In defense of the world government. Part 2: Chairman and the Councilors
The chairman of the secret world government invites a strange outsider to an important meeting. His colleagues and advisors are puzzled by their leader’s unusual decision.
The question is not whether there is or is not a secret world government, but whether or not our society and each one of us has enough willpower, common sense and awareness to survive the supercrisis and build a new, better world.
Eight people are gathered in a large hall with high ceilings. They split up into small groups of 2-3 people and spread out through the spacious room. Some of them sit on the sofa, while others came closer to the fireplace, where the burning wood is crackling. Lively discussions ensue. Everyone is waiting for the ninth person. Those by the fireplace are having a particularly heated conversation.
Councilor A: Do you really think he’ll do it? That’s unthinkable! He wants to bring a stranger straight to our most important annual event. Never mind the fact that it violates all of our internal regulations, it also threatens our operations! Our founding fathers always tried to conceal our work from public view. And he is doing the opposite!
Councilor K:Councilor A, I think we have nothing to worry about. The Chairman is a wise and talented man, he knows exactly what he’s doing. Besides, the guy’s not dangerous at all. He’s a journalist. And as far as I know, he doesn’t have a very serious reputation. He’s considered a paranoiac who sees conspiracies and aliens everywhere. Basically, he entertains the bored crowd with his TV and online programs. So even if he tells everyone, no one will believe him.
Councilor A: Then why is he doing all this?!
Councilor K: You’re right about that. Whatever is going on in his head often eludes us. And he doesn’t have to report to us on everything. He only reports to them (raising his finger).
Councilor I: Gentlemen, I don’t see any danger in this at all. People don’t give a damn about us. Their minds are busy with other things. They can’t and won’t see the whole picture. They don’t see anything that is beyond their daily needs. And we are the ones determining their daily needs. (laughs)
As Councilor G seats in a chair, smoking a pipe and having a peaceful conversation with Councilor H, he overhears something related to his sphere of expertise. He can’t stay quiet and joins the discussion.
Councilor G: Colleague, I wouldn’t be so sure. The number of people with radically changing worldviews is growing all the time. More and more people are interested in the things that are beyond the daily needs of a regular Joe. The number of conscious people in the world is growing. By the way, I will be detailing that in my report today.
Councilor I: Maybe so, Councilor G, but you know better than I do that if you let things go, those with a high level of awareness won’t be able to change anything. They are still very few in number compared to the growing population. And simple calculations according to Anderson’s system will show that if this continues, just 50 years from now mankind will disappear forever or reemerge in the Stone Age... Though I think you know it all perfectly well. Don’t you? (staring at Councilor G)
Councilor G: (nods, disgruntled and silent)
Councilor I: Thus far, there’s no human awareness in sight. Mankind is still savage and uneducated. Yes, there are some rays of hope. Yes, there are certain individuals. But it doesn’t fundamentally change the situation at this point. That’s why all of us still have work to do! (laughs)
Everyone except Councilor G laughs favorably.
Councilor G: Still, I’m sure that we will see great changes in the near future. (he said it so quietly that no one heard him)
Councilor I: (waiting for laughter to die down) Well, seriously, ladies and gentlemen, there’s nothing funny about it. We may have to make very difficult and controversial decisions very soon. We are always looking for compromise, hoping for the best, believing that people are about to change and become more lucid. (nodding to Councilor G) But there’s less and less time left to solve the problems that we are facing. And we may have to take some very radical and extreme measures to help...
She doesn’t get a chance to finish. The Chairman appears in the living room, and everyone turns to greet him. He is not alone - there is a man behind him.
Chairman: Greetings, ladies and gentlemen. Sorry I’m a little late. You can go into the hall and take your seats. (waves towards the large wooden door to the meeting room) We will begin in 15 minutes.
No one is in a hurry to go into the hall. The Chairman and his companion are the first to enter. They take two seats at the big oval table.
While everyone is sitting down and getting ready, the Chairman speaks to the Stranger.
Chairman: I see you’re a little tense. Don’t worry. Relax. Of course, all these people are a little shocked to see you here. But they’re all well-mannered and won’t offend you. They understand everything.
Stranger: (sighs and looks back in fear at the room where the meeting is about to start)
Chairman: Let’s get back to our conversation while there’s still time. (looking at his watch) I wrote to you that our community did not emerge because of an unbridled thirst for power and control over everything, but because of a sincere desire to make the world a better place and save it from imminent destruction... Don’t look at me with those surprised eyes. It’s like you don’t read the morning papers. Forests are disappearing from the face of the planet, global warming is melting the glaciers, terrorists are blowing up subway cars. Do you want me to bring you up to speed on the history of our club? How is that? Do you mind?
Stranger: (sneezes into his handkerchief and shakes his head)
Chairman: Well, that’s great... Prototypes of our organization began to appear a long time ago. Back in ancient times, in the Roman Empire and Ancient Greece. There have always been people with a global mindset, and their level of awareness was an order of magnitude higher than that of the average housewife. These people tend to see things that others didn’t even know could be visible. At first, they tried to tell the regular people what they could potentially see and understand. It could actually help all mankind to avoid many misfortunes, troubles and mistakes. Now, for the sake of an example that may not be entirely correct, do you know who Galileo Galilei is?
Stranger: Yes (nodding).
Chairman: Of course, you do. He claimed that the Earth was round because he wanted people to know the truth. What happened afterwards? People burned him at the stake. Those like him have tried various methods to convey important information to others. Some wrote novels, some painted, others just walked from town to town and did good things.
Chairman: But sooner or later they realized that humanity, for the most part, didn’t give a damn. They’re busy with their daily chores and amusements. And trying to convince them of something was not only pointless, but also dangerous. You may very well be the next one burnt at the stake. But the inner conviction of their own right forced these people to take a different path. They started creating various secret societies. That’s where they could communicate with like-minded individuals. At first, it was all about a casual cup of tea in a cozy atmosphere. These conversations endowed them with even more confidence in their ideas. They saw many problems in human society and knew how to solve them. Therefore, very soon, their harmless gatherings became a tangible force that could influence real-life events. They obtained real power. And with every passing year this power grew stronger. With the help of the authorities, they began to realize their ideas. And the society had absolutely no idea about any of it.
Stranger: (sneezes again)
Chairman: (looking closely at Stranger and patting him on the shoulder) Could you be getting a cold? Would you like some aspirin?
Stranger: (wiping his red nose and eyes with a handkerchief and shaking his head)
Chairman: No? Then I will continue, if you don’t mind.
Chairman: Hmm... (pauses) As you understand, these societies have emerged in different countries and states. Very soon they began to unite and create global organizations, which had a strong impact on world history. These societies appeared and disappeared, changing their names and forms. It’s hard to assess their performance. But our organization was established about 200 years ago. That’s when our colleagues from the past began to see the problems we’re working on now. Our founding fathers saw the right path for the development of all humanity and took this path. They though it was beautiful and logical. However, reality turned out to be far more complicated. Would you like to know what kind of problems we’re trying to solve here?
Chairman: You see, our founders were trying to solve a seemingly simple and trivial problem, just like we are today: how to structure human society to ensure its long-term stability and development. In other words, how to make sure that all people have enough to live in wealth and happiness and have the chance to develop both individually and as a society. How to distribute resources correctly and fairly among all people? Do you understand? (looking closely at Stranger)
Stranger: (looking closely at the Chairman)
Chairman: (pausing) ... This task is theoretically feasible, but two factors really complicate the situation. One is what we call the population growth factor. I’m sure you know that the human population is growing very rapidly. And the second factor is that the resources on planet Earth are limited. But you probably know that, too.
Chairman: These two main factors make our work very complicated. Or we may even say that they’ve pushed us into a dead end. I’ll tell you a secret – the solution to these problems is now a hot spot. The situation is critical, my friend. And that’s why you’re here.
Stranger: Umm... (is about to speak, but the Chairman interrupts)
Chairman: I also have another very important thing to tell you. You see, the problems I’ve identified can be solved using one of two approaches. The first approach is based on the search for compromises between the interests of each person in society and the solution of those very problems. This approach can be considered relatively humane. The second one is very radical, and I don’t think you would appreciate the methods it utilizes. We try our best to only apply the humane approach, but it’s not always feasible... In fact, our organization has two factions, each backing one of these approaches.
Chairman: Some believe that in most cases we can enlighten people, explain things to them, leading them to change. Others believe that in most cases it’s impossible, since most people are savage and ignorant. They say that only tough methods are viable, because people only understand and respect brute force. It’s my job as chairman to find compromises between the two factions... Okay, my friend, let’s pause our conversation for now. I can see that my colleagues are ready to begin our event. I will give you cues as we go along, and don’t hesitate to ask questions. (winking at the Stranger and smiling)
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