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Sustainability and Scarcity


Let's discuss the ulitmate truth about scarcity and the economic paradigms that we live in.

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Scarcity and Greed are not Human, they are Systemic sticky icon

 

We live in metaphors or symbols of certain universally accepted conditions. When we know that, it cannot be a burden to act out our lives within these structures. But if we believe that the structure is real, or even that this structure is me, then we are destine to act out a life that is vastly limited from its pro-offered potential.

Our economic system is just such a structure.

1. Money is thought of as a value, but that can't be true, because money is so tied to market effects of supply and demand that the most valuable things to life can be given a price tag of worthless.

2. Money acts as a system of exchange. I do not want to do so many things that are fundamental for my life. But with the lubrication of money, I can exchange those services that you are willing to perform for my daily necessities and I can offer my passion to those who would be gratified by it.

3. Money is a system of distribution. I have made things that I want to get out there, and I need a way to profferer and consummate the transfer of these items. But the one thing we haven't generally taken account of is that this distribution system can only function in the realm of scarcity. It works great for anything that I deem ok to be scarce, luxuries, articles that denote exclusiveness, symbols of my individuality, and my assumed identity. All these things rightly so should be scarce.

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HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH GLOBAL WARMING RIGHT NOW?

Donate to the Standing Rock Tribe in their hour of need with this weeks confrontation to halt DAPL. If this pipeline is halted or delayed while the oil companies follow the law with an environmental impact study it could set a precedent of less fossil fuel development. Somewhere the laws on environmental protection must be upheld. Somewhere big bucks ramrodding must be challenged. Somewhere the flow of fossil fuel must be slowed. DAPL is today's spotlight occasion. I think that we all believe in the damaging effects of global warming. We may or may not feel affinity to the Native American Cause, but this goes way beyond that. It has been made easy to donate with PayPal or CC. Donation page:      Sioux Donate Page 

HOW DOES CROWD FUNDING WORK? (repeat from below).

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A MODEST PROPOSAL FOR A FEW STEPS TOWARD EQUALITY

We spend much of our lifetimes observing the world around us and trying to understand what we see through our explanations. When there are no reasonable explanations we settle on “that’s just the way the world is, (that people are)”. With deeper insight we might realize what could be the causative factors for the trends that we observe.

One obvious thing we do see is the sharp division between wellbeing and deprivation. We tend to think that some people are better than others, and they know how to make more out of their lives. We do acknowledge some political, cultural or religious structures that slant the odds for who succeeds and who struggles. Some people start out with money, and some start with nothing.

Ghana's Farmers Undercut by Love

 

 

What does it really mean that our lives are "arising" out of source in each moment and that the manifest world is actually timeless and perfect? Some say that no interest arises in this being (slang for me) for investigating people and their experience of personal or community problems. Aren't we missing something here?

If you have 3 minutes now, you could know that your government's policy and your desire to offer charity are not working totally for the good of those on the receiving end. Without your participation the same old "arising" goes on. With your participation, well I'll be darned, arising takes a turn too.

Congressiona Reform Act of 2011

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.

I'm asking each member to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

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Social Business Entrepreneurs, Muhammad Yunus

One of my interests is to investigate belief structures that manifest separation.  Just noting separation could be a belief structure leaves you with one option, to believe that there is no separation.  That sure doesn't have any traction.

But here Yunus is proposing (and modeling) a new branch of Capitalism, which he calls a Social Business.  It is not a non-profit foundation nor a charity but a buisiness whose goals are social objectives.  In this way it is immune from the stock market which insists that company value correlates to dividend percentage.  The social business has to be financially self sustaining, but not necessarily pay any dividends.

Here is what he says:

Exchange

In a small town in the United States, the place looks almost totally deserted. It is tough times, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.

Suddenly, a rich tourist comes to town. He enters the town's only hotel, lays a 100 dollar bill on the reception counter as a deposit, and goes to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one.

  • The hotel proprietor takes the 100 dollar bill and runs to pay his debt to the butcher.
  • The butcher takes the 100 dollar bill, and runs to pay his debt to the pig farmer.
  • The pig farmer runs to pay his debt to the supplier of his feed and fuel.
  • The supplier of feed and fuel takes the 100 dollar bill and runs to pay his debt to the town's prostitute that, in these hard times, gave her "services" on credit.
  • The hooker runs to the hotel, and pays off her debt with the 100 Dollar Bill to the hotel proprietor to pay for the rooms that she rented when she brought her clients there.

The hotel proprietor then lays the 100 dollar bill back on the counter so that the rich tourist will not suspect anything.

At that moment, the tourist comes down after inspecting the rooms, and takes back his 100 dollar bill, saying that he did not like any of the rooms, and leaves town.

No one earned anything. However, the whole town is now without debt and looks to the future with a lot of optimism.........

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the United States and Australian Governments are doing business today.

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Trust Between Strangers

Many key points are developed as food for new thought on how the world can better work. This particular angle is on sharing, but it impinges on all our old ideas of "exchange" and distribution.

 

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Sustainability from a Modern Business Point of View

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