Daily Micro: Yesterday’s Visionaries in Today’s World ~ Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan

In Yesterday’s Visionaries in Today’s World, Stephen J. Bergstrom gives creative voice to visionary souls in process of awakening.

Through imaginative device, Yesterday’s Visionaries in Today’s World reveals two contrasting visions that shape contemporary existence.

In one, conquerors traverse the world as a series of endless privileges secured through material means and patriarchal oppression.

In the other, conquered and oppressed individuals and groups perceive that consciousness animates nature, humanity and the spirit of a Living Earth.

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Acknowledging Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan

The year is 1890. The book is The Influence of Sea Power on History when thoughts congeal in the mind of Alfred Mahan. Three years earlier, in as series of lectures at the Naval War College, Mahan is as if struck by a thunderbolt. Once we take the remaining land mass from the Sioux, there shall be no more to conquer in the United States.

To be a great empire, we must look outward.

In The Influence of Sea Power on History, I put my thoughts on paper. The command of the seas is the chief element in the power and prosperity of nations. It is imperative that we take possessions. Let us fix our eyes on Hawaii and the Philippines.

Let us expand our empire through perpetual conquest and rule of the sea. Power, force and war shall decide all issues.

But first, let us have Wounded Knee and be done for once with the question of the Indian. Let us reign supreme on land and sea!

In the slimmest of threads within his thoughts, he fails to hear a voice that calls upon him but that awakens softly in his heart.

But not at that time.


~ Stephen J. Bergstrom


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