NOW... much smarter than NWO (Last Update: 31st October 2014)
"The definition of insanity
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."
I had the weirdest feeling today, well, a realisation that has likely been staring me in the face for a very long time but has been ignored given the thirst for kNOWledge. I can't say I'm surprised, but I can say that I'm a little disappointed with that feeling. I was reading an article that was discussing capitalism and I suddenly realised that I'd heard it all before. It looks as though one financial or political commentator is pretty much the same as the other. They each have their favourite economists or politicians, likely due to a sharing of ideologies, but the language and philosophy used all but exactly the same: Do this to encourage growth!
On the other hand they may all sound the same to me as I'm tapping into our collective consciousness... which is another story entirely being a 22/4 and deciding that I must bare the cross of manifesting a new world (I'm still a child of 2 worlds, hence it's a cross with a negative connotation in one way and an emancipation in another... very much more the latter these days, thankfully), however I bare the cross because I choose to, and seem to be programmed to do so. Why would anyone choose such a thing? To be brutally honest I find it less "painful" when viewing the world as, what feels like at times, an alien... anyhoo, another day perhaps, where were we. Yes, financial and political commentary.
It's a little unfair to tar people with the brush of sameness, but it's a feeling I have given the repeated rhetoric. The words may change, but the action doesn't. Essentially fiddling with financial policy whilst the world burns. I honestly believe that if I had been standing in front of any of these commentators whilst they were in full flow, my conscious self would have taken over the responsibility for auditory control and all I would have heard was "blah blah blah". I suppose that'd be better than going to a seminar on such topics and loudly proclaiming my lack of confidence with an array of snores, snorts and sleep talking. I must point out here that I'm fully aware of the reciprocal argument coming from the "elite". They must be a little tired of hearing what they call the communistic/socialistic/green etc... narrative and in the same way hear "blah blah blah" when confronted by a person of that bent. However there was a moment of hope in the article though and my interest was piqued with another 2 and a half pages to go. Things were looking up as the phrase "Performance must be rewarded." forced its way on to the page.
I perked up at the thought that I had been passed an article that not only understood that which is just about everything that's wrong with this world, but would explose the attitude for what is is. Sadly I was to be left disappointed as the maxim "Performance must be rewarded." faded into oblivion yet again. Ok, I can imagine that there are one or two of you questioning why I would view such a maxim as anything other than common sense given the productive behaviour that is associated with it. My question in response is: where does such madness end? If you are willing to call for a ceiling on that which any person should earn and yet live by that maxim, then I have to point out that there's a large degree of hypocrisy in them thar hills. Think about it. I should earn that which the market dictates that I am "due". So why shouldn't that apply to the super rich also, even those who are born into money? It's a dichotomy that's all too familiar these days and more often than not used to divide us.
If you did think about it, do you still believe that "Performance must be rewarded."? If so you also have to be happy with and accept that there are people on this planet who deserve to die because they are of no value on performance grounds. That there aren't any jobs is irrelevant as we're talking performance here. That may well be as far from the truth as anything can be, but in the cold light of financial economy day, it's a reality or ever worse a justification for human suffering and for what? to claim that you are entitled to something that someone else shouldn't because some arbitrary market says so? You don't see a problem with this? You don't see that such a maxim is going to drive a wildly negative set of behaviours that will lead to the seriously damage the planet? Damage as in less habitable fo us hooman beings. If not, then might I suggest that you revisit your position on the maxim and its demonstratably detrimental social and ecological effects. Obviously that's entirely up to you.
"Performance must be rewarded.". Where do you draw the line? As mentioned above, you can't without enforcing some form of unnatural controls, like unemployment driven poverty (unfortunately employment driven poverty too). Okay, so let's say a benevolent global dictator takes centre stage and offers to deliver us all from capitalistic evil buy revaluing the measures of human productivity. What form is that going to take? A cap on maximum earnings facilitating wealth redistribution by stealth? The printing of more wealth to swell bank accounts that are running dry? A debt jubilee? All of that and more? Well it'd put more money in more people's pockets and would allow for growth as people spend their new found wealth. Forget the economic inflation and interest rate issues associated with such a redistribution for a moment, as I'd like to point something out that is oft missed by the lefty pinko commy socialist tree hugging brigade and is a non-starter for the right whinge puritans. That proposition is a road to environmental disaster as the economy goes into overdrive to meet the needs of a suddenly "rich" population. We have an amazing number of people who live in poverty. Let's say that that's 10% of the global population. How are we going to cater for an extra 700,000,000 people with money to burn?
Quite simply put, given the current state of the planet and our already insatiable resource consumption in a world of finite resources, how are you going to achieve anything other than environmental collapse by raping even more resources to feed the nouveau rich and their newly instilled consumer power? Actually I find it hard to conceive that as a possibility given our relatively recent history of rampant consumerism and array of shite that is available to part you from your $. The supposed facts simply don't support the ability for such economic growth to be sustainable let alone environmentally conscious. "Oh you tree hugging sloth, go take a long walk off of a short pier". Ok, let's pretend that such a hypothesis can be achieved. We can throw wads of cash at people, wipe out debt and continue down the road we are currently on. I really can't see how that's possible without a population cull and even at that it's a case of postponing the inevitable as we gorge on yet more rubbish. We are on a rock of finite resources spinning through infinite space and as yet the alien cargo carrier hasn't arrived with wads of cash and more resources.
"Performance must be rewarded.". At its base is a self-centred belief and a misguided, if not well intentioned, ideology that has 1 logical outcome (assuming that we don't vote for a population cull of the perceived unproductive members of society). Is there any other logical outcome? Can we fiddle with financial policy whilst the world burns? Current evidence states that is not possible and I would imagine that the probability calculation is circling the drain too.
It could be said that any system that we put in place is postponing the inevitable collapse of the environment and economic activity, but wouldn't you rather say that you tried? I would and I'm pretty damned sure the vast majority of the world's population would too. We are not going to address the issues that we have today if we live under a system that promotes a "Performance must be rewarded." approach. Quite simply put, we need to learn to share. I am happy to be convinced otherwise. My credentials for believing that I can be objective enough (there is no true objectivity as everything is subjective) to consider the "Performance must be rewarded." approach could work, well, I wasn't always a Resource Based Economy advocate. I gave it some thought and changed my mind in a way I thought impossible. Try me!
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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