NOW... much smarter than NWO (Last Update: 29th June 2013)
"The definition of insanityContinued from A look at our future from the present looking back into the past from our future on 16th March 2013
is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results."
is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results."
Well I've got several days off. Not sure how many, but there's no work for me in the near future and when the office needs me, they will giv me a call to see if I'm still available. B.A.T.S has given me the all clear but to be honest, I really don't want to just sit around the house or go shopping. I might take the bike out for a few hours, but it looks like the rain is coming on and I haven't waterproofed my riding gear. When I get the time off I usually hit the web and have a read through workandsociallocal.addy.co.nz to see if anyone needs a hand with anything. Last time I ended up meeting some great people and got a little hammered on a regular basis which I haven't done for a while.
The last time I didn't work for just over a month and both before and after not working, I only needed to put in 3 hours per day. Still, time off to use as I wish is always welcome... and I met a stunning woman, unfortunately married, whilst picking grapes up in Hawkes bay, some mad people that have travelled around the world in a mobile commune when I was de-weeding farmland, got a little bit too drunk working on the fishing boat and rounded that off with a few hours cleaning out the sewer. I also learned to kite surf and practiced my Spanish as I plan on travelling/working my way around South America for a year next year. Generally though the closer I am to the work, the more jobs I can fit into the day.
Ok, the internet... Let's see, yup, John's looking for a gang to walk the fields for 2 hours between 8am and 10am on Monday and Thursday, check (usually hundreds of people there). They're looking for sewage gangs for 9 days an hour at a time, I'll say that I'm available between 10:30 and 12:30 (relatively solitary job) and then I can have some lunch. I'll receive a text telling me who to report to and when/if they need me. Oooo nice, I haven't tried Beekeeping and yup, no experience necessary on Wednesday for 4 hours. Will say I'm available between 2pm onwards. Right, Tuesday, anything other than 10:30 to 12:30, hmmmmm, yes, I'll take that trip to the zoo with the kids even if it is a 6 hour round trip, no, hang on, I'll ditch the sewer on Tuesday and do that zoo trip as I've not been to the zoo for a while... and I could do with some intelligent conversation. Think I'll throw a party on Friday into Saturday and bin the sewer that day too and go help John with his harvesting when I sober up. What can I say, I love to keep busy and even though I may well work for 10 hours some days whilst I'm not working my day job, it's nice to get outside and breathe in a little fresh air and to do something different and getting a little exercise is always a bit of a buzz.
Our lives are very different to how they where 30 years ago. NOW, where was I, oh yeah, how did we get to where we are today. Well, we ditched the financial system and the rest just fell in to place in a matter of weeks in some cases. There was the initial hoarding from some people, but that soon gave way to people only really taking what they needed/wanted as they witnessed that the majority of us just got on with life. All story's have a beginning and I remember how it all started in New Zealand. Before I tell you about the how, I need to tell you about the why.
The world was a very different place 30 years ago and for 2000+ years we had managed our economy using a financial system. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your position, we decided that we didn't need one. Corruption was at an all time high, as was crime, as was war for resources, as was surveillance, as was persecution etc... the laws that were being implemented at the time were where all geared towards keeping people quiet, keeping the status quo and protecting the position of a few wealthy people, resources were taken without care for the environmental impact etc... The media was telling the people how everything was alright despite mass protests in country's around the world, despite billions of people starving to death in various places, despite war and land grabs etc... it was a mess and we all knew it. What I have described is the tip of the iceberg, but in 2007 the was a financial crisis that set certain wheels in motion.
We all wanted change, but we were all unsure as to what change was available. A political party hit the poll's in New Zealand and they were offering something different and as it turned out, something that the New Zealand people were ready for. After a couple years of "campaigning", I say campaingning, but it was more of an education and a knowledge dump than anything else, Kiwi went to the poll's and voted in a group of individuals with minimal experience to be their Government. Many of the existing politicians leant their weight towards the new party and this gave a great degree of credibility to the new party in the eyes of the New Zealand public. It was a breath of fresh air. Members of the party took to the streets and offered their policy and vision to the people. At first this was met with some resistance from the incumbent political party's and they sent in the police to break up the "campaigning".
Thousands of people took to the streets asking that the new party be allowed to "campaign" and the inevitable happened when people with an idea meet people without an idea. It was reported as a riot, where in reality there were no riots, no shops where looted, no shops were damaged, no business was inconvenienced, no traffic was held up etc... it was just a peaceful protest. This wasn't enough and it soon became obvious that some form of tactical protest was going to be needed. The incumbent political party's didn't listen to the people and social media was abuzz with support for the new party. As more people poured in to the streets, police from Australia were drafted in to help quell the protest. However, by this time certain tactics had been discussed amongst the protesters and where once the police would snatch individual protesters and haul them away, often beating them and pepper spraying them, the tables were turned and the same tactics were used against the police... except without the beating and pepper spray. Groups of police were often surrounded by hundreds of protesters and were blocked from going anywhere, whilst those in the center would explain to the police what the protest was about and what they were trying to achieve. It worked. The police who understood took the debate back to their stations and the number of police standing against the protest started to dwindle rapidly. The downside was that crime had started to rise with people taking advantage of a lack of police presence due to their tackling of the protesters.
All in all it was enough to allow the new party the right to "campaign". They realised early on that they only had to replace 121 MP's, or at least knew that they only needed to have a majority vote within that 121 people to secure any vote/policy they liked. That's democracy for ya. Their "campaign" was simple. They offered Kiwi a choice of economic systems under which the party would run the country. A Land Value Tax based economy (a Social Credit type idea), a Financial Transaction Tax based economy (where every financial transaction would be taxed), the return of the Social Credit ideals, to leave the system the way it currently was, and a Resource Based Economy. Within the party there were members who understood each of these systems. Within the party there was the understanding that whichever solution was voted for by the population of New Zealand, that all members of the party would embrace the request of the people and irrespective of belief, would implement that system as it was the will of the people. A mass education took place explaining each of these systems of economic management using television, radio, the school curriculum etc... the voting age was lowered to 15 and finally at the next election there was an unprecedented landslide victory for the party.
The first term was business as usual, well, not quite, but it certainly had an affect on Kiwi and as promised they were asked when it came to setting priorities for the country. The party also put facts and figures together for each of the systems they had offered during the election for Kiwi to vote for at the next election. A full year before the next election was due, the new party announced that they were ready for an election to either choose new representation for the people or to vote for the system of economic management they would prefer. It was a welcome surprise, politicians ahead of the game for a change. Kiwi responded with a yes to an early election. The election came. The new party where voted back in with over 80% of the vote and a Resource Based Economy had been selected as they system of management for the economy. Within 1 year a Resource Based Economy had been put in place and the speed of change after that was absolutely breathtaking. I can't quite explain it to you, but as we had all had 3 years to get used to the idea, crime had dropped and business was booming and we were all ready for the next stage of change. It happened so quickly.
Someone once said, Think Globally, Act Locally. Kiwi acted locally and the shockwave of their actions spurred every country in the world to follow suit. If I could show you pictures of life pre 2020, you would be horrified. It turns out that cooperation works better than coercion and the world community truly is a community. Commerce is smooth and where a country needs one thing that another has in abundance, they give it to them. By 2040 every population of the planet will have access to the same resources as any other country. We are finally civilised. Don't get me wrong, in ways I'm glad to have seen pre Resource Based Economy days as I don't think I would have believed the change otherwise. Here we are today. Life is better than it has ever been. Person responsibility, free education, free healthcare, crime figures under 1000 across the board, free power, freedom of choice, cooperation throughout industry to benefit all. You would not believe how things were 30 years ago. It only took us just over 2000 years to figure out how to manage ourselves and our planet, but we avoided something quite disastrous.
Kia Kaha to all of you.
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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