Today, I posted the following on Maureen Downey’s blog and Jay Bookman’s blog, both columnists for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Looking toward the world’s future, I see the following, forthcoming:
I had just posted the following on Maureen Downey’s blog in response to another poster’s reaction to fewer jobs in the world today because of increasing technological advances. My worldwide plan proposes a visionary impact to create equity and peace among all of the people of this world in contrast with the hierarchial vision of Disney, Inc., and other corporate visionaries, who see profit for the few, as primary, not service to the many. Here are my thoughts brought to this thread, also:
“The world will become even smaller in this century. The people of this world are going to have to determine the world’s most important values, as our Founders did in their day. I am hoping that those who support an egalitarian worldview will prevail.
I have thought that the idea of service jobs would be the most reasonable answer to the coming technological advances which will usurp many jobs of average workers into our future.
What I can envision is a required service of all of our young people to this nation, either through the military or through the Peace Corps. I would suspect that most of our young would prefer the Peace Corp to the possibility of killing/maiming others or being, themselves, killed/maimed. As that avenue of additional jobs were to develop more throughout the world, that model could expand to having older people join the Peace Corps in more numbers than are there today so that their service to the world’s most needy would not only help to lift our planet as a whole but these service jobs would be paid for through our government, in conjunction with nonprofits, or from a satellite financial vehicle created within the United Nations, to serve the needs of all of the world’s humanity in becoming self-sufficient and self-governing, with democratic principles underlying this humane, worldwide effort.”
Just as the choice in America is stark today – self-interests or the common good – so will the world, itself, in the 21st Century, have to choose between these two diametrically opposed philosophies. One or the other will dominate. The other will still exist, but in a secondary role.
I hope that our democratic tenets are buried so deeply within the souls of most Americans that egalitarianism, in that degree, will be the philosophy which will prevail into the world’s future.
The world is going through “growing pains” similar to those of adolescents, except the world is growing to be one unit. Eventually, we will consider ourselves to be more Earthlings, or citizens of the world who must survive or perish together, than citizens of separate nations. This is the working-through period of details, i.e. our “growing pains,” to come to that state of future being, as I see it.
MLK: “We will either work together as brothers, or we will perish together as fools.” (paraphrased)