Day 458: Usury and The Art of Overmilking

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Recently a flood of court injunctions have hit Italian Banks.

Nothing to worry about, they  have already found plenty ways around what they were asked to do, small things, like publishing a note on their website to inform their clients that they are undergoing an investigation for usury, or returning some of the compounded interests they have charged to some that got tired of being milked and took them to court.

Strange that this novel approach to the banking system, as in questioning WTF they are doing, went almost unnoticed.

The media did not talk about it, like – ever, not even the small customary tiny paragraph next to the obituaries, that only people with incipient dementia visit, to see if they can find some of their friends departing this screwed up world.
The fear was too high that someone, somewhere may read it and spread the news that Banks Could Actually Be Questioned and Even Asked to Return What they Have For Years Illicitly Charged Through a Scheme called Compounded Interests – that allowed them not just to milk but  to over-milk their clients bank accounts without being charged for Usury.

Apparently, Usury is regulated in the most civilized societies, mainly because once you are reasonably intelligent and have a decent education, there is no argument valid enough to excuse it, as usury is just the practice of asking someone to pay interests on the interests you are already charging them – or the practice to charge interests that are basically unjust and immoral and enrich the lender way beyond what would be due.

The way we are currently regulating this issue, is through an Usury Ceiling, where governments set the maximum interest any lending institution can charge before incurring in the charge of Usury.
Of course, if you reach that ceiling every 3 months -and you are a Bank- what you can do is, draw a line, take the interests matured, add it to the capital owed and then start to calculate the new due interests on what is now Capital+interests.

Unfathomably no one noticed until now, until people that are waking up and questioning the system found this odd and wondered if a court of justice would share their bewilderment at how banks had been screwing them for years – and getting away with it and decided to take action.

Imagine if everyone knew that what their banks are customarily doing  is in fact Usury under another name, next time you hear the words ‘Compounded Interests’, please feel free to translate them into ‘Usury’, because there is no difference bar from the fact that the practice expressed by one word is understood – and the other isn’t.

As all of those events unfolded, I wondered where and how we come to accept this practice in our lives and saw that it is within the family system where we are taught and learn Usury from a very early age, our parents milking ‘everything they have done for us’ for years in one way of another, are in fact practicing a form of Usury on an emotional level, mothers sending their kids on guilt trips based on ’emotional credits’, are Usurers, fathers who design for their children the career they would have wanted for themselves and force them into it, because of ‘all I have done for you’ , are Usurers and so is everyone else around us that demands something for something they have done – in a measure that far surpassed the original deed, not given unconditionally – but as an investment.

Obviously then, we grow up and become Usurers ourselves, women seem to take this on generally more than men, they are always asking of their partners something ‘in exchange for what they have invested in the relationship’, they withhold sex on occasions and give it as a premium – the withholding being the interest the man is paying for not doing something or doing something wrong.

So, it is wise of us to start questioning the systems ruling over us and come to terms with the Usurious nature of them all, be it the banking or lending system – or ourselves, to seek solutions, but to not forget that that this World is The Sum of All its Pieces and we need to make the effort to stop our participation in Usury on a personal level, to realign the one Piece That Is Me, to the Kind of World We Would Like to Live In.

Then solutions can emerge, as we become Living Solutions and no longer Passive Participants, we can consider a different World, we could consider proposing a Living Guaranteed for Everyone – so no one has to borrow from another for a chance to Live – and put an end the usurious nature of this existence once and for all – to create in its place a Supportive – Life Giving World where we can Honour and Respect each other forever more.

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Day 453: How to Stop Creating Corruption and Criminals

 

I live in Italy, unfortunately -I wish to add.

For many years I felt this country like a suffocating weight I had to carry, a cage of rules and laws that made even breathing difficult and sometimes I wonder how do we keep our sanity, ah yes, we don’t so much lately, we have people committing suicides at an unprecedented rate, an austerity that doesn’t allow many to get to the end of the month, a church that says its duty is not to care for the poor but to evangelize and give sacraments BUT we have the freedom of porn, cheap high street fashion and soccer. Yeahy to that.

It makes for a grim picture for the future of our young ones, especially when the eldest insist that ‘at their times, because they tried harder, they would always find a job. Bullocks.
Those were other times, another world, other opportunities.

We have 1000 small enterprises closing each day, actually those were the number in 2013, now some say it’s 1600, which is commendable on a 69.000.000 inhabitants figure.

Last night I watched a political show that talked about how difficult it is to have a company in Italy, to be an entrepreneur, which is odd if you think that entrepreneurship in a country suffocated by unemployment should be encouraged in any possible ways, instead we keep legislating, we keep creating laws, commas, addendums, restrictions to the movement of our unparalleled ingenuity born out of sheer survival.
This can explain why Italians do so well abroad, anything we face abroad is EASY compared to what we have to face at home, you lift the weight and we float effortlessly.

In this talk-show a woman said that she moved to Cambridge to follow her daughter and she discovered that the employment office actually works! She was helped to write a CV and to find a job, which she did in no time, it is in the interest of any community to have employed people in a world where our living is tied into working, is it not?

Instead in Italy we are firing people from Government positions by the truckload, citing this system-created austerity on steroids, now people who go on strike are fired on the spot, we are witnessing the removal of the basic working class rights to state that we do not agree with exploitation, the new rule is either you accept to be exploited or you are jobless – and jobless in Italy means going to the church for warm meals and a shelter, which is granted on a first come first served basis.

The woman who moved to Cambridge said she will die there and wants to be buried there because Italy gave her nothing, never, not even when her spouse died and she was hunted down for her debts that she asked to put on hold until she got back on her feet. She said she must have been born in Italy by mistake, so have I, I thought many times.

The point that really left me flabbergasted watching this talk show was when they moved on to the proven relationships between Laws and Corruption – and found out that the higher the number of Laws in a country the higher the corruption, the lack of transparency, the dysfunction.

The comparison made was again between England and Italy, we rank 69 in the Corruption Perception Chart and jolly come in after Rwanda, Namibia and Ghana, England ranks 14.
A professor at Cambridge, an Italian who had lived there for 25 years, said that it is now proven that the more a Government acts in distrust of their citizens, the more it is reciprocated in kind, so, as the government burdens us with useless laws, rules and regulation that it’s impossible to carry out and live – we cheat, evade taxes and lie, we are just playing out the script written for us by those that don’t even trust themselves (and ain’t them right about it?).

The English Parliament issues 500 new laws a year that make sense, we issue 2000 that don’t, in the UK there are 3000 laws to abide by, in Italy 150.000, to open a hairdresser shop in Italy – 84 bureaucratic steps are required, our taxation equals the one in Denmark but we have no benefits for obliging, so what is the recipe I am describing here? The recipe to create criminals and corruption.

We have more lawyers than the USA, because our laws are cryptic and they have to be interpreted on a case by case basis, they are in fact ad personam laws, where the idea that the law is Equal for everybody is not even contemplated, it would just be too funny to even teach it to children, our justice system is lagging behind a good 10 years at least with commercial proceedings and we are guilty until we can prove that we are not- what kind of citizens can such terrain cultivate?

Liars, cheaters, tax evaders and ultimately criminals (and proud to be) mostly because we can’t even understand what we are supposed to do, many young ones that have managed to secure an European grant for a project left Italy and took their project elsewhere because they became exhausted with the never-ending idiotic bureaucratic requests, such as providing documents dated 2 centuries ago that no longer exist to prove the original structure of an old property, or other oddities of the kind.

The Law has been created for the purpose of protecting private interests and in Italy we have expanded this definition from private properties to the private interests of Notaries, solicitors, barristers, public employees, politicians, many wheels that need oiling to move the machine to make things happen and that oiling translates in Money and hence into Corruption and into Injustice because if you don’t have the Money to move the wheel, you are stuck, your ideas, your potential contribution to a better society is worthless without the bribe required to make it real.
The more mazes of laws to unravel, the more opportunities for corruption.

So, to sort out our corruption we need lean, just Legal systems whose laws are clearly understood and applied to all indiscriminately, we need a social contract, we need to create a state that trusts that the members of an Equal society do their best to comply, if they make it possible, because we all agree that social interactions need to be regulated for a functional society, look at what Chavez did by printing the Constitution on packets of flours and rice, he involved the population in their rights and not only in their duties, we need to build a new state of mind that creates a new State of Being that works for all and not just for the elected that manage the system to the detriment of everyone else.

We could revert the legal system to just 1 Law: Don’t do to others what you don’t want done to you – imagine this, the simplicity of it, anyone standing for something that doesn’t support the Life of All, the life of another like his own – will have to take a leave from public office, which at the moment would leave the Italian Parliament empty but that is not a dire alternative to what we are living at the moment, if that happened we could restructure the system putting the wellbeing of everyone on the same line – if a wage cut is applied indiscriminately to all, there will be no wage cuts, if healthcare coverage is given to all or taken away from the privileged one, we’ll have national health coverage.

Unfortunately, by design, we don’t have TIME to rethink this world and this is another reason why we need a Living Income Guaranteed, many are purposefully enslaved from 9 to 5 if not longer, on a daily basis to earn a Living that should be granted to All, many don’t have the time, the strength, the clarity to ponder about the state of our world and the things that really need to be sorted out, we need TIME, a living income guarantee is FREE Time, a free Life with no strings attached in exchange for active participation, it will give us that buffer to take a breath, to come out of the mud in which we have been buried and buried ourselves to look around and decide – is this the world I want to live in?

Because if it’s not, we can stand together and change it, we are the majority, the users of the system that never thought they are already the Administrators through the choices they make on a daily basis, the market force, what gives value to the money system, we are IT, if we get this we can change the way things are working now and start administering the wealth of the world differently, better, including all parts and all needs equally, a Living Income Guaranteed is our chance to better ourselves, to become the people we thought we could be when we were young and idealists, it’s not too late, it just requires for us to come together and agree on the changes that will have to be implemented to change the world and make it an honorable, Life supporting place, For All.

Some pettiness will have to be given up in the process, some honesty is required to see how we have carelessly -but equally- participated so far, our MEMEME mentality will have to make space to move little ME into a big WE, this could start with a Life Giving Proposal that includes all -as equally worthy of it.

Living Income Guaranteed – not a dream, not a hype, it’s a Plan – check it out.

Day 452: The Ebola Trojan Horse to Liberia

It’s in the news, the US is sending additional troops to Liberia (and Sierra Leone) hoping to ‘turn the tide’ of the Ebola virus.

Makes sense, armed people can shoot a virus off the face of Liberia, for sure they have now  miniaturized intelligent weapons that will do what weapons have been designed for, save lives.

We could see this news as hopeful, if we tried really hard, in the sense that manufacturing consent for wars is becoming increasingly difficult for those at the top and so we now outright lie to get the required consent to invade a nation by claiming we go there to save them from a deadly virus.

Good news too that we are dropping the ‘bringing Freedom and Democracy’ rhetoric, some, up there, understand those lies are now too hard to sell and so opt for a ‘humanitarian intervention’ excuse – who would have the heart to say NO to saving lives? Now we just have to wait for the soldiers to come back and tell how it really was down there and to watch them return some more medals to those that hired them, called them gentlemen and sent them to fight the latest war for resources. We have a predictable future ahead of us.

Once we start to understand the deceptive nature of our world though, it is not hard to keep ourselves informed, you can check the Ebola spreading map and match it with the map of the resources up for grabbing, what a surprise, today I just had to Google ‘Liberia and Oil’ to find some interesting articles, I will report a piece of one from Modern Ghana

 

Liberian oil and the Looting of Africa
The looting of African oil has begun in Grand Style, this time not in Nigeria nor Ghana but right in Liberia, also located in the West African region. For a country which has remained one of Africa’s poorest for decades, many were those who heaved a deep sigh of relief when Liberia recently announced to have “discovered” oil in commercial quantities, joining her West African sisters: Ghana, Nigeria and some others.

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Oil deposits in the West African coast has existed for decades

In my opinion, there is no “discovery” of oil anywhere in West Africa but the exploitation of the oil belt that runs along the coast of the entire region which the oil executives knew about for decades but did not care to build rigs till now as they tried to gain control over the unstable situations of the Middle East at that time.

According to a recent statement issued by the Nobel Peace Prize winner, President Ellen Johnson, the American Oil company, Exxon Mobil will own a whooping 80% of the oil shares discovered in Liberia, while their Canadian neighbours, the Canadian Oversea Petroleum Limited (COPL), will own 20%. Therefore many are wondering: where does this place the people of Liberia? What percentage share does the government of Liberia have in this oil deal? The African people would want to know.

Although President Ellen Johnson has not said what would happen to the Liberian share, the President and CEO of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Dr. Randolph McClain, explained that the negotiating team of the Liberian government secured a 5% citizens participation share in LB-13 and a further 5% royalty on oil produced from wells drilled under water depths of 0–1500 meters.

Angered by the shocking news, Okechuku, a PhD student at Oxford University wondered:

“When Liberia was in crisis, did the US and Canada send any help? I’m shocked at how a country’s wealth is being giving away for peanuts. Is this the reason why the president was awarded the Nobel Prize some months ago? Ellen Johnson has always been the World Bank’s darling girl anyway. You don’t get a Nobel Peace Award without signing such deals.”

So we could be trying to get into Liberia for this reason or for Palm Oil landgrabbing as stated in this article

Communities protest that UK’s Equatorial Palm Oil is poised to seize land in Liberia

24th June 2014

The UK-listed company, Equatorial Palm Oil (EPO), which is threatening to seize land owned by Liberians in defiance of commitments by Liberia’s President, will today receive a visit from affected communities. Members of the Jogbahn Clan, together with representatives from Liberian and international NGOs, will deliver a petition with over 90,000 signatures, reminding EPO that it does not have community consent to expand onto their lands, and that doing so could escalate violence. [1] EPO’s past operations in Liberia have triggered allegations of conflict and human rights abuses. The company has maintained that any expansion is legal. [2]

Residents from the Jogbahn Clan in Liberia’s Grand Bassa County say that EPO has begun demarcating blocks of land in preparation for clearing, and have accused its security officers of threatening community members. These actions defy the March commitment by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that EPO could not expand onto the lands of the Joghban Clan without their permission. [4] The right of Liberian communities such as the Joghban Clan to give or withhold consent to projects that could have an impact on their land and resources is also provided under international human rights law, as well as the Principles and Criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) of which EPO is a member. [5] The Joghban people have refused to give such consent.  

EPO has a very poor track record in Grand Bassa County. In September of last year, officers from the EPO security team and the Liberian Police reportedly worked together to assault and beat Joghban community members who were peacefully protesting the company’s operations. Those arrested were soon released after it was determined by the government’s Grand Bassa attorney that there was no justification for continued detention. No government investigation report regarding this incident has been made public. [6]

EPO denied any involvement in the violence, saying that it had been “falsely accused”, and does not “condone or encourage such described behaviour,” and “never instructed or directed any of its staff or PSU officers to intimidate Jogbahn community members in September or at any time.” However, EPO admitted to Global Witness that it provided logistical support to the Liberian police who are accused of intimidating villagers on the plantation.

 

Whatever the reason you can be sure it’s not what we are told. History has a weird way to repeat itself, you can watch the documentary ‘Empire’ to see how we have already played all this out in the past.

We really need to work on a direct democratical system, without paying attention to the Government designed failed attempts at it, such as for the Movement 5 Star in Italy, which ended up proving exactly the opposite of what they claimed to want, a direct democratic system, while showing everyone how ludicrous the idea is when only 60000 of their 9 million voters at best engaged with it at any given time.

Direct democracy is not impossible, getting involved in politics is not useless, exposing the truth of what goes on in the world is not worthless because this is how we are growing into an educated force that is awake and alive and that claims a sovereignty that is not demanded but for which we are actively engaging the system, structuring ourselves into an undeniable force -against all odds.

We were the one letting our sovereignty go by -manufactured- consent, we can’t demand some to give it back, we have to become the sovereigns, the rulers, straight enough to decide what is worth supporting and what must cease in this world as a reflection of our own individual changes, we cease the wars, the lies, the victimization and then decide what must be done from here forward.

Then it will not be possible to have Trojan horses such as this one go unnoticed, you can’t fool those that participate actively in the system whether their participation is recognized or not yet, Real Democracy is Participation, a time is coming when we will be enough to rewrite the rules of engagement in accordance to who we have become, so the solution is in the becoming those that can’t be fooled, not by ourselves nor by others, about what goes on and why and what needs to be changed to align this world to principles that make life possible and worth living for all.

Check out a Living Income Guaranteed – that is one step in the direction of our sovereignty and the end of all the excuses about why it’s ok to do to others what we wouldn’t want done to us.

 

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Day 448: Wars and Famine are Human Ritual Sacrifices

The emergence of news about ritual abuses and human sacrifices has a shock factor that still gets our attention.

We can’t say the same for the ritual abuses and human sacrifices that we have ‘normalized’ in our world – we are hardly moved by pictures of hungry children in Africa or by wars, overexposure to these news made them normal and exposes the way we handle what we do to keep the world the way it is, take our Hollywood movies, if one shocking truth comes out about anything, we make a movie about it – think ‘Blood Diamonds’ or ‘Promised Land’ movies in which we tell each other ‘the way things are’. Sometime, like in the case of ‘Promised Land’ we tell the story even including how corporations get away with any potential obstacle by impersonating both sides of the fight, there, we exposed it, my guess is that we do this because we can then believe ‘we know what is going on for real, we are not stupid’, enjoy our contained moment of shock and dismal and then gladly go back to sleep.

Someone said that ‘Masses pay the ruling class for the privilege of the very entertainments that helps to keep them under the laughing gas’, and it is absolutely true, imagine the ingenuity, have your slaves pay to be enslaved, what a cunning, brilliant plan.

Here an interesting extract on human sacrifices from an article by Acharya S., a classically trained archaeologist, historian, mythologist and linguist, as well as a member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece, and the associate director of the Institute for Historical Accuracy.

‘It is also purported that such sacrifices by any number of priesthoods, transcending race and creed, continue to this day in secret sites of the elite. Some members of this elite group, which includes both Jews and Gentiles, allegedly will bring about the destruction of the Muslim “Dome on the Rock” in Jerusalem so “the Jews” can reestablish the Temple for sacrificial rites (ostensibly of animals), an act that would certainly cause major turmoil in the Middle East if not the entire planet. There have in fact been several recent attempts to blow up the Dome, some of which were funded by Jewish/Christian organizations in the U.S.

War Itself is Human Sacrifice
This all raises the question of whether or not war itself is considered a sacrificial rite by the elite, who, along with their families, frequently escape such deadly rituals. The ranks of the “old money” elite are composed of robber-barons and third-party weapons manufacturers who both finance and reap the benefits of war. This “business,” in fact, is how they became elite in the first place, with the first tribal chieftain invading another’s territories, killing the inhabitants and stealing their land.

When one studies all the world’s entanglements, it becomes obvious that human beings must stop allowing themselves to be programmed with racist and sexist ideologies – and religions are numero uno offenders in that regard: Anti-woman and anti-everyone else who is not “like us.” These “unbelievers” and “infidels,” in fact, are to be condescendingly pitied, hated and/or killed. Those who believe “our way” are superior to those who do not, according to the pathology.

And so it goes on and on without respite from the ear-splitting, insane cacophony. When will humankind evolve? As American actor Gene Kelly said in the movie Inherit the Wind: “Darwin was wrong. Man’s still an ape. His creed’s still a totem pole. When he first achieved the upright position, he took a look at the stars, and thought they were something to eat. When he couldn’t reach them, he decided they were groceries belonging to a bigger creature. That’s how Jehovah was born.”

And so the story goes that there is nothing new under the sun, Human Sacrifices were performed all throughout history for power and wealth and to appease Gods that seem even more insane than the ones we became accustomed to worship, our Mind Control has led us to a blindness that doesn’t allow us to see the obvious, if wars are preventable events, if they are uneconomical – bar for a bunch of people who manage to even make money on them-, if we have the means and understanding to see where some imperialistic behaviors can lead, why don’t we give them up, why don’t we change, why do we accept someone else’s definition of Crime and do not extend it to senseless wars, to predictable famine, what is the cognitive dissonance that stands in our way from doing so?

What if the disclosure of human sacrifices we so fear when we hear about them as a singular, odd event, were part  of our mind control programs, the diversion for the vast, huge amounts of human sacrifices happening every day to thousands  of beings around the world that we no longer see or hear and whose suffering has become ‘normality’ justified by their prolonged, never ending/never so far ended, existence and by our dumb, never questioned, acceptance?

If you have been worried about Ritual Abuses, Human Sacrifices and Mind Control and you have never considered Wars and Famine as Ritual Abuses and Human Sacrifices, You Are Mind Controlled.

We have justified and turned famine into a side effect of a system we are led to believe it’s the best we can get for a freedom and a democracy we have never even seen with a telescope, and have turned wars into honorable happenstances that churn out dead heroes and medals for posterity, we have invested state sanctioned homicides as Wars with a character of justice and courage, qualities we want to participate with because we are mostly unjust and cowards but in a group, who knows, we might be redeemed.

Have we been and are we still ruled by superstitious, TheMented, capricious, psychopaths that have found ways to mass produce ritual sacrifices for magick invocations of wealth ?

Not that this should come as a shock, what we see outside goes on in each one of us, we each hold some superstitious belief about the world, our own petty rituals, call it religion or magical thinking or both, we are capricious about the way we want the Economy to run to satisfy our wants in the face of the unmet needs of many, willing to sacrifice others at the altar of our own wealth and success and we are ultimately all psychopaths for not recognizing the suffering of others as our own, the lives lost in wars and famine for what they are, the horrific loss of brothers and sisters of our Human Family and of priceless human potential, it’s time to seek solutions to end the sacrificial nature of this world and our participation within it, once and for all.

There is one way for us to break free, we can come together to break the spell we have cast on each other, ending the sacrifices of every living being on the planet by recognizing the nature of what we have accepted and allowed with our silent, manufactured consent and decide, together, on a different path.

We can decide that it is Life that must be guaranteed to all, and not death, death is a given on this planet while Life is not yet, and that is weird to say the least, we have come up with plenty absurd justifications about why it is so that we have invested with Authority and called Law, Economics, Monetary Policies, Politics, but guess what, we were told as well that war made sense, that famine was unavoidable in such a big world, all big fat lies that we can stop supporting and living as Truths if we decide to do so.

The Life of All living beings must be supported, honoured, guaranteed – not taken for no reason other than our mental ill-nesses that we have ritualized and sanctified, only Supporting Life for All will end our senseless lives of sacrifices and the horrific life taking,  whatever is the name of the sacrifice we have bought into, austerity, bonds, debts, usury, prostitution, famine, lack, wars, the list is long, let’s stop coming up with new ideas about how to abuse and sacrifice each other so we put an end to Ritual Abuses and Human Sacrifices that we never saw before as such, once and for all.

Join the discussion for a Living Income Guaranteed, let’s step out of our sacrificial mind-set, make this proposal and what it means your own, share it, spell it, breathe Life into it, your Life, for yourself and everyone else, Equal and One.

The Emergence of New Economics

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In this hangout we are discussing the recent increase in ideas and proposals within academic circles, popular movements and the public sphere that share similarities with the Living Income Guaranteed principles. In this moment we witness the start of a new World and move forward with it. Watch live and participate with questions and comment throughout the hangout. Our guest today: JL Kenney

Hosted by: Marlen Vargas Del Razo

*Articles Discussed*:
1. Some inspiration for Matt Zwolinski – my suggestion for a Venezuelan Citizen Account
http://www.marketmonetarist.com/2013/…

– Thomas Paine’s Citizen’s Dividend
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizen%…

2. Print Less but Transfer More
Why Central Banks Should Give Money Directly to the People
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/article…

3. The first step towards welfare reform
Jan Dhan Yojana is a chance to reconfigure our leaky welfare system
http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/BDYvD…

4. MACAU: Government Distributes Temporary Basic Income.
http://binews.org/2014/08/macau-gover…

5. Discussion of a basic income from mineral rights in South Africa
http://spii.org.za/index.php/projects…

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Day 445: The Elite is not The Enemy but our Wake Up Call to Global Change

 

Today I got an email from a friend that shared a link about an organization called The Re-set that supports

A constitutional re-set to re-store fair principles, accountability, community led governance and ethics.

I couldn’t help but notice how my email Inbox has changed in the last 5 years, I went from news about suggested self-serving intangible changes like positive thinking and energetics and conspiracy theories to receiving most of my emails about people rising up and getting involved to seek solutions that are real, physical and that consider that Life on this planet must be taken into account in everything we do, if we want real sustainable change.

I still get the occasional bullshit and fear based news and some pretence system-smoke-mirrors about change that don’t involve any specific participation but an electronic signature but, definitely, what I have noticed is a diminishment of our delusions and the realization that we need to come together to agree on new principles to manage Life on this planet.

And who do we have to thank for this if not the Elite? If the limited money in the world had not been sucked all the way up to the top, we would all still be living our comfortable, sheltered lives totally oblivious to the suffering of others.

Maybe we have to understand our Equality through suffering, just like we have always done, because we are not yet mature enough to evaluate solutions without being pushed by desperation into seeking them. But we can learn that even that is not necessary nor required.

So, for once, I would like to write The Elite, the 1%, a Thank You note for this wake up call, maybe many of them didn’t intend this to happen, maybe those at the top are just as shortsighted as the ones at the bottom, a fact that could explain why so much damage at a global scale keeps going on, as the more powerful, those who have accumulated the most money and have the thickest buffer protecting them from physical reality, may be suffering at the highest degree from our social diseases ranging from full-blown psychopathy to pathological greed, yet they are just grandly showing us the dire consequences of living out our carelessness and disconnection for/from each other and all the other living beings who sharing the planet with us.

If it wasn’t for the lack that we are experiencing at a global scale, many of us wouldn’t find it in themselves to move in support of each other, we would be too careless, too carefree, too uninterested to get involved, to move, to rethink this world to a world that works for all.

We too have a proposal, it’s called A Living Income Guaranteed, it’s designed to ensure that everyone on this planet is taken care of and that they can access a Life of Dignity, so, if you have not yet done so, stand up, be counted, we can reduce the suffering we have to experience before we realize that we have to stop delegating our responsibility for this world and each other to faceless corporations and govern-ments and stand united as self responsible human beings to look for solutions that include All – only this way we’ll end the worsening of this Consequential World we have created and lived into existence to replace it with a World of Support that is truly best for all.

So, within this realization, it’s time to depose our arms/weapons/hatred/blame and stand thankful to those that made and are making our awakening possible, maybe the saying that God, as ourselves, moves in mysterious ways, is more true than we have ever realized.

 

Day 443: Swapping Religious Beliefs – Just for One day.

Where Do We Go Now? tells the story of a remote, isolated unnamed Lebanese village inhabited by both Muslims and Christians. The village is surrounded by land mines and only reachable by a small bridge. As civil strife engulfed the country, the women in the village learn of this fact and try, by various means and to varying success, to keep their men in the dark, sabotaging the village radio, then destroying the village TV.

The village is slowly drawn into greater violence; but the women get along beautifully and conspire together to keep their men from fighting.

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I have really liked this movie and I suggest watching it.

The movie showed many interesting perspectives for me, such as our potential to get along, our irrational inability to resist fighting each other when we perceive our beliefs are threatened and what stirs our hearts to fight, it addresses group behaviors and how we seem to not be able to refrain from joining in when ‘our people’ decide that fighting is required to preserve the Egoic identity of the Group.

Women are portrayed as exceptionally lenient and opposed to fighting at their very core, I know this to not be true, we have had women in power such as Golda Meyer or Margaret Thatcher who supported wars just like men, so maybe, we would like to think that the alleged gentleness of women could save us but we know from history that we cannot rely on that alone.

I hate to give the plot away so I suggest to take the time to watch the movie  and consider this question ‘could we swap religious beliefs for just one day?’, meaning, can we put ourselves in other people’s shoes understanding that they are the product of their birth and environment and that what they believe is not less weird -or funny- than what we believe, in the eyes of others, and could we let go of the beliefs that we realize can become our alibis, our excuses to set in motion our inner vicious nature and if so, what would it take for us to consider that?

For example, I was born a Catholic not through a fault of any kind, nor a merit according to some, I just happened to be born in Italy, if I were born in Asia I would be a Buddhist or a Taoist, if in India a Hindu or a Christian and in the Middle East a Jew or a Muslim.

How does this matter in any way? Does this trait make me less human than others with a different religious imprinting?

If I could swap myself with any other religion just for one day, would that diminish me, make me fearful, make me a dubious believer? It would be an interesting experiment to consider even though I might not be the best example at such swapping, having already renounced religion for a more global perception of the world.

Incidentally most countries as I mentioned have at least dual religious beliefs, making them perfect grounds for religious based fights and violence, only in Italy and maybe few other countries we were born with no apparent choice, I only learnt about ‘other religions’ when I was 13 as we did a research for our history teacher. I can only say I was puzzled to discover that there were others in the world believing something else entirely – how was that possible?

If our beliefs about a God are absolute why isn’t everyone agreeing on them, why don’t we hold different beliefs about gravity then? Ah yes, because the property of gravity are real, measurable and always dependable on, gravity doesn’t change with geography or with the observers perspective, gravity just is, something religions can’t even come close to claim for themselves.

If religion is a belief that can’t be equally embraced by all then it’s just a man-made belief, maybe there were reasons for some to fabricate such stories and have them become ‘sacred’ as in non questionable, for sure with a bit of reasoning we should not base our ability to get along on man-made, hence amendable, belief systems, specifically when they are divisive and praise some above others – even when they say they do not.

The only belief that can unite us is a belief in our Equality, in our Equal value, in the Equal mess we find ourselves in and in our Equal ability to contribute to a better world if we so choose, why are we not choosing Life for All over our Beliefs then?

If you can perceive the Equal Value of the Life of All, in all living beings, consider standing up for what can unite us, new Principles to live by, a new recognition that Life is valuable and should be honoured in all, regardless of anyone’s insignificant and ultimately irrelevant, acquired belief systems.

Stand up for a Living Income Guaranteed, nothing to believe, no crosses to carry, no fasting, no mantras, no caste system, just Life above All, equally valuable in all living beings to create a world of peace and brotherhood for All, forever more.