Question: What do inequity, billionaires, denuded landscapes, drought, over population, and homelessness have in common?
Answer: Economics. The very thing we rely on to sustain us is our Achilles heal. We need to change our view of Economics from the panacea for all of our ills, to severe skepticism.
Freedom gives us rights. Rights come with responsibilities. Responsibility requires empathy. Empathy is selflessly changing your life for another; also known as love.
American inequality is chronic. But just ranting about it will not create a fair balance between profit and common good. Today’s landlord-tenant system leaves the landlord with the money and the renter penniless. Here are the systemic changes we must make to guarantee good homes in good communities for all.
We need industrial farming to maintain our numbers. However industrial farming is only a short-term system and will start to fail this century. Her is why:
How can we improve society with 7 billion people addicted to consuming? Easy, our kids will look beyond their parent’s culture that got them into this mess. Yes, there are alternatives.
Much of the national forest landscape has become one giant densely-packed tinderbox. Who’s at fault for the precarious situation of our forests? The timber industry is at fault; the government is at fault; and ultimately, it is all of our fault, as well.
What if we could predict the future to know what is best for our children and grandchildren? Would we act on what we know?
Ever since humanity began to tell stories, we have left messages to the future. Solve these Kōans to train your mind. They show us how to heal the world, and where our future lies.
Civilization, reinforced by modern religion, lends humans to believe we can break the laws of Nature and God. Breaking a law of Nature or Life is like trying to break the laws of physics: we can’t without breaking something or killing someone. I am not generally a religious writer, but if I were a prophet, I would write something like this.
Once society widely understands what needs can never be met with democracy + capitalism, humanity will start seeking a better way forward. What are the two great problems that modern society cannot solve?