I was imagining a world that existed like this:
Each person’s wealth – that has been gained from ‘earning a living’ – is converted into tokens redeemable only by the ‘earner’, in an attempt to demonstrate who has what in this world. You carry around a bag with your tokens in it, showing how ‘valuable’ you are as a community asset. Then – surprise, surprise – the air you breathe becomes costly. You have to insert tokens into a local ‘breathing machine’ in order to have fresh air pumped – in a puff – into the atmosphere so that all living things can draw breath. At first there are communal machines – anyone can put tokens in to make sure that we can all breathe. Everyone does so with enthusiasm. We all have tokens, well, hopefully we have all earned a few, and we use them as is necessary. Those with tokens put them willingly in – in a fairly democratic fashion, no doubt. I put one – you put one. Etc.
Then the majority starts to run short of tokens. The air is getting tight, difficult to breathe. Like molasses. Those with big bags of tokens begin to become selfish. They resent putting extra tokens into the ‘breathing machine’ – despite the fact that they have plenty extra – when there are others that no longer ‘contribute’ to the air everyone breathes. The ones with tokens believe the ones without tokens should suffocate. They should die because they did not earn enough tokens to keep them alive. They believe this, despite the fact that they – and those ‘lazy time-wasters’ – share the same breathing space. The point is: without the ‘time-wasters’ – the dreamers, the believers, the lovers – the elite and their breathing would not even be a problem that needed contemplating on this planet.
Then – considering all – I came to the conclusion that human beings, being what they are, would never have condoned the manufacture of communal ‘breathing machines’. The capitalist mindset that manipulates the actions of the too-wealthy elite – those ‘with’ money – would have ensured at the outset that only individual ‘breathing machines’ were made, those that were built to the individual’s specifications. I am quite certain that those with enough tokens and their bespoke ‘breathing machines’ would be quite happy to watch with a ‘dejected’ sigh those without tokens who fall by the roadside and expire. I mean – if you are wealthy and well-connected you cannot be expected to save every piece of crap lying around on the planet, can you?
It is unacceptable that there are starving people on this planet. It is totally unacceptable that children on this planet are starving. For a brain to develop and a body to thrive, grow strong, it needs sustenance. Both brain and body. When you starve children you are not just causing them hunger pains that they cannot understand but must endure, or depriving them of a childhood – for what fun can it be starving slowly to your death? – you are preventing a child the opportunity to develop its brain so that it will be a thinker in this world. We need as many thinkers as we can get. Each sadness in a deprived childhood is counted, measured. These things cannot be forgotten. They cannot be ignored. I wish to liberate every child on this planet. That it should be a private goal is perhaps of no consequence to anyone, but it should be. In this day and age – as educated as we are – we should all want the same thing. I understand there are many un-free adults, too, and these do not go unnoticed, however – the children should be our immediate concern because they are our future. Until the children are out of chains – mentally, physically, spiritually – this world is arrested; silenced by its own demise. We cannot just sit and watch the world go to shit. We have to do something about the state of affairs on this planet we all call home. Earth. We are each able to do something to make the world better. We just need to THINK right. When you are determined to find solutions to the world’s problems, you will find them. The more people that contribute to the collective in terms of positive, forward-thinking – the better off this world’s future is going to be. We should all care about what the future is going to look like – even if you do not have children you should care. We all possess the power of independent thinking and we can choose to think about what we like. There is no government that can make you think one way or another. There is no man who can force you to have his thoughts. You have to think for yourself. Do not accept things in this world that you do not like. Think about what you like and what you do not like. Concentrate on changing those things you don’t like – first in your own life and then in your community. Do not accept that as one person you cannot make a difference. You can. You just have to want to try.
If you can vote – vote. Being lazy in a democracy is a disgrace. If you can make sandwiches for the homeless people then make them – do you know how grateful a homeless person is to receive anything at all? Imagine for one minute that it was you that was sleeping on a dirty piece of cardboard on the sidewalk? Where is your self-esteem when you must sleep on the pavement? It is not in a good place. When your self-esteem is not in a good place, your thinking is not as big as it should be. Can you imagine having no fixed place to live – drifting up and down side streets and holing up in doorways? Your world becomes very small. You forget to dream. This world cannot do without dreams, or dreamers. The dreams of the pure mind are dreams worth harvesting for the future. Pure thought comes best in children that have not been abused, exploited or starved. How can we stop the bureaucracy and corruption that keeps food from people that need it? There is enough food on Earth to feed everybody – it just needs to be spread around a bit better. It’s time the aid agencies actually took accountability and changed the way their industry works. You cannot stand by and watch corruption steal maize meal from its population. You protest against conditions as they are. Who better to say something than someone right inside the situation itself? I cannot understand how people can turn a blind eye. In your next incarnation you could be the one starving. Think about it. The sooner we end suffering the sooner we will stop suffering, ourselves. We are a reflection of our environment, we are what is going on around us. How can you pretend not to see that?
ZANU PF needs to stop harrassing the people trying to provide aid to the Zimbabweans. Can those people forget their idiotic politics for one minute and concentrate on themselves as humans? They are not Mugabe’s people. They never were. It is time the Zimbabweans were liberated. Please spare them a thought in your everyday. They are a beautiful, long-suffering people. They need the world’s help. The governments cannot be bothered to offer anything more than lip-service to a Zimbabwe in strife and although this lip-service does help open the world’s eyes, it needs action to back up the words. The Zimbabweans need supervision during their July elections. It is simple. Why can the international community not put together an army of overseers and send them to Zimbabwe to watch who the people really want in power? Mugabe is so scared of the real result he cheats every time. He stuffs the ballot boxes and claims victory and everyone knows – again – that the man is lying. They are so used to their leader lying that they cannot even believe their reality any longer. Mugabe is morally bankrupt and he is responsible for a genocide. Did the world forget that? I think you would be tired of your government being in power for 30 years – can you even imagine it? The man is old and his mind is fried. He is delusional at best and the country could do with a change. They deserve a change. It would be good to see a new political party starting, one that can inspire hope. The MDC dog has been whipped by Zanu PF and it stands with its tail between its legs. You cannot feel inspired by a party like that. You need a party that can bring you what you want. I think every Zimbabwean knows that they need change. In this age of information sharing they see clearly where their future lies if they are forced to follow the same path they have been following for 30 years. They must change their pace, adjust their thinking. There is too much fear in Zimbabwe. She is crumbling under her own load. She needs to stand back and see herself for who she is. She is Zimbabwe. A mighty nation of warriors, heroes. Their energy as a people is hard not to love the first time you experience it. They are an incredibly special people. Imagine that the minds of all those Africans were free to think about something other than their unfortunate circumstances? The collective unconscious would swell with their contribution. They have an extraordinary cultural heritage to share and that sharing is valuable sharing. Their thoughts are like prayer flags in the wind. They send good vibes out into the world. We could do more to help them stand up for themselves.