Thursday, July 10, 2008

The World Needs Help

The economic downturn is quickly becoming a crisis but, luckily for us, humanity only reacts when the situation gets really, really bad.

Thankfully it’s a financial crisis and not environmental otherwise we’d be looking at a dead planet instead of just negative equity.

But we do have to start looking for a new way of living because this current trend of growth and profit, over health and wellbeing, has been shown to be seriously flawed.

When you consider that India and China need double the current production of oil to reach the same standard of living that Americans enjoy, then it is obvious our current economic model cannot sustain such a level of development.

A different future can only come about if somebody brings a bag of sensible ideas to the table: ideas that offer a solution which gives everyone hope, purpose and a sense of justice.

It seems very unlikely that these ideas will stem from the current crop of elected people.

To put it politely the management of Earth has been inept and the proof of this weakness could be seen at the G8 summit in Japan.

Leaders from the countries at the top of the economic pile discussed the world’s food crisis. Instead of setting an example to us all, by showing sympathy towards the hungry and eating a simple meal, they dined to excess.

So if the top is rotten what about the base?

A new world will definitely be built by the many campaigners and organizations already doing great works spreading help, health and education to people who desperately need it.

And the positive result these people and their groups achieve is constantly reported by the magazine Share International.

The magazine’s editor Benjamin Crème (left) also states that our planet has enough resources for everyone to live a great life and that sharing should become humanity’s goal.

Their motto is “Share and Save The World” and since 1981 they have been spreading this message. In that time S.I. has never taken an advert which is itself a remarkable publishing achievement.

One of their suggestions for a new future has been bartering between nations. Recently the Australian newspaper recently reported that the current food crisis had prompted Malaysia to declare it: “would swap palm oil for rice with any rice-producing nation willing to make the trade.”

If all nations were to adopt this policy it would definitely be bad news for the world’s commodity markets but could potentially be one of the new ways forward for our global society.

So the highlighting of good works around the world and also the proposal of new ideas is two of the strands Share International puts forward.

Benjamin Crème has also consistently suggested we are about to meet a remarkable person: someone who has the abilities to unite humanity in a common purpose with out infringing religious beliefs, political persuasions and even free will.

This person, the Share International web site states: “has not come as a religious leader, or to found a new religion, but as a teacher and guide for people of every religion and those of no religion.

At this time of great political, economic and social crisis Maitreya (left) will inspire humanity to see itself as one family, and create a civilization based on sharing, economic and social justice, and global cooperation.”

This sounds like it has the potential to be the greatest news story since journalism began: to others, contemplating such a story is a sign of naïve utopian madness.

Optimists will agree that this “Teacher” should be given an opportunity to speak, his ideas tested by the world’s media and his answers debated in the community.

And if the ideas seem lacking then we will look for someone else because we need help and guidance and there must be someone who can send us in a new and better direction.

So as a broadcaster I am more than willing to call Maitreya forward for an interview but, as my audience is not as large as others, I’m quite happy to propose that someone from Sky News or the BBC take up the challenge and test Maitreya! You’ll have my full support.

Links: Share International

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