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.
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.”
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.
- 13 quotes from George Orwell’s 1984 that resonate more than ever (sott.net)
- In 1946, The New Republic Panned George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ (newrepublic.com)
- 1984 – George Orwell (shenton2benglish.wordpress.com)
- George Orwell (hannahcalhoun97.wordpress.com)