NOW... much smarter than NWO (Last Update: 26th August 2013)
"The definition of insanityI've been trying to put this page together for a while NOW, but it's such a huge topic and so all encompassing it's hard to condense into groups of sound bites that make sense. I guess approaching it from the problem end, the top, instead of from the end that is mainly affected, the people, didn't help and I really should have known better. Hopefully that's one of the final indoctrinated learning's I'll be rid of... although, sadly, I doubt it. It's hard not to come across as a lefty, commy, eco-warrior that just wants to send us all back to the dark ages (other people's words) and it's even harder to explain that that couldn't be further from the truth. I know this world has little place for common sense and logic, but it costs nothing to offer. As always it will be up to the reader to translate the words on the page and to label me as they see fit, coz that's easier than having to deal with the common sense and logic that shows us up for what we truly are.
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."
Most of the things we currently use come at the expense of future generations. Everything that we throw into a waste dump or have locked up in a cupboard or attic or stored away somewhere because it is no longer used, is a waste that can never be replaced. I've had enough people die that have left me "things" that I already have that they never used, or used once or twice a year, whilst they were alive. However it was always easier to buy something from the local store than it was to jump in the car/bus/cycle etc... to borrow that which I didn't know they had. Not only did it save on transport costs, it also saved on my phone bill by not having to call them to ask if they had a particular item in the first place. Your neighbour probably has the "thing" you need, but depending on numerous factors, from your relationship with them, the trust they'd have in you using their "thing" and whether they're in or not etc... being limiting factors. I realise that I have just described the economy.
Granted no money has changed hands, no favours have been given, no contracts have been signed, it's just one person asking another person to borrow that which they probably only use a few times a year. Yet it's still economic activity according to Mr Wiki "An economy is the total sum of product and service transactions of value between two agents in a region, be it individuals, organizations or states". All fine and good, but what happens if your break (or lose) that which the neighbour has lent to you? Things start to get a little dicey and depending on the relationship that you have with your neighbour, you can end up in some form of war, along with never being lent anything by them again, potentially even alerting your neighbours to your clumsiness. So what are your options? Well, you can replace the "thing", as long as you have the money, you can sue your neighbour (depending on where you live) blah blah blah... but the relationship can breakdown. Your economy is broken.
The tenet of that little example holds true irrespective of the size of the economy, except the wars are bigger and so is the compensation. So let's scale up a bit. Let's look at a street full of people. We're in with a better chance of finding the "thing" we need as the street contains many potential economy's. Having said that, the same downsides apply i.e. if the "thing" gets broken. So hi, I'm your neighbour from 20 houses up, can I borrow your law mower please? Someone, who you don't know, comes to your door, introduces themself and asks to borrow something of yours. What do you do? what do you do? Most likely you'll tell them to sod off. A bowl of sugar might be more of a reasonable thing to ask for, so what's the difference? Several hundred $$$ would likely be the answer, unless he has some strange relationship with his lawnmower that not even his wife knows about. So really we're not further forwards. NOW, scale it up again and start asking for things of increasing value from people you're never likely to meet and where do you think it's going to end up? contracts? Agreements? Deposits? Bank loans? etc...
The moral of the story. We don't trust each other. The things we "own" have cost us time and energy to accumulate ad yet a stranger will come knocking to borrow those things. How dare they. Whilst there is an out clause in the form of the law, it will likely cost more to hire a lawyer than it will to buy another mower. It'll certainly cost more in regards to Police time and Court effort, but this is exactly why these systems are in place, to protect what is "yours". Ok, I say "protect", but that really isn't the case as it's more akin to repossession.
So what's the alternative? Over the years I have watched the security industry grow and grow, from locksmiths, to in-home video surveillance, to vehicle anti-personnel devices (Africa being the more extrteme end), to more publicly focussed surveillance, to the Snowdens and Wikileaks of the world. We're locking ourselves away through the fear that someone is outto get our "stuff"... be it through theft, espionage or perhaps sabotage to promote oneself to the head of the queue. All of this is underpinned by a market that drives competition as the goal for keeping prices down where in reality the financial system is designed to do quite the opposite with its dodgy business practices, quirky mathematics, (de)regulation, inflation and interest etc... and all in the name of growth i.e. getting more goods and services to more people etc... The need for many of the available goods and services is driven by marketing and advertising, appealing to our curious side, come buy one, see how cool it is etc... yet I see it as nothing more than a waste of resources, from human effort to the physical resource being prepared for the dump.
We need to free ourselves from the horrendous cycle of security, but we can only do that where we have a society that won't take advantage of an unlocked door. Laws don't help, they are there for punishment, not for mitigation, so don't be fooled that just because something is illegal that it won't happen. If the primary reason for obtaining "stuff" is because a person can't afford that "stuff", or they need money to buy something else and therefore thieve and pawn to get what they need, then there is a common underlying factor, money. Remove the money and it's just people wanting "stuff". If money is removed then they can go to the shop and get the "stuff" for free and therefore there will be no reason to thieve.
We need a new economy there is no doubt about that. All of our individual economies are driven by the same principles of trust and possession and it's starting to get ridiculous in regards to security. Government spying on the people? In fact it's the People who are paying the Governments to spy on them. We need to start backing away from the market driven supply and demand cycle and start moving towards a supply cycle in response to human need, not want. Something along the lines of The Venus Project's Resource Based Economy NEEDS to be implemented, because along with it our entire societal structure will change, where how we live will only increase in terms of security and stability. A financial economy cannot address any of the issues we face today, this has been proven over thousands of years. Surely it's time to give something else a turn? It's time for us adults to actually become adults and not the selfish creatures that we are allowed to become. By changing the circumstances and environment that human being have to operate under, you can change the behaviour. Mistakenly we're relying on surveillance and the law to set us free where we are more than capable of monitoring our immediate surroundings.
Competition has always strangled industry and innovation, especially where budget constraint is a factor. In fact competition should be left to the sporting arena and not used as a weapon of the economy. Moving from a financial system will move us into a new era of cooperation instead of competition. We have never needed a new economy and a new way of conducting our economic activity as badly as we need today.
Money is BAD!
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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