Our way of life (a shortened version)

It seems timeless in my memory; so it is difficult to recall when the phrase “Our way of life” started making its way into the speeches of our presidents. What I do understand is how incredibly inappropriate and misplaced the phrase has become. There has been very few (if any) “we are going to war” speeches that I can recall without that phrase.

Have you ever gotten the stark reality that “our way of life” is exactly what is creating our new enemies, simply because it is so dramatically effecting their way of life?

Considering the wisdom born in the time of Plato, where war is the ultimate failure of resolution; how many times have you actually seen one of our leaders attempt thorough nonviolent resolution? If war is the answer to protecting “our way of life” I propose some questions to ponder:

What is it about “our way of life” that is worth dying or killing for?

Please try to remember freedom and “our way of life” is different and that the Afghanis don’t give a shit about whether we eat McDonalds French fries or not, and their recent (the last 40 years) desire to “kill all the infidels” was not from their original Koran, it was from our constant attempts to control their “way of life” just like the many before us whether it be Alexander the Great, or even the mighty Soviet Unions attempt. These people have very little, but still will not be conquered, its their land, its their way of life, want to help make it easier fine, but you don’t “help” anyone by an occupied force. Would you feel helped if a foreign nation invaded our country, and imposed changes to “our way of life”?

If “our way of life” impedes on that of another’s “way of life” is that not exactly what we are fighting to avoid?

You may not know me but I can assure you that I am a patriot, if you don’t think so based on my words or ideals; I suggest you do the following, read the United States Constitution, and other founding documents, then learn about our REAL history. By definition democracy cannot coincide with imperialism. A democratic empire is an oxymoron, or at least a fabrication.

Its easy to blame our past and present leaders for horrific things we do; the fire bombing of Tokyo (almost all of the more than 250,000 dead were civilians) being the only nation to use atomic bombs killing hundreds of thousands more civilians, Carpet bombing Cambodia (I didn’t put in the traditional “illegally bombing” because what the fuck is legal bombing), poisoning an entire agriculture with agent orange, (brought to us by “Monsanto”, oh, so was Napalm – at least the chemistry to make it stick to human skin better then other surfaces) Sadly, very sadly, I could go on for pages about the things we have done, but the point is that I blame myself (because I am a citizen of the U.S.). After all this is a democracy isn’t it? And if it is no longer a democracy are you a patriot for going along with that?

There is nothing wrong with globalized efforts to improve other peoples lives, but to force that is to install a slave-empire system that only benefits a very few. If you need an example, look right here at home. Again let me remind you of two things one I am a patriot of my home country (the United States of America) and two that I am not crazy. I think. I learn. I feel. I don’t want to lie anymore, too myself or too you.

Last questions to ponder; what are we doing over there? If you don’t know, why do you allow the sacrifice of our willing troops, even when they don’t know either? Why do we support our military to kill and destroy these incredibly simple people? You are a citizen of a democracy aren’t you? Why do we not do anything about the REAL price of “our way of life”?

One last one… how are Bush and Cheney still not in prison, or at least destitute for their actions while in office…other people, even civil servants like they were supposed to be have been prosecuted, why not the leaders.

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Landed Wisdoms

These phrases are delivered to me without schedules or itineraries and with an uncontrollable inconsistency. As I believe we are all vehicles of informational experience, I feel an importance in sharing them with all of my fellow cerebral travelers.

I have named them “Landed Wisdoms” because as an incalculable number of thoughts are erratically swimming in, out, and within the fleshy confines and out to the boundless electrical landscapes of my mind, these few phrases began as the cerebral impulses that came to rest on the shore of my conscious mind during calm mental tides, for long enough that I could craft their messages into sharable cognitive structures.

I will continue to update this posted list as they arrive, as I remember them, and for as long as I am capable.

Captured: Wednesday 03/07/2012 9:50 PM
Doubt is a cancer of determination.

Captured: Friday 02/03/2012 3:10 PM

Beware of the teacher who teaches as though they are the only teacher.

Captured Friday 02/03/2012 4:53PM

Within the space of a finite lifespan, “value”, is best defined as a measurement of time, while “worth”, is defined by the individual’s opinion of experience.

Captured: Friday 02/24/2012 8:09PM

To have true empathy one must let go of opinions and attempts to understand through the acceptance of another’s struggle.

Captured: Wednesday 06/14/1996 (afternoon)

Wisdom is knowing when to be stupid.

I didn’t know you, but thanks for the lessons.

I was ready for a busy day of networking and frantically looking for a way to continue my quest to make this project a reality. Financial assimilation is sometimes extremely difficult for even an insanely important cause, and that is one of the saddest truths of our current world. My calendar had many tasks on it but as I started in I found myself unsettled and seeking something that wasn’t apparent on my to-do list.

Last night I had gone to bed after an emotional day feeling exhausted at the level of my soul, it wasn’t a depressing feeling, more the sense that I had worked hard at something. I slept deeply without dreams and only stirred once from a side snap kick to the forehead delivered lovingly from our Boston Terrier “Winston”, who can’t seem to sleep anywhere other than between our heads.

I started to hear the gentle sounds of Lisa, my wife, getting ready for work; she has a long commute and needs to wake very early. Then my loving wife woke me as I like to make her breakfast before she heads out. I was very tired but I got up and still seemed to enjoy fixing it for her, (sorry if there were any shells in the eggs babe). At some point, as I went back to bed, she shared the news that Steve Jobs had died. I was immediately transported to a thought and unconsciously spouted “I guess money does buy you a long life”.

I meant nothing disrespectful, I had always seen Steve Jobs as a tremendous creator, I just never got to know him as is true for many of us. None the less his passing would quickly affect my life, in ways that will surely enrich my future.

One of the things that came up as I sought after something that was on my list, was this post, but before that happen I opened up ted.com and looked for an inspiring video. This is something I do often when I am trying to jumpstart a creative day. What I found was a video of Steve Jobs speaking at a Stanford University graduation, which I thought was poignant.

Another thing that came up was an email from my wife, the most touching correspondence I have ever received from her. She seemed to think that it had been born out of my half-conscious comment about Steve’s passing.

After watching the video, (I have enclosed link below) I felt the desire to write this thank you to Steve for lessons he shared. I also learned that he and I share a great deal of the same spiritual make up and it reminded me of wisdoms I have found along the way, but seem so easy to forget while we focus on the carrot dangled in front of our noses.

I can only hope that you find what I did, and somehow remember that these are the valuable wisdoms that we may strive to recognize and practice daily, not only when we are lucky enough to get the “god shot” of their timely delivery.

http://www.ted.com/talks/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die.html

A “Time Out” for Jeremy

If we don’t have time to recognize those fellow humans that make our world a better place, what are we doing with our time?

As time is our most valuable and temporary asset I humbly ask you for the time it will take for you to share an attempt to recognize someone that is exceptional and has positively change your world even if you don’t know he exists.

I have started the Facebook page:  Let’s get Jeremy Gilley nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and Ask you to spread the word about it, or if you fit within the “who can nominate criteria” please consider nominating Jeremy Gilley for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Both of the above areas are hyper linked to their respective destinations.

The Facebook page was made to ask our global community to get Jeremy Gilley nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. It would be a great impact on all of us, giving Jeremy the inroad to a lot more positive change.

Looking through history’s volumes of change we find sediments left behind by a great many amazing humans, few have ever made as much positive impact for peace as Jeremy Gilley. Future generations will see the evidence time has given to illustrate his real contributions, as for now it seems obvious for the few that understand comparative mathematics.1 out of 365.

With nearly 7 billion humans on this planet, 1 (Jeremy) has lead us to capture 1 day of peace out of 365 days in the year.  Leaving 364 for the rest of the 7 billion… Enough said!

A link to Jeremy’s TED talk:

http://www.ted.com/talks/jeremy_gilley_one_day_of_peace.html

Educational List – Informational Source (repost w/additions)

Informational Source – No poetry or philosophy this time, just the insights you may get from the resources listed.

You may want to save this list, I will update it as I find more or see that I have missed something, my own research wasn’t this organized.

I hope you get great use out of it, and if I can advise a little something: even if you don’t get how big a deal this all really is, please trust that by investing the time to read and watch all of this, you will be far more informed about what you need to prepare and how you can help others.

A small warning about this stuff, some of it can deliver significant concern. Doom is not the answer here, it’s important to self-manage the effects of this stuff so that we can turn our future into opportunity rather than dismay.

Initiatives, groups, networking sites to join

  1. Transition San Diego – local site, few members, little activity, but may become good
  2. Transition in Action – very good site!
  3. Transition in Action – Group page, (Please join once a member of the site)
  4. The Finding Finite Project – (Blog) Please Subscribe and collaborate
  5. The Finding Finite Project – (Facebook Page) Please “like”
  6. Transition Network – Large international network of transitional people and information

Reading list and research materials (This list is a summarized collection of information- primarily on the “energy” portion of our problem)

  1. Energy Resources and Our Future: Speech delivered 1957 – USN Admiral Rickover – talk about a guy ahead of his time.
  2. Lester Browns “Plan B -4.0” Fantastic work.
  3. Kinsale 2021– an energy descent action plan- don’t let this one fool you, their assumption of 2021 is based on their educational/degree program. They have some great information though
  4. Robert Hirsch Report US Department of Energy – This is one of the ones that’s really important and you should download and save it before somebody claims it to be a threat to N.S.  This report is as dry as most government analysis, but the “key” language is the point. 2 things to pay special attention to. 1. Is the “time needed to mitigate” and 2. Is the “reason” there isn’t accurate data on extraction.
  5. Transitional Primer – by the Transition Network
  6. SEI- Energy in Ireland 1990-2008 – 2009 report – Ireland is fantastic with realistic engagement of the problem.
  7. SEI – Energy Efficiency in Ireland –  actually a different report but more figure intensive
  8. Impact Report
  9. Rob Hopkins Dissertation – A good information, he references almost everything, if your game – you can check out all of his corresponding references.
  10. C.J. Campbell – Another good source is to jump around the hyperlinks in Wikipedia you can search from this page.
  11. C.J. Campbell – The coming Oil Crisis – this story also has some references worth checking.
  12. The Kyoto Protocol
  13. David Ehrenfeld -the coming collapse of the age of technology
  14. Mendeley Library – hundreds of documents and studies of interest
  15. Energy and the Common Purpose David Flemming
  16. Winning the Oil Endgame /Lovings & Datta
  17.  The end of cheap oil by CJ Campbell and Jean Leahhare
  18. Giant Oil Fields – The Highway to Oil: Giant Oil Fields and their Importance for Future Oil Production / Original writer’s kind of a dick, but his end conclusions and adoptions from the two guys CJ- are on par – used as Devil’s Advocate
  19. D & D Meadows “the limit to growth” Lots of stuff on the web, but the book isn’t a PDF
  20. FORRESTER “World Dynamics” AND “SYSTEM DYNAMICS” multiple documents on this link, the ones by Forrester are solid.

The Documentary/Video List: A lot of these can be found on Netflix if you have it, if you don’t, I think they offer a free trial.  I believe Netflix is a great resource for information and entertainment. A lot of the video’s you can find for free online at the various website links that are provided. The TED website is a fantastic source of its own; don’t hesitate to look through their other videos.

I can also send you other sources if you let me know.

IDN – (Instant Download on Netflix) TH – (TED website Hyperlinked) *— one of my favorites YT – (YouTube HL)

  1. 1.       An Overall View
  1. 2.       War, Peace, Politics, and Religion
  1. 3.       Economics         
  • Trading on Thin Air (IDN)
  • Inside Job – (Available at Netflix Mail)
  • An Inconvenient Tax  (IDN)

  • 4.       Water                  
  1. 5.       Food     
  1. 6.       Environment & Biodiversity      
  2. *TED Talk Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development (TH)
  • America’s Lost Landscape (IDN)
  • American Experience: Earth Days (IDN)
  • Frontline: Heat (IDN)
  • *Dirt! – The Movie.  (Available at Netflix Mail)
  • The End of the line (IDN)
  • Frontline: Poisoned Waters (IDN)
  • Everything’s Cool (IDN)
  • Life Running Out of Control (IDN)
  • Milking the Rhino (IDN)
  • Six Degrees Could Change the World (IDN)
  • *The 11th Hour – Available on Netflix – Mail
  • The Inconvenient Truth (Available at Netflix Mail)
  • Climate of Change (IDN)
  • Colony  (IDN)
  • Designing a Great Neighborhood (IDN)
  • Frontline: The Spill (IDN)
  • Big River (IDN)
  • The Ecological Footprint                (IDN)
  • Radically Simple (IDN)
  • Homo Toxicus (IDN)
  1. 8.       Other Beneficial Information to Understand
  1. 9.       Energy 

CANCER: Burzynski (IDN)

A Clarification of Vision

The posts on this blog travel from philosophy back to intention and everywhere in between. There is a method to it and I hope you will collaborate. I also hope you can stick with it long enough to see the big picture, the one where you will see the complex connection to what we are doing, where we are going, and the routines, traditions, and behaviors that got us here. Perhaps then we can choose a different path, because we are not heading in a sustainable direction.

The project is interconnected with most of our human and planetary issues.  The projects primary focus is helping our civilization become aware, understand, redirect, and prepare for the transitional age before we run out of time and the resources to do so.

The entire project was born from the understanding that our civilization will soon endure a transitional event, its duration and severity will be determined by the preparedness of its inhabitant and will affect every one of us.

The interconnected factors of our environmental carrying capacity and the diminishing energy resource that supports its current ability to supply, creates an overshoot that makes such an event inevitable.  

There is a universal question that appears whenever someone finds this information and it is based in: When? The universality of this question is human nature; it’s based in our fight or flight mentality.  The answer to this is complex, but to simplify and share an understanding of urgency, the “when” is right now. The data shows us being past the point of “seamless transition” or non-adverse redirection. It’s happening all around you and is not as tangible for some as it is for others.

As things tend to evolve, the plans may change method but the objective will always remain intact. The project will grow with this path, and if it has to change or assimilate into another’s structure, then so be it. The objective is its primary importance, not its founder’s ego.

The Finding Finite Project as a whole is made up of several efforts:

  • The writing of the book(s) and manuals
  • The design & development of the governing dynamics for neighborhood villages
  • The initiation & development of a national network of neighborhood villages

The writing of the book(s) and manuals:

The first of three books is titled “Finding Finite”.  This book is a collection of facts, philosophies, and illustrations that, while addressing many different concerns, it will ultimately share the interconnected nature of our human direction, momentum, and common transitional destination.  It is the explorative journey from the perspective of a person who started with an individualized focus and ended with a globalized outlook. Taking the life experiences and insights of a world traveled quest to seek answers, pose questions, then finding a destination of purpose by illustrating the incongruent way our civilization is living.

The second and third books are titled “Understanding Finite” and “Living Finite” and will attempt to act as an evolutionary model. These books will further investigate the link between the value of our life’s time and how we choose to spend it. These books will further explore and identify the ways we can all live within the finite nature of things, fully embrace life’s treasures, seek lessons, and accept realities. It promotes the practice of living through acceptance, compassion, gratitude, and the knowledge of choice.

The manuals: These handbooks present themselves through the writing process and are categorized in many perspectives and forms, e.g. “operational” or “how to” manuals and documents.

The design & development of the governing dynamics for neighborhood villages:

The governing dynamics of any simple or complex managed system is always a challenge; however, our present ability to use past civilizations historical lessons is of great benefit. We will first breakdown the existing structure into a basic universal perspective, then identify and understand the generalized needs of all humans and their environments ecological interdependence. Once the balanced elements of “need” become apparent, we can design a system that is culturally infusible and allows the diversity of our civilization to be an empowering adaption to the overall design.

All cultures will have to make some sacrifices in traditional and nontraditional lifestyles to accommodate the sustainability of the overall system. The base structure will evolve into a homogenous interaction at the network level.

We intend to resource many universities, faculties, and their student bodies to assist with the design and implementation. A variety of “Beta Test” style projects have been addressed with a number of sociology departments. We also intend to involve the present government at some level.

The initiation & development of a national network of neighborhood villages:

We will start the development in more than one way. There are existing efforts, groups, and movements that support this kind of program. We will have our own initiatives, as well as align with the others that share similar purpose. We feel collaboration is not only the way to be successful with a project of this scope, diversity, and importance, but also inherently fitting to the interconnected nature of our global population.

This initiation will start with the development of core groups. Taking the community garden culture and transforming backyards. These core groups can be the neighborhood bonfires that radiate connectivity, sharing, community involvement and learning about its food source and our overall message of preparedness.