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A Future World Vision


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AcknowledgementsForeword by Andy ThomasIntroduction1: At Freedom Crossroads2: The Modern History of Freedom3: The Inconsistencies of Economics, Religion and Hope4: The Urgent Education Challenge5: How to alter the Current Poverty of Politics6: Is there a Technological Divide?7: An Ethical Dilemma8: A Consideration of World Population9: The Existential Planet10: Suggestions for World Governance11: What Now and What Future?12: The Grandest Lie?13: Beyond Conspiracy Theory14: Coherence, Consciousness and SpiritualityEpilogue: Unrealised HeavenNotesIndexThe Author

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From the foreword by author 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 ones rejected by the mainstream, is admirable. His views on conspiracy theories, for instance, are fair and balanced in ways which certain 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."

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Two generations of both domestic and international involvement commercially in ophthalmic optics (www.eyemasters.co.uk) has taken Richard to 25% of UN-recognised countries. Living overseas in his formative years has given him a deeper than usual fascination with global geopolitics, which, coupled with his role in manufacturing optics, offered many varied insights into different overseas mentalities. Richard was a founder member of Hamish Miller's Parallel Community project, formed in 2006. He now lives in East Sussex with his partner Annie and runs a spectacle dispensing business from home. Richard was once a council member of the now defunct Centre for Crop Circle Studies (CCCS) in the 1990s, having been introduced to this phenomenon near his home in 1988. Richard says: "I understand the importance of the bigger picture, and consciously try to avoid pure focus on my speciality. Excessive reductionism is persuading us into technological solutions that lack concomitant wisdom". This is just one of the themes that have fuelled this, his first book, A Future World Vision.

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