If You Were King Or Queen For A Day…

English: Picture of George Orwell which appear...
English: Picture of George Orwell which appears in an old acreditation for the BNUJ. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted October 11, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

What would you include on your list of commands? Imagine that you had the power of King or Queen of the entire world and that what you wanted to see happen would happen. Upon looking at the situations around the Earth and thinking how changes could make life better for humanity, what would you do?

This is a creative effort which hopefully will result in a complete and thorough listing of current problems and solutions for the entire human race. One of the public relations problems that the Occupy Wall Street movement faced was the public’s impression that there were was a lack of specific goals conveyed by those who were involved with the effort. So, this small effort on my part, to elicit your responses on what you want to see done, what you would like to see created on Earth, may be construed as an exercise in utopian, wishful thinking.

So be it. Have a go at brainstorming. I will first say that there are many intelligent men and women on this planet who think about ways and means, conditions and realities, events and laws, personal and collective visions, while hoping for good changes to become actualized. Many reading these words have read the thoughts and ideas of thousands of men and women around the world and have come to some type of view that has integrated all those ideas.

Imagine that you can initiate a version of computer software on your mind which allows you to identify those ideas which have the most relevance for the whole of humanity. Being fellow bloggers you certainly can envision such a software program because consciously or unconsciously all writers do this-all the time. What I am trying to accomplish with this post is identifying the desires of humanity. Do I know if what is produced here will make any difference whatsoever on the Earth? No. Do I know if what is produced here, a list of dreams, if you will, that men and women have for all people, will make an enormous difference on Earth? No.

I would be less than honest if I omitted that there is a selfish angle in this. Frankly I am extremely interested in the truthful thoughts of my brothers and sisters from all regions of the world. I want to be a “know-it-all”. Not in the sense of being able to condescend or exhibit “superior” intellectual prowess, but so that I will become well-informed about what is really going on in this world. My guess is that you want the same highest level of awareness because your writings will then be the best they can possibly be.

To be honest I want to be the best writer I can possibly be. After four and a half months of blogging and reading thousands of fellow bloggers’ articles my guess, and I am certain it is correct, is that you want to be the best writer you can possibly be as well. Let there be no misunderstanding here-I want you to be the best writer you can possibly be. For here we enter into the entire range of reasons for taking the time and effort to communicate with others in the first place.

At this point we will borrow the words of George Orwell.

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From his work “Why I Write”:

“I think there are four great motives for writing…

1. Sheer egoism. Desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on grown-ups who snubbed you in childhood, etc….

2. Aesthetic enthusiasm… (aesthetic: of beauty)

3. Historical impulse. Desire to see things as they are, to find out true facts and store them up for the use of posterity.

4. Political purpose-using the word “political” in the widest possible sense. Desire to push the world in a certain direction, to alter other people’s idea of the kind of society that they should strive after.”

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Do you think George Orwell correctly identified the motives for writing, or are there other motives that have emerged since he passed away in 1950?

Personally I think Orwell nailed writers’ motivations. Perhaps you are like me and find your motives as a certain percentage of all four he listed. In passing I would give #1 credit for 10% of my motivation, #2 / 20%, #3 / 20%, and #4 / 50%.

George Orwell’s 1984 is one of millions of books I have yet to read. My very limited understanding of the book is that it’s mentioned often to show how prophetic he was in describing current conditions which mirror his visionary world.

Hopefully none of the responses here will include something like “If I were Queen for a day I would command every person read Orwell’s 1984”. What I am searching for are relevant, doable ideas which are within the realm of possibility and have the real potential to become implemented and realized by this generation-now.

I think you will agree that this is a benevolent effort designed to increase people’s awareness-surely a good thing. Many of you will be reluctant or reticent to “go out on a limb” by contributing your ideas. There will be thoughts around “measuring up” or “coming across as naïve or not informed” or, because my views are lacking in power, I will be the last one chosen for the basketball team. Please eliminate totally any such negative thinking and look upon this as a great adventure which will reveal truths-important truths-for all who participate, as well as those who are in the line of association with what occurs here.

By this I mean that what is written here will be read and communicated to some extent, small or large we will never know, to friends and relatives, then their friends and relatives, until the trail ends-or continues forever. You may meet men and women here, from all over the world, who become valued, true friends for life. Think of the connections. Think of the possibilities.

Topics of discussion can include, but not be limited to:

Economics, trade, election reform, campaign finance reform, the environment, climate change, Fukushima/nuclear energy, fracking, solar/wind/renewable energy, free energy, GMOs, agriculture, land reform, money/banking, private central banks, tax havens, public banking, Wall Street, World Bank, austerity, personal/public debt, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the media (mainstream and alternative), the United Nations, 9/11, government lies/false flags, minimum wage/maximum wage, taxes, Social Security, single-payer health care, investigative journalism/journalists, spirituality, Syria, war/war criminals, higher consciousness, plutocracy, oneness, corruption, geopolitics, whistleblowers (truth-tellers), Iceland/Equador, corporate monopoly, military expenditure, important documentaries, censored voices, peace.

So Kings and Queens, your wishes are humanity’s commands. 

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12 thoughts on “If You Were King Or Queen For A Day…

  1. If I was a King for a day, I would outlaw all Kings, Queens, Princes, Princesses, Dukes, Duchesses, Counts, Countesses, Earls, Viscounts, and any other title of nobility or royalty. Then, I would outlaw all dictators, emperors, autocrats, plutocrats, “theocrats,” oligarchs, and any other authoritarian office that stands in opposition to democracy. My last order before resigning would be: “Never again shall the narcissistic edicts of the few hold sway over the welfare of the many.”

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    1. Robert,
      It seems surreal that there are yet people on Earth who belong to a “royal” family. Royalty seems like a concept that should only be available to read about in history books, not a reality in 2013.
      Thank you,
      Jerry

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  2. Jeff Nguyen

    If I were a king for a day I would make every public school administrator from the local Principal on up to the U.S. Secretary of Education have to spend one year teaching in the classroom. Maybe then there would be more administrators fighting for the teachers and students. Not to say there aren’t good ones out there but more humility is needed in the profession as well as more administrators willing to stand up to the corporate reform barbarians at the gate. Then, I would shut down the school to prison pipeline…

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  3. Were I king for a day I would ensure that every child on the planet was fed, sheltered, and provided an opportunity for self-determination. Imho, once proper care is provided for the children, it’s only a matter of time before the other problems begin to disappear. Oh, and I would also disband the global central banking cartel that endorses perpetual warfare, holds democracy ransom and preserves 1st world power at the expense of the 3rd World.
    A final edict would involve the re-allocation of wealth hoarded by royalty around the globe for the purposes of shelters, schools and hospitals in slums and barrios.

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    1. Henry,
      It seems all concerned men and women invariably come to that point in their thought processes where they believe, truly believe, that a world where all people have basic survival (food and shelter) guaranteed is entirely possible. People in every nation believe such a world is possible so when enough men and women express the possible then actions will be taken to move in that direction. The concept of basic survival for all is no longer seen as out of reach or impossible. The human race can create a new world, truly based on the oneness.
      Thank you,
      Jerry

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          1. No prob amigo.
            Ares is the Greek god of war. I just used the term “cult of Ares” as a colloquialism to refer to the ardent defenders of massive military spending who waste human genius and enterprise on engineering weapons of death and suffering. The cabal that sells arms to world leaders to facilitate murder of democracy advocates. The same bunch that view teachers, nurses and children as collateral damage.

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            1. Henry,
              American biochemist, 1937 Nobel Prize-winner, Albert Szent-Gyorgi (1893-1986) mirrored your sentiments: “It is sad that man is not intelligent enough to solve problems without killing… The present world crisis (1978) can be solved only by a general human revolution against outdated concepts… Man is not a blood-thirsty animal, and war is only due to the greed and lust for power of relatively small groups, the conspiracy of the few against the many.” Outdated concepts, indeed.
              Thank you,
              Jerry

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    1. David,
      Native American medicine man Rolling Thunder said “the most basic principle of all is not harming others. And that means all people, all life, and all things.” So, we’re on the same page there brother.
      Thanks,
      Jerry

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