What are your convictions? What do you live for? What do you fight for? What charity do you donate to? What non-profit organization do you belong to? These are rhetorical questions accounting for a mutual consensus. Many people want to see some form of change, to contribute to some cause. Whether it is a cause for human, environmental and equal rights, animal cruelty, prison reform, free and fair elections and the list continues. What I am proposing like many advocacy groups like The Zeitgeist Movement, The Venus Project, and the like is a collaborative integrated approach rather then a segregated path.
Let me emphasize that scarcity and income disparity are no friends to peaceful coalition. “Scarcity breeds crime, conflict and anti-social behaviors.”1 So we are at a battle with time to unify and peacefully organize. It all boils down to this, we live in an antiquated obsolete system, an outdated social structure where efficiency, sustainability, human benefit and natural law comes secondary to greed and profit. The common denominator for our unification would be environmental, social and personal interest in conjunction.
Together undivided by parties, classes, ethnicities, nations, barriers and groups we can pivot the narrative from “that’s just the way it is” to “how can we fix it.” Together we can set the standard where it should be in the 21st century. I will quote the American architect, designer and inventor R. Buckminister, “Neither the great political and financial power structures of the world, nor the specialization-blinded professionals, nor the population in general realize that…it is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary and henceforth unrationalizable as mandated by survival. War is obsolete.”
We have a responsibility to our planet, nature, our children, future generations and to each other to contribute to a habitable planet, sustainable environment, and a harmonious society. We live in a world where military spending is uncompromised and prioritized. World military spending totaled more than $1.6 trillion in 2015. The U.S. accounted for 37 percent of the total military expenditures. Globally over 100 billion dollars are spent annually on nuclear weapons.2 My point is as a society we need to consider reallocating our spending to improving our many social institutions and to the development of our neighboring societies. Perhaps funding the implementation of a new age “Marshall Plan” would help diminish fundamentalism. Investing in the rebuilding and stabilization of our eastern neighbors. Investing in a program that showed success in civil reconstruction and starting alliances.
We need to focus on structurally combing societal, personal and environmental interest in order to succeed in humanity. This objective follows the guidelines of what is labeled as a Natural Law Resource Based Economy (NLRBE). Which is the foundation to sustainable economy. NLRBE is a universal socio-economic system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter or any other system of debt or servitude. This type of economic approach is the blueprint for our societal improvement. There are no quick fixes or one solution. One way or another some form of sacrifice must be made and when we decide to make it would make a significant difference. Until real reform becomes our priority we will remain a product of this system. Power will never concede, until it’s demanded to. It’s time we start articulating our demands by analyzing the potential possibilities.
The Lie We Live by Spencer Cathcart