NOW... much smarter than NWO (Last Update: 19th January 2014)
"The definition of insanityIt's hard to offer an opinion or solution without sounding like a zealous, condescending prick. Is it because people have been engineered (I hate that term) to conform? are people just afraid of change? is it the language that is being used to communicate? is it a case of Occam's Razor? or all of the above?. Obviously all of the above and much more. So it's not really worth getting hung up and sounding like a zealous, condescending prick when every idea that seems to contradict the "mainstream" is framed in exactly the same terms by the exact same individual.
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."
This doesn't make that individual a bad person. It certainly doesn't make that individual any less smart than Stephen Hawking. It's an honesty that is an absolute requirement for people such as myself (self-proclaimed zealous, condescending prick) who believe that they have a solution to the vast majority of the world's problems. After all, if there are no questions, then there isn't an issue. Most likely why the act of protesting is being legally mauled and heavily enforced around the globe. We need people to disagree in order to come up with apt solutions for any issues that we face.
I consider myself a sounding board for the future of humanity. I have answers, not necessarily popular ones, to many of the problems that we face as a species. I am a being that is more than prepared to be wrong and I am more than prepared to be educated as to why. The thing that makes me laugh is when a logical "idea" is put forwards and is waved away without any valid reason. This is where communication starts to break down. I am fully aware that the validity of the reason being put forwards is nothing more than my judgement, but should that reason be a variation of "I know better, shut up!", I'd hardly call that a valid reason. In fact I'd go even further to state that the party uttering the dismissal doesn't understand both sides of the coin and is even more of a zealous, condescending prick than I am.
This is where we are today. People/Groups raising highly valid concerns only to be told that they should go away and try again, or worse, are just completely ignored, or worse still, legislated against as terrorists. This goes back to the opening paragraph and the many reasons that people react to what they perceive as "stupid ideas". What's wrong with asking questions if you don't understand an "idea" instead of dismissing it out of hand? I understand that such a thing is a radical concept in this day and age, but when it comes to billions of people's lives, don't you think that all "ideas" should be considered?
No individual or group should monopolise the decision making process as to which ideas are chosen for further consideration. If we continue down the road of particular think tanks being responsible for how we manage our economy, we're going to end up in a very dark place with very few, if any, escape routes. We seem to be getting ever close to that very dark place. Granted that's just an opinion, but come on, you just need to look around the globe at the relatively recent history of our species to see how narrow of mind our "civilisation" has become. Mainstream beats what is correct (assuming that the mainstream, in any given field, has no pretenders to the throne). I state this because there is a single question that I would like an answer to, but as yet, have never received one: Why is a Resource Based Economy (or variation of) not being discussed at the highest levels of govt, let alone amongst the supposed great minds of economics, finance etc...?
All that is on offer are financial solutions. A Debt Jubilee. They have been tried a few times through history and yet we have still ended up where we are today. It would highlight that something has been wrong all along. Quite obviously that's the financial system, but considering the options on offer today, what the hell do they think they are going to achieve by implementing yet another financial policy? Utopia? Nah, that's the reserve of NOW (and variations of) isn't it?
Why is striving for Utopia (which can never be achieved) such a bad thing? As I said it's not achievable, but should that isn't what's stopping us is it? I am fed up with groups being shat upon because their "ideas/products" aren't financially viable, irrespective of the positives of their "ideas/products". So let's reset the clock, wipe out the debt and see what could happen.
YAY, no debt - no mortgage, credit card clean, Country's books all balanced etc... and let's say, for good measure, that everyone is getting enough money to live on... in a kind of social credit/unconditional basic income way. Now what? Are company's going to damage less of the environment? I think that has to be a giant NO. More people with more money = more resources required to be consumed. Perhaps, as the guru's of economics postulate, with all of that new money available, we'll finally be able to tackle climate change (no, not test to see if it's real, but be pro-active just in case it is). Can anybody really see that happening? Unfortunately I can't. I suppose of the money supply was unlimited, interest free perhaps, then we may go down that road, but currently we aren't, so there'd no reason to believe that we ever will. Quite simply, whether the money is interest free or not, it still needs to be paid back as it needs to be borrowed into circulation in the first place. Take education for instance. Once upon a time attending University was free, then it wasn't and required money etc... How long will it be before interest free loans need to be paid back?
What are the ramifications off interest free loans anyway. Obviously I won't be able to list them all, partly through lack of knowledge, but primarily because I don't care. Would there still be investment (other than the loan that is?) i.e. would the stock market still exist? If so, how are shares going to be paid for let alone valued? Perhaps shares will become a pyramid scheme all of their own. There'll be no interest on savings. There could be limitless credit (which there already is) for everyone (which there already isn't). Free borrowing. For what purpose? Growth? It would certainly accomplish massive growth, although I doubt that that growth would be channelled in such a way that it would be for the benefit of humanity. People just want to make money. They sell cheap tat that serves very little purpose in this world. Not only that, they have no responsibility for that which they have produced as they leave that to the end user.
The irresponsible end-user. I am one. Much less so these days, but I am still an irresponsible end-user. I buy that which I need to use, even though I'll only ever use it once and I'll buy the cheapest one I can find, give or take. I fund the degradation of the environment by "shopping". However the things I need to use once can be on-sold or given away. That doesn't make it ok, but it leaves me with less clutter lying around the cupboards or the garage. Mind you, the bulk of my "waste" comes in the form of food packaging. Cardboard, "bags", cartons, bottles etc... and whilst I use the recycle bin, it's nowhere near big enough to throw all of the recycling into it. Something that could change that for me, is to have personal containers that I could use when I go food shopping. A bit line tapping a beer barrel, turn a handle and fill my containers.
Again, whilst having my own containers isn't a great solution, there would probably be knock on effects in regards to "industrial" power savings. Where once millions of decorated boxes, bags, bottles etc... were created through a vast array of processes, there would be far less. The same can be said for many industry's. Something that is essentially nothing more than a delivery container with branding and pretty pictures could be rendered obsolete, or at least could open the door for some form of sustainable way of "delivery". I just need to look at the tables in my house to see items that are either redundant (i.e. CD cases, CD's even, pretty pad covers, pads (to an extent) etc...). All of these things can become a reality... and to top it off, in 10 - 15 years, you could tell your kids about CD's, pretty pad covers etc... and they'll scratch their head trying to visualise what those things were. The next generation needn't know that these things ever existed and won't miss them either.
We hear a lot about sustainability, but we aren't exactly ploughing ahead with as many measures as possible to make it a reality. It's more of a reactive political agenda than a proactive act of deliberate will, to address that which is widely accepted as finite resources and economic collapse. That's not a "the sky is falling" statement, but an absolute certainty. It will happen one day if we keep moving at the pace we currently are. Something are moving too fast and some things are moving too slow. The financial system is pushing way too many things way too fast and ignoring where it should be slowing down. The charts in this link show that sustainability, in regards to power production, is being neglected. A simple search on the internet will show that too many "1st world countries" have pulled back in regards to doing their part. It's all about the money... budget constraint halting, what many of us know, is a move that is well past its due date. A quick internet search will show that over the last 5 or so years the "1st world" has pared back it's production of solar panels. However China's solar panel production is HUGE. Are their panels better? Or are the simply cheaper? Well, the "1st world" aren't dumb. They can string a bit of tech together if they really want to. Solar panels generally use the same components to make. China produce the same good, of similar quality (no doubt some targetted to the cheaper end markets and of "inferior" quality and vice versa), but cheaper. Why allow cheap crap into the market place whilst at the same time wasting valuable resources? MONEY! They're in business to make profit, not to benefit mankind.
So much for the pioneering spirit and cutting edge innovation that mankind seems to pride itself on. I guess there's just no money in it any more. No want to put the obvious wrongs to right, or at least as good as we can get them. We need a change. A little big change. NOW is a big little change. A simple adjustment to the financial system in order to arrest the fall of human investment (time, energy etc...) in technologies that are cleaner. There are groups of people out there are who desperate to get stuck into "fixing Earth". It needs to be done. Money brings too many negatives to the table, but mostly, it brings budget constraint which hampers the efforts of those who are raring to implement their research and turn theory into blistering paced sustainable action. It can all be done with a big little change. I'd love to see such things on the ballot, because I would finally be able to use my vote for a real reason.
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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