- PREFACE -

VERSION FRANCOPHONE

 

If every Learner on WeaponWorld

Cast off misgivings and worked to the same plan,

We could build PeaceWorld in one generation.

 

FIRST THINGS FIRST,

WORLD PEACE FIRST!

 

 

INTRO & VOCAB       TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The ‘tide in the affairs of men’ does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words ‘Too late.’ There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. ‘The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on…’ We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation. This may well be mankind’s last chance to choose between chaos and community.” Martin Luther King, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community, 1st ed., 1967, “The World House”, http://ww.forusa.org/nonviolence/MLK_WorldHouse.html

 

Some great ideas have been robbed from us, defaced and desecrated, stripped of force and vigor. This pretty long book takes them up. Over the years, it has turned into a long, hard read. That’s my fault and that’s really too bad. But relax. I’ve split this screed into a hundred or so less thorny chapters. I would rather have found multi-media specialists to adorn it with an inventive assortment of images as good as stained glass, like those in the Reader’s Digest Illustrated Encyclopedic Dictionary, with a soundtrack of cold fusion adagios to match. Ah well, another project beyond my reach, for lack of outside help. Where’s it gone, all this help?

From your favorite book, to the Bill of Rights, to the Space Shuttle Flight Manual, a text doesn’t take wing until a good many people agree to take it up and play their part in it. Until then, it is just a string of empty symbols, and they, a bunch of shiftless dreamers. Whether it’s to launch liberty, liftoff – or World Peace, for that matter – many more readers will have to study the same basic text, give voice to it and act on it.

No text is perfect, so you’ll have to sift through mounds of raw ore to come across a few rough diamonds worth polishing up and showing off to your friends, to get them to join the cause.

I might be encouraging here your reading chore, or mine of endless rewrites.

A revolutionary text is a little like a new tool. Awkward at first in your novice hands, it will fall short in your virgin mind. Only constant rereads will make it work dependably for you. Be patient and work hard. I assure you, this is worth it. This is what you were waiting for so patiently, you Learners I have waited for so impatiently.

The few of us who crave World Peace more than we fear it, these days, need to rally around a text we can share in common. This one or another? Learner may just be a rough draft for some better plan, or merely provide a preliminary inspiration for ambivalent dissidents.

To achieve something significant, we will have to share the same topics and accustom ourselves to Leaner tenets by debating them. For or against them in majority, that won’t matter; sharing the same ideals and vocabulary, that will. Until then, we are just fantasizing at cross-purposes while talking past each other, and miming futile daydreams while preaching to the choir.

Look around you. The world is sickening worse every day. It lacks the solace of untold voices preaching peace as one, and the healing balm of their shared mandate.

Don’t read Learner with your inner voice alone; replace it with the roar of countless allied Learners. This text is ineffective without them, no matter what message it intends to convey. With their support, the ideals of PeaceWorld will evolve from wishful thinking into down-to-earth common sense. The creative anarchy of Learners will have to overcome the routine sterility of our common institutions.

I’m transmitting this message to you via the Internet, the same way Erasmus used the shiny new printing press to transmit his. Learner idealist, I will use you to proclaim my dream, the same way Erasmus used the humanists of Earth to proclaim his.

What I ask of my best readers overseas, is that you find your favorite chapter of Learner, translate it into your mother tongue, publish it on the Internet for free distribution, and tell me about it. A task you’ve been preparing for all your life.

I did not write this text, nor did you seek it, just to stoke the WeaponWorld Jive Drive, distract you from your Learner responsibilities or reassure you that weapons elites should make every vital decision without your input. That has never been sane policy. Learners would include everyone’s valid input, naturally.

 

The secret to World Peace resides in the world’s conscientious elites and proletariats acting together as Learners to put an end to the discord uncaring warmongers have stirred up deliberately among us.

In pursuit of why, how, and what to expect from PeaceWorld,

 

Learners, rally here!

 

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