The screen began flashing scenes around the world, featuring clips of interviews with ordinary citizens on the subject of the Convention on The Secret of the Divine Civilisation.
A young woman in Tokyo claimed. “It’s an excellent idea, but I think it sounds too good to be true.”
A grey-bearded man replied, standing in front of the Eiffel Tower. “For me, being French, this convention of unifying the world will not change my life much. Europeans are already united!”
In Cairo, an old woman with a scarf over her head answered. “I will not benefit anything from this convention. I am 68 years and will not live long enough to see it through.”
A young female student in Madrid says, “It’s a splendid initiative, and I hope that it gets adopted. What do we stand to lose? Unfairness, corruption, injustice and poverty are on the rise, are they not?”
A fruit seller in a Dubai market exclaimed. “There are different human races throughout the world. I look different from you. Allah, the Merciful One wanted us to be different and live differently. If the Merciful One would have wanted us to live in the same way, all united, he would have made each of us identical.”
A taxi driver in New York reacted, “Come on, man. The world is a cruel place because humans made it so. And you expect another human to fix it? Forget it, man!”
An electronics shopkeeper in Lagos replied. “What is there to think about? It will never happen because our corrupted world leaders will never vote its adoption. Don’t you read newspapers? Officially they all state that we are committed to doing everything it takes to establish peace, and yet they claim that the proposed strategy is nothing more than a utopia.”
From Rio’s sandy beach, a slender and suntanned female in orange bikini reflected, “It would be wonderful if it accomplishes its objective. However, I doubt that it will because that’s just the way the world works.”
An elderly man, sitting on a park bench in a Beijing commented, “First we had communism, and now my country is gradually merging into capitalism, screwing over my generation who is lost in this process. Now, you are saying that in the future we might suffer another transition. I am delighted that I won’t live long enough to experience another one of these atrocious transitions…”
Suddenly, a ringing tone activated, flashing out Jade’s name. I pressed the green button on the remote control, and the TV wall displayed Jade with swarms of people dancing in the distant background.
“Hello, Milo. It is manic down here,” Jade greeted. “Can you hear me?”
“Are you watching the documentary?” she asked.
“Yes, I am,” I replied and headed for the kitchen to refill my glass with some more Sancerre.
“And?” she pursued with her random excruciating inquiries about her work.
“Thus far, it isn’t bad.”
“Are the scenes well edited?” Jade asked again.
“Yes, they are, but the sound editing could be better. It keeps jumping up and down.” I replied, filling my wine glass with Sancerre.
“I’ll be finished soon and home in less than an hour,” she confirmed.
“Great. Oh, and I’m sizzling chicken fajitas for dinner tonight!”
“Mmmmmmmmmmmmm. Got to go now. Bye!” Jade said and hung up before I could get another word in.
I placed the bottle of Sancerre back on the lowest shelf of the fridge, closed it and returned to the living room. I sat on the sofa and continued watching the documentary. It featured around ninety thousand people who thronged the Place de Fontenoy opposite the UNESCO headquarters in Paris to rally their support for the Convention of The Secret of Divine Civilisation, whilst the delegates of the 47th UNESCO General Conference of the year 2029 are decide how to precede with it. They held up big banners with various inscriptions, such as, “Let’s give truth a chance”, “We are one”, “Les Nations Unies – UNIR!” and “Say yes to change!”
It seemed, however, that not everyone was looking forward to this convention. The documentary displayed around two thousand people on the western side of the UNESCO building shouting, “No to world domination!” “No to human slavery!” and “Stop Lucifer!”
Philip’s voice returned, explaining that a record number of nongovernmental and intergovernmental organisations had attended this General Conference. However, the committee, which was assigned to deal with the convention, was not able to determine whether to treat it as an international treaty or a convention, so they have instructed the Director-General to prepare a preliminary report to determine it.