Archive for November, 2008
This video is from when I brought David Blume to Portland before his book was published a couple years ago. Man, this dude has the total plan that can get us out of this Peak Oil and ecological destruction mess we are in.
Remember, we have to not only help secure food supplies, but also stop mankind’s madness. Three cheers for missions with purpose!
I am writing a new book, called “Conquering The Ether“.
It’s about how to fix the world. Sort of.
You see, I am a marketer, just like everyone else. I try to be as ethical as possible while making a living, but every single person is in sales. We spend our lives trying to convince other people of our worldview so we can maximize our experience on planet earth. After all, we humans are all born as consumers. While some of us are born into wealth and privilege, most of us have to claw our way through life trying to just survive and thrive in the slog. It’s scary out there, and we had better get a hold of chaos again before we wipe ourselves out.
But, it seems there will always be arguing over what kind of dinosaur Jesus used to ride or who’s God and beat up the other people’s false God and belief system. But if we got past religion and hate, we would realize the things we humans all universally have in common are amazing and simple.
We all pop out of our mother, eat, drink, pee, poop, mate, and hope our IRA doesn’t tank* before we die.
It’s all the stuff in-between that is the Ether.
Just what is the Ether, and how does one conquer it?
The Ether is the new world. It lost its virginity when radio was invented, picked up new territory when television first broadcast, and now is as big as the finite universe with the Internet. I contend that the election of Barrack Obama to the position of President of the United States was a great battle between the combined power of TV and Radio against the Internet.
We now know which major technology reigns supreme over the Ether, don’t we?
It’s you and me. We won. We won the battle – the collective human spirit is closer and closer to freedom than ever before. But the mental prisons we allow ourselves to remain in are there, as is laziness. So we continue to allow a very small amount of people to control the world – but all of that is quickly changing.
Thanks to human ingenuity – the Internet has become the de facto way to control pieces of both the real physical world and the telepathic electrically charged world. If you are creative, have the right team of people, and a valuable human and ecological cause – you can conquer anything your mind can project. Like money, for instance. People love to hoard money. But what happens when money is only an idea?
What is OOOOOOCH.com selling?
You tell me what they are selling. And how. And what feelings it emits inside you. It is only one example of conquering the Ether. Anyone can own it, actually. It is only a matter of time before some kid living on a few dollars a day owns a part of the Ether.
You can certainly own it – anyone with enough brainpower can own the ether, because it is cheap to own the Internet. That’s why Internet Domain name sales are still going strong, even in a crap economy. All you do is take out a plastic card, type in some numbers, and PRESTO! You own something that both exists and does not exist at the same time. Take Google. They own the Ether. They have mentally hacked your brain – and when they change something, it affects your brain patterns that have become life habit. When they change their interface, it changes the consciousness of millions of people at once. The same with other pillars like MySpace, Facebook, etc.
What will mental hackers do with these new powers?
When you make a recommendation to someone, does he or she listen and act based on what you said? If you can get people to do things you suggest – you are a power referrer. It’s when you have the power to refer and are respected for your status in the community that you wield additional power in the Ether. Your community can be reached with e-mail messages – because e-mail is an ingrained life operation for modern humans. But what does e-mailing your community mean these days? Defining community in a globalized, mentally connected world is difficult. What is community? Is it the amount of people you know where you live, or is it the size of your mailing list? Is it that starving child digging through trash for food in Zimbabwe, or is it your next door neighbor? Perhaps it is both?
The more people come online, the more important it is to be able to groom your real life interactions, as well as those that only take place in the Ether. Throw in that we are told the planet is running out of food, water, natural, unmolested ecosystems and money – and we have serious problems.
Especially when our global economies demand that we sell, sell, sell – whether it is a seminar or a candy bar – we are stuck in a world of consumptions. We can’t possibly pay back all the debts accumulated via the present money system. Because our present money system also lives in the Ether.
It didn’t used to be that way. Money used to be the thing of value itself. Remember fur traders? What is the key to understanding money that lies in the words fur traders? And what is the reason that the only sustainable option for human continuity is to go back to zero, everyone is where they are presently at on the game board, and we divvy up a fair system where able bodied people take part in various labor? But that won’t happen without massive violence – I can hardly see home owners opening the doors to any old stranger.
So what will happen to prior debts and agreements of ownership? Capitalism as we have known it is dead. I am open to anyone’s suggestions of how to navigate these new waters with so many prior debts and rules. The whole world is at tabula rasa.
But did you know about a system of farm tenancy once common in some parts of the United States called sharecropping? In the United States the institution arose at the end of the Civil War out of the plantation system. Many planters had ample land but little money for wages. At the same time most of the former slaves were uneducated and impoverished. The solution was the sharecropping system, which continued the workers in the routine of cotton cultivation under rigid supervision.
Economic features of the system were gradually extended to poor white farmers. The cropper brought to the farm only his own and his family’s labor. Most other requirements—land, animals, equipment, and seed—were provided by the landlord, who generally also advanced credit to meet the living expenses of the cropper family. Most croppers worked under the close direction of the landlord, and he marketed the crop and kept accounts. Normally in return for their work they received a share (usually half) of the money realized. From this share was deducted the debt to the landlord. High interest charges, emphasis on production of a single cash crop, slipshod accounting, and chronic cropper irresponsibility were among the abuses of the system. Farm mechanization and a marked reduction in cotton acreage have virtually put an end to the system.
My question is – who is responsible for screwing up the entire system, and now who owns what?
It is guns, law, debts, and order that keep us in line. The law and order in the United States since 1913 has been the Federal Reserve, and they have the guns, the laws, and used to own the debts. Now they owe the debts. In 1913, they took over the gold system of money, then the oil system of money, and now guess what we don’t have enough of to cover our debts to the world?
We are trillions of dollars in debt here in the United States. Most humans can’t even fathom what that truly means. Tell me how America can ever pay that back, especially when the market has decided that it can’t afford any more new gasoline powered cars?
That’s why I learned how to grow food at home. Because things of real value will always matter. You know what will always have value?
Food. Smokes. Booze. Drugs. Sex. Influence. Rock and Roll.
Man, that sounds like living to me! Except when you die from too much of any of it. But you will die from something, so you may as well be a good person and have a good time while helping other people live a better life. You’ll live longer that way.
All in all, I am enjoying the launch of Bright Neighbor. Portland is responding very well to our new sharing system that removes money from the equation. It’s a virtual commune, money saver, neighbor greeter, business network, skills database, transportation solution, and ecological sustainability technology system. I am pleased with it so far, and there is much more of the Ether and the real planet to tend to as we grow and perfect the system.
I have very busy days now, and I write when I can. If you want to get a signed copy of my book, you can pre-order “Conquering The Ether” now.
Founder, Bright Neighbor
* Obviously not everyone has an IRA.
Because building a gun economy is idiotic. Would you agree the law should require customers buying assault weapons to also take mandatory community gardening classes? It seems to me it is better to eat fruits, nuts, and vegetables than it is to eat bullets.
Besides, real men know how to knife fight.
Congratulations to you, entrepreneurial city farmers. You are leading the way in the new green economy. Forget carbon credits – look out for new LLCs forming farming partnerships.
We are even seeing the beginnings of people doing yard sharing, lawn sharing, and sharecropping in Portland. Bright Neighbor helps facilitate such partnerships between farmers, gardeners, land owners, volunteers, and customers.
If you live in Portland, join today! If you live elsewhere, let’s talk about getting Bright Neighbor set up where you live.
Yee haw everyone, here we go!
The whole world is wondering – “What happens now?”
You may be so excited you could pee your pants. You may be so scared you could pee your pants. Either way, it seems everyone is about to pee their pants. At this point, I would like to mention if you feel like killing yourself, you can do it without actually dying. It’s easy – you just make a decision to be reborn, accept that things are the way they are, and move forward with the energy flow. 1-2-3.
I know, it takes different folks longer to adjust to shock than others. Not all drugs work the same for every patient – your results may vary. But a dramatic change is being thrust upon everyone at once, and no one is left untouched.
That’s why I am buying stock in you and me this election. Because together, we are the ones who can really change things. We can’t be responsible for the actions of other people, and personally, I can only try to do good for myself and other people every day. What about you?
This has been and continues to be a weird time for everyone. And the flow of the people is certainly flowing towards life-affirming decisions, made by each of us. That means being open to learning new skills that are helpful to the entire community. It means meeting other people in your community, and volunteering to help the community. That can mean teach other people the good things you know how to do. People who do the jobs like sewer management (crappy, but necessary) should be given extra benefits, don’t you think?
Do you have a crappy job right now? Maybe right now is the time to bring yourself back into your own mental school and learn new skills helpful to the new green economy. If you are already living a green lifestyle, good for you – don’t rub it in other people’s faces, just help them learn how to do it right. We need more permaculture teachers.
We can fix the planet and live happy, healthy lives. We just need to remain positive and be nice to one another while we work things through. It’s an exciting time for the people of planet earth.
And that means if we choose to move forward as humanity, we can take evolution to the next level, emerging from our chrysalis and realizing a new dawn of cooperation. Or, we can tear ourselves apart with divisiveness and end up dying just the same. The choice is clear for people with clarity of thought.
But who defines clarity of thought? When else are so many people asked to think about the same thing at the same time? It is causing enormous reflection for all of us.