“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – J. Krishnamurti
I have mentioned that Money is Debt in the past few blogs. The idea is a little hard to grasp at first, but the more you examine our financial system it becomes clear that money always creates debt through interest and presents opportunities for people to exploit other people. It is the sad reality that we all live in. Everywhere you go you can always catch a reference to the world being so cold, or every man for himself. My favorite is “nice guys finish last”. When did it become true that the businessman who wants to do good in their community and focus on more important things than profit like honesty, integrity, and community gets taken advantage of by everyone with a lower code of ethics? Everyone seems ok with this and they use the expression as if to say, “don’t be a nice guy these days unless you want to be broke”. I believe what they are trying to say is that we live in a world where it is much more economically viable to be a drug dealer than a teacher. So don’t be a teacher.
Today you must be a cutthroat businessman who will ponce at any sight of profit despite the ethical implications or environmental factors. In modern day economics these ethical implications and environmental factors are referred to as externalities. What is missing from this modern day economic model is the understanding that we are products from our environment. Without an environment to exist in we would not be here. Our planet is a miracle in the universe and yet we choose to destroy it as fast as we can. It is true that we were once trying to conquer our environment because it was viewed as dangerous and mysterious because of our primitive knowledge of the earth. We have gained vast amounts of knowledge since then so we no longer have to wage war on our environment.
Over the past 100 years we have been able to observe every natural cycle known to man and understand the sustainability of those cycles. Every system that humans have created is completely foreign to any natural cycle found in nature. We have created an economy that requires infinite growth just to sustain itself and survive. It is built on consumption and waste, in combination with our continually growing money supply. Our standard business models today take as much as they can from the environment to generate profit, and then contribute as little as possible to help the environment in efforts to control costs. There is no balance in what we are doing. Think of the water cycle. Now think of the oil cycle. Oil is drilled from the ground after taking millions of years to create to be burned in minutes and turned into carbon in the atmosphere. It is not a cycle at all and there is no chance of ever replenishing the oil reserves on earth. Our city systems only consume energy and produce pollution. We need to start producing energy and reversing pollution to balance out these cycles. We can turn our harmful cities into sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions for the problems we are facing today. We have the knowledge, the technology, and the urgent need.
Unless we address our current monetary, economic, and political systems things will continue to get worse until the final collapse happens. Our system is built on infinite growth and that has led us to the exponential times we are currently in. Everyone knows that exponential growth cannot be sustained. It will eventually reach a carrying capacity or strike disaster and regress very quickly. We need to understand that proactive measures are better than reactive measures. Lets take the necessary steps to save our society and the planet. I believe in a world where teachers are treated like celebrities and there are no drug dealers. No poverty, no war, no hunger, abundance for all. It is possible. The answers are here. Our system is the only limitation.
“Before 1980, Afghanistan produced 0% of the world’s opium. After the US/CIA backed Mujahadeen won the Soviet/Afghan war by 1986 they were producing 40% of the world’s heroin supply. By 1999, they were producing 80% of the total market supply. But then, something unexpected happened. The Taliban rose to power, and by 2000 they had destroyed most of the opium fields. Production dropped from 3.000+ tons to only 185 tons, a 94% reduction. On Sept. 9th 2001, the full Afghanistan invasion plans were on President Bush’s Desk, Two days later they had their excuse. Today, opium productions in US controlled Afghanistan, which now provides more than 90% of the world’s heroin, breaks new production records nearly every year.” – Source Washington Post and UNODC Report
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What are you willing to do to ensure a better world for the generations to come? Are you willing to shift your values and try something new? Please let me know by leaving a comment below. We are all in this together.