NOW... much smarter than NWO (Last Update: 21st October 2012)

"The definition of insanity
is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results."
Albert Einstein
Hi. Welcome to NOW.

There are some pretty serious questions that need to be answered. These questions aren't new. They're asked by our best and brightest day in day out. Think tanks (both professional and "amateur") are created to research solutions to some exceptionally complicated problems. Groups of individuals come together to discuss the issues related to the questions. Yet I see that nothing substantial is happening, just talk. Perhaps I'm being a little unfair, but have you seen ay sweeping changes that positively affect the life of every man, woman and child? Sure there are those who try to get solutions implemented, but as "highlighted" on the last home page, there are economic barriers to the implementation of such solutions... as well as the repercussions to the livelihoods of thousands if not millions of people.

Why do we want answers/solutions to these questions? Is it just the search for an answer because there is a question? For some that may well be the challenge, but generally the answer is the same. To provide a future for mankind. This, I fear, is something that is missed/forgotten by pretty much everyone. I was given a reminder the other day when "defending" NOW. The reflection of the previous nights conversation yielding the one thing that I had forgotten at the time or at the very least take for granted. There are generations to come. It's as simple as that. I believe that this is why these questions are being asked. How do we provide for a future that isn't going to be ours?

Our current answer is to provide something called sustainable growth. We're already pretty stretched in terms of resources. We're destroying the habitat that brings us our daily bread. Waterways and coastal areas being polluted with human and chemical waste, land fills chocking up with rubbish, an atmosphere being pumped full of all sort of chemicals etc... how can that be sustainable? How will growth stem this tide, especially where the profit motive is the absolute prime driver for production? There are more generations to come. Why are we not moving in a direction that makes things easier for them? We have austerity, the constant fight to keep up pension contributions, ever increasing prices, more and more people heading for the poverty line, education/healthcare/policing/infrastructure all curtailed by budget, war, the disillusionment of youth, more and more laws curtailing freedom etc... What positives outweigh those negatives? I see next to none, perhaps you see more?

Perhaps sustainable development is the way to go? Albeit without the economic impetus. We do need to use our resources more wisely. Where is the sense in releasing a new raft of technology year in year out? Technology junkies. I'm not knocking the tech at all, it's bloody useful... however we are turning into technology junkies. If there isn't a new phone or PC upgrade every year market share is eroded. Oooo look, something better, let's get that techno high. No doubt there will be some denial in regards to that little statement, but the next time you're at work, keep your eyes open for the technology junkies thumbing their new piece of hardware with eyes as wide as a child opening up a box of lego. Sustainable development will mean that we have to cut back on the release of technology. Instead of every year, perhaps we'd receive new tech every 5 years or so. That's 5 years worth of resources not being thrown away every year. We also need to design our technology so that it is easily upgradeable and can reuse those components that really don't change. In order to achieve some form of sustainable development, we have to make some hard decisions.

The down side of slowing down the general release (released to the public) of technology for sustainable development reasons, will be the loss of jobs. After all, less consumption means less profit, less profit means less money available to pay people etc... moving more people towards poverty etc... I think we can all agree that some form of sustainability is required, if not to produce somewhere cleaner for the next generation to live, but to start accepting that we have finite resources and really need to start being smarter in regards to their usage. Unfortunately I think we can also agree that any form of sustainability has dire economic ramifications.

How can we implement sustainable development without the associated economic issues? We need to use a NOW approach. Ask yourself why poverty exists and what poverty is. Essentially it's a lack of money and is measured as such by those who define the financial limit that defines what constitutes poverty. Take money out of the equation and poverty all but disappears. If food is free, housing is free, water is free, power is free and much more but we'll stop there as that's pretty much all modern day human beings need to survive these days, then poverty will all but become a memory. Not only that, but we won't have to worry about people becoming unemployed as they will be looked after. We will then have ideal conditions to implement sustainable development. Again that is very a simplified overview, but if money isn't a concern all of these things become possible. Would that mean that we will have setup the foundation for providing a future for the generations that follow to thrive? Yes! Do you believe that this the direction in which society is moving?

Although not overly related to the above, a question arose the other night in regards to a replacement currency (barter and time being the two most obvious currency's). Bearing in mind that this is just my opinion, I said there was no need for one. Whilst we never got into the why, I could see that it was hard for the gent in question to understand why I would say such a thing. It comes down to value. Similarly to the current economy, as soon as you start adding value to an item (perceived value that is), you will start to create a tiered society. You will start to create "wealth" based groups and will start to ring fence resources for specific purposes that only serve to "profit" the upper tiers. Currently money serves as the measure of value and you can see how that has tiered society and what the outcome is (especially at the times of market crash). Value is the reason that society fails, not money. Remove the value and do what needs to be done. That yields a future. As I say, that's just my opinion, but I see no other way for us to provide a more stable future for those who come after us.

A "Begging" Letter.

Everything takes money. Raising awareness is no different. To that end, if you have excess funds and you would like to invest in a project with the potential to change the world, then come and say hi.

The above may sound like madness or the ramblings of a person suffering from delusions of grandeur, but I assure you that I am quite serious. Someone has to be about the future. I have a plan. It may not be a good plan, but that is for you to decide. Come to my house, drink wine and let me offer you a vision and a plan of how we get there. You will be an integral part of NOW helping to shape our future. If nothing else, you will have had a wasted journey and I will have less wine.

Change happening by itself is too slow. It needs a helping hand.

We do not need to be stuck with Einstein's theory of insanity! There is a Silver Bullet! and it is EASY to change our society quickly and with next to no consequences, in fact the positives by far outweigh the negatives!

A wee challenge for you. Can you think of a single reason why our financial system is better than a NOW approach for humanity. Be honest and open minded, but I think you'll find out that there isn't. NOW (or variations of) is/are required NOW more than ever. We live in a finite world, why continue to waste it?

"There is no Silver Bullet". I've heard that from professionals, experts, leaders etc... NOW they're either really really wrong or they're lying through their teeth. Again, take a look around you and ask if this is the best we can do?

I disagree with those professionals, experts and leaders who say that there is no silver Bullet and I'll make 3 very bold statements that would have them laughing in the aisles:
  • There is a Silver Bullet!
  • It is EASY to solve many of the major issues that the world faces!
  • NOW offers positives that our current societal and economic models can't even come close to offering!

With the above 3 very bold statements in mind, I give you NOW

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