I'm thinking about Charlie Wilson's War. For most of the movie Congressman Wilson creates a tidal wave of excited support for covertly training & arming various Afghan forces until they successfully drive out the Soviets. But in the movie's final scenes he couldn't interest his colleagues in the follow-up -- rebuilding schools, roads & bridges, and helping with all the vital, but bland, infrastructure necessary to rebuild after war.
- No one on this planet should ever have trouble finding enough healthy food & water.
- Everyone should have a comfortable place to live.
- Everyone should have access to a good education.
- Health should be a priority and option available to everyone, utilizing what every culture -- old & new -- has learned about finding & maintaining it.
- Countries should be allowed to participate freely in a global system of trade & commerce only if they abide by certain conditions: (a) their business laws demand protection of human & animal rights, environmental sustainability, as well as profitability; (b) their citizens are guaranteed free healthcare (physical & mental), education, and basic protections from poverty, homelessness, and social isolation; (c) they adopt a holistic way of measuring "progress" that expands from our narrow Gross National/Domestic Product (emphasizing consumption, mass production & markets, and money) to a broader array of indicators, like well-being, happiness, health, vitality, community building, sustainability, as well as security, comfort, and abundance; (d) a mandated 20/25-hour work week, minimum 5-weeks paid vacation, lengthy paid family leave; (e) domestic fiscal policies that encourage full-employment. Countries that don't abide simply can't play.
- Our financial systems should be fully transparent, violators sanctioned quickly, and the rest of us encouraged & rewarded for doing good work, preferably work we enjoy & that others find valuable.