A Cure For Our Economic Crisis

I’ve been struggling with my initial excitement about the possibility of a non-violent revolt against the rich.  My struggle is essentially with the negative connotations of the words: “revolt,” and “against.”

Negativity gets us nowhere fast.  I believe that we have been living in a negativity fueled culture that has bred a society of untrusting individuals.  We’re a society of fools that are spinning our wheels in the mud of inequality.  The only thing that holds our culture together is money.  This is, of course, the root of the problem.

Our economic crisis is a symptom of our failure to use our voices to confront inequality.

How can we meaningfully solve this crisis?  It will ultimately spiral out of control if we cannot reach common ground.  This common ground should be forward thinking rather than resolving to do things the same way, but with a different name.

I suggest that a cure for our economic crisis is a designated time set aside to globally re-examine our values.

During this time of profound self-examination, (individually and globally) we will hopefully reach conclusions that determine that the majority of humanity values life in all forms, and our environment over money, or property and material things.

When these values begin to be implemented in our culture, we will actualize a change that was only possible in our dreams.  We will be able to consciously morally evolve ourselves into a state of world peace.

My congresswoman, Barbera Lee has a saying that she repeats over and over again on the house floor:  “Budgets are moral documents.”

This is a profound statement because it acknowledges that our economy is based on the work of human beings – not some mystical law of the market.

The problems, then, are the misplaced values of the corporate sponsored politicians.  It is clear that too many of them have prioritized money before people.  What does this tell us about their morality?  From my perspective it tells us that there is a corrupt corporate culture running amok and a majority of politicians are complicit at best and enablers at worst.

So, our morals are a practical cure for our economic crisis.  We must look beyond the money and see the people and understand that our division of labor inextricably connects us – so when one of us suffers, all of us suffer.

I can only imagine the mental gymnastics that the uber-wealthy of our culture are forced to perform concerning their own morals.  Their denial of equality, and their embrace of exploitation must surely keep them awake at night.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  We all need a crisis of conscience before we can fix our economy.

Here are the 7 big-picture steps that I think need to happen before our economic crisis is resolved – it is essentially an outline for a revolution of thought, or more appropriately A Moral Evolution.

1.  A Jubilee Year is declared.  All debt will be canceled.  During the Jubilee Year we should have a time of values re-examination to determine exactly where the majority of individuals priorities are.  An emphasis on community is stressed.
2.  The systematic dissolution of leadership, ideologies, borders, and economies.  Concepts of ownership and privatization will be forgotten.  A World Union is established with a Global Democracy (one voice equals one vote).
3.  Move onto an Economy of Trust; Based on a Currency of Language.  This allows for the concept of “freedom” and “individual liberty” to become a reality as there will no longer be any economic prohibitions.  What is free for one, is free for all.  That includes the equal access to resources for all of humanity.  Gandhi should be the guiding light here with his standard of resource distribution:  There is enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for anyone’s greed.
4.  Begin rebuilding our global infrastructure (with a communal focus on education) using solely renewable energy so that it is in harmony with nature.  We currently have the technology to make the whole of our population sustainable.  There is no logistical reason or rationale for anybody to go hungry or be homeless.
5.  Begin to harness the power of technology by using the internet to create a truly global democracy.  Equal access to a computer becomes a human right.  We can then use the internet as a completely virtual global congress.  Issues can be raised, discussed and voted on to determine majority opinion on directions we can take in the future.  Humanity as we know it does not deserve the privilege of technology.  It is simply too powerful of a tool for exploitation and manipulation.  We must honestly explore our true desires for technology.  And we must also consider the true desires of the intelligence we are artificially creating.  It should also be noted that moral evolution would eliminate the need for “internet security” – in its place should be the value of transparency.
6.  Implement an agreement to follow “Natural Law.”  This law can be defined and voted on by all of humanity through our internet global congress.  The only truly necessary laws are The Golden Rule (Do to others as you would like done to yourself), and live in harmony with nature (i.e. be individually sustainable).
7.  Work only when inspired to but always support your local community!

2 comments on “A Cure For Our Economic Crisis

  1. Ruth Alice says:

    Here are my problems with your steps:
    #2: “World Union” & “Global Democracy”–sounds like a cover for the New World Order, I’m not feeling it
    #3: “Equal access to resources for all of humanity”–great in theory, what about practice? how are the worlds resources going to be transported to every individual on earth for all of time w/out a sense of money powering it? How is this sustained?
    #6: Only laws–Golden rule and Harmony w Nature
    -what exactly do you mean by this “Harmony w nature” does that mean there are actual laws prohibiting an individual from living “unsustainably”? I’m not sure what that even means anyway.
    -if you’re trying to develop a system whose laws are in line with the common conscience then these laws might fall into a more controvercial sect
    -Also, I never thought the golden rule was enough to thoroughly describe morality. What about duties of previous obligation? According to the golden rule a judge has no right to hand out a punishment for a criminal if he would not wish to endure the punishment himself….the golden rule leaves something out that needs to be expalined
    -the golden rule would also allow all drugs to be legal, and prostitution. you okay with that? I am, but I don’t know if this sentiment is reflected among the conscience of all individuals

    #7: this is the most confusing step of them all next to “thought currency”……if we “work only when inspired to”, how are we able to distribute all the worlds resources equally…..who harvests the food? who transports the food? are these people inspired?

    • Thanks for the thoughtful reply Ruth

      Here’s my response ;

      2. What are you speaking of when you say “the new world order?” Are you referencing the supposed neo-republican NWO – or maybe the George Soros “open society” NWO? I chose “world union” because it most reflects my belief about the human species: We are one collective organism divided only by our cultural constructs. A world union already has historical connotations with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) which has been around for nearly a century already.
      3. If money ceased to exist then the value of any particular resources would be infinitely flexible because it would reflect the particular relationship of the parties involved in the trade. By using the “currency of language” the trade would be completed when all parties involved are satisfied with what they are getting. Keep in mind that I’m also advocating for us to drop the concept of “ownership” so there could be no hoarding of resources and sharing would be a natural default for us. This would create vibrant and dynamic communities. As for transporting resources – the first step is for us to rebuild our infrastructure of the world… which we should do using the most up to date technology. They can build some pretty fast trains these days.
      6. Harmony with nature can best be described by an agricultural practice called “permaculture.” Heres a link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture
      If we were to practice permaculture on a global scale and use our technology to share it with each other then there would probably never be famines again.
      Concerning the Golden Rule – it is the simplest, most efficient description of morality. People can bitch and moan about morals all day long but they are ultimately talking around the golden rule as a solution – to complicate it with a sophisticated and articulate response is pointless and no different than preaching. which i fine if you like being preached at…
      7. I’m not sure what youre talking about with “thought currency”…. I’m advocating an Economy of Trust based on a Currency of Language.
      So hopefully you don’t underestimate the energy that a trusting community can generate. People are inspired when they are trusted by others to be mutually inspiring. In an Economy of Trust there would need to be a certain amount of accountability and self-policing built in. But a community thrives or dies together so the inter-dependance requires that everyone participate to there utmost ability. And since compassion and equality would bind the community together – people of all ages and abilities would have an integral role to play.

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