically conformist or dreaming of tomorrow.
Are we too cooperative or too competitive? Why?
War has never begun and never ended: warfare is eternal. Those who resisted it the most effectively perished most quickly.
The science and craft of warfare in history and the present.
Sacrifice or celebration? Weapons religions promote sacrifice; peace religions, celebration. Celebrate Learning and stop sacrificing victims.
Jesus never used the word Rapture; nowhere is it used in the Bible. Christ forbids Christians to pray in church and in public; see for yourself in Matthew 6-5. What are ‘Christian’ fundamentalists up to, flouting His direct instruction, perverting Christianity and turning potential believers away in disgust?
What made longstanding peasants and nobles prefer those heretics to their fully mature Catholic clergy? Could we imitate the Cathari model with greater success and summon the best out of every creed? Contrary to weapon mythology, government and religion cannot be separated, whether for good or for ill.
My attempt to reclaim the Cathari catechism suppressed during the start-up phase of the Inquisition. Like the Tibetan and Egyptian Books of the Dead, it describes reincarnation after death and its Wheel of Desire and Death. According to this chapter, we may reincarnate in Christ’s lifeline and go to Heaven with Him the afternoon of His death.
Identity, conflict and community. Adherents of different identity positions could turn into Learners and this shared identity could shield them from the abuse of their human rights. Identity politics is so corrosive, it poisons progress. Elites, united across every divide of these politics, thrive at the expense of self-fragmented identity groups. All of us could unite as Learners.
Our constellation of political metaphors is chock-full of weapon myths. What if we replaced them with Peace equivalents?
A list of suggested does and don’ts, at least not too often.
The Syndrome: government is bad; let’s make it slow and stupid. The cure: government is as good or bad as the nearest Mayor’s office. See to it that they improve more often than not.
His social contract lacked the consideration (legal term) that would have triggered and guaranteed it: World Peace. Rousseau’s genius ignored the limits of communications of his day. Those faulty communications neutralized his social contract with respect to international relations. By making use of technologies that he lacked, we could reduce that cyclopean wall to a puff of air.
Marx’s fatal mistake. Describing information politics without the weapon/peace antinomy is like discussing orbital mechanics without invoking gravity. Marx’s obsession, economics, is just a sub-branch of info flow that is infinitely renewable and exponentially profitable. It could be multiplied a thousand-fold, once set to chaotic and anarchic dialog mode instead of centralized and government-promoting monolog mode much less productive. Learners could liberate this untapped abundance that Marx ignored.
The development of the threat formula: Body Count times Distance over Time squared, instead of the armchair formula that accelerates thought (see below). The obsessive refinement of this formula has taken most wealth away from much more profitable peace projects.
Put on the boots of an average grunt.
The links between crime, warfare and governance.
The two paths of Capitalism: the garden, the viral infection and their outcomes.
Action versus deliberation, America’s ultimate weakness and supreme power.
Among the best-preserved historical writings, only one out of ten authors survives and one out of ten of his works.
More book burning up until now. Setting books alight is omnipresent in history and sickeningly universal among the psychopathic adherents of every creed.
Are fascism and modern political philosophy too similar? Why?
The institution of righteousness. We have our precedent.
Failure to heed warnings until too late, in accordance with weapon mentality.
A partial list of lies by type. How could elites lie so often, so consistently, so shamelessly and with such professional arrogance? That question is the first one that motivated me to compose Learner.
Weapon mentality is lethal by design. It cannot help itself; that is what is does best. If you seek a dog that bites, you’ve picked the perfect rottweiler. Pick a gentler pet.
How to jump from WeaponWorld to PeaceWorld.
Superficial growth from deep roots, explosive growth from shallow ones. Concerning deep roots and fruitful growth. The golden rule of human conscience versus the toxic one of tactical expediency.
The World Elephant is being directed by a cockroach mind, its enormous muscle power out of balance with minimal neurological awareness. It wanders around blindly, breaks its limbs while out on a walk and starves in a farmers’ market. That is our world. We could implant an elephant’s brain and watch it dance. This Fantasia sequence would be our lifeline to PeaceWorld.
Modern education is committed to triage and restriction. Learner education would gift each child with at least one graduate degree by puberty, the way prodigal musicians are promoted today. Accelerate the flow of information instead of rationing it. Flip the hierarchic ziggurat of education and turn it into a cornucopia of Learning anarchistic but self-filtering for excellence.
The rules that regulate communications by means of a constellation of political metaphors. Free speech and profit centers. Increase the bandwidth of anarchistic dialog and reduce the frequency of official monolog.
The information handling by a peace technology.
Taichi Sakaiya wrote about perceived abundance and the objective value judgments that arise from it, about dearth and the knowledge value judgments that it induces. Suggested peace technology applications of knowledge-value that could balance affluence and poverty, objective value and knowledge-value.
Laocracy as a direct, proportional and perpetual referendum substitute for the indirect and sporadic service of representative democracy. A suggested architecture for the World Agora and its info politics on PeaceWorld. Pathocracy: WeaponWorld rule by sociopaths (see above).
For maximum justice.
How to list topics of passion and their adherents.
Some problems with large-scale governance.
Your picture is as valid as mine. Let’s build ours together.
On the benefits of extended travel.
Laughably unscientific speculations and outlandish hypotheses for your fireworks entertainment.
Peace technology applications of science and superstition. Truly creative science has flat-lined since the 1950s (reduced to marginal improvement of gadgets and banging things with bigger hammers). Ever since, corporate weapon science has buried untold scientific discoveries. We could anticipate a renaissance of peaceful science.
A complementary aspect to his theory of evolution. Disease as a mechanism of evolution and of inter-Kingdom sex. Infection as a therapeutic tool.
Amer-Ind as a universal travelers’ language in addition to each person’s language of birth. On cultural ecology: its suffocation by corporate weapon culture and its appreciation on PeaceWorld.
On the fine art of verifaction, the search for truth on both sides of a conflict. On Islam. What if the two agreed?
Gandhi’s ideas on Satyagraha, conflict resolution and non-violence ― lifted gratefully from Mark Juergensmeyer’s book.
A poem on Satyagraha and verifaction.
Don’t appraise the economics of peace technology according to the econologic of weapon mentality. Weapon technologies are anti-profit in the long run; peace technologies would be much more profitable and sustainable if pursued with equal obsession. This could offer the best solution to the problem of rising populations and diminishing resources.
What should we expect once PeaceWorld had been achieved?
Could we turn the Earth into an improved, much larger model of Victorian England? The Earth as a manor land. Factory towns fringing Earth orbit instead of the sea. Outer space, the colonies?
Is the living voice of DNA that of the serpent of Eden, the devil? Or is it the Holy Spirit that Jesus left us as a Comforter, pending His return? DNA is very old and very wise. Our souls are already saved. Why not tap into that titanic database to find answers to our worst problems? DNA has already survived them in other incarnations and turned them to advantage. Why not share them in the here and now?
Some outlandish, pre-historic speculations for your dining and dancing pleasure.
There should be many more medics. Weapons impediments to public health, and peace technology applications to health care.
Alternative transportation hardware and the formal interdiction of nuclear war.
Sustainable ecology as a constitutional right.
Urban renewal, urban forestry, tectonic remediation, covered cities, elevated walkways, solar power. Grass roots surveillance of large-scale activities.
The fine-tuning of human rights on PeaceWorld.
The best way: keep as many children and old folks well cared for as possible — far fewer exceptions.
“The Constitution calls for a well-regulated militia,” … Harm Forces on PeaceWorld.
Convivencia, learning to live together. Urban design and environmental protections.
Be kind enough to translate your favorite chapters of Learner into your childhood language. A more or less fatuous list of personal suggestions.
Probably. Maybe not. So what? We are honor-bound to do our best, no matter how likely our success or failure.
Sustainable development through peace technology, activism, social commentary, futurism, prophecy, politics, political theory, ecology and peace, idealism, urban renewal, global management, global federation, the world vision we lack.
Street litter is appropriate for the hell of WeaponWorld, not the New Jerusalem of PeaceWorld. Litter control as a sidewalk sport; it’s recycling should be child’s play.