The world needs an idealist—but not an anarchistby John Lydon / October 16, 2014 / Leave a comment
I would dive straight into the task of being world ruler and see which way the wind blew inside my head. I would be a happy-go-lucky leader with a love of all people and ideas, no matter how divergent or different. My first rule is that there would be no one leader and society would be structured around a system of open debate. I wrote a song for my last album called “Selfish Rubbish.” I wrote the first line in the style of Spike Milligan, and intended it to be sung it in the voice of the Welsh comedian Harry Secombe: “If I ruled the world there would be no one in it.” My point is that I don’t believe in hierarchical systems. Total domination leads to total destruction.
I have seen no positive work done by any world leader—only psychopaths who want to dictate to others. I would scrap all the traditional structures of government and empower people to make their own choices for their mutual benefit rather than their mutual destruction. Mahatma Gandhi is the only leader I have paid serious attention to. He went through some confusion in his younger years as a lawyer but found the right path. He ended up hating nobody. Fantastic.
But, you can’t just walk in and declare, “Here’s the new system.” That never works. It has to be a gradual change. As a child, I fell ill with meningitis and lost my memory for four years between the ages of seven and 11. I had to do a lot of soul-searching. Who am I? Why am I? For a period I didn’t even recognise my own parents. It was incredibly painful but it shaped my ability to question myself and the world around me.
Freedom of thought is what all these supposedly wonderful democracies yack on about but it’s not really what any of them offer us. I would want a system of open debate, where all subjects can be openly discussed. This is what’s missing from the current school system and from society as a whole. Our belief systems are one-sided, engineered by leaders who wish to control our thoughts, and this inability to think for ourselves leads to mutual aggression. You can see the evidence of that in the increased violence now dotted…