Drawing blood and other passions

blood3There are some who hear about Copiosis for the first time who haven’t fully understood how it works, or who just refuse to see the elegant way things get done in Copiosis. These people often claim that if everyone followed their passion, they’d be sitting around watching tv, playing video games, creating art, surfing or some other past time. None of these things, they say, which produce any real societal value.

I strenuously argue against such statements, often giving my own life as an example. I am pretty much free to do whatever I want and what I do with my time is almost full-time working on things that make the world a better place.

But don’t take just my life as an example. Here’s another: I happened to overhear a conversation between “Susy”, a phlebotomist, who was speaking with someone else. At some point I had to interrupt because the conversation was so good.

Susy was telling her friend how much she “loved drawing blood”. Her friend, who apparently also worked in the field, was telling Susy how much Susy had been complimented on her skills. It was a funny conversation to overhear.

I asked Susy about her love of her work. She said she always wanted to do this kind of work. She feels when she does this work that she is living her calling. I was kind of freaked out that someone would “love” drawing blood, but then it hit me: There are people out there in the world whose passions are tied to doing what some people might think are pretty ordinary jobs. I remember dating a woman whose passion was serving people meals in a restaurant. She took great pride in presenting meals, serving her customers and demonstrating a “professional” level of service as she collected dirty dishes at the end of the meal. Yes, there are even people whose passions cause them to “get off” on serving others. Imagine that!

There are as many passions as there are people on the planet. Not everyone, once freed from earning a living, will become painters and musicians or poets. Some people will still want to start companies, invent things, work the land, conserve the environment. No. You don’t have to “motivate” people to do this work by restricting necessities and forcing people to be “productive” so they can “earn” those things.

People’s passion span the range of human endeavor. It’s time to free humanity and let it do what it loves to do.

On listening and believing

ciaThe future we’re creating at Copiosis is a technological marvel people are calling one of the best solutions they’ve seen so far to our current problems. Particularly our transition plan.

But we don’t stand by the technology. We stand by what it facilitates.

This Video we posted on the Copiosis Facebook page points to the real changes needed to make the future we believe is possible, reality. All the real changes have to do with people realizing new ways of being, ways of being that are within their grasp. What are those ways of being?

  • People must realize there is no scarcity. To be free from that belief, the transition to the new future must simultaneously show them HOW there is no scarcity at the same time claiming there is none. One can’t be done without the other. That’s why we have our technological solution: it offers context for people realizing that there is no scarcity.
  • People must realize they are in a vast cooperative endeavor made up of billions of others (people, the natural world, beings seen and unseen, etc.) that together make up “life.” The cooperative endeavor we all are a part of depends on and thrives in all kinds of diversity without which the world would be sterile. People are not “rugged individuals” capable of “going it alone;” “self made men” “pulling themselves up by their boot straps” and all that other western hoopla, including puritanical religious teachings which cause people to think they are separate and don’t need anyone. These beliefs not only give people a distorted understanding of their place in the universe, it also causes their intellect to live in fear of virtually everything, particularly death, which itself isn’t real.
  • People must realize all they need is being joyfully provided to them by these others and that they are in a vast web of love and connection. Not trying to be hippie groovy here. The only reason most of us work jobs is because the framework we’ve accepted creates an artificial perception that you must earn what you consume. This is plain old bullshit enforced from way back when we made up that we were separate from the natural world and the natural world (and others in it) was something that had to be tamed and conquered or that tamed and conquered us.
  • People must realize that they find their greatest joy in self-exploration, which includes not only intellectual expression, but creative, emotional, sexual and identity exploration.
  • People must discover their passions and the value of allowing them to thrive. This self-exploration is what it (life) is really all about.
  • Of course, you can’t “tell” people these things. You must “show” them. Not only that, you must give them the “how” so they can show themselves. That’s what Copiosis is about. Greed, puritanical conditioning (particularly in the West), religious fundamentalism, scientific fundamentalism, secularism and such will take care of themselves once these other things are re-discovered and understood.

We just need to listen more and blame less. But first, we need a system to free us to do that. That system I believe is Copiosis.

The Ultra Marathon

IMG_4108Not everyone is cut out to change the world. And yet, each person does exactly that in their own unique way.

Making capitalism obsolete is a herculean task, a task I think the majority of people aren’t predisposed to tackling. Which makes those who are making capitalism obsolete the real heroes.

These people see a future you can’t taste, touch, feel or even see. Your senses are not equipped to experience the reality which moves these people to act, to make what they see reality for everyone else. While most people have swallowed the false idea that “reality” includes only those things human senses can confirm, these people, the stalwart few, don’t focus on “what is” they focus on what is possible.  These people march to a different drum.

That march is the Ultra Marathon.

The Ultra Marathon is the conditioning run that lasts at least a decade but usually twenty years or more. For some, it lasts a lifetime. The win is not crossing a finish line. It is seeing  the vision gradually becoming humanity’s reality. The Ultra Marathon is the process by which a few people make “reality” for the rest.  The Ultra Marathon looks different for different people, but one thing is certain: it begins when a single person decides “what is” can be better. Then they set out to make it so.

Not everyone who is up for pursuing a vision makes it. But isn’t this natural? In nature we find endless examples wherein trillions – seeds, larvae, eggs, bacteria – are spawned, born, laid, or created with the full expectation that the majority will not make it to maturity.  And yet, we see millions of animals, plants, microscopic species of all kinds roaming this great habitat we call Earth.  What is the percentage of those that don’t make it? What is the percentage of those that do?

A person criticized me and Copiosis over Twitter recently. Claiming that because 90 percent of startups fail, he said Copiosis was doomed. I strenuously disagree. I can see what it is that causes those things in nature to “make it.”  I’m putting what I know into Copiosis. I’m not here to convince anyone that Copiosis is a done deal. Nor do I need to. I’m on the Ultra Marathon and I intend to see it through. And I’m in good company.

There are a lot of people excited about this work. I am enthusiastic when people write to say they want to start a demonstration project, or become a Patron of the work, or support us in a way best suited to their skills. I know not everyone has the life situation, the mindset, or the understanding and temerity to make it the entire way. But I also know every step someone chooses to walk with us, every act each person makes to move us forward takes our effort that much closer to making real for the world what I see is a done deal.

What is my vision?

  • A world where everything is possible for everyone because there are no barriers
  • A world where every human being has every need fulfilled in abundance
  • A world where every human being is free to focus on their self-actualization, not meeting basic needs
  • A world where because we are all focused on our self-actualization, humanity makes huge strides, creating prosperity not just for humanity, but for all living and non-living things on this planet
  • A world where we no longer have to forgo doing what we know can be done because we can’t afford it
  • And a world where human joy replaces human consumption as the commodity traded between people’s worldwide

That is the vision I see in my mind’s eye. That is what I am working to make real for everyone. And that is why I choose to run.

Why you “earn” nothing

Earn itEarn [urn] (Verb: used with object) 1. To gain or get in return for one’s labor or service: to earn one’s living.  2. To merit as compensation, as for service; deserve: to receive more than one has earned.  3. To acquire through merit: To earn a reputation for honesty.  4. To gain as due return or profit:  Savings accounts earn interest.  5. To bring about or cause deservedly:  His fair dealing earned our confidence.

People learning about Copiosis get confused sometimes when they hear about net-benefit reward (NBR), what Copiosis rewards producers with when they make people and or the planet better off.  People come to the conclusion that NBR, like money, is earned by a producer when they create net benefit.

Even people who have been involved with Copiosis for some time use the word earn such as “After you earn your NBR, you can use it to buy luxuries.”  “Buy” is another word misused in talking about Copiosis. You can’t “buy” anything with NBR because NBR is non-transferrable.  You can’t exchange your NBR as “payment” for receiving a good or service from someone.

I want to explain in this post why you don’t earn anything in Copiosis.  Instead you are rewarded for your productive action that makes people and the planet better off.  As a result you’re far better off living in a Copiosis society psychologically and practically.

You are blessed

What did you do to earn the sunshine you enjoyed today?  Did you do anything to earn the rains that replenish your rivers, the atmosphere that filters the sun’s harmful rays, leaving you with life-giving heat and light?  Did you earn the planet itself, which provides you with so much in so many forms?  What did you do to earn the heart that beats in your chest, or the trillions of cells that operate beyond your conscious awareness, sustaining your body, mind, and spirit while on this planet?  What did you do to earn these?

How about the billions of people who have contributed to the creation of everything you currently enjoy in this moment—bridges, cars, roads, homes, clothes, pets, blankets, medical care, relatively peaceful societies, weather predictions, education, etc.?  Most of the things you enjoy would not be around but for the lives of these people and innumerable non-human beings that came before you, including single-celled organisms, dinosaurs, all the way up to your parents, the elected officials running your city, and the many other people you will never know who are inventing things right now that will benefit you and that keep your life running smoothly.

Do you think you can do anything to earn all that contribution to your life?  I seriously doubt it.

Yet, each of us benefits from these and so much more as nature, the environment, the Uni-verse surround us with life-giving abundance.  There’s no way any one of us can do anything to earn all that we receive.  Yet, nature, God, the Universe, or whatever you want to call all that has come before you continues to make your life possible.

In response to this knowledge and awareness, early deep thinkers came up with the idea of debt.  They believed man owed something to someone in return for all this.  Somehow, through man’s quirky logic, debt to nature or God became debt to kings.  I suppose this happened because kings were at one time thought to be descendants of, or at least ordained by, gods.

So became the world we see today where you owe a debt to your parents, to your country, to your fellow humans.

Earning a living has similar origins.  We’ve swallowed the propaganda that comes with markets, money, and government, and the politics that run them—if you’re not earning your living, you’re a drain on society.  You don’t deserve things you need to survive, or certainly to thrive, unless you earn it (through labor presumably).  We believe this propaganda so completely we defend it, causing us to label those we believe aren’t “earning it.”  We call them deadbeats, bums, welfare mothers.

Is it possible to earn NBR?

In Copiosis, we wipe all this talk of debt and earning.  Copiosis reconnects us with all the things with which we are blessed.  In this context, there is no need to earn anything.  Producers who benefit people and or the Earth through their acts are not doing so to earn something.  They are expressing themselves and their passion and in so doing practice their unique art of creation.  Those creative acts are rewarded.  NBR can’t be earned.  There is no amount of effort you can do to repay society or the individuals you benefit from for blessing you with all that you receive.

How much NBR producers receive is determined by our algorithm, which takes into account all the variables we believe are needed to make such a calculation. No person or group of persons is responsible for determining NBR—the algorithm does that.  The process is administered and facilitated by the Copiosis Organization acting in behalf of humanity or human society.  NBR then is a recognition of the blessings bestowed upon people who engage in the act of creation.

Society rewards producers for the valiant effort they make to make the human condition more enjoyable, more worth living, more interesting, more efficient, more fun.  Producers do this using their imagination, creativity, industry, and drive born of their passions.  A producer who makes our biosphere more capable of supporting all life, remediates damage done in the past, or enhances the environment so that other species thrive, is rewarded for her initiative, her commitment, her passion for nature.  She is rewarded for her stewardship of nature.  No matter what it is producers do, they are all rewarded for creating more.  More is what the Universe is all about.

Some ardent resource-based economy (RBE) adherents and environmentalists believe more is a bad thing for people and for the planet.  They don’t understand that nature is fundamentally in favor of more.  The entire Universe is predisposed to “more.”  If you don’t believe that, look around.  There is more more in nature and the Universe than we can identify.  We are still finding new species of life and new planets in the cosmos.  Plants produce an overabundance of seeds.  Our earth teems with more.   More more is being created all the time.  The upward spiral* is nature’s fundamental expression.

Some might say that there is nothing wrong with using the word “earn” to describe the act of doing something to merit NBR.  I disagree because the word is inaccurate. One doesn’t earn a reward.  Rewards (real ones) are more often given in recognition of a particular kind of achievement.  In fact, here’s the definition:

Reward (ri-wawrd) (noun) 1. A sum of money offered for the detection or capture of a criminal, the recovery of lost or stolen property, etc. 2. Something given or received in return or recompense for service, merit, hardship, etc. (verb) (used with object) 3. To recompense or requite (a person or animal) for service, merit, achievement, etc. 4. To make return for or requite (service, merit, etc.); recompense

Hold on now.  You might be saying “But this reads very much like the definition for “earn” that began your post!”  Notice something though—there is a key difference.  A reward is something typically given in return for acts of good. Rarely are rewards given for evil, and when they are, in the context of the reward the evil deed is considered good by the rewarder.  So while you can earn your money by doing all kinds of things, rewards are typically things given in recognition of an act of good.  “Good”  in Copiosis means “making people and the planet better off.”  Any act that doesn’t fit this definition receives no reward.

More esoterically, and coming from a recognition that there is no separation in the Universe, that all is one, NBR can be described like this:

NBR in Copiosis is a method by which one part of the Oneness (humanity) acknowledges another part (an individual human being) for doing good for other parts of that same Oneness (other people or the planet).

It is interesting, by the way, that NBR comes out of nowhere and, when used, returns to that nowhere place, or back to the non-visible part of the Universe, as I like to say.

Recipients of NBR—producers—are acting on behalf of themselves (some act because they want luxuries, others for other personal reasons), yes, but intrinsically, even though they may not realize it, they are acting as agents of the Universe (the totality of known, unknown, and supposed objects and phenomena throughout space; the cosmos; macrocosm) to improve the state of the Universe, by creating realities consistent with the Universe’s predisposition for more.  In other words, producers are rewarded with NBR for producing “more” and doing so in a way that benefits (not just protects) the Earth and the greater system in which we exist.

You are free

In Copiosis you are completely free.  This includes being free of needing to earn anything.  You also are  free of any kind of debt or incurring it.  That includes the financial kind.  Instead, you are blessed, and things are bestowed upon you. Some things require that you benefit others – by taking the responsibility of performing that role of producing more –  in the ways you are best equipped. The ways you best perform and acting from your passions.  In return for doing that, you are rewarded.  All that you need to thrive is provided, as is sunlight, air, a planet full of abundance, etc., at no cost.  Nothing in that regard is withheld from you, unless you act in ways inconsistent with the recognition that we are all in this together, whatever you believe “this” to be.

Think about what this level of freedom means.  You are not required to do anything you don’t want to do.  You are free to go wherever you want to go, be whatever you want to be, consume whatever you want to consume, produce whatever you want to produce (providing you can enroll others in producing that thing), believe whatever you want to believe, live how you want to live, so long as you don’t violate the freedom of others.

In doing all that, your fellow man will provide you with everything you need, just like the Universe does, just like your body does every minute of your life. Copiosis returns humanity to the Universes’ natural state, abundantly providing everything to everything.

Recently an attendee at a Copiosis meeting said Copiosis is creating an “ancient future.”  She explained that long ago there were communities of people, and when someone needed something, the community provided that thing to the person at no cost to him.  It was seen as the natural thing to do.  She said that Copiosis holds the promise of returning us to that civilized state, while maintaining all the technological advances we enjoy today.  I love the idea of “Ancient Future.”  It is a nice play on words.

In this profound, new, and yet ancient, level of freedom, you will naturally want to express your gifts to the world.  That desire may not develop within you right away as you wrestle with the indoctrinated beliefs you hold about the world as it is today and what is expected of you in that world.  It will happen though because a giving heart is the foundation of what all of humanity is.  It is generous, giving, life affirming, just like the rest of the Universe.  It cannot be any other way, because it (humanity) is one with everything else.  And everything else is generous, giving, life affirming.  That’s what love is.  That’s what you are.

It’s time we create and then live in a society consistent with that to which the Universe is predisposed—abundance, freedom, joy, optimism, and an ever-expanding desire for more.  More beauty, more love, more experiences, more adventure, more exploration, more discovery, more generosity, more giving, more creation, more, more, more.  This is what Copiosis is about.  It is the basis of the Universe.  And it is the foundation of the concept of net-benefit reward. Not earning.

You earn nothing in Copiosis. And you don’t need to because you are blessed with everything.

*Paul Krafel’s hour-long video is hard to get through at first, but those who stick with it are richly rewarded.