What lies ahead rests on entire speculation or instinct because we live in a world of great threats that we cannot foresee that is turning everyone to his own way.
Things never stayed still.
Humans are not limited anymore that much to their instincts, they are able to go beyond using their will power and imagination. However we will always be limited by the technology of our time.
This is a disturbing fact which is not fully understood.
But Something else is going Wrong On The Way To The Future,
AND ITS A dilemma ; Latin for a mess.
So in this post ( Which I am sure will require further investigation) I will try avoiding the obvious biological reasons and historical truths in approaching the explanation.
I will present it more like a painting where you chose the wash to paint the picture on.
These days you can get any opinion you want. The problem is you can
also get any fact you want… In general, we have little confidence in
numbers or statistics. Except in the world of science, where they mean
something precise, they are mostly lies and misunderstandings that you
believe because Goggle says it.
Of course, it’s never that simple.
It should be obvious that we are all far better off today than we were a half-century ago. That this should have been the easiest period in human history in which to make progress and peace.
Never before had there been so many inventors and entrepreneurs. Never before had they so much accumulated science and capital to work with. Never before had there been so many people making things… and so many consumers with money in their pockets to buy them.
And never before were there so many earnest lawmakers, PhD economists, curious researchers, diligent policymakers, and nonprofit-employed do-gooders – millions of people all doing their level best to make us happier, healthier, and richer!
As recent events in Paris highlight, something seems to have gone BADLY wrong on the way to the future… we are still nearer to the animal behavior than to advanced capabilities.
Global peace built on a foundation of nation-states is an oxymoron.
So lets start the painting with the wash of Money and Inequality.
If something grows too big, then it destroys itself from the inside.
To lay claim of bringing tectonic changes to capitalism remains a far cry!
Humans are still in development of their individual personalities.
The truth can be difficult to stomach. Most governments loathe the truth.
Government wants the benefits of what people create, but it doesn’t want anyone to get rich from the creating. Yet economies all over the world are in trouble. Government leaders and economists galore talk about monetary policy as if it could rev up economies that are staggering under excessive taxation, suffocating regulation and massive government spending.
Governments have virtually no concept of taxes being a barrier or hindrance to commercial activity; they simply see them as a way of controlling an economy’s total purchasing power, or “aggregate demand.”
Not to benefit ALL the people.
They pretend that we owe them a portion of our money (our labour, our time) and collect it through taxes and interest on loans and fees. They don’t own the money they only own the currency. They are not unaware of this fact they are simply trying to hide it so that they can justify their claim against our labour which is the only thing of real value in the economy.
When in fact “Economic actors” are the drivers. ( See previous posts-Sovereign Wealth Funds/ High Frequency Trading/ Foreign Exchange transactions.)
Government can either impede their activities or create an environment in which they can rise and flourish. The only single economy is the global economy which is now under attack from Trade Deals.
Free markets are inherently unstable, and capitalists are their own worst enemies. They both see the economy as a machine that should run smoothly. So-called business cycles — booms and busts — irreverent of the consequences to us that make the economy.
Austerity is for losers. There’s always money to wage war and build weapons, indeed, to continue developing weapons, generation after generation after generation. National interests are business interests.
When it comes down to it the economy is a reflection of how people spend their time. Some of their time is dedicated to labouring (creating products and services) while other time is dedicated to eating and sleeping and leisure activities (consuming those products and services).
Money is a value store for the time spent labouring. Currency is how we exchange that value. Money measures wealth; it is not wealth itself. Money reflects what we do in the marketplace.
The problem with our modern economy is that most people (bankers, etc) lead us to believe that currency and money are the same time and they use the terms interchangeably. The banks own the currency but they do not own the money (value store for labour).
Too many countries today formulate policies under a similar assumption.
Economists, bankers and political leaders don’t understand the most basic of subject: ” Money”
When it comes to monetary policy, they have it backwards.
The argument is over eradication of mass poverty. Many are bias to the fact that capitalism has done a great job in lifting billions out of the penniless syndrome. This may be totally or partially true or completely wrong.
Highest GDP and poverty-free are two developments that most like to cheer.
Countries treat their economy as if it is an isolated entity from the prosperity of their people, putting the economy first and not the happiness of the population as a whole.
Just look at the results of Quantitative Easing. (PRIVATELY OWNED Bank’s, with a chairman’s that are appointed and not voted on by, we the people.) They are now printing currency without any legal permission to do so.
When the government does this, it’s called quantitative easing” Although its name sounds official it is NOT part of the government! It is a PRIVATELY OWNED BANK, with a chairman that is appointed and not voted on by, we the people.
Government, not the marketplace, is the real driver of commerce. Money does not controls the economy.
Money as we all know some say is the root of all evil. It certainly has driven such an appetite for profit that is has put our planet into a death spiral of confusion WITH THE HOPE OF technological escape.
The United Nations is that it’s a unity of entities defined by their hatred of one another and committed to the perpetuation of “the scourge of war.
From the very beginning, the principle of nationalism and the United Nations was almost indissolubly linked, both in theory and practice, with the idea of war.
Five centuries of European colonialism and global culture-trashing, and the remaking of the world in the economic interests of competing empires, cannot be undone by a single institution and a cluster of lofty ideals.
Our ‘way of life’, our behavior, our goals and values are making us blind, are confusing us and are driving us more and more into disease and destruction.
Now that we have the wash let’s dip our brush into the color of Religions. The role of religion and religious organizations.
Since the awakening of religion, wars have been fought in the name of different gods and goddesses. When conflicts are couched in religious terms, they become transformed in value conflicts.
By value conflicts I mean they have a tendency to become mutually conclusive or zero-sum issues. They entail strong judgments of what is right and wrong, and parties believe that there cannot be a common ground to resolve their differences except by force or separation.
Obviously religious and spiritual rules made up by humans doesn’t protect humanity from being distinguished. Its more or lees an accident of birth which religion you use. It could be treated it as a marginal variable which would be a mistake so we will apply it to the canvas randomly a dash here and there. Because unless we are born with a piercing eyesight, what lies ahead rests on entire speculation or instinct not religion.
Humans have mostly lost this religious instinct and they are ‘eating’ each other as much as they can and are allowed by others.
There is one part of the population of the world who are overweight and sick because of too much food and an other part who are starving to death. It’s no wonder we have terrorists in all forms.
On one side we have freedom and possibility to make decisions, on the other side they are losing the protection which was given through the instinct that life is sanctimonious.
Religion gives dignity to death.
The West is characterized by a desecularisation of politics and a depolitisation of religion. In the Communist bloc, religion was officially stigmatized as the opium of the people and repressed.
One could start by investigating systematically which positive or negative roles religion plays now.
It should, however, be remembered that it was not religion that has made the twentieth the most bloody century. Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao Tse-tung, Pol Pot and their apprentices in Rwanda maimed and murdered millions of people on an unprecedented scale, in the name of a policy which rejected religious.
It is therefore important to develop a more profound understanding of the basic assumption underlying the different religions and the ways in which people adhering to them see their interests.
It would also be very useful to identify elements of communality between the major religions.
They all could hold a world meeting and at least agreed to differ without the need to inflict Crucifixion on the unborn. The major challenge of religious organizations remains to end existing and prevent new religious conflicts.
Civilizations are differentiated from each other by history, language, culture, tradition and, most importantly, religion. There are no ‘ pure ‘ religious conflicts. People can be empowered by providing them with theological support against injustice. More than two-thirds of the world population belongs to a religion.
Religious organizations have the capacity to mobilize people and to cultivate attitudes of forgiveness, conciliation. They can do a great deal to prevent dehumanization. They have the capacity to motivate and mobilize people for a more peaceful world. Religions and religious organisations have an untapped and under-used integrative power potential.
To assess this potential and to understand which factors enhance or inhibit joint peace ventures between the Christian religions, but also between the prophetic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), the Indian religions (Hinduism and Buddhism) and the Chinese wisdom religions, is an urgent research challenge.
Unfortunately attention is now paid to the militant forms of religious fundamentalism as a threat to peace.
How can we find a way out of the mess?
It is only us, the people, who can change the course of action.
The world cannot survive without a new global ethic, and religions play a major role, as parties in violent conflicts, as passive bystanders and as active peace-makers and peace-builders.
Hans Küngs’ thesis that there cannot be world peace without a religious peace is right.
Our Canvas is now ready for some additional work so if you have any suggestions my paint brush is ready.
The truth in this when you believe “the media”, the unsavory courtisane of “the politics”, is playing to create division, anger and hate. It is their game and they make money from this.
Here below is a woman that talks sense as to what we are in such a mess.