Ok...after doing a lot of thinking, and soul searching, I've come to change my mind on a number of key issues.
First, I think we need to tackle the root causes of all the problems in the world today. You do that, and we'll be living in Utopia.
do away with all countries and create a One Nation Earth.
It seems like territorial disputes and nationalism and pride are directly or indirectly responsible for so many wars: Palestine and Israel, US and Mexico, India and Pakistan, Airbus and Boeing, Ford and BMW. You name it.
Eliminate the borders and suddenly there's nothing left to fight about. And we already have a governing body in place: The United Nations, where no one is special, no one is better than any others; the United States vote counts just as much as Madagascars. Instead of just being a group of diplomats who really don't do much, and hand over all control of the world to that body.
And the "illegal immigration" problem?
Will be a problem no more. Since there will be no national boundaries, anyone can go wherever they like, no questions asked.
As many people would also have you think, Christianity has been behind more discord, more arguments, more wars than anything else. Just get rid of it.
That doesn't mean that we have to get rid of ALL
religions. Just Christianity.
Anyone can worship whoever they want-Allah, Buddha, Mother Earth, any god (lower case "G"), whoever. As long as it's not God (upper case "G") or Jesus Christ.
Once we have established the One Nation Earth, do away with all hard money and adopt a common E-money system. Everything will be strictly done electronically, perhaps with a chip or invisible tattoo embedded in your hand or wrist. Not only will it be the ultimate in convenience (no cash to count, no jars of coins, no money laundering, theft, embezzlement, or wallets and purses to lose).
Along with that, establish standard wages for
everyone. Whether you are a doctor or a fry chef, everyone gets the same. And everyone will be guaranteed a job of some sort. Yes, I realize that some professions like engineers and doctors get higher salaries because of their skills and schooling. But the fact of the matter is that one who goes into such fields should be doing it to serve Mankind and not to profit. Plus, with one common nation, currency, and fixed wages, there will be no reason to engage in profiteering, which as we all know have the nasty side effects of cost cutting, job slashing, and fostering a general "screw you...gimme some money" attitude.
Why should some people have money to cleanse their loins while others eat from dumpsters?
Forget about job status, efforts, schooling, etc.
It's a decent humanity issue.
In doing this, we will solve a gaggle of other problems:
With everyone now making a decent wage, there will be no more homeless, which leads to poverty, which leads to crime, and so on. No more resentment, envy, or jealousy. Everyone will be the same.
How could anyone be opposed to that?
We have this one and only one planet to live on. And in many places, it's been all but irreversibly polluted. We really should just in one fell swoop, outlaw all internal combustion engines. Sure, it might be tough for some people initially. But humans are incredibly resilient and adaptable to change-especially when they are faced with no other options. The auto manufacturers for decades have been promising electric powered vehicles. Where are they?
When they have no other choice, they will start producing them.
What's more important?
Horespower or clean air?
Is it fair that some people have to walk or take a bus when others have one, or two, or three of their own cars to drive?
Every man and woman on this planet has a
right to be mobile and go wherever they want, whenever they want. Once all gas and oil powered vehicles have been siezed and melted down, everyone will be able to purchse their own clean, green electric vehicle (since everyone will be paid the same, everyone will be able to afford one).
Also, while on the topic of the environment, no one, and I mean NO ONE will be permitted to enter any of the designated wilderness areas, included, but not limited to beaches, forests, jungles, swamps, estuarys, rivers and lakes, and deserts, for any reason.
The best and only way to ensure that these fragile environments are allowed to survive is to simply stay off of them. Leave them alone. Don't go there. We have our established human habitats (cities) where we've decimated wildlife. Let them have their habitats, and humans are off limits to those.
Confiscate and destroy all weapons. This means everything from two round Derringer Specials to ICBM's loaded with uranium warheads.
Weapons serve no useful purpose. You take them away, you take away the desire and temtation to use them, not to mention using the
threat of using them to coerce people into doing things they don't want to do.
While in the process of doing this, it is high time we address and correct our mistakes of the past.
I would start with the Black population and slavery. Granted, it happened more than 100 years ago, but that doesn't mean that people aren't both suffering and living the life of Riley as a result of that institution. Before we adopt the common currency, I would urge to see
cash payouts of no less than a million dollars to every black man, woman, and child. They deserve it. Giving "reperations" in the form of better schools, shopping centers, etc. just isn't enough. They still won't really be in control of the situation. The only way to totally let them have what they are owed is to give THEM the money and let THEM decide what they want to do with it.
Next, homosexuality is not "deviant" behavior. It is not an "aberration". It's a shame at how many of our gay and lesbian friends have been mocked, ridiculed, belittled, shamed, beaten, and killed for the free expression of a natural bodily urge.
I'm not sure how we can "repay" them, but we can at least start by mandating that "homosexuality is nothing different from heterosexual" be taught in schools.
It can be argued, with some plausibility that non-conformity, free thought, and disagreement are also major enemies of peace. Granted, few people have fought or gone to war just for the sake of fighting and going to war, that's not good enough.
It's real simple. You either follow this new doctrine, or else face imprisonment. We have fought too many battles. Peace and harmony must stand above all else.