It was a short animated clip that ended with an old man sitting on a bench, a solemn weathered look upon his face. “I’m 94 years old now, and I’m afraid my disposition is the same as it was 75 years ago. This shit’s got to go!”
The old man is Jacque Fresco, and the clip highlights his views on capitalism, greed and an alternative way of thinking that would benefit society as a whole. The “Eureka” moment came for me when Fresco talks about how the world suffered through a decade of the great depression before somehow coming up with the resources to fund one of the costliest and deadliest wars in human history. People were starving for a decade before we chose to spend billions of dollars killing each other. Why did we not spend this money taking care of one another instead? Of course there were other factors at play which included a dictator that was committing genocide against an entire ethnic group that needed to be stopped, but the point is still the same. If we had the money and resources to fight such an expensive war, why did we not have the resources to feed and take care of one another?
The answer is, we did have the the money, we just chose not to spend it in such a way.
Fast forward 80 years later and one would think that we would have come a long way. 80 years of progress and we should have learned our lesson and abandoned such archaic ways of thinking. However, the opposite seems to be true. Today the inequality is far worse than it has ever been and instead of uniting together to protect the millions of starving people in the world, we only seem to be concerned with our own prosperity.
Right now as I write this article, famine is being declared at alarming rates in many places, especially Sudan, and other African countries. We have all heard the argument that throwing money at these famines is only a temporary solution and many of us use this point as an excuse not to help. But instead of just giving up and returning to our lives of double mocha-chinos, super-sized burger combos and other glutenous habits, why don’t we find the real solution? As Fresco points out and advocates, the real problem is our global economic and political platform as a whole. There is so much abundance in this world and there is enough for everyone to be taken care of, we only need to unite together and demand this abundance is shared with everyone. If the general population was unified together as one, we could easily send a collective message to our governments that starvation and suffering will not be tolerated. We cannot wait until us, or our children are suffering before we decide to take action; by then it may be too late. We need to unite and protect each other on a global scale right now.
Like most in the world, the famines of Sudan are being caused by war. This is essentially the same as a bully in the school cafeteria stealing lunch money from the oppressed while the rest of the student body turns the other way. When compared to the massive population on this planet, it is a minuscule number of aggressors causing these problems. Their power is nothing compared to ours, if we come together as one.
Technology and social media have made the world a tiny flat place with no borders. Never has it been more possible for the amalgamation of the human race for the betterment of everyone.
It is time for the student body of earth to come together. This is the solution!