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How Powerful Evolutionary Forces are Transfroming Seven Billion Individual Humans Into a Single Harmonious Social Organism

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” — R. Buckminster Fuller   ()>)(      
“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.” – John Lennon ()>)(
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead   ()>)(
“Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding Spaceship Earth, and that is that no instruction booklet came with it.” – R. Buckminster Fuller   ()>)(
“The finally victorious way of looking at things will be the most completely impressive way to the normal run of minds.” — William James    ()>)(
“The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating a problem in a way that will allow a solution.” – Bertrand Russell          ()>)(           
“The desire to question and change things comes from the healthiest part of you.” – Gene Tashoff           ()>)(
“The essence of The Coalescence is connectivity.” — Walter Szykitka                ()>)(
“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.” – Bob Dylan                ()>)(
“This ain’t no foolin’ around.” – David Byrne                ()>)(
“Money is the root of all evil.” – Jesus                ()>)(
“Love conquers all.” – Virgil                ()>)(
“All you need is love.” – The Beatles            ()>)(
“Music will be thefinal uniter.” — Walter Szykitka

WHO PAYS WHEN LEADERS FAIL?

What does it take to convince young men to take up arms and go into battle against other young men who they do not know, with whom they have no quarrel, and at the risk of their most precious possession: their lives. History may judge that on occasion the cause was just and the price was commensurate with the outcome. But more often than not, it was the case that what was involved was not justice, or freedom, or the liberation of the oppressed, but the failure of a couple of megalomaniacs who didn’t gave a damn about the price paid by others who were called upon to serve as their proxies in a senseless macho pissing contest.

In the novel All Quiet On the Western Front, published in 1929 between the two World Wars, Erich Maria Remarque describes the following dialogue between soldiers in the trenches during the first World War:

Paul Bäumer: “You still think it’s beautiful to die for your country. The first bombardment taught us better. When it comes to dying for country, it’s better not to die at all.”
Katczinsky responds, “I’ll tell you how it should all be done. Whenever there’s a big war comin’ on, you should rope off a big field… ”
A cigar-smoking soldier injects: “And sell tickets.”
Katczinsky continues: “Yeah. And on the big day, you should take all the kings and their cabinets and their generals, put ’em in the center dressed in their underpants, and let ’em fight it out with clubs. The best country wins.”
In the novel, “Everybody murmurs in agreement.”
It was a good idea then, but didn’t stop the second World War. It’s still a good idea, and I suggest the next international dispute be settled by such a contest staged at the United Nations in New York City while the whole world watches on television.
A couple of egos may be bruised, but a lot of lives may be saved.

Today’s (r)evolutionary music features Richie Havens’ performance of “Handsome Johnny” to remind us that young men pay the price for the shortcomings of their leaders.

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Updated: February 13, 2019 — 1:04 PM

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