Public opinion is a vast irresistible tool that is used to guide the direction of the machine that is the system. Public opinion based in manipulated fear is a tool used to benefit the few. Public opinion firmly based in the clear thought of each individual that makes up that public will first and foremost benefit that public. Only then will we see the leaders of civilizations begin to genuinely work for the benefit of the planet and for everyone, not just to work for the strong. The international few have never felt the personal need keep to national boundaries, but cleverly they taught us all to feel this need. As a result of our fears we all dearly paid, and paid, and paid, for world wars, that culminated in the use of nuclear weapons. This continued in a deliberately divided world until an elder statesman warned us of the endless planetary nuclear winter that would follow massive use of these vile weapons. Then we all paid again to have the bombs dismantled.
Regardless of the talents of those brilliant brains that split the atom to save us from our current enemies (?) and to offer all of us the cheapest (?) cleanest (?) ever electricity. Regardless of brains of similar brilliance that sent a manned rocket to the moon and endowed us all with non-stick frying pans etc. Regardless of all of these we now all face a poisoned, overheated planet. Meanwhile the latest big potential money-spinner for the hidden few is research into genetic manipulation. This has to include the highly invested, expensive technology that enables this research to be done. In this way any talented scientist who requires research funds will only receive them if the research in some way aids the latest money-spinner.
There is a problem with the 'latest' anything. The problem is that despite previous official, authoritative, self-confidence-filled public statements to the contrary, no one really knows if the 'latest' will later have to be returned to the factory to cure unpredicted faults. This may be acceptable if it is the latest automobile. But it may be unacceptable and impossible in the god-like world of spliced DNA strands demanded by the hidden few. Billions of self-devalued people cringe at the thought of a world unintentionally, negatively altered beyond all recognition by brilliant men pressurized by the ongoing demands of their paymasters for profitable spin-offs. Those billions of people cringe but they don't do nor say anything about it, except to each other.
Now we have mentioned automobiles let's think about them, because regardless of our spiritual and ecological beliefs we all have to exist and survive in a competitive world. To survive we have to work, and for many, affordable public transport no longer exists, and so a vehicle is a must. For all concerned except the owner, each vehicle itself becomes an ongoing source of income, bank-loan interest, tax revenue on petrol or diesel, road taxes and so on, and on, and on in an ever-upward spiral. But the horse-less carriages of yesteryear and the latest models at the latest prestigious Motor Show all continue to share one thing in common. They all pumped and continue to pump poisonous gases and extra heat into the atmosphere of the planet.
Originally the horse-less carriages were divided into those driven by crude, petrol-run, internal-combustion engines, and those driven by crude steam engines. The early models of both generated little speed, and huge amounts of mirth. But by the mid-nineteen twenties, IC engines and steam engines matched each other for sophistication, power and speed, and either power source would fit into the same streamlined family motor car. Both petrol and steam-powered types in 1927 raced each other at speeds of +70mph at Silverstone Racetrack. The steam-driven engine would take you from London to Edinburgh on a gallon of petrol used to generate the steam. Further funded research of steam power was killed stone dead because the IC engine eagerly guzzled petrol and it was really only meant to be an extension of the service-station petrol pump that filled it. The Few won again.
Today at the motor shows, as a (lip-service to ecology) curiosity, tucked between the +200-MPH double airbag, fuel-injection models is displayed the latest (prototype only, you must understand?) electric car. The ecological car of the future, but it is never genuinely intended to be the mass-produced runabout of today. It would be far too expensive to be commercially viable. Battery researches lags far behind genetic research. Wide-scale use of electrically powered vehicles would overtax the power stations, and would create motor-trade mass unemployment. Electrical vehicles could never achieve the speeds of internal-combustion engines, speeds incidentally that the law forbids the majority of us to use anyway.
All of the tired old excuses trotted out every year, and no one says anything except a few that are firmly labeled by national media as ecological nuts. Probably the public of our ancestors' time was expected to wring hands together in anguish at the unemployment the nutty cry for the abolition of the slave trade would cause. How many more generations of improved smog-mask designs must town dwellers wear before they realize that only each of us can change things for the better? No one will do it for us, why should they? They're onto a good thing already.
Loudly beaten 40-gallon drums and the black smoke of motor-tire bonfires, the banners carried by processions and the endless petitions of never-read, totally ignored signatures. All of these are regarded by the protester's current target as the harmless release of mob-mind energy, with the police paid and expected to take the blows and clear up the mess.
So if you want change you'll have to clearly state what you want changed.
You bypass mob and police action if you write and send simple letters, and you tell all of your friends what you are doing. If they want to join you or help you with funding that's great, but the important thing is to do it anyway. Or join someone who is doing it already, but don't wait for others, because that is how we all first got into this mess.
Let us give you an example to illustrate what we mean. When countless members of Amnesty International write letters to dictators and secret-police chiefs for the release or fair trial of political prisoners, they all write as private individuals and they never expect to receive replies. Eventually all of those individually written and sent letters have a cumulative but never publicly admitted effect. The effect is to continuously spotlight the dubious actions of the target. Very quickly the desired result is achieved because dubious actions require furtive darkness amid public apathy and so they and determined spotlights cannot co-exist. Exactly the same applies if we are to gain a better, fairer, cleaner world. The clear thought that guides your pen is mightier than the fear and anger-filled emotion that loudly and pointlessly beats a 40-gallon oil drum. Physical existence may not be our promised ultimate paradise. But for now it's all we've got, so why should we continue to allow a self-empowered selfish few to make mankind feel just like:
STRANGERS IN PARADISE ?
Love and Laughter to all seekers,
David and Yvonne Brittain.