The invasion of the Americas began in 1492 when the slave-trader Columbus was found lost at sea by the friendly Arawak peoples. Waves of indifferent invaders brought disease, invasive species and toxic memes. So much of wild America has been destroyed that the Arawak could not recognize it today. It is time to honor the Indigenous peoples who tended the wildlands we enjoy today.
The Control System began 6,000 to 10,000 years ago as the Agricultural Revolution. Today, the control system is as ubiquitous as the air we breath and is responsible for the structure of society today.
The larger our population and, ironically, the more information we have, the further the democracy seems to degenerate. Social media echo chambers are polarizing and dumbing-down our electorate. News has become propaganda. Being right at the expense of social progress has become the norm. What is the state of American democracy?
Capitalism took off because it is the most efficient social coordination system to convert natural resources to capital. Democracy was selected because it created a broader top for more elite. Democracy also gives the feeling of enfranchisement to a growing middle-class. However, people are beginning to see how cumbersome electing officials is and how little political control they have. What would Democracy 2.0 look like?
This is dedicated to my daughter Bridget, who walked out of her high school class today to protest government inaction on climate change. Many of our problems, including climate change, can only be solved with one-child families.
Enlightenment is to see the world and our lives as they truly are vs. how civilization has programmed the escalator of our life into our minds. We know we are getting closer when the world appears to us as a bad Disney cartoon: media is nonsense and politicians are clueless egomaniacs competing to be on the media stage.
How can we move from having an opinion about something to activism? How can we make the biggest difference with the least effort? Here are the top 10 easiest ways to make the world a better place for future generations and all species.