NOW... much smarter than NWO (Last Update: 29th March 2014)

"The definition of insanity
is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results."
Albert Einstein
Well, after all of these years (all 6 of them) it has finally been confirmed that the only issue that remains between us an NOW, or any other Resource Based Economy (R.B.E.), is people and their perceptions. The main one being the entitlement complex.

An entitlement complex, I have been informed, is that of a person who believes that they should have something without having earned it. The unfortunately amusing thing about this is the criteria that is used to define earned. For me it is based on a huge number of misconceptions and behaviour that is ingrained as a positive into a child. Let's start at the beginning.

One of the primary mechanisms for enlisting the cooperation of a child is reward. My little darling, if you would tidy your room, you will have earned the right to have that ice-cream you have just asked me for. Little darling goes and tidy's their room. It is a simple behaviour, some call it blackmail, come call it carrot and stick, it has many names, but it is essentially based on the premise that the little darling has earned their reward. I'm slowly trying to break myself free from such behaviour in regards to the dealings I have with my little darlings, but it's so hard to do. It's hard to do because it is a reflex action, something that works and therefore because it works, it must be the correct way to do things.

NOW, skip forwards to your current life. You work and therefore you have earned the right to be rewarded. That reward has several metrics. The most simple of which is that you have put in the required amount of effort to earn your reward. It is called a salary. The knowledge that is being offered to us in this day (as well as in the past) and age is, if you work harder you will be rewarded with more money. In fact those who oversee a persons effort usually have a set of checkboxes at the end of the year that they fill in in order to calculate your effort and whether you deserve the reward of a payrise or not.

Whether it is a child or whether it is an adult, the earn and reward behavioural metric is a stalwart measure of our entitlement. Obviously this requires extra money be available to furnish that reward, be it more production, be it an efficiency drive to free up that capital, be it the promise of future growth... it doesn't matter, the money needs to be available or there is no payrise, irrespective of whether the checkbox sheet marks you down as global employee of the year.

So where's the problem? It's a fair system that represents the abilities and competencies of an individual. It is an accepted measure. It has been employed for thousands of years. It works. In fact it works so well many political parties around the globe would like to see a pay as you go system in every walk of life, be it education or healthcare or leisure time pursuits or amount of fuel to use or level of electricity use etc... basically those who do the hard yards will be rewarded with enough money to have their level of service met. It may not be the best as there will be others with higher salaries and therefore more money and therefore a higher level of service, but as long as you are comfortable with your level, all is good.

So yeah, where's the problem? We are entitled to what we earn. Where's the damn problem? It's hard to know exactly where to start with this as it is a behaviour that just about every single human being on the planet ascribes to and is an absolute ideology for many of those few. It's not going to be easy.

Let's start at the end as we're here. Why is it that you earn more than someone else? Simply put, your effort is more valued than that of another. There can be any number of reasons for this and those reasons may not have nothing to do with the checkboxes mentioned earlier. You're smarter. You're male. You're better looking. You're blowing the boss. You have better qualifications. You're not black. Your Dad went to school, with the boss. You're not "different". You're not English. So so so many reasons that justify you receiving more of your share of the financial pie than someone else. One of the main pluses is that of job security. Let's face it, those who are generally better paid are those who are deemed to be more profitable for a business.

So many justifications. Let's go back and have a little chat with my little darling. In order to get, my little darling will throw a fit. In order for me to justify my little darling getting, I'll invent a task and make that little darling earn it. Little darling now knows that little darling can pitch the fit and even though they have to do something in order to get, it's a small price to pay for the getting. This is a problem and from what I can see a great big bloody nightmare of a problem.

In order to get, I must earn. I learned that as a child. As we get older and move through school, the mantra becomes, in order to get I must learn. Do your homework and then you get to watch TV. In some cases it's a case of, get good grades and you'll be rewarded with a trip, or a car, or a phone or or or or. Not everyone can afford to use the latter rewards as carrots. In fact I'd say that there are a dwindling number of people who can afford to do that for their children for a variety of reasons, but basically they don't have the money to do it. A statistic (I hate them, but) from New Zealand is that 55% of the working population are supposed to be a net drain on the taxation system i.e. they take out more than they put in i.e. they are subsidised i.e. businesses are subsidised via the govt subsidising the people. The ultimate in corporate welfare, but one that is seldom considered and one that I have yet to read ANYWHERE. You may have heard that or worked that out for yourselves, if not, you know NOW.

School leaving age. You may be rewarded if you go to university. There is most definitely the potential reward of earning more money because you have a degree. That is justified under the paraphrased meme of "you have shown willing to learn, therefore that will be rewarded when you earn.". Not all can afford to go to university. In response to that issue the student loan was created. NOW more can attend university and learn a degree in order to earn more when they get into the marketplace. This will allow them to pay off the debt etc... or at least that's the promise. It doesn't always work out that way, so in response to that repayment terms are set i.e. earn X and pay back Y to your loan. All fine and dandy, but what if the jobs aren't there? You sit with a mountain of debt and drain more out of the taxation system. What's more, that debt goes on to your loan providers books to be used as a political weapon further down the track. In NZ they are considering arresting student loan debtors when they re-enter the country. Everyone whoops with joy at the justice of such a policy as they will be punished for not having repaid their debt to society.

You leave university and it's time to get that job and achieve the goals you have set. You are reward with your pay. That was outlined above. Still though, this all seems very fair. This is how the system works. This is how human beings justify what they earn. Morality doesn't come into it because it is fair and legal. This is the way of our world. Rewarded behaviour produces better results according to every sane person in the world. But what about those who put in the effort and aren't rewarded in the manner they believe they should be? They have an entitlement complex and are therefore asking for more than they have earned, seems to be the general consensus.

I believe that that view is detrimental to the success of our species. It produces huge amounts of negative feeling and turns normally upstanding citizens into criminals when they take to the streets to protest their conditions. They are losing against the cost of living. This is then turned back on the upstanding citizens in numerous ways. Get a better job, go back to school, try harder, more elsewhere etc... I do wonder if those who utter such platitudes have really considered how that can possibly work. Very briefly, you must find a better paying job, something that is short on the ground. If the qualification is required, debt MUST be taken on in order to make that switch (very hard to do with a family). Try harder when the company has already valued your job at X is an out and out thoughtless platitude. Move elsewhere, well, that's just laughable in way too many ways, as moving costs a small fortune in it's own right.

Our reward system is failing because it is based on financial success, not human success. I earn, therefore I deserve to get. It is an entitlement complex. It matters not whether the job is minimum wage or banking CEO level wages... it's an entitlement complex.

I'm going to try to teach my little darling's without using the reward mechanisms. Well, that's not strictly true, the reward will my thanks for the help and hopefully they will perceive their reward as having helped someone. With any luck, maybe even skill, my kids will be more pre-disposed to understanding a NOW or any other form of Resource Based Economy in that the aim is to design a society in such a way that everyone is helping each other instead of growing up with that entitlement complex driven by earn and reward behaviour.

Cooperation, above all else, is what is required to make a Resource Based Economy work. Cooperation, above all else, will see humanity thrive and prosper in ways that too many simply can't imagine. Something that is easy to turned around with education. The financial system has served its purpose, NOW we need our people back in the form of individuals who are here to help, not earn rewards.

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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