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 splendid ideas have been ripped off from us. This pretty long book takes them up again. I would rather multi-media specialists had adorned it with images as handsome as stained glass, like those in the Reader’s Digest Illustrated Encyclopedic Dictionary, and with a soundtrack of minus zero Kelvin adagios to match. Ah, well, another project beyond my means for lack of outside help so far.
From your favorite book, to the Bill of Rights, to the Space Shuttle’s Service Manual, a text won’t take wing until many people assume their part in it. Until then, it is just a string of empty symbols and them a pack of shiftless dreamers. Whether it’s to launch liberty, liftoff – or World Peace, for that matter – many people 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 mineral dust to come across nuggets worth showing off to your friends and convincing them to join the cause.
I may be encouraging here your reading chore or mine of endless rewrites.
A revolutionary text is like any new tool. It will seem to fall short in your virgin mind, the way an unwieldy tool might fail in your novice hands. Only constant recaps will make it work for you. Be patient; I assure you will find that worthwhile. You Learners I awaited with such impatience, this is what you have waited for so patiently.
Those 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 a rough draft for some better plan, or merely provide a preliminary plan for ambivalent dissidents.
To achieve something noteworthy, we will have to familiarize ourselves with the tenets of Leaner by debating them. For or against in majority, that won’t matter; sharing the same ideals and vocabulary, that will. Until such time, we are just fantasizing at cross-purposes and miming futile daydreams.
Look around you. The world grows sicker every day. It is missing the relief of untold voices preaching peace as one, and the healing balm of their shared mandate.
Don’t read Learner using your inner voice alone; voice it instead with the roar of countless allied Learners. Without their input, this text is moot, no matter what message it intends to convey. With their backing, 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 sterility we’ve grown used to from 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’m usimg you to proclaim my dream, the same way he used all the humanists on Earth to proclaim his.
What I ask from bright readers overseas, is that you find a favorite chapter of Learner, translate it into your mother tongue, publish it on the Internet for free andme about it. You’ve been preparing for that all your life.
I did not write this text, nor did you seek it, to stoke the WeaponWorld Jive Drive, distract you from your Learner responsibilities and reassure you that weapons elites should make every vital decision without your input. That has never been sane policy. Learners will include everyone’s valid input,.
The secret formula for 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 that psychopathic warmongers have stirred up among us.
In pursuit of why, how, and what to expect from PeaceWorld,