My World of Hope

The world is changing. The people of the USA got what people all around the world want. It is just a shame that they had to vote Donald Trump in order to get it.

I believe that we are evolving into a world of the middle ground, a world of compromise and a world where contradiction is accepted and valued. A world where not everything needs to be black or white, and where human-touch is embraced and treasured.

A world willing to fight for a cessation to the global dehumanisation of society.

A world where we will not hide behind process and procedure or allow systems to replace people

Where we will break with our reliance on data and evidence, and where instinct will once again drive our decisions

A world where we will demand governance in favour of the people, not purely for political or economical means. It’s happening in front of our very eyes and its happening now.

Is this not what Brexit was all about? Isn’t this why Donald Trump has resonated with so greatly with the people of the USA? Why Bernie Sanders was able to test Hillary Clinton?

I am a strong supporter of Bhutanese belief that:

Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product as a measure of a nation’s development.

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations agrees:

“GNP has long been the yardstick by which economies and politicians have been measured. Yet it fails to take into account the social and environmental costs of so-called progress. We need a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, economic and environmental wellbeing are indivisible.”

Gross National Happiness (GNH) recognises the need for a balance between 4 pillars:

  • Sustainable Socio-economic Development
  • Preservation and Promotion of Culture
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Good Governance

Herein lies the key to what we have just witnessed happen in the USA. Everyday people demanding that they be listened to. Demanding that they be allowed to retain what is most important to them: their happiness, their identity and their culture.

I believe in the goodness that globalisation has brought to the world. For all history wars have been fought over borders, over cultural and religious differences.

Globalisation has helped to break down those barriers, to remove the reasons for war. We are living in the most peaceful times ever on this earth as a result of globalisation and free trade. We work together, despite our nationality, to find cures for diseases and to eradicate plague and famine. We are learning to put aside our differences in order to focus on what we have in common for the good of all humanity. We do, after-all, have far more in common with each other than things that divide us

But in doing all of this we have forgotten about the ‘Preservation and Promotion of Culture’.

This now is the greatest challenge ahead for all humanity: How to preserve and promote culture while keeping our borders open, because closing our borders may lead us back to war.

There has to be a way. I believe there is. We need to abandon the old ways of focusing on our differences, what divides us, and instead celebrate what it is that we all have in common.

I can live as I wish, and allow you to do so, standing right next to me, if we are both willing to focus on the things that we share.

Gosh, isn’t this what our indigenous peoples all around the world have been asking for? Now, perhaps we are at last, beginning to understand.

John Lennon almost got it right when he wrote:

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today… Aha-ah…
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace… You…
You may say I’m a dreame
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world… You..
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

 … we can have all of that and religion too.

 We can live peacefully as one and retain our national identities and culture if only we focus on what it is that we have in common.

 I truly believe in the goodness in all humanity.

I will leave the last word to Charlie Chaplin (1940):

… I don’t want to be an emperor. … I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible … We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others’ happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. … More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all.

… the power they took from the people will return to the people. 

… Don’t give yourselves to these … machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have a love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural. 

… Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. … Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

 

My message for the world:

For the good of all humanity keep your borders open , fight against the global dehumanisation of our societies and try to not spread any more hate into the world.

Love to you all.

 

 

 

 

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