General Humanities Section

 (Topics on this page evolve.)

The "Humanities" section is dedicated to timeless topics that affect all civilizations -- ancient or modern.

You may want to go to the "World" section under "Ancient Civilizations"

and read Dr. White's essay, A Plan for a Planet, for five timeless solutions

to the problems faced by any civilization:

Stable Awareness

Clear Thinking

Holistic Relationships

Clean Energy

Sustainable Economy

Direct Address: http://www.dpedtech.com/Plan.htm

You will also see there Project 0 that I call "Popcorn Time".

When it comes to people interacting with people,

here is a back-to-reality read (by Robert E. Podolsky, MS): 

FLOURISH! An Alternative to Government and Other Hierarchies.

Quote: As most people are aware, ethics are the means by which we decide what actions are permissible and what actions are not.  What is less known is the fact that every ethic consists of two parts:

1.  A value that defines what it is that we want more of in our lives, . . . and

2.  A belief, or system of beliefs, that describes what actions we are to take to obtain more of the value that we seek.

Still less often recognized is the fact that an ethic may be valid or invalid.  Valid ethics produce the desired results -- an increase in the values sought.  Invalid ethics produce the opposite effect -- a lessening of that which is sought or desired. . . .  Consider an ethic that chooses creativity and its logical equivalents as the values to be maximized.  Such resources as love, awareness, objective truth, and personal evolution may be considered as logical equivalents of creativity, because whenever one of these resources is increased they are all increased, and vice versa. . . .  All prosperity, and ultimately all happiness, derives from someone's creativity.  The belief system that empowers this ethic begins with the notion that an act is good if it increases creativity or any of its logical equivalents for at least one person without limiting or diminishing creativity for anyone. (Flourish!, 23-25)

In his book Podolsky presents in detail his solution to the practical problem of how we can achieve an ethical society in the broad sense that he has defined in the above quotation (or perhaps even bootstrap to a better solution).  His technical term for this process is "Holomats of Octologues", which means networks of discussion groups consisting of ideally eight people (Octologues) with a variety of skills and a core interest, project, or goal around which they are aligned.  Podolsky gives clear guidelines for how interactions best proceed in order to achieve full agreement in a motivated small group followed by effective action, achievement, and fulfillment.  Systematic networking (Holomats) allows many small groups to expand their effectiveness by cooperatively managing large and complex ventures and enterprises for the benefit of themselves and society.  (His book is available in electronic format from Amazon.com.)

 Popcorn Time is not only FREE, you already have it and it's totally effortless.  But it's also fun to know about MONEY.

WHAT IS MONEY?

Here is a simple definition proposed by Chris Martenson, author of "Crash Course" (see below):

MONEY IS A CLAIM ON HUMAN LABOR.

The labor may be in the past, present, or future, but it exists somewhere and somewhen.   

Labor means work.

Work is often defined as a force through a distance -- and that also requires TIME.

Work is a form of kinetic energy in which something is transformed deliberately

 so that it moves in a specific direction by the exertion of some effort.

What is moved or transformed is often described as a GOOD or a SERVICE.

This means that the effort creates something considered to be of value to somebody.

The definition does NOT say whether the labor has to be HARD, DIFFICULT, or PAINFUL.

Who does the deliberation and who does the work are left undefined, but are still required.

The CLAIM may or may not be realized, and thus there is always RISK involved with money.

The claim can be in any form: physical, mental, spiritual -- you name it.

Examples: minerals, shells, beads, resources, products, coins, "legal tender",

credit cards, actions, words, ideas, data, contracts, promises, . . . . 

The role of a CLAIM makes money a social phenomenon, and is a declaration of VALUE.

Value means that someone believes something is important in their awareness.

VALUE IS A SUBJECTIVE BELIEF that may be shared among people.

In the BIG PICTURE maybe nothing is important.

What do you believe?

OK.  Let's play around and explore.

 Click on the name of the game (in blue) below and learn how to finance vast new projects! 

It's Revival Time!   This Venerable Game is called --

BOONDOGGLING: The Game of a Nation!

 (The Game for Brain-Trusters.  Can you trust YOUR brain?)

The Boondoggling menu contains a peek at a TRILLION DOLLARS,

in case you ever wondered what such a "claim on human labor"

looks like in terms of REAL everyday money ($100 bills.)

Boondoggling with other people's money (OPM) leads a society into DEBT.

DEBT means you owe someone MONEY.

DEBT means someone has a claim on your labor.

Too much debt makes you a SLAVE to your creditor,

because all your life activity must be dedicated to your creditor. . .

unless you decide to default on your debt and forfeit much or all of your credibility in the social money game.

In the absence of devastation wrought by horrendous natural catastrophes or horrendous wars, 

massive social default on debt is a sure way to crash the economic system of a civilization.

So let's take a look at some ways a society becomes enslaved with great debt,

and some ways a society may gain freedom from debt slavery.

(There may be many creative ways.)

Instead of Boondoggling, you could choose an alternative to DEBT.

For background on the current U.S. financial situation go to

http://www.peakprosperity.com/crashcourse

by Chris Martenson and watch the videos or read the transcripts.

For a shortcut, here is the complete transcript in one pdf file.   Click on:

Crash Course

Here is a nice thick book for browsing or cover-to-cover absorption:

Mark Steyn, AFTER AMERICA: Get Ready for Armageddon.

(The book is based on the self-evident belief expounded by economist Herbert Stein: "If something cannot go on forever, it will stop."

AA is a fat book full of sobering information about our country's fiscal mismanagement. 

In case you are too busy to read the details, here is a quick summary of Steyn's recommendations:

Let's get started; de-centralize (DIY); de-governmentalize (less Big Gov, more state, local, personal responsibility); de-regulate (trust that people can do a good job); de-monopolize (less big gov); de-complicate (fewer third-party transactions); de-credentialize (fewer paper titles, more skills); dis-entitle (return to personal responsibility); de-normalize overspending (on your average salary a "trillion" is not normal); do something about it; live free.

Also highly recommended: Ron Paul, THE REVOLUTION: A MANIFESTO.

Paul generally has been one of the few sane legislators in the U.S. (with a few exceptions such as his notion of going back onto the gold standard), but the state of a nation is a reflection of the decisions and actions of its citizens as a group, (NOT the government).

 Below is one recipe for rapid correction of a massive and steadily growing national debt

IF such is desired after gaining an appreciation of reality.

In summary four steps are required:

1.  The ultra wealthy demonstrate their financial acumen by paying off the national debt in one day

by investing in national projects and receive tax breaks as a reward to stimulate their further success.

2. Budget Reform empowers each income tax paying individual or business

(not the politicians or the government) to control the budget.

Congress sets fees, tariffs, duties.  Underfunded departments privatize or fold.

3. Tax Reform provides relief so that a citizen's subsistence level is not taxed,

and the rest of his or her income is taxed with a flat tax --

no loopholes, no exemptions.   Businesses and organizations have a similar simplified schedule.

4. Congress abolishes the Fed and the Treasury issues debt-free currency

backed by a standard based on the value of human labor. 

For details, click below:

NATIONAL DEBT FREEDOM

Additional suggested reading: Declaration of Independence; U.S. Constitution.

Recommended Read: AIN'T NOBODY'S BUSINESS IF YOU DO: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in Our Free Country

by the late Peter McWilliams.  Available for as little as 1 cent plus postage through Amazon

and as a free download or online read:

(http://www.drugsense.org/mcwilliams/www.mcwilliams.com/books/books/aint/toc0.htm)

For further inspiration about how to stimulate the economy, watch SHARK TANK on TV.

Another Viewpoint: MMT (Modern Monetary Theory)

Recommended Reading: Warren Mosler's

Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy

(and visit his website www.moslereconomics.com)

See also various Youtube video talks on MMT by Mike Norman.

Sample Norman Economics Topics:

Paying off America's Debt is Simple

Reviewing Some MMT Concepts on Government Spending, Inflation, Taxation, Debt, and Deficits

There's No Such Thing as "Monetizing the Debt"

Gold is Not a Currency, It's Not Money, It's Not Investment, and It's Going Down

Why the US Can Never Become Insolvent

US Debt is a Myth

We Just Had a $100 Billion "Helicopter Drop" and the Inflationistas Say Nothing

Exploring Civilization Through Art and Music

The Beatles' MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR Movie:

A Guide to the Magic and Mystery    

Watch the Magical Mystery Tour movie To see the whole movie, you have to register and download the viewer.

Against Intellectual Monopoly

(a startling position paper by Boldrin and Levine)

*** Awareness, Life, and the Science of Truth: The Primary Definitions

(Click on the stars.)

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In the course of his research Dr. Greer is asked to look at an amazing find: a humanoid specimen, 6 inches long from the Atacama Desert. Not until 2012 was he given permission to take bone samples and DNA from the specimen. At that same time a pre-eminent geneticist, hearing of this find, offered to do DNA testing. He enlisted an MD from the same university,- world renowned for his work with skeletal anomalies, to view the x-rays and CT scans. Their expertise along with Dr. Greer’s expansive knowledge of the subject bring more questions than answers. Where did this “Atacama Humanoid” come from? Are there others like it? What does it say about the origin of the human species?

While on this odyssey, the audience gains a whole new perspective on technology, human evolution, and clandestine organizations who have manipulated and controlled the public for centuries.

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