Sunday, December 18, 2011

Elephant Slaughter for Ivory Will be Banned in an Equal Money System


                Even though the procurement of ivory has been banned in many countries, the sale of ivory still persists. ‘Legal’ ivory, otherwise known as ‘pre-ban’ ivory is that which was ‘harvested’ before the banning of ivory, and is still circulating in the market. The problem is that there is insufficient world-wide legislation to actually stop the barbaric slaughter of elephants for their tusks. So long as there is a lucrative market for the product, the killing will continue. Pre-ban ivory maintains the demand for ivory, and consequently promotes the acceptance and allowance of the killing of elephants to the point where some species have become compromised.
                Ivory has no real value to human beings, the only value that exists is the ideas we’ve made up about the ivory, and ironically, because of the ideas we’ve placed on the animal that grows it. However, in purchasing and valuing ivory we are in fact supporting the slaughtering of elephants. If we are able to stop participating in the ideas we’ve created for ourselves about animal products, then we will see that they are completely unnecessary, as we have made synthetic versions of everything we could possibly need.
                In an Equal Money System (EMS) the slaughtering of any life-form for reasons that aren’t completely necessary will absolutely cease to continue. Products that cause harm at any stage in their production and/or procurement process will either cease to exist, or alternative ways to obtain them will be researched and utilized instead.
                Due to the fact that there will be no ‘bottom-line’ in an EMS, pollution will be cut to the bare minimum. Synthetic products will be produced in such a way that is harmless to the environment, and alternatives will be found where this is not possible. In an EMS, the focus of human ingenuity will center on quality of life and within that, the balance of the earth will be restored. Human waste will not exceed the earth’s capacity to filter it, because research and innovation will not cease until that point is reached and maintained.
                In an EMS, all life will be honoured and not slaughtered for profit, because it is commonsense. This is not some kind of an altruistic oath, it is in our best interest as human beings to maintain and care for the plant and animal kingdoms that we depend on to survive. It is time to realize that we are equal to the physical substance of the earth, and when we start to place bizarre values on to things like elephant ivory, or certain minerals, or even different animals or people, things start getting really crazy and insane, and we end up with the kind of world we see today.
                It is time for us to stop behaving like mindless zombie robots that can’t see past our own personal experiences and start taking responsibility for the mess we’re in, because that mess is getting very, very big. The brutal slaughter of innocent elephants is insane, yet our current system not only justifies it, but greatly rewards it. And everybody who buys ivory is responsible for this, and everybody who supports the system that rewards the procurement of ivory is responsible, and everybody who pays to survive supports this system, so we are all responsible. We are responsible to come up with and implement a new system. This is already happening so hop on the bandwagon that’s rolling towards the kind of sanity that we all know exists, but that we just haven’t experienced  yet. Equal Money- the commonsense solution we can live with.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

OCD will End in an Equal Money System.

            It’s interesting that in our economic system it makes more sense not to cure an illness, but instead to treat the symptoms forever. What is the motivation for pharmaceutical companies to find a cure when that would end the profit-making capabilities of the illness? The most practical alternative for pharmaceutical companies, and even doctors, dentists, hospitals, psychiatrists and the like, is to keep treatment going for as long as possible.

            I’m not making any accusations here, and I’m not saying anything new. I’m simply looking at the issue from the perspective of what our economic system validates and produces versus what an Equal Money System would validate and produce. When I did a little research about OCD I discovered that it is very common and it is generally treated with medication, and/or behavior modification (cognitive therapy) for an average of three hours a day. Most sites admit very little is known about the causes of OCD and are not sure why the medication works. Many sites asked for donations to assist them in their research. I also noticed that the impact of OCD on society was measured in damages, in other words, how much money is lost, or how much society has to pay to treat people with the disorder. Lastly I noticed that statistically, many sufferers do not seek treatment.

            What I derive from these findings is that our economic system does not support adequate research into illnesses and disorders. That would require substantial resources to be diverted into the research, study and one-on-one treatment of people in need over a long period of time. Although in the long run this would probably produce more productive and healthy human beings- why cut profit when you can inadequately fund research (proven by the fact that research companies are asking for donations from the public), and still make billions of dollars from the sales of pharmaceuticals and other forms of treatment.

            In terms of the high incidence of OCD sufferers who do not seek treatment, the most common reason given was that they were ashamed and embarrassed about their disorder.

 If you take all the information into consideration you’ll notice three things:

1) When a country’s ‘success’ and ‘health’ is measured by its wealth, then sick people are a liability. They are an expense and a burden to society. They are then a threat to the prosperity and well-being of others. This creates a stigma around health issues and psychological health, and makes it hard to ‘come out’ about having an illness or disease.

2) If someone suffering from OCD is not from a country with universal healthcare, or can’t afford insurance, then treatment is simply not an option. Also, behavioural treatment can take hours a day and requires serious commitment. This can become difficult when you spend the majority of your day at a job and then get home at the end of the day to the rest of life’s responsibilities.
(Then there are all the countries in the world that lack adequate professionals, facilities, education and literacy to even begin thinking about the treatment of psychological disorders, due to lack of money).

3) Our society doesn’t promote health and healing or the self-introspection required to realize that: a) you have a mental disorder, and b) that you require help. As we rush around in life from one distraction to the next we become blind to who we really are and what’s going on inside of us. Society rather promotes us doing whatever we want, whenever we want, and then taking a pill as a ‘quick fix’ to make us feel better. And if we can’t afford a pill we can go have a drink, or a toke, or get layed, or seek an adrenaline rush, or watch porn and/or masturbate, or go shopping, or gamble, or go partying, or watch TV, or pray…. Society offers us an endless array of services to keep us occupied from really investigating our inner experience of ourselves.

            In an Equal Money System (EMS) the concept of money will be changed in its entirety, so that resources are not limited by money.  If there’s enough food on the planet to feed everybody, then everybody should eat. If there are enough doctors to treat the sick, the sick should be treated, and if there’s enough shelter, transportation and technology for everybody to receive protection from the elements and all the resources required for a dignified life, then they will get them. And the fact is that there are enough resources to provide everybody with a dignified life. And where there aren’t, attention will be focused and practical solutions will be worked towards instead of wasting all our time and resources on  services to distract us, or junk and gadgets that we don’t need. Money will be backed by the value of life, and so the quality of life will be the foremost priority of the system.

            Therefore, in an Equal Money System, the treatment of diseases and disorders such as OCD will be funded and researched unconditionally until solutions are found. Sick people and people with mental disorders will be provided unconditional care and treatment for as long as it takes until they are effectively cured. They will not been seen as a liability or a burden to society, but rather as keys to unlock the mysteries of the human physical mind and body, so that the next generation can be born into a world where similar disorders are immediately identified and effectively treated- worldwide.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

No More Ivy League Schools In An Equal Money System - Equal Money FAQ



Ivy League schools only make sense in the current context of a profit-based system. They are really not all about a superior education. They are actually all about money. Only the rich can afford them while the poor are left in inadequate schools which leave them ill-prepared for life in the system. Those who attend Ivy League schools are taught with exclusive efficacy, how to make money. They are taught how to work within and support the system and therefore the system rewards them. But as they work within and support the system, they are at the same time supporting the slavery of the poor, and all the consequences of poverty.

            Graduates of Ivy League schools are given a huge head-start in life in the system. The poor, and even the middle-class, don’t have a chance at competing with them. Yet with all the superior intellect that is supposedly produced by an Ivy League education, nobody has thought up an effective solution to end hunger, or to prevent war and create peace. Neither has anyone been taught how to extend a hand out to help lift their fellow humans up out of poverty. Instead we depend on the poor to remain poor. We depend on the inadequate education of the masses, because if everybody had an Ivy League education, the system would collapse as people would not stand for the system of inequality that exists today.

            In an Equal Money System, the only kind of education system that will make sense is one that provides all human beings with a superior education. Ivy League schools will not exist because they necessarily imply the existence of sub-par education. In an EMS, the education of a person will be to the benefit of everybody, because that person will understand how to exist in this world in an effective and responsible way that considers the rest of life beyond their own experience.

            In an EMS, education will be practical. It will teach people how to live in a way that improves the condition of the earth and the plants, animals and people upon it, so that we leave it in better condition than when we came. Currently, the destruction and devastation that takes place daily is actually justified by current economics. Pollution and waste make sense in capitalism, because it’s cheaper and thus better for the bottom line. But we are leaving a living hell to our grandchildren, who will not be able to trust the water they drink, or eat the fish from the sea, or live in a world where they have security and peace of mind.

            So the answer is No; Ivy League schools will not exist in an Equal Money System, because they support a system of inequality that enslaves the masses and causes millions of innocent people to starve and suffer. Besides, no Ivy League school has ever produced a solution. No amount of expensive education has stopped, slowed or reversed the negative effects of our current system. Everything has gotten worse, and is continuing to get worse all over the world. And it can all be traced back to the economic system. The problem is that it is the very same system that produced Ivy League schools in the first place. Ivy League schools are a product of this system, they are a benefit to this system, and this system benefits them. That is why we propose a change in the economic system- to one that makes sense in reality. The current system is insane, and it acts more like a cancer that will end up killing everyone if it is not stopped. The only benefits it provides are short term profit for the rich, but it looks as though that term is up. Now it’s time for Equal Money- with common sense education producing practical solutions that will last.

       

Friday, December 2, 2011

How will you get people to actually do the work --use force?" Equal Money FAQ

                It’s hard to imagine a world not motivated by money. Every single thing we do in our lives requires to be paid for in one way or another. Money is the driving force in our reality because money is our only ticket to survival, whether it comes from our own pocket or somebody else’s. We as humanity have created and maintained a system of inhumanity that is our economic system. Within this system we are all enslaved in some form or another. Even the rich, who behave according to the conservation and accumulation of wealth first and foremost,  are enslaved by money.
So what will motivate people to work in an economic system that will provide for them unconditionally? What will replace the struggle to survive for most, and the fear of losing the comfort and security of wealth for others? Force will certainly not be used in an Equal Money System (EMS), as it goes against the very principle the system is founded upon, which is equality and oneness, doing what’s best for all, doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, giving and receiving as one single action, loving your neighbor…. It’s the same principle in each case, and force will no longer exist because it will have no logical place.


The provision of basic necessities and a comfortable life will be the norm in an EMS, allowing peace of mind to proliferate. The weight that we carry around today as a result of the fear, stress and anxiety that come from a future of financial uncertainty will be lifted. The fear of providing a good life for our children will be gone. And the burden of a 35-55 hour work week will be taken away. At the moment we work in a system that depends on exponential growth, so we have to do more and more work for less and less pay.


It’s not difficult to consider what type of human being an Equal Money System will create, or what children born into this system will become. As children grow up in this system, they will never have to experience the kind of self-compromise we live with today. They will be supported in every way possible to realize their full potential. Therefore, they will have no rational reason to grow up to be lazy, unmotivated and dependent. They will have every reason to be like most young children are today: curious and energetic, excited by the world, fearless to explore themselves and their environment, willing to contribute. It is these qualities and more which are some of the wonders of life that we adults will have to re-learn in order to understand why we will work in an Equal Money System (EMS).


Imagine a human being moved daily by curiosity instead of a pay check, a willingness to contribute instead of stress and anxiety, or excitement and eagerness instead of a benefits package. In an EMS work will be meaningful and will enhance the quality of life as work will only be that which one chooses to do. Whether it’s a fine craft or art, an aptitude for helping others, teaching, research, or forestry etc… it will be done for the sake of the enjoyment one experiences while doing it, while at the same time contributing to all of life. That is giving and receiving at the same time. That is how the system will have people ‘do the work’.


As for the jobs nobody wants to do, the ones that are necessary for the functioning of society: There will be a 4 year period of time after schooling is complete, where all human beings will contribute in this way (maintenance, production etc...). They will be paid, respected and will learn to work together in a supportive rather than competitive environment. This period of time will be spent among peers and will be a very enjoyable time in everyone’s life. Meanwhile, youth will be learning how society functions, what it means to contribute and receive, as well as many of the practical skills required in life.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

It is only the lazy people that don't have money - Why should I let others benefit from my hard work?


        

Some countries in the world have more wealth, usually because of a history of colonization (the development of international law in the form of customs and treaties which were created and implemented by military or economic super-powers designed to keep them in a position of superiority). Or countries which profit off of natural resources such as oil, which is provided freely by the earth but which is extracted and sold to those who need it to survive, in order to gain power and influence. Then there are countries who abuse weaker countries, and grow rich off of monopolizing their natural or human resources, leaving them with nothing. Wealthy countries create appalling living conditions for the poor, conditions which they themselves fear, and conditions which they themselves would never touch.



Wealthier countries can afford to have social services, or social safety nets in place to support the vulnerable and underprivileged portion of the population. Social safety nets exist because capitalism necessarily creates poverty, on the international level as well as within individual states. The existence of the social safety net makes the statement that we are all aware of and consent to a system that creates appalling conditions, conditions which we fear, and conditions that we ourselves would never want to experience. So we work like hell, we sweat and toil for 35-50 average hours a week so that we never end up like ‘them’. We even go so far as to resent them (we would all like to be supported by the system instead of sacrificing our lives to work for money), we call them lazy and blame them for living off of our hard work (we can hardly afford to feed and clothe ourselves).



It is true that while there is some legitimate use of welfare programs, there are also those who abuse them. Individuals and families learn how to ‘work the system’ to gain the maximum assistance by lying and cheating, manipulating and basically stealing from the public purse. Then they teach the next generation to do the same so that the abuse is perpetuated for generations. However this is no different from wealthy business owners, CEO’s and bankers who also ‘work the system’ by finding loopholes in the law (ie: calling a corporation a ‘legal personality’ so that it gains the same rights as a person, and so that the actual human beings behind the corporation don’t have to take responsibility for the suffering caused to other human beings by the corporation, etc…), or hiring lobby groups who successfully influence the law in their favour (for example: tax breaks), they lie, cheat, manipulate and steal just as much, if not more than the ones we call lazy. They also teach the next generation how to ‘play the game’, so that the abuse is perpetuated for generations.



The implementation of an Equal Money System will see an end to these games that strip us of our humanity and our purpose. It will free us from merely surviving to actually expanding and becoming living breathing beings who know who they are and why they’re here. Children will be born into a world where their only goal will be to reach their full potential and be caring, considerate beings, as most children already are. This will happen because they will be supported for life, no matter what, because only our economic system creates the uncertainty and insecurity we currently live with. Children won’t be born into poverty and taught how to survive, or born into riches and taught how to abuse others, they will be born into integrity, decency and equality.



If you’re not on any kind of social assistance but you’re not rich, and you’re thinking “but I love my job, I don’t feel like a slave who sweats and toils for 35-50 hours a week, I love what I do”, then you’re very lucky. You’re also living proof that people can love what they do to the point where their work becomes an expression of that love. If you were supported in terms of having enough food, a nice home, healthcare, transportation, education, communication, but you weren’t required to work, would you quit working and do nothing? Or would you continue to do that which you love?



In an EMS everyone will be freed up to find that which they love to do, and then they can do it without the limitations we currently live with, which are lack of funding, low pay, the stress of debt and deadlines, no medical benefits, etc… Imagine how much more enjoyable it will be to work without all these stresses buzzing around in our heads, keeping us up at night. How nice it will be to stop thinking about all the ‘what-ifs’, because our lives are so insecure that one little accident, one bounced rent check or mortgage payment, one missed deadline can send our entire worlds crashing down.



This brings me to my final argument, which is that we live in a world where the poor are born into a poverty that is usually inescapable. A child brought up in poverty on some kind of social assistance usually will not have educated parents who know what’s best for them, nor will they have the tools to give the child that which it needs to rise above poverty. Individuals born into poverty aren’t the ones getting a good education they’re not the ones qualifying for loans to invest in, for example, small businesses or certificate programs to give them some kind of skills to earn them the money necessary to pay their way. They are no competition to the rich. As a general rule, they don’t have a chance. Their only chance to better themselves, and the only way they may know how, is to work the system that created them. There’s no morality to abide by, the rich are doing the same thing, and the system doesn’t care about them, so why should they care about the system?



We can call them lazy, we can resent them for benefitting off of our hard work, and we can spite them all we want, but the truth is they aren’t going anywhere, not in this economic system. The only solution is to create a system that actually supports everybody, so that everybody can find what they love to do, and do it well for the benefit of all. Not for money, not to survive, but because they love to do it. Then maybe we can experience an appreciation for each other, and a mutual respect for one another as equal human beings, instead of being spiteful and resentful drones pushing the system along as it is, concerned only with our own survival.



Let's not be that anymore, let's all rise above poverty together by not creating it in the first place. Join the Equal Money movement to make this a reality

Friday, November 18, 2011

If we are not driven to compete, will the sexdrive also diminish? Equal Money- FAQ

               
            What drives the ‘sex drive' in our current reality? Or better yet, how does the context of our current reality permeate everything we do (including our quest for sex), because it’s all we know?



            The context of our current reality is survival, competition, power/domination, and ego. Have a look at how these concepts relate to sex and/or the sex-drive.



With regards to survival, consider the need to pay one’s way to survive- sex is bought and sold as a commodity wherein many men and women sell their bodies in order to buy food, shelter and clothing. In another form of survival, men and women seek wealthy or wealthier partners to marry in order to have financial security, which is another form of prostitution, wherein security in the form of ‘securing one’s place’ in the world, is given in return for a sexual relationship.



There’s also the concept of spreading one’s seed as procreation in order to have the bloodline and DNA survive past the death of the creator, whether it’s a conscious choice or not, to carry the family name and genetic traits- survival of the fittest. We can also consider giving birth to many children to have extra hands in order to work and provide for the survival of the family, or parents having children to ensure there will be someone there to help them survive in their old age.



These are examples of sex driven by survival, which are fear-based and demonstrate very little, if any regard for the quality of the relationship between the two beings involved- there is no certainty that it is an arrangement made within mutual willingness, consent and equality, or whether the dignity, integrity and honour of both beings is taken into consideration at every stage of the act. In an Equal Money System, the need for survival will be removed from our lives and reality because we will be provided for and our futures will be certainties, as the security of the human being will be guaranteed. Children will be born into a world where they will get care when they need it, food when they’re hungry, support in their old age, education, shelter and clothing- all unconditionally as a basic right to life. Sex in an Equal Money System will be a mutual exploration of sexual expression, with no ulterior motives. Physical touch will only be driven by curiosity, innocence and unconditional caring. Therefor the starting point of the sex-drive will change, as no one will ever have to compromise their bodies or sexuality for reasons of survival.



With regards to competition: we are born into a world where our fellow man is our competition. We are taught in school that we must compete with our peers; we must strive to be the best and perform better than the others so we can excel and be noticed in order to compete in the job market. Once employed, we must remain competitive to maintain an endless income for our entire lives. We must also compete for our sexual partners, to get the most beautiful, the most successful, the most popular, the hottest, the sexiest and the richest. We must try to be beautiful and sexy, rich and successful in order to compete for the best mates. The sexual relationship which is produced by this type of reality does not generally take into account who the being is first and foremost. This type of relationship is fraught with judgment, judgment which is created by the external environment which changes from place to place and within time. This fluctuation indicates that these judgment based-decisions are not based on anything real, but rather superficial externalities which are shallow and devoid of the foundational support required to support each other to experience the personal growth and self-expansion. In an EMS competition among beings will be removed and replaced with equality, therefore the drive for sex will be a part of this personal growth and expansion which will be a shared self-intimacy of unlimited depth between beings, and not a shallow and unstable competitive drive in a world of constant and increasing competition.



Power and domination find their place within the sex drive when a man is driven by his superiority over a woman, to dominate and have power over her physically or psychologically. Or when a woman uses her sexuality to manipulate a man ‘like putty in her hands’, wherein she takes advantage of him with her sexual prowess, in a form of power or domination, to have him do for her as she pleases. Power and domination can also be played out within ‘mind games’. Superiority and inferiority can be established within an intellectual capacity and carry over into the sexual aspect of the relationship.
Power and domination are very much inherent in our current systems- the behavior of states on an international level is created by the behavior of individuals, like a magnification of what mankind has accepted and allowed itself to be and become. Unfettered use of power and dominance without any moral or principled restraint is the behavior we are exposed to in so many ways, it is what we know and are taught as the rules of this reality, where it is ok for one state to rape a weaker state of its resources- human or environmental- simply because it can.
In an Equal Money System, this behavior will be seen for what it really is: a disorder and a disease, one that only leads to the reality we see today: one of war, terror, suffering, starvation, rape and murder. This type of disorder will be studied and treated effectively, as resources will not be squirrelled away by the wealthy, but rather distributed equally and diverted to the effective study and treatment of the disorders which today plague humanity and create profit for the powerful and dominant. The desire for sex that is driven by power and domination is abusive in nature and will not be tolerated in an EMS, it will be treated as a dysfunction and any being afflicted will be supported to understand the inherent equality that exists between all beings, wherein no one has to right to have power over, or to dominate, any other being in existence.



A sex-drive based in ego is one which is based in the mind of pictures and images, fetishes and the desire for more. It is the ego that watches porn and feeds its desires through the images and ideas which are created by beings compromising their bodies for profit. Porn-sex is not real, it is not based in anything real and it only serves to manipulate the ego as fantasies of wanting create ‘something more’ out of sex. The egoist desire to have more, to be more, and to create something more than what is actually here or actually present within the act of sex is totally unnecessary- it diminishes the reality of sex, which is two beings, two bodies, two equals sharing simple touch. Sex driven by ego takes place in the mind rather than in the physical, where the act is actually occurring. When one is participating in ego one is not present and aware of the simplicity of the physical act taking place, nor the mutual enjoyment with and of another human being.
In an Equal Money System, ego will have no place as the physical reality will determine what is real, what is relevant and what requires attention. Ego is not real, therefor it is irrelevant. The ego of the individual serves nothing and no one but its own existence, while it consumes and suppresses its human-host. In an Equal Money System we will learn to value the physical and not the ego-based desires which are currently manipulated to drive consumerism. The only real value in the world is the physical reality we exist within, and that reality is willing and able to provide for us all equally. It is the human systems which have been super-imposed on top of this reality which have destroyed our physical environment (including how we treat and perceive our physical body), our oneness with it, our equality to it, and our enjoyment of it.

When one is not driven by survival, competition, power/domination or ego, one's drive for sex can be 'cleared' so to speak, wherein the consideration for the self and the partener are where importance and care are placed. Without all the mind-creadted bullshit, pressure, and the artificial realities, the sex-drive will be better understood, therefore sexual disorders and dysfunction will be understood as well. Maybe then we can stop pumping our bodies full of phsychotic and hormonal drugs, and stop slaughtering innocent and endangered animals as aphrodisiacs to increase sex-drive, maintain an erection or successfully reach climax. In an Equal Money System the abuse of life in this way will not be accepted or allowed, therefore we will instead have to take the time to figure out what it is our bodies are telling us and what they actually want and need, so that we can experience something called sex that is real.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How Will Children Learn, Without the Teacher-Student Dichotomy?



               
In an Equal Money System, the education system will be an entirely different concept than it is in a profit-based system where money is valued over life. Education will no longer teach us how to “serve the system, work for the elite, lie and cheat” (BP). It will instead be an equality-based education which will teach us to take self-responsibility, consider the whole and value all Life. When the end-goal of an education is to make money to survive in the world, as it currently is, then the rules you are taught are the rules of a system of inequality, competition and survival of the fittest- the effects of which, those who are lucky enough to get an education, will usually never have to experience or consider.



In an Equal Money System, the correction of this kind of separation, negligence and apathy will be part of the curriculum as the end-goal of an equality-based education will be to produce considerate and decent human beings who care about their fellow man and the plant and animal kingdoms. This consideration, decency and care will take place within the understanding that doing and being such not only benefits oneself and the entire planet, but also future generations to come. This type of consideration, respect and understanding cannot be imparted upon individuals as knowledge and information being passed along from one being to another as within the current teacher-student dichotomy. You cannot simply be told to be empathetic, you can’t memorize respect for all life and you cannot regurgitate equality and oneness as stagnant concepts. These are concepts which require living application and understanding through self-will, self-application and self-direction over time.



In an equal education system, teacher and student will be equals, teaching and learning from each other as a living real-time education. The teacher will stand as the living example, from a starting point of equality and oneness and within self-expression, to assist and support the student within their own self-expression, to become a self-responsible being that cares. The teacher will live as an example of one that does unto others only what he would want done unto him, and who loves his neighbor as himself because he understands what it is to be a whole being within the bigger whole which he is one with and equal to.



Within all topics covered throughout one’s education, the responsibility to learn will come from self. The student will be taught self-responsibility through his own living application, and will therefore become an example to him/herself of the self-expansion and self-expression which can only come from taking complete self-responsibility, self-mastery and self-direction.



Students will not be ‘forced’ to learn within a rewards-punishment principle, nor will they be taught to compete with their peers as within our current system of the ‘survival of the fittest’. Students will learn self-support, and through self-support will understand what it means to assist and support others as self. Students will see the benefits and common sense in the advancement of the group, as a group of self-willed equals, wherein evolution is an act of direction within the principle of doing what’s best for all. The accumulative effect of this action will lead to a world of peace and security and a future of certainty and advancement, and this is the environment students will create, walk into and develop within during and throughout their education.



The teacher will not be held as superior and the judge of the student’s progress, nor will he or she be the one to determine whether or not the student has actually learned. The student will prove to him/herself whether or not he or she has become a living statement of the material through his or her actions words and deeds, consistently over time, at the same time proving him/herself to be a self-honest and trustworthy individual that cares. The student will, from the beginning of his and her education, learn how to explore self-expression within oneness and equality, so that his peers may do the same, and so that as he grows he understands how to consider himself within the context of the whole.

Friday, November 4, 2011

How can we practically go about implementing an Equal Money System?


We live in an economically bipolar world, where the majority of human beings remain isolated in poverty while a small minority experience relative comfort and security. Even though there are enough resources to provide every human being with a dignified life, the current economic system diverts these resources to the top. This creates waste, pollution, over-consumption, obesity and greed, while the bottom 80% experience starvation, malnutrition, poverty and death from preventable disease.



 Both ends of this polarity, the developed and the developing worlds, experience survival issues and self-compromise due to money, and very few people are actually benefiting in this equation. Furthermore, many people are kept just comfortable enough to keep them from speaking up, or stepping out of line for fear of losing what little they have. Many have food and shelter, but are ‘mortgage poor’ or live under crushing debt, one step away from food stamps- the modern day bread-line. The current economic system we live in is a legal system wherein the rules are such that diverting resources away from the under-privileged (who are most easily taken advantage of), causing people to starve to death en masse, is a completely legal phenomenon. Figments of legislation have been weaved in to place, one by one, creating this bipolar and asymmetrical global situation. We are stuck, and the system we live in now doesn’t have any answers, all it has anymore are false promises, conflict, deceit, debt and compromise. If you’re not rich in this world, you’re a slave to money. If you don’t have money, you have no worth.



We need a new system, and the Equal Life Foundation, brought into being by the group called Desteni, proposes the solution of a new economic system: the Equal Money System. Within an Equal Money System, value will be inseparable from Life, therefore, money will be backed by Life. Each human life will have an innate worth, and that worth will correspond exactly to the worth of a dignified life whereby all basic needs are met, so that the human can stop merely surviving and start learning how to take responsibility for him- and herself, and become proper custodians of the earth.



The implementation of an Equal Money System will not be easy, as humanity, society and all its institutions will have to go through a major transition, from competition, survival and lack, to peace of mind, security and care. The first stage of implementation will be voting by the people through legal democratic elections. The Equal Life Foundation is busy developing political parties and their platforms all over the globe. Regular people are in the process of empowering themselves through the Desteni ‘I’ Process and are going back to school, cleaning up their lives emotionally and financially, and taking responsibility for themselves in every way in order to become effective members of the current system. It is this kind of self-change at an individual level that is the very first step necessary in order to implement this system. We cannot be in this world as children, dependant and in need of being taken care of, and we needn’t demand change from a rich or powerful elite; they will not change the system that created them.

 We need to create the change we want to see, by becoming the system itself and changing the system from within. We do this by becoming the politicians, the well-educated and the rule writers, by using all the resources we have at our disposal to empower ourselves in this way, to share the process by which we achieved our success in order to empower others, and to support each other to stand up from within and as ourselves, so that we can stand up from within and as the system. Right now we have no options and no alternative, so we are taking the responsibility to create one: an Equal Money System for all that supports all life equally, and that abides by the principle of doing what’s best for all in all ways.



Once the Equal Life Parties are voted in we will begin the transition from one system to another by first introducing a Basic Income Grant phase (BIG phase). Within this phase, profits from natural resources and other major sources, such as technology, will be distributed equally, as it should have always been. All debt will be forgiven and every human being will be provided with an income guaranteeing their basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, transportation and communication. This way people can become accustomed to experiencing themselves as dignified beings with innate worth (otherwise known as equals) and realize the value of life, which has been disregarded for too long.



Over time, we will collectively work out the necessary adjustments using existing technology, knowledge and expertise to eventually implement the Equal Money System. The process of implementation will be an entire re-education and an altogether new system of distribution so that each being can learn to not only value himself, but also to value his neighbour, as well as the plants and animals that feed him. In the process of creating and implementing this system, people will learn how to become decent, considerate human beings who take into account the rest of life and their place within it. No longer will it be acceptable to place oneself above the rest of life, because the consequences of such allowances is what we see manifested in our reality today, in terms of the greed of a few and the consequence of the suffering of many.



This Equal Money system may be a long way off from the current system we experience ourselves within, which has no regard for human life and views the plants and animals as resources to exploit in the most abusive possible ways. That is why it is necessary to begin the self-change that is required right now, to begin to re-educate oneself now by living one's actions according to the principle of what's best for all, which are actions that will accumulate an all together different reality.



Slowly this group is growing, as people realize the common sense in taking the initiative of self-change and to begin taking complete responsibility for oneself and this world. It's time to stop waiting for someone else to do it for us, and as I mentioned before: we need another option. We need to create an alternative, and that alternative is a world that considers all life within the manifestation of an economic system that actually provides for life- instead of denying life to those who can't afford it.



Oppression, isolation, separation, corruption, and abuse are not Life, they are systemic, so we need to change the system to one which reflects what Life truly is: caring, nurturing, providing, considerate, equal and one. Join the Equal Money movement by researching it, donating, checking out the blog books (http://store.desteni.org/categories/books), voting or actually actively participating in it. Try out the Desteni I Process (www.DesteniIprocess.com) to change your life to one where inner-stability and peace of mind will allow for the self-movement and self-mastery necessary for this kind of global change to occur sooner rather than before it's too late. Realize that we can't change the world if we can't change ourselves, and that life doesn't have to be this way.

Self-change, systemic change, Equal Money- it’s that simple, and it’s that possible.



"We must start taking individual responsibility for the collective responsibility we have for the relationships that create this world. And start to understand how we - through accumulation created this world and then correct it...by corrective action at an individual level collecting, accumulating a result that is best for all." - Bernard Poolman





"Walk directively - breath by breath - accomplishing every task, piece by piece managing your time effectively, knowing that you will have to walk through the resistance, and that by doing it this way - you will accomplish a result you are satisfied with. And in this way - focus on self-satisfaction, that empowers you to be able to contribute to what is best for all, and through that -acquire a real benevolence and self-acceptance." - Bernard Poolman



Videos:

Basic Income Grant - Equal Money FAQ


What will happen to my debt in an Equal Money System? -FAQ:


How will the Equal Money System be implemented? - Equal Money FAQ


Equal Money FAQ thread:

Monday, October 24, 2011

Do You Need Friends in an Equal Money System?




Do You Need Friends in an Equal Money System?
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                In Equal Money System friendships will no longer be economic relationships, because each will have what they need, and each will have the same opportunity as the other to have more.
If you consider groups of friends today, think about who gets invited out the most, or to the most parties. Who is the most popular and who is it that people want to be around. It is always the one who has something more, something to offer, the one who others can receive ‘something’ from. And that ‘something’ doesn’t only have to be money. It is sometimes money, in terms of the one friend who buys all the drinks and pays the way. It can be the one with the car, the one from a rich family who has a large house for parties, or a ski lodge to bring friends to, or a second home somewhere exotic. It can be the one who has an outgoing and successful personality, one who is looked up to, wherein others might gain 'tricks of the trade' or networking connections.
                These relationships are based in self-interest through gaining something from the other. There may be some reciprocity, but a self-honest look at the starting point of this type of giving will reveal that it is not based on actual caring or concern for the other, but rather ‘what is in it for me’.
                This type of relationship is the type that is fostered in our current economic system, where we are born in to a world of competition and survival. We have to fight each other for finite resources, and the attitude is: “it’s me or you, and it might as well be me”. This is what lies at the starting point of most all relationships in our world. Behind the handshakes and crocodile smiles, all the niceties and nice-to-meet-you’s, is the ‘what-can-you-give-me and ‘how-am-I-a-better-competitor’.
                If one were to take a look at all the friends one has and ask how many are based purely within economics or business? How many are kept out of guilt, or because something is gained from them? If each person eliminated all these types of relationships, which are based in self-interest, would there be any ‘friends’ left?
                Conversely, if one is rich, and shares everything and is therefore constantly surrounded by friends and family, I ask: if the sharing is stopped, how quickly will the situation change? If one who is rich were to lose everything, would he still feel he has something to offer others in terms of ‘who he is’? Are friendships bought? And if one has very little, how many friends are kept because of gain? How many people does one want to ‘be like’, instead of just being ok with who one is?
                If there are some people who haven’t been eliminated after having asked all these questions, then consider income levels. We are limited to friends within our own general level of income, because it costs money to do things and to hang out with friends. I myself have been in the situation where simply buying a coffee at a cafĂ© was a luxury I could rarely afford; so when my ‘well-off’ friends would invite me out, I had to decline because I simply couldn’t afford it. I eventually had to withdraw from the relationship. The reality is that if a middle income individual has a very poor friend, it is only a matter of time before he or she gets tired of paying for everything, or simply can’t afford it, or the poverty stricken individual becomes tired of declining or making special arrangements to suit his financial situation. And if you have friends that are very rich, it might be hard to relate to them and to their problems and issues when you’re struggling to keep up on rent, or mortgage payments and bills. This kind of class difference facilitates the psychological issues of judgment, feelings of inadequacy, shame, pity etc…. It is simply easier to choose friends only from your level of income, in which case money is the determining factor of the friendship.
        Another experience I've had with a supposed 'best friend', was when we discoverd a profitable employment opportunity to which there was only one position. The years of 'friendship' were quickly replaced by a situation of survival of the fittest. True friendship, where loving, caring and respecting your friend as you would love, care for and respect yourself, simply cannot exist in a situation where are we are competing with eachother for survival, yet this is the global reality we exist within.
                It is the ugly truth, but it is also completely unnecessary. The real truth is the fact that there are enough resources to go around, but that they have all accumulated into a lop-sided equation, wherein a few have the majority of the wealth and the means to production, while the majority are left fighting each other for the scraps. There is no dignity in this, and there is no dignity in relationships that are based on this principle.
                In terms of ego, in an Equal Money System it will be very apparent that there is no need and no room for ego within equality. Ego, like survival, is something we cling to in order to save ourselves, to be the best, or to be the victim, to be hurt and to hurt others. Within the Equal Money System, those who cannot see past their ego to their oneness with the rest of life, and the equality with all that is here, will be gently re-educated until they realize that no one needs to suffer mercilessly due to the existence of the ego of another (i.e. The ego that needs to surround itself by millions of dollars as security, as survival, while others are born into poverty and starvation).
                In an Equal Money System, resources will not be owned and profited from, they will be evenly distributed as the distribution of a dignified life for all. No one has the right to profit off the labour of another as slavery as is accepted and allowed in the current system, just as no one has the right to own and profit from resources that are provided freely and unconditionally from the earth. Absolutely nobody has the right to profit from resources that we all depend upon for our survival, nor to keep them from us if we can’t pay. That is barbaric. In an Equal money System, each human will be provided and cared for equally, and each human-hour will have the same value, relationships will therefore be formed within absolute equality, thus friendship In an Equal Money System will not be based in self-interest, competition, personal gain and survival, but rather on actual caring, sharing, mutual respect, and it will be dignified.
                To answer the question: ‘Do you need friends in an equal money system’, the answer is no. You don’t NEED them because there is no need or dependency; you either choose to have them, or not. The real question is: will you be brave enough to enter into friendships with nothing to offer other than who you are?
Friendship based on Money Will End in an Equal Money System:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Life Is Not Fair

Life’s Not Fair

                Life’s not fair: it’s harsh, but it’s true. Life’s not fair because some people are taller and are better basketball players, and some people have a huge singing range and can stay on key effortlessly, while some people have an aptitude for math like it’s nobody’s business.
To be born with such advantages or disadvantages in life is not fair. We are not all born equal no matter what any constitution says, and that’s just the way it is. We’ve got to work with what we’ve got in this life and learn to accept ourselves the way we are.
                However, there’s another type of inequality that exists, and it’s much more unfair than any physiological or biological difference will ever be: it’s the current, competitive economic system. This system has been built and designed to produce haves and have nots, where billions of people are going hungry, most people are struggling to get by, and a handful of people have everything they could possibly want and more.
                It’s one thing to be ‘lucky’ enough to be born with certain aptitudes wherein one can possibly enjoy a certain skill set throughout their life, which another may never get the chance to do. It’s another thing when you’re born into a country in debt, and you starve from the moment you take your first breath till the moment when you die.
Life’s Not Fair: The American Dream
Two people are born in the ghetto somewhere in the U.S.A, One is tall and a good basketball player, and the other is the same minus the height and skills. The tall one who can play basketball gets discovered and goes on to make millions and now he’s all set, while his counterpart will remain in the ghetto, where he will suffer the consequences of the unemployment, unaffordable education, and the bad economy created by the elite. Basically, he hasn’t got a chance in hell. And no matter how much money his basketball playing friend can make, he can never buy a solution to this problem, because it is global and it is systemic. Instead his millions will go to supporting the system as it is and making sure everything stays in place.  
We live in a world where one can be born  into a country, or a part of a country where no matter how hard you work or what type of person you are, you will go hungry, and you will never get the opportunity to change that reality because of the systemic and inescapable poverty that exists. And then there’s the illusion that in America, there’s still a chance for everyone to ‘make it’, also known as the American Dream. It’s not called a ‘dream’ by accident: dream on America. Take my example of the basketball player- that would be an example of the American dream- but even if every NBA player were to have come from poverty, the fraction of people that go from rags to riches is so insignificant. Billions of people, tens of millions in the U.S. remain struggling, isolated, merely surviving with no future and no hope. The few people who make it out of this situation are celebrated, given media attention and held as examples of what the others ‘could’ become if they’re lucky. To this I say: Good luck getting a loan with bad credit and no assets. Good luck getting a good job with a criminal record. Good luck making sense of the world when you’re born into drug addiction. Good luck being an honest, hard-working individual when you are physically or sexually abused, and you have no one to show you how to ‘rise up’ and ‘overcome’. Good luck becoming competitive in a country where the quality of education is poor unless you can afford Ivy League schools, where a BA just doesn’t cut it anymore, and where poverty is systemic. Poverty HAS to exist in order for the system to function properly, wherein the rich become even more rich every year, and the middle class -the backbone of America- gets chipped away at, crumbles under crushing debt and begins to live hand to mouth, joining the ranks of the poor.  But these are the breaks right? I mean, Life’s not fair after all.
                But this is different, this is a man-made phenomenon. This has been planned and orchestrated, accepted and allowed, legislated and concretized.  The difference is also the fact that this is global, and that starvation and suffering is systematic and long-term.  The situation has been created over generations, and it has gotten out of hand. Now it’s time to just stop, stop, and do something altogether different.
                The Equal Money system is a new kind of economic system. It is being proposed as an alternative to profit-based capitalism. It is being proposed by an international, self-organized group who are committed to change. We understand that in order to bring about change we first have to change ourselves, by going to school, educating ourselves, and getting jobs that will place us in good standing within the system. We are cleaning up our own financial situations and becoming responsible, well-disciplined individuals who care enough about the lives of those who have no chance, to commit our own lives to personal, then systemic, then global change. We are empowering ourselves by learning about what Life is really about: not clothes or beauty, sex, partying, drinking or sports- but rather the global community who need to work together to lift the poor out of their isolation, help the rich step down from their delusions of grandeur, and bring everybody to a level playing field where education, medical attention, food, shelter, communication and transportation are guaranteed to all.
                We understand that REAL change can only come from a change within the system. That we have to ‘be the change’ as they say, by becoming the politicians, by becoming the educated, by becoming the rich, by becoming the system, in order to change the system from within. We need to become the system to change the system, not fight the system.
 If you are unsatisfied with the way things are and if you agree we need to change, I propose you join the Equal Money movement by learning about it, learning about Desteni, and then empowering yourself to become the system, so that you truly can ‘be the change’ that will change the world. It’s about time, but it will take time. Real change is slow, but there’s a lot to do.
Here are some of the principles of the Equal Money System in simple English:
No human being may profit off of the work of another, one human hour of labour has the same value across the board. If you want to be rich and have more, you simply have to work more. Profiting off of the work of another is called slavery.

The value of money is not backed by gold or market shares, but by Human Life. We are all born with the same worth; we all have intrinsic value which is inseparable from us. When the human dies, the value dies, no value carries over to be passed down the bloodline creating family elites. We are one global family and each member will be considered.
- This not only makes sense, but helps to deter corruption while we re-educate ourselves till we understand that equality always pays in the end. It eliminates the constant fear of not having enough, eliminating the ‘you OR me’ mentality, and nurturing the ‘us’ mentality.
Within an Equal Money System there will be two parallel systems, one for basic requirements and one for luxuries.
-          It’s not the same as communism. If you want more- you can have it, you just have to do the work yourself. If you don’t want to work, you don’t have to, but you will only get the bare minimum in life, if you’re cool with that-so be it! If you want to work 5 hours, 10 hours, 15 hours a week only, that is fine because you are only ‘sacrificing’ luxuries by working less.
Basic Needs System: All basic needs will be met, giving the human peace of mind and security, eliminating the need to simply survive, giving each human value so that he and she can understand what it is to value others and respect life. Educating him and her to be responsible, considerate and caring custodians of the earth and the plant and animal systems  upon which we depend for our survival.
-          How can we value others if we don’t value ourselves? How can we value ourselves when our societies only value money? How can we value the earth when it pays to destroy the earth?

-           When a child is born he or she is immediately granted a bank account, the balance in the account will last the child’s entire life, the money can only be spent on basic needs for that child and the well-being of that child.
The Luxuries System: Entertainment and other luxuries will be provided wilfully by humans, and paid for by money which represents man-hours of labour. Entertainers will be paid per hour worked the same as doctors and veterinarians and teachers. If you want more luxuries, you work more.
Profit will not exists, thus cheap products and excessive packaging will cease to exist, among other things, drastically reducing pollution.
-           Everything that’s related to cutting costs will cease to exist. Such as using harsh chemicals, (because ‘green products’ are too expensive and don’t work fast enough).  Advertising and all the waste associated with it will cease to exist: therefore, false advertising, and ads that are emotionally manipulative will cease. Products that self-destruct after two years will have no place here. Fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics and other high-yield producing techniques will end. Pesticides will be reduced and replaced.Cheap waste removal such as waterways and landfills will be drastically reduced with the aim of only producing so much waste as the environment can effectively handle. No more slave labour, no more inhuman working conditions. No more child labour. No more child sex trade. No more insurance-based suicide.
All decisions will be guided by the principle of what’s best for all, and voted on in democratic elections where each person has a vote.
None are free until all are free. None are equal until all are equal.
There will be a four year mandatory work period for all human beings. Once schooling is complete, a 4 year mandatory service in work towards the functioning of society is required for the running of the system.  4 years is nothing compared to today, where many people have to work a lifetime after schooling is complete, if they were even lucky enough to get an education. We have to work for our whole lives in order to survive; even the idea of retirement is becoming something that is no longer tangible for most.
Leaders will lead as equals, and will be voted in by the people.
For more information visit www.equalmoney.org.