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Einstein speech on world peace

Sound Credit: Voice of America Broadcast, December 10, 1945

Einstein's speech -- Transcript:

"Large parts of the world are faced with starvation, while others are living in abundance.

The nations were promised liberation and justice, but we have witnessed and are witnessing, even now, the sad spectacle of liberating armies firing into populations who want their independence and social equality, and supporting in those countries by force of arms, such parties and personalities as appear to be most suited to serve vested interests.

Territorial questions and arguments of power, obsolete though they are, still prevail over the essential demands of common welfare and justice."

Now, if only the world's leaders, were smart enough to listen ...

May we someday see, real Peace and Prosperity, in our lifetimes.

It is possible.

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  •  tipped for peace AND justice. (5+ / 0-)

    because there will never be the former without the latter.

    I used to write here as VeganMilitia. I let that user name pass into the history books.

    by Shuksan Tahoma on Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 06:36:40 PM PST

  •  Notwithstanding the fact that many others ... (3+ / 0-)
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    jamess, SherwoodB, sc kitty

    had and have higher IQs than Einstein, I support the general idea that actual geniuses be consulted about resolving the world's problems.  It'll never happen, though, because the non-geniuses have always proven too threatened, often acting out their insecurity so violently that those who could help just step back into the shadows.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

    by Neuroptimalian on Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 06:56:00 PM PST

  •  World's Leaders Are Smart Enough NOT to Listen. (3+ / 0-)
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    jamess, sc kitty, Pandoras Box

    They're leading our economic and political systems as those systems are designed and intended to function. To lead them for the benefit of the masses or their societies is profoundly challenging in particular moments and completely impossible over the long term. If a leader or movement tries seriously, they'll be thrown out of power sooner or later.

    The problem is that all our systems of government, especially the US's, are stupid and ignorant enough to give those leaders much greater incentive to govern for the benefit of an elite ownership than for either their masses or their societies or humanity.

    People, even people who are leaders, are much smarter than that. Any time a group of any kind of assortment of people are set adrift in a lifeboat, or stranded on land in wilderness, they quickly arrive at a system of governance that they design to maximize the survival of as much of the group as possible. I've seen it myself in brief periods on sailing yachts well short of survival conditions, among the much-less-than-1%, in seriously bad weather.

    And our pre-agricultural and early-agricultural cultures have a repertoire of traditions and customs that are oriented toward the long term survival of as much of the group as possible. Witness the teaching of some Native American peoples that decisions must be made with the 7th later generation in mind.

    So we know that humanity and human leaders are entirely capable of addressing and solving those kinds of problems.

    --Provided the setting exposes the leaders to the same risks and threats everyone else faces. Which they don't in the modern world.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 07:06:29 PM PST

    •  Now there's a concept: (1+ / 0-)
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      sc kitty
      ... maximize the survival of as much of the group as possible.

      Now why can we build (re-build) a society like that?

      thx Gooserock,

      I hope you weren't stuck on that beach, for too long.

      Glad you survived it.

      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 07:24:56 PM PST

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