Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Cannons and Fodder


A couple of days ago, when the Popper from DRNK (DPRK) went off, several of my gym fellows brought the issue up as we finished our workouts and headed for the sauna.

One had actually dreamed about it the night before.

The other was an Iranian born American businessman who watches Fox News when he's not laughing out loud to reruns of second rate comedy shows as he treads on the machine next to me.

My opinion and view of the world is rarely shared around there, but it is often solicited, if for no other reason, for its unique entertainment value.

"I'm a transnationalist you know", I always say.

"And everyone of the nations who condemned the DRNK are violators of the Non-profileration treaty. "

As Scott Galindez says in his article, "All Nine Nuclear Powers are Violating Non-proliferation Treaty",

"As North Korea becomes the eighth confirmed nuclear power (Israel is not confirmed but considered the ninth) some of the blame has to go to the original five nuclear powers.

When the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty went into effect in 1970, the five countries who had nuclear bombs - the US, France, China, Great Britain, and the USSR - agreed to work to reduce and eventually eliminate their nuclear arsenals.

Now, 36 years later, no disarmament talks are taking place between those countries."

The deal then was pretty simple.

The nuclear states more or less said that "If you don't develop nuclear weapons, we will ultimately do away with ours."

This was back in the days when we had two super powers and 3 more right behind them, and everyone was more than a little nervous about the future, and most leaders could see the dead end ahead if we continued the course we were on.

However, we didn't change course.

Today, we continue to build more and better nuclear weapons each day, violating the spirit and the letter of the law, even as we pitch our indignant fits in front of the cameras in New York.

And now, 36 years later, the course we failed to alter, is leading to its logical result.

As the NPT tacitly states, I do not believe that one nation has the right to have nuclear weapons, while other states do not.

But as a "Transnationalist", I do not believe that we should even have nations. Oh, we can have nations like we have states and cities and counties and hospital districts, but we should not pray to their flags or take their nonsense too seriously.

We are all Citizens of the Earth, not some arbitrary division of the most recent violent conflict or peace treaty.

I told the guys in the gym, "Look, less than 150 years ago, a young man from Virginia was squaring off with a young man from Pennsylvania just because they thought they were protecting their "country". The wars between Athens and Sparta murdered thousands in their time.

Now we take care of state and city rivalries on a football field.

I told the guys that the one good thing about climate change and resource depletion is that these global problems and challenges will unify the world as surely as if we had been invaded by an alien force. The Citizens of the Earth will come together to deal with our real species- threatening problems and we will transcend this funny idea that it's OK for some of us to have cannons while others serve as fodder.

I told the guys that they should be able to travel the world freely, starting businesses where they like, filming their movies where they choose, in a world where tribalism and nationalism is no longer honored as a respectable meme for the advanced human mind.

I also told them that long ago, Kings and Queens learned that the only way to keep the peasants in line was to go invade another king or queen. Then, when the favor was returned, the peasant needed the protection of the king, his walls, and his big swords.

Its been a "full employment act" for the rulers ever since.

If we want to create peace.

We must create the meme of peace.

As Einstein said, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. "

He also said this,

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us "universe", a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

We must free ourselves of this idea that some should have cannons,

and others should be fodder.

Or we will all have cannons.

And we will all be fodder.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

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10:19 AM  
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