Perhaps one of the saddest failures in history was the League of Nations, with that failure came the second World War and even more death and devastation than the preceding war that led to the League’s creation in the first place. Now we have the United Nations, and although it chugs resolutely onward what is it really accomplishing? It spends vast sums of money operating, but other than that what does it accomplish? It failed to stop the disintegration of the Balkans, its peacekeepers in blue berets handcuffed to likely military targets and then the whole mess turned over to NATO to resolve.
I’m not here to either praise nor condemn the United Nations, but rather point out that the world isn’t a very pretty place right now. We’re still dealing with many of the rifts that date back over a thousand years, clashes of religions and ideologies and even political entities that no longer exist such as the Ottoman Empire that was broken apart after WWI and the bungling that left European diplomats drawing lines on maps and creating countries that existed before.
Some say the answer is to tear down all of the existing structures of government and class and institute natural forms of government in their place. An interesting theory when you look at it on paper, but then again what makes people think that what we have isn’t natural based on human nature? Democracy may just be the most unnatural form of government that there is because it gives a 90 pound weakling the same power at the ballot box as the 300 pound gorilla. It took will to institute that form of government and how much of the world has a functioning and fair democracy? Saddam once won an election with nearly 100% of the vote, anyone think that was a fair election? How fair do you think Pakistan’s last election was?
This is why we won’t see the world revolution that many people say will happen. In order for their to be a revolution people have to want the same things, and people from one end of the world to the other don’t agree on much of anything. This all hit me one day when I was vegetating and listening to one of my favorite songs, One Vision by Queen, it said many things, some easy to agree with, some that will cause argument, but look at this one glimpse into the lyrics.
- I had a dream
- When I was young
- A dream of sweet illusion
- A glimpse of hope and unity
- And visions of one sweet union
- But a cold wind blows
- And a dark rain falls
- And in my heart it shows
- Look what they’ve done to my dreams
- So give me your hands
- Give me your hearts
- I’m ready
- There’s only one direction
- One world one nation
- Yeah one vision
That would be a revolution, getting the entire world behind one thought, even getting the entire globe to embrace the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is currently next to impossible, we have one that most of the world has signed and another that 57 Muslim nations signed, the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam in June of 2000 that states that people have “freedom and right to a dignified life in accordance with the Islamic Shari’ah.”
- If, under some incredibly unlikely set of circumstances there was a whole world revolution, is it armed or peaceful?
- Is there to be another world war that will finally place something like the United Nations as the governing body for the world? Or is there going to be one worldwide movement that still recognizes the individual countries?
- It is going to be a secular or religious revolution?
- How will there be a world revolution that respects the rights of everyone?
- What happens to those that don’t think there needs to be a revolution?
- What form of government is there at the end? Democratic? Authoritarian? Socialist? Communist? Marxist? Or maybe we need new –ists and –isms before all of this can happen?
There are individual countries that can’t agree among their own people what form of government they need, and who should be in charge, look at Darfur, at Burma, the Balkans. There isn’t one vision, one thing that all people can hold onto and say in one voice we all agree on this. Somebody always has a ‘but,’ to throw into the equation and then another and another until all hope of compromise finally collapses.
- While we live according to race, colour or creed
- While we rule by blind madness and pure greed
- Our lives dictated by tradition, superstition, false religion
- Through the eons, and on and on
- Oh yes we’ll keep on tryin’
- We’ll tread that fine line
- Oh we’ll keep on tryin’
- Till the end of time
Then again, for all that say there needs to be revolutionary change there are others that say they pretty much like the way things are. There are no easy answers, but for those that advocate national or world revolution, is there a plan? Or is have a revolution the whole plan? I need to hear a whole lot of intelligent answers before I get excited about anything, starting with what happens to those that don’t want a revolution.
© 2007, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.