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What If?
By Walt Hardester
Last edited: Monday, October 11, 2010
Posted: Sunday, October 10, 2010

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"Klaatu barata nicto"

Talking about the miner's rescue effort, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, said....
"When we Chileans set aside our legitimate differences and unify in a grand and noble cause, we are capable of great things."

What is it going to take for all of the word's citizens to work for a common goal of peace and prosperity?
The 1951 movie, "The Day The Earth Stood Still," and the remake, keep coming to mind.

President Ronald Reagan said in a Speech to the United Nations General Assembly, 42nd General Assembly
September 21, 1987:

"In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world."

From a speech with President Mikhail Gorbachev, in 1988.

"I occasionally think how quickly our differences, worldwide, would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world."

He made almost the same comment on many occasions.

Makes me wonder.......

What if these guys knew somthing the general populace doesn't?

Maybe December 21st, 2012 is the day it happens....

What if?



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Reviewed by Kalikiano Kalei 1/14/2011
G'day Walt. Interesting subject and I am reminded that, were Michael Renny still with us, he'd likely upbraid me for having misspelled 'Klaatu' all these years (I spelled it with with one 'a' for decades). As for humanity recognising our common 'familial' associations, it would indeed require a threat from beyond our own world to unify us, since a fairly common tribal dynamic is to rally our tribe against any other tribe. Human beings are, sadly enough, still vestigially tribal, despite all the traipings of modernity that we vest ourselves with (as self-defined 'civilised' beings), as any anthropologist would quickly affirm. During my decade or so in the Middle East I quickly embraced the mindset behind this, as expressed in the Arab aphorism "My brother and I against our father; my father and I against my uncle; my uncle and I against the tribe; my tribe and I against the outsider." Concentric circles of allegience and loyalty characterise all human life and it is indeed a latent tribal mindset we have never progressed beyond. Given the boring predictability (and repetitiveness) of daily human behavior, I'd almost WELCOME the arrival of Gort and his ALF companion today. Gorby had it right, of course, as did the creator of that immortal sci-fi classic. Given the chaotic and frenetic behavior of humanity, nothing short of an 'outside' focus for our mutual antipathies (fears, anxieties, uncertainties, etc.) would ever draw us together in universal harmony and mutual accord on our troubled planet. Thanks for stimulating some interesting speculation, Walt. Aloha mai e, Kalikiano
Reviewed by The Poetess 1/12/2011
I think we are in for an interesting lifetime. Surely SOMETHING unusual is going to happen soon - in the next couple years. I can feel it in my bones.
Reviewed by Jon Willey 10/11/2010
The season of mankind is laden with sadness and fear. Love and peace always fleeting, making way for battle oppression and greed. Nobility is a hollow word. A lex-iconic sham tossed to the ears of those awaiting some sign, some symbol of human compassion and unity. "What If". The optimism that needs to feed the whole of mankind,not the few. Poignant Walt my dear friend. Love and peace to you. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Felix Perry 10/11/2010
Wow...wonderful thoughts as we head closer to the season of love...

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