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Mankind Needs a One-Class World.

Updated on March 13, 2011

If you want to travel, go one-class!

The Australis as when I sailed in her.
The Australis as when I sailed in her.

No room for greed in the world any more.

When we look at the civil unrest throughout the world, some of it flaring into revolution and war. When even the “First World,” supposedly organized and stable nations, are simmering with failing financial organizations, worker’s strikes, political demagoguery and apathy, we must know we have come to a point of crisis in our vulnerable world.

“When earthquakes shake; volcanoes bleed,

how fragile man appears,


(See footnote)

Adding to mankind’s woes caused by the dwindling of our resources and the division between the have’s and the have not’s ever increasing, is our burgeoning populations, our apparent inability to control them, and the fact we are forced more and more to live in unsuitable, marginal tracts subject to every force nature exhibits during natural phenomena. This has been brought home to us in the last few weeks by the earthquakes in New Zealand and the unfolding disaster in Japan, the last which many believe will account for more than 100,000 people dead or missing and up to five trillion cost in dollars and perhaps a world-wide nuclear threat. The country is so stricken along the coastal regions, the whole area may have to be abandoned, especially when the specter of another disaster can never be ruled out.

Which is why I believe the time has come to take the only course for mankind to live with any degree of peace, dignity and comfort; indeed, to guarantee our long time survival at all.

This is for us to begin to live in a “One-Class World.”

I traveled twice in years gone by to and fro Australia by liner. This was when one could afford such month-long vacations and commutes. It was in the earlier days of travel from Europe to the Antipodes, when a voyage by ship was not only much more fun, it was half the price of an airfare; a position that has reversed today.

As this is an aside from the main thrust of my article, let me just say that I went one way on the two-class ship (First and Steerage) - the P&O Himalaya - and returned on a one-class, the ill-fated Chandris Lines ship, the Australis, (to founder off the Canaries some years later).

These voyages taught me a lesson good for life. Never travel on a class divided anything: train, airline or ship. (Well, unless you heeling is ‘well, you can’t avoid “tourist class” on the airlines I suppose). But life on the Himalaya going to Oz was so restricted in Steerage as the proportionally few muck-muck’s had two-thirds of the ship, while we were crammed into the forecastle and environs, (and not allowed aft to defile our betters!).

This is the problem with our world today. In terms of the resources, material wealth, land and money, less than one-third of the people hold 90% of the goodies. That was bearable100, or even 50 years ago, but, like the unbearable pressures that build in two tectonic plates before there is a disastrous slippage, as off Japan, the center won’t hold for long in 2011, in fact, the melt-down has begun.

I think David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, is an astute politician and a pretty decent chap, as far as politicos go. In fact, he mails me regularly (true - along with a couple of thousand others he perceives as friends to his ambitions). His intention is to create a “Big Society,” a nation of people who volunteer to help one another and the nation as needs arise.

He may be well-intentioned; I have no doubt he means well. But it can never work as long as a relatively few hold nearly all the chips, as glaringly the case in the UK, with it’s privileged-ridden class system and its Oxbridge graduate-suffused leadership.

In the US, you don’t have the landed gentry; the aristocracy, the royals and all the rest who claim rank and assets by droit seigneur, but you have you own “upper classes,” those to whom most of the spoils of the nation belong by the right of might makes right from a very dubious history. And both nations have the burden of the religious hierarchy.

Most of the world’s nations have similar problems, more or less. If only we had possessed the foresight to have kept world population to acceptable levels achieved a hundred years ago - of maybe a couple of billion. Now, we have approaching 7 billion and the distribution is unequal which is destabilizing the whole planet.

Much of Russia, Canada and Australia, for example, are relatively empty while China and India account for more than 2.5 billion alone. These two nations, especially China, are enjoying runaway affluence, which is putting an added burden on the world’s resources and its ability to absorb waste and pollution.

Not long ago, a political philosophy brought about radical change in the way several countries divvied-up the wealth and apportioned all the benefits of education, labor, housing and all the rest. This was Communism. Everything seemed to go well for some years, but the same illness - greed - that is destroying our Democratic societies soon began to take hold in the communist world. Political graft became rife and the elite began to add dachas as second houses in Russia. Black market goods began to infect the rather Spartan climate of locally available merchandise. People began to look to the “West,” primarily the USA with its glittering, consumer charged cities. Except for a few small enclaves, such as Cuba for many years, communists began to be envious of the capitalists and desiring to have more than their more contented neighbors. Sadly, the dream of a few good men was dashed, and the old systems returned. China is still communist in name anyway, but money is the oil that keeps this huge nation running and there is a huge, growing divide between rice-paddy workers and the captains of industry.

It’s hard to see a future for China that doesn’t put it into a head-on collision course with the United States and some of its allies. China has few important resources, apart from coal. They need to import nearly all of their crude oil demanded by the burgeoning car sales and the demands of their transportation industry. With this end, and that of selling their goods, they are making friends in the Middle East, Africa and South America. In the main, they are looked upon with suspicion and hostility by the West who sees them for the rivals they undoubtedly are, passively or otherwise. In the meantime, the Chinese are seen as being dire enemies of many threatened animals, which they harvest for homeopathic medicines. Alarmingly, all the jingoistic sounds and fury are growing.

We can, of course, carry on as we always have with the end result of the biggest dog getting - for a time - the juicy bone. The US is still the one to beat militarily, but other are catching up. As I write, we are about to intervene in Libya and will, soon, many fear, in Iran. Meanwhile, many African states have millions starving or dying from a lack of fresh water. We turn the proverbial blind eye.

My task is not to list all the world’s woes in this humble article but just to repeat - as many have done:-

"We are one tiny planet; a mere mote of dust when measured against our vast universe. All out petty tantrums are but the striving of microbes when the yardstick of space-time is applied to mankind."

Yet all we have is this brief dance - life - in the warmth of our decaying sun. Evolution was not content to give us just enough neurons to allow us to mate, eat and find shelter. It equipped us with this formidable cerebral cortex with which to reason, debate and understand - to a great degree - our universe. Surely, then, man has the brain power to love and understand his fellow travelers on Earth; to view their needs as our own? And to communicate as one to solve our immediate problems before they consume us? IF we can’t do that, evolution and natural selection; the whole of our societies and history, were just a biblical waste of time…

Footnote. Verse is from Charged Particles, by Robert Challen de Mercer and is copyright. Thank you


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    • diogenes profile image

      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      I had a marvellous time in Oz. I lived in Sydney and Brisbane for five years. I was young and wild. I owned a condo in Vaucluse Waters in Hopetown Avenue? that I bought for $14,000!! It's worth untold gold today, a bit like your bike saga. I have been back twice since, but poms can't stay now without emmigrating and I'm too old for that. Great memories tho'

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      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      :lol: My son is going out with an English/Australian girl, her family are great though!

      I wish you had stayed here too Bob, we would have a great time! :lol:

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Don't blame yer, mate, keep those bloody drongo poms out!

      Actually, about 100,000 Brits are leaving for Oz every year at the moment. Now I've ruined your day! Bob

      PS I emmigrated to Oz in the 60's I should have stayed there!

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      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      A very nice hub Bob. I thought you presented some very good ideas, and your travel seems to have helped you to see the class problem. I would just like to question your thoughts on Australia though. I know it is a big country, but it already uses all of it's water with only 25 million of us, so I fear we could not support a really big population. (Unless we became unselfish enough to use a lot less water) which we should be doing now.

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      diogenese 6 years ago

      True: frightening, isn't it? Bob

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      Jeremey 6 years ago from Arizona

      A One-World Class??? Only if that class still has their free-will!!! It seems though the world is moving more everyday to destroying our free-will and creating a new world in which the majority of people across the globe are hearded like cattle into the slaughter house through the devilish ways of the controlling wealthy/greedy/evil beings I like to call the 2%ers who maintain control through their having over 90% of the worlds' wealth.

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      diogenese 6 years ago

      Thanks cathylynn and medor. It seems evolution has one fatal flaw. It hasn't got a fail-safe built in for controlling overpopulation of a species leading to its downfall. Neither does it grant as satisfaction at a humble level without wanting more, more, more...Bob

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      diogenese 6 years ago

      Look at Japan! Thanks for comment, Hanna... Bob

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      The world is definitely in a mess and it would be high time to turn it around but I doubt it will happened till it all makes a big bum then they will wake up.

      Great hub addressing many problems and giving good ideas to stop decay.

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      medor 6 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Another great hub... wow. wisdom abounds... great ideas, stories, and thoughts related to today's global crisis... thanks for making me think when all I wanted to do is to be entertained... you rock my friend...

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      cathylynn99 6 years ago from northeastern US

      i had an education and i have enough food and other stuff. median in this country (usa)is wildly rich by world standards. it would be great if everyone in the world could have what i have. i give to childfund international, but it's a drop in the bucket. the devil is in the details. i agree that no one needs two yachts, but the owner of those might disagree with me. a progressive tax system topping out in the 30+%'s seems more than fair to me. viva socialism.

      "government is never the answer" - what about roads, for example? no one is in a better position to build roads than uncle sam and company.

      there are two kinds of liberals - smart poor ones and generous rich ones. i have been both.

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      diogenese 6 years ago

      I expected a lot of comment and not all favourable on this article, and I thank you for it...Bob

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      "Look what we have now: world-wide rescession, bankers being bailed-out, car companies bailed-out, etc"

      All caused by government created institutions Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae creating an environment encouraging billions upon billions in bad loans.

      Government is never the answer, but it is almost always the cause.

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      This free-trade idea is a joke - better say it's a myth. There are still tariffs, there are subsidies, etc. Free-trade works for some while ignoring the environment, laws of countries, etc. Myths. Capitalism has not worked as many would like to think.

      Look what we have now: world-wide rescession, bankers being bailed-out, car companies bailed-out, etc. Capitalism has worked great!

      Reaping the rewards of your labor is fine. Raping people for profit is not. Check out Mr. Wayne's blog:

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      BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

      I do not envy the rich, I have my needs met and don't have to have the very best of everything anyway. I'm pretty content with where my life is right now. I suppose happiness is a state of mind. Great hub.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Easy to say, but wherever we find prosperity, we find free people, free trade, and capitalism.

      Restricting the right of people to reap the rewards of their labor simply means everyone shares the same misery.

      Socialism is a failed idea.

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      People found a way to live before multinational corporations and moguls like Ted Turner or Bill Gates. There will be a way after as well. Hording land, wealth, opportunity, etc. is no way to behave in a world where we only borrow things for a short amount of time and in a world where we have to live in societies, together.

      It's also not about being jealous, it's about being responsible, compassionate and realistic about the future of this planet and our specie.

      All the best!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Without empire builders like Bill Gates, there would be no empires to employ the millions who enjoy the many fruits of the empire builders' creations.

      Classless societies simply don't work. That's why China and Russia now have their own billionaires and booming economies while socialized Europe and the increasingly socialized US are floundering.

      I'm not rich, but I am certainly not jealous of those who are. Most have earned it through hard work.

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Very good blog!

      I don't want to seem like I am blaming anyone personally because that would not be fair. Yet, looking back at your generation (that of my father as well) and your parents generation (that of my grandparents), I must admit you guys were really good at creating wars. And not just any wars: wars that killed millions and millions of people. There were indeed wars before but not the way they took place from the beginning of the 1900's on.

      I think it is the duty of my generation and of those to come, to do a the much needed U-turn. (We'll see what we're good for ...)

      All the best!