A Long Short Story

Not very many years ago, I saw an animated children's TV show that was based on the game Poke'mon. The story was about a nice boy who had a weak Poke'mon, and who was challenged to a battle by a bully who had several fairly strong Poke'mon. For some reason, the nice boy accepted the challenge.

At the beginning of the battle, the nice boy said, "I believe in you," to his Poke'mon. Unknown to the boy and to everyone else who was watching, those words were the trigger that caused his extremely weak Poke'mon to evolve into an immensely powerful Poke'mon; in fact, a legendary Poke'mon that none of the people present had actually ever seen before. The newly evolved Poke'mon proceeded then to decisively defeat the bully's Poke'mon.

The importance of belief was a theme of that story.

In the real world, outside the realm of animated children's TV programs, whether what someone believes is true or not, and whether the outcome of that belief is a good or a bad thing, it is self-evident that what a person believes affects that person's behavior.

I believe that the next step in our social evolution is that we, the citizens of planet Earth, will constitute ourselves as a global direct democracy, and decisions that are made collectively, through a process in which the billions of us participate, will have the force of supreme law for humanity. 

Some people might say that is impossible. It's just not going to happen. It's not in our nature.

First of all, even though something may be highly improbable does not mean that it is impossible. Think of how improbable it is that any one of us is here today. You and I would not exist if any of our earliest ancestors beginning with single cell organisms billions of years ago, and if any of our succeeding ancestors in the countless generations since had died before reproducing.

What are the odds of any of us being here now? Too infinitesimally small to try to calculate. Yet, here we are. If you are reading this article, that is sufficient evidence to prove that you exist, no matter how improbable that is.

One of the reasons that we exist now is that we are social animals, and the capacity to love, to share, and to care for each other contributed greatly to our ancestors' success in surviving and reproducing. No matter what else one might say about human nature, the preceding sentence still stands as true.

Close to half of humanity is using the Internet in 2015. There are a number of proposals such as low orbit satellites, or radios suspended from high altitude balloons, or simply laying more fiber optic cable to get the remaining half of humanity connected, perhaps by 2020. 

The Internet is a tool. It can be used for good or evil. The good would be for the people who are most knowledgeable about various things that are important: organic farming and gardening; advanced batteries; solar, wind, and other clean, renewable forms of energy; birth control; water conservation and filtration; and so on, to share what they know with the rest of humanity. 

Our decisions, both personally and collectively, will flow from that knowledge. The tool is important, but it is not the most important thing. We are, each of us without exception, part of a larger whole. The key to raising all of humanity to a higher plane of existence truly is "the will of the people." It's a matter of consciousness.

Do you believe?

John Kintree
September 23, 2015