At this time of writing, early in February 2019, we are mere days away from the date, March 29th 2019, when the United Kingdom is, according to decisions made in Parliament following the Referendum in June 2016, to leave the European Union. Yet, the arguments continue and it is by no means clear that Brexit will actually happen on March 29th nor on any other date.
Brexit is an unparalleled opportunity to create a more loving world. But no-one, to my knowledge, has publicly spoken of this opportunity. No-one seems to see Brexit in the context of a much larger picture.
That context is the process of globalisation which proceeds remorselessly and is on the very threshold of becoming a permanent reality, one which few realise will toll the death knell of the democracy which Brexit will supposedly uphold; a reality for which future generations will not forgive us.
I personally endorse the process of globalisation, at least in principle. For me, globalisation promises peace for the world, unity among nations, peoples and cultures, cooperation, collaboration, sustainability for the environment, and much more, all the basis for creating a more loving world.
However, and it’s a very big ‘however’, to my mind the people who are today steering and driving the process of globalisation are entirely the wrong sort of people to do so. To my mind and my knowledge they are not motivated to create a more loving world, but rather a world in which their own self-interests are served: that is, their desire for power, status, wealth and control – especially control, which those people achieve mainly through the monetary system that’s based on credit and debt; we are all enslaved by debt: personal debt and national debt.
Such people are not concerned for the well-being of the world’s peoples, nor for the environment, nature and the planet.
Those people are of the sort who naturally rise to the top because they hunger for power, status, wealth and control; they are so strongly motivated that they defeat all others in their path, notably because those other people who are more concerned with the welfare of people, the environment, nature and the planet are not normally given to defeat all others in their path quite so rigorously.
Yet the need for those more benevolently-inclined people has never been as great as it is today, as we face the consequences and problems created by generations of self-interestedly-inclined so-called leaders of our societies.
The need today is to create a more loving world. For this, the process of globalisation must be stopped in its well-worn tracks.
So, in what way is Brexit an unparalleled opportunity for us to create a more loving world?
Firstly, the eyes of the world are on Brexit today. The mess that is Brexit features daily in media across the planet. Today, but perhaps not for long, Brexit is ideally placed to inspire the world.
Secondly, Brexit has awoken in the minds and hearts of almost the entire population of the United Kingdom the doubts, fears and desires that the European Union has generated since its inception following the Second World War. Those feelings now need to be recognised, validated and resolved.
The leaders of the European Union (EU) have been successful in keeping their motives well hidden. At the end of the Second World War, Winston Churchill talked about the need for a United States Of Europe. Since then the process of development of the EU has always appeared to be moving in that direction. Yet EU leaders have never openly said that the plan is indeed to create The United States Of Europe. If they had said such a thing, opposition would surely have become more organised.
The EU is described as being run by unelected bureaucrats and being effectively undemocratic, even though there is a European Parliament with elected members. Many of those elected members complain about the lack of democracy in the formulation of policy.
Many people ask, “Who runs the EU? Who is behind the EU? What are their motives?” The answers to these questions are not generally known, so suspicions linger, yet no answers are forthcoming.
There are those who believe that the people who are behind the EU are also the people who are behind the globalisation process; that the EU is but one large step towards a World Government; that other major economic and political blocs such as North America (with Canada and Mexico), South America, Asia/Pacific and Oceania (Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific nations), will eventually be joined into a single economic and political union.
In some people’s minds, myself included, this could be a very good thing. But we must not forget to ask, “Who is behind this ambitious scheme? Are they benevolently motivated?” At this present time I have only a vague idea of who is behind the globalisation project, and I suspect they are not benevolently motivated.
For example, it has become known that there is an organisation which strongly directs the EU. This is called The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT). They are a lobbying group made up of the heads of many of the largest industrial corporations; they are known to lobby hard for their own interests, collectively or otherwise, and they provide direction and policy which EU bureaucrats require and desire for the continuing process of economic development and integration.
There is a documentary film called ‘The Brussels Business’ (pub. 2012) which describes the workings of the ERT in enough detail to explain to us that EU policy-making is being strongly influenced by industrialists in the interests of themselves and their shareholders, no doubt feeling justified by the idea that economic success is the primary measure of success of the EU.
It should be fairly clear that people who are primarily motivated towards making money are not, generally-speaking, also motivated towards sustainability for the environment, peace in the world, and well-being for the mass of the people; nor for creating a more loving world.
Watching the documentary ‘The Brussels Business’ can make one curious about how people who are clearly so intelligent, so competent, so powerful and so convinced of their place in the world can at the same time not be aware of the much bigger context in which they work; namely the well-being of the people, of nature and the planet, and the innate evolutionary momentum towards the realisation of our part in that bigger context and our responsibilities for it as individuals and as a collective humanity.
That seemingly being the case, those of us who can see that the business world is not seeing the bigger context in which they work must speak out, must if necessary shame the business world into realising their grave errors, and must stop the business world from taking the whole world further down the road towards a very undesirable, globalised end.
One way to do this which presents itself as a viable option today, is to use the Brexit process. The people who voted ‘Leave’ could be greatly strengthened by the knowledge that the EU is run by people who seem to lack the motivations that people in leadership ought to have on behalf of the greater community.
If the ‘Leavers”, or Brexiteers as they’re popularly known, would watch ‘The Brussels Business’ documentary, they would be greatly empowered in their determination that Brexit ‘means Brexit’, even a ‘hard’ Brexit, even a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
When the Brexiteers voted to leave the EU, they did so without much knowledge of what they were voting for or against. Their vote was probably more from the heart, and their guts, than from their head. Emotionally, many people felt that the EU was not to be trusted, was culturally alien, was taking too much power from the U.K., was all sorts of things that simply didn’t feel good. If they but knew the truth of who runs the EU, they’d know from their head equally as much as from their heart and guts that they want Britain out of the EU and, equally importantly, that they want to throw a spanner in the works of the whole globalisation process.
The globalisation process is, to my mind, potentially a very good thing, potentially leading to a more loving world. But it needs the permission of the people worldwide, it needs to be crystal clear as to its motives, and it needs to be led by people who actually want to create that more loving world.
Brexiteers value freedom, independence and self-determination; they surely wish those things for all nations. Brexiteers are open to the world, valuing the different nations, different cultures, different faiths, differences in general. Empowered by their new-found freedoms, Brexiteers could be those people who help create a more loving world for everyone.