Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Day 35 – The Politics of the Self

Fellow politicians of planet earth – we have been sorely remiss in our duties and responsibilities to be good stewards to the resources of our planet and good caretakers of the well being and dignity of our fellow living beings – of which the animal and plant kingdoms are equally considered.

To avoid any miscommunication or room for misinterpretation – in this blog when I say “politicians” or “fellow politicians” I do not speak of people elected into governmental offces or people who have career or institutional positions in the various manifestations of “government” in our world. When I say “politicians” and “fellow politicians” I refer to YOU, who are reading this document and I refer as well to myself who is currently composing this document. 

There are many “truths” in our world that are not easy to take in or accept – and here it is necessary for one particular truth to be made abundantly clear if the purpose and intent of this blog are to be practically understood: 

We, the human beings of planet earth are fully responsible not only for the conduct of our governments and our world systems – but of our very own thoughts and our accepted natures. We are at all times responsible for the degree to which we participate in our own living and our own thinking – and in innumerable moments throughout our days we are in fact making decisions that will have a consequence for not only our own lives, but the lives of all around us. 

We, the human beings of planet earth are fully capable and equipped to make of this planet a place of honor and dignity and expression for all life – if we would but dare to consider that there is more to life and living than our personal desires and preferences. We do not stop or allow ourselves the courage to really consider where our personal desires and preferences are coming from and whether or not they actually serve our best interest or reflect our greatest potential if we continue to profess that we want a better world and that we want what is best for all when our actual personal words, thoughts, and deeds paint a picture that is contradictory and often in direct conflict with what we profess to “want” in our world. 

It is remarkably easy to profess and “support” the idea of a better world – a world of unity – a world of peace – a world in which we can truly walk as equals and all have their most important human needs attended to not out of obligation but out of common sense and genuine consideration. It is remarkably easy to say that this is the world we want to live in and this is the world we are willing to fight for and stand up for – that we are apparently “ready” for such a world to come into being just as soon as the government realizes how abusive it is, or just as soon as our global financial systems have a “change of heart” and start valuing things based on actual human values instead of exotic equations meant to seek only profit at all costs, or just as soon as every major corporation begins to take responsibility for the social, psychological, and environmental impact of their businesses – so long as we do not have to take the first step or have to hold ourselves accountable or have to be the very example of what we want in this world – then yes we are prepared to “support” and “be ready for” and “agree with” everything that everyone ELSE should do in order to make our world the place we profess it should be.

It is time to get clear with our starting point and face the actual responsibility that we, the human beings of planet earth have in this particular moment in time and to realize that our fears are not felt alone – that we are in fact equal in our responsibility and equal in our absence thus far.
It is time for us to develop AGREEMENTS with the understanding that who we are and what we have allowed through our own personal interests has lead us to a world of consequences – and that we must find within ourselves the courage to not judge or hold ourselves back due to fear of our own past or fear of what others may think or fear of what may happen if the actual truth of ourselves ever becomes exposed – and in this we must, within our agreement as fellow politicians of planet earth – to never sit in judgment or separation from one another – that we have had as much spitefulness and self interest as anyone else and that if we truly seek to restore our integrity, we must recognize that the same right within all others – to forgive as we would like to be forgiven.

The hard truth of this world is not as simple as a single group of elites who mastermind the world to their own benefit – but that a great and vast majority has allowed this to happen because we have not stood up for each other as equals, but sought only after our personal survival and our personal interest at the expense of all others – which is the ‘mark’ that one can begin to see in all aspects of our world – from our personal relationships, our communities, our corporations, our governments, and the behaviors of our nations.

We as the politicians of planet earth – we human beings – have trapped each other in self-interest and competition as we hold each other to our judgments and our past and in this we divide each other instead of being one united house, one united family that understands that we have had issues and personal conflicts but that such things do not have to define who we are and that through agreements we can actually learn how to give and support each other – that our desires and wants do not have to be fought for through competition when we AGREE that we are better standing together than standing apart – and that we are better stewards and guardians of this world and it’s various forms of life when we face ourselves without judgment, forgive ourselves of that which does not serve us or our ability to stand as a house united, and we SHOW by example that we can take responsibility for ourselves completely and insist that others in our world do the same – and stand here in unconditional support as a reminder that we can let go of our past and our fears and our separation – and whatever ugliness and darkness we must face and expose, we do not allow it to be personal – we do not allow it to anymore define who we are or who we now decide to be – and this we do in honor and integrity one by one starting with ourselves. 

This is the REAL politics of the world and in every waking second our decisions are being ‘counted’ whether we decide to be aware or not. Do NOT allow your actions and decisions to be made for you by self interests that corrupt your political integrity. The world is in danger – and the real politicians of the world are the only ones with the power and leverage to change it. Thus I invite you humbly to walk and investigate the Politics of Self and get to know yourself as your own political body – to assess what decisions and what policies you are making and whether that is making you an effective global politician and an example of life, or whether you have special interests that have lobbied your political interests against your principles – and to ensure that the face you see in the mirror reflects a political body that can be trusted and counted on to do not what is popular or feels good – but what is in fact best for all.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Day 34 - On the Issue of "Money"

All human beings require access to basic elements in order to have a decent and dignified life. These elements include food, water, shelter, health care, access to utilities such as electricity and plumbing, and education.

In the current system, money is the facilitator for human beings to gain access to these elements. Without money, a person cannot have access. And if money is not available, the person must either submit to a form of debt slavery in order to be given provisions, or a person must resort to crime or violence in order to take these elements by force.

It is commonly understood that the elements required for a dignified life should be available to all, yet this currently is not the case. There is a distressing proportion of people on the planet who are considered destitute and impoverished, and these people are without the wherewithal or resource to participate in generating money with which to purchase elements vital to their standard of living.

One must consider in this equation that the common unit of currency in the modern age is a reserve note backed by public debts which are sold as bonds and ensured through private central banks which are serviced into government treasuries with interest. The currency which must be used to ensure access to a dignified life is generated out of debt burdens which must be paid, yet sufficient amounts of the currency do not exist and cannot exist to satisfy the repayment. The currencies on which people must depend upon to secure a dignified life are designed upon the principle of debt and usury. Thus many are without access to this money or the goods and services from which it must flow, and why massive starvation exists in a world of over consumption when the very method through which we acquire our goods and services is dependent on ever increasing debt burdens.

Money is no longer a unit to transact and facilitate the exchange of labor and energy. It has become the lifeblood of humanity. Denied it, we wither. Without it, we die. It is thus criminal that humanity is expected to purchase it's survival and dignity with a currency designed to ensure debt and scarcity in a world that is abundant enough to support every human.

While the prospect of a cashless society in which all needs are unconditionally taken care of and all have an equal access to goods and services and the resources and bounty of the earth is distributed equitably sounds like an ideal solution, at the moment it is only a dream far from being able to manifest in a debt-driven world in which we cannot trust ourselves or each other due to the constant need to secure our survival at the cost of others, while attempting to survive in increasingly competitive social environments where more often than not the amount of "losers" exponentially outnumber the "winners", while children are placed into education systems that reinforce the accepted doctrine of "survival of the fittest" and incentive based competition, while money and wealth becomes concentrated at the top and the majority must learn and adapt to decreasing social values in exchange for increases in consumption and consumerism which is subsidized by appallingly dehumanizing and undignified working conditions in impoverished countries and regions who have so little access to money with which to purchase their survival that they willingly forego dignity.

We cannot allow this situation to continue without serious examination of the efficacy of our debt based money system. While for the moment our debts are "covered" by those who depend on our debt driven money, it is only a matter of time until this system is no longer able to provide even the means for survival to those who are already without means for dignity. Impoverished people with no proper means through which to obtain their survival will likely resort to any means necessary before considering allowing themselves to die out from starvation. In light of the recent financial crises cropping up in all corners of the world, it is time for us to consider a new system which takes into consideration the provision and support for all people to have a decent and dignified life unconditionally instead of having to constantly live in fear and competition in order to enjoy what should be accessible to all by simple birthright.

Let us get real with the situation at hand. There currently exists more debt in the economic system than there exists forms of money or other legal tender in circulation as well as general supply. The current global economic system relies upon ever increasing growth and expansion as well as the generation of greater amounts of interest rates, taxes, and debt obligations. The resource currently required by ALL human beings in order to access a dignified life is NOT SUFFICIENT and is counter productive to supporting human living for all humans on this planet, and the purchasing power of currency grows steadily weaker and unstable each day. More and more we are finding that we work harder, have less freedom, are under more stress, and are able to access less and less for our labor.
It is time to re-evaluate EVERYTHING about the way we are living, and the cost that has been rendered. It is time for us to look ALL of humanity in the eye and ask the question "Is our way of life supportive and practical for ALL humans equally?", and if not, why then have we done nothing practical to change this issue, and does our inaction not put us into the category of the guilty who benefit from the plunder of masses?

It is time for the REAL Politicians to stand up - and to realize that those with the MOST political authority to insist upon change are those most affected by the consequences of our world system - and currently that majority stands at roughly 99% versus 1%.