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 common-sense 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.