Category Archives: RBE / Post Scarcity

Carry the Fire

“This shit has got to go.” That phrase, more than any other, stuck with me all these years. Every since I first heard it in Zeitgeist Moving Forward, spoken by now the late Jacque Fresco, it struck a cord with me. The world simply cannot go on the way that it is. We cannot keep gobbling up the natural resources of this planet with reckless abandon. We cannot keep wreaking havoc on the environment. We cannot sustain the massive inequality that we have created. The world cannot take it. It will break under our weight and immaturity. This shit truly must go.

Jacque Fresco was a man who carried in himself a vision for what humanity could be. He saw our potential and spent his very long life pursuing that vision. Two days ago, Jacque Fresco, the futurist, and the founder of The Venus Project passed into history. For one hundred and one years the world has had this fire of a human being among us. Today, we must carry that fire on. The fate of the world and of our civilization is now in our hands. I suppose it always was.

Now more than ever, we are at a crossroads. The biological systems of this world are stressed, almost to their breaking point. One way or the other, this shit will go. Either we will be flushed along with it into a nightmare future that no one wants. Or, we will harness our intelligence and the better angels of our nature, and climb out of this mess. I’m almost forty. My time here is but a little while, For the sake of all those who come after me, I really hope we collectively chose the high road.

Carry the fire. Don’t let it go out.

InterReflections!

I’ve been waiting for this film for a long time. The beginning of the trailer is thick with symbology and references to the Zeitgeist film trilogy. If you haven’t seen the Zeitgeist films, do yourself and the world a favor and watch them. Just search Zeitgeist on Youtube. I am really looking forward to these films and the trailer did not disappoint. Well done, Peter Joseph!

Click here to watch: InterReflections, Film Trailer (Extended), by Peter Joseph

Published on Jan 20, 2017
InterReflections is an experimental, mixed genre narrative feature film by Peter Joseph, adapted from his book The New Human Rights Movement.

This is the first of a trilogy series about a fictional global revolution. Taking place in three time frames, the through-line is connected by the story of Concordia – a hacktivist origination comprised of high-ranking military defectors from around the world. They seek to stop further destabilization of the world in the mid 21st century by strategically shifting technological focus from “weaponry” to “livingry”. Over the course of the three films, the audience will be taken on a journey of global (and intellectual) transformation, while highlighting the real world social potentials (and problems) we have or are on pace to having as time unfolds.

To continue support for this project, you may contribute to the existing IndieGogo campaign here:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/in…

You can also pre-order the book the film trilogy’s social theory is based upon:
https://www.amazon.com/New-Human-Righ…

The Dark Hour is upon us

I’m sure many of you share the sentiment that it will be a relief when this screwed up presidential election is over. It has been a rough road. If I have learned anything from this fiasco it is that power truly concedes nothing without a demand. We all know Bernie was screwed out of the Democratic nomination. I don’t want to get into all that that entails, except to recognize one thing… if change is ever going to happen, it is almost certainly not going to come out of either of the two corporate parties. They are both equally corrupted.

In two days “we” will elect Hillary Clinton as president of the United States. Let’s face it, Trump doesn’t have any more of a chance than Bernie Sander did. Hillary has been chosen by the economic elite to be their stooge. She has proven that she is a team player, and will do as she is told, all the while making the masses feel that they have someone in office who is  sympathetic to their needs. Trump, of course, was just a useful boogeyman, and that’s all he has ever been.

Something that Jill Stein says that has really stuck with me is that “we are the ones we have been waiting on.” If there will be progressive change in the future it is going to come through us, and not the top down political system. We must be the change that we want to see in the world. If enough of us get on board with making the world a better place, then the forces arrayed against us will not be able to stop us.

A better world is possible. There is no technical reason why all of humanity cannot enjoy a high standard of living, without war or poverty, and at the same time restore the biosphere to a healthy state. No, the problems are not technical, they are due to a systemic value disorder in society. This is the natural result when profit and power trumps (no pun intended) all other metrics for success. If we are to survive, this shit has to go, as Jacque Fresco says.

So, Hillary Clinton aside, I am going to choose people and planet over profit and power. There is another kind of power to be had. Instead of Power Over, we can have Power With. Together, we can change things. Together, nothing can stop us.

Sorry for the ranting and dreaming. It’s one of those nights.

 

Work and stuff

Today was a long day at work. Very long. Too long. It’s days like today that make me want to move to Sweden (they are moving to a six-hour work day). It wasn’t that it was a hard day, just long, and relatively unproductive. I don’t mind hard work. I actually enjoy it, when it’s meaningful. What isn’t meaningful in my book is unproductive busy work. My life is too short for such nonsense. The idea of it is an offense to me.

Enough bellyaching. My life is good, and I appreciate that. There are a great many people in this world who have a far more unpleasant existence. However, that fact does not mean that I don’t want to make life better; mine and eventually everyone elses.

I think the root of the problem is our culture of competition. We have to work extra hard for longer hours because if we don’t we won’t be… competitive. Competition causes us to do a lot of self-defeating things. Instead of looking for the win/win, we must stay ahead. We may come up with useful ideas but we can’t share them because we must maintain an advantage. Who knows what innovations have never been realized because we can’t allow others to mix their ideas with ours to create something wonderful.

We are all humans, and we have the same needs. Meeting those needs doesn’t have to be a struggle. It’s just a matter of cooperating with each other to solve problems and working together to get things done. Competition is ok for games, but when it comes to life we really need to cooperate.

The Transition

Hi friends! It’s been a little while, but I am trying to get back in the content creation saddle. Hope all is well with everyone. I’ve been into a lot of stuff, which I will hopefully get into in later posts, but today I want to share a special group that I’ve run across. It’s called ‘The Transition,’ and it’s mission is to promote the transition to a global egalitarian system.

If you’re like me then you can envision a better future for the earth and all it’s inhabitants than the path we are currently on. We can envision a world where poverty and war are long forgotten, and humanity has taken it’s proper place as caretakers of this world instead of it’s destroyers. We are at a crossroads of sorts. We will either transition to a new way of life or face a nightmare future that I don’t believe anyone really wants. So, if you will, I invite you to check out The Transition’s new web site…

 You should join The Transition if:

You believe housing is a human right.
You believe that everyone needs a basic education on how to survive sustainably.
You believe that planned obsolescence is a practice that wastes our finite resources.
You are interested in experimental models of living and working together like Co-Housing, Eco-Villages, Co-ops, Communes, & Intentional Communities.
You know poverty is a man-made social construct.
You study ideas & concepts regarding sustainability, permaculture, ecology, & aquaponics.
You believe that alternative technologies are withheld due to corporate greed.
You believe cooperation is far more powerful than competition.
You don’t just talk about problems, you are a person who comes up with solutions to them and DOES something about it by using methods of Direct Action!

Lastly, you should join us if you are looking for other people to work and grow with in a long-term and committed effort to change the world we live in-for the better. Sign up here:

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