A crash course in changing the world.
adisorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, esp.
one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a
specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical
bacterial meningitis is a rare disease |
possible cause of heart disease.
particular quality, habit, or disposition regarded as adversely
affecting a person or group of people
departmental administration has often led to the dread disease of
(esp. of food, money, or some other resource) insufficient for the demand : as raw materials became scarce, synthetics were developed.
in small numbers or quantities; rare :
the freshwater shrimp becomes scarce in soft water.
If you look at the planet and you divide it in half, using the equator
to divide North from South, you'll notice that there is more land in
the North. The further North you go, the longer and more harsh the
winter months are. During winter in these Northern lands, food and
water were scarce and opportunities and resources to provide shelter
during winter were difficult to come by.
People in the North developed technologies in order to survive the winters.
They created means of transportation to increase their hemisphere of
food sources, they cultivated the domestication of cattle and other
livestock that could acclimitize to the region. They developed
storage techniques to make any excess food last the winter months.
They created competitive barter systems that involved one party
taking advantage of another's lack of sufficient food and shelter for
the winter months, giving one party a disporportionate gain while the
other gained a quick and temporary solution to his problems.
The summer and fall months were very labor-intensive times and many
people were needed to work in order to create enough food to survive
the winter months. Therefore some people went to work as servants
for those who had amassed more land and materials. They also
developed weapons to kill animals and to defend themselves from those
who would want to raid their stock.
In situations of starvation or where one's survival is being threatened,
the brain shuts off certain sections in order to concentrate more of
its power on survival. It shuts down things like taste, thus
allowing one to stomach a larger variety of foods that one would
normally be averse to. It also shuts down dogmas that have to do
with morality which would allow one to forgo concern over the welfare
of others and concentrate on one's own survival needs, even to the
extent of practicing cannibalism in order to survive.
In a climate of constant scarcity, people of the North developed systems
that reflected a generalized blockage to morality, or, more
specifically, concern for the wellbeing of others. In the early
stages of their development, they were seen by more advanced
societies who visited and attempted to conquer them as barbarians.
All of these developments, psychological and technical, were honed in
order to bring them more food to survive the winter.
When Northerners eventually migrated towards tropical areas, they came
into contact with civilizations that had developed in abundance and
not scarcity. These civilizations had no need for weapons designed
for warfare, instead their weapons were designed for hunting. They
had no need for or use of food storage or indoctrination to get
people to work to produce more food as the land produced food all
year round and it was sufficient to meet their needs. But scarcity
had already shaped the psychology and behaviors of the people from
the North and their actions still reflected a world of scarcity. They
were not able to adapt their mentality to the idea of abundance.
Therefore they waged wars with the people from the South, made them
into slaves, stole their resources, etc.
Today, thousands of years later, the entire planet is contaminated by this
fear of scarcity. But, anyone who tries to ignore the fear and be
logical will realize that with the technology of today, they do not
have to fear scarcity and that it only exists in our minds. The
scarcity of today exists because of the fear of scarcity, and not
because of actual scarcity.
My goal is to rid the world of the idea of scarcity and to remove the
symptoms of scarcity from our economic, social and political systems.
The problems that we examined in our missions, empowerment of
women,the food crisis, the water crisis, energy crisis, and more, are
issues that we already have the resources, both technological and
natural, to solve. Our current economic system has proven not only
to be inefficient in combatting the crisis stated above, but in many
cases has actually been the cause of those crisis. Therefore,
my specific goal is to assist Jacque Fresco and other individuals who
support the creation of a resource-based economy, one in which the
abundance of technological and natural resources that we have on this
planet will be spread between all societies and individuals.
“People today don’t really need money. They need the resources bought with
money in order to live a healthy, happy and civilized life. Through
technology, a Resource Based Economy can deliver a life of abundance
for each of the 6.8 billion people and 1.5 million other species that
inhabit the world, and for multitudes of generations still to
come. A Resource Based Economy intends to eradicate the concept
of scarcity altogether – by declaring all the earth’s resources
as common heritage of all the earth’s people, removing borders, and
using technology to abolish human labour. In a Resource Based
Economy, there is neither any need, nor any room for scarcity,
corruption, poverty, hunger, conflict, war, crime, prisons, riots, or
any other evil we see in society today. Instead of offering temporary
solutions for the symptoms of a problem, a Resource Based Economy
treats it at its very root. All systems from education and
transportation, to lifestyle and research, are derived from a
thorough understanding of the planet and its rich resources. They are
based on logic, not opinion. A Resource Based Economy is an
antidote for the selfish profit-oriented society we live in today. It
focuses single-mindedly on the study, analysis and cataloguing of the
earth’s resources, and their intelligent use for the good of all
The Place. Where will you make a difference?
Describe the institution, community, town or other geographic or virtual space in which you will focus your efforts.
This is a global movement and efforts will be focused all over the planet.
The Challenge. What will you aim to change, and for whom?
The challenge is to change the economy from a monetary system to a
Highlight what is the need that you perceive and who will benefit from this change.
Part of the need that I perceive is the maldistribution of the earth's
resources and the gross stratification of wealth and poverty as a
product of the monetary system which wastes resources, causes
pollution and starvation all in the name of making money, a symbolic
piece of paper that is not a resource in itself. By switching to a
resource-based economy, the doors will be open to free access to
alternative energy sources and the earth's technological, human and
natural resources will be valued instead of exploited.
To cure the psychological disease of scarcity.
Your solution – what is the action, product, service, project, change
that you will initiate?
The change is to change our economic system from a monetary system to a resource-based economy.
Tell us how your idea will succeed where others have failed.
The idea of a resource based economy comes from Jacque Fresco. His idea
will succed because it addresses the root of the problem, whereas all
other solutions to our economic, environmental, and social problems
only address the symptoms.
The Money. What would you do with your first US$1,000 given or invested in support of your vision?
I would spend the first $1,000 USD on a project to write one letter a
month to my list of Presidents and Prime Ministers and other
politicians who I think are genuinely interested in the well-being of
their people. I would write hand-written letters briefly outlining
the ideas put forth by Jacques Fresco of how a resource-based economy
is a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly, humane way of living
as opposed to the unsustainable, destructive and elitist monetary
system which we currently use.