Imagine

Inspiring visions

Remarkably absent in The Plan For The Future is an inspiring vision. The number of people killed under the guise of equality, freedom, nationalism and various religions might be close to a billion. The War to End All Wars wasn’t a success either. It was soon followed by another and even bigger war. But world peace may soon come.

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

– John Lennon, Imagine

John Lennon and Martin Luther King imagined a better future but world peace hasn’t happened yet and people of various ethnicities are still discriminated. Issues like peace and human rights are complex because they involve attitudes and expectations caused by cultural differences. Different groups of people have difficulties living together because of their behaviour and expectations. Drugs may seem to make these issues go away. Perhaps that’s why so many hippies were on weed or LSD.

Hallucinating substances don’t change reality and the man with the biggest gun is still always right. John Lennon and Martin Luther King didn’t have the power to change the world. They have been assassinated, which is often what happens to people who want to change things. Arguments are for pussies so there must be another way. Multicultural empires in the past like the Roman Empire were successful because they were strong and suppressed dissent. World peace may be closer than most people expect.

War is over?

Also remarkably absent in many parts of the world in recent decades, are wars. The cost of war has gone up while the profits have gone down. The elites don’t like a new major war. It is bad for profits. In the past conquerors could enrich themselves by looting and annexing enemy land. Wealth was material in the form of fields, cattle, oil, and gold. Today, wealth consists of human capital, knowledge, and social economic structures like corporations. They are harder to loot and are easily detroyed.1

The weapons that currently exist are so devastating that war should be unthinkable. Still, there is an arms race going on between superpowers like the United States, China and Russia. As we increasingly depend on computers and networks, societies can break down if computers and networks fail. Just imagine what will happen if your mobile phone stops working. You will be completely lost. And so cyberspace has become a new domain for warfare. Only, the United States, China and Russia may not own the biggest gun as this unverse could be a virtual reality created by an advanced civilisation.

World peace

And so world peace may be around the corner. At least that appeared to be the message I received in December 2008. There was a candy vending machine at work. Often I went there to get a Twix bar. One day it malfunctioned and I couldn’t get Twix. The machine repeatedly misfired. This never happened before and it never happened later on. Other people didn’t have any trouble with the machine. It only happened to me. After trying three different options, the machine finally worked after choosing option 22, a Nuts bar. This was nuts, even more so because 22 = 11 + 11, which makes a reference to 11:11.

Aaahhh!!

It was going to get even nuttier. The next day I bought a bag of potato crisps at the same machine. The machine worked fine but after opening the bag I found a small piece of paper with the crisps. It was a temporary tattoo with the following Chinese text:

世界和平

One of my colleagues knew a Chinese man and he arranged a translation. The characters stand for world peace. No-one else did get a temporary tattoo. It was a production glitch. The paper had slipped into the bag and this bag just happened to end up in my hands, just when so many strange incidents were happening at the same time. Remarkably absent that day was my colleague Ronald Oorlog. He had fallen ill that day. His last name Oorlog is the Dutch word for war, a peculiar coincidence as the Chinese characters stand for world peace. If you can make this happen, you don’t have to worry about any weapons the United States, China or Russia might have. You can easily let them malfunction like the candy machine.

And who might that be? I had already received a rather hint on that matter. A few weeks later, in January 2009, I was biking to work. Next to the office was the municipal health service GGD. When I looked at the GGD building, a thought poppped up that GGD could mean Great GoD. Immediately I tried convince myself that it was delusional to think that God had put such a sign there. The thought was rebuked on the spot. The next thing I noticed was a car in front of the GGD building. It had license plate number 99-GRG-9 (with the nines being numbers I do not recall). GRG could also refer to GReat God.

This isn’t a joke or is it?

The following incident may demonstrate that God isn’t joking around and means business. At work I had two close colleagues named Rene. One of them had a last name starting with E while the other had a last name starting with H. In March 2009 there was an urgent situation requiring the password of a new system. Rene H knew the password but he hadn’t arrived yet. And so I asked another colleague for his number. He gave me the number. I called Rene H on his mobile phone. After dialling his number the phone rang. Suddenly the connection appeared to be switched. There was some switching sound. A woman with apparently the same last name as Rene E answered the phone. I excused myself to her.

Then I said to the colleague who gave me the number: “It appears that you have given me the number of the wrong Rene. Please give me the correct number.” He was convinced that the number was correct. I checked it with a few other colleagues and they confirmed the number. I dialled it again. The same switching occurred. I put down the phone before it was answered. Then Rene H arrived. The number I dialled was correct. His phone was in working order and he hadn’t put a switch on it. Some colleagues then made funny remarks about Rene H messing with the wife of Rene E.

Perhaps God is joking around and world peace isn’t going to happen any time soon, but we can’t know that for sure. You may have some influence. So if you don’t want world peace to happen, don’t mention this blog to anyone. You never know. Perhaps it helps.

Featured image: Hippie symbol

1. Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind. Yuval Noah Harari (2014). Harvil Secker.

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