Learner is available in English and in French.
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“We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.” Quotation from Martin Luther King. Invitation to read and translate Learner.
About 70 millions psychopaths and 210 million sociopaths subsist on Earth today. Every time civilization falters, they take over and wreak havoc on innocent strangers who would look after each other instinctively in their absence. What is their responsibility 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 weaponize the last five thousand years of world history? How have they made PeaceWorld impossible in practice and “utopian” in theory? Why do we submit to their dismal science and disastrous outcomes, since we outnumber them 25 to one?
Hitler understood that a new ideology needs a simple message that everyone can understand and adopt. He called for step-by-step development without interruption. His intent was toxic; ours will be benign. The method lends itself just as easily to honesty and justice as to fascistic lies and abuse. Also, your appraisal of Learner will call for open-mindedness on your part.
We are trained as children against peace. Once every Learner admits this fact and defies it, PeaceWorld will open wide its gates.
Why are we in this mess?
We need a whole new political vocabulary. The range of topics we must cover is encyclopedic and their first treatment here will be insolently superficial and subject to mythic dismissal at every page turn.
Do we share a collective superconscience? Have we polluted it with our perpetual violence? Could we systematically apply Peace to it instead?
The development of military states by Darwinian selection. Leadership in its 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 about tomorrow.
Are we too cooperative or competitive? Why?
War has never begun and never ended; it has perpetuated itself up to now. Those who resisted it most effectively perished most quickly.
The science and craft of warfare in history and the present.
Sacrifice or celebration? Weapons religions promote sacrifice of the Other; peace religions, celebration. Celebrate Learning and stop sacrificing anyone except yourself.
Jesus never used the term Rapture. It is found nowhere 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 Catholic clergy fully mature? Could we imitate the Cathari model with greater success and summon the best from every creed? Contrary to weapon mythology, government and religion cannot be separated except to promote something even worse.
My attempt to reclaim the Cathari catechism suppressed since the start-up of the Inquisition. Like the Tibetan and Egyptian Books of the Dead, it describes reincarnation on the Wheel of Desire and Death. According to my belief expressed in this chapter, we may reincarnate in Christ’s lifeline and go to Heaven with Him that very afternoon.
Identity, conflict and community. Adherents of different identity positions could turn into Learners and this shared identity could shield them from human rights abuse. Identity politics is so divisive it impedes progress. Elites, united regardless of the divides of these politics, thrive at the expense of self-fragmented identity groups lessened thereby. Reunited Learners could recoup control.
Our constellation of political metaphors is chock-full of weapon myths. What if we replaced them with equivalents of a peaceful nature?
A list of suggested does and don’ts, or at least more or less often.
The Syndrome: government is bad; so let’s make it as slow and stupid as possible. The cure: government is as good or bad as the nearest Mayor’s office. See to it that each of them improves or is held to account from above if they don’t.
His social contract lacked the consideration (legal term) that would have triggered and guaranteed it: PeaceWorld. Rousseau’s genius ignored the limits of communications of his day. Those faulty communications neutralized the social contract with respect to international relations. By making use of technologies he lacked, we could reduce that cyclopean wall to a puff of air.
Marx’s fatal mistake. Defining politics in the absence of the weapon/peace antinomy is like calculating orbital mechanics without gravity. Marx’s obsession, economics, is just a tributary of the great flow of information, which is infinitely renewable and can be made exponentially profitable in the absence of the “dismal science” and its make-believe conclusions. Information flow could grow 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 source of abundance left untapped since ignored by Marx and his peers before and since.
Body Count times Distance over Time squared, instead of the armchair formula that accelerates thought (see below). The obsessive refinement of this first formula has taken enormous wealth away from far more profitable peace projects.
Let’s pull on the boots of an average grunt.
The links between crime, warfare and governance.
The garden and the viral infection: the two paths Capitalism can take and their outcomes.
Action or deliberation? America’s ultimate weakness and supreme gift.
Among the best-preserved writings in world literature, only one out of ten authors survives and one out of ten of their works.
More book burning up ‘til now. It has been omnipresent in history and sickeningly widespread among the psychopathic adherents of every creed and nation.
Are fascism and modern political thought too much alike? Why?
The institution of righteousness. We have our precedent.
Failure to heed warnings until it’s too late, in accordance with weapon mentality.
A partial list of lies by type. How can elites lie so often, so consistently, so shamelessly and with such professional arrogance? Those questions motivated me to write 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. Choose a milder pet.
How can we pass from WeaponWorld to PeaceWorld?
Superficial growth from deep roots, explosive growth from shallow ones. Deep roots and fruitful growth. The golden rule of human conscience versus the toxic one of tactical success.
The World Elephant is directed by a cockroach mind, its enormous strength out of balance with its minimal awareness. It wanders around blindly, breaks a leg while out on a stroll and starves in the middle of a farmers’ market. That is our world. We could implant a good brain in that elephant and watch it dance. That would be our lifeline to PeaceWorld.
Modern education is all about triage and restriction. Learner education will award each child at least one graduate degree by puberty, the same way musical prodigies earn theirs today. Accelerate the flow of information instead of rationing it. Flip the ziggurat of hierarchic education and turn it into a cornucopia of Learning, anarchic but self-filtering for excellence.
A constellation of political metaphors generates the rules that regulate communications. Free speech and profit centers. Amplify the bandwidth of anarchistic dialog and reduce the frequency of official monolog.
Information handling by peace technology.
Taichi Sakaiya wrote about perceived abundance and its objective value judgments, about dearth and its knowledge value judgments. Suggested peace technology applications of knowledge-value and their ability to balance affluence and poverty, objective value and knowledge-value.
Laocracy as a direct, proportional and continuous referendum substitute for the indirect, problematic and patchy services of representative democracy. The suggested architecture of the World Agora and of its info politics on PeaceWorld. Pathocracy: WeaponWorld rule of sociopaths (see above).
For maximum justice.
How to list topics of passion and their adherents.
Some problems with large-scale governance.
Your representation 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. True scientific creativity has flat-lined since the 1950s (reduced to marginal improvements of gadgets and banging things with bigger hammers). Corporate weapon science has buried untold scientific discoveries, pending their release during the renaissance of peace science.
A complementary aspect to his theory of evolution. Disease as a mechanism of evolution, sex between the biological kingdoms, and infection as a therapeutic tool.
Amer-Ind as a universal travelers’ language supplemental to everyone’s language of birth. On cultural ecology: its suffocation by corporate weapon culture and its growth 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 with gratitude from Mark Juergensmeyer’s book.
A poem on Satyagraha and verifaction.
Please don’t appraise peace technology by the econologic of weapon mentality. While the former is anti-profit in the long run; the latter would be much more sustainable if pursued with equal passion. A possible solution to the problems of thickening population and thinning resources.
What to expect once PeaceWorld happens?
Could the Earth be turned into a superior model of Victorian England? The Earth as manorland. Factory towns fringing Earth orbit instead of the sea. Outer space, the colonies?
Is the living voice of DNA that of Satan, the serpent of Eden? Or is it the Holy Spirit that Jesus left us as Comforter, pending His return? DNA is very old and very wise. Our souls are already saved. Why not find answers to our worst problems in that titanic database? DNA has survived them and turned them to advantage in other incarnations. Why not share that expertise here and now?
Some outlandish, pre-historic speculations for your dining and dancing pleasure.
Many more medics should serve us. Weapons impediments to public health and peace technology applications to health care.
Alternative transportation hardware. The formal interdiction of nuclear war.
Sustainable ecology as a constitutional right.
Grass roots surveillance of large-scale activities. Urban renewal, urban forestry, tectonic remediation, covered cities, elevated walkways, solar power.
Human rights on PeaceWorld.
The best way would be as many people 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 mother tongue and broadcast them on the Internet. A more or less wise list of personal suggestions.
Probably. Maybe not. So what? We are honor-bound to do our best, regardless how likely our success or failure.
The sustainable development of peace technologies. Activism, social commentary, futurism, prophecy, politics, political theory, ecology and peace, idealism, urban renewal, the management of global federation. The vision of the world we lack.
Street litter may fit the hell of WeaponWorld, but not the New Jerusalem of PeaceWorld. Litter control should be a sidewalk sport; it’s recycling, child’s play.