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!
“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 good ideas have been robbed from us. This pretty long book takes them up again. I would rather multi-media specialists had adorned it with an assortment of images as pretty as stained glass, like those in the Reader’s Digest Illustrated Encyclopedic Dictionary, and with a soundtrack of cold fusion adagios to match. Ah well, another project beyond my capabilities for lack of outside help.
From your favorite book, to the Bill of Rights, to the Space Shuttle’s Service Manual, a text doesn’t take wing until many people take it up and play their role in it. Until then, it is just a string of empty symbols, and they, a mob of shiftless dreamers. Whether it’s to launch liberty, liftoff – or World Peace, for that matter – many 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 tempt them to join the cause.
I might be encouraging your reading chore here or mine of endless rewrites.
A revolutionary text is a little like a new tool. It will seem to fall short in your virgin mind, the way an unwieldy tool might fail in your novice hands. Only continuous recaps will make it work for you. Be patient; I assure you it will be worth your while. Learners I was so impatient to find, this is what you’ve been waiting for so patiently.
The few of us who crave World Peace more than we fear it, we need to rally around a shared text. This one or another? Learner may just be the rough draft for some better plan, or provide a prologue for ambivalent dissidents.
To do something noteworthy, we will have to share Leaner tenets and get used to them by debating them. For or against in majority, that won’t matter; sharing the same ideals and vocabulary, that will matter. Until then, we are just fantasizing at cross-purposes and miming futile daydreams.
Look around you. The world is getting sicker every day. It is missing 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. Without their input, this text will be useless no matter what message it intends to convey. With their constant backing, the ideals of PeaceWorld will evolve from wishful thinking into down-to-earth common sense. The creative anarchy of Learners will overcome the routine sterility of our current institutions.
I transmit this message to you via the Internet, the same way Erasmus used the shiny new printing press to transmit his. Learner idealist, I use you to proclaim my dream, the same way he used humanists on Earth to proclaim his.
What I ask of my brightest readers overseas, is that you find a favorite chapter of Learner, translate it into your mother tongue, publish it on the Internet for free distribution, andme about it. That’s what 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,.
The secret formula to World Peace resides in the conscience-driven people of the world, both elite and proletarian, serving as Learners to put an end to the discord warmongers have stirred up.
In pursuit of why, how, and what to expect from PeaceWorld,