Stop, you fools—you’ll kill us all!

John Lennon – imagine (live 1975)

All truth passes through three states: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. And third, it is accepted as self-evident.

So said Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (17881860) – or perhaps that was someone else.

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

So said Mahatma Gandhi, pioneer of non-violent social protest (18691948) – or perhaps that, too, was someone else.

It seems that there’s little that hupersonity[1] can agree on. Even when we do appear to agree, our deeds do not match our words. If they did, we would have abolished war by now; and with the resources freed up by doing so, we would have defeated hunger, poverty and injustice – not just in our own little necks of the woods, but all over the planet.

Clearly[2], most individuals agree with the sentiments of the song ‘Imagine’. The goals it suggests may be lofty, but to have any possibility at all of achieving them we must act in a way, however small, that gives peace a chance§.

As individuals, we may say one thing: but then we delegate decisions to our local leaders, and they focus on the needs of the local neighbourhood; and the needs of anything beyond are, at best, largely ignored. So it has been, for the entire history of our species. Struggling to survive on our little patches of land, our ‘sovereign nations’, and fending off ‘the enemy’.

Now, it’s different. The enemy is us. The mode that has served us reasonably well until now is entirely inappropriate. We need to act to preserve ourselves, and the planet, from ourselves. If we are to do so, the rules must change. The question is: will we choose how the rules change – or will those decisions be made for us?

… if humanity is now committing omnicide[3], it behoves everyone
with a brain, a heart or a soul to scream: “Stop, you fools—you’ll kill us all!

In other words, what is needed today is not one more scholarly study, but some solid traction on the ground in the form of a bona fide strategy that gets us off the current trajectory towards oblivion, and onto a much more reasonable path, one that leads to a sustainable future.

So says Jim Stark (1943), co-president of the non-profit NGO Vote World Parliament, in his book Rescue Plan for Planet Earth: Democratic World Government through a Global Referendum (although the megacorporation amazon is a planet destroyer and ought to be boycotted until it changes its ways, here’s a link to the book on there anyway… copies seem scarce, currently: perhaps hit the ‘I want this on Kindle’ link if you pop by there?). Worth a read, I think.

Maybe sooner, rather than later.


[1] ‘Hu-person-ity?’ Well, I’ve long refused to use the word ‘mankind’, since the word ‘kind’ is probably the last word that should be employed to describe a mass of humans; and ‘humanity’ is also a no-no as the characters ‘m’, ‘a’ and ‘n’ together are anti-egalitarian….

[2] Views of five YouTube clips of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’…

… @24Nov2012:
clipviewslikesdislikes 
9Q0Eyw3l3XM4,556,34212,702176 
XLgYAHHkPFs§27,591,098117,7512,037 
DCX3ZNDZAwY3,578,71816,252322 
w2gKUr0xc50873,6351,05165(karaoke)
RwUGSYDKUxU§4,508,27119,166406(lyrics)
  41,108,064 166,922 3,006 
… @10Mar2021:
clipviewslikesdislikes 
9Q0Eyw3l3XM6,585,10622k463unavailable
XLgYAHHkPFs§131,468,668495k14k 
DCX3ZNDZAwYunavailable
w2gKUr0xc501,828,6182.4k209(karaoke)
RwUGSYDKUxU§60,304,154291k10k(lyrics)
 200,196,546~810,400~24,672 

[3] Omnicide: the killing of everything, the extinction of our species and the extermination of all or most other life forms; basically the assassination of Earth.

Page updated 10Mar2021,
with thanks to Goldie,
(an honorary member of ?Random Raiders!)
for his invaluable feedback!

Page updated again 09Sep2021 because the embedded video was found to be unavailable
… due to a copyright claim by Yoko Ono Lennon.
Thanks, Yoko – you really know how to keep John’s vision alive, don’t you?

§ Link no good in the UK ‘for copyright reasons’, but may be OK where you are.

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8 Responses to Stop, you fools—you’ll kill us all!

  1. I blame it on fussiness, like food, partners that sort of thing- if only people followed the true way, like my religion [tick box] or politics [tick box] morals [see religion]- then we could perhaps get on. However this does not solve the problem of people borrowing my CDs, books, etc and failing to return them.
    Imagine- instead- a world where we begrudgingly got on with other people.
    I know John had bigger ideals but it is a goal.

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    • pendantry says:

      Hey, I’m not knocking your goals. Gotta start somewhere — and, let’s face it, there’s a heckuvva lotta progress going for grabs for us make-love-not-war-wannabes.

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  3. Great Post my friend… and it echo’s my thoughts It is all right us saying one thing.. and acting differently.. We all of us have to realise our World is ALL of our responsibilities.. Thank you for directing me here :-)

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  4. 2012? That was like… almost as long ago as WWII!!! Or at least that how it seems to me nowadays.

    “gives peace a chance.” takes us to a video that is not up anymore (for me anyway; blocked in this region and/or due to copyright).

    “Vote World Parliament” and the other 2 links in that paragraph take us to a page not found.

    clip “XLgYAHHkPFs” same issue ad “gives peace a chance”

    “DCX3ZNDZAwY” video unavailable (no other details)

    “RwUGSYDKUxU” same as the first clip

    Whew, that was intense!

    Thanks for the John Lennon music, though.

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    • pendantry says:

      Thank you so much, Goldie!

      I’ve annotated the “blocked in your country on copyright grounds” video links appropriately.

      Redirected the links in the ‘Vote World Parliament’ paragraph appropriately. It seems the free copy of Mr Stark’s book is no longer on offer, so I’ve amended the reference to that (and sent them a message asking whether their coffers are more important than their message).

      I also spotted that I’d got Schopenhauer’s first name wrong (‘Andrew’ instead of ‘Arthur’). Fixed :)

      Indeed, ‘whew!’. Editing that post was intense for me, as it was composed in the ‘classic editor’. I’ve had bad experiences when choosing the ‘convert to blocks’ option, so I don’t do that any more… but I had to resort to HTML a couple of times to adjust things, and when reverting back to ‘Edit visually’ I twice got error messages — fortunately, the ‘Attempt to recover’ button worked. I guess I got lucky, this time.

      Right then, now I’m off to your site to return the ?Random Raiders! favour :)

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