Chapter Twenty Eight
If we should develop intent, and travel towards a vision of the future – as we once did, in the nineteen fifties, sixties, and during other hopeful moments in history – and it would be agreed that the first step should ensure everyone on the planet is housed, fed, educated, and cared for when they are sick, we would, if we were to succeed, have managed to create a solid foundation to build a more intricate global civilisation upon. If we were to achieve this, we would have that which all other earth-dwelling, home-abiding creatures on the planet take for granted.
As we have already considered; homelessness is not a concern for other creatures, who live in a manner comparable to our species – it is a human condition, invented by humans; the consequence of society’s design. So, it would seem of paramount importance to eradicate this abnormality, and others of a similar nature, if we are to consider ourselves the most intelligent species on the planet and the lords of all life. Otherwise, our self-proclaimed title as ‘the lord of the animals’ will continue to rest as newspaper crowns upon the heads of fools.
Although it seems there is a long way to go before our human lifestyles resonate harmoniously with the planet and all its life, maybe we will be able to live with the same freedom and dignity as all creatures, some day. At some point we may reach the very beginning, and advance from that point, while considering life’s deeper meaning and purpose as we travel. To travel through time, while truly enjoying our lives, and living in peace and harmony with one another, all life, and the planet itself.
Perhaps robots will help us to build this world, as we imagined they would in the nineteen fifties and sixties. Maybe robots will take care of the mundane, at some point in the future, whether the world changes or not. But what if the world doesn’t change? What would the people of the future do with their extra free time? Would they just spend less time working and more seeking entertainment? Because work is nothing more than a tedious task to perform, which contributes to creating an unjust, unhealthy, divided world at war; the reality entertainment allows escape from?
But what if the world does change, and all are aware of being part of an incredible global work force, creating a fair, healthy, united, peaceful world; a paradise on Earth? If we are driven to work through a desire to build such a world? Maybe the word ‘work’ would adopt an entirely different meaning, if this were so, and the border between work and play would cease to exist, since both would create a sense of joy. Perhaps the extra time we would have, as a result of robotic technology, would be spent designing, creating and enjoying the world, rather than allowing further opportunity to escape from it.
Politicians may even begin to embrace the notion of a true democracy. There would still be governments and politicians. We would still wish to have charismatic representatives of the masses, who would surely be respected as never before, since they would truly represent their country’s people.
When observing the world’s political climate, at present, one might assume the world a hostile entity. Yet; when regarding social interaction within the Global Village the internet has created, it seems this is far from the case. If the internet were to revolutionise politics, to form a global democracy, the world’s social climate would be reflected in the political arena. A Third World War – which the majority of humankind do not wish to become involved in – would cease to be a threat, and peace would envelop our psyche. The changes would seem endless, and leave the planet breathless with exhilaration.
Should a paradise on Earth begin to form, the evolution of our kind would move forward in a healthy direction, and in synchronicity with all other species on the planet. These times would surely be regarded as the dark ages, as we look back hundreds of years to judge a period in history the same. We are on the brink of transformation, and it is up to each and every one of us to peer over this precipice of chance and find the courage to jump.
At present, we live in a consequential world; it is the consequence of advancing without forethought, without intent, or with warped logic. If this world has been constructed with intent, it has emanated from the minority who have governed its construction, and it only seems logical to assume the world will continue to advance in this manner unless its design is questioned and the designers overthrown.
Of course; those who govern the advance of global civilisation may see nothing at all warped about their logic; their intent. Maybe the world is just as it should be; the way they have designed it to be, and they consider the consequential flaws of little consequence, since they are not affected by them.
So; it may be that there has been a blueprint for global civilisation after all, albeit beyond the understanding of the majority, determined without their consent, and of the greatest benefit to a minority at the expense of the majority. After all; the world’s wealthiest do not worry about losing their homes, feeding themselves and their families, educating their young or paying for health care. It seems everything works perfectly well, as far as they are concerned. The minority reached this initial step in civilisation’s advance long ago, and the majority enabled them to reach their destination, with the hope of all achieving the same nothing more than a carrot on a short string, tied to the end of a long stick.
The clandestine intent of those who govern, and the governability of the masses has allowed this world to manifest. The world will change when governments reflect the true nature of its people, rather than their own self-serving regimes, and it may be the only way this may be achieved is through true democracy, since it seems unlikely the intent of the governing minority will change.
Unless we find the courage to do as they do – to take responsibility for the design of the world we live in and the planet’s wellbeing – a minority of humankind will continue to employ the majority to build the world of their design indefinitely, which may result in the destruction of this world.
Perhaps the greatest mistake governments have made, and our greatest hope, is they have no dream to offer. The elite of the world’s population may be living their dream, but the vast majority are not; we have sacrificed our dreams to allow them theirs. The generic dream they offer the masses – a lifetimes’ work in exchange for homes, food, entertainment, and an endless supply of poor quality gifts, with dire consequences the alternative – is not a dream; it is nothing more than existence embellished with trivialities, and all but meaningless when compared to participating in the design and construction of the world humankind wish to create.
Maybe the will to grasp this opportunity will increase as time passes by, since the Internet has revealed an avenue leading to a deeper understanding of history, which arouses a sense of injustice, through humankind’s sense of morality, whether common or accentuated by faith.
The history we are fed as children has, with the aid of the Internet, fallen into the realms of scrutiny. At the time of this chapter’s first draft, university students in England and South Africa were campaigning to have plaques and statues of Cecil Rhodes, a British imperialist of the 1800’s, removed from campuses, and now, in the Summer of 2020, the cold blooded murder of George Floyd by a police officer has resulted in an incredible wave of anti-racist protest.
Below is an excerpt from one of Cecil Rhodes essays, taken from an article by The Guardian;
‘Africa is still lying ready for us, it is our duty to take it’ – he wrote. ‘It is our duty to seize every opportunity of acquiring more territory ... more territory simply means more of the Anglo-Saxon race, more of the best, the most human, most honourable race the world possesses.’
Here is the link to the article;
It is becoming increasingly clear our world has not grown as a result of human nature, but rather some of its qualities; subdued among the majority, yet paramount to those who strive to rise above the social milieu. Such qualities are deemed distasteful in the extreme, to most, whether determined by common morality, philosophy or faith – yet they have been essential when creating such phenomena as slavery, exploitation, and the world’s dramatic imbalance of wealth.
People and their actions, once admired, are being frowned upon. The term ‘conquer’ has lost its glorious, heroic meaning, since it has become tarnished with observations of genocide, exploitation, racism and slavery. An awareness grows, regarding our passage through time. Questions of morality, relating to our advance, are rising within the minds of our kind. Not only will this result in a reversal of attitude towards those who have overseen the construction of global civilisation; it will open the doors of consideration.
Namely; what would the world be like if our ancestors would have behaved in an entirely different manner? If they would have set out to explore the world with entirely different attitudes? Considering themselves equal to all other humans? With the wish of giving and receiving fairly, in a cultural, spiritual and economic sense?
Humankind’s growing awareness reveals the ghost of a world that may have been. In this world, tribes of American Indians parade through American towns and cities, in their yearly procession, past crowds thanking the people who so graciously invited their ancestors to live in their land, and share their wisdom, culture and beliefs.
In this world of painful retrospect, Africa is the hub of civilisation, and revered as the homeland of each and every one of us. Statues of Mitochondrial Eve – the mother of the first Homo sapiens – stand within parks and town and city centres, to remind everyone of their inter-connectivity; their oneness. African and tourist alike meander through vast safari parks and great, ancient forests, where all nationalities rest comfortably together, since they have only known equality and fairness in this world that may have been, and arguably, should have been.
Perhaps the contemplation of this alternative scenario will result in a desire for its manifestation, within the hearts and minds of our kind. Maybe we will wish to live in the world that should have been, and begin to consider how to perform a U turn, in time, to what could have been our present day, if the finest qualities of human nature would have overseen the world’s development. And perhaps it will be so; that once a vision of the world that may have been permeates our thoughts, nothing will stop the human race from creating this world.
Maybe we will see, all at once, as if a great revelation within the consciousness of humankind, that peace is war. Our freedom; captivity. Our honestly earned wealth; stolen from the poor. The meaning of our existence will surely seem all but meaningless, if we realise we have not had the opportunity to discover life’s true meaning, since it has been dictated to us, and still is – as though life’s purpose has been understood, and we are creating a world which reflects our understanding.
If we stop for a moment – as though time stands still – and consider the purpose of our existence, we may conclude that it is questionable in the extreme, and strive to find a new direction in which to travel, towards a distant goal of a universal dream of life on Earth. Our lives would surely have a deeper meaning and purpose if we had a worthwhile destination, even if the first goal would be to reach a point where we may live as all creatures live.
Unfortunately, although there are those who sense there is something decidedly wrong with the world’s political infrastructure, there may be more who do not. They do not show any interest in politics, regardless of the fact that politics shows an interest in them. Their ignorance of world affairs is of great benefit to them; it allows them to experience something approaching true happiness, untainted by guilt and fear.
The only time one may enjoy this emotion naturally, without effort, is during childhood, before the true ways of the world are revealed. To be as happy as a child, the world should be as one imagines it to be as a child; a world where politicians are akin to kings and queens, who take good care of their subjects. And one must be a child, or ignorant to the extreme, to believe one lives in such a world. Yet; maybe the secret of perfection rests within this ignorance. Perhaps we should observe our children’s innocence while we are still able, and in the words of Kahlil Gibran;
‘strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like us.’
Their soul’s desire is reflected in their world. Their sense of caring, expressed in their play, should teach us how to experience true joy. If one of their toys is without tea and cake at a toy’s tea party, children are overwhelmed by a sense of injustice, and make sure the imbalance is addressed, so their beloved toy is not hungry or thirsty, and does not feel sad and left out – so it does not feel of lesser importance than the other toys, and unworthy of the same love.
When one of their toys or friends are sick, even within the realms of their imagination, they respond with kindness and compassion, and even invent such games to express this natural instinct. They are not paid to perform these functions, and express such qualities. Their compassion is natural, and the reward emanates from their souls. After a day of such play, the child’s soul is joyful and at peace, and we should consider ourselves no different as adults, since the children we once were are an element of each and every one of us.
Our concern for our fellow kind dwindles as we grow, or even vanishes, because so much is asked from us in an emotional sense. The plight of humankind is overwhelming, and we respond by becoming cold, unfeeling and indifferent, as time passes by, because there is simply too much to feel bad about, and we are almost powerless to help. If we were to feel for all of those suffering in our world now, as we would as children, our hearts would surely break, so we learn to distance ourselves, emotionally, and develop selfishness in response to a selflessness we are unable to express. There seems little point caring about something we are unable to change, so we learn to place the world’s troubles in the back of our minds.
Another way one may cope is by focusing on all of the good in the world, while ignoring the bad. And to count one’s blessings, while ignoring the long, morally questionable chain of events throughout history that have led to the blessings one enjoys. Some may even contemplate those who are not so lucky, and use their plight to measure their own relatively good fortune. It may be said none of these scenarios provides a healthy, balanced attitude, and they combine to result in an unnatural quality among our kind; an apathy and lack of concern that allows the world to remain as it is, and grow to be even worse.
If we, as adults, could be gifted with the hearts we once had as children, and be able to express the response our kind hearts would have towards this troubled world, the world would surely change overnight. A global democracy would provide this opportunity; it is the key which would open the gates of paradise on Earth. Should this gate open, a worthwhile destination will be revealed to us – the fair, peaceful, loving, caring world we believed we lived upon when we were children; a world that was only ever an illusion, but has the chance to manifest in reality.