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Article ID: 6241
Age Group: Adult
Posted: March 31st. 2003
The World Needs A Good Mission Statement
What is the purpose of humanity? Why are we here?
These are the big questions usually left for the theologians and philosophers to ponder. It's their job to work on the puzzle of human existence. Unfortunately for everyone who lives here on good old planet Earth, these 'experts' haven't proven that they are any better at answering those questions than anyone else. In fact, their track record pretty much stinks. I think that it's time that we fire their pompous little butts -- since they obviously aren't getting the job done -- and turn the problem over to someone else. But who?
I had a feeling that you would ask. So, using the 'Official Dick Cheney Method For The Selection and Election of Candidates', I made up a list of all of the people who might be good at this job. Ah, yes! And the results are in! The most qualified people to determine the fate and direction of humankind are....(drum roll)... (sound of envelope being torn open)...Well, what do ya know? Cue the orchestra. It's us! Yes, humanity wins! Try to keep those acceptance speeches short. There are a lot of us who would like to speak. (And where is that post-awards party being held again?)
Okay, now let's say that we've finally sobered up from the post-awards party and have given those incompetent 'experts' the boot. Pinks slips are in the mail. Now what?
Well, we might still need a bit of an organizational structure. Just to make it clear to any extraterrestrials monitoring our broadcasts that we are serious about this. We really want to avoid all of that The Day the Earth Stood Still robotic intervention stuff if possible. Nothin' to see here, Gort. Thanks for checking in though. And give our best wishes to Klaatu. Sorry about that whole bullet in the chest thing.
So let's form a global committee. It will need a name. Something that sounds important. Hmmmm. How about "The Universal Task Force on the Purpose and Future of the Human Race"? Kinda wordy. No good acronym there either. Hmmmm... this is hard. Better go with the K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple, stupid) theorem.
How about "We Are All Human"? Short and to the point. And the best thing about adopting the name, We Are All Human, is that when one of us on the committee does or says something really dumb, the rest can all turn and say, "WAAH?" It's both a rebuke and a reminder of why we are all on the committee in the first place. Elegant. And Jon Stewart already has the proper inflection down pat. (It's pronounced 'whuh'. We are so done with the 'wah' thing.) WAAH, it is then.
Well, that all moved along rather nicely. We have formed our committee in order to determine the purpose our existence and the future of humanity. Bullet-shy aliens all across the galaxy are breathing (or whatever) a sigh of relief. We earthlings aren't quite to that point as yet, but it is one of things that we will be working on. That is, we will if we can get beyond the most difficult task still ahead of us.
I think that all of us would like to live in a more peaceful world. A world where each person is valued and respected simply because he or she is a human being just like you and just like me. Most of us would agree that each human should have a decent standard of living. The other non-negotiable rights for all of humanity would be: Nutritious food. Clean water, Basic health care. Shelter. A good job for fair wages. Dignity. Safety. Freedom from persecution and oppression. Freedom of religion and speech. There are probably others, but is there anyone who does not want at least these basic things for him/herself and for his/her children? So how is it that a good portion of the world -- a good percentage of us -- don't have these things or these rights?
Well, it turns out that WAAH doesn't have what every organization, every corporation and every committee must have before it can move forward: a mission statement. We Are All Human needs a really good mission statement.
But before we start to formulate the WAAH mission statement, let's take just a few minutes to review what we don't need. It will be time well spent. No sense repeating past mistakes.
We don't need any more religious platitudes.
Every religion has them and they haven't helped us out one bit thus far. Religions, for the most part, are divisive. Now, before you start sending me hate mail, I don't have anything against any religion. I follow one myself. It is just that each religion (with a scant few exceptions) more or less (usually more) operates on the premise that only when everyone in the world follows that one religion -- their religion -- will there be peace or harmony on a global scale.
That actually sounded somewhat plausible to a large percentage of planet Earth over the centuries, so we gave it some time. Time's up. It hasn't worked. Religions have often spawned wars and created even deeper divisions amongst the peoples of the world. A one-world religion will never happen. It never should happen because it violates one of those most basic human rights listed above. Do your good deeds and encourage your religious organization to do good also. But religious creeds cannot bring all of humanity together.
We don't need more political promises.
Politics are divisive. There will never be one political party that all humans will agree to endorse. (That would negate the purpose of having choices in political matters to begin with and anything less than a government chosen by the majority of people is usually not a good thing.) Each party and each individual politician works at bringing home the bacon for the people who elected them. That is the theory anyway. Bad theory. Worse follow through. A lot of bacon bits seem to get sprinkled into the salads of the politicians while the people who elected them eat only bare lettuce. Politics is all about pitting this thing against that other thing and may the best lobbyist win the thing.
We are stuck with politics. But we don't have to be stuck with politicians. Over 90 percent of incumbents get re-elected. Don't like how your local or national politician sprinkles the bacon bits? Can him or her. Boot them out. Pink slips in the mail. Just a friendly reminder about whose bacon it is that they are messing with. There will never be any one-world government elected by the people (But keep your eyes open for a more covert sort of power-play), so forget about politics ever being good for anything other than for hashing out local or national issues and generating a few juicy scandals.
We don't need any more reality television shows in order to learn about humanity or to see how "other people" live.
Spend a few days in a village in Zimbabwe. Walk down a street with a Catholic in a Protestant neighborhood in some parts of Ireland. Tune in to the kitchen of a senior citizen in the United States as he/she tries to decide whether to buy essential medicine or essential groceries. Hold a child while the bombs level the town around her. Sit with a wife or a mother as she reads the telegram that begins with, "We regret to inform you..." Visit a tent in Africa filled up with people dying from AIDS and tell them again why there are no medicines available to them. That's reality. And there is nothing entertaining about it. But what can we do?
Maybe nothing. Maybe everything. It will all come down to how we answer those big questions: What is the purpose of humanity? Why are we here?
If there is no purpose in humanity other than each person getting and holding onto all of the bacon bits and power that he/she can for him/herself, then there is no need to go any further with our committee. Sorry to have taken up any of your time with this little ditty. Have a nice day. Don't worry about the folks whose bad misfortune it was to be born in a poor or war-torn land. It's not you. It has little to do with you unless we need their cheap party goods or have to fight there for one reason or another.
Well, that's life, is it? That is just how it is? That is what human beings are? All that we are? Humanity in nutshell: We'll either get to heaven or hell and everything in between is just a matter of biding our time. Turn the satellite dish the other way and enjoy the show. This is it. Pass the popcorn.
But if humanity has a purpose -- if we are here and if we have developed in the ways that we have for a reason -- then we are seriously behind schedule. We need to get that WAAH committee up and running soon. And we need to begin to formulate some really good answers to those really big questions.
It will take a while, I suppose. After all, writing up a really good mission statement that will encompass and embrace all of humanity is a big project. There are a lot of problems to work out. And a lot of people won't be able to make most of the committee planning meetings.
Some didn't have anything to eat today and their children are sick. Some of them are trapped under bombed-out buildings right now. Maybe others could make it if they knew anything about We Are All Human other than what their oppressive governments want them to know or what their religions want them to believe.
But I trust that some day, perhaps with our help, they will come. They will come and we will all sit down at one table and together we will work on our mission statement for humanity. We are all human, after all.
And maybe that is why we are here.
Co-Founder - The Witches' Voice
Monday, March 31st., 2003
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