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. Nowadays this war is called World War I. Soon it was followed by another and even bigger war, World War II. The peace settlement after World War I contributed to that. It is hard to imagine that world peace is coming. But that may happen, and soon.
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 decades ago. World peace hasn’t arrived yet and minorities are still discriminated. Issues like peace and human rights aren’t easy to solve because they involve attitudes and expectations related to cultural differences. Different groups of people have difficulty living together because of differences in their behaviour and expectations. Drugs may seem to make these issues go away. Perhaps that’s why hippies were often 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. This often happens to people who want to change things. Arguments are for pussies. There must be another way. Multicultural empires in the past like the Roman Empire were successful because they were strong.
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 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. And so cyberspace has become a new domain for warfare. Only, the United States, China and Russia may not own the biggest gun.
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. I couldn’t get my 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 affected 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.
But 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:
A colleague knew a Chinese man who translated it. 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, but that is a different story.
Remarkably absent that day was my colleague Ronald Oorlog. He had fallen ill exactly on that day. His last name Oorlog is the Dutch word for war, a peculiar coincidence as the Chinese characters stand for world peace. It was the only time he fell ill as he was a temporary worker, which suggest that he may have been hired to make the coincidence happen. If you can do this, 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.
So who might that be? You may already have guessed it and I had received a specific hint on that matter a few weeks earlier. A few weeks later, in January 2009, it was confirmed. I was biking to work. Next to the office was the municipal health service GGD. When I looked at the GGD building, perhaps because of all the strange coincidences that happened, 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 incidents may demonstrate that God isn’t joking around and means business. A few days later while I was biking on the same spot near the GGD building, the following thought came up: “Now I found out that God exists, what could happen to me?” Within a second a ran into a flat tire.
I had two close colleagues named Rene. The last name of the first began with E. 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. You may have some influence too. So if you don’t want world peace to happen, don’t mention this blog to anyone. Perhaps it helps.
Featured image: Hippie symbol
1. Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind. Yuval Noah Harari (2014). Harvil Secker.