Thursday, October 15, 2009

Peaceniks: 1787

It has long been the opinion of the Author, that such a state of peace and happiness as is foretold in scripture and commonly called the millennial period, may be rationally expected to be introduced without a miracle....

The spirit of commerce is happily calculated by the Author of wisdom to open an amicable intercourse between all countries, to soften the horrors of war, to enlarge the field of science and speculation, and to assimilate the manners, feelings and languages of all nations. This leading principle, in its remoter consequences, will produce a thousand advantages in favour of government and legislation, give Patriotism the air of Philanthropy, induce all men to regard each other as brethren and friends, eradicate all kinds of literary, religious and political superstition, prepare the minds of all mankind for the rational reception of moral and religious truth...
--From The vision of Columbus: a poem in nine books--

 So if you were into world peace you'd go into business. Think of all the hippies who felt bad about "selling out"!

3 comments:

chickenlittle said...

I wonder what your author thought about the thermodynamics of wealth and population distribution between nations?

Jason (the commenter) said...

Chickenlittle,

He thought trade would make everyone in the world part of one culture. Languages and cultures would merge and eventually a single world government would form. Everyone would live under the same laws, have the same opportunities, and aspire to the same standard of living.

Some places would just have denser populations than others.

Trooper York said...

"He thought trade would make everyone in the world part of one culture"

Yes it is universal. Money talks and bullshit walks.