What about world peace and true happiness?
by Rick Watson
Mar 19, 2011 | 1604 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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I mentioned a few columns back that I’ve written a blog since 2005. It’s really a daily journal about what’s going on in my life — thoughts, ideas and observations. A lot my columns originate with these blog entries.

What’s interesting is that I’ve built up a following of people from around the globe – people who speak languages I can’t speak or read. But through the miracle of modern technology, I can translate Spanish, French, Turkish, Greek or practically any language into English and they can translate my words into their native tongues with the click of a button.

I know I often use slang in my writing so I can only imagine how it appears to my foreign friends, but I find it fascinating that this new technology makes our words and ideas accessible to each other. This opens a whole new world of possibilities for collaboration that until now, was only accessible to a few people.

How interesting is that? What I’ve learned is that people all over the world are alike in many ways. We all want food when we’re hungry, we want to keep our families safe, access to affordable healthcare and a chance to do meaningful work with our hands and minds. I don’t think that’s too much to ask!

After all, we live in a garden. There is enough to go around, if we can learn to take only what we need, and share the rest.

Imagine if all the countries around the world didn’t spend vast amounts of money on national defense. What if those dollars were spent on food production technologies, education, training and renewable energy sources, for countries across the globe?

I did a little research and found that the U.S., Great Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany spend about a trillion dollars a year on defense. If all the smart people across the world got their heads together and used the translate button on their blogs to communicate, I bet with a trillion dollars a year, they could solve almost any problem known to man.

I read a story about a guy working in Africa and he noticed a bunch of women standing around a windmill water pump, waiting for the wind to blow so they could carry water home to their families. He also learned that many women in small African villages couldn’t go to school, because it was their responsibility to haul water home from distant water source.

As he watched, he got an idea for a water pump that worked in a different way. He designed a water pump powered by children playing on a a merry-go-round. As they frolicked and played, the merry-go-round went round and round. It also pumped all the water the villages needed.

This simple invention freed up time wasted on waiting for the wind and made it possible for the women and young girls to attend school.

I know many of you reading this think Rick has lost his marbles.

There’s no way we could cut out defense spending. But what if we could? I must admit that it’s a pretty big leap from the translate button on my blog to World Peace and True Happiness, but What if?