NOW... much smarter than NWO (Last Update: 5th May 2014)
"The definition of insanityI was contemplating writing something about false Patriotism/Nationalism whereby countrymen are happy to see their fellow countrymen struggle on the poverty line and berate them for it, even though they're working very long hours for less than minimum wage in order to provide for themselves and their family's and then in the same breath lauding CEO's and the rich as successful based on the amount of money they have having worked the same hours. Given that the economy was setup to look after every single person in our respective country's, how can anyone who allows large numbers of people fight for a life each and every day for that which is plentiful call themselves a patriot/nationalist? It simply doesn't stack up and highlights a high level of ignorance in regards to what a patriot/nationalist is and what it stands for. But another time perhaps.
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."
Then I was contemplating the school yard fight that's currently taking place in the Ukraine. You know the one, where one guy walks up to another guy and says that his friend doesn't like the other guys friend and wants to fight him. Goaded on by a baying crowd of ignorance, the two friends of friends fight it out whilst all the while wondering how they got to where the are at that point in time. Does anyone remember how this mess started? A fracking protest. Another political war for oil. On a positive note, it was great to see the people of Mariinka stopping the war trucks going through their town and emptying them of the weapons that were going to be used to kill their countrymen. An exceptional piece of work and true patriots/nationalists that deserve seats on the UN. If Ukrainians want an example of how to quell the violence that is set to tear their country apart at the hands of greedy politicians and vested interests, Mariinka is it.
There are plenty of atrocities of varying levels that we could weigh against the same action in a Resource Based Economy (R.B.E.), but I thought I'd change the tone for a change. Something I should have done along time ago and something that I've never really given that much thought to. I was asked today what my politics were and why I advocate an R.B.E. NOW I've always taken for granted that I know why I am "fighting" for the right to live under an R.B.E. It's not much of an eye opener, but it's a long time since I asked myself those very questions. So I believe an introduction is overdue.
My name is Gordon. For 37 years I played the game without a thought or care in the world for anyone other than those I knew at that given point in time. I have never voted as nothing ever jumped out at me as being worth voting for. I always knew there was something wrong with the system, but it wasn't my place to do anything about it given that there were "experts" in the world that were looking out for everyone's best interests. Today, I see that nothing has changed.
30 years ago Band Aid went by and I was horrified at what was taking place, but the "stars" were taking up the cause and we all chipped in thinking that what we were doing was going to solve the issue. Well why wouldn't you? Famous people and politicians banging the right drums, making all of the right noises and appeasing me with their rhetoric. Why would I pay more attention as it was all in good hands? Eventually the coverage went away and was replaced by Comic Relief which was full of positive stories and Red Nose day raising yet more millions with the promise of ending the nightmare that was so far away.
There were many other causes going on back then, Children In Need, Cancer Research etc... all fronted by the dooers of the world and with political backing. Everything was in god hands. I was in heaven. Down the pub getting drunk or popping pills and going all disco disco disco, life was great. Went to Uni, had a kid (still the best thing to have ever happened), got a job with an average salary, pub pub pub, did a couple of weeks humanitarian work between jobs in Kosovo, came back, got another job. Life went on for a decade or so, got married, had 3 more kids, moved to New Zealand from the UK and benefited from a buoyant housing market. Then came the GFC.
The GFC. I never suffered from it in the slightest and only knew 1 person who was hit by it, having to sell his rental property and losing a few K in the process, but all good. After that, I can't quite explain what happened. 5/6 years ago, everything changed and it changed in a way that I wasn't prepared for and often thought that I wasn't equipped for. Where I am at the moment is a far cry from who and what I was. And I know that there's more to come.
I can't quite remember how it all started, but somewhere along the lines I questioned the need for a financial system. This led onto other questions and research in regards to political motive, power, money, how things really worked etc... and every now and then I'd wonder if I had become possessed by a Maori spirit given the rapid change of heart that I was experiencing. I can laugh at it NOW, but it was way beyond confusing and my Wife and family had noticed and to an extent bore the brunt of my frustration. I was all but unapproachable ontoo many occassions. Things just did not make sense anymore and not having those around me understand the concepts that I was coming to terms with only fuelled that confusion and the anger that came with it. Where once I knew how everything worked, or at least how everything I needed know worked, it all crumbled in piles of dust as I educated myself as to how things actually worked. I can look back and wish that there was a pamphlet somewhere that explained how it all worked or wish that there had been someone around to remove a lot of my confusion with some form of magic knowledge wand, but I think that would have let me off the hook.
As it turns out, and something no-one could have told me, I was finding myself. I was finding my politics, I was finding my reason to live, I was finally opening my eyes to the world within the world within the world. Anger started to turn to disappointment and I'm currently fighting off the urge for that disappointment to turn into acceptance (all too easy when throwing oneself into work or hobby etc...). This is me for the rest of my life and I have to learn to manage the emotional rollercoaster that comes with it. There are many more good days than bad, in fact the bad days are fewer and further between by quite some margin and are bordering on extinction, however the disappointment still remains. The disappointment is mine. Disappointment in me for not recognising the true value and potential of my fellow countrymen. The disappointment is in those I see who don't recognise that value. Just to underline what I mean by fellow countrymen, I number them as 7+ billion and the country is Earth.
Starting this website has been cathartic in ways. My ire has turned to reason, well, as much as warbling on about social injustice, leadership ineptitude, capitalistic dogma etc... can be classed as reason that is and I'm coming to terms with who I am and who I will end up becoming. It's odd to look at my future self. Even more so when I consider just how far away that future self could be or even more scarey, how close that future self is. I have set myself up to be the punch bag for the capitalists by "preaching" (as they call it) about an R.B.E. Those reactions simply don't phase me anymore as I realise that I'm challenging people's perceptions of not only their world but of themselves. Their motivations. Their preconceptions. Their morals. Their prejudices... and likely many other facets of being that I have never had to face within myself, either because they never existed or because I've already come to terms with them. I understand this, but I won't let up and some things, 7+ billion to be exact, are more important than hurting the feelings of those who I class as having an entitlement complex.
My world has turned on its head ever since I moved to the other side of the world. I am accepting of things that I have never believed in but don't deride the fact that others do (or try not too (Yoda: do or do not, there is no try, ha)). I openly embrace that which makes sense and happily reason away those things that don't. One could say that I am evolving, it's certainly how I look at it, but I'm merely playing catch up with millions of people who have gone before me and that's a comforting feeling. To know that you're not the only one with a wild imagination and a want to make a difference in the world for every single being to take their rightful place on this planet. That's not some grandiose statement of, I'm going to save the world, but given the smallest window that's exactly what I intend to do. It may take 10 years to get to that point, but at some point I will come out kicking and screaming. Out of many we are 1 being a new understanding for me.
My politics are simple: everyone deserves the best shot at what they want and can be in life whenever they decide what they want ot want to be. I don't mean just mean eanting stuff, but I mean from an educational standpoint and what any individual could become for the human race. I also include the environment and animal kingdom in my reference to the human race as we are all intertwined, there is no denying that. Where we have too many people in jobs they don't want to be doing or where we have people who are trained in other areas to that in which they are currently working due to society not having enough money to fund those wanted positions, I see that as a massive waste of potential. Every single human being has the potential to be the next Gandhi or Einstein or Newton or Flemming or Bell or Tesla or any other innovative thinker that our race has ever known and the only way I can see that potential coming to light is by living under an R.B.E. Surely as a race we deserve the best that we can provide for each other? I need you and you need me. It doesn't get much more simple than that, so why complicate things? Why do we complicate things?
We are one world, yet we put up borders and war over resources that we're going to share (sell) anyway. Where is the sense in denying a human being that which they will end up getting anyway? Or in the case of those in serious poverty, that which they are just as entitled to as you and me? Who am I:
An anthropologist had been studying the habits and customs of this tribe, and when he finished his work, had to wait for transportation that would take him to the airport to return home. He'd always been surrounded by the children of the tribe, so to help pass the time before he left, he proposed a game for the children to play.
He'd bought lots of candy and sweets in the city, so he put everything in a basket with a beautiful ribbon attached. He placed it under a solitary tree, and then he called the kids together. He drew a line on the ground and explained that they should wait behind the line for his signal. And that when he said "Go!" they should rush over to the basket, and the first to arrive there would win all the candies.
When he said "Go!" they all unexpectedly held each other's hands and ran off towards the tree as a group. Once there, they simply shared the candy with each other and happily ate it.
The anthropologist was very surprised. He asked them why they had all gone together, especially if the first one to arrive at the tree could have won everything in the basket - all the sweets.
A young girl simply replied: "How can one of us be happy if all the others are sad?"
The anthropologist was dumbfounded! For months and months he'd been studying the tribe, yet it was only now that he really understood their true essence...
I know that we can do better. I am you, you are me, out of many we are 1. Some powerful hippy shit, but under the guise of an R.B.E., an attitude that would see the human race flourish at a rate that would pale all industrial revolutions that we've been though into insignificance.
It doesn't change how much of an idiot I am or will be, or how human I am or will be, but it allows me to recognise how much of an idiot I have been and allows me to become a better human being and to recognise that irrespective of my feelings towards any other human being, I could easily be them.
I walk my path with a love for you all. Kia Kaha. Ubuntu (I am because we are).
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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