Every soul has its own trip, right? Subject to intangible Karma? You’ve got yours, I’ve mine, to each their own: managed more or less deftly until its fatal unfolding hardly anyone desires? Hitler and his henchmen had theirs as well. Some new tyrant, lurching like Godzilla, might smash ours like yachts berthed in a hurricane. History warns us.
Haven't we become cagey enough to recognize the worst gangsters and shut them down? Won’t they remind us of all the creeps of history? Could they try anything new that we’d not already overcome?
Learners will tap into everything that’s known, which will make them smarter. Smarter people, fewer mistakes; fewer mistakes, less pain; less human pain, greater productivity. Rapid investment for limitless profit. Can we call on enough Humanity and Duty, per Mencius, to see this through? Have enough guts to attempt it? Where could those guts be; in the salvation of our soul, perhaps?
Have we become too cagey for our own good? We’ve found it safer to believe in nothing and in no-one any longer, to trust no new ideology, whatever that may have cost. Fanaticophobia, what a sorry habit! “The opposite of illusions is not disillusion, but the truth.” A Course in Miracles, Foundation for Inner Peace, p. 438.
So here’s my agenda for your consideration.
First things first! World peace first!
I shout this from the rooftop, abog in denial and left unheard so far.
You may have noticed three phenomena emerging in concert for the first time in history.
· We dispose of a truly global communication network. Our hodgepodge of alien and alienating nation-states is rapidly merging into One People and One World. “Me Tarzan, me swing message on Internet vines, give you.”
· Like-minded Learners like you and I throng this planet. Regardless of ethnicity, nation or creed, each of us craves peace. Superbly qualified and ready for anything, we outnumber the tyrants and their sellouts by far.
· Finally, we’re teetering on a cliff-edge of omnicide ("Kill everything!") that’s getting scarier every day.
Why not exploit this triple window of opportunity, recruits and crisis barely cracked open? Since essential peace components went missing up ‘til now, it was sealed shut in the past. Failures of peace in the past convinced us that they would always be futile with or without those essential components. That window of opportunity will shut again soon. We have only this fleeting opportunity before the evil-twins of those peace efforts finish us off.
For our ultimate peace endeavor to succeed, we need to rally ‘round a shared ideal: a common concern unfamiliar to us so far but universally adoptable after careful consideration. One that would embrace the best and worst of who we are. One that would brace us to fear, exclude and censor nothing and no-one; that would shield us from ice storms of recrimination, blame games, cruelty and untruth. Finally, one that would allow us to forgive everyone and everything including ourselves and the worst that we’ve done in the past — as individuals, cultures, and creeds.
Could we forgive ourselves, repent our unholy ways and make honest amends? Could we wrap our minds around what that would take?
Learners call that high ideal “PeaceWorld.”
For the first time, we dispose of the means, motive and opportunity for peace. Once the baton goes up and the first note rings out, our peace chorale may drown out the bad brass band blare of WeaponWorld.
[Author’s note: a neutral, academic web site now offline. I’d never refer you to an alternate, pro-Nazi one. My family fought the Nazis tooth and nail; I despise them. However, this is WeaponWorld and I must harvest my quotes where I find them. Your appraisal of Learner may stretch your open-mindedness beyond its comfort zone].
“In every case where there are exigencies or tasks that seem impossible to deal with successfully, public opinion must be concentrated on the one problem ... Only in this way can public interest be aroused to such a pitch as will urge people to combine in a great voluntary effort and achieve important results.
“This fundamental truth applies also to the individual ... He must always concentrate his efforts to one definitely limited stage of his progress, which has to be completed before the next step be attempted … This systematic way of approaching an objective is an art in itself and always calls for the expenditure of every ounce of energy...” Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. I, Chap. 10.
“… all effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare essentials and those must be expressed as far as possible in stereotyped formulas. These slogans should be repeated persistently until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea that has been put forward.” Vol. I, Chap. 6.
“The more the militant energies of the people are directed towards one objective, the more will new recruits join the movement, attracted by the magnetism of its unified actions, ...” Vol. I, Chap. 3.
“Any Weltanschauung, though a thousandfold right and supremely beneficial to humanity, will be of no practical service for the maintenance of a people, as long as its principles have not yet become the rallying point of a militant movement.” Vol. II, Chap. 1.
[His militancy was one of frightened brutes; Learners' will be that of confident peaceful cooperators… thus much stronger].
Shouldn’t America claim its title as political lighthouse of the world? Or must it decay into its latest brute Centurion? Why don’t we nurture its legendary idealism and transplant it into the Old World whose only yield up to now has been weapon mentality.
This country has served as a test bed for lofty new ideals. Its citizens have taken up the most radical and risky ideologies and transformed them into working models of downstream abundance. Around the world, idealists, entrepreneurs and common folk have fallen in love with our results and beaten a path to our door. That’s what we are most admired for and what we do best.
And yet, when we start mimicking Old World tyrants, its wary inhabitants begrudge us our second-hand despotism and strike back hard. With good cause: those gladiator-movie clichés never worked in three thousand years of bloody trial and error, as all of us know perfectly well.
The time has come for PeaceWorld: our true calling. Other alternatives are mere death by the sword.
“To these three forms of law a fourth links up, the most important of all. It’s not chiseled in marble or in bronze but in the heart of citizens. It is the true constitution of the State, which gathers strength every day. It revives and replaces other laws when they reach their expiration date or exceed it. It holds a people to the spirit of their institutions and quietly replaces the power of authority with that of habit. I speak of mores, of customs and above all of opinion: the overlooked part of our politics, yet that which everything else depends upon, the part that secretly preoccupies great statesmen while they appear to focus on specific regulations. Those are but the girdle of the dome that mores – brought about more gradually – end up forming the unshakable key.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Du contrat social, (The Social Contract). Book II, Chapter 11.
I can invite you into PeaceWorld, but not cram you into it. All I can do is suggest the melody and hope that you harmonize.
Sing hard, everyone!
It wouldn’t matter how PeaceWorld repays us — no matter how much we long to bask in its glory. Our conscience at long last revived, glory to the God of our choosing, reverence for ancestors, the wellbeing of posterity and our military honor as guarantors of Peace, those should be enough.