Four horsemen of the apocalypse

640px-Apocalypse_vasnetsovGonna get a bit biblical today.

Speaking with a member of the Veterans for Peace (VFP), we came to agreement that Capitalism, Government/ Politics, Money, and Debt were the core problems underlying every persistent problem humanity faces.

The VFP rep I was speaking with mentioned how difficult it is to get people beyond their defense of these four phenomena. He argued people’s belief in these four are so inviolable it borders on religion.

It’s true. Even that vaunted “middle class”, the bulwark of thriving modern Capitalist economies, is a propaganda move, a tactic of the very rich to keep the masses down. Don’t believe me? Do some research. It’s right up there with America’s strategy to keep poor whites and blacks separate in order to quell social uprising. History is full of Great Lies designed to keep people subjugated.

Yet, all things have a beginning. They also have an end.

That got me thinking.

I remember being moved by the Book of Revelation of Jesus Christ to Saint John the Evangelist. The Four Horsemen mentioned in the book were particularly frightening to my young mind at the time. It is said the four riders are seen as symbolizing Conquest, War, Famine, and Death.

What if that interpretation is incorrect? What if instead, the harbingers of mankind’s downfall aren’t these, but instead are Capitalism, Government/politics, Money and Debt?

“It’s too expensive”

Seth Godin writes:

Companies don’t care about you.

Brands don’t care about you.

Institutions don’t care about you either.

The only people who are able to care about you are people.

The question is, then, is this institution owned, organized, and run by people who will allow the people who work there to care?

Generally, the answer is “no”, because caring is unpredictable, hard to command and regulate, and sometimes expensive in the short run.

What a shame.

“It’s too expensive.”

“We can’t afford it.”

Not anymore. Barriers like these are extinct. People still using them just don’t know it yet.

 

Crowds rarely make history

COULDA WOULDA SHOULDASure, they may generate attention. They may even lead to political change or some other major progress. But in both cases and every other case I haven’t mentioned, one person got the ball rolling.

One person.

Are you that person?

If not, why not? Seriously, ask yourself why you aren’t doing something about the world you so frequently complain about? If you are doing something, what keeps you complaining, focused on what’s wrong instead of all the great things you’re doing to make it right?

Today one person can have more influence on world events than at any other time in history*. More people are realizing that and staking their claim all over the world. If baffles me then why so many complain about the way things are instead of taking action to resolve the problem they see.

Making change happen is a paradox. It’s at the same time really easy and really hard. It’s easy because you have virtual all the tools you need to create the change you want to see in the world. It’s hard because often, people get in their own way trying to make it happen. That’s the main reason why they fail.

The rationalizations are numerous:

  • I can’t sell
  • I can’t code
  • I can’t write
  • I can’t motivate
  • I don’t know how to  x
  • I don’t know x
  • I don’t have x
  • I have to x
  • I need to x

But all the rationalizations boil down to one thing: a misinterpretation of one’s immense influence. Since nearly everyone on the planet is in that state, we end up with huge organizations mired in paralyses of various kinds, reduced to fiefdoms of personality, or made ineffective through infiltration by outside influences, or decision making based that favors offending the least amount of people (which usually means the decision makes little difference).

And yet, every single person in those groups, if in touch with their potential, could on their own generate tremendous results.

The Wizard of Oz is an interesting analogy. I for one can relate to this story. Scarecrow, the Lion, the Tin Man, even Dorothy offers analogies to times in my life where I wish I had the heart, the courage, a brain or the innocence to go beyond my limits. Limits that were self imposed. Only today can I acknowledge the gifts of those times in my life:

  1. They all were stepping stones to this present moment
  2. They made me realize more was possible.

A friend used a word I hadn’t heard before to describe people. Human Becomings. I love that. It describes not only the process that we all are, that we all pursue as we grow and expand. It also accurately captures the potential we possess.

Copiosis, once fully-deployed will unleash incredible potential for humanity by offering to human becomings, perhaps for the first time unlimited opportunity in the form of an economy that offers no resistance to your potential. All the food you need, all the medical care, all education, shelter, clothes, productive and engaging work available to you at no cost to you. No debt. Unlimited potential to create value. Of course, you’re unlimited as you are right now. A new economic reality isn’t needed to unleash your potential.

In the future to come, you won’t have the excuse of using external circumstances to play small. Instead, you’ll have to face your own rationalization, whatever it is get over it, then get on with it. “It” being making the world fucking amazing.

Yes, it’s going to be a glorious future indeed.

 

 

 

*This is a lie of course. Human Becomings have always had tremendous potential to influence reality and do every day simply by the thoughts and feelings they hold. It’s just that they do this unconsciously and in that unconsciousness they create by default…as if blind to their actual influence.

The Pitfalls of Conformity

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 09.12.05I just finished doling out advice.

Not something I like to do all the time, but when I do it’s fun, as most things I do are these days.

A great thing about the one percent joining those working for a better world, a world without money, with fully-distributed decision making and with all necessities provided to all people at no cost to them is this: they bring needed skills and talents most people don’t have.

The plain fact of the matter is many “organizers” suck at organizing. You may be passionate about making the world a better place, but when you try, actually you make it worse.

Making matters worse, in the big scheme, is reversible. What’s not is if you don’t know that you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s not to say “leave it to the experts” but at least if you want to make real change, you should be open to advice from people who actually have made change. This usually means people you are opposing.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is as I have argued – frequently – the one percent is just as important to change as the rest of us. In many cases they have the resources, the know how and the momentum of success at doing such things, to make change reality. Some of those one-percenters are making waaaayyyyy more better change than you are AND they’re getting rich doing it. That’s right, they’re rich. Because they don’t conform.

Yeah, you can learn on your own to make something happen. But it’s going to take a while and you’re going to make a lot of mistakes. With the age of the internet though, there’s just no excuse for bumbling through. That’s conformity. I say that because this is where most people are: ignorant of how to make something happen.

Nature is going to have her way no matter how badly you fuck it up. So it’s not that big of a deal that you don’t know what you’re doing. But wouldn’t it be easier and more fun if you did?