The people make the Earthship

It’s been almost a week since I left the Earthship build, and I still haven’t fully physically recovered.

Now that may make me sound like a wimp, but those of you who were there and this was also you’re first time doing labor and construction 7 hours a day for a week, you know what I’m talking about.

For those of you who only know me from the build, I am generally more likely to be found in heels and a snappy outfit with some mascara on, not a bandana and a jog bra, covered with earth. I go to work and sit in front of a computer, real cushy-like. That’s my day job and how I spend most of my time. But I also love camping, the outdoors and new experiences. My husband and I just bought an inflatable kayak that is super sweet. We go for long walks and hikes and we bike. But. I had never really done manual labor. I had never consistently used tools for more than a few minutes at a time to fix an errant shelf in my house. I had never lifted a sledgehammer. I have rarely worked my body to exhaustion, even at the gym.

But I didn’t hesitate for one second to sign up for this build. I pretty much spazzed out and immediately filled out the form online when I found out one was happening 30 min from where I grew up and 45 min from where my parents now live. Vermont is a special place, and the fact that I could experience an Earthship build in my home state really excited me. My husband and I like to go camping every year as well, and the fact that we would camp at the work site, well that just sold it all the more.

Left: the site “before” complete with the biggest tarp I’ve ever seen; Middle: More than enough tires! Right: our campsite

Monday morning arrived and we rolled out of the woods to start work. We met our foreman (forewoman?), Tiffany, who seemed very competent and in charge yet chill and approachable. And then I spent the next several hours pounding tires.

By lunch I thought I was going to die.

Not pounding tires.

I went and laid face down in my tent and thought “I can’t do this for 5 days.” I went back after lunch and promptly found a much less physically demanding job to do—threading and twisting wired for the vaulted roofs. It was still tough, but pounding tires is in a league of it’s own. And it’s almost comical, as a female, to watch yourself pound dirt into tires and then have a guy come along and slam the shit out of them and realize you had done hardly anything. So. Better for us all if I stay away from the tire pounding.

Besides twisting wire, I also laid can walls, plastered the vaults, cut lath around electrical sockets, shoveled earth, carried earth, helped where I could, looked lost some of the time, sweat my boobs off, and just tried to absorb the experience.

swollen hands

Top: the sausages; Bottom: soaking the sausages when I got home

All week I had to challenge myself everyday to work through the pain from the day before and continue what I had committed to. And you know what body part took the worst of it, of all things? My hands. I had thought I should worry most about my back (most of my body parts are messed up from years of gymnastics, but my back is what I worry about the most), but it turns out it was my hands. They were so swollen by Friday that it looked like I had dirty little sausages attached to my palms. I tweaked some nerves in my wrist as well and I am still getting tinglies in my right thumb, pointer and middle fingers. Every afternoon the ache sets in in my joints and I’m beginning to wonder if I didn’t give myself some arthritis! (As a graphic designer and artist, I’m hoping for these effects to subside…soon!).

And then there was the challenge of overcoming my need for perfection. I really like to do things well and ask question after question until I fully understand that task at hand. I was so worried about screwing something up, which I said multiple times. Every single time I got a resounding reply that screw ups were normal—these kinds of houses and builds are meant for screwing up. You don’t hire a crew filled with volunteers that have never done this before if you are worried about things being perfect. That’s the beauty of an Earthship. It seems to be designed to take some error, yet still function beautifully. One of the crew told me he thinks that Earthships, once they are done, sort of take a while to settle into place. The little screw ups and errors and individual ways of doing things all mush together to make each Earthship have it’s own personality.

As I dealt with the physical pain and my own anxiety about “doing it right,” all the while there was amazing feeling that started the minute my husband and I showed up and started talking to others. It was a feeling of warmth and acceptance and generosity. It was friendliness and funnies and a shared sense that everyone there was finding their own path to help make this a better world.

On my last day there I kept running into the re-bar that was spanning the U I was working in. Seriously, I did it like ten times. And every time I would manage to get it in my head that it was there and avoid it, I would just as quickly forget, turn around and promptly slam into it again. The last time I smacked my face on it, right above my lip. I swore loudly for the 1ooth time and one of the crew looked at me like, really? again? And it hurt so much, and the tears sprang to my eyes. I had sunglasses on so no one could see and I just took a deep breath and kept working. At lunch break, I was up at our tent with my husband and told him about it. He could hear the waiver in my voice and asked if I still wanted to cry. I said Yeeeesssssss and the flood gates opened. I hadn’t seen a breakdown happening but when it did I knew (in hindsight) that of course it had been coming. As I cried about the pain in my face and the exhaustion and just being totally out of my element, a larger reason for the tears emerged in my mind. These were also happy tears, tears of relief, that I had found people that cared as much about where this world is going as I do. So many conversations that week revolved around the state of the world and what we can do to fix it, and uncovering truths, and working towards a better tomorrow, for all the humans yet to come. None of these people accept the status quo. None of them wanted to be traditional. None of them felt ineffectual against a ragingly corrupt system. All of them seemed so empowered and ready to do what they could. And they were already doing it. This trip was for many a first step towards breaking out of the “usual.” And I was crying for the relief of knowing there are more and more of us out there. More and more of us trying to do our part. Relief that my beliefs that humans AREN’T inherently evil is true. Relief that there are people out there who want to do the hard work. Relief that I could feel a comraderie with people I barely knew because we all have the same ideals.

Three of the five vaults are up!

I have never met so many awesome people in one place. I can honestly say I liked everyone that was on this build. I more than liked everyone. I was grateful for all the conversations I had, grateful for all the help that was given to me (when I asked and when I didn’t need to ask), grateful for the laughs and openness everyone shared. Grateful that everyone I talked to about it already knew what The Zeitgeist Movement was. Grateful for the down to earth attitudes and generosity and real discussions and sharing of truths. Grateful for real people. Doing real things. In this completely unreal world that has been created around us.

For that, I thank all of you that were (and still are!) there. In no particular order: Matt, Tara, Eric, Ulricha, Dana, Francis, Francis, Carl, Carl, Mi, Unaime, Brian, Theo, Stefan, Steve, Taylor, Steph, Lauren, Kieran, Rob, Elise, Chris, Angel, Dan, Donna-Marie, Jes, Ben, Matt, Mike, Kyle, Eric, Rory, Lou, Justin, Jacob, Tiffany, Shawn, the woman working with Shawn that whose name I never caught, the puppeteers, Phil, Brian, Constantine, and of course Ami, Chris and Mike. Some of you I may not have actually met, and some of you probably don’t remember my name, but I still thank you for being there and doing what you’re doing.

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

Teamwork!

The “inherently evil” question

This post is dedicated to someone really important in my life. They will know who they are by the topic.

I think one of the greatest things holding back regular people from standing up to their government and the corporations who own them is they believe that people are inherently evil and that is why we will never be able to change anything on a mass scale. I have heard it said over and over – “People are bad! People are evil! People are corrupt!! People want power!! People are selfish!! We need elected officials to make laws for us because if they didn’t we’d all run around killing each other!!”

Damn, dude. Why the heck would anyone want to start a family? Or perpetuate their own lives at all, if they really believed that??

This black and white view of what humanity is is very damaging to the future of our species. Why don’t we instead take the view that something like moral actions (not doing things that hurt people) is a learned behavior. We do what we see as children and continue to act in those patterns until we are shown a very good reason to stop. Since birth we get showered with material crap and told it’s “ours.” And the more people like us, the more stuff we get at our birthdays. The more stuff we get, the more people like us and want to hang out with us. The idea of social acceptance is so based on money and material wealth it’s sickening.

When presented with that, why wouldn’t we want to go out and make as much money as we can, at whatever expense? Why wouldn’t we look at CEOs of huge corporations and think they are the ones to be emulated? They are winning in this system! Doesn’t it make you want to throw up in your mouth a little bit that the CEO of Phillip Morris, whose product LITERALLY kills thousands of people a year, is revered as a productive member of society, while an Occupier is jailed for sleeping in a park?

So, the fact that a few really messed up people (about 230 families) basically control the global economy and tell us these are the rules, is ACTUALLY the reason most people are acting in a non-empathetic way, not the fact that people are bad.

And herein lies what I believe about humanity. It’s basically a bell curve. There are a few people that are corrupt, most people can be easily swayed, and the ones trying to reveal the truth and institute a new cultural paradigm in this time of cultural depravity are looked at as naive, unsophisticated, stupid, or worse, crackpots. And right now, the money and the power are concentrated in the hands of the ones acting corrupt. So the masses are swayed by the lure of material wealth and all that comes with it (personal freedom and power).

So, we are not bad, we are easily swayed. Swayed towards the only thing that is looked as acceptable in our culture – make money, consume, make money, consume, think about self, make money, consume.

When talking to people about The Zeitgeist Movement I’ve had some say to me that it’s not money that’s the problem, it’s power. They are right. You can’t just get rid of money and think a Resource Based Economy will just happen naturally. It requires more than that – it requires the shift to believing in humanity rather than believing it’s doomed. It requires believing in your heart that people genuinely want to help others if given the opportunity. It requires believing that if people have their needs met, most people will not hoard more stuff, most people will not go out and steal more, most people will not try to hatch a plan to have power over others. If you’ve been loved, fed, sheltered, clothed and cared for, you would not feel the need to go out and trounce on top of others…what would be your reward? You wouldn’t get more “stuff” because “stuff” would be free. You wouldn’t have anything others didn’t have, because everything is open source. There would be absolutely no reason for someone to try to be more powerful than the next. It wouldn’t make sense in this context.

There are a plethora of new studies that say children as young as 15 months grasp the concept of equality and sharing. But instead of that making main stream news, we see stories about youth violence and gangs and depravity. We see what is cherry-picked for us to see on the main stream channels. TURN YOUR TV OFF. Turn your logical mind on.

By believing that YOU SHAPE YOURSELF, YOUR WORLD, YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR COMMUNITY, you believe that you can change the world.

And in conclusion, I would like to offer this movie I just watched today, on Patriot’s Day of all things (I am a patriot of Earth). This is a compilation of Internet footage, with no identified narrator, no person taking credit.  It documents The Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, Transition Movement, Permaculture, The Zeitgeist Movement, The Venus Project and Anonymous. This movie is inspiring and to me is proof in the face of everything, that people are waking up, looking at the evil that has been spread far and wide and saying “Fuck, no. This isn’t my world. I didn’t have a part in making this. I AM NOT THIS. I AM NOT EVIL. I WON’T PARTICIPATE IN THIS ANYMORE. And I’m doing something about it.” This is proof that people can be swayed to good the same way they can be swayed to evil.

In fact, we are in the midst of an evolutionary change – global empathy. It’s going to be (and already is) beautiful.

I never wanted to be an activist

I never wanted to be sticking flyers in people’s faces and asking if they’d heard of The Zeitgeist Movement. I never wanted to go on awareness marches or plan movie screenings. This stuff totally isn’t my bag.

For those that have known me a long time, you know my bag. It is having a wicked fun time for as much of the time as I can, constant learning, constant laughter, plenty of alone time for reflection, and sleep. Lots and lots of sleep. I’ve probably more likely been viewed as a tad lazy or a partier. This thrust for a better world wasn’t in my nature, but it has become my nature. And it has for a very good reason. The train of thought promoted by TZM is the answer we have been looking for. It is the freest and fairest system you can imagine. It is the forefront of human thought. It will break us of the chains that we all feel, but few acknowledge. It will allow us ALL to have what we need to thrive.

I honestly feel I have no choice other than to spread these ideas. I put the tag line on our ZDay poster – “If you had the chance to change the world…..would you?” TZM is actually about CHANGING THE WORLD. I wouldn’t be on board if it wasn’t. People may have looked at me as lazy in my past, but I have come to realize lazy is not the appropriate term. The appropriate term would be “efficient.” I have never been an activist because it has never been worth my time to me. I’d rather hang out with my friends than go on marches. I’d rather have a few beers at a baseball game than call my senator. I’d rather go out dancing than sit in on a Friday and design ZDay posters. But when I stumbled onto TZM, I knew I’d found something so logical, so big, so new and so pertinent that I couldn’t not act.

I’ve had people say “it really looks like you’ve found you’re calling with zeitgeist.” While the sentiment is nice, it’s not accurate.

My personal calling is to make art and learn how the universe works. My personal calling is to spread the message of love and forgiveness and peace. My calling has nothing to do with Zeitgeist. The Zeitgeist Movement is beyond anything personal. This is not my calling. This is everyone’s calling.

TEDxO’Porto – Peter Joseph – Arriving at a Ressource-Based Economy

It is technically impossible for everyone to have their needs met in the current system. The economic game simply isn’t designed to allow everyone to live and prosper. It is a win-lose situation, regardless of the state of the world and what we are technically able to accomplish.

Please help share this one, and until it hits 15,000 times, then it will be included on the TED main official Youtube channel.

A day in the life of a Resource-Based Economy

Scenario 1: You wake up. You make your coffee. You read the paper. You see something that mentions Hawaii. You think “I’d love to go to Hawaii!” So you go online and you make a reservation. It doesn’t cost anything, but you have to make it in advance so that you get in the queue.

You go grab some eggs (from the farm down the street), and have some fresh oj from either your own oranges or the sky garden down the street. Now, it’s 9 am and you have a choice. You can: read, sunbathe, drink, work on those architectural plans for the park down the street, write in your blog, play your guitar, work on the farm next door, go help at an elderly facility, paint, be a project manager on the building site down the street, research quantum physics, teach, make clothes, do some chemistry, DO AND LEARN ANYTHING YOU WANT.

Scenario 2: It’s a beautiful day. You decide it’s a great day for sailing. You go down to the harbor to where they keep the boats. You sign out a boat for the day. It’s free. You return the boat when you’re done. This is known as shared resources and replaces the idea of ownership. Think about what a waste it is that we all own cars that sit in the driveway for hours a day, when someone else could be using it. Or your boat. Or your motorcycle or RV. Whatever. Let’s make these resources available to everyone, anytime of day.

There are a lot of companies based on this idea popping up now. Of course, there is a monetary fee involved right now, but it’s the same concept. Here are just a few: RelayRides, The Car Sharing Network, Airbnb. What these sites take take advantage of is a plethora of things, shared between neighbors who trust each other. So refreshing, right?

Scenario 3: You live in the city. You live in a place like in this picture. This is the 8 House in Copenhagen.  This is a building designed by Bjarke Ingels, who recently gave a TED talk on  “Hedonistic Sustainability.” This, and other buildings he’s designed, allow you to live in a city environment, with all the benefits of nature around you. And best of all, it’s completely sustainable. Beautiful architecture does not need to destroy our planet.

So you live in this amazing place, surrounded by your happy, friendly neighbors, who are all so happy because they and you no longer have to go to a job that means nothing to you and slave away just to make enough to live. Instead, you do work in a the field of your choice. Remember when you wanted to be a fireman when you were little? Remember how you always wanted to be a doctor? Remember how you thought it would be amazing to be an astronaut? In this sort of system, you are able to pursue anything you’ve ever wanted to, because nothing costs money. You are free to study and learn about anything you want, and the only thing keeping you from greatness is your own drive.

Scenario 4: You’re kind of a homebody. You don’t want to live in the super urban, science fiction-y looking cities. You want to experience the land and nature. So, you build an Earthship, which may look something like these pictures. Or totally different. Each Earthship is unique. But what they have in common is that they are entirely off-grid buildings.

They work entirely off solar, wind and geothermal. They are built out of discarded old tires, aluminum cans and glass bottles. They collect the rain water and it gets filtered and used throughout the entire house, eventually going to water your plants and then into a special septic system. You have a green house to grow you’re own food. And you never have to leave if you don’t want. (Personally, this is what I want to live in. There is an Earthship Academy, a three week course in how to build these, and I’m pushing for my husband to go!)

Scenario 5: You are a brilliant scientist, and you love to work, work, work. You are researching a vaccine for AIDS. Imagine going into your facility everyday, and knowing that money is not an object. If you need equipment, you put in an order for it. It gets shipped to you and there is no monetary transaction. If you need more space, you work on plans and propose them to your working group. If it’s agreed on and the central city systems database computer reviews the plans and they are in accordance with keeping the city, the people, and the planet healthy and sustained, you get the green light. Build away!

Scenario 6: You are an inventor. You are researching lighting sources. Right now, everyone is using LED lights. But you come up with something revolutionary that will change the face of lighting. You present your ideas to the technology working group in your area. They are astounded. They perform experiments, using the scientific method, to determine if this is legit. It is. They immediately input this information into the world wide systems database. It is reviewed by the computer program through a series of checks and balances that will let us know if it is safer, more efficient, and all around better for the planet and for the people. If it is, then it is incorporated into the production of light bulbs and the technology is updated. (Notice there is no concern about jobs, profit, or companies losing market shares because of a new technology in this scenario.)

Scenario 7: You have a family. A couple of kids. You want to love them and give them all the time in the world. You want to watch them grow and be involved in their lives. You want to encourage them and let them know you love them. You also want to spend time with your spouse, and your friends, and your extended family. Guess what? You can do all of that. Think about never having to work two or three jobs to support your family. Never having to work super late hours just to put food on the table or pay for your mortgage. You live in a nice place that has all the comforts you could ask and it doesn’t cost a cent. It is your right as a human to have shelter, and this right is recognized. You have all the fresh food and all the time in the world to prepare it. You are free to be with your loved ones and develop sustaining, loving relationships.

I could think of so many more scenarios, but so could you. Think about it. Really think about what this system would feel like, how it would feel to be in a world where you are as free as you can possibly be to do anything you want, AS LONG AS IT DOESN’T HURT ANYONE ELSE OR THE PLANET. Pretty simple rule, hmm? Yet seemingly so hard to accept.

If you read my posts, and you think this is a great idea but you don’t know how it can possibly be accomplished or what we can do to bring it about, I tell you: just tell someone about it. Tell someone about The Zeitgeist Movement. Tell them about The Venus Project.  Tell them about my blog. Have them watch Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (which is soon to be available on Netflix). The best and quickest way to action is to get people aware and to get them demanding change. Not everyone will have time or the will to promote this idea. But enough of us will, if enough of us know about it. One person can be the tipping point.

Technological unemployment

We’ve watched it happen throughout our lives, and maybe you’ve wondered if someday the robots would take over, or there would be artificial intelligence that would take over the planet. I personally don’t think robots or things made with artificial intelligence could conquer humanity, but what I do know is that robots and automation are the hallmark of a flourishing business at the top of technology.

Farming started to become mechanized in the early part of the 20th century, and we’ve never looked back.

From this article in American Free Press, “(a)ccording to these authors, corporate spending on technology has increased 26 percent since 2009 while payrolls have remained essentially flat in that time period. Corporate profits as a share of GDP are at 50-year highs,” they write. “Meanwhile, compensation to labor in all forms, including wages and benefits, is at a 50-year low. Capital is getting a bigger share of the pie relative to labor.”

In other words, there ain’t no jobs. And there ain’t gonna be any more jobs. Because machines are doing them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with no rest. How the heck can any human be expected to compete with that? And once the company buys the machine, that’s the end of the expense! No salary to keep paying, no health benefits, no vacation days, no sick days.

Self-healing electronics

Do you want to know why there is so much unemployment in this country? Everything is automated or will be soon. And there is going to be a scramble like never we’ve seen as technology takes over more and more jobs. Here is a great example of an awesome new technology that would cut down corporate costs in things but get rid of a lot of jobs at the same time – self healing electronics.

The only real safe sector right now is the service industry. You need people to take care of people. But one day that may also change. And even if some people still have jobs in the service industry, you’re still looking at giant unemployment numbers like 30% and 40%. What are we going to do when that happens?

In this presentation by Ben McLeish of the Zeitgeist Movement, he talks about how in 1860, 60% of Americans worked in agriculture. Today, less than 1% of American work in agriculture. In 1950, 33% of Americans worked in manufacturing. Today, less than 8% of Americans work in manufacturing. Now, we have tons of jobs working with computers. But what about when we finally build computers to work with computers? You see the exponential problem here. And we don’t have new sectors of jobs being created to compete with the increasing automation of labor.

Another way to look at it is that jobs are created to deal with problems. Not solve. Deal with. That’s the way our economy works. If there’s a need, a business services that need. It doesn’t take away the need (as it would if it had solved the problem), it fills it. So, the very idea that machines can solve a lot of our problems inherently means that there will be less jobs.

And if you continue that train of thought, what signals a booming economy? Lots of problems! Isn’t that crazy? Our GDP is used a lot to compare us to other countries, or just to compare where we were at another point in history to where we are now. And a high GDP is looked at as a great thing. But when you examine this measurement you will see that it isn’t a measure of any kind of well being in a country. It is the rate of transactions in a country. That’s right, the rate at which people buy things. And what is one of the largest, most booming industries in the country (and the world)? Healthcare and pharmaceuticals! Yep. Our GDP goes up when more people have to get medically treated and use pills. Our GDP goes up the more sick people there are.

UMMMMMM?!!!

And people think that it’s a conspiracy theory to think that companies are deliberately keeping us fat, sick, and depressed?  It’s no conspiracy theory. It’s happening and it’s the way the system works. Deliberately keeping people in constant need of medical attention is actually a deft move in the game of the “free market system.”

WTF isn’t even strong enough for that.

On the other hand, in a resource-based economic model, advanced technology and automation is a boon to society. The more advanced things we can do and make, the more we can provide for humanity. Check out this 3D printing video. (And what up! This company is just down the road in Burlington, MA.)

With technology like this, we can make whatever it is we need. But, in our current economic model, this would be a gigantic detriment to jobs.

How long has electric car technology been around? Since the early 1800’s. But when oil was discovered and the shift went to gas powered cars, the technology was left in the dust. Now, it’s slowly making a comeback but it’s been a Sisyphean task because of the money associated with oil companies. We are held back from doing awesome things for our environment by our dependance on this economic model.

I’m sure you can all think of a ton of other examples of this—the tug of money/economy/jobs vs. new technology and problem solving innovations. The monetary system holds back the amazing advancement of technology that could give us all a life of abundance. It’s time to throw it out.

RBE for president, #3

And, the finale. Thanks, Neal!

Part 1 here. Part 2 here. Full post here.

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So, what I propose is pretty dramatic, but could be very positive – during the first few months of the “presidency” in you want to call it that, scientists and engineers would work with all people who work the mundane jobs to figure out what can be made better, what can be automated, etc. This would be across the board in all sectors. We would begin a technical approach to society, working with the public, to arrive at the best decisions as to where and how to build in the most efficient and sustainable means possible. In the meantime, people need help now. So, to start, a large portion of the funds collected back to the people will be divided to the public in the form of an annual salary. All adults would receive a “basics” salary to make sure you can attain basic needs. Tax money will only be collected based on purchases, not your income. That money would go right back to infrastructure and the people. The key is to get as many people eating and off the streets as much as possible, as well as free health care. We need to begin eliminating the basic stresses now so that all people can meet basic fundamental needs.

Another dramatic proposal after beginning this journey is schedule a period of time when the entire public is OFF. I mean, anywhere from 1 to 3 months. People have been robbed of time, just like money, and we need to let the public begin to mend in other ways. During this time, people could actually get to know their families again, people could travel, see things they’ve never seen, meet people from places they’ve never heard of, and basically restore some unity in the human race. You can begin to erase ignorance and abberated behaviors in society if those people have the same opportunities as people who can enjoy leisure life. Some people have never seen anything outside their hometown and some have never met a person from overseas. This time could be a huge siesta in a sense, where people can be creative, experience new environments, foods and art forms; see views only experienced in magazine photos. People could learn about other cultures, learn new languages, and form relationships with people once thought to be “enemies”.  Through education and awareness we could inspire people to be contributors and constructive in their own creative way. There would be no shortage of things to do and everyone working together could begin bringing the formerly vastly divided humans back together.  This time off would most likely become a regular annual event, sort of like a month long holiday, where people can not only get time for themselves but also be encouraged to explore life and the planet.

My ideas extend beyond the borders of our country as well.  I would want to reach out to anyone who also realizes that basic roots of our problems and begin building an infrastructure in their region that could provide for everyone and alleviate stress, poverty, and violence. It would be a more common ground approach – For example, if a group in a particular region did resort to violence as a way to address certain situations, my approach would be more like – if we can get past small differences, address the issues that affect the masses, and work together to use our energies in building positive values and efficient, sustainable infrastructure, would you be willing to at least disarm? If not, call a cease fire and stop the killing/violence? As long as we remain a military force that occupies countries to extract resources and land, we will not feel very invited. If we actually went in there with an army of engineers and scientists and started paving the roads, getting the clean water running, building efficient housing, etc., I think those people would have a little more confidence in our efforts and may even “soften” a bit in favor of peace.

For those out there who think money and politics are the way to go, there are a few scenarios I can think of to challenge these concepts. As for politics – see above. Unless you like war, being heavily taxed, being told what to do,  whats good for you/what isn’t, and contributing to a system that supports all these massive financial structures (while you scrape along), then I see no reason to participate in such a system.

As for money, it can create a variety of scenarios – How about a wealthy guy (or girl) – who hops into their fancy, expensive car, and weaves through traffic thinking life is all good, and has an unfortunate encounter with someone not so fortunate. You see, driving behind him is a young man (or woman) who is very low income, in massive debt, and had to decide between paying rent to keep a roof over he and his family’s head, or pay for the failing brakes on the car. Well, he decided to pay rent so he wouldn’t be on the street, and he figured the brakes weren’t gone yet, so he’d probably be ok. Well on this day, the rich guy was weaving through traffic so much he didn’t see the cars stopped in the next lane and had to come to a fairly abrupt halt. The poor guy behind him also sees the stopped vehicles, yet when he brakes, the care doesn’t stop – and at full speed he plows into the back of the rich guys’ vehicle, igniting the gas tank and killing everyone in both vehicles. Did it matter that the guy was secure in his financial position, in the “safe”, expensive car? No it didn’t. It seems that deprivation in one part of society can cause ill effects in another part of society simply because is exists.

Another scenario – You don’t believe in universal health care, you think everyone should have to work for it, you don’t care much because you have money to afford it. However, as you got onto the metro one day, deciding not to drive, you didn’t realize how much you would want to change your ideas about universal health care. You see, another passenger on the train didn’t have money for health care, and because they are low income, they couldn’t take time off. So, they brought a highly contagious, potentially lethal illness into the train. Later on the news that night, a news brief comes on about an illness that sickened a train full of people, killing a few as well. Sure, someone with money may have been able to get some treatment, but they still had to go through the experience. In the worst case, their life could be taken. Is it worth all that to keep profits running through big corporations? Doesn’t it seem that – the healthier everyone is, the less likely anyone would have to go through such a traumatic situation?

You can envision situations like this happening in so many ways that could go bad – Wealthy person goes to the atm to grab some money for the big night out on the town, yet little did that person know that close by, another person who is starving and has nothing decided that to survive they would have to take from someone else. The wealthy person gets their cash out of the machine, the poor person steps out of the shadows firing a single shot to the head – the result – a dead person missed by many, and all for a relatively few bucks – and a person who just took their first step to what could be many more violent incidents, simply to survive.

Money itself is worthless. You can’t eat it, use it for fuel in a vehicle, use it for medicine, build with it, nothing! If you were floating in the ocean and you had two choices in places to go – one island in the distance to the left with a huge pile of cash, probably trillions of dollars, yet no animals, trees, vegetation, people, or shelter. Yet, to the right, there is another island – this one teaming with animals, vegetation, trees to build shelter and just a few people who have welcomed you to share in all their lands goodness – yet there isn’t a single dollar on the island, not even the idea of currency. Which of these places would you choose to inhabit? The answer should be clear. Money is just an idea. It was created in a time when society made it useful, but we have outgrown that idea. It seems to be a barrier to progress and root of greed and corruption. Yet, we have been convinced that it is more important than almost anything else, and we must all compete for a piece. We should not be surprised with any of this when the system is based on self-preservation and competition.

The point is, no matter how much wealth you gain, or how big you think you can build your wall – outside issues could cross into your world, leaving you wishing that there was more equality so that the person pointing a gun at your face doesn’t pull the trigger over a petty incident, or petty materials. As cold as this may sound, this is a reality for a lot of people. People who work at creating a better planet should be people who are in touch with these realities. We don’t have time to wait to hear the opinions of some very out of touch people, sitting in a fancy marble building. This just holds back all progress. Through the test of time, politics doesn’t seem to have fixed anything – many issues continue to get worst. The debates always sound the same, the politicians’ interest always sound the same – and they are not the same interests as the public. It may seem that way when they use their legal powers to create more restrictive policies and laws, but it’s only that way it you support it. If the masses stopped supporting the very things that hurt and enslave them, the monetary and political systems would fail very rapidly.

In the end, money will be a brief mechanism to build the high standard of living we ALL deserve and then spend the money away until the infrastructure is self-maintaining and the awareness of the public has moved away from the contrivance of currency. When that happens, the jobs will slowly fade away, and humans will perform like never before. No more restrictions to their time, their priorities are in order, the fear has dissipated, the knowledge and awareness constantly growing. We would enter space, we would have real solutions to natural disasters, we would see all humans co existing and working together for the betterment of their neighbor and environment. You’d see far less crime and violence, no wars for resources, no one telling you another human being is your enemy. You may actually begin to see what a true civilization should be, and begin to experience and embrace a four letter word that isn’t bad and is lacking in society – Love.

These are just some of the ideas I have, but if we presented ideas like this to the public in a big way, and challenged the political establishment in the next election, we could at least create a huge wave of interest and a general knowledge that there is a group of people out there who are thinking deeply about these things and proposing ideas that are truly in the best interest of everyone, including the 1%. I will say that I had a few people in mind I’d like to reach out to for an effort like this if it was actually to go anywhere. I think people who come from a political or financial background could beneficial in bridging differences, helping communicate with the public. Aside from all of you on the TZM Network, I’d reach out to for a variety of reasons – Peter Joseph, Jacques & Roxanne @ TVP, Jesse Ventura, Gerald Celente, David Degraw, Max Keiser, Dennis Kucinich, Bernie Sanders, Ron Paul, Richard Wilkinson, Robert Sapolsky, Gabor Mate, Dr. Robert Melamide, Rick Simpson, Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, Raphael Mechoulam, Ben McCleish, Brandi Hume, and Matt Berkowitz to name a few

I’m sure many of you have other people and organizations to bring into the mix, but you get the idea – bring together the people of various studies, begin working towards phasing out money while increasing our technological understandings and production to create the abundance needed. I’d love to hear any feedback on this. Like Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. As much as I’ve enjoyed venting on forums with you all, hanging with activists, and watching the Occupiers begin a new awareness, nothing will work more than action. Besides civil disobedience, and mass non participation, running for office in this capacity may be our only chance… because I’m not seeing much change now with people sitting in tents, screaming at buildings, bickering amongst each other, or “voting” politicians into office…

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Does this interest you? Did you read this whole thing and instead of wanting to hang yourself, you want to get up and figure out how to fix this? This train of thought is for the engineer in all of us.

I’ve got some good posts coming soon! Sorry for the haitus…I needed to come up with more shit to say :p

Peace!