Monthly Archives: June 2011

On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everything drops to zero

I borrowed this title from one of my personal favorite websites, Zero Hedge. I want to use this post to elaborate on a point that I made in my previous post where I mentioned that our current societal system is not capable of addressing the problems we face, only the symptoms of these problems. We first have to identify the problem that we are facing.

Our entire society operates around the value of one imaginary commodity, the almighty dollar. We are conditioned from birth to believe that our society can only operate through the use of money, and every one of us must earn our “living.” This commodity has no value other than the value that we give it, making its value completely faith based. Once we lose this faith everything stops working.

Many of us believe that money is the only motivation that people need in order to improve the world around them, despite the fact that information is appearing that shows otherwise. It turns out that the only motivation people need is the idea of improving their life and the lives of others. So what does our obsession with the dollar create?

One word… profitability.

A money-centric society focuses firstly on being profitable. This completely factors out things like human well-being and it only encourages that when it is profitable. Currently in our world it is most profitable to make and sell weapons. One only has to look at the budget of the largest economy in the world to know this is true. If we spend more money on things of destruction how are we going to improve our existence?

One does not have to look far to find stories of corporations hurting the public in the name of profits. I won’t go in to those things here, there are plenty of sources out there that explain this very well. This is exactly where our problem lies. So how do we fix it?

The first option is governmental regulation. This is a completely natural reaction to the idea of a free, capitalistic market, and it will always occur in an attempt to balance the problems capitalism creates. I cannot stress this point enough, regulation will always occur in capitalistic societies because there must be something to keep any corporation from selling destructive weapons to whomever has the money. This regulation usually dampens the problem, but it will never stop these problems completely.

The second option is to create a program or institution that encourages a constructive behavior. This sometimes is a great success, such as with public libraries and the postal system. But these programs fail just as often such as in the case of the food pyramid campaign.

These two options are the only options that our government has at its disposal. When ANY decision is made one thing must always be factored in to the equation. MONEY

A government can not give us energy independence if it would cause us to go “broke.” They can not choose to end the production of weapons if it would cause millions to lose their jobs, especially in today’s political environment.

The problem is that we are beginning to be forced to choose between our concept of money, or the future of humanity. It will not be profitable to create cheap, efficient solar technology that could allow people to provide their own energy rather than buying it from a corporation. It will not be profitable to bring manufacturing institutions back to our home to provide jobs, and avoid wasteful worldwide trading. It will not be profitable to end our worldwide military campaigns.

We have worshiped our almighty dollar until it has brought us to end of the road. It is time to face our demons and to find a way to work for the benefit of all rather than the profitability of the few.

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Waves Descending

We are in the age of novelty where everything is complexifying. This includes all issues that we are facing from global hunger to warfare, national debt to education, and everything in between. The powers that never were* will try to tell you that the answer to these problems lie in some large centralized organization.

The people on the right side of the spectrum argue that free market capitalism and its miraculous invisible hand will guide us to prosperity. They say competition is the answer and allowing our corporations free reign to do as they please is the only way to cure what ails us.

On the opposite side of the spectrum you have people who tout the strength of a large, powerful, central government. One that can send us to war at a moments notice in order to keep us “safe.” A government that can also control the evil corporations (while subversively doing the exact opposite) and create the institutions and infrastructure that we need in order to be successful.

According to these groups these are the only two possible solutions to everything, and only ONE is correct. Why is it that when our world is becoming more complex at an accelerating rate that we look for fewer and fewer solutions? Why aren’t we using this as an opportunity to search deeper for the complex solutions to these complex problems?

The problem is that these solutions will not come from the institutions we have created.  Our institutions are only capable of addressing the symptoms of the problems, not the problems themselves. When a man murders another person our solution is to put them in jail, despite the fact that this does nothing to improve the well being of that man or his victims. Yes, it keeps him from murdering again while he is imprisoned, but it does not fix the reason as to why he did it in the first place. In fact, if he is released he is much more likely to commit a crime again.

So if these institutions can not do the one thing they were designed for, who can? If your problems are coming from more and more places, why not look for the solutions in more and more places as well? Who would be better for fixing a problem that we face, one of us? Or all of us?

The internet is probably the single most important invention we have in order to accomplish this. It allows us to exchange ideas across the globe instantly. On top of that it gives each and every single one of us an equal voice, this is Democracy in its truest form. It already allows us to come together for production needs, media creation, news, and education. This is only the tip of the iceberg, and the truth is that we are only in the infancy of the internet age.

What we are seeing is all a part of a much larger wave of decentralization that is occurring around the world, and this wave cannot be stopped by any of our proclaimed “leaders.” This wave will bring much chaos as our corporations and centralized governments fade in to irrelevancy while they simultaneously fight against it.

This is putting the power over our lives back in to our hands, and giving us more power to shape the world around us. The emphasis will be put on self-sufficiency instead of reliance on the things that hold the illusion of power. We will be forced to to educate ourselves more as we must learn to provide for ourselves, and this, in turn, will lead to a new age of human understanding. We will decide how this world operates, not some person in a far off land that dictates how our lives will be lived.

This, my friends, is what freedom looks like.

 

 

* I refer to the people in “power” this way because I believe that an institution created by man is never in control. The only thing these institutions can do is create the illusion of power when in all truth they, as well as everything else, are ruled by things much, much greater than we all can perceive.