Friends, Monica asked me recently whether or not I'd consider beginning a World Political Movement. Who me? I thought with a laugh.
While I do not consider that I have the necessary qualities to either create or lead a movement of any kind, her question has got me thinking about the chaotic world we live in and the way it's cleverly organized to advantage certain powerful minority groups (the rich, the political elite, big business, institutionalized religions, etc).
I tried to come up with some points/principles that I feel would apply in an ideal world, ones that would provide us with a starting point to seek urgent and immediate change. How about:
WORLD UTOPIANS DEMAND THAT:
1. Each child born must, as a world citizen, have the right to share equally in the planet's bounty, no more no less.
2. Each child born must have the right to develop to adulthood in a normal family situation without being subjected to any ideological, racial, social, sexual or theological pressure.
3. Each child born must have the right to access medical care regardless of financial status.
4. Each child born must have the right to be free from all sexual exploitation and violence.
5. Each child born must have the right to a broad education based upon rigorous questioning and rational thinking and be able to fully develop all their talents especially artistic and contemplative ones.
6. Each child born must be taught the vital importance of genuinely caring for and respecting all other people and our fragile planet (which does not have inexhaustible resources nor does it have room for infinite numbers of humans).
7. Each child born must be taught that they are merely mortal animals and that they are no more important than any other life form. All life therefore must therefore be respected and preserved.
8. Each child born must be taught that human instincts and traits like arrogance, greed, lust and the urge to kill are responsible for most of the world's ills and must be despised and eradicated.
9. Each child born has a right to grow up in an unpolluted world that has no dominant or domineering nations, no exploitative economic system, no undue influence by any religious, nationalist, social or political group or institution; and no weapons, armament industries or armies.
10. Each child, wherever they are born, must have the right to be surrounded by peace and love. They must be helped to live a life that embraces simplicity, honesty, loyalty, decency, generosity, personal responsibility and social and humanitarian values, a life that is in total harmony with nature and reality.
To achieve these objectives it will be necessary to completely neutralize the power and wealth of Religious Institutions and their Pressure Groups, Capitalist Robber Barons, Rapacious Multi-National Companies, Political Potentates and Dynasties and, of course, the Media Moguls.
What do you think of my list? What would you add or take off? Would a movement based upon these ten points have any chance of succeeding given the strength of the vested interests?
UPDATE. 4/9/2007. Some Further Thoughts.
Ideally a Utopian World would not be run by any person or small group of powerful people or a single nation which uses military force or psychological duress to impose their rule. I envisage there would be a World Government to oversee international affairs one that was not subject to bullying or manipulation by individual nations. One nation - One vote.
All national governments would be subordinate to the World Government and to a World Court. As well, all national governments would be extensively decentralized to stop the accumulation of power and any future chance of imperialism.
I believe that the world should operate more on a co-operative communal basis much as rural communities once did. Each citizen of each community would be educated to see the benefit for themselves and the world of adopting responsible, altruistic, rational attitudes and behaviour.
However what is ideal and what humans respond to are different things. I feel a carrot and stick approach is required initially to destroy the deeply ingrained, selfish, greed-based status quo. Once one generation begins to think positively and work cooperatively rather than competitively with their fellows and other nations, they will then teach their kids who will grow up thinking that that is how the world should be.
Eventually, with positive attitudes ingrained and with the benefits flowing to everyone, the whole thing should work smoothly.
Wishful thinking? Perhaps.