To whom this may
I am sending
the following letter to the Obamas. Please, if you would know how
to make sure that the letter reaches them, do, please help out!
Thank you, Hearthstone.
The letter is on the ModelEarth.Org website - at Obama.rtf and
modelearth ( ) gmail.com
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Obama,
I wish that you are well!
If we, the people, were really interested in establishing a lasting
peace in the world, we would spend more on ways that would achieve
peace non-violently than what we spend on the military!
To achieve peace in the Middle East, or anywhere in the
world--ultimately in the whole world--all the people from all the
sides of any conflict should be allowed to coherently consolidate
their ideas about what "peace" should look like, since going to war
is also a way of achieving peace, albeit only a "peace" as the
individual parties in any conflict understand it. This is because
people's ideas of what "peace" should look like are usually quite
divergent and often weakly formulated, and because the usual
diplomatic ways of achieving peace are so cumbersome and
ineffective, that there seems no other way of realizing peace but
by going to war.
Today we have all the knowledge, means, and resources to make armed
conflicts wholly unnecessary. All that is needed is to allow every
individual on all sides of any conflict in the world to reconcile
their ideas of what peace should look like with all the ideas of
everybody else who are either directly, or even indirectly involved
in a conflict in models where their differences would be harmonized
with each other on the basis of all pertinent facts till a
portrayal of a peaceful co-existence would be achieved.
Modeling of whole world systems with the participation of a
multitude of people is already being done in the various online
games; why not use the basically very same process for serious
purposes? The software is available (free source, at that); so are
data banks (normally used for research and commercial purposes)
that hold data of what we know about availability of resources,
about Earth ecological processes, and of what we know about human
behavior. Access to the computers could be made possible to people
even in the less developed parts of the world--it would not be
required that everybody has a PC, only that people's input reaches
the model where all the individual ideas are compared and vetted
The whole political process would be augmented with this kind of
modeling by making it possible for every individual from every
level of the society to take a part in shaping of their
future--something that rarely is possible today; politicians would
have to be mindful of the opinion of even the very common people
expressed by the modeling process, since everybody interested in
the political process could readily see how much are the
politicians veering off the course to the ideal reality that is
being depicted by the modeling process.
This modeling process would invite anyone to challenge the
resulting picture of reality as it ideally should be by making it
possible to improve on the picture, providing that any improvements
would be well backed by what is known about all the aspects of any
situation in question.
Last, but not least--the whole process could be entirely anonymous,
since not personalities, but ideas would compete; it would not
matter at all who puts the ideas forth. What would matter would be
how beneficial to the common weal the ideas would be! This would be
quite different from the practice today where, not infrequently, it
is personalities that compete in the political arena, while
important issues are being neglected.
I am aware that I am not explaining the concept quite well enough,
but, perhaps, perusing the www. ModelEarth.Org website would further elucidate
the idea that I am trying to express.
Thank you very much for your consideration -
Mr. Jan Hearthstone.