Why socioeconomic problems are both burden and solution

Prediction.001“The soil, it appears, is suited to the seed, for it has sent its reticle downward, and it may now send its shoot upward also with confidence. Why has man rooted himself thus firmly in the earth, but that he may rise in the same proportion into the heavens above? For the nobler plants are valued for the fruit they bear at last in the air and light, far from ground….”

– Walden, Henry David Thoreau

 

I wrote before that some believe humanity’s end is here.

A different perspective: Darkest yet it gets ‘fore dawn.

Humanity may fizzle under weight of it’s self-inflicted calamities. What I find is how spectacularly inadequate we are at prediction: The cosmos and its purpose are far beyond human comprehension. So too human ingenuity.

That means my guess is as good as anyone else’s. Including the doomsayers.  What puts the odds in favor of this post is I’m taking action – as are others – to create a better reality than we have. Until there are too few for viable human reproduction, the task continues.

Escape Velocity

Perhaps pernicious problems are purposeful. Example: our space rockets require tremendous amounts of fuel to escape Earth’s pull. Heavy fuel. Yet our rockets carry that weight, plus the fuel tanks, to achieve Escape Velocity. Beyond Earth’s gravity, excess fuel burned, fuel stages ejected, the ship is free. Fuel is both burden and solution.

Pernicious problems orient humanity to important things. Intractable problems beget unreasonable solutions. Our best and brightest are not on Wall Street, in hedge funds, on trading floors. Those are the duped. The sheep. Our real bright stars are focused on goals that will “shoot [humanity] upward with confidence”. Rooting ourselves firmly in the earth through problems we create, we soon “may rise in the same proportion to the heavens”.

Achieving this escape velocity may be Challenge Number One. But spaceship humanity is fueled and ready.

Humanity isn’t over. We’re just getting started.

A novel solution: free food

free foodIn a world of abundance there’s no sound argument for not providing all necessities to everyone at no cost to them. There’s also no sound argument for not providing those who “make things happen” what they need without requiring them to pay for it. All that’s needed is a way to distribute resources in a way everyone agrees is fair.

Sounds easy, right?

Well, it is, in theory. We’re working on making it so in practice too.

There are many reasons why designing such a system is desirable. We call this the “benefit of free”.

By “free” we mean anyone can access a given good or service without having to “pay” the provider in return for the good or service. In other words, there’s no direct financial transaction where the provider receives financial benefit (income) from the person receiving the good.

 

Free food: a powerful ingredient for change

What would happen, for example, if food was available to all at no cost to them? Poor families would no longer need to choose between putting food on the table and spending their money on other important things. Poor people – and those who aren’t poor – wouldn’t have to work as many hours to make ends meet. That freed up time could be used to pursue activities more productive for the individual and society than flipping burgers, waiting tables, serving coffee, selling something, or manufacturing something.

Imagine millions of people working less, or better, spending their freed-up working time pursuing activities they are excited about. What could result from that?

With food provided to all at no cost, “hunger” would become a thing of the past. Yes, in many cases food distribution plays a part in the hunger problem, but in an era of “free”, distribution no longer is a problem. With hunger eradicated, all the people, resources and energy dedicated to “eradicate hunger” would be freed up and available for other things. This represents millions of smart people, billions in physical assets (trucks, office spaces, computer capacity, internet bandwidth and other societal assets) available for other things.

Imagine! With hunger solved, a prime challenge in education is tackled too: kids arriving at school hungry. People working in education running free and reduced lunch programs are now freed up in the same way people working to eradicate hunger were. Hunger impacts many aspects of our daily life. With hunger solved, we simultaneously solve many other problems. Can you think of some other ones?

 

What will people do?

What would all these people who are now “freed up” do?

It’s a question we as a civilization are going to have to answer sooner or later as more and more jobs are eliminated. Our answer is this: they will purse things that light their fire. What that looks like is different for each person. But we know this: when a person identifies, then pursues, that one thing that really excites them, amazing things result. Every invention known to man resulted from a human being pursuing something that inspired them.

In our opinion, those results are not only worthwhile, they are life-giving. Not just for society, but for the individual pursuing the goal. We live with a notion that says not everyone can live life doing things that light them up.

Don’t believe that notion.

We’re creating a new reality where it is possible – preferable even – for every human to do things that light them up. To us, it’s the only way to live. Anything else is just not worth it.

 

 

 

 

How To Live A Life Of Meaning In A Loving World

Charles Eisenstein offers a wonderful description of a future possible today. It describes the fundamental issue we’re facing in the world. It may be too touchy-feely for some.

But for me, it clearly captures not only our plight, but what’s possible when we constructively solve our fundamental issue.

What we need in America is a new context. A context enabling human reconnection.

The video talks about how money allows us to ignore that connection. I believe that function alone creates many unsolvable social problems we face. Take a look. Tell me what you think. The video supports something called “Sacred Economics”, which again is spot on. Worth a look.

A Future Where Amazing Things Make The World Amazing

Copiosis essentially is a gift economy where we replace money with NBR, which is used as a reward for giving gifts to other people. In this film, Charles Eisenstein, nails the meta reasons why Copiosis is an idea whose time has come. The next 12 minutes will give you goosebumps.