I wrote the third version of The Last Revolution during April of 2015, in a small studio apartment the social security had found for me, while sitting on an upturned bucket at a makeshift table made from cardboard boxes. I didn’t have any furniture, apart from a bed.
I still maintained a strong belief paradise on Earth was an entirely feasible concept, and a fluctuating sense of conviction that I offered a route to this world. Doubts would arise whenever I considered most search for someone to follow, as much as something to believe in, because I knew I was far from the kind of person one would expect the leader of a global revolution to be. I was often haunted by the thought that all I would achieve would be self-destruction, and casting shame upon my family. I often felt it seemed a terrible risk to take, despite the possible outcome.
Yet; after some deep speculation, I sensed my stance as perfect. Not only did I conclude that a revolution resulting in true democracy should have no leader, since a true democracy should be a leaderless entity, I also thought it pointless to follow anyone because they would die, which would leave everyone without a leader and searching for someone to follow once again. I believed it was time humankind stopped searching for someone and something to believe in, and begin to believe in themselves and each other, so the human race may collectively create something to believe in, which would be a phenomenon that would continue to manifest until the end of time.
At times I became plagued by doubt for other reasons. I wondered whether it was nothing more than naïve speculation to assume the world would be entirely different if those who had set foot upon new lands would have done so through curiosity, and in a friendly, respectful manner. If explorers would have arrived in Africa, America, India and Australia with good intent – with the wish to glean insight from the peoples’ way of life; to consider their philosophies and compare them to their own, with the hope of understanding further the diversity of human nature and the universe within which we exist.
If they would have set out into the world with the intent of offering gifts, and take whatever would be given in return with gratitude. If they had embarked upon a mission to unite rather than divide the world; to give and take in the spirit of fairness and generosity, rather than exploit, enslave, murder, rape, commit genocide and steal whatever they could. If our leaders of the past, and those who were instructed to carry out their wishes, would have behaved in a manner reflecting the best side of human nature, rather than their own, self-serving principles.
I often wondered whether it was naïve to believe it possible to create the world that could have been, and, arguably; should have been. Naïve to hope humankind will realise, at last, that the world does not reflect the positive side of human nature, and see there is an opportunity to create a world that does.
Yet; belief reigned supreme, which led to further versions of The Last Revolution – the most recent of which I offer for your consideration.
I have published The Last Revolution in this volume of We Free Prophets in one block of text. The Last Revolution is also published as an independent work, here on Inkitt, so you should read the independently published work if you prefer chapter breaks.
Chapter One of The Last Revolution
The generations of humankind living today, and those who have lived since the Cold War between the Communist Bloc and Capitalist Bloc began, in 1947, are the first generations responsible for the entire planet’s welfare and all the planet’s life, since tensions in the world’s political climate may lead to a Third World War, and the planet’s health is deteriorating as a consequence of humankind’s advance, and may continue to do so until life can no longer thrive.
If these threats to our existence generated a sensation we could not ignore, which other threats create, such as hunger and thirst, humankind would unite in an effort to eradicate these phenomena, so we may survive. We would not rest complacent – with the hope that those responsible for creating the threats will be the ones to eradicate them – but strive to intervene in political affairs so life, and the planet itself, may be preserved.
Some two hundred and thirty years ago, in 1789, hunger drove the people of France to rebel against those governing their lives. The majority of France’s population were starving, while the governing minority were well fed, and did not seem to care that the majority were not.
This event, known as the French Revolution, established the basic rights of the citizen and disempowered the establishment. The French Revolution triggered a wave of revolutions throughout the world, and is widely regarded as one of the most important events in human history. Consequentially, the governing minority learned a valuable lesson; that the majority must be well fed, since hunger may result in rebellion.
The governing minority have also understood that providing the majority with an abundance of food benefits them on another level, which was recognised during the Roman Empire – a period of rule lasting around one thousand years – when free wheat was given to the people by politicians to gain political favour.
When combined with free entertainment, politicians found the people’s interest in politics was replaced by a desire for food and entertainment, which allowed politicians to conduct their affairs more or less as they pleased.
The Roman poet, Juvenal, created the phrase Panem et Circenses – Bread and Circuses – in the first century AD to label this strategy, and to criticise the populace of Rome for allowing their desire for food and entertainment to override their civic responsibility; of being involved in political affairs.
And now, some two thousand years later, it seems we are deeply entrenched within this strategy. The world of entertainment has grown to immense proportion, and there is an abundance of food in many of the world’s countries.
So, perhaps the Bread and Circuses mentality of our times is one reason the majority are so complacent, even though the reasons to revolt against a governing minority are far greater now than they have ever been. Also; the threats to our existence do not create a sensation we cannot ignore, so we may place them in the back of our minds.
Another factor that may be preventing an uprising of the majority rests in the concept of rebellion against governments; of revolution.
Revolution (noun) – a change in the way a country is governed, usually to a different political system, and often using violence or war.
(Online Cambridge Dictionary)
When contemplating the dictionary definition of the term, and observing the majority of revolutions throughout the course of history, such as the French Revolution, one may assume a revolution an ever-increasing improbability. If an event comparable to the storming of the Bastille in Paris, in 1789, were staged in this day and age, it would almost certainly be thwarted by the police and armed forces.
And when considering further factors in this equation, such as the mentality of the governed, ingrained within the minds of our kind, and an apathy borne from familiarity and the fear of change, it may seem a revolution nears the realms of impossibility.
Yet; although it may be that the Internet’s primary purpose is to provide entertainment, at this point in time, which reinforces the circus element of the Bread and Circuses strategy, a paradox exists, since the Internet may be employed by the majority as a tool to radically transform the way our world is governed; to a manner of governance that would have the potential to create paradise on Earth.
For this opportunity to be realised, the gravity of the situation humankind are in should weigh upon us all, to create a sensation we cannot ignore.
Chapter Two of The Last Revolution
An almost insignificant percentage of humankind began to direct the advance of civilisation some five thousand years ago, in the Sumerian City State, and the scenario persists until our present day. We have grown accustomed to being governed by a tiny proportion of our kind, during this period of time, and may believe this manner of governance will continue until the end of our time, and find it difficult to imagine an alternative.
Even those who live in democracies can see their opinions do not form the societies they live in, because they are not asked for their opinions. They observe the world growing around them, yet have little or no impact relating to its design. In effect, all democracy means is that the majority may choose the minority who supposedly represent them in the world’s political arena, and design the societies they live in, even though the dictionary definition of the term states the power of government is held within the hands of the majority;
Democracy: ‘Government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them, or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.’
The dictionary definition suggests its true meaning, from the point where it began, in Ancient Greece, in around 500 BC. Otherwise known as Athenian Democracy, the system allowed an ever-increasing percentage of the majority to participate in their society’s design.
Although the original manner of democracy seems to have been replaced by systems of rule that use the term, yet seem closer to dictatorships, the form of democracy where ‘the supreme power is vested in the people’ is becoming an increasingly plausible means of governance.
To consider how the Internet may be used to sculpt such a transformation, we should reduce the concept to a basic, simplistic form;
A country’s political system could be transformed, to accommodate true, interactive democracy, by creating a site on the Internet, linked to government, where citizens unite to create the policies and amendments forming their society, and cast votes to determine whether or not they should be implemented.
Should this manner of governance spread to envelop the world’s political arena, a global version of the site should be constructed, which would represent a Global Democracy.
Although it would be modified considerably, a country’s government would remain intact, but instead of politicians dictating how a country’s people should live, they would be orchestrating the will of the masses.
The elected representative of the people, such as a president or prime minister, would act as an ambassador, reflecting the will and nature of their country’s people, rather than the political party they represent and their own self-serving interests.
Before considering the concept in greater depth, we should name the website, which would connect to existing governments, so we may relate to it with ease. Let’s call the global version of the website the Consensus of World Opinion – the CWO – pronounced ‘quo’, as in Status Quo, and differentiate between it and the sites existing in each country by adding the country’s suffix – the cwo.fi – and so forth.
We should also consider the website in a physical sense;
If one imagines the CWO as a bicycle wheel, with its centre – the hub – as a central forum, where citizens cast the votes that decide whether policies or amendments should be implemented into their society, or not, and offer opinions regarding society in an all-encompassing sense, and in the global version of the site; the casting of votes that determine whether or not policies and amendments should be implemented on a global scale, to become universal law, and to address concerns regarding global civilisation as an entity.
The spaces between the spokes of the wheel represent smaller forums, each of which relates to a particular element of society, such as public transportation, healthcare, education, and so on.
Within this system of democracy, when a citizen is eighteen, they would be given the right to voice an opinion relating to their profession. For instance; a dentist may offer an opinion regarding the environment within which they, their colleagues and patients interact. The same would be true for all professions. Teachers, professors, mature students, and those conducting research within the field of education would create the education system, and so forth.
Each forum should be overseen by a minister or secretary. For example; the forum relating to education should be overseen by an elected representative, who would act as the minister or secretary of education.
Opinions should be restricted to one per person, which may not be edited once they have been submitted. This would prevent confusion, and the forums from becoming flooded with opinions. Opinions should also be submitted anonymously, so a following would not be generated through social influence.There should also be a maximum word-count of around one hundred words, so opinions may be read in a short space of time.
A simple voting system of ‘like’ and ‘dislike’ would reveal an opinion’s popularity, and allow popular opinions to rise within the forums, and encourage unpopular opinions to sink to obscurity.
Once an opinion has reached a certain level of popularity, comments relating to the opinion should be allowed, with the same limiting criteria as opinions and an identical manner of voting, which would indicate the popularity or unpopularity of comments. In this manner, a policy or amendment would be created.
The most popular policies or amendments should be harvested by the ministers or secretaries overseeing the forums, who would present them in the central forum for the approval or disapproval of the country’s citizens, which would be determined through the same manner of voting.
In essence; the purpose of the CWO would be to create a country’s society through the interaction of a country’s people, and a global civilisation through international debate.
Chapter Three of The Last Revolution
It may take some time for a Global Democracy to develop, since there are many obstacles to consider, such as language barriers and availability of the Internet, so the journey towards a Global Democracy would begin with the creation of CWO websites within countries.
The first versions of the CWO should be presented to a country’s citizens as a model, representing an alternative means of government, within which truly democratic societies would begin to form – in an experimental sense, at first.
This would allow an opportunity for solutions to be engineered regarding any problems that may be encountered, and the fine tuning of the concept itself. For instance; the criteria, apart from an age restriction, that would determine who could and who could not participate in a country’s interactive democracy – in effect; to become an element of the greatly increased number of a country’s politicians.
Also, since each participant would not propose a radically different policy or amendment, or comment regarding those deemed most popular, software should be developed to categorise opinions and comments.
Since a model of the CWO would be informal, and the age restriction of eighteen difficult to impose, a computer’s IP address should be considered as a manner of registration, which would hinder the creation of ‘sock accounts’.
As described in chapter two; the site should contain a central forum, to represent a country’s government in an all-enveloping sense, and smaller forums, representing the various elements of society.
Even though this may be regarded as nothing more than a political game, the implications are astounding. Should the game become popular, and CWO websites spread from one country to another, a sense of Global Democracy would begin to develop, since the citizens of each country would be preparing a model of their truly democratic society.
When the civilian population of a country feel they have the confidence to demand true democracy – since they have created a model of society far superior to the actual society within which they reside – their country’s version of the CWO would connect directly to their existing government.
Once this has occurred, the informal registration of an IP address should be replaced by a formal system of registration, as there is now in so-called democratic countries. The system would also allow citizens to elect presidents, prime ministers, and other members of government. The task of government representatives would be to ensure policies and amendments are implemented into society, and to act as ambassadors, providing a voice that truly represents their country’s people.
Needless to say; governments will not allow this manner of democracy to replace their current political systems willingly, and the police and armed forces are employed to defend those who govern. Yet, if the police and armed forces were able to discuss their role in society, as any civilian may theirs, they would be as much a part of society’s reform as the civilian population.
Not only would this ensure a peaceful revolution, it would also affect the mechanism of warfare, since members of the armed forces would be able to voice their opinions, instead of being used by governments as though they are as thoughtless and unfeeling as the weaponry they operate.
However; when a country’s government is overthrown in favour of Civilian Rule, the country’s military should remain intact until the entire planet is liberated, otherwise liberated countries would be defenceless against those still governed by current political institutions.
Peace on Earth is democracy’s ultimate reward; awarded when disarmament may be achieved on a global scale. Unfortunately, until the world becomes a democratic entity, where a minority wishing to achieve dominion will be halted by the majority, there will always be war and conflict.
One reason for the world’s aggression is that politics is predominately male orientated, at present, as it has been throughout political history. When there is an equal balance of male and female rule, it seems reasonable to assume the planet’s political infrastructure will reflect the qualities of family, and humankind’s natural, altruistic nature, rather than the protective/ aggressive male instinct.
Chapter Four of The Last Revolution
Although most of a country’s policies and amendments would be created within the forums representing the various elements of society, there would be some topics that relate to society as a whole, which would be addressed within the CWO’s central forums. Equally; there will be concerns that affect the whole of humankind, which should be addressed within the central forum of the global version of the CWO – once true democracy has become a global phenomenon.
For example; the world’s heavily imbalanced division of wealth concerns a great many people now, as it may in the future, and not only those who work within the field of finance and economics. An opinion regarding this topic may read;
’20% of the world’s population own 94.5% of the world’s wealth. This leaves the remaining 80% with only 5.5% to share between themselves.
To help redress this imbalance, a progressive taxation system should be introduced. Also, the debts of all countries should be annulled, which would allow the world a clean economic slate.’
Incidentally, this opinion amounts to 53 words.
Since there would be issues regarding the development of societies and global civilisation that are moralistic, such as the example above, the central forums should be overseen by representatives of religions, who should assist in guiding societal growth and global civilisation’s advance in a moral sense. To represent atheist and agnostic in this quest, philosophers should form an element of the central forum’s hosts.
To ensure peaceful debate, religious leaders and philosophers should strive to respect one another’s opinions, and those of the people they represent. Religious leaders should encourage peaceful equilibrium between faiths, rather than attempting to convert the masses to religion and those of other faiths to their own, and philosophers should offer guidelines determined by common human morality, rather than questioning the existence of God.
If the governments of our past would have had a board of individuals representing religious and common morality, it seems reasonable to assume their opinions would have prevented the enslavement of the African people, for example, and their continent from being divided as though a cake among villains. Neither would it have been considered morally agreeable to treat peoples such as the Native American Indians, Asian Indians or Australian Aboriginals in the despicable manner they were. Hitler may not have risen to power, should Germany have had a board of such individuals.
It seems fair to assume the world would be entirely different, if the advancement of global civilisation would have been morally sound. Maybe there would be no racism, if it had been so. On the contrary, even. In fact; it may be almost impossible to comprehend the differences between such a world and the world we live in.
Yet; it was not so. Our world has been constructed on a foundation of immorality, which has led to the unstable, divided global civilisation we currently inhabit.
However; an opportunity has presented itself, which would enable humankind to unite and create the fair, peaceful, benevolent world that would have been, should the construction of global civilisation have been overseen by the morality of the human race, rather than the questionable intent of a minority, whose actions passed unchallenged.
Chapter Five of The Last Revolution
The alternative to the radicalisation of politics, through the majority’s intervention in political affairs – whether by the method described, or by finding another way to implement systems of governance that would ensure the will of the majority reigns supreme in political decisions – would mean allowing the world’s political climate to remain as it is.
Now we have briefly contemplated an alternative manner of governance, based on that which already exists in many countries, and how its implementation may be achieved, and before we consider the strategy further, let’s contemplate the world as it stands, and the consequences of allowing global civilisation’s construction to advance within the confines of current political guidelines.
Perhaps the most reliable manner of assessing the planet’s health, and that of global civilisation, would be by referring to the Doomsday Clock, which is a symbolic clock representing a countdown to global catastrophe, with midnight symbolising the Earth’s destruction through human incompetence.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BAS) was founded in 1945 to monitor the threat to the planet’s wellbeing from nuclear technology, and since 1947; Cold War tensions between the Communist Bloc and Capitalist Bloc. Since 2007, the clock has been adjusted to accommodate for other factors that may lead to irrevocable harm to our planet, such as climate change.
Before the 21st century, the closest the clock arrived to having its hands clasped in prayer was at two minutes to twelve, in 1953, when nations representing the Communist Bloc and Capitalist Bloc were non communicative, and each had tested thermonuclear devices within a nine-month period of time. The next closest was when the big hand stood at three minutes to twelve, in 1949, when Russia tested its first nuclear weapon, which announced the commencement of the Arms Race. This occurred again in 1984, when communication between superpowers almost ceased.
And now, in May 2020, during what may be the final edit of this book, the big hand has crept to one hundred seconds to twelve; the closest the clock has ever been to midnight. Although it is often updated, the site hosting the Doomsday Clock, thebulletin.org, had the following introduction in the Autumn of 2015;
’Unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity, and world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth.
Despite some modestly positive developments in the climate change arena, current efforts are entirely insufficient to prevent a catastrophic warming of Earth. Meanwhile, the United States and Russia have embarked on massive programs to modernize their nuclear triads – thereby undermining existing nuclear weapons treaties. The clock ticks now at just three minutes to midnight because international leaders are failing to perform their most important duty – ensuring and preserving the health and vitality of human civilization.’
Since the BAS was founded due to concerns for the planet’s welfare, after the introduction of nuclear weaponry into warfare, we should examine the incredible escalation, since this time, of the destructive power, quantity, and increasingly widespread implementation of these weapons of mass destruction into a number of countries’ so-called ‘defence’ programmes.
The thermonuclear devices dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, in 1945, brought an end to the Second World War. Yet, with the gravest irony, they evoked the threat of the Third World War in the same instant.
When compared to today’s standards, the Hiroshima atomic bomb, Little Boy, was only rather small, at around eighteen kilotons, which is equivalent to the destructive force of about eighteen thousand tons of TNT. Fat Man – the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki – was only slightly more powerful, at roughly twenty-two kilotons.
The Russian Tsar hydrogen bomb, on the other hand, which was tested in 1961, was around fifty megatons; the destructive power of fifty million tons of TNT, which is around 1,500 times more powerful than the combined force of the bombs which destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and ten times that of all the conventional explosives used in World War Two.
The United States and Russia maintain roughly 1,800 of their nuclear weapons on high-alert status – ready to be launched within minutes of a warning – and ten countries together possess more than 15,000 nuclear weapons. So, it seems reasonable to assume this extreme vulgarity will escalate even further, until these governments – and perhaps more in the future – have the power to obliterate our entire planet, if they do not have the capability to do so already.
When considering this scenario; if one were to observe our planet without any knowledge of the human race, one might assume we are both a fearful and aggressive species, with nations wishing to impose their beliefs upon other nations, and defend themselves against nations wishing to do the same – and that incredible violence, or the threat thereof, is necessary to maintain peace on Earth.
Now that we have contemplated the world’s governments growing capability to create what would be, in effect, devastation on a biblical scale; an Armageddon, which may destroy the planet upon which we live, we should ask ourselves whether the world’s political climate reflects the true nature of our species – Homo sapiens; wise beings – or whether it is only the consequence of the abrasive interactions between a minority who supposedly represent humankind.
If we conclude that governments do represent the nature of humankind, there is no need to consider an alternative, and we should accept the hostile environment within which we exist is necessary to maintain peace on Earth, despite the incredible irony; that if we cannot live together in peace, we must destroy one another, and even the world upon which all life lives.
However; should we arrive at the conclusion that the world’s political climate does not represent the collective nature of humankind, the misrepresentation must be eradicated and replaced by an alternative which does, since misrepresentation may lead to the destruction of the human race, all life, and the planet itself.
Chapter Six of The Last Revolution
The consequences of global warming is another threat to our planet’s welfare, and again; if we are satisfied governments are doing everything within their power to prevent an already grave situation from worsening to a point of no return, we should accept nothing more may be done, and continue to allow governments to dictate the manner in which the planet’s ill health is dealt with.
On the other hand, if we – the overwhelming majority of the world’s population – feel a great deal more could and should be done, and that efforts being made do not reflect the urgency of the situation, we should strive to intervene in political affairs, so the human race may express their concern for our planet, and take action which reflects this concern.
The latter deserves serious contemplation when considering governments were warned, in the 1950s and 60s, about the harmful effects of burning fossil fuels, and it was their reluctance to take the matter seriously that has allowed the manifestation of the consequences. Should governments have heeded the advice of scientists conducting research at that time, measures may have been taken to avoid the grim scenario we now find ourselves within.
Therefore; to summarise all we have considered until this point; if we – the majority of our kind – feel the planet’s hostile political climate is unnecessary, since it does not reflect human nature, and measures being taken to prevent climate change are inadequate, it would be in the planet’s best interest, that of all life, and the future generations of all life, to intervene in political affairs, so the hands of the Doomsday Clock flop to rest peacefully at its hips, rather than peering between its fingertips at a world it fears will surely end.
Yet; although they may be the greatest, climate change and the threat of a nuclear holocaust are only two absurdities among countless others, which may lead one to assume the world is being governed by absurd reasoning – the consequence of fragmented intelligence; the dissonant interactions between the world’s leaders – which could and should be eradicated through the collective intelligence of humankind.
There is, for example, the question of life’s meaning and purpose. If one considers global civilisation as a construction project, one might wonder what the human race have been attempting to construct, and find it unsurprising that the corrupt, divided world that has been created, and is being created – while teetering on the brink of destruction – does little to evoke a sense of life’s meaning and purpose within our kind.
It may be said the foundation upon which to build global civilisation does not even exist, for the foundation of any civilisation should guarantee its inhabitants are housed, fed, educated, and cared for when they are sick. When bearing this in mind; there is still a long way to go to reach this initial stage of construction, when considering half the planet’s populous live within the realms of poverty, and that which has been built, and is being built, exists uncertainly, for it has been created, and is being created within the shadow cast by the threat of destruction.
Once all factors are taken into consideration, it seems fair to assume that governments are not overseeing the construction of a global civilisation within which our species may survive and flourish. Governments do not combine to form one force directing the growth of global civilisation, with an ultimate goal in mind. This has not been their plan, it is not their plan, and they do not seem to have a plan to offer. In fact; many governments seem intent on creating a divided world with increasingly sturdy borders, housing nations in hostile disagreement, and should their discrepancies escalate into armed conflict, they may destroy global civilisation and the planet upon which it rests.
‘We’ are not responsible for creating a global civilisation that has no apparent blueprint, and may be created only to be destroyed; we are instructed to create this absurd world by those governing our lives.
Therefore; at this woefully uncertain point in time, we, as the workers responsible for creating this haphazard, unstable, directionless, divided world, should wonder whether we might be able to come up with a better plan – or a plan, since one does not seem to exist. A design for our societies, and global civilisation, developed through the collective intelligence of the entire human race. In effect; for the world to embark upon a project to design a world the world wishes to live in, while employing governments as the teams overseeing its construction.
For the first time in history, this is an entirely feasible concept. If the Internet is employed as a tool to sculpt a transformation of the world’s political order, in the manner described in the first chapters of this book, humankind would be able to unite in the greatest construction project in the universe known to us; to create a planet that may be the envy of the universe unknown to us, rather than continuing to create a sorrowful catastrophe, existing fearfully in the shadow of destruction, and being directed to do so by an almost insignificant percentage of our kind, who do not seem to have a logical plan in mind.
Let’s continue by considering further the strategy the human race may employ to create a world that reflects the true nature of our kind; when collective intelligence eradicates all man-made threats to our welfare, and the planet’s, and redefines the meaning and purpose of our existence – a global civilisation that reaches a standard of development our species is capable of, without the fear of destruction surrounding its creation.
Chapter Seven of The Last Revolution
Although there has never been a single political system governing the entire planet, attempts have been made throughout history to create one that would. If Germany would have won the Second World War, we would be living in a global civilisation constructed to Nazi criteria, and perhaps it is reasonable to assume everyone would have adapted to living in it. Or, if communism would have swept across the planet, the red flag would be flying above our heads wherever we turn, and it would have become our nature to address each other as ‘Comrade’.
Yet; even though our global civilisation is not governed by a singular political philosophy – created from the dreams of an individual, such as Hitler or Stalin – it has been constructed to the criteria of an almost imperceptible minority, nevertheless, and just because we have adapted to living in it, does not mean it is as we wish it would be.
Although it is convenient to use political terminology we have grown accustomed to, and the CWO would create a system of governance by the majority that relates to our understanding of democracy, the fusion of political ideology, both historic and emerging, created through international debate, remains nameless, as yet.
A fusion of political philosophy, resulting in a global political doctrine, would bring an end to the threat of a Third World War or any wars that arise as a result of the conflict between different political concepts.
It does not seem wise to wait for politicians to create a fusion of political philosophy, so the world may be governed fairly, and in peace, or believe it is in their minds to do so. Governments struggle to maintain systems of rule that provide for a wealthy minority, at the expense of the majority, and nations are prepared to destroy the majority of humankind, and even the planet itself, to keep their systems in place, regardless of the absurdity.
Neither should we expect a united world to emerge from movements claiming to offer a political ideology that may be employed on a global scale, the philosophy of an individual, or the policies of a political party, since there will be those who believe in these alternatives and others who do not. And if we place our trust in someone, or a group of people, they may let us down, and if they don’t, they will die, leaving us without leaders and at risk from being governed by corrupt forces once again. In effect; such alternatives prevent the world from being united by opinion and creates political tensions. Or, together we stand; divided we fall.
Yet; if the world unites, through our understanding of true democracy, and collectively forms the world the world dreams of living in, when one world-builder dies they will be replaced by another, so an Earthly paradise will continue to form until the end of time.
And should the planet be governed by everyone who lives upon it, there would not be an opportunity for an individual to attempt to dominate the world. Neither could there be small groups of people who wish to govern the citizens of entire countries, which is how our world is governed at present.
There would be no need for groups such as Anonymous, who attempt to expose government secrets, because there wouldn’t be any government secrets, and there would be no conspiracy theorists either, since everyone would know exactly how the world functions because they would participate openly in its design and construction.
The increasing number of organisations pressing for global reform would disintegrate, but their policies would be considered within the forums of the CWO, and perhaps implemented as viable alternatives to current guidelines dictating our existence. Otherwise, the Zeitgeist Movement and the Venus Project, and so on, are only destined to fail, despite their good intentions, for the simple reason that not everyone agrees with their concept of a new world, just as not everyone agrees with the policies of a political party.
As we have already considered; the current political climate has led to a world resting upon the brink of a Third World War, with the greatest global tensions existing between the United States of America and Russia. Yet, Russia only accounts for 2% of the world’s population and the U.S.A; 4.4%.
Therefore; 6.4 % of the world’s population are prepared to start a war that may destroy the entire planet and all its life, simply because these ‘superpowers’ are engaged in a conflict of interests.
Each superpower’s government is represented by a single person, whose role is to maintain the precarious balance between war and peace. In effect; world peace relies on the ability of these world leaders to ‘get along’ with each other.
In 2016, during a previous edit of this book, the world only hoped Vladimir Putin would get along with Donald Trump, should he be elected as the President of the United States, for a clash of personalities may result in a Third World War.
Now, Donald Trump has been elected, and seems to be getting along reasonably well with Vladimir Putin, so the world has tentatively released bated breath. However; Donald Trump has already engaged in childlike banter with Kim Jong-un, the Leader of the Workers’ Party of Korea, regarding a nuclear war between North Korea and America, with Donald Trump leaving a message on the Internet for the world to see, via a Twitter ‘tweet’, posted below;
‘North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un (sic) just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!’
So, humankind have drawn a fresh, anxious breath, and hope Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump will become friends. We should revolt against this possibly fatal absurdity sooner rather than later. If a global revolution does not take place, the majority of humankind will remain powerless to prevent politicians from creating a Third World War, as they have the Second, First, or any other war, and both soldier and civilian will be destroyed by it – as though politicians regard the majority of humankind as nothing more than pieces within the games they play.
Although a country’s leaders once led their armies into battle, if a Third World War occurs, politicians will retreat to the safety of their nuclear bunkers until the war they have created is over, before re-emerging to resume their rule and prepare for World War Four; if there is anyone left to govern or destroy.
The repetition of error is not due to the fact that ‘we’ do not learn from the mistakes made throughout history – it is rather that politicians do not learn, which may be due to the fact politicians are the least likely to suffer the consequences of the wars they create.
However; should we gather the courage to relieve politicians of their power, and place the destiny of our planet into the hands of everyone who lives upon it, the suffering of the past, and the fear of such suffering, would surely prevent such unspeakable calamities from taking place again.
The Internet is offering a unique possibility for humankind to unite; to create a philosophy of living that would bring lasting peace to our planet. The power to change the world is within the grasp of each and every one of us, and all we should do is seize the opportunity while there is still the chance to do so.
After all; if an almost negligible percentage of the world’s population are able to control the destiny of civilisation’s advance, and individuals such as Hitler and Stalin once dreamed of dominating the world, why shouldn’t the whole world dream of constructing a global civilisation through collective reasoning?
Chapter Eight of The Last Revolution
To create a global paradise may be a monumental task, which would require a great deal of thought power and physical effort to achieve, but once the world is running smoothly, like a well-oiled machine, politics, which dominates today’s news, would fade into the background of world affairs, to be replaced by reports of humankind’s advance towards a bright, new future.
Global civilisation, in a physical sense, is the foundation we may build upon, which has been created through the blood, sweat and tears of our ancestors, and is being built by those who live today. It has not been built by politicians – it has been built within the confines of their restraints, destroyed throughout history as a result of their abrasive, aggressive interactions, and exists within the threat of destruction.
When it is destroyed by war, politicians instruct those they govern to rebuild it, so it may be knocked down once again, as though towers of building blocks kicked to rubble by the most despicable of infants, and rebuilt by those who have no choice but to entertain them.
There is an opportunity to create a world that does not grow feebly and uncertainly in the shadow of destruction; a world that would grow vigorously in the bright light of creation and innovation, without being stunted by factors such as financial concerns.
The world is governed by finance because twenty percent of the world’s population own almost all of the world’s wealth, and the political climate is designed to maintain this unequal balance. This scenario hinders the advance of humankind, and leaves half the world’s population living within the realms of poverty.
The world’s wealth has been generated by countless generations who have lived before us, yet we have been robbed of our inheritance and do not have the power to recover the proceeds of this theft, just as we are unable to prevent those who govern from contemplating destroying the planet and all its life.
Of course; a global progressive taxation system would redress the imbalance of wealth, and a Global Democracy would eradicate the threat of war caused by political tensions. In fact; the world’s absurdities would surely cease to exist, should the majority unite in an effort to detect the world’s flaws and find logical alternatives to replace them.
Although it may be argued that a journey towards a Global Democracy would be wrought with problems, it may be said they are but difficulties to be overcome. For example; the language barrier is perhaps one of the greatest obstacles, so a flawless translation system should be implemented within the global version of the CWO, together with a manner of teaching English on a global scale within our societies, since English is the language of communication chosen by politicians, which, in effect, almost everyone who would participate in the world’s construct would be.
Also, once the world’s affairs are a concern for the whole of humankind, rather than a responsibility held within the hands of a minority, and in order for the masses to adapt to civilian rule, the new system of politics should be taught in schools. Students should be aware the profession they choose will be conducted within an environment they are able to manipulate, and their society and global civilisation are equally malleable.
Perhaps, one day, the current system of politics will be taught in history classes, where students may find it hard to believe there was a time when the world was governed by such a small number of people, who had the power to control the lives of everyone, and even destroy them and the planet itself. They may find it almost impossible to conceive; that a tiny minority of the world’s population were allowed to create a fearful, corrupt, unjust, divided hell on Earth, instead of everyone working together to create a paradise for all.
Once their ties to today’s political systems are broken, and constraints to thinking released, economists would design an alternative financial climate, for it seems financial restraints hinder humankind’s advance in many respects. For instance, if the limits of medical research were determined by the availability of those conducting research, rather than funding, healthcare would advance at a far greater rate.
Those who produce and distribute comestibles would work together to ensure food is not wasted, and excess distributed to those in need, or preserved to provide sustenance should there be a time of dearth – rather than being transported to dumps to feed vermin and insects.
Companies manufacturing merchandise would construct their products to the highest of standards, to reduce the amount of waste and pollution the planet produces, and to ensure the world’s limited resources are used with consideration, so there is sufficient for future generations.
However; to continue writing in this manner would mean preparing a manifesto, which would amount to nothing more than irony, since the concept of the CWO offers a method that would allow everyone to participate in forming a manifesto for political and societal reform.
These are only examples of good, common sense, which most possess. Yet; such generic wisdom does not exist within the world politicians have created and continue to create. It is time to realise the farce of our existence and unite; to transform our troubled world into an efficient, logical global society, which may become a blueprint for all civilisations in the universe, should they exist, rather than the shame of the same.
Chapter Nine of The Last Revolution
Although you may feel everything you have read so far makes perfect sense, and wonder whether there could be anything to prevent a global revolution, so humankind may begin to create a world through collective intelligence, there are a number of factors, relating to mentality and attitude, that may hinder its manifestation, some of which were mentioned in the first chapter.
For example; political tensions between nations, which may result in a Third World War, should encourage the world to unite in a drive to overthrow existing governments and create a world that reflects humankind’s wish for peace on Earth. However; although a nuclear holocaust is a terrifying prospect, we have developed various mentalities to cope with the notion, since the world’s political climate is designed to prevent the majority from intervening in political affairs.
We accept the world’s hostilities are an unavoidable element of our existence, or try to push the concept out of our minds. Or we assume no one would be foolish enough to press the Red Button, or simply hope a Third World War won’t occur, in much the same way we may hope a grumbling volcano will not erupt.
The mentality of our species has been affected by being born into a troubled world we have no control over. We have been conditioned to accept we are unable to interfere in politics, even though we may believe we live in a democratic society.
There are many quotes which sum up politics rather well, but this one by the French poet, essayist and philosopher, Paul Valéry, may do so perfectly:
‘Politics is the art of preventing people from becoming involved in affairs which concern them.’
We feel as powerless to intervene in politics as we do the forces of nature, and it may take time to replace this impotent attitude with the belief that an opportunity has arisen that would allow empowerment. Until that time, we are destined to live with the fearful conditions a minority have created, which are only made bearable by acceptance, denial, resignation, wishful thinking and what may turn out to be hopeless hope.
At present, those who hope for radical change in the world are only able to express their views in a limited manner. One may, for example, take part in a demonstration, where banners of protest are waved and opinions shouted as loud as lungs allow, with the hope banners will be read and shouts heard by politicians, and taken seriously if they are. Or one may sign a petition, regarding some concern, or share and create posts on social-networking sites such as Facebook. Although such actions certainly increase awareness of the world’s problems, and reflects the concern of the majority, they rarely encourage the desired response, and if they do, it does not usually progress beyond the local to encompass the planet.
One may also join one of the ever-increasing number of movements wishing to change the world. Although these movements reflect a growing desire for global reform, they create a divide between people who should stand united. Apart from this division rendering them ineffectual in a political sense, and preventing the world from being united by a single vision, these movements place rebels under the scrutiny of government authorities.
The fear of change, and complacency, are other factors which contribute to what may prove to be fatal apathy. Those who benefit from current political systems may be the most complacent of all, and the least likely to wish for change. A resigned stance is adopted by many of those who manage to adapt to society, and live comfortable lives. They enjoy the comfort familiarity brings, and therefore fear change more than those who struggle through life. They pay their bills and rent, or their mortgage, and only wish their children will adapt as well as they have, even though they know the consequences may be grave in the extreme if they don’t.
Similarly; although many wish to help those who starve, as they eat, and who drink dirty water, as they drink clean water from a tap, others do not trouble themselves with such concerns. One should not assume they do not care, but consider they feel powerless to assist, and therefore ignore the plight of others, which they must, if they wish to enjoy their relatively good fortune without it being ruined by a sense of guilt they feel unable to extinguish.
Those who find it impossible to ignore the plight of people who suffer may donate money to charity. Yet, the effect of such generosity is questionable. Decades of donations have not harvested the benefit of their intent, since developing nations still do not have the basic infrastructure of civilisation, such as clean water, sewage systems, hospitals and schools, and one might wonder why such basic amenities have not been implemented long ago.
Perhaps one should consider those who govern the developed world and wonder whether they see the advance of developing nations as an improvement in their favour. For example; should Africa reach a standard of development enjoyed by the West, Africa may become a powerful ally of another nation. Therefore; if hindering the advance of developing nations is a deliberate strategy by developed nations, as a result of the political tensions between developed nations, the scenario hinders the advance of humankind.
Replacing an attitude of accepting or ignoring such absurdities with sheer determination for change, is as great a challenge as evoking a revolution, and there cannot be one without the other. The manner in which our world is, and has been governed, has resulted in a mentality far removed from what may be considered natural for our species, and a healthy attitude will not become apparent until we are able to express our deepest concerns, generated by our true nature, with the knowledge they have the power to evoke change.
Perhaps a healthy outlook may be found when observing the philosophies of the indigenous tribes of the past, such as the Native American Indians before their near annihilation, many of which considered the lives of multiple generations ahead of their own, as if it were only natural to do so.
Yet; if the world’s political climate remains as it is, we will continue to adopt such attitudes as preferring not to think any further ahead than our own generation, because the space beyond is filled with a dark uncertainty. And praying, wishing and hoping there will not be a Third World War, because there is little else we can do, and pushing thoughts of the suffering of our fellow kind out of our minds, so we can live comfortable lives without a sense of guilt.
There will be a revolution when we realise that denial, resignation, wishful thinking, hopeless hope, the fear of change, the comfort a disturbing familiarity brings, easing one’s sense of powerlessness and guilt through token gestures of kindness, or engaging in near-ineffectual activity to change the world are deeply depressing alternatives when compared to the opportunity we have been presented with.
However; until we seize this chance to take control, we must keep on hoping, wishing, praying, marching, waving banners, shouting, donating to charities, signing petitions, joining organisations and engaging in conversation about how awful the world is, so we do not feel as powerless as we really are.
Chapter Ten of The Last Revolution
Of course; you may think the concept of a Global Democracy as nothing but a dream. Yet; everything that has been created through the effort of humankind was once nothing more than a dream.
The dreams of politicians have led to the world we live in, and dictate the manner in which we must live. Hitler’s dreams would have turned the entire planet into an intolerant, hateful, racist, Aryan hell, and perhaps an equally insane tyrant will rise to power, one day, with the dream of dominating the world, and succeed. It would certainly be foolish to consider this an impossibility, and the only way to render it so would be for the majority to rise together before such an occurrence – to dream of the world we wish to live in, and pursue the dream, as individuals and minorities pursue, and have pursued theirs.
Or will it take a calamity, such as World War Three, before we realise the world would be entirely different if global civilisation were constructed to reflect the collective dream of humankind, rather than the multiple, conflicting dreams of the world’s governing minorities, which have combined to produce a barely tolerable nightmare?
Are we only destined to build a new world if we are instructed to do so by those who will destroy the world we are living in; who will govern us until the next calamity of their creation?
Will waiting prove a fatal mistake? We cannot even dream if our world is destroyed, and the dream of a paradise on Earth will remain a dream if we are rendered even more powerless by governments.
Naturally; there is bound to be reluctance when advancing towards the unknown, and leaving the comfort of familiarity behind. Yet; it seems we must become a generation of brave pioneers, if humankind wishes to survive and flourish on a planet enjoying good health.
The first steps towards this world may be filled with trepidation, but each step will be more certain than the last, because a new philosophy of living will emerge as we head towards a bright, new future of our creation.
Should a revolution occur, in the manner described in this book, there would be no need to think of another; it would be the Last Revolution. If a revolution does not occur, the future of our planet, our kind, and all life will remain suspended within the realms of a nightmare few seem willing to consider. A revolution must take place so a new philosophy of living may emerge from the dreams we dream within this nightmare; dreams that reveal the true nature of humankind, and reflected in the world around us upon their manifestation.
Yet; what would a world constructed from the desire of humankind be like?
One should not assume it is human nature to lust for power, wealth and fame, and to exploit those we see as weaker than ourselves. Or to destroy one another, entire races of people, the environment and even the planet itself, in order to defend our principles and impose our will on others, but consider these traits exist within those who hold dominance today, and in the past, because these qualities are essential if one wishes to reach the pinnacles of power and rule the world of today.
Unfortunately, some of these attributes have spilled into the consciousness of the masses, to some degree. For instance; since the wealthy minority have left so little wealth for the majority to share, one may be tempted to take more than one’s fair share, and to do so may require one to be as ruthless and selfish as the wealthy minority.
So, it may take some time before our mentality adjusts to living in a global civilisation built upon a foundation of fairness and equality, rather than exploitation, greed and inequality. And if the world does not change, the political climate will continue to manipulate human nature rather than reflect it.
The journey towards a world that does reflect the true nature of humankind would require each and every one of us to question our values, and consider what circumstances have led to harbouring them.
There is also the question ‘does humankind have morality without religion’. Perhaps it could be argued that humankind would not have been receptive to religion, if we did not, or have searched throughout the ages for a meaning to existence that runs deeper than the mere physicality of survival.
Perhaps common human morality led humankind to search for its source; for God. Maybe, if we would have been free to roam the planet as we pleased, from the earliest days of our migration until the present, unhindered by borders, the concept of God would have become a topic for universal debate, and one philosophy would have formed to encompass belief, rather than endless religions, since it would have surely seemed common sense to assume there is only The One God, or Gods, watching over us all.
Maybe, in time, this theory will emerge within the global version of the CWO, when there are representatives of the world’s religions overseeing the development of global civilisation in a moralistic sense. Perhaps they will agree that the various religions are the result of considering the phenomenon of God on a planet divided by borders, culture and language, and that Jesus and Muhammad are prophets representing the same God; that Allah and Yahweh are one and the same.
Discussions between religious leaders, and words of wisdom from those who follow a faith, and those who do not, would surely prevent wars created by religious conflict;
‘There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it’
George Bernard Shaw
‘Like a bee gathering honey from different flowers, the wise accept the essence of different scriptures, and see only the good in all religions.’
The Srimad Bhagavatan
Perhaps religious leaders will arrive at the conclusion that God wishes humankind to live in peace and harmony, with love and respect for one another, all life, and the planet itself, regardless of faith. To exude qualities such as kindness, caring, and a wish for fairness and equality in the world. To be compassionate towards those suffering hardships, and to treat another as one wishes to be treated. And maybe those who do not believe in God will wholeheartedly agree with them, because they will reach the same conclusion through human reasoning guided by common morality.
However; whether this is God’s wish, the wish of those who believe in God, or simply a wish the vast majority holds dear, regardless of their beliefs, it seems we are unable to fulfil this wish within the world we currently inhabit.
Chapter Eleven of The Last Revolution
Although I do not offer a manifesto, let’s continue by considering how life might be in a post-revolution world, as though reading a concise version of history books from the future.
Let’s imagine the first version of the CWO was developed in a country with a relatively small population, and the country’s citizens participated in re-designing their society in an experimental sense. The resulting model of their country’s societal infrastructure proved far superior to the actual society within which they lived, so the majority demanded that their government must be re-modelled to accommodate an interactive democracy.
Since members of the police and armed forces were considered citizens too, and able to voice their opinions, the country’s government had no choice in the matter, because they could not call on these forces to prevent an intellectual uprising of the people.
As a result of this blood-less revolution, the country’s government was modified to form a democracy in the true sense of the term – governance by the people, with their elected representatives fulfilling the wishes of the majority, regarding the society they wished to create.
This manner of governance proved so successful that citizens of other countries were inspired to do the same. As a result, the CWO spread from one country to the next, until a global version of the CWO was created, as a model of a global democracy. The global version of the CWO allowed concerns to be addressed that affected humankind, all species and the planet itself, such as world peace, the global economy and the planet’s health.
Once the members of the armed forces were allowed a voice, they gathered to discuss the concept of war, which seemed to resonate increasingly dissonant with the world as it changed to reflect the true nature of humankind.
The members of the armed forces wondered why warfare had escalated to the point where civilians formed the greatest number of casualties, and societal infrastructure was destroyed or damaged beyond repair. History informed them that battles were once fought on battlefields, and the casualties of war were mostly soldiers, who had been led into combat by their leader, such as their king.
They contemplated modern warfare, and the possibility of humankind’s final or almost certainly penultimate war – the Third World War – when the world’s leaders would hide away in safe havens while their troops died on a battlefield which had grown to encompass the entire planet.
They considered nuclear weaponry, and its ability to destroy entire cities and all who lived within, with the mere prod of a finger upon a button, and the planet’s entire nuclear arsonry, which had the power to destroy the planet and all its life. They saw this escalation of military might had occurred within decades, and wondered whether this so-called advance of humankind had a limit.
The world’s armed forces realised they had placed humankind within a reign of terror, orchestrated by the world’s cowardly leaders, and began to impose their own restrictions regarding the technology they would be willing to employ, should war be deemed a necessary solution to conflict.
Since civilians had become unwillingly embroiled within the political disputes between nations, and lived with the fear of being annihilated, should political conflict lead to war, the armed forces began to include their views in their debates, and their stance was clear; the world wished to live in peace, and considered war a vulgarity that had no place within their vision of the future. And since the armed forces’ loyalty rested first and foremost with the people they had been employed to protect, they worked together to create a world at peace, which they saw as the true purpose of a soldier’s quest.
Although wars of the past had seemed inevitable, due to the world’s political climate of the time, the majority of the world’s potential wars were considered avoidable. The nuclear standoff between the Communist Bloc and Capitalist Bloc seemed an increasingly absurd notion, since it became quite obvious – during discussions in the global version of the CWO, between the representatives of the people of these nations, and in discussions between the people themselves – that the people of the West did not hate Russians and their allies, nor vice versa, and those who did had been brainwashed by political propaganda.
Further discussions, which determined the true attitudes of the peoples of these nations since the end of the Second World War, revealed that only a fraction of the people of the Capitalist Bloc had regarded communism as a concept to be dismissed, and the same was true of the Communist Bloc’s people’s attitude towards capitalism. Many had believed a fusion of these political ideologies may have created a suitable manner of governance, and wondered why each nation had guarded their views so stubbornly, and for so long, rather than each contemplating the other’s viewpoint with intelligent neutrality and forming such a political doctrine.
It was agreed that differing opinions are vital, and conflict of opinion, necessary, since one viewpoint may be compared to another, with the hope opposing views will illuminate the ground resting between, where the best solution may be found. The hostile divides of the old world had prevented this search from beginning. The leaders of humankind were encumbered with political views they guarded with the lives of their people, instead of openly comparing one view with another, with the intention of developing a philosophy of living that would rest comfortably with all.
Humankind took a quantum leap forward when the elected representatives of the world’s nations gathered in the global version of the CWO to discuss the opinions of the people they represented, who agreed that resorting to violence, as a means to end a conflict of opinion, was absurd, profoundly stupid and bordering on Neanderthal.
As a Global Democracy reached the final stages of development, reflecting a singular philosophy governing the physicality of existence, the danger of one nation imposing its political doctrine on another nation, or venomously defending its own ceased, so the tension between nations arrived at an abrupt end. And debates between religious leaders in the central forum encouraged peace between faiths, so intense religious friction dwindled to a tolerable chaffing.
To cut a long story short; once the views of the majority replaced those of a governing minority, and members of the armed forces were able to voice their opinions, rather than being used as though they were as thoughtless and unfeeling as the machinery of war, nuclear disarmament occurred almost overnight, and the threat of a Third World War ceased to exist.
Although a limited amount of weaponry was maintained to protect the planet against an Alien invasion, should such an unlikely event arise, the world’s military might was reduced to a fraction of its former scale. Nuclear weapons were rendered useless and erected in public places, such as in parks and city squares, to remind the world of its grim, dark, violent past.
Although there were many books and movies, portraying Earth under attack by Alien forces, and of humankind’s gallant attempts to defend themselves, a deeper consideration of the concept revealed that if Aliens had the ability to travel through time and space, with the intent of attacking Earth, it was supposed they would have done so already, and their technology would be so advanced that they would have fried everyone to a crisp.
It seemed more likely to assume they were only observing the human race rather sadly, with their large, sensitive, almond eyes, since most agreed that intelligent beings, from unseen realms of the universe, probably were intelligent, and had long since understood that contemplating destroying the planet upon which one lives is not.
Many assumed they would like to come to Earth and help us, and hadn’t because they knew that giving the key to unlock secrets of science would be a grave mistake, since we would only use such knowledge in a negative, harmful way, as we did when we discovered how to split the atom and within a few decades made the Atom Bomb. It was supposed that aliens, having observed the barbaric, violent nature of humankind throughout our history, may assume humans would use such knowledge to build weapons to attack them.
As the world changed to reflect the peaceful, curious, friendly, compassionate nature of humankind, everyone began to hope they might be visited by Aliens, some day, and looked forward to taking them on a guided tour of our planet with pride, instead of hanging their heads in shame, or shooting them from the skies before they even arrived.
Chapter Twelve of The Last Revolution
Let us further our contemplation of this possible future by considering other events, which may occur at more or less the same time as those mentioned in the preceding chapter;
The monetary benefit the world enjoyed, as a result of world peace, was channelled into the construction of a global civilisation that grew with an unusual sense of permanence, since it would exist without the risk of being destroyed as a consequence of war.
The compulsory year’s enlistment to the armed forces, which many countries demanded of their youth, changed to become a year’s enlistment to the unarmed forces, for all the world’s youth, who assisted in the creation of society’s infrastructure, such as building roads, railways, schools, hospitals, and homes that would be presented to the world’s citizens as an element of their birth right; places of residence that could not be taken away, so homelessness became a meaningless term of the past.
Before this basic necessity of life became a human right, no creature on Earth feared homelessness in the way the human race had, or spent so much of their time working to keep their home, with the fear of losing it embedded in every monthly step of their life’s journey.
Although a home provided a sense of security and comfort, as it is for all home-dwelling creatures, the world’s workers realised their homes also created a sense of insecurity and discomfort, since they knew they would lose their homes if they failed to make their mortgage payments or pay their rent.
Once humankind realised this basic right of life had been withdrawn and returned in exchange for labour, they understood they were being driven to work through fear, rather than desire, since if a worker refused to work, or were not able to, for some reason, they may lose their homes. And since food had become a commodity one must buy; that they may not be able to feed themselves and their families.
The consideration of this phenomenon suggested that forcing an animal to work in this manner – taking away their homes and food if they did not – would be considered animal cruelty, and a strategy that would stress the animal. And, if the practice were to continue from one generation to the next; a means of control that would affect the species’ evolution,
Further consideration of humankind’s evolution revealed the members of other species teach their young all they know from the day they are born, whereas the human race had to hide a great deal of truth from their young until they were considered old enough to deal with the disturbing facts encompassing their existence.
Educating the young of the human race with the truth was seen as an essential element of humankind’s evolution, for it seemed only logical to assume a species’ evolution would be damaged if the truth were hidden from their young and suddenly revealed as a disturbing revelation.
Therefore; logic insisted the world must become a place the human race are able to describe to their children; a world to be proud of, rather than an embarrassment to hide from them. When this was accepted as fact, the scale of the task humankind was faced with became apparent.
As the world’s political climate adjusted to create such a world, the planet’s economy, which had once baffled the most gifted economists, changed to become comparatively simplistic. The new economy ensured all enjoyed a comfortable standard of living, with the opportunity to improve their circumstances beyond compare until it reached a limit.
The world’s eight richest men, who had as much wealth as the poorest half the world’s population, was an absurdity eradicated; once trading was governed by guidelines that ensured a fair price for produce and labour, and a global progressive taxation system introduced that restricted the amount of wealth one may accumulate. One could still become rich, once this system was implemented, but not to the extent where it damaged the global economy and caused human suffering.
In essence; it was agreed that global civilisation should be considered a single entity, rather than a fragmented phenomenon, and a solid foundation must be constructed to build global civilisation upon. Namely; each of the planet’s inhabitants should be housed, fed, educated, and cared for when they are sick.
Since the world’s workers were participating in the construction of a paradise on Earth, instead of a barely functional global civilisation resting within the realms of an untimely demise, a work ethic described by the English philosopher L.P. Jacks, or which may be attributed to Buddhist philosophy, or perhaps both, began to permeate the consciousness of the human race; there should be no border between work and play.
As the construction of the new world progressed, political ideologies fused to form a new political philosophy governing the planet. An element of capitalism remained intact, because it was considered an appropriate manner of measuring the value of labour, and a philosophy which encouraged innovation and a competitive spirit. But the forces driving capitalism were considered anew – the phenomena driving workers to work, and stirring the desire within the consumer to buy.
Chapter Thirteen of The Last Revolution
As the world adjusted to a new philosophy of living, the strategies employed by governments of the past, to drive the world’s workers to work, became increasingly transparent.
Stalin used fear to keep citizens loyal to the communist party. He said;
‘I prefer my people to be loyal out of fear, rather than conviction. Convictions can change, but fear remains.’
Stalin used his stratagem openly, whereas capitalist governments used a harrowing, fear-inducing technique covertly and rather cleverly, by disguising their tactic as gifts, which ensured they would have faithful workers for life, since the gifts were everything the workers required or desired, including their homes and food.
To ensure the workers were driven to work through the fear of being unable to survive, almost every country housed a homeless population, since no one would have been afraid of being without a home if the phenomenon did not exist.
The unfair wealth divide was another necessary element of capitalism. Not only to keep the rich in their privileged position, but also to drive the gift industry. The grossly unequal division of wealth propelled the gift industry because many hoped to take more than their fair share of the little wealth the rich had left for the majority to divide among themselves. This led to an ever increasing number of companies producing gifts, of varying quality and worth; the owners of which hoped to reap a good profit, so they may become wealthy too, and eradicate the stresses encompassing their existence.
Apart from homes and food, there were countless gifts in the form of products and services. Gifts in the form of products were perhaps the most important of all, since an element of their purpose was to soothe the sense of insecurity workers had to endure, because their homes and food were under the constant threat of being withdrawn.
Many companies produced the same product as others, leading to a price-war competitiveness. Some companies used quality as a means to attract their customers, while the majority relied on the clever tactics of advertising agencies to do the same. This led to many gifts being manufactured to a bare minimum of standards, even though the company’s advertising and packaging was often of the highest quality.
As a result, many of the gifts only lasted a short space of time. These gifts were cheap to manufacture, affordable to buy, but expensive or almost impossible to repair, so they were thrown away when they were broken and replaced with new ones.
This scenario led to mountains of waste, from unnecessarily high-quality packaging to poor-quality, designed-to-be-disposable products, which placed an impossible demand on the planet’s limited resources, and choked the skies with needless pollution.
Many of the gifts, in the form of services, arose as a consequence of the collapse of community and family structure, which had occurred because the majority of workers were too busy working, to pay for their homes, food and gifts, to perform the tasks of a natural life.
The services ranged from fast food restaurants, which provided ready meals for those who had no time or energy to cook, to services offering to care for people, from babies to the mentally ill and elderly. Although it was impossible to replicate, people were paid to do the work of mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, great grandparents and friends of the family.
In the global civilisation of the past, one may have been employed in an endless number of ways, which were as numerous as they often were absurd.
One may have become a soldier, attacking, defending or threatening humankind, in an effort to maintain peace in a turbulent political clime.
Or join the police force; rounding up the most unruly or disturbed humans and locking them up – out of sight; out of mind – which made the world appear a better place than it really was.
One may have become a debt collector, who forced those who were too poor to pay their bills to pay double or triple the original amount.
One may have chosen to be a teacher, who informed their students that to be bright and intelligent would be rewarded, whereas to be not so bright and intelligent was a punishable offence. Not only by the scorn received for getting low grades, but also by society itself, since low grades mostly led to poorly paid work, which meant the dream of a beautiful house with a garden, and a life of plenty, would probably only ever be a dream.
The world’s workers produced enormous amounts of food, many of whom did not realise a percentage would feed vermin and insects on dumps, while millions of people in the world were hungry or starving to death, since giving still-edible but unsold produce to hungry humans was deemed a solution that would damage the economy.
They built roads, upon which countless cars travelled, and often with only the driver in them, surrounded by vacant seats. The cars overtook half-empty busses, upon which ticket collectors travelled, with the cost of their employ covered by the fines they gave people for travelling without a ticket.
On the same roads as the cars and busses rumbled endless convoys of lorries, some of which delivered new, poor-quality gifts to shops, while others transported broken gifts to dumps, along with their useless, top-quality packaging; all of which the workers had produced, including the lorries, busses and cars. This scenario persisted, even though the world was dying because of the effects of pollution.
After a lifetime of labour, where so many worked to live, rather than lived to work, and when society had finished with them, elderly workers were placed in old people’s homes, since their families were too busy working to care for them. In these homes, and because they spent most of their day drugged, in bed, stranger’s hands tended to the old workers’ bedsores and poked their bottoms, to dig out faeces, since the old workers were severely constipated as a side effect of drugs and the result of inactivity – and dehydration, since the old people were not offered a drink when they were thirsty, because the homes were mostly understaffed, so the carers of the elderly didn’t have time to take the old workers to the toilet. After the workers had died, there were still expenses relating to their existence; of funerals and cremations, and rental of the land in which they were buried.
Although most wished there was no border between work and play, it was rarely so. Many workers were not happy in their employ. And the gifts did not bring the contentment advertisements promised and governments wished for, so the workers’ lives seemed unfulfilled.
Many took anti-depressants to lift them from the misery of living. Soldiers took them to make war bearable. Teachers, parents and grandparents took them. Even children took them, because they became depressed when their imaginary world collapsed to reveal the real, messed-up world they were living in.
Before the revolution, it seemed an ever-increasing amount of people sensed, at an ever-increasingly younger age, the pointless perils surrounding their destinies. Perhaps those who coped the best were the ones who had the ability to put the world’s horrors out of their minds, such as the notion of a Third World War, which would destroy the entire farce of humankind’s existence.
Chapter Fourteen of The Last Revolution
As the world grew to become governed by true democracy, the nonsensical aspects of life in the past formed a stark contrast with the fantastic advances there had been throughout the ages, since it was undeniable that humankind’s innovation had resulted in some remarkable achievements.
Once collective intelligence replaced the fragmented reasoning of a minority, logic eradicated every absurdity and never a minute was spent creating more, so global civilisation began to develop in harmony with the beneficial advances of humankind.
The old world, where endless rows and stacks of boxes, housing people who worked to propel societies that created rivers of waste, brief pleasure, and great wealth for the chosen few, changed into a new world, where people left for work from their own un-threatened abode, to engage in tasks that brought pleasure and satisfaction.
Products were manufactured to the highest of standards, so they lasted longer, which reduced the amount of waste and pollution global civilisation produced, as well as slowing the rate at which the planet’s limited resources were being used.
Quality became the hook all companies used to catch their customers, so no one was disappointed by poorly manufactured products, or reminded of an observation by John Ruskin, who said:
‘Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of an intelligent effort. The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten.’
As time passed by in this manner, there were only a few companies producing ‘engines’ for toasters, to offer but one example, and other companies offering casings for the product in all shapes and colours. The toaster casings were recyclable, and could be changed an infinite amount of times, whereas the toaster engine was built to the highest standard and repaired by the manufacturer at a reasonable cost, should it cease to function. The same was true for kettles, vacuum cleaners, and countless other products. Consumers were even able to design the casings for such goods, through services the Internet and robotic technology offered. As a result of these changes, the rivers of waste slowed to a trickle.
At long last, the issue of global warming was taken seriously, and an increasing amount of measures were taken to ensure a massive reduction of carbon emissions, such as the introduction of a free, world-wide public transportation system, which greatly reduced the amount of traffic on roads. Busses, trams and trains were designed for the project, which were powered by energy gathered from solar panels on the roofs of the vehicles. A high tax on fuel was introduced to cover the cost, and dissuade the use of privately-owned vehicles.
As the world began to emanate the true nature of humankind, cars that once rolled along roads, empty of their potential occupants, were filled with passengers who had found people willing to offer a lift, via a satellite link transport system.
And there was only one global telecommunication network, connecting the entire planet together at a reasonable cost, instead of endless companies reaping enormous profits. The same was true for the Internet, so even space itself became devoid of humankind’s junk.
Every activity was questioned, and creative solutions found to replace the ludicrous. Rather than convoys of trucks transporting tons of dirty snow from town and city centres, in countries where winters are cold, these hubs of life became vehicle-free, and the clean snow of metropolis taken to parks and open spaces to be crafted into ice castles, slides and sculptures, for the pleasure of all.
Discussions within the environmental forums of the CWO began to explore the possibilities of providing a clean source of power for the planet, such as harnessing wind and sea power, and constructing gigantic solar panels upon non-arable parts of the Earth, such as deserts.
A scheme to grow stronger lungs for the Earth was introduced, which began by re-planting areas that had been clear-felled within rain forests, jungles and natural woodland, where young trees would have shelter and a quality of ground that would encourage their growth.
Since governments had become institutions reflecting the wishes of the majority they truly represented, rather than small groups of politicians imposing their will on a majority they hardly cared for, governments became responsible for the free education and health care of its people. It was considered of the utmost importance that every citizen should be educated and physically well, so schools and hospitals were built until this requirement was met, on a global scale, and sufficient workers trained to offer these vital services.
Although the first versions of the CWO hosted almost-flawless translation technology, which allowed the world’s populous to communicate, the conclusion of global debate regarding communication decreed that each of the world’s citizens should be taught English, since it had been the language chosen by politicians, which, in essence, almost everyone had become.
The question of food management was met with a logical approach. Measures were taken to ensure no food was wasted. Rather than being transported to dumps, to feed pests such as insects and vermin, surplus food was given to those who found themselves in a period of economic distress or the host of a large family, and anything that remained was dried or tinned and exported to countries where food shortage was an issue, until each country became self-supportive regarding their food needs.
The importance of clean drinking water, for all inhabitants of the planet, was another topic which received the attention it had always deserved. A worldwide initiative to purify existing water supplies and drill wells began, which started in areas where the lack of clean drinking water caused disease, and where the irrigation of farmland was essential to ensure successful crop yields. Together with a great many changes of this nature, compost developed from organic waste was used to re-earth the Earth, so farming began in the most hostile environments.
In effect; changes relating to the environment ensured the destruction of the planet was brought to a halt, and slowly reversed, until the Earth’s ill health became wellbeing, and every country had clean water and an abundance of food.
Chapter Fifteen of The Last Revolution
Once each of the world’s countries had become more or less as prosperous as any other, and when humankind began to live together in peaceful harmony, border restrictions ceased to exist. Those who wished to travel did so through curiosity – to explore the world – rather than fleeing their country in search of peace or a better standard of living, since there was no need to do so.
Humankind’s effort led to a sense of harmony and equality with all other species; all were housed and fed, without living with the fear of their homes and food being withdrawn, and free to travel wherever they pleased, as all creatures on Earth. And, since the world had become a place one wished to describe to one’s children; educated with the truth, which were factors that allowed the healthy evolution of humankind to begin.
Some believed humankind’s evolution was superior to that of all other species because of advanced healthcare, whereas others argued it was inferior, since there were still issues to be addressed before humankind would be able to live in perfect harmony with the planet and all its life.
One such concern was the manner in which humankind disposed of its waste. The excrement of all land-dwelling creatures fertilised the Earth’s soil, whereas a great deal of human excrement was pumped into seas and oceans, where it polluted the sea-creatures’ environment – a percentage of which was harvested to feed humankind.
Once this absurdity rose to the attention of the masses, a solution was sought to eradicate the problem, which seemed as though an extreme challenge. Firstly; human excrement was polluted with toxins, such as the residue of medications people took to relieve anxiety and depression. Although this found a natural solution, since increasingly less people felt anxious or depressed and abandoned their medications as a result, human waste was mixed with all manner of chemicals, such as those used to clean clothes and homes. Organic alternatives proved a suitable solution, so human waste was converted into fertiliser, and just in time, since chemical fertilisers had began to pollute the Earth’s soil.
Another factor, which separated Homo sapiens from the rest of life on Earth, was that no other species have jails or a police force. However; crime diminished considerably as the world’s political climate began to exude an air of honesty, fairness and equality, rather than corruption, greed and exploitation.
Stealing from one another had become deeply frowned upon, because humankind were proud of the world’s sense of honesty, equality and fairness. People trafficking had become a phenomenon of the past, as all were able to travel wherever they please, and the legalisation of drugs had ensured all crimes relating to their sale on the Black Market came to an end.
Incredibly, this measure did not result in a planet full of stoners, as many feared it would, since few took drugs to escape life. Life had found a new meaning and purpose, so the desire to take drugs was to enable an alternative state of mind, from which most were happy to return, after their brief respite from a distinctly pleasurable reality.
As the troubled psyche of humankind adjusted to a relative sense of happiness and spiritual wellbeing, institutions that cared for the mentally unwell slowly emptied of their occupants.
Although it was thought jails and mental asylums would become yet another horror of the past, these institutions seemed destined to remain, for some time, to deal with the last dysfunctional and disturbed members of humankind.
As a consequence of these changes, the police force’s mentality changed considerably. Their discussions within the forums relating to their profession in the CWO revealed they had a new found sense of pride. They had grown tired of being feared and hated because they were employed by corrupt governments to maintain the absurd order of troubled societies. They wished to be seen as heroes – the beloved peace keepers and servants of the people.
Discussions within the forums relating to law and order arrived at the conclusion that the old system of locking people up – out of sight; out of mind – had been like dealing with the symptoms of a disease. The disease had been the effect a troubled world had on the human psyche, and dysfunctional humans were symptoms of the disease, which was the reason locking offenders away, with the assumption their incarceration would stop them re-offending and deter others from committing crimes, had proved so unsuccessful.
Once the opportunities to commit crimes had decreased, and the will to do so almost eradicated, crime became a lot easier to categorise and understand. Although it was thought criminality would change as rapidly as the world itself, from one generation to the next, the first step towards the reconsideration of crime and punishment was to divide offences into two distinct categories; of violent and non-violent crime.
The category of violent crime was punishable by a system of imprisonment similar to what existed in societies before they changed, although it was agreed conditions should be comfortable, since the loss of liberty and extraction from society was considered punishment enough. Imprisonment was deemed necessary for those who committed violent crimes, because they were a danger to others.
The perpetrators of violent crimes were regarded as mentally unwell, and they had become so as a result of the effect defective societies had on them. Therapy led them to understand the disturbed patterns of thought that had encouraged them to commit their crimes, and their self-awareness often led to a full recovery.
The second category, of non-violent crime, mostly dealt with fraud and theft, and so on. This category was divided into two separate components, as a proportion of these crimes were committed out of desperation, to resolve a financial crisis, for example, whereas others were committed because of greed. Non-violent crime was punishable, but not by imprisonment, since these criminals posed no physical threat to members of society.
Non-violent crimes, committed through desperation, were punishable by unpaid time spent serving the community, such as helping with the care of the disabled and elderly, or the maintenance of parkland.
Those who were guilty of committing non-violent crimes, carried out through greed, were also punished by working in unpaid service to the community, with a further penalty; that a percentage of their assets were taken away, rather like paying a fine in Monopoly.
Chapter Sixteen of The Last Revolution
Since so many wished to participate in the design of their society and global civilisation, restrictions were imposed to determine who could and who could not become a world-builder. Athenian Democracy – the root of democracy, developed in Ancient Greece some two thousand years before – had imposed restrictions too, which were continuously revised, so an increasing number of people could participate in society’s design.
A certain standard of education was deemed an appropriate measure to impose, for those wishing to become involved in modern-day democracy, which had the immediate effect of encouraging the world’s students to excel in their studies. The intelligence of the human race increased dramatically. Few were late for school, and even less played truant. Being a ‘swot’ was not considered uncool, rather; it was a level of commitment most aspired to attain.
Those who worked within the field of education, such as schoolteachers, mature students and professors, re-designed the education system. The result of their debate decreed the school day should commence at ten in the morning, so students arrived refreshed and rested for their classes, and conclude at three, so their minds did not become overburdened.
Although a restriction was imposed, regarding the amount of homework a teacher may demand of their students – no more than a half hour each day – many students chose to exceed this limit, and it was not unusual for a teacher’s pupils to advance to the next year’s classes before they were required to do so. Methods to improve the manner in which students learned were sought continuously, such as those which relied on a student’s curiosity and natural desire to learn, like the Steiner School’s technique.
History was a subject that enjoyed the most dramatic overhaul. Every event throughout history was analysed anew. The actions of ancestors, students of the past were taught to admire, fell under a scrutinous gaze. Christopher Columbus fell from grace, and the sweetness of sugar turned sour. The study of history in this sense propelled the advance of the modern world, since efforts were made to rectify the errors of the past.
The sorrowful reservations, where the Native American Indians were forced to live, were replaced with vast expanses of prime prairie and farmland. A day of thanksgiving allowed the American people to express their gratitude to the Native American Indians, for allowing the peoples of other lands to populate theirs, and old Westerns, romanticising the ‘Cowboy and Indian’ feuds of the distant past, grew brittle and discoloured through neglect.
The pride of many nations became tainted with humility, yet a new-found sense of dignity rose from their shame, since those they had once treated with disrespect responded to their sorrow with forgiveness and a wish for a new beginning. The Out of Africa theory was taught in schools, which informed students that Africa was the motherland of all.
The border lines upon the map of Africa were erased and drawn anew, by Africans, who divided the continent in a manner that reflected the diversity of culture, rather than its colonial past, when the continent had been treated as though it were a cake shared among those who had stolen it. The contemplation of the slave trade ensured racism, in any shape or form, towards any of the Earth’s peoples, became a hate crime, rather than an attitude one may express through the freedom of speech act.
Religious studies helped to heal feuds between the peoples of all faiths, since students were taught the various religions were, more than likely, the result of considering the phenomenon of God, or the Gods, in a world divided by borders, language and culture, and there must therefore only be the one God, or Gods, watching over the whole of humankind.
As a result of considering this concept, representatives of the world’s mainstream religions created a world bible – a fusion of religion and spiritual philosophy – within which common themes emerged. For instance; in the bible, Luke 6:31, it states;
‘Do to others as you would have them do to you.’
And in the Buddhist scriptures, Dhammapada 10:1;
‘Consider others as yourself.’
As time passed by in this manner, forgiveness and understanding began to displace resentment and ignorance. The world marched towards a bright, new future at an almost alarming rate. Once every child was educated to the highest of standards, human innovation reached the pinnacle of its potential. Rather than sorrowful scenarios caused by human incompetence and ignorance, headlines announcing humankind’s splendid advance adorned the front pages of every day’s newspapers.
When global civilisation began to function like a well-designed machine, and few changes were deemed necessary to improve its efficiency, humankind settled into a new, meaningful way of life. They had designed a world they wished to live in; a world they could describe to their children and pass on to future generations without experiencing a sense of shame. Their willing effort contributed to the growth of an Earthly paradise, within which humankind lived together in peaceful, joyful harmony, rather than existing fearfully in a hell they had been forced to create.
However, this world of contemplation will end now, for it is nothing but a dream. Yet, that is how humankind’s inventions begin – as a thought, a concept, an idea; a dream. If it is deemed worthy of the effort required to enable its manifestation in reality, it is seen as a challenge.
Humankind’s dreams have created many challenges throughout the passage of time. To fly. To explore space. To probe the deepest depths of the seas and oceans.
So, perhaps it is time to take the first step and begin to dream of the world we wish to live in; a world we would enjoy creating and describing to our children. A world we would hand to future generations as a precious gift, rather than a sorrowful catastrophe.
The second step is to believe dreams have the power to manifest in reality, and regard the dream as a challenge. So, dream is all one should do for the time being. That’s how the Last Revolution will begin; with a dream of paradise on Earth.