Anthology – Peoples’ Plan for Life, Now and Forever …
In my Foreword I groused about “the people’s” gullibility. After trying to come to terms with so much research and fine writing by historians, socialists, capitalists and professional thinkers whose works attempted illumination on the human dilemmas always faced and seemingly impossible to resolve – especially how to seek prosperity without denying it to others and without violence – I am able to say a few things, by dint of the power of observation, about how we’ve gotten ourselves in such a mess.
A longer monograph would cite how natural it is for people to aggrandize every and all things deemed worthy of possession by anyone, anywhere at any time in the belief that it is what people do. That would explain the clever, well-hidden use of ideology to explain how a nation believing in its manifest destiny could pair “freedom” with a military might paid for out of the wages of its citizens with their lives. Only a deluded people would authorize such a transfer, and adding to the insult, call it patriotic. The forgoing essay, citing the work of superb chroniclers and investigators, aims its broadside at the common complaint each expresses in terms unique to his experience, namely that we allow this transfer by being uncritically trusting of our leadership, even after they’ve shown, as a class, they must not be trusted. Indeed, the one trust we know to have is that they could not become leaders if they did not espouse superiority and fealty to the captains of industry and commerce. By definition, these commercially driven people will see to it that only individuals that can be trusted to keep the game well-oiled and hidden for purposes of immediate gain to their enterprises are going to get anywhere close to holding the reins of power.
A revolution in fact is not necessary. Carl Safina , quoted above – sees progress into an unknown future as requiring a sense of renewed purpose based on sensitivity to other living things. We agree that a revolution in kind, a revolution of how we think about ourselves as humans, is, and must be at hand. I hope the forgoing effort will push that agenda a lot further than it has so far shown any signs of going by means of the usual evidentiary, studious treatment of our shortcomings.
I mean for this effort to be a plangent valency. The words fit perfectly. These are words most of us do not consider part of our vocabulary. I’ll save you having to look them up: plangent: striking with a deep, reverberating sound, as waves against a shore; valency: broadly, the capacity of something to unite, react, or interact with something else.
A. Robert Johnson
December 9, 2011