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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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.

The Informational Gap (part 1)

We have been saturated by phrases that illustrate the importance of information, “information is power” being the one that stands out most in my mind.

Strange how we hear these so often but rarely understand the powerful lessons enclosed within them. The more common statement of “yes, I know how important information is!” exists, yet the way information is treated tells a different story, after all “we are the people” with the power to set the bar.

Water is as important to our body’s ability to sustain life functions as Information is in making our life’s choices… the choices that define the way we live our lives and the purpose they fulfill.

Information and misinformation is the root of human interaction. Whether that interaction is making love or starting a war. How bold is that? I will go further, you remember hearing “all men are inherently good” I conditionally agree; my condition is that I first clarify the information given: “all men” – this refers to all people, (it was the language of the time), “are inherently” – philosophers generally regard this to mean “at the level of the soul”, “good” is Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s philosophy  that I put this spin on  – it’s where we start, with a seed of good that can grow either way while being fed information or misinformation resulting in understanding, or misunderstanding which is closely related to fear. Fear being the nutrient needed for us to break away from our natural good, leading us to actions of fear; like hate, cruelty, distrust, and on and on. Prejudice; isn’t this the act of pre-judging, which is the result of making judgment without all the understood information?

Remember the darker side of information, it can teach many things like fear, hate, and prejudice.   So, after acknowledging this obvious importance, wouldn’t it be logical to practice it, protect it, and revere its power like we do our gods?  Or at least our god’s gift that enables human’s free will?

Most of us end up in arguments as a result of under practiced skills of communication, the communication of our information. Let me clarify that a bit: the emotions that get attached to the novice informational exchange make it difficult to clearly understand. Emotions become engaged because of some preset notion or defensive belief.  That’s prejudice, and it’s all shrouded in fear, fear of judgment or acceptance.  If we were originally trained to first absorb the information then after understanding it, react, how “emotionally intelligent” would we be? Doesn’t that seem to be logical? Information feeds understanding; and understanding is where resolution is found. Acceptance of something even something you don’t agree with is normally the result of understanding it.  Funny, but this isn’t actually one of my wild tangents, it’s just another illustration of the importance of information.

Jumping to a contextual point of view –

There was a moment in time, (even if it was a brief moment) that we as a “free people” understood information’s power and the importance of its accurate depiction. That was a time when one man’s obsession with power became a public wakeup call. The subject was control, more to the point, Information management as a tool to control the public’s behavior. William Randolph Hearst was that man and this subtext is a little background information on how my opinion of him was formed.

I haven’t found a better example than the film “Citizen Kane” written by Herman Mankiewicz with help from its director and starring actor, Orson Welles.  True to form, Hearst prohibited any of his newspapers to even mention the films existence, let alone advertise it. The films censorship became obvious, due to the films delayed but remarkable success, winning an Academy Award for an original screenplay, along with nominations in nine other categories.  A strange little unproven conspiracy theory was created by its seemingly disastrous premiere, not even clearing a production profit at the box office, all but disappearing until French film critics brought it back to the people’s attention in 1956, 15 years after its 1941 release.  Film critics and the general consensus of film experts consider it to be the best film of all time, with even Roger Ebert  saying: “So it’s settled: Citizen Kane is the official greatest film of all time.”

This is just my opinion of course but, I consider four possibilities to explain why the “greatest film of all time” premiered as a flop: 1.The film was railroaded by Hearst 2. The general public was oblivious to the important industrial civilian “control” issues that permeated the films plot 3. It took a population with the revolutionary philosophies of the French, to find and pronounce the films importance, or 4. A combination of all of the above.

About W.R. Hearst’s influences and adolescent sculpting:  “Hearst’s father, US Senator George Hearst, had acquired land in the Mexican state of Chihuahua after receiving advance notice that Geronimo – who had terrorized settlers in the region – had surrendered. Hearst was able to buy hundreds of thousands of acres at $0.20 each because only he knew that they had become much more secure”.[i]  “The younger Hearst (W.R. Hearst) was in Mexico as early as 1886, when he wrote to his mother that “I really don’t see what is to prevent us from owning all of Mexico and running it to suit ourselves.”[ii]

Later, he engaged in a brutal circulation war with Joseph Pulitzer and his publications, the outcome was the creation of “yellow journalism.” As the dictionary defines it: Sensationalist news reporting; a style of journalism that makes unscrupulous use of scandalous, lurid, or sensationalized stories to attract readers.

I have studied Hearst extensively and if you’re interested in more information, the best “Cliff Notes” style summary I can find is at this link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Randolph_Hearst

Orson Welles was one of our history’s “Masters of Attention” using the tools of radio and film to captivate us with the power of well-orchestrated (or the way I like to put it Welles-orchestrated) information. He gave us another great lesson about informational power, with the 1938 radio broadcast of the “War of the Worlds” were he all but coined the phrase “run for the hills” as he commentated the  fictional invasion of aliens, the result was a massive and chaotic population uprising.

SOAPBOX Moment: I am guessing that the Bush administration would have had the Fox news and affiliates screaming that it was a terrorist attack, and moved to have Orson interrogated by “enhanced methods” at Guantanamo.  Sorry, but being a kid that didn’t do that well in school either I have to give G.W. the credit that he probably meant well. (Only because this is a post devoted to the importance of information, I will break the Sarcastic Oath and tell you the truth… that was sarcasm).

Resolution of SOAPBOX Moment: To the person(s) that loved the Bush administration, I apologize, sincerely. We will need you just as much as anyone else. I practice feeling differently about those 8 years but I occasionally slip into sarcasm and even flirt with hatred. I need to tell you why, then you will have the information necessary to judge me if you must. I am going to wildly summarize and condense these thoughts into two points; otherwise I would need the space of this entire post. Point 1. The President’s choice to proudly present himself as a “secular president” was possibly the most devastating public pronouncement since the church and state were originally separated. Whether you want it that way or not, our global human community is made up of a lot of different religions, to accept that, is to accept fact. To think their beliefs are less important to them as yours are to you is insensitive and naive.  Our leaders, (considering we are a nation of diversity, with immigrants from every culture on the planet) have the duty to represent a collective interest not use their position as a platform to preach their individual spiritual beliefs. Point 2. This is probably the hardest for me, for reasons I cannot go into, but I can tell you that I get physically ill when I think about it. For any person, let alone the Vice President of the United States, to use their influence to create personal monetary gain in the facilitation of a war that they are not fighting in is indescribable to me. This last sentence took me twenty minutes to write, I think it has to be one of the all-time low points in our country’s history. I know our history pretty well, and I recognize and don’t minimize the awful atrocities that scar our beautiful idea of a nation, but this one is incomprehensible to me. I see it as the sum of all our evils.

Now back to the point: please excuse the soapy tangent

When did the publication media lose sight of the responsibility of informational purity, that that alone was enough to print it, even “honorable”, instead of whatever sells the paper? This was a rhetorical question because I have a pretty good idea of when this happened. The point is, why was this allowed to happen?

The greatest of informers can’t inform in an empty room. The control of information works in many ways and has been debated since languages were formed. Although I have been focusing on published information, the “rights” of what is published is not the point I’m addressing. I am addressing something I think of as a cultural glitch, and it’s as vague as the importance of information itself. Sadly, this falls into the category of “assumption” which makes it difficult to explain, but I will try.

It is assumed that the checkout counter tabloids are mostly fictional, and they are the type of news source that is considered unreasonable to take as fact. But who taught us this? I am not defending the tabloids, just highlighting the assumption. What about the rest of the publications? Where do we find the list of factual informational sources? This is the truly scary side effect of assumptive behavior, and the resulting misrepresentations that come with it. People have the right, and we have the duty to seek accurate information, otherwise how do we make choices that positively affect our world, and the beings in it?

What happens when we lose all the sources of real information? Do we end up living in one giant advertisement with the only real goal being consumption?  Along with a civilian business model that promotes perpetual growth? Who came up with that impossible idea? The planet might be enormous too you, but I promise it’s not big enough for that plan.

What happened to the plan of making what we “need” with the ultimate goal being personal and family happiness? The habit of collecting everything you decide to “want”, is the drug addiction that gives a less then euphoric momentary pleasure, leading nowhere but a lifetime hangover of  a money driven career, and the regret driven withdrawals of lost time.

Retirement; is the “carrot” created by a system of slavery that distracts the focus of time and the reality of value in a finite life.

This “Gap” goes way beyond the corner newspaper stand and into our lives in an entirely different way. If we could see information for what it really is, instead of some kind of abstract cluster of ideas, dreams, and intentions, we would insist on its purity, or at least its accuracy. If all of this became a common realization, there would be a mandatory class called “Informational Sciences” in every school in the U.S.

Clearly I feel strongly about this, but let’s see if I can articulate an important factual issue. Let’s take water as a topic. If you go to the sink and open the faucet and fill a glass, do you have any way to know how many more glasses you could fill? You get a water bill and it probably shows how many units of water you used, but does it say how many more units they can supply for you? Go on to some other utility; gas for instance. You can see that the price is rising but do you really know why? How many of you gave the answer “it’s because of inflation”? Please don’t get pissed, but that is a perfect example of brain washing. We have been systematically tortured with the idea that everything has to get more expensive, without actually saying or understanding why. If it was sustainable or renewable, why would the price go up? It wouldn’t need too because it’s perpetual, if managed sustainably.  That was a little rhetorical hint, about how unsustainable our grand plan is. I get how irritating rhetorical-isms can be, but they are meant to stir your thought, a sort of kindling for your own contemplation – that is where change happens.

Broaden your mind for a moment with these thoughts: What kind of system gives no overall source of responsibility to the individuals working within it? That limits the sources of information to the point that each individual’s personal work or effort inhibits their ability to understand the consequences of their own actions? It’s the same answers for both questions: Our system & a system of slavery.

This is not the way our system started; it was once a beautiful & brilliantly designed paradigm, that was based on exactly the opposite answer now given: Our system gave us the overall source of responsibility.  It has since been mutated by greed in the indefinable name of progress. Want to see just how different the system was when it began? The taxation of income was unconstitutional… you can go from there.

I know that the subject of slavery is a sensitive one, but information is power and limiting information is also a significant tool of power. Uncensored information is the truest nutrition the mind could digest. Without it, are we not actually brain dead?

Starting to sound like slavery yet?

Here’s a sociological experiment for you:

Imagine a world that instead of getting angry at the guy washing his car in the middle of a state wide drought, we recognized this as a sign of misinformation. I am not trying to suggest that there aren’t people that act contradictory to real issues; I just want you to understand the complexity that leads back to information. I am willing to bet that if that guy knew that the water he was using was coming from a source that would run out and his family would die from thirst, he probably would not do it.

Let’s look at political affiliation… you may say, “what the hell does that have to do with anything your writing about?” take a breath, now remember that everything is connected. First let’s say there are two parties, Party A and Party B. This guy washing his car is a devote Party A constituent. The Party B politician won, and it was mostly because of their campaign on water conservation. Are you starting to get where I’m going with this? This guy also happens to loath his job, it so happens that he has a few coworkers that like to fanatically discuss their efforts to conserve water and how much they love that Party B won, how a loss would have started the end of the world, and so on.  He is getting information, but because it sounds like something against his chosen party (which can be much like a religious belief for some people) he labels it as something to dislike or even work against.  Now that you understand this guy a little better, how has the original emotional reaction changed? Let me help a little further, can you acknowledge that this guy clearly has the ability to be passionate about something? Too far? Ok, let’s throw another tidbit of information in; he doesn’t care what his car looks like.  Although possibly misguided passion, it’s still emotionally driven, not information driven. The point about seeing his passion, is not just forgiveness, it’s about his capacity to engage something with purpose. That’s a start.                                                                           __________________________________

The last paragraph scratches the surface of an issue that I will write about in another post, that illustrates the dangerous moment when politicians became celebrity spokespersons instead of humble responsible civil servants.  This will also cover the need to understand historical information and the lessons it provides – and being said, why are our leaders not history experts?


[i] “Mexico: End of An Empire”. Time. September 7, 1953.

[ii] Gonzales, Michael J. 2002. The Mexican Revolution, 1910–1940. 1st ed. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, page 8, and Wiki.

I need your help on this one

This correspondence and script (rough draft) will be delivered to the Secretary General of the United Nations. They have opened a channel of discussion to “pitch” an idea to help the world. I want your opinions and /or suggestions before I finish and submit it.

Excuse me Mr. Secretary General,

All life is finite. You and I are finite. That’s what makes our lives so precious.

Purpose is infinite. That’s why when it’s found, it can seem more precious than life.

I have found my life’s purpose and I want to share it with you and your formidable influence.

The introduction of a complex issue often results in misunderstanding which squanders the attention of its ultimate importance.  In the acknowledgement of that illustrative hurdle, I have decided to illustrate my purpose in a minimal way. Hopefully embracing traces of the ancient art of words, and the power each one can present.

This is an issue of global human importance.

The purpose I write about has evolved into a human effort called “The Finding Finite Project” and its proposed solutions are focused on a systemic manmade dysfunction that produces global ramifications.

THERE IS A PICTURE INSERTED HERE, BUT WAS NONTRANSFERABLE. Its a circular text graph that follows around a picture of the earth. The words that surround the earth are connected by arrows leading back to the first word: Petroleum > Energy > Food > Water > Population > Pollution > Attention > 

 

Most of us live within minds unable to reason with the finite reality of our own lifespan, which creates a living focus measured in short periods of time, often forgetting entirely about the future beyond and disconnecting its valuable purpose. This allows us the destructive and wasteful practices of consumption without hunger and development without need, want becomes our goal, function turns to fashion, and results become unimportant.

In the decade that spanned 1975-to-1985 the United States and much of the world found an opportunity to develop sustainable solutions, replacing a known finite energy resource with types that could sustain or energy needs and our futures stability. This history was written much like a cautionary fable, with greed being the fuel that burned through our natural resources and its smoke strangling individual responsibility and clouding the collective obligations of a civilization that is interdependent.

I will not identify blame; instead I will understand our situation and offer the simple solutions of individual change that grows into a sustainable group success.  Death is where I found the finite nature of my own life; Petroleum is where I found the finite manmade systems of our current civilization.

Logistics is the word I choose to illustrate the projects importance. I see the United Nations as an inspirational and triumphant illustration of human effort and capability. We must preemptively simplify our living systems, while individual communities still have the energy resources to do so. If we choose to focus on “business as usual”, all of us, even a collective as significant as yours, will experience an increasing level of logistical ineffectiveness, exponentially growing to a situational gravity that could easily push us back to a modern stone age.

The Finding Finite Project will use any and all human resources it can find to initiate a living community plan to establish a national network of self-sustainable neighborhood villages. Using the existing infrastructure of urban and suburban dwellings, we will assist in the establishment of core groups that will evolve their current individualized communities into village oriented collectives, which not only address local issues of sustainability, but become a cohesive collection of neighboring dwellings to support the easement of the coming challenges of energy resource descent.

This is not meant to stir some renewable energy solution, because unless this “miracle” comes with no cost and free installation into existing transportation vehicles, the transitional problem still takes place. We are in a massive overshoot, and although I want us to plan for a renewable future, the lack of attention to our actual growing predicament shadows any other resolution.