The Reform of Common Sense in the 21st Century
By Richard Smith
edited by Andy Thomas
How did we get to where we are today, and how can we best move forward positively from here?
In this perceptive and accessible investigation, Richard Smith puts the shape of recent centuries into context and proposes how a better future could be forged with simple common sense reforms of our democracies, everyday lives, economy, and use of resources and technology.
A Future World Vision also explores the implications of the possible arrival of extra-terrestrials, ‘free energy’ devices and spiritual shifts, and looks at how to fairly deal with global conflicts, population crises and the rise of conspiracy theories, in this timely and insightful guide to 21st century dilemmas.
Author Richard Smith has been involved in the ophthalmic optics industry for many years and has visited 25% of UN-recognised countries. He was one of the founder members of the Parallel Community project. Richard stood as an independent parliamentary candidate in Cornwall for the 2005 UK General Election.
FROM THE FOREWORD BY ANDY THOMAS:
"I am immediately struck by the unusually practical tone that Richard Smith's writings exhibit. Here are some of the problems of modern society being identified and put under the microscope, yes, as is necessary to do when directly faced with its many dysfunctions, but here also are some well-thought-out solutions being offered... Richard’s writings speak plainly with unabashed outrage at some wrongs, but also offer encouragement and insight for those seeking rights.
Richard Smith does not shy away from moving beyond what some might reductively call ‘real world’ issues, as the later part of the book shows. His willingness to widen out the implications of what reform might really mean for us if we apply it to all ways of thinking, even if rejected by the mainstream, is admirable. His views on conspiracy theories, for instance, are fair and balanced in ways which media pundits might take a lesson from.
No book can provide the solutions to everything, and Richard makes no attempt to do so here, but he does dissect some selected key issues in a way that might help kickstart wider discussion of necessary reform in a number of important areas. His analysis does a fine job of explaining the historical developments that have led us to be where we are, and it is refreshingly accessible and incisive. More importantly, Richard does not point the finger at the governing classes as the sole source of where required change must come from, but also shines a light on how we all might look again at the ways in which we live our own lives within the systems that currently bind us. Change, if change is to occur, must come from both inside and out, above and below. This willingness to see that we all play a role in shaping society is one of the strengths in Richard’s approach, and his openness to what some might call a spiritual dimension adds further welcome depth.
If A Future World Vision tips even just a few extra dominos into caring a little deeper about how we are governed and how we live our lives, then those months that Richard spent writing, looking at his home planet with a new perspective, arranging his thoughts on positive change into coherency and usefulness, will have been time very well spent."
The beautiful cover photograph for A Future World Vision, was taken by James Burns, from his growing portfolio of impressive images entitled London from the Rooftops.
Find out more about James Burns and his work at:
A Future World Vision
The Reform of Common Sense
in the 21st Century
By Richard Smith
edited by Andy Thomas
274 pages, paperback
Illustrated in B/W
Vital Signs Publishing 2015
Foreword by Andy Thomas
1: At Freedom Crossroads
2: The Modern History of Freedom
3: The Inconsistencies of
Economics, Religion and Hope
4: The Urgent Education Challenge
5: How to alter the
Current Poverty of Politics
6: Is there a Technological Divide?
7: An Ethical Dilemma
8: A Consideration of World Population
9: The Existential Planet
10: Suggestions for World Governance
11: What Now and What Future?
12: The Grandest Lie?
13: Beyond Conspiracy Theory
14: Coherence, Consciousness
Epilogue: Unrealised Heaven
Two generations in ophthalmic optics (eyemasters.co.uk) has taken Richard to 25% of UN-recognised countries. Living overseas in his formative years gave him a deeper than usual fascination with geopolitics which, coupled with his role in optics, offered many varied insights into different overseas mentalities.
Richard was a founder member of Hamish Miller’s Parallel Community, formed in 2006. He was a council member of the Centre for Crop Circle Studies (CCCS) in the 1990s, having been introduced to this phenomenon in 1988. He lives in East Sussex with his partner Annie and runs a spectacle dispensing business.
Richard says: “I understand the importance of the bigger picture, and consciously avoid pure focus on my speciality. Excessive reductionism is persuading us into technological solutions that lack concomitant wisdom”. This is a theme fuelling his first book, A Future World Vision.
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