The new messiah will be an economist. All the amazing new advances in technology and science that baffle and astound citizens and compete for their minds and souls will be essentially useless if a more equitable, sustainable economic system cannot be designed and implemented.
Most citizens, especially in the United States have been mislead by false information force-fed through public education and supported by marketing magi to believe that the fundamental skills for our survival as a species are based in transferable traits of aggressive competition. Thus the common modern concept of social Darwinism has emerged and continues to hold citizens in a choke hold of compliance to a radical capitalistic economic ideology that produces a deep seated fear of questioning the methods and modalities of the “golden goose.” Investigate the lectures and books of economist Hazel Henderson for a more detailed treatment of this subject.
These archaic concepts, now debunked by anthropologists who have compiled convincing evidence that compassion and cooperation, not aggressive competition, are the bedrocks of our evolutionary success, have too long justified the growing disparity between the rich and the poor for most of our history. It is time for a radical changing of the economic guard.
The new economy will suffer great birth pains due to the fevered reluctance and tenacious resistance offered by the most wealthy citizens, especially those most vested in the continuance of corporate greed and dominance. A huge question will be: “How much of the bath water must be discarded without mortal damage to the baby?”
The answer will lie in the serious and ambiguous question of what, indeed, is the baby that must be protected? Our well being as a species is the baby that must be protected and nourished properly. Nearly everything must be re-evaluated, re-defined, most importantly we must discover a new, more comprehensive sense of self-identity.
Economic success must include a reverent respect for our global environment. It must also include a prevailing belief that the privileged few cannot be truly happy as long as so many others suffer so that they can live in opulence. There is simply no reason that prosperity cannot be the rule rather than the exception. Current economic theory in the US provides that a strong economic elite must prevail in order to provide incentive for others make the arduous climb to financial prominence.
To some extent this idea has merit. The general failure of communism proves that state-owned means of production leads to a mediocrity in products, services, and incomes that is unacceptable to most modern citizens, certainly in the US. So scratch communism. Marx had a great slogan: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”
Unfortunately he failed to clarify just who gets to decide what a person's abilities and needs are, leaving the matter for the elite political body, the politburo, to decide. That's such a travesty on individual liberty, the pursuit of happiness and basic human nature that it was doomed to failure from the start.
There must be disparity among citizens' economic and social status due to the nature of diversity among people. But this disparity has gotten way out of control and is now so ingrained in our social fabric that a radical modification must come about in order to establish a new paradigm in economic theory that incentivises and rewards a much larger proportion of the population.
There is just no sound reason why this cannot come about. But a social consensus must first be established that desires such a modification. And such a consensus will not be brought forth from the status-quo mentality that prevails in our society. Thus, the aforementioned new sense of self identity must be discovered, nourished, and become the prevailing ideology throughout our entire cultural environment.
How can this be accomplished? In his book, Self-Aware Universe, Amit Goswami, professor of quantum physics at Oregon University, carefully and clearly explains the significance of the newest discoveries in science and how they indicate the essential nature of consciousness and how consciousness is the ground of all being. His proposals legitimately challenge the fundamental precepts of matter-based science in the Newtonian sense and prove to the objective reader that consciousness is, indeed, the ground of all being from which all creativity proceeds, including by definition the material world and all systems, patterns and objects therein. A detailed description of this brave new concept is far beyond the scope of this humble essay, but read the book if your mind is warped enough to want to know the essential nuts and bolts of creation.
Such knowledge is not required for good citizenry. But our leaders must know. In order to be led toward a more beneficial evolutionary pathway, our leaders have to get a clue as to the vast potentials that are possible for humanity, above and beyond the petty goals of material success and the domination of our fellow human beings. The new economic system must reflect this knowledge if it is to work.
If all systems are created from universal consciousness now actively working through the evolved human brain, then all social, political and economic systems are so derived as well. Thus, through a social consensus, reflected in political action, a weighting of the probability scale in favor of the most correct and beneficial results for our evolution can occur. And from the vast and limitless realm of all possibilities, the world of potentia, as a species we can consciously collapse the most favorable future into actuality. See? It is possible to understand.
My next essay to appear in this publication will explain how and why population regulation is an essential aspect of the success of any biological or social system and that no real, long-term progress can be made without diligent innovations in the area of population control.
Column made by George Kinney/2013
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