Now I’ve been happy lately Thinking about the good things to come And I believe it could be Something good has begun

Now I’ve been happy lately

Thinking about the good things to come

And I believe it could be

Something good has begun

Oh, I’ve been smiling lately

Dreaming about the world as one

And I believe it could be

Someday it’s going to come


Is world peace possible?

My first inclination was to say yes providing we no longer have humans living on the planet. But, one look at the animal kingdom shows us that peace is an ideal that is probably both impractical and impossible.

The dinosaurs had about 200,000,000 years to work it out, but they couldn’t do it.

Advocates of peace would extol the potential of peace arising in a moment of massive benevolence. I think that human nature being what it is, that peace is still impossible, even if everyone’s basic needs were being met….if for no other reason than religion. Since the dawn of humanity, more people have died in the name of not agreeing with another person’s religion or ideology than the total combination of people who have died from disease, natural disasters, drug overdose, wild animal attacks, and automobile accidents, combined!

The human species seems incapable of ever being fully sated by anything. In fact, our specie is defined by an unquenchable thirst for more. Regardless of what “more” is, we demand it. And only through our perpetual drive to achieve it, are we ever closer to finding a new form of stasis. 

They say that in a world of androids doing all of the work we currently perform, that humans would have to find new purpose. Could humanity survive without a direct purpose? Are all of these kinds of songs illustrating a utopia that is by definition, impossible? I think it’s hard to say. But I would like to believe that we have such a deep and innate desire to thrive, that as our life circumstances evolve, so will our species at large.

I will remain the eternal optimist. I am certain I will spend the rest of my life working on things that hope to bring peace to the planet.

To quote Al Pacino (playing Satan) in Devil’s Advocate, “I’m a fan of man!”

This is such an exquisitely beautiful rendition of this song, I chose it for my Sunday aphorism because I hope you will listen and enjoy❤️❤️❤️

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!