What Is The Best Way For Humans To Live Together?
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
On these pages come the next great plan for mankind.
Instead of a system that serves only a select few, let us have universal brother/sister-hood and unity that works for everyone through a system of meritocracy. Rather than give-in to a socialist safety net, communist values, or any other failed form of economics, we shall strive to co-create a system wherein hard work, disciplined effort, and quality of character are the only means by which a human being earns their way. However, this system cannot come about through the means of capitalism. We have seen throughout the pages of history that capitalism left alone cannot stand under the weight of pressure.
Our global economics are fragile because they provide no easy means by which the last can become first. Meanwhile, the “first” have their path set before them and their hands held as they navigate their often inherited fortunes. Although it is not morally admonishable to inherit great wealth, it must be considered that a truly just and fair society cannot exist if the “least of these” in our civilization are left unaccounted for inside of the system. We must prioritize those who have been left disadvantaged by the bloody pages of history. I am not referring necessarily to direct reparations or any other form of monetary payment. What we must do instead is structure society in such a way that it takes into account socio economic conditions that were created and instituted during less enlightened eras of civilization. For instance, in many inner cities around the United States of America, there are communities that still live under the effects of Civil Rights Era laws. In Baltimore, city busses do not run to certain neighborhoods because these were traditionally segregated as minority communities. These bus routes have not been updated to reflect our new views about race. Another example: Native American communities still suffer under unjust property laws enacted hundreds of years ago. For these minority groups, the weight of laws created by our ignorant ancestors are still felt today.
The critic might say here “Of course! These individuals can still pull themselves up by their bootstraps and succeed inside of America! In fact, the USA is one of the best places to start a business, go from rags-to-riches, and make a name for yourself! Don’t make excuses, take action!”
I agree with this critic more than they might think. Ultimately, it is indeed the individual’s responsibility to work hard, create their own way, and seize opportunity inside of their own lives. However, it is foolish to deny that these individuals are seriously disadvantaged compared to an individual born white, wealthy, and well-fed inside of suburban America.
Imagine two individuals born with relatively equal ambitions and natural talents: one individual is born in the suburbs outside of Washington DC. The second individual is born thirty minutes away, inside of inner-city Baltimore. Although both individuals arrived here on Earth with the same talents, ambitions, genetic hard-wiring, and language, they are in vastly different starting positions inside of the “game of life” despite being born only thirty minutes apart. The same scenario happens every day in and around cities all over the world: the richest members of society are oftentimes born only miles away from those who find themselves living in the gutters. As we have seen time and time again, such a scenario can lead to eventual violent revolution, political turmoil, civil war, global pandemics, and a host of other “worst case scenarios”. Why? Because the scenario we find ourselves in with capitalism is ultimately unsustainable. It is a barrel keg primed for eventual self-destruction.
The question is ultimately a matter of resources. Imagine this hypothetical scenario: you and a few friends are playing a board game. This game involves collecting and expending resources (Imagine “Monopoly”). You both start at the same spot on the board. However, inside of this game, there is a special rule: one player at random starts with 10x as much money as the others. This player also gets to move first. Any time this player runs out of money, the bank gives him a quick and easy loan. If that is not enough, this player is also coached by some of the best Monopoly coaches and strategists in the world while the other players have only the rulebook and a strategy guide. Why? He got lucky and was born into a wealthy family.
The only way the other players have a chance of winning the game is if the lucky player is lazy, an idiot with their money, or extremely generous and charitable to others (which oftentimes happens!).
Now, there is an important element to consider: in life, a person born into a wealthy family did not arrive by accident. Likely, their parents or grandparents or great-great-grandparents worked extremely hard, generated a family fortune, and (of course) shared their wealth with their beloved children and grandchildren. There is nothing wrong with this system and wealth generation is an admirable goal for any family with ambitions of great legacy and long-term success.
Of course, there are countless individuals who have pulled themselves from the gutters of society all the way to the top. Indeed, many of the wealthiest and most impactful individuals in history are in this category. It is easy to find examples of individuals who overcame extreme adversity and disparity only to create massive generational wealth that can last for centuries.
Here is the issue with this model: such families and individuals are in the overwhelming minority.
The average person, for whatever reason, is not able to climb to this peak of the totem pole. For most people living in modern civilization, such ambitions are the makings of the documentaries and movies they watch on Netflix after working their shitty and unfulfilling job. If we are thinking about “Average Joe/Jane”, they are typically lightyears away from where they want to be financially. Due to our current system of capitalism, this financial un-fulfillment often equates to an unhappy and unfulfilling life because money is required to succeed inside of a purely capitalist system.
Why this disparity of personality? Why are some driven and called to become entrepreneurs, pro athletes, or movies stars while most never voice any such ambition? Why do some rise from the bottoms of society and rise to achieve greatness, while most never leave their socioeconomic conditions?
If we want to create a fair and just society, we need to answer these questions. If we want our systems of living in harmony to make sense, we have to learn from mistakes of the past. In order to provide equal opportunity for all humanity, let us strive to innovate new systems of sustainability rather than resorting to failed systems of government or economics.
The answer to the question of this disparity of opportunity is complex and nuanced. It involves re-thinking education, economics, food distribution, taxation, law enforcement, drug policies, foster systems, and a whole lot more. It is a multi-faceted plan with many faces.
However, at the end of the day, it is a plan like any other. It can have a date of execution, achievable goals, a timeline, and checkpoints along the way.
This is the stated mission and intent of this document:
To co-create with all fellow thinkers and seekers a plan to manifest a truly just and fair system whereby humans can live together in peace, harmony, and opportunity.
In order for this plan to succeed, the “plan” must first exist.
Based on what we have seen from history on the planning of civilizations, it cannot be done alone.
If one individual tried to create a system wherein all can live equally, they are most likely to create a system that would work best for themselves; forgetting that “other people are people too”.
In order to create a truly sustainable plan for mankind, it must be co-created from as many wise perspectives as possible. The planning committee must include and consult with experts in economics, civilization-planning, political structures, eduction, religious structures, law enforcement, food production, distribution, banking, and an enormous amount of other systems.
However, always with the eyes and ears to see where all these systems overlap with each other.
Ultimately, all our systems of government, education, military, law enforcement, economics, and more all serve to answer the same basic question:
How can humans best live together in peace, harmony, and opportunity?
We are still working collectively to best answer that question. Amid our current crisis in 2020, it is clear our current course is set for disaster. In order to create “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible”, we must do this ourselves. Rather than wait for old politicians to fix our world, it is in the hands of the people once again to enact their destiny upon the Earth.
In the asking of this question, we must be ruthless. We must devoid ourselves of anything that is a relic of the old story. Rather than accepting that certain systems “must exist”, we should question everything. Let us heed the skeptic’s wisdom and assume that we know nothing unless it is proven through personal and collective experience. If a certain system of society is deemed unnecessary (for instance: current models of education), it shall be removed from this plan.
We do not seek to model or copy an older system but rather discover something new.
In the same way that humans discovered fire, steel, agriculture, electricity, germs, or any other pivotal discovery that changed the face of the world, let us discover a new way to live together.
By very definition of our pursuit, we should not look for examples of this system in the troves of history. By nature of our pursuit, history can only be looked at for examples of systems that do not work properly. As Charles Eisenstein wrote, “the master’s tools cannot destroy the master’s house”.
Instead, we should utilize the tools we have today in 2020 to manifest something new inside of our day-to-day lives. This is a hands-on process that cannot happen through speculation and inaction. Now is a time for deeds, not words.
However, some words must certainly precede deeds so that we can organize, create a philosophy, and decide on next-steps.
Leaders are planners.
However, planning and acting can be symbiotic actions. For example, as I write this document to flush out my own thoughts on the matter, I am also creating content for my blog, putting words to paper (or, well, Google Doc) so I can share with others, and attempting to establish a way by which we can achieve this universal goal. Action and planning should be done together. Masculine and feminine working as one.
Here are the next steps as I see them:
- Find others who are thinking along the same lines as those who are working on this plan.
- Invite them to join an online Think-tank where we can all plan together.
- Co-create a plan utilizing means of communicating over technology.
- Once long-term plan is created, break it down into shorter goals.
- Decide on yearly, quarterly, monthly, and weekly goals to achieve together.
- Get to work and achieve goals.
I have taken the liberty of creating the online Think-Tank and we are recruiting new members.
Go to the Beyond Homo Sapien sub-reddit on Reddit and start contributing. This plan is about co-creation and unity over old patterns of human civilization building.
Here is the link to join:
See you on the inside! Thank you for reading. Let us plan and share together.