by Jerry Alatalo
“But the world does move, and its motive power under God is the fearless thought and speech of those who dare to be in advance of their time – who are sneered at and shunned through their days of struggle as lunatics, dreamers, impracticables, and visionaries; men of crochets, vagaries and isms.”
– HORACE GREELEY (1811-1872) American publisher, educator
eft the following comment at Real-World Economics Review Blog (rwer.wordpress.com), an excellent place for people to read about economics science/theory which has 11,866 followers:
“Martin Luther King Jr. proposed jobs-for-all and basic income for all. Admitting to having acquired much less knowledge/training in economics than regular readers at this site, MLK’s proposal seems eminently positive, reasonable and attainable, yet no concrete actions/steps to realize such a proposal have become taken.
MLK studied spirituality, religion and philosophy, separate terms for the same area of human thought, and what he learned during that study he applied to his economic proposals.
Management courses stress the main focus being maximization of profit, in contrast to MLK whose paramount focus was maximization of peace, health and well-being for the greatest number in the human population, where decisions are driven by love, not profit.
It seems MLK, who perished in a murder/assassination whose details are far too little known (search William Pepper/1999 Martin Luther King civil trial) at age 39 for his spiritual economics ideas, gave those who study economic science a profound example of the possible, most positively impactful for humanity, application of economic theory toward eliminating worldwide, historically negative societal problems.
Perhaps saying that economics should have as its greatest goal not profit but building a more peaceful world while at the same time eliminating war, poverty, disease, illiteracy, pollution, etc. will be viewed as utopian or completely unrealistic, but is it really? The human mind created today’s existent international conditions, and there seems to be no reason for believing that the human mind is incapable of improving those conditions, until at some future point, depending on the intensity of Earth-wide efforts, humanity realizes living a true version of the dream MLK and history’s spiritual visionaries spoke of.
In other words, an economics which has as its driving motivation and fuel not profit but creating heaven on Earth.”
Heaven on Earth, huh? As a past co-worker used to sometimes respond, conveying her perception that another’s assertion was coming from an intellectual place of dead-ends or impossibility – “yeah, right!” Such a concept as heaven on Earth certainly aligns with Horace Greeley’s statement, especially “lunatics, dreamers, impracticables and visionaries.”
“Humanity’s most valuable assets have been the non-conformists. Were it not for the non-conformists, he who refuses to go along with the continuance of things as they are, and insists on attempting to find new ways of bettering things, the world would have known little progress indeed.”
– JOSIAH WILLIAM GITT (1884-1973) American editor
Those men and women who have voluntarily and to varying extent, like one who voluntarily clicks on certain internet websites of interest, entered inner worlds for exploration in search of potential concepts which upon study offer humanity new modes of living on this Earth, understand what one can describe as the “Catch-22” aspect of such endeavors. This writing has as its main intention a wish to convey encouragement to those who have felt what Mr. Greeley articulated as “sneers… shuns… struggle”.
After reading a sizable number of articles written by highly educated, well-meaning, sincere men and women around the Earth whose various noble and moral motivations become clearly evident, along with listening to interviews and presentations on a variety of important topics, one comes to points along the way where it becomes a fervent, burning wish that the best ideas finally break through and change, for the better, human beings’ living conditions everywhere on the planet.
The word “ideal” means “conception or standard of perfection”. By simply taking a sober, rational, and informed-to-some-extent look at life on Earth today, with fellow human beings experiencing the effects of military conflict, greed, homelessness, lack of adequate food and clean water, etc., along with the hard to accurately measure, but certainly depression-inducing physical and psychological harm that results from such unfortunate situations, one quickly acknowledges this has yet to become an ideal or “perfect world”.
Risking becoming labeled in the view of others as a “utopian” madman whose ideas about creating a true heaven on Earth, aligning with the feelings behind “Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others see things that never were and ask why not?”, perhaps men and women around the world would find it very beneficial to ask much more often, and with an increasing, morality-fueled intensity – “Why not?”
In a world full of people, only some want to fly. Isn’t that crazy?
(Thank you to Nobel Prize Peace Concert at YouTube)