Learner is available in English and in French.
Table of Contents (you are here.)
“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 in the world today. Whenever civilization falters, they take over and wreak havoc on innocent strangers who would look after one another instinctively in their absence. What responsibility have some of them held 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 militarize five thousand years of world history and make World Peace not only impossible in practice but “utopian” in theory? Why do we submit to their dismal science and disastrous outcomes since we outnumber them overwhelmingly?
Hitler understood that a new ideology needs a simple message that everyone can understand and adopt. He stipulated its uninterrupted, step-by-step development. His intent was toxic; ours would be more benign. The method lends itself just as easily to honesty as to fascistic abuse. Also, your honest reading of Learner, begin will call for much more open-mindedness on your part.
We are trained as children against peace. The gates of PeaceWorld will only open wide once Learners admit this fact and defy it.
Why are we in this mess?
We need a whole new political vocabulary. Our range of topics will be encyclopedic and our first treatment of them, insolently superficial and subject to mythic dismissal at every turn of page.
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 means of Darwinian selection. Their leadership in 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 of tomorrow.
Are we too cooperative or too competitive? Why?
War has never begun and never ended; warfare has perpetuated itself up to now. Those who resisted it most effectively perished more quickly.
The science and craft of warfare in history and in 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 out of every creed? Contrary to weapon mythology, government and religion cannot be separated except to promote even worse consequences.
My attempt to reclaim the Cathari catechism suppressed during the start-up of the Inquisition. Like the Tibetan and Egyptian Books of the Dead, it describes reincarnation and the Wheel of Desire and Death. According to 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 the abuse of human rights. Identity politics is so divisive, it poisons progress. Elites, united regardless of the divides of these politics, thrive at the expense of self-fragmented identity groups rendered subordinate. All of us could unite as Learners.
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; let’s make it slow and stupid as possible. The cure: government is as good or bad as the nearest Mayor’s office. See to it that they improve themselves and are held to account from above if they don’t.
His social contract lacked the consideration (legal term) that would have triggered and guaranteed it: World Peace. 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 that 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 narrow tributary of info flow that could be infinitely renewable and exponentially profitable without it. It 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 untapped since Marx and his successors ignored it.
Body Count times Distance over Time squared, instead of the armchair formula that accelerates thought (see below). The obsessive refinement of this formula has taken the most wealth away from far more profitable peace projects.
Let’s don the boots of an average grunt.
The links between crime, warfare and governance.
The garden and the viral infection: the two paths Capitalism cam take and their outcomes.
Action versus deliberation: America’s ultimate weakness and supreme power.
Among the best-preserved writings in history, only one out of ten authors survives and one out of ten of his works.
More book burning up until now. It has been omnipresent in history and sickeningly widespread among the psychopathic adherents of every creed and nation.
Are fascism and modern political philosophy too similar? 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 so much professional arrogance? Those questions motivated me to compose 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 to jump 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 superiority.
The World Elephant is directed by a cockroach mind, its enormous strength out of balance with its constricted awareness. It wanders blindly, breaks a limb while out on a walk and goes hungry in a farmers’ market. That is our world. We could implant a good brain in that elephant and watch it dance. This Fantasia sequence would be our lifeline to PeaceWorld.
Modern education is all about triage and restriction. Learner education would provide each child with at least one graduate degree by puberty, the same way prodigal musicians are promoted today. Speed up the flow of information instead of rationing it. Flip the hierarchic ziggurat of education and transform it into a cornucopia of Learning, anarchic but self-filtering for excellence.
The rules that regulate communications by means of a constellation of political metaphors. Free speech and profit centers. Increase the bandwidth of anarchistic dialog and reduce the frequency of official monolog.
Information handling by peace technology.
Taichi Sakaiya wrote about perceived abundance and the objective value judgments that arise from it, about dearth and the knowledge value judgments that it induces. 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 perpetual 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 picture 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). Ever since, corporate weapon science has buried untold scientific discoveries. A predicted renaissance of peaceful 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 each person’s language of birth. On cultural ecology: its suffocation by corporate weapon culture and its appreciation 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 gratefully from Mark Juergensmeyer’s book.
A poem on Satyagraha and verifaction.
Please don’t appraise peace technology economics on the econologic of weapon mentality. Weapon technologies are anti-profit in the long run; peace technologies would be much more sustainable if pursued with equivalent passion. This could help solve the problems of rising populations and diminishing resources.
What to expect once PeaceWorld had been achieved?
Could the Earth turn into a superior model of Victorian England? The Earth as manorial land. Factory towns fringing Earth orbit instead of the sea. Outer space, the colonies?
Is the living voice of DNA that of the serpent of Eden, the devil? 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 in other incarnations and turned them to advantage. Why not share that expertise in the here and now?
Some outlandish, pre-historic speculations for your dining and dancing pleasure.
We should benefit from many more medics. 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.
Urban renewal, urban forestry, tectonic remediation, covered cities, elevated walkways, solar power. Grass roots surveillance of large-scale activities.
Fine-tuning human rights on PeaceWorld.
The best way: as many children and old folks 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. More or less wise list of personal suggestions.
Probably. Maybe not. So what? We are honor-bound to do our best, no matter our likelihood of success or failure.
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 belong on the hell of WeaponWorld, but not the New Jerusalem of PeaceWorld. Litter control should be a sidewalk sport; it’s recycling, child’s play.