WORLD PEACE = A WORLD IN ONE PIECE

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Guest contributor: Uma Rudd Chia – Global Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather

"My Utopia would be one world governance" – Uma

"My Utopia would be one world governance" – Uma

Today there are prosperous nations with strong economies. And third world nations that are in great debt with no way out, their citizens dying of hunger. Today people fight for land and go to war in the name of race and religion. Today more than ever we need world peace.

Can we really have world peace? I believe we can if we have a world without borders. If we relinquish the concept of countries. If we are all citizens one country - Earth. And if we were all labelled as one - members of the human race. 

Why? Because nations have failed humanity. Because leaders of countries have an unspoken duty to be selfish and look after the interest of their nation first, at the expense of humanity at large.

Today we see nations going bust. When banks went bust in the 2008 crisis, the heads of these banks had their safety nets to fall back on but the people who invested their livelihoods with these banks, lost everything. Some even took their lives in desperation. 

Governments today run countries like businesses in an attempt to achieve the highest GDP possible, gambling with their citizens’ money. But when they lose, they have their exit strategies in place. Alas, the people whose money have been gambled away are the ones penalised and suffer the brunt of such appalling governance. As a result we see entire countries going bankrupt - a decade ago that seemed almost impossible.

How often do we see world leaders congregate to discuss politically correct bills in pretence of championing human rights, when the underlying motive is really greed. Nations go to war in the name of human rights to protect their economic investments in resource-rich countries. History shows us that nations’ whose causes are championed are nations in which the super powers have vested financial interests - I’ll argue the Gulf was is a perfect example. No one seems to consider or defend the rights of innocent African women and children being slaughter by the thousands during ethnic cleansing and racial/religious riots. 

Human rights becomes a joke when the value of a human being is defined by the value of his or her geographical location. The United Nations Refugee Centre reported early this year that the Central African Republic (CAR) is quickly becoming the largest forgotten humanitarian crisis of our time with some 60 percent of its population in need of aid, including nearly 900,000 people forcibly displaced by conflict. Yet assistance programmes remain “dramatically underfunded. And now with the Syrian refugee crisis, nations that argue against and shun racism are guilty of putting nationalism before humanism. 

The day an innocent child washed up on our shores, I asked myself is it truly the fault of any nation or have we lost touch with our humanity? What has become of us?

When countries burn their overly abundant agriculture to control prices while people are dying of starvation in another - there is no justification. There have been more talks about controlling growth of corn in the United States to balance demand and prices. What if instead of controlling the growth the excess corn was set aside and not considered for sale at all. Instead, it was shipped to parts of the world that need food? Limiting production means ignoring a larger world problem to solve a smaller nation(al) issue. 

On the issue of clean energy, in the US Companies including General Motors, Walmart, Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Crayola and Google are putting in solar and wind farms to run operations, and finding that clean energy is good for business.

The researchers found converting the country to 100 percent renewables would eliminate about 60,000 premature air-pollution-related deaths in the U.S. every year, saving people who suffer from cardiovascular diseases and respiratory illnesses. It would also save enormous amounts of money—about 3.3 percent of U.S. GDP—due to lower insurance rates, lower taxes, lower workman’s compensation rates, fewer lost work and school days and fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

Yet countries don’t do this. Because the existing energy sources though they pollute and harm the environment and are more costly, are supporting world economies and sustaining countries’ GDP. 

As most people reading my blog would know, I’m a big fan of @elonmusk  - because he’s using his influence and power to change this - to create and make available affordable sustainable energy and a better future for the masses (my children included) - not just for the rich and influential. 

Irrespective of what their agenda may be, Facebook is making internet available to the world so everyone can access the latest information and hence be well informed, and better educated. I don’t believe education needs to happen in schools - learning should happen around us, everywhere, all the time and never stop. Granted Facebook has profits in mind but I applaud any company that does well by doing good. 

The amazing thing about Facebook is how far more influential this social media platform is than world leaders have ever been. It unites and reflects the power of the people.  Revolutions have started on Facebook and nations have toppled as a result.

Which brings me to my favourite reason why we shouldn’t have countries - the Israel and Palestinian issue which has plagued us the last fifty over years. If we didn’t have countries, this would be a nonissue. Forget peace talks that haven’t worked at all. 

To me the concept of countries is one that is archaic. I come from mix parentage, with equal amounts of Asian and European blood following through my vein. Many years ago some of my indigenous forefathers lived in perfect bliss off the abundance of the land they were born on. My other forefathers decided they were from a “civilised” world with the obligation of spreading “civilisation”, gathering more natural resources, growing their country’s economy and conducting explorations (more accurately described as conquest). One paid a visit to the other and the details are in our history books, though they may vary slightly country to country on who the good guys are. 

But today, in our global world, I’m hoping and believing that humanity has evolved in their mindsets. That we’re more collaborative and see each other as our equals - fellow humans. 

Enough said about the why. Now let me come to the what. So what would a world without nations look like? 

My Utopia would be one world governance. One set of laws that champion human rights (not based on economic, racial or social status but on the basis that every single human being is equal), so the everyone’s basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, safety and education is taken care of. No one can use “culture” or “religion” to oppress another human being.

People are free to travel without passports. There won’t be any refugees. Nor immigrants. We are all citizens of this Earth. We will all be nomads moving at will to fulfil our destinies while working and living for the betterment of society. There won’t be race. Because once we are not geographically bound, there will be more intermarriage and soon we will be a single universal race.

Of course there will be measures put in place for people who break the laws. Of course there still would be the poor amongst us - naturally some will be more driven and work harder and do more with the money given to them- I don’t think it should be run in a socialist/ communistic way. But this doesn’t mean anyone will starve to death or be without a home. Meritocracy prevails so everyone gets an equal chance at succeeding. 

So that would be my proposal for world peace. A world governed as one piece. And you’re welcome to disagree. #oneworld #nocountries #oneworldgovernance #worldpeace 


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