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On the Move from WeaponWorld to PeaceWorld
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My Blog: Escape from WeaponWorld
“We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.” Martin Luther King quotation. Invitation to read and translate Learners.
Still working on this Summary. What a bored, stressed, aversive or overworked reader might find too much to handle today, a dozen generations of meticulous scholars may pore over, harvesting shortfalls.
We are trained as children against peace. Once Learners admit this fact, we may open wide the doors to Peace World.
Table of Contents (you are here.)
Drawn from each chapter. A more fractal, quantum jumpy and fuzzy logic description of Learners than these wordy, Newtonian sentences. Also easier to machine-translate into other languages.
I will wake again in darkness / Je veillerai tantot dans l’obscurite --- For the Kiddies Gunned Down / Pour les gosses abattus --- Chanson d’automne / Paul Verlaine / Autumn song --- By not loving you / En ne t’aimant point --- Ballade des pendus / François Villon / Ballad of the hanged --- The second coming / W.B. Yeats / Le second avènement --- Nobody is blocking world peace, but you / Personne ne bloque la paix au monde, sauf toi --- I have a rendezvous with death / Alan Seeger / J’ai un rendez-vous avec la mort --- L’ame du vin / Charles Baudelaire / The soul of wine --- What questions about when? / Quelles questions sur quand? --- Blue Energy Water / L’energie bleue dans l’eau --- Grimpe / Climb --- Darkness, Darkness / Jesse Colin Young / Noirceur, Noirceur --- Go Find It / Va trouver --- Global Atlantis / L’Atlantide globale --- Dover Beach / Matthew Arnold / La plage de Douvres --- What Is All This For? / Pourquoi faire, tout ça ? --- Come to me, Eureka / Viens-moi, Eureka --- I’m in hurry to get high/ J’ai hatte de me defoncer --- We are all the Grizzly Man / Nous sommes tous l’homme grizzly --- I cannot trust you if / Je ne te fais aucune confiance si --- An Irish Airman Foresees his Death / W.B. Yeats / Un aéronaute irlandais prévoit sa mort --- World Peace, Jobless Washer Woman / La paix au monde : lavandière désœuvrée --- The Force that through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower / Dylan Thomas / La force qui à travers le fusible vert dirige la fleur --- La peine que j’induis, je dois ressentir / The Pain that I Induce, I must feel --- We Win / Nous Gagnons --- Pavane pour une planète défunte / Pavane For A Dying Planet --- J’entends les oies / I Hear the Geese --- One Art / Elizabeth Bishop / Un art --- Prends leur place / Take their Place
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We need a whole new political vocabulary. Our range of topics here will be encyclopedic, and our first treatment of them, insolently superficial and subject to mythic dismissal at every page turn.
Hitler understood that an ideology needs a simple message that everyone can understand and agree with. He stipulated that it requires step-by-step development. His intent was toxic; ours could be benign. The mechanism remains, to use or abuse.
Do we share a collective superconscience? Have we polluted it with our violence? Could we flood it with Peace?
Darwinian selection for better military states. Leadership in its weapon and peace contexts.
Innate human evil or ultimate good? Nature, nurture and other good things.
Pick your constellation of political metaphors: historically pure or dreaming up tomorrow. You choose.
Take a break. Contact me. This is hard.
Why are we in this mess?
Are we too cooperative or too competitive? Why?
Wars are not open and shut, warfare is eternal. Those who resist it best, die the fastest.
The science and craft of warfare in history and the present.
Sacrifice or celebration? Weapons religions promote sacrifice; peace religions celebrate. We should be celebrating Learners, not sacrificing victims.
Jesus never used the word Rapture; it is nowhere in the Bible. Christ forbids Christians to pray in church and in public. See for yourself in Matthew 6-5. What are ‘Christian’ fundamentalists up to: flouting His direct instruction, leading the faithful astray, turning the uncertain away in disgust and thus perverting Christianity?
What made perennial peasants and nobles revere these heretics instead of their Catholic clergy, fully mature?
My attempt to rewrite the Cathari catechism lost during the opening phase of the Inquisition.
Identity, conflict and community. Adherents of different identity positions could turn into Learners. This identity they shared could shield everyone from human rights abuse.
Our constellation of political metaphors is chock-full of weapon myths. What if we replaced them with PeaceWorld equivalents?
A list of suggested does and don’ts (or at least not too often).
The Syndrome: government is bad; let’s make it slow and stupid. The cure: government is as good or bad as the nearest Mayor’s office. See to it that every one of them is improved, more often than not.
His social contract lacked the consideration (legal term) that would have triggered and guaranteed it: World Peace. Rousseau’s genius recognized the limits of communications during his day. Those faulty communications cancelled the influence of his social contract on international relations. Using technologies that he lacked, we could reduce that cyclopean wall into a puff of air.
The fatal mistake of Marx. Describing information politics without the weapon/peace antinomy is like discussing orbital mechanics in the absence of gravity. Economics is just another sub-branch of info flow. That flow is infinitely renewable and exponentially profitable; it could be multiplied by millions of times, once set to chaotic and anarchic dialog mode instead of centralized and government-promoting monolog mode, much less productive. An untapped abundance resides there, that Learners could liberate.
The development of the threat formula: Body Count times (Distance over Time) squared; instead of the armchair formula that accelerates thought (see below).
Let’s walk a mile in the boots of an average grunt.
The links between crime, warfare and governance.
The two paths of Capitalism and their consequences.
America’s weakness and ultimate power.
Among the best preserved historical writings, one out of ten authors survives, and one of ten of his works. Did you know that the Iliad and the Odyssey were actually two thirds of a trilogy?
More book burning, up ‘til now. It is ecumenical in history and sickeningly omnipresent.
Are fascism and modern political philosophy too similar? Why?
The institution of righteousness. We have our precedent.
Failure to heed warnings until it is too late: typical of weapon mentality.
A partial list of lies by type.
Weapon mentality is lethal by design. It cannot help itself; that is what is does best. If you want a massacre, you have picked the perfect attack dog. Choose another pet, more docile.
How do we make the leap from WeaponWorld to PeaceWorld?
Superficial growth with deep roots, explosive growth from shallow ones. Concerning deep roots and fruitful growth.
The World Elephant is run by a cockroach mind: its muscular output out of balance with its neurological awareness. It wanders blind, breaks limbs and starves in the produce section of a grocery store. That is our world. Implant it with an elephant’s brain and watch it dance. That dance could be our lifeline to PeaceWorld.
Modern education is about triage and restriction. Learner education would gift each child with at least one doctorate by puberty: the way we treat prodigal musicians today. Accelerate info flow instead of rationing it. Turn the hierarchic ziggurat of education upside down, into a cornucopia of Learning: anarchistic but self-filtering for excellence.
The rules that regulate our communications by means of a constellation of political metaphors. Free speech and profit centers. Greater, more anarchistic dialog bandwidth and a lower frequency of official monolog.
Information handling by peace technology.
Taichi Sakaiya wrote about perceived abundance and the objective value judgments that arise from it; he wrote about dearth and the knowledge value judgments it induces. Suggested peace technology applications of knowledge-value that may balance affluence and poverty, objective value and knowledge-value.
Laocracy as a direct and perpetual referendum substitute for the indirect and sporadic service of representative democracy. A suggested architecture for the World Agora and its info politics on PeaceWorld. Sociopathocracy: the rule of WeaponWorld by sociopaths (see above).
For maximum justice.
How to list topics of passion and their adherents.
Some problems with large-scale governance.
Your picture is as valid as mine. Let’s build ours together.
On the benefits of extended travel.
Laughably unscientific speculations and outlandish hypotheses for your fireworks entertainment.
Peace technology applications of science and superstition.
A complementary aspect to his theory of evolution.
Amer-Ind as a universal travelers’ language in addition to birth languages. On cultural ecology: its suffocation by corporate weapon culture and its appreciation on PeaceWorld.
On the fine art of verifaction: the search for truth on both sides of a conflict. On Islam. What if the two agreed perfectly?
Gandhi’s ideas on Satyagraha, conflict resolution and non-violence―gratefully lifted from Mark Juergensmeyer’s book.
A poem on Satyagraha and verifaction.
Try not to evaluate the economics of peace technology according to the econologic of weapon mentality.
What should we expect, once we reach PeaceWorld?
Could we turn the Earth into a larger, better model of Victorian England? The Earth as a squireship. Factory towns fringing Earth orbit, instead of the sea. Outer space, the colonies?
Is the living voice of DNA that of the serpent of Eden, the devil? Or is it the Holy Spirit that Jesus left us as a Comforter, pending His return? DNA is very old and very wise; our souls are already saved. Why not tap into that titanic database to unearth answers to our worst problems? DNA in other incarnations has already survived them and turned them to advantage. Why not share them here and now in real-time?
More outlandish, pre-historic speculations for your dining and dancing pleasure.
We must have a thousand times more medics. Weapons impediments to public health, and peace technology applications to health care.
Alternative transportation hardware. The formal interdiction of nuclear war.
Good ecology as a constitutional right.
Another list of keywords: urban renewal, urban forestry, tectonic remediation, covered cities, elevated walkways, solar power. Grass roots surveillance of large-scale activities.
The fine-tuning of rights on PeaceWorld.
The best means of population control is as many of children and old folks as possible healthy and well cared for—and far fewer exceptions.
“The Constitution calls for a well-regulated militia,” … Harm Forces on Peace World.
Convivencia, learning to live together. Urban design and environmental protections.
Be kind enough to translate your favorite chapters of Learners into your own language, if you please? A more or less fatuous list of personal suggestions. How dare I? Because my sister asked me. Make up your own!
Sustainable development through peace technology, activism, social commentary, futurism, prophecy, politics, political theory, ecology and peace, idealism, urban renewal, global management, global federation, the world vision we lack.
Street litter is for WeaponWorld hell, not the New Jerusalem of PeaceWorld. Litter control should become a sidewalk sport; recycling it, child’s play.
LEARNERS: On the Move from WeaponWorld to PeaceWorld