Fresh from helping Lilou with I Lost My Job and I Liked It, I feel inspired by her to make a public declaration – a statement of values and intent – which you might call “a mission statement”. This isn’t, perhaps, quite worded in the way that she would do it, but it’s a form of words with which I feel comfortable. It might prove to be my most important piece of writing to date.
- I wish to contribute significantly to a new world order, one in which the long-term wellbeing of people is assured (to the extent that this lies within our power).
- I believe that fundamental to this world order will be the virtual elimination, by peaceful means, of socio-economic disparity and materialism.
Key factors will be:
- the education and empowerment of, in particular, women
- convincing people that their “leaders” ultimately only govern with their consent (Margaret Mead said: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.)
- the wide adoption of evidence-based policies, notably with regard to such issues as alcohol, drugs and the criminal justice system
- the exposure and elimination of the links between “elites”, organised crime, the arms industry etc.
- the elimination of the arms industry
- the democratisation of the media (already underway)
- massive concerted action to prevent climate change (by, for example, Tradable Energy Quotas, as discussed by Shaun Chamberlin in the March/April 2009 issue of my favourite magazine, Resurgence)
- the ongoing reform of economics to take into account factors previously regarded as externalities, in particular long-term socio-economic and environmental impacts (I have already written, on several occasions, about alternatives to GDP. Here’s one example.)
- the universal recognition of the contribution of the arts to wellbeing (the visual arts, dance, music, theatre, literature…).
(Detailed ideas for how several of the above might be achieved may be found in my novel, Saving the World and Being Happy. See below for my plans regarding this book!)
In order to contribute significantly to the new world I describe, I shall:
- build a reputation for “empowering empowerers”, i.e. use my skills as a writer and my broad background and experience to help those whose aims and values are aligned with mine to put across their ideas
- refuse to work with those whose integrity, values and ambitions I do not respect (In fact I have already turned down a potentially very lucrative contract to help write the biography of an Iraqi who made a fortune from the oil business in Iraq through collaborating with foreign interests after the illegal invasion of the country by the USA and UK.)
- learn from everyone I work with, expanding my knowledge of the world and the number of contacts I have with wonderful and inspiring people
- revise Saving the World and Being Happy once my reputation is established, and seek a new publisher for it, and write further such works.
My work will be inseparable from my:
- being happy and fulfilled
- living free of debt
- being able to contribute directly to good causes, especially the education of girls in the developing world and the offering of enhanced assistance (beyond writing) to individuals whose work/potential I admire and respect
- always being able to buy my friends a drink!
- continuing to meet wonderful people
- having a pleasant home in Edinburgh and a nice little appartement in Paris!
I believe that I deserve the above, and that I am in the process of achieving these goals. I express gratitude for all I have experienced and shall experience. If I were to put this in the way that Lilou advises, I would say that I declare that I am attracting all these things into my life right now, that I visualise them and feel them to be real, and that I am very grateful for my life and for having these things!