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Three prophecies for human progress are seriously proposed around the world.
Prophecy 1: Robots take over
Ever since Orwell’s “Big Brother” in his book 1984 we see robotics taking over our lives. We are being “served” by all kind of institutions that supply us all our needs in a virtual reality called consumer economics. The only way we can get the robots to provide us wellness and luxury is by putting money into their systems. The money we need is managed by banks and governments and provided against a debt. This individual debt can be settled by serving the functioning of the robots. The servant institutions are being managed by people who have become experts in getting these robots to earn as much money as possible.
Automated facilities surround us increasingly and technology even goes further every day. One of the argument is that we have such a large global human population now that we need automated processes to keep us going. From a consumer economic point of view the more fragmentation occurs in robotizing our needs, through artificial and money based robot intelligence, the more growth the economy shows. The analysts look for ways to keep us connected to the system by innovating the financial debt system through dependencies that already mortgage our lives for decades. Even money itself is a virtual system that is given virtual values through manipulation and speculation. Material scientists, economists, politicians, bankers, etc rule this world. Food, medicine housing, clothes, energy, etc forcefully (by law) need to be purchased. Governments give human health credits to financially based virtual systems. They defend it with strong arguments backed by the growing populations in city environments, attracted by this servant environment of perceived securities. These cities are concentration points for economics with the related robotics, as we can observe by analyzing city dynamics and human mobility. And humankind loves it. In a way we only have to worry about having enough cash. Everything else has been taken care of by the money driven robots providing us with a sense of abundance all the time. People have never lived as long before as they do now and we have never had such a wide selection of goods to choose from at the distance of the closest shop.
Prophecy 2: Sustainocracy
This prophecy is of course the one I incline to, even though I supported and worked for a long time in the “prophecy 1” system of consumer economics. However when I had to make a profound choice between the safety of my children and my executive career I became aware that money and robots cannot solve everything. Heath and safety are responsibilities that cannot be substitute by a coin slot machine. There are certain things that I have to take care of myself. When I wrote the blog “the universe and me” I realized that I AM the universe. From a molecular point of view I am the same and life has gotten into those molecules for God knows what reason. The only difference between my garden and I is that I am a conscious being that can walk, talk and think about it. When my surroundings gets polluted I get polluted. So when I realized that my key responsibilities are health and safety, I understood that robots can help me but cannot BE me. So from an evolutionary point of view I remain dominant and robots are servant, even if they are large and powerful, institutionalized and rationalized in our world. A human being is not just a compulsory, lazy, all consuming service and tax number. I am inclined to believe that we are a bit more than that, even though I understand perfectly well the mechanism of risk and fear avoidance by surrounding ourselves with luxury and services.
The human being is a purpose driven evolutionary miracle of a certain physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual complexity. We have become aware of that and realize that our health and sustainable progress is much more delicate than an insurance policy for healthcare. One out of three persons has cancer, many people die prematurely of lung and heart problems, behavior is altered due to environmental unbalance etc. It has become clear that our health has to do with the health balance with our natural surroundings. Else we become sick and disappear, not just as an individual but also as humankind. The global pollution is not just leaving behind a footprint on the face of the Earth that future scientists and archaeologists can explore as Anthropocene, it is also leaving a footprint in our own genetic DNA. Our genes reflect for generations to come our irresponsibility causing people to be genetically coded already for all kinds of deceases. That is the reaction of nature to our robotics and we are becoming aware of it. We expelled nature, our universe, from our lives and surrounded us with a virtual world of simulated wealth. We have forgotten that we ARE nature and need that to prosper in a sustainable way. If we eliminate nature we eventually eliminate ourselves and nature remains.
So when we refer to heath and safety we refer to taking one own responsibilities as a living species of the universe. If I am so responsible then I should behave that way and I do. That’s how Sustainocracy got alive because now more and more people realize that we cannot leave such key issues of life to instruments. The instruments need human hands which are preferable guided by standards of universal ethics rather than economic standards. In Sustainocracy applied wisdom and universal awareness through consciousness (open awakened mind) rules.
Prophecy 3: Death and destruction
The third prophecy has been made known in 1972 by the Club of Rome, in 1990 by the Club of Budapest and in 2000 by the Earth Charter. They all agree that if we continue our human system of over-consumption, pollution and destruction of natural resources, three out of four human beings will die by starvation, war, chaos and crises by 2050.
Again I agree on this prophecy just like I agree on the first one of robotics. The third is the consequence of the first. It has happened so often before in history. The Mayas or the Roman Empire for instance. They lost their powers due to blindness to their surroundings and speculation as a matter of fact. When you neglect the human being and the universe you will be overruled by both.
The second prophecy is an odd one out because it skips the traditional path through renaissance, the era of enlightening that follows periods of chaos. But as said before human evolution is about applying knowledge and conscious awareness, not just the imposition of greed. History has shown us how disastrous the consequences are for humankind when greed dominates common sense and universal ethics. So Sustainocracy does not skip renaissance, it just places it in perspective with systems of greed, inviting the human robotics to become sustainable themselves by accepting universal ethics and co-creation as a guiding factor. It addresses the sense of human responsibility and global awareness of those who carry responsibility and authority. Their own position of power is in jeopardy if the do not go through their own enlightenment, producing a personal renaissance before the systems do. We need to allow complex co-creation to allow our greed to renew itself too. They then use their position of authority to make the difference.
The model I use for the translation of abstract ideology and practical understanding through awareness, is a result of divine inspiration. The human complexities that I have drawn up, including the historic processes of trial and error in our human evolution, can show the prophecies in the picture.
When I traveled to Madrid this week (june 2012) to present AiREAS as a sustainocratic solution for the city problems with air polution the very first reaction of government executives was the traditional and classic public negation. “We have no air polution problem!”. This was interesting because I had just landed in the dense smog of the city and have information that Brussels threatens with sanctions if certain norms are not complied with in 2015. I also know that the local government has been trying to do its best to address the problem but that the issues go beyond the complexity of government regulatory authority and consequence driven measures.
The problem most government officials have is that they are so used to cover up their impotence around truly complex issues, publically claiming that they are in control and things will get better somewhere in the future, that they feel automatic resistence when someone walks in with a new proposition. This we see also in the world of finance. The traditional blind negation of an economic bubble, ignoring it until the bubble blew up in everyone’s face in 2008, was exaactly the same. When negation is not posible anymore because of undeniable proof the next psychological phase is entered: the one of disbelief and urgent correction. Then the negation continues. A quick massive capital injection should solve the problems overnight. 4 years and many billions of money later we all see that the problems continu.
When I got home from Madrid I watched financial analists on TV explain for the first time why the capital injected was only pushing the problems forward but not solving them. This remarkable first announcement of acceptance was a great relief to me. Of course, all huge capital injections had given the rats to cash their risks and leave the ship befor sinking, but still. It indicated to me that the phase of resistance to change and negotition for recovery of lost financial stability was ending.
The next phase (following my own model of cyclic phases of awareness and human development) is the one of fear. The large financial institutions had recovered their long term loans against public debt so that the institutions would not go broke. The citizens only had democratic rights and fear. A few 10K extra debt per person was institutionally acceptable. Of course, the public itself was never asked. It is all a game of big financial interests and liabilities played over the back of unaware masses of people. Institutions now need not fear anymore. Their power play is now over the civilians which hardly get organized to oppose and which can be submitted still under the pressures of financial law of debt.
Then the acceptance of the crisis and need of total renewal is opened. This openess is what I have been waiting for as it announces the total culture change needed to address the shaping of a new paradigm and corresponding new complex social structures such as sustainocracy. The crisis is reaching the general public now definitely. Capital injections saved the speculanting institutions but not society. The problem of greed was resolved and now poverty could stand up and protest.
But in Spain, from a sustainable progress point of view, the government executives were still hiding between their wall of negation. This will be the case in every government around the world. Reluctance to let go of old authorities and structures is largest when no alternative is know.Experts are consulted from inside the system only. Expertise from outside, like the one’s I am offering, are not recognized let alone taken seriously. One will fight against change simply because one does not know where to change into. When I presented sustainocracy in Madrid the first reaction was defensive but the seed has been planted. Before my presentation they had no choice, now they do, just like the population. Just like in Holland before, it will do its psychological work (like this blog), and some time in the near future the officials will lower their defences and accept shyly the hand that I reach out to them from the new world.
We are reaching the natural point of a psychological break through, because resistence does not seem to work but also because an alternative shines through at the end of the tunnel. I hope to find enough executive interest to join me in a world changing congres on 12.12.12 to let the crisis behind us and definitively open up to sustainocracy around the world. Sustainable human progress is more important after all than keeping up artificial, obsolete systems, even if they are called politics or banks. Capital injections did not bring back stability, it just saved some banks for some time.
The very basic, key requirement in a content economy is that every individual human participant becomes self-aware, self-conscious of sustainable progress and self-sufficient through auto-determination, self-leadership and independence from centralized structures.
That is a lot of responsibility for a single person! How can you cope with self-sufficiency when the entire world seems to be attached to the strings of centralized controls? If you cut those strings where would you live? Get your food? Your water or energy supplies? Health care? Clothing? How would you get rid of your waste or move from A to B?
The transformation from a growth economy of centralized dependencies to a content economy of self-sufficiency in sustainable progress is not just a simple ideological decision, it is a personal commitment to turn your entire life upside down.
Even on the individual level such new type of society would require a structural renewal of the way you address your life on a daily basis. It would take various years of learning new skills and integrating them into your existence in such a way that you get again a feeling of abundance. The learning period will be tough because your self sufficiency would not produce enough yet for you to adequately survive. You are forced to work together with others who are in a similar process.
In essence we see the following happening on the individual level but also in business, local government and institutions. The whole thing boils down again into four phases:
1. Acceptance of the new paradigm: This element is key to understand and commit to the process you go through and find the motivation to endure the tough transition period.
2. Personal leadership: Someone only decides to depart from situation A towards a new situation B if the latter provides better perspectives than the first. For may it is a tough decision to make, requiring reassurance through a growing awareness and consciousness as the local, personal or global crises clarify the ideas. Once the decision has been taken you are ready to address to future with determination keeping that desired new situation in mind during the entire process.
3. New professional skills: gradually you will find what skills are required to address your new challenges. We all have many skills already and today, with the usage of internet we have access to a large diversity of knowledge without having to move from our chair. Applying new skills to produce abundance will totally depend on the environment in which you develop your independence. Nowadays technology is very much advanced to produce abundance in nearly any environment on the planet and beyond. It is up to our creativity and adaptability to implement it for our benefit. Some may argue that access to technology costs money and indeed this may be true in the transition phase. But when we look at the abundance of tools that have grown obsolete in the last few decades, or even now due to the crises, we have plenty to pick from at nearly no other costs than that what we need to get the materials to us. Creativity, wit and guts is much more valuable than the tooling that is lying around us unused.
4. Purpose driven cooperation: when we consider true abundance, with the use of modern technology and our own talents and energy we can and maybe need to work together with our neighbors. For certain requirements we need a certain productivity scale to be auto-sufficient. Combining these interests with those who face the same problem will add up 1+1 and make 3.
Such cooperation is even possible on a larger urban scale involving self aware institutions and governance. Dealing with result driven self sufficiency through applied technology one may find the need to involve such institutions even if they still operate in the old paradigm. Consider the challenge of people living in dense urban city environments. How would they be able to cope with content economy if the only way to access food production is by applying the most modern views on urban vertical and spatial agriculture. And even such fragmented self sufficiency would necessarily be combined with innovative usage of water, waste management cycles, energy production and usage.
Such techniques would become multi-disciplinary and multi-functional requiring the cooperative participation of people with a large diversity of skills. Over 50% of the global human population now concentrate their lives in dense urban environments due to the effects of hundreds of years of economic based paradigm. And this amount is only growing. Even if we wanted we could not turn this clock back fast. So a very intense local small scale urban cooperation will need to develop rapidly to create sufficient output to provide the participating people with a minimum amount of life support in the transition phase to avoid an exodus into the country side or total urban anarchy.
It is a totally new area of development that is still in its teens from an expertise point of view but key for the survival of massive amounts of people who have nothing else than their 26th floor, 80 m2 apartment to deal with when the old paradigm collapses further. The current centralized power positions around food, water, energy and other basic supplies have fragmented the local available productivity into single massive product production lines for global distribution. The diversity of products surrounding the cities is extremely limited and scarce, in such a way that it would never be able to help the starving city population in case of disaster. Sufficient local diversity for self sufficiency would take decades of focused transformation to develop. Eg. With the current footprint the nearly 17 million people counting population of Holland would need a territory of 20 stories to supplies its needs. This is of course impossible so we have two options: reduce drastically our consumptive life styles while trying to use space as well as possible or allow the unthinkable the reduction of the population to sustainable levels by allowing them to perish or move to other places….A reversed migration away from the cities would create such devastation in the encounter of the travelling masses that it would represent a human disaster of unknown precedence. The best option we truly have today, while the old paradigm is still holding up, is to do our best to implement the content economy where ever we can right now, taking individual responsibility while we can, having access to resources and knowledge without yet the stress of surrounding chaos.
Right now the STIR Foundation has already started to work with small scale local new cooperative initiatives to at least create sufficient experience in working with new result driven models based on equality and competences, rather than hierarchy and speculation. Many of the human interests cannot be addressed comfortably in this way because they are still trapped in the economized hierarchies. These old power positions will try to milk their cash cows as long as they can before they fall over, even if this finally means that the transformation will come too late or at the expense of huge sacrifice.
All that people like you and me can do today is to accept the fact that we need to take responsibility sooner or later. The sooner we take our first steps at picking up the right skills, establishing the network of contact for early experiments, the better it is. I personally did and know now how painfully difficult it is. By keeping our initiatives low key or outside the reigning systems we remain at a safe distance to experiment at will. When the openings come due to the recessions and massive crisis we can try to expand expertise fast like fractals. Via twitter, blogs, social media we can share experiences in an open way and stimulate more and more people to start developing their own initiatives and join the movement.
Meanwhile remember the psychology of change that affects most people. For some time to come the largest part of the population will laugh at you while you are at it while the systems will try to do what they can to stop you, uphold themselves at the expense of everything or get you back into the old systems through tricks backed by the reigning laws. That’s the name of the game. At the end the content economy will of course affect you positively and provide you and the surroundings with sustainable progress. But before that it is the process of letting go and diving into the in depth transformation that produces all the pain and challenges. It is up to you if you want to take the leap or wait if the whole thing solves itself.