GiveGet Nation: The Humane Economy -- Making A World Without Money."
Welcome friends and neighbors to the Care2 GiveGet Nation Group!
GiveGet Nation is a place where you can share gifts and wishes and shares with one another in your neighborhood or anywhere in the world. Everything in GiveGet Nation's human values pool is freely given and freely received, just like everything in the universe and life itself. Life is a process of exchange, and in GiveGet Nation's pool, people always have credit and can never be overdrawn.
GiveGet Nation's economy works on a simple principle: "Take what you need, give what you can." The world's surplus goods, actions, knowing and spirit capital (including the arts) by far exceeds what is in the commercial economy and is priceless! In GiveGet Nation, this unlimited capacity and human capital can be put into action when people connect with one another through shared needs and values in the pool.
Here's how GiveGet Nation's human values economy works. Let's say you have a lawnmower that is only used for two hours a week and are willing to share it to help save the environment by reducing industrial production and to help make someone's life better. You can post an offer to share that lawnmower (post it in goods) for specific hours and set conditions you are free to create, like sharpen the blades each season. Then people will see the posting and write to you and express their need and tell you about themselves. Members also create a profile page which is accessible to other members to review when making choices about whom to select. When you decide who you'd like to share the lawnmower with, then you make contact by confidential email. If the other party accepts, you agree how to transact. That is but one example of sharing. You can also gift and wish in the same way in the goods, actions, knowing or spirit categories.
When the transaction is complete, both parties rate the transaction. Since everything is freely given and freely received and shared, there is no money, so we use a post-scarcity, reputation based currency called "Whuffie" created by science fiction writer Cory Doctorow. This is what people look to in determining how to evaluate your standing in the community. Whuffie is not traded or sold or cashed in. It's simply a symbol of your reputation for integrity and fairness in the community.
If you have books, or skills, or professional talents, or want to gift your art, you can do it in GiveGet Nation. If you need anything at all, you can post your wish. In this way we can support one another in making a better world. The more people that participate increases the likelihood that the community will have virtually everything it needs in life. Then we can learn to live free!
It is possible to give, get or share anything and everything in life. Got an undeveloped talent and need coaching? Post your wish and you can connect with brain power anywhere in the world and work together virtually. Want to volunteer to help a family in NOLA without going through some bureaucratic system, or provide other kinds of assistance, you can do it all in GiveGet Nation. Do you need held with your shopping or someone to rake your lawn? Post your dreams and wish them into existence. Need professional legal or medical help? Wish it into existence. Have extra lumber and talent to help your neighbor finish his house? Be a friend! Post your gifts and ignite a whole new you into existence.
GiveGet Nation is the human values economy where your gifts and wishes meet love gratitude.
Everyone no matter how rich or poor or has gifts and wishes to share. What looks like loneliness to one will look like love to another. Use your imagination, focus your intent, project yourself into our bank, and attract others with your greatness. Set yourself free, spread your wings and fly into a new future designed by you. Envision your ideal self and then whatever you think needs to be filled in, grown or manifested, wish it, gift it, and share it into existence. Manifest a new destiny for yourself and others at the same time.
Help us make our new non-profit social enterprise better. We're all about Gifts and Wishes and Shares and saving Mother Earth through synergy and efficiency.
Kindly read the introductory letter below from spirituality author John White, visit us at http://www.givegetnation.net, and tell co-founder Timothy Wilken, MD and me how we can improve our new service. This is our Phase I site, we've put a lot of work into the programming, and we're still making fixes and upgrades. In the coming weeks we will have a whole new design with much simpler functions that will make our system easier to use and understand.
With your help, we'll learn to walk and run beautifully!
Let's unleash the infinite untapped human capacity and potential of humanity and the planet to make a freer, happier, healthier and more loving future for us all by sharing -- just like Mother Nature!
Here's my letter of today to a P2P expert. Please spread it around and join GiveGet Nation! Light, love, life, William
Yes, Michel, I'm quite familiar with scientists who are locked into obsolete theories which rule out the possibility of free energy... and the reason they give is that according to their theories free energy is impossible even though the entire universe is precisely that. So they use a theoretical map (all we have are theories of what is, but remember the map is never the territory it portrays) which says this is impossible as evidence that it is! Am I being clear here about the closed loop, circular, chase one's tail logic?
The problem is this: for our entire lives we operate within a very narrow visual bandwidth, an electromagnetic projection, interpreted by a visual mechanism, optic nerves and a brain which observes and interprets in large part what it has already stored. Even the instruments science uses to extend our senses can only detect somewhere around 4% of what our math tells us must exist -- and that is only in this universe in a multi-universal context, excludes all consciousness and likely much more more. Fluctuation of virtual quantum particles may account for this (ZPE), but we do not know. It may be the greatest source of energy in the universe.
Given these simple fact how can mainstream science say it knows free energy and over-unity processes are impossible when they are living with their theories inside the depth of formica on your countertop?
I will prepare a more informed response for publication.
These scientists are also the ones who only use quantum physics as a way of doing math and never address its meaning: that everything is interconnected, interpenetrated, entangled, and communicates with itself via a faster-than light connections (Bell's theorem), the Observer Effect: that the universe is in a wave state until it is observed by a conscious being (the widely accepted Copenhagen Interpretation), the Double-slit experiemnt in which a photon seems to know your intent before the area of experiment is changed. Or that emiricism and the Scientic Method are obsolete at this level of reality as the observer/participant changes the outcome of the experiment. Mainstream science is still stuck in the past and is full of deniers because it violates their linear, causal, mechanistic worldview even though most processes in the universe are non-linear, acausal and quantum.
Quanta move from one place to another instantly without appearing to travel in between. This kind of thing defies classical theories and the common sense logic of the world that we live in. The chair you are sitting on... this energy/matter is universes within universes of "empty space," and the farther we go inside the atom the more we find more and more of no-thing... only energy in flux like "Mexican jumping beams." This is all free energy.
Light is free energy and is non-material... non-physical. All energy/matter and physics descend from this non-physical light. These light and energy/matter constitute the entire visible universe. Another constituent is likely consciousness, although it is invisible. (Even though thought is a material process; we can read it on an EEG, it causes the release of adrenaline, endorphins, serotonin, etc., etc. This is important to you in your views of what is physical and non-physical, for it is really only a matter of which lenses you choose to use to see one, the other, or both. They are all one.).
On a larger scale, all sunlight is free energy. Wind is free energy. The tides are free energy. All weather is free energy. The fundamental characteristic of the universe is free energy exchange, transference, transmutation, birth, death, and rebirth. The movement of the planets is free energy. So is gravity. The entire electromagnetic field is free energy. So is magnetism. Spin a magnet in a coil and energy is induced from the EM field. Do the opposite and you have a dynamo. Where else could this energy come from but everywhere without and within us? How about lightning? Is not this free energy? How about photosynthesis, molecular bonding and oxidation? How about food, breathing, all cellular activity in the body and the brain? Just because free food energy transforms into nutrients and proteins for the body does not mean it is not free energy.
I'll provide some science for you. Read about the ZPE, the Casimir effect and others here: http://www.calphysics.org/zpe.html. Read about Tom Beardon's over-unity processes and mechanisms here: http://www.cheniere.org/. He may look like a cranky old nut but don't be fooled.
The problem is mainstream science is always lagging. And it is usually the engineers who build devices that work according to universal principle without even knowing at first how that drag mainstream science along kicking and screaming all the way. You will never get mainstream science to agree to the principle of free energy in our lifetime, I predict, because they are looking at quantum science with a classical physics lens.
We are experiencing a paradigm shift, and as Thomas Kuhn said in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, the old time-pardigmers will have to die out. It rocks their world. They are invested in these views and their professional credentials are founded on them. They would have to disqualify their entire careers to accept these new theories and they believe they would look like fools. People would rather die than be laughed at or humiliated.
So whether, flat, round or whole, the naysayers scream and kick all the way to the grave. Same thing with the reactions to all major discoveries by natural scientists like Kepler, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton. Then we have Pasteur, Einstein, the whole quantum gang. (Why, even Einstein had problems accepting QP!) But main-streamers snickered all the way to their graves.
Just because these people use as evidence of the fallacy of ZPE and other free energy sources that their theories of the universe rule them out, does not mean they not happening all the time or that over-unity devices are not feasible or already in existence. We need to make investments in this area, but it is a threat to the status quo, so these projects do not get funded and when developments violate the consensus worldview, they get suppressed.
The very simple combination of the battery's stored energy connected to a dipole in salt water releasing hydrogen (as fuel) which when ignited turns an engine and a generator to recharge the battery is an example of free energy at work. And the only pollution is water. This very simple, elementary process can free the world from so much suffering and pain and death. So the question is, if mainstream science is the way, the truth and the light, why have they not promoted this classical science as a way out for the world? This, in a nutshell, is this problem
I'll get back to you on this. But believe me, no amount of reasoning will ever convince these people. They are flat and round worlders in a whole Earth in a universe of wholes where there are no wholes.
A paradigm shift is underway, and a bright, bold new post-material, post-scarcity era called The Age of Infinity is rapidly emerging.
The Age of Infinity will be characterized by infinite power and potential that mirrors that nature of the universe: quantum computing, unlimited memory, nanotechnology, digital universe, virtual reality, free energy (zero point energy and myriad others), genetic engineering, life extension, AI, elemental transmutation, teleportation, infinite universal-human mind/consciousness -- and much, much more. All of these vectors are pointing to infinity. And it will be quite a ride. If only we can make through the next 15-20 years. I am confident that we will.
How can I make such claims about the future? Simply because these technologies and sciences are characteristics of the nature of nature and we need only unfold what is and make them tangible by “riding the horse in the direction its going.”
All science is an awakening to what already is. Our inventions and systems simply mimic what nature has already perfected with utmost efficiency through intelligent networks and least action principles. Through time, as our glasses become more and more refined, we’re able to see more deeply into the infinite fecundity, creativity, power, potential, and perfection of the cosmos and create successively more successful theories, maps, metaphors and meanings to represent it.
I was planning on a making a more thoughtful exposition on this subject for this space, but tonight Michel Bauwens invited me to respond to his comments. As a newcomer, I’m not sure I’m following the proper etiquette, as this piece will be more along the lines of an off-the-cuff presentation of an alternative view rather than a response to an evolving dialogue on complexities of which I have not been a part and am not particulalry familiar. I hope that’s OK.
So, I’ll discuss my views about the infinite power and potential of the universe and what I see to be the obsolete, inauthentic and deadly scarcity-based economic systems which are killing the planet. I say obsolete because we now know they are inaccurate thanks to quantum physics. I say inauthentic because they do not reflect what is and seem to be organized to maintain, create or increase the wealth of the haves. I say deadly, because they are killing us. This is not a point of view you’re likely to hear discussed in economic or political circles, so perhaps you’ll tell me if it’s fresh. In one discussion at least, I seemed to cause a Yale micro-economist to run the other way in a panic when my facts undermined fundamental tenets of his profession 1) that man "could never have enough" and 2) that nature was scarce. When I suggested it was only our thinking that was scarce, and after making point after point to support my view, he finally realized the absurdity of his claim that 100 million times 100 million stars was not enough! Such is the depth of the humanity’s belief in scarcity and our leading institutions’ commitment to it. As I will attempt to show, not only is this thinking wrong-headed, but it is a fantasy and an addiction.
As such, I expect more than a few howls of "foul" or claims of “fantasy” to try to divert us from bringing into view what is cosmically apparent. Just as it took more than 150 years for people to accept the Earth was round, it will likely take at least that long for people to awaken to the facts like the universe is a coherent plenum overflowing with the physical and non-physical; Earth is an abundant whole; nature is an intelligent, interpenetrated faster-than-light network; the universe is a process of exchange that calculates, computes and is constantly taking in information about the whole when every wave returns to the ground state; it is an open system, everything effects everything else, there are no secrets and there is no place to hide; human intent changes matter and light seems to know our intent before we decide; the human mind/consciousness is unlimited; the universe appears to be a conscious, active, living hologram; and, it has a purpose.
My background is not in economics. I am by trade a broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker. In the course of working with more than a dozen popular author-scientists over several years in the 90's creating and editing a science novel for young non-scientists, Lewis Carroll's Lost Quantum Diaries (DVA, Stuttgart: 1998; Tokuma-Shoten, Tokyo: 2003), it became quite clear to me that the major economic models that have been extant over the millennia are obsolete because they are based on a false belief: scarcity. In fact, they manufacture scarcity.
Now, don't get me wrong, given our worldviews all these thousands of years of "civilization," the world certainly looked scarce, and became even more even more so as perception becomes reality. Thought creates. Sustained observation creates persistence. Just as the discovery of the microscope revealed bacteria as the source of many diseases, and all kinds of hobgoblin superstitions and myths went the way of history, so too will our belief in scarcity.
Why? One of the chief reasons today is because the dominant economic model is supply and demand: the less there is of something the more it is worth. So, even in the face of abundance or sufficiency, businesses and entrepreneurs seek to control resources and production to create Just look at what the interlocking oil and automotive industries did to the electric car in order to preserve the status quo (see What Ever Happened to the Electric Car? from Sony Pictures). The market economy also seeks to privatize and commoditize what is already free and turn it in profit, which makes what was once free to all, scarce (water, broadcast spectrum, healthcare, all commons). scarcity to keep prices high. We also know that abundance is a characteristic of the market economy, but not when it threatens to mitigate demand, prices or profits.
I grew up being taught that hunger was an inevitable fact of life. Yet, in 1999 we learned that the Earth produces 4.3 pounds of food for every man woman and child each and every day (Peter Rosset et al, Twelve Myths about Hunger). We also know that people over-populate when they are hungry and poor. So what are we doing to ourselves to and through them?
We live inside a belief called “energy crisis” yet the entire visible universe is energy. We also see the enormous background of energy that remains when all molecular activity is frozen, zero-point energy, wherein one cubic centimeter of "empty space" (quantum vacuum) contains as much as ten to the 94th power grams of energy -- more than the energy in the entire visible universe. (See Hal Puthoff, Tom Beardon, and others, on ZPE, virtual particle flux in the vacuum, over-unity devices, etc.) Is this the dark energy/matter that constitutes 96% of the universe or is it something else? I don’t know. We’ll have to ask a scientist to see if he or she knows. Is seems that if we turn our perception around and work to develop free energy with some Iraq destined billions we’d lick the problem in a jiffy. But without even doing that, the news reports there are already experimental cars with fuel cells that run on sea water! (see GM’s “Highwire”)
We believe in the limitations of the human mind and creativity, yet the brain is capable of more possible associations than there are atoms in the universe (Huston Smith, Forgotten Truth). Moreover, we now have strong evidence that the universe is interconnected mind into which we are imbedded. As such, theoretically, we would have full access to all that is. (See Ingo Swann’s remote viewing of the surface of Jupiter -- 52 million miles away – in SRI-CIA supervised sessions. More than 90% of what Swann “saw” was confirmed years later by Voyager and Pioneer spacecraft fly-bys of the planet.)
Since these facts have not percolated into our awareness, we see very few ways out of the Scarcity Matrix. This pseudo-reality is held in place by everything from scarcity banking (short supply of fiat money backed by nothing, how could this nothing ever be scarce?); the work of governments (wars, arms production, budget gaps, taxation, interest on fiat money debt); charities, philanthropies and NGOs; Social Darwinism and worker-debt-enslavement; depreciatory concepts of self by corporations and society in order to market products necessitating the expenditure of enormous amount of time and human capital in psychotherapy, psychiatry and related health defects; the maintenance of starvation and the increase in global poverty in the face of abundance or sufficiency; malnutrition through the promotion and consumption of mal food products; the cynical tricks and lies favoring elites inherent in funding human development and poverty programs, as well as the exorbitant overhead in the delivery of said services; lack of access to adequate medicines to eradicate disease; etc. All of these, I contend, are held in place by a belief in scarcity whose purpose is to maintain, create or increase upward demand on prices for the haves in an incoherent mass illusion all the while telling itself it is doing otherwise. For knowing what we now know, what else could it be?
As you can gather, the problem is so pervasive, being embedded in language and meanings and evaluations of reality as it is, it is impossible to even address the issue without using scarcity terminology!
As a result, we have manifested a global dominion through thought in which half its inheritors live on less than $4 per day, one in six on less than $1. Ten per cent of the human family takes a 55% cut while the bottom 40% lives on 5%. Such is the nature of the Scarcity Matrix and no number of wars, terrorist acts, studies, laws, regulatory committees, fines, training programs or moral arguments can ever overcome it, change it or fix it because these activities are all predicated upon this false, undistinguished reality existent within the invisible Big Lie.
In my view, the belief in scarcity is actually a deep seated meaning and hidden operator installed in the neurophysiology of virtually all people. Perhaps gurus and mystics are otherwise, but I have never met a person, no matter how rich or poor, talented or beautiful that didn’t have a fundamental, hidden, negative belief about themselves that served to create a limited context for their lives from which their thinking, behavior and actions flow. Adapting maverick physicist and philosopher David Bohm's insights (Thought as a System, On Creativity, and other books), this hidden operator in the thought system installs in the function of thought. Bohm's point is that even in the face of changing contents, the hidden meaning/context/function remains unchanged unless and until it is brought into awareness and seen to be inauthentic or false.
Bohm on the fragmentation between the content of thought and its function:
One of the main reasons why we actually find it very difficult to attend to our thought... is that our notions concerning the general nature of thought are themselves fragmentary and confused. The confusion begins very early in life. At a certain age (as observed by Piaget, that of development from relatively immediate and direct sensory motor thought to more abstract symbolization of thought, in terms of language) the child often tends to suppose the content of his thought (for instance, imaginary objects) to be as real as things that can be seen or touched. Eventually he discovers, of course, that such content is only "imaginary," and thus he comes to regard it as "unreal." A young child is, however, probably not yet ready to understand something much more subtle, which is crucially important in this regard. This is that, while the content of the thought may be either "real" or "unreal," its function is nevertheless always real.This function is, first, to give meaning and shape to the perception by calling attention to what is regarded as relevant or essential in the context of interest and second, to give rise to feelings and urges that promote actions appropriate to the context, i.e. it contains what we may call motivation. (Emphasis added).
As an example, one may consider a table. One may think of it as a supporter of paper or as an obstacle in the way of where one wishes to go. Each of these ways of thinking leads one to see the table in a different form of perception, which calls attention to different aspects and in this way gives rise to different motivations as to what to do about the table (either to write on it or push it aside). We thus emphasize that thought and the perceptions that guide action, along with feelings and urges that constitute the motivation of such action, are inseparable aspects of one whole movement, and that to try to regard them as separately existent is a form of fragmentation between the content of thought and its overall function.
To fragment the content of thought from its overall function in the way described above leads to very serious confusion in action and in human relationships in general. For example, the thought of the inferiority of human beings belonging to different nations or ethnic groups and having different customs leads one to see such people as inferior beings and to feel the motivation to treat them in a manner that would be fitting their supposed inferiority. One tends to fall into this sort of confused response because one fails to see the content of thought and its function as an unbroken flow. Rather, one tends first to concentrate exclusively on the content (the notion of the inferiority of people who differ from oneself), which is seen as "merely a thought" and therefore unreal or perhaps "only a mental reality" and therefore not very important. Then, when one experiences the inbuilt function of his thought by "actually seeing" other people as inferior, and by "actually feeling" the urge or motive to treat them as such, he loses sight of the content in which this function originated, and thinks: "This is not just a mental image, but it is something real, something that I see and feel as an actual fact, which is very important and very urgent in its implications." So, it seems that inferiority of these people has been proved and is not a "mere thought."
Scarcity hides in the function of thought the world over and I believe this is the central, fundamental malady of our times. The human ego is always surveying the horizon assessing and projecting threats, and when the context if one of scarcity, “not enough,” “never enough,” “not good enough” (view of self and others) the result is a world of characterized by so much war, suffering, dissatisfaction, and sense of inadequacy. How could it be otherwise with the scarcity meaning being so pervasive? Since the U.S. “won” the Cold War and the demise of the counter-weight of the Soviet Union ideology to capitalist ideology, the world ego is running amuck in a socio-psychopathic orgy. It’s every man for himself so I’d better get mine – but quick – and the hell with tomorrow! Nothing else in nature exhibits such fear of scarcity sustained over time we call greed. Greed is manifested by a fear of scarcity.
To explode the scarcity belief, and show just how inauthentic and incoherent it is, let’s take a look at some objective measures as well as make some informed estimates of global wealth.
After fairly extensive research and query of a leading economist who consults for the U.S. Federal Reserve, New York University’s Edward Nathan Wolf, I have not been able to obtain a household balance sheet for total global wealth, so we’ll work at generating one. Yet it would seem that the G-8, IMF, World Bank and High Net Worth Individuals must know what net worth is reflected by the system for purposes of banking, investment and currency flows. It is mystifying, although in light of my scarcity thesis, not at all surprising, that such numbers are not available to the public.
The US economy represents roughly 25% of global consumption and GNP (Source: CIA). Using the Federal Reserve’s Flow of Funds Accounts for the United States (first quarter, 2004), we see that the Balance Sheet of Households and Non-Profit Organizations shows a net worth of $44.87 trillion in 2003, not including the value of primary homes. Today’s figure (2006) would exceed $50 trillion. While these measures vary somewhat from nation to nation, is we multiply the US figure by 4, the sum is $200 trillion. Does that figure include the Oil and Gas Journal in Houston estimate of proven oil reserves of 1.266 trillion barrels of oil? At today’s price of $72 that equals $91.15 trillion. As such, it hardly seems possible that the figure is included in global net worth, as that would represent one-half of global wealth. And while I admit that I’m flying blind in this area, let’s set aside 50% of that number and add $45 trillion to our $200 trillion, giving us $245 trillion. Let’s say there’s an equivalent value for all government infrastructure and farms. That’s $490 trillion, or $75,384 for every person on the planet, without even attempting to calculate the vast, non-commoditized natural resources, human capital, human networks, surplus, or the value of the our common inheritance, the physicalwhich is clearly beyond measure. planet Earth,
So, what is all this talk about scarcity? The scarcity belief is the fundamental trick in system that is enslaving the world and killing the planet; it must be revealed and transcended. Opposing it will not work; it will only make is stronger. The world ego will defend it at all costs because the economic order of the world runs on its fear of scarcity. We are addicted to scarcity and money is a fantasy.
Once again, David Bohm from a dialogue in Thought as a System, where he is speaking about addiction to fantasy:
I would like to discuss the imagination so that we could understand its role here, because it is very closely related to this question. 'Imagination' means 'making an image', 'seeing the image of something that is not there'; in other words, fantasy, fancy, and so on. But really there is no fundamental distinction between the processes of imagination and perception. We've said that the entire consciousness is actually created by a process which is being guided by information and the senses.
That process gives rise to perception, and that process is a kind of imagination...
So the reality you perceive is affected by your thought. Thought is working as a kind of imagination infused into your perception. It becomes part of what you see. And that imagination is necessary. But it gets held too strongly and resists evidence of incoherence, then it leads to all the problems we're talking about...
You can see therefore that you have to watch imagination carefully. It can be creative and it can also be very destructive, because the fantasy realm can merge with reality and create a resistance to seeing that it is fantasy. It will create reflexes that resist seeing it because you create such beautiful fantasies that you don't want to give them up. They feel very good, the endorphins are produced and everything else. Hence, there is a movement -- a reflex -- to hold them and to resist thoughts which say they are not right, or that they are not the way it is. Thus you get illusion and all that...
Q: What about incoherence due to psychological addiction, but which includes chemical addiction -- such as that of the alcoholic or the drug addict? This too can affect perception.
Bohm: Yes. But psychological addiction is always the most difficult one. For example, experiments have been done where animals were injected with some drug, maybe morphine, which made them chemically addicted. There were two groups -- one was able to inject itself and the other was injected. Then the drug was withheld from both groups. The group that was injected went through a withdrawal process and was no longer addicted. The animals who were able to press the button to inject themselves got through the withdrawal process, but when they saw the button they pressed it again, even though it no longer gave them the drug. The point is that the memory of that pleasure produced a reflex to press the button. The button stirred up the whole system of memory.
Q: Are fantasy and imagination based mostly on past experiences?
Bohm: I have said there are several kinds of imagination. There is the imagination based on memory, which is either remembering the past or projecting the future. In addition, there is creative imagination which can project something new which you can bring into existence -- for example, a new idea to create something which was never there. In fact, a great many things we see are a result of that.
And I'm saying that perception is a process similar to imagination. Now, that is the key thing. But we have no control over it. It just happens. It's going on and creates the whole impression of a world. That world includes not only what we sense -- what we immediately perceive -- but also the effect of the past. Thought is affecting our perception...
Fear breeds fear just as love extends love. So the question becomes: which would we rather have? Fear masks as good judgment, reason, planning, and necessary defense, yet who has populated the world with nuclear weapons and fomented war in recent times more than the most abundant nation on Earth? What nation is leading the advance in turning the garden planet into a tortuous prison plantation of death, destruction and slave wages to serve the elites?
As I write this we are transitioning from the Age of Mechanism to this Age of Infinity, and the Industrial era is sinking into to swamp of anomalies characterized by a desperate rush to privatize global resources before the jig is up. The world ego knows this. This is a huge subject and perhaps will be the focus of a film and book. (If anyone is interested in helping me take this on, please contact me.)
There are many things we can do to bring about change. We can distinguish and awaken to the Scarcity Matrix. We can form a global mutual social enterprise using the assets of our pension funds and stocks to gain control of the banks and corporations and make them accountable to the community of 6.5 billion. This may be possible for as little as $20-30 trillion (a guesstimate of the value of 10% of public corporations). In so doing, we can own our own credit and debt, free the media and healthcare, and restore the commons. We can turn the arms and national security industries to energy, transportation, communications and interplanetary enterprises. We can build cathedrals of light with quantum computers, optical switches and intelligent networks. We can establish a line of credit for every man, woman and child to finance education, businesses and homes using each person’s priceless share of the planetary dominion as collateral. We can, in time, eliminate money. And we can begin organizing these movements right now through P2P.
In closing, in an effort to truly grasp the infinite abundance, potential and power of what is within and without us, let’s take a closer look at the science. It’ll be just a brief glimpse into the nature of our source: light.
First we must begin with the fact that a photon (a quantum of light) is non-material. It is non-physical. It has no rest mass. It has no charge. Yet it can possess infinite power. It can be seen only once: its detection is its annihilation.
As Arthur M. Young, inventor of the Bell helicopter and physicist/philosopher, states in the first chapter of The Reflexive Universe, "The heart of our story, like the beginning of creation, lies in the nature of light... Light, because it is primary, must be unqualified -- impossible to describe -- because it is antecedent to the contrasts necessary to description...
“Light involves a special kind of difficulty, the difficulty of knowing about that which provides no knowledge of other things. We might imagine a painter who wanted to paint the paintbrush, a problem I encounter when I want to repair my glasses: I cannot see without them; and light, by which we see, cannot be seen.”
Light is seeing. Visible light covers just one octave of the electromagnetic spectrum, but as Young tells us, it "includes much more than the energy we see by, for all exchange of energy between atoms and molecules is some form of what used to be called electromagnetic energy, which extends over a vast spectrum and would be better named interaction…
"And, as evidenced by the finding of relativity that clocks stop at the speed of light, it has no time (the space-time path of light has zero length). While light in a vacuum has a 'velocity' of 186,000 miles per second, this velocity is not motion in the ordinary sense since it can have no other value... Even space is a meaningless concept for light, since the passage of light through space is accomplished without any loss of energy whatsoever."
Light is pure action and free. Light is an information carrier, connecting everything with everything else. Light knows its purpose.
Young describes the life cycle of light as the "arc of light," and in so doing shows us how light, as it slows and descends into energy/matter, subatomic quanta emerge with charge, velocity, mass, and location and all physics are born. As light continues to slow and becomes more and more determined, it gives up energy to form atoms, and atoms bond into molecules.
Then light does a most miraculous thing, it reverses its descent, makes a U-turn, becomes neg-entropic, and uses the determined state of the molecule as the platform upon which to progressively build life: cells, plants, animals, man, each kingdom experiencing a higher degree of freedom than its predecessor. Then light returns to its source. (I will not herein take up Young’s theories on the photon's cycle of learning or Bohm’s views on proto-consciousness or matter as a meaning field.)
So as we consider the nature of nature and its "purpose" we observe the manner in which the whole manifests. The universe is made of energy. The energy of a photon to create a proton is a billion electron volts, to create an electron about one-half million volts. Oxford physicist Danah Zohar (The Quantum Society) tells us, "Energy seeks to fulfill all its potentials, all at once, in every possible variation." The universe is held together by forces of attraction: strong and weak nuclear, gravity, electromagnetism. Light transforms itself into these forces of attraction to create all life, and I would add to these four a fifth: love. We are made of the same quantumstuff.
Seemingly miraculous statements such as these fill whole volumes; one need only look.
So we see a whole new world coming into view: born in light, bonded into matter, it rises back up to create life, then onto higher and higher degrees of freedom and creativity and knowing – and then us, through us. Knowing this to be our heritage and the Earth our collective dominion, we awaken to the nature of what is, become coherent with it, and with the miraculous powers of nature at our finger tips, we realize we are the masters of our own destiny and desire to manifest anew. We are at once free to create, to exemplify the whole and consciously evolve its purpose with the infinite abundance of it at our fingertips – right now. And we see in the magical, malleable mirror of the universe the image of our maker – and ourselves.
I’d like you to introduce you to my friend William Shanley, creator of GiveGet Nation (www.givegetnation.net). GGN is a system for linking people who need with people who have—anywhere on Earth. More specifically, GGN is an internet-based way of sharing your dreams and visions, your goods and expertise, your needs and wishes, your requests and offers, your soul and your highest self. And you can do all that free, no charge, whether you give or whether you get or choose to share.
In my opinion, GiveGetNation is a conscious, compassionate and brilliant approach to dealing with scarcity and fulfillment, both material and psycho-spiritual. It originates from an enlightened understanding of reality and aims at sharing that lovingly with everyone.
Nature is based on abundance, not scarcity. Human economics often reverses that. William is trying to transform economics in a practical way to mirror nature and what the Declaration of Independence calls nature’s God. Holy Scripture tells us that our Creator wants us to have life abundantly. William is trying to help Spirit deliver that via GGN, which you can think of as a kind of Declaration of Interdependence between human beings, between humanity and nature, between humanity and God. GGN can in theory bring forth a parallel Spirit-based economy which recognizes our intimate interdependence and taps our potential to make it work.
The theory and practice are simple. But it hasn’t been tried yet, so the question is: Will it work?
I’m asking you to give William a chance to introduce you to GiveGet Nation. Help him to see whether it will work. A few minutes of your time is all it will take to read what he has to say. Then you decide whether you want to participate. It will cost you nothing but your time, and you can “spend” as much or as little time as you want on it.
Yours for planetary transformation through conscious evolution.
Editor of What Is Enlightenment?; Author of The Meeting of Science and Spirit; and, the forthcoming Enlightenment 101: A Guide to God- Realization and Higher Human Culture
Soft Background Release September, 2006 Evolution Solutions, Inc. New Haven, ConnecticutUSA Contact: William Shanley
GIVEGET NATION LAUNCHES “HUMAN VALUES ECONOMY”
World’s Surplus Capacity Organizes in New Internet Bank for Free to All First there was the Internet, connecting people everywhere. Then came eBay, creating millions of entrepreneurs. Next, Amazon, cut out the middle man. And more recently, the Google phenomenon, organizing the world's information.
And now, there is GiveGet Nation (www.givegetnation.net), whose founders say, “organizes the world's unlimited surplus product, labor, intelligence and spiritual capital and makes it available to everybody for free. Think of us as the National Human Values Trust.”
GiveGet Nation is an innovative, Internet-based, non-profit social enterprise “designed to improve the quality of life for everyone, set the world free from scarcity and save the Earth through synergy,” say founders Timothy Wilken, MD and William Shanley.
“GiveGet Nation is the world’s first post-scarcity, person-to-person human values bank and economy,” according to Mr. Shanley, a media producer, living in New Haven, Connecticut. “Ours is a virtual new world and economic order that engages both quantitative and qualitative dimensions of existence, just like Mother Nature. Giving and getting are really two sides of the same coin – the on-going, universal process of free exchange called life. Our new culture of free exchange is based on values and principles that can’t be quantified, privatized or traded on Wall Street. We're beyond money; and yet we’re all over it.In GiveGet Nation, everyone can finally participate fully in life because gifts and wishes are our capital for creation.”
In GiveGet Nation, people can Give, Get, Share: Goods, Actions, Knowing and Spirit in an infinite number of choices and combinations. Share a babysitter or lawnmower. Volunteer for Katrina. Provide expertise. Find help for anything. Express and self-create. Adopt a family internationally. Mentor a young entrepreneur. Gift or wish for goods whose value is beyond money, like those special items you’ve been storing, don’t want to sell, and would prefer to gift to someone who values them the way you do. “Learn to live more freely. The only limit is your own imagination,” say Messrs. Wilken and Shanley.
In describing the science of GiveGet Nation, co-founder, Timothy Wilken, a Carmel, California physician and synergy scientist, said, “From a scientific standpoint, GiveGet Nation is a gifting tensegrity, we call a Giftegrity. A tensegrity is the exhibited strength that results when push and pull have a win-win relationship with each other. Tension is continuous and compression discontinuous, such that continuous pull is balanced by equivalently discontinuous pushing forces. We apply that principle to giving and receiving. Buckminster Fuller explained that these fundamental phenomena are ‘not opposites, but complements that could always be found together.’ GiveGet Nation’s economy runs on the power of the win-win relationship between desires to give and get. That’s why we call it a Giftegrity.” “No matter how rich or poor, everyone has gifts and wishes and genius to share,” Mr. Shanley says. “Think of us as the gifts and wishes network where miracles happen when people’s values match.”
"Values are the basis of all moral, political and economic behavior." -- Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance Human values like love, freedom, joy, creativity, growth, abundance and values fulfillment are examples of the primary sources of meaning upon which all goods, services and money are based. Human values are what people are really after in life; they are beyond measure and reside in an unlimited, qualitative domain that bridges both subject and object.
GiveGet Nation is the common ground for human values to connect and grow. Here’s how: when people post gifts, wishes and shares, they unfold their values through language and attract others. And when people connect, that's when the magic really happens. The wonderful thing about human values, the more you share them, the stronger and more attractive they become. Dr. Wilken explains, “It’s like the relationship between a performer and an audience. A feeling bond is created that empowers the experience and performance for each.”
“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.” --Mahatma Gandhi Join the freedom movement, Mr. Shanley urges. “Experience our new world of sharing. Help evolve GiveGet Nation. Let’s create ‘a world that works for everyone.’ That’s our Golden Rule.”
“In GiveGet Nation gifts and wishes meet love and gratitude. So visit GiveGet Nation. Become a citizen. Read Marilyn Ferguson’s inspiring stories. Watch our movies. Post gifts, wishes and shares. It doesn't matter which. All are fuel for our synergic, human values dynamo,” says Dr. Wilken. “Unleash your spirit. Change the world. It will cost you nothing you can’t afford.”
All transactions use Whuffie, a post-scarcity, reputation-based currency invented by science fiction writer Cory Doctorow voted by the community. So the greater your Whuffie, the greater your reputation for integrity in the GiveGet National Values Trust, and the greater your wealth in human values – the primary sources of all moral, political and economic behavior.
“Enhance the universal dance,” says Mr. Shanley. “Help yourself. Dream a new future. Become your ideal self while helping others at the same time. So come on, Earth Seeds, let's Save Mother Earth and bring love, joy and abundance to all! Spirit’s calling out to us: ‘Give all you have to love and you will be all things.’You might just learn to live free.”