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 in ways that can change long-held beliefs developed from years of unconsciously absorbing mainstream media narratives.
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! 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: If the New World Order that President GHW Bush spoke about in such glowing terms could actually bring about world peace, why did his son, George W, begin an endless ‘war on terror’ by attacking countries in the Middle East that has destroyed cities, infrastructure, culture, and killed large numbers of civilians?
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 its horrifying implications.
In George Orwell’s Nineteen-Eight-Four, he wrote ‘a book within it’ titled: The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism where “war is peace.” Think about that for a moment and what it might mean, for today it is obvious what fork we took.
The conclusion I came to about the importance of community education was that not only did it need to inspire people to become life-long learners, but to become informed citizens so vital in maintaining a healthy democracy. For if we fail in our duty to diligently guard our hard-won freedoms, or to challenge the wisdom of our leaders’ decisions, a totalitarian one-world government will be our fate.
I now live in New Zealand where I enjoy solitary walks in nature, and the noisy greeting from a friendly goose at a river who gratefully gobbles up seeds from my hand.
Juliet Bonnay, 25 April 2020