Different Perspectives

Within a world of propaganda, lies, political intrigue, and endless wars how can you know what is true? It is my aim in Different Perspectives to present various points of view to challenge you to think about world events, history, education, and your health and well-being.

As a teacher (now retired) I always challenged my students to think and to discuss many different points of view. There was never any argument about who was ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. The emphasis was on thinking about different points of view and coming to our own conclusions. This not only helped to develop intelligence, but also wisdom.

Perhaps at Different Perspectives you may discover that powerful hidden forces behind the scenes pull strings, create disorientating fog and fake scenery and many lies so that we, the people, will never guess they are stealing our democracies from under our feet while we scratch our heads puzzled by what is happening around us that defies logic and reason.

We all have urgent work ahead of us: to wake up! To know that it won’t be climate change that will steal our children’s future, but powerful people who want to control the world – not for the good of all, but to benefit a tiny select few. Think about this for a moment: If the New World Order that President GHW Bush spoke about was so rosy, why would they need to bring it about through his son’s endless ‘war on terrorism’?

What is really at stake? Think about that for a moment.

What brought me to this point in my life goes back to 1982, when I was writing a paper on community education for a Bachelor of Education degree. I had asked this question: Why do we need community education?

Curiously, my research for the paper took me into economics where I learned from one author that politically, we had arrived at a fork in the road. While one fork led to world peace, the other led to the takeover of the world’s wealth by a handful of multinational corporations, a path the author hoped we dare not tread because of the horrifying situation this would cause.

Today it is obvious what fork we took.

The conclusion I came to about the importance of community education was that it had to embrace more than hobby and self-interest classes and not only encourage people to become life-long learners, but to become an informed citizenry so vital in maintaining a healthy democracy. Without it, we fall victim to a fascist takeover.

I now live in New Zealand where I enjoy solitary walks in nature to renew myself.

Juliet Bonnay, 26 March 2020

Nikau Palms, Waiheke Island, New Zealand