Posted February 16, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
“A dying people tolerates the present, rejects the future, and finds its satisfactions in past greatness and half-remembered glory.”
– John Steinbeck (1902-1968)
Cynics may not be in alignment that these are the most important times in history. This is understandable given the gap between what people are aware of and the failure of politicians and governments to shape the world according to that awareness. So, many have become frustrated that the facts of events and situations are still being hidden as they always have. God only knows how many suffer in isolation after discovering important truths kept from view of the rest of the human race.
So, what is to be done to help remove the doubts of the cynical? First, it is beneficial to try to describe what the cynic/doubter goes through when they are aware of realities that do not coincide with the perceptions of most people. One can only guess how many millions of men and women have arrived at this state of frustration and impatience, but on the positive side one can say with certainty that the number has risen steadily in recent years; this trend will not subside as more people communicate with others all across the Earth.
To the cynics, frustrated, and impatient please help yourself to become more optimistic by remembering all the good events that are occurring with greater regularity now, just as these events and announcements have occurred in recent years. The first event to express gratitude over is the tremendous amount of good that has become generated by regular men and women through the use of computers and the internet. Imagine the millions of people in every nation on Earth who are entirely able to produce communications that bring truth to the world.
Be thankful that people are no longer going to their televisions to learn what is occurring around the world, and that there are good men and women doing fantastic work to bring the truth on issues of importance. Issues which relate directly to the health and well-being of regular citizens have been discussed extensively on the internet, and good solutions have been disseminated in the process. Yes, it is frustrating that these solutions are not becoming implemented as soon as necessary. Yet, see in your mind’s eye the billions of words passing through cables and the air that continuously become more refined with each passing day, leading to solutions that, because of their inherent, obvious proof of excellence, their quality of offering improved methods of creating world conditions, and look ahead to the fast-approaching inevitable time when they become widely accepted and implemented.
Consider the example provided by John Perkins, author of “Confessions of an Economic Hitman”. Until listening to this interview of Mr. Perkins, who has this writer’s admiration and respect, that he had Howard Zinn as a professor in classes at Boston College wasn’t known. Perkins mentions his sitting in classes taught by Professor Zinn and that in later years they became friends. Howard Zinn’s book “A People’s History of the United States” has become a multi-million copy bestseller, making Mr. Zinn one of the world’s first “whistleblowers” – while the book profoundly altered the historical perceptions of countless men and women.
It is interesting to note that John Perkins books have also become bestsellers and profoundly altered the historical perceptions of countless millions of men and women. Some reading this are perhaps aware that Matt Damon was a neighbor of Howard Zinn. People may remember one of the most memorable monologues in movie history where the character played by Matt Damon, “Will Hunting”, is sitting in the office of a National Security Agency (NSA) recruiter and clearly “blows the whistle” (through the movie screen) on the NSA’s actions and negative consequences for people around the world.
Now, were Howard Zinn, John Perkins, and Matt Damon born into families considered “blue-bloods”? This would seem to not be the case. The example provided for regular citizens around the world by Zinn, Perkins, and Damon – as well as truth-tellers/whistleblowers everywhere – is that average, regular citizens are able to make the difference. Look on the internet, at your trusted truth-telling websites, and most times you will see the results of efforts taken by people in the same conditions as yourself.
The communications from the millions of men and women involved in sharing the truth on the internet contain a variety of views depending on the producer/creator’s age, level of education, personal experience, and other factors. However, it is beyond debate that regardless of these various factors, there most importantly are tremendous examples of men and women communicating about great issues with integrity and sincerity.
Those reading this will know what it means when saying that one can tell after a certain amount of time spent taking in communications over the internet when someone is genuine and honest – or not. Simply knowing that there are men and women who are sincerely and genuinely trying to take actions to create a better world is reason for celebration and optimism.
John Perkins is one of the sincere and genuine truth-tellers trying to create a better world for his, and all people’s, grandchildren. He describes the world’s economic system as a “death economy”, a situation in need of conversion to a “life economy”, where not “maximization of profits” at all costs – including destruction of lives through war, destruction of the environment through poisoning, and the greatest wealth inequality the world has ever seen – but fair profits, production of useful goods, and public service become the focused motives for corporations and governments.
Mr. Perkins has an intimate, personal knowledge of geopolitics, economics, and the negative consequences of overwhelming focus on “maximization of profits” at all costs. As an economic hitman he dealt personally with Presidents Jaime Roldos of Equador and Omar Torrijos of Panama, both of whom died (Perkins states outright in this interview that these were CIA executions) while in office after rejecting the “suggestions” of Mr. Perkins and others who desired natural resources in those men’s nations. He points out that these are not historical examples of planned assassinations and coups that have since ended; he points out that the President of Honduras was overthrown from office three years ago.
John Perkins’ books are very disturbing, but the truth revealed is absolutely important
Perkins, to his great credit because of the intensely troubling history he knows, maintains his optimism for the future while sharing that optimism with his audiences and viewers. To the cynics, frustrated, and impatient who wonder how a man like John Perkins is able to maintain a shred of optimism in the face of an Earthly reality containing gruesome examples of man’s inhumanity to man, perhaps his relationship with Mayan and other indigenous societies offer an answer.
John Perkins has experienced profound changes of a spiritual nature, seen with his action of traveling to Central America to apologize to citizens of lands who felt the negative effects from his actions while an economic hitman. His personal apology is moving, recorded in a video titled “Apology of an Economic Hitman” and available to view on YouTube.
If John Perkins – a man who literally risked his life to tell people the truth – can remain optimistic and states that “this is the most fascinating and important time in history”, surely people can overcome doubt, frustration, and impatience.
(Thank you to The Peoples Voice TV @ YouTube)