Coming articles and reports. about ways of “Self Governance”:
(1) “Controlling and replacing the excessively self-serving “leadership” of Representative Democracy (the career politician syndrome), Elitist Autocracies and Oligarchies (inferior capitalism) and even Anarchic Societal Conditions. (The Morally deficient attitudes of Many Individuals”
Note: However, We as Responsible Participating Individual Citizens in the Direct Democracy Governance of Our Nation, should consistently and persistently, make a sincere effort to discover those of Us who enter the realm of politics, with a True and sincere, intent to “help”* and “serve”* We The People. These few We should support, as they endeavor to serve Us. We will learn how to identify these, and not be fooled by pretenders. The pressures of corruption in Representative Democracy Governance, tend to wear down the original service resolves of Representatives and they are sucked into the stagnation of the status quo. Part of Good Citizenship is the keeping of a watchful eye on these well meaning Individuals and be prepared to rescue them from the Mammonite swamp of money corrupted misgovernance.
*”help” – defined in this context as the achievements in legislation that increases the protections of critical Social Assistance Programs, such as “Social Security”, “Medicare” (already compromised by Oligarchic Influences), “Unemployment Benefits” and more. Help, additionally, is that which brings Us New Needed Social Programs such as: An “Earned Guaranteed Basic Income”, Profit and Price Controls, Third Party entry into the elections, A New Currency to be used by the 97% exclusively in Our Own Workers Economy, Interest Free Loans for Entrepreneurs, Government Subsidy Assistance for the establishment and protection of Worker Owned and Operated Businesses, Earned Government Scholarships for Higher Education, the New Currency printed by Our Treasury Department by Authority of the Three Houses of Congress.
*”Serve” – Is that Work that accomplishes the above criteria.
(2) “Governance through Good Mind and Heart Citizens devoted to the concept of the Well Being and Betterment Of The Many…Individually and collectively”
This “Good Heart and Mind” gradually increases as More and More of Us learn Better Levels and Kinds of Morality. Good Educational course in “Morality” are sorely needed.
(3) “The Delicate but Critical Balance Between Our Individual Needs and the Needs Of Others.”
This is an important part of Our Increasing Morality. “Balance” is a key word here. Note: Some “Needs” are more important than other needs. As Many of Us, as can, should learn to master this Dynamic Balance Art of Our Lives.
(4) “Recognizing The Work That Has Already Been Done Toward The Development Of National Standards Of Decency For Self Governance.”
I intuitively feel that this vital Work has begun and is Evolving. No written standard has been brought forth yet, for Us to vote on, but proposals have been made at “Rebel Wisdom” and the “Consilience Project”. Daniel Schmachtenberger, who seems to be a Man of Good Heart and Mind and Intelligence, is working hard to get to the necessary roots of certain Moral concepts, to provide a foundation for the best Standards that We can develop and use, in Our Self-Governance Work. I am sure there are Others doing this too…that I don’t yet know about.
Hint: The proposed goal of a First Standard might be “Correctly Identifying The Problem”.
Thought: “Correctness” in this case, might be those groupings of information that bears the most burden of proof, or sensibleness.
(5) “The Role Of Superior Capitalism In Our Self Governance.”
The basic principles of Our Present Capitalism are genetically “hardwired” into Our Individual Egotistic Selves. We, almost always, want More….or Better. This desire stimulates Us into trying to get More , or Better. But this is a gene and culture, stimulated phenomena that doesn’t seem to have any “brakes”. We seem to have no recourse to maintaining control over this powerful impulse (greed), other than learning it and letting it dominate Our Lives. Learning it through experience and through Moral Education. A “Moral Education” that may begin with “Do unto Others, what you would have them do unto you.”. The assumption here being the many various ways to “Love Thy Neighbor” as much as you Love you. The Capitalist greed impulse desperately needs the guidance of “Standards Of Limitations Of Decency”. Unregulated Capitalism can take Us to ruination, by going too far and taking too much from Our Finite Realm of Life. Our World is Finite, of plentiful, but limited resources that We, as Planetary Stewards, must learn to take and use Wisely. Shifting to renewable and recyclable resources in the making of Our Products for Prosperity, is strongly indicated.
Note: We are to Love Our Neighbor, as much as We Love Ourselves, because this pleases Our CREATOR…which is always a good Idea. There are non-Spiritual Oriented Reasons for “Love Thy Neighbor” too. It makes for “smoother sailing” in Life…a stronger and Wiser and Evolving, Nation.
Note: The difficulty of this quest lies in the need for as Many Of Us, as possible, to practice this “Love Thy Neighbor” thing. It can “hurt” when Loving Thy Neighbor is not returned. Most of Us can learn this vital Virtue, to some serviceable degree.
Hint: It helps if We Wisely pick and choose, who We interact with…but remember…every One deserves a second and third, chance…if it is not clear what kind of person they are. You might be surprised, who does well at “Love Thy Neighbor”.
(6) “Where Do We Begin Our Self Governance?”
Well, on “The Internet”, as well as in your Family and Community and inside Yourself.
This “rude ol’ coot” is trying pretty hard to cook up a well designed internet game that would enable Us to practice “Good Self Governance”, in order to increase Our Skills in this and form a pre-Direct Democracy Realm, that could transition to reality in Our Nation. The problem is, that I am too stupid to “build” this cyber realm…way too behind in digital skills. But, I will do what I can, until some Good Citizen steps forward to assist. My Imagination can provide guidance in this for the application of digital skills.
(7) “When Do We Begin Our Self Governance?”
We already have begun. The internet has several websites that address this course of Ideas and actions. And a few Communities in the eastern part of The Nation still practice “Town Halls”, which is Direct Democracy.
“Controlling and Replacing, the excessively self serving “Leadership” of Representative Democracy (the career politician syndrome), Elitist Autocracies and Oligarchies (inferior capitalism) and even Anarchic Societal Conditions. “
Do We want to Evolve a Better World? Do You want to? Do You think We can do Better than What We have, about this leadership thing?
To what degree are Our Leaders a reflection of Our Evolutionary State?
The “Urantia Book” tells Us that We are, where We are, in Our Evolution as Our Natural State of development, so to speak. I believe this is True. Can We accelerate the rate of “Natural Development”? Can We “Guide” It?
Should We try to assume more Responsibility in Our Lives and the Life of Our Nation; in order to produce Better Societies. I believe so.
Or is it Better to just let Nature (Our Nature) take its course and continue the deadly cycle of building immoral social structures and tearing them down with War, or letting them degenerate and collapse in their own corruption? I don’t Think so.
We were given the power to Choose. We were given the power to influence Our Evolution. We were given the power of the potentialities and possibilities of discovering Better and Better Morality and then applying it to Our Lives, as an expression of Our Love for Our CREATOR.
But We must be careful about this. We can err along this trail. We must be ready to correct Our mistakes.
More “Light” to see Our Way might help.
We try new ways of doing things and these often produce an increase in the average condition of Our Species. Sometimes these innovations fail (to some degree) and sometimes they increase the life State average We call “Evolution”. The opposite effect can happen too, where We lose Evolutionary ground, because of becoming less than We were. Sometimes a part of Us devolves, as another part Evolves.
But I also believe that it is True that We didn’t get where We are by being complacent about where We are. There always seems to be enough Humans of “Good Heart and Mind” to step up and try to help the rest of Us become More and Better.
Our True Leaders built and still offer, new, or improved, paths for Us in Life and Living. Despite the depredations and exploitations of pseudo leadership, they helped Us to see these new directions. They continue to come and “raise the bar” for Us to rise to. When We succeed in this, Our Natural State of Evolution increases. When We fail, with new efforts for Change for the Better, Evolution is effected less and remains stable…unless the failed effort causes a reaction that undermines the Evolutionary State. Then We devolve.
True Leadership, those Individuals of high Intelligence and superior Morality, develop and offer Us new perspectives and ways of Life in Philosophy, Spirituality, Science and Applied Hardship Relieving Technology. “They” did this with Ideas about Better Ways of doing things, so as to make Life Better and reduce hardship. “Hardship” should be overcome and leave more energy and time for addressing challenges, that, when solved, produces a higher Evolutionary State. It seems like there has always been a hunger to do Better and become Better as Children Of GOD and express this desire in the outward material manifestations of Our Cultures.
It looks like Our Species is good at the technology part, but “behind” in Morality. We can learn how to build the tools of the “Digital Age”, but struggle to apply the “Golden Rule”, “The Ten Commandments” and other precepts of Applied Wisdom and Moraity, in the interactions of Our Lives. This lag produces an out of Balance Evolutionary State that does not have certain Evolutionary strengths that includes unified and harmonious elements that enables a faster and more controllable Evolvement. There is so much “waste” of time and energy when Morality lags behind the rest of Our Progresses.
The “Urantia Book” also admonishes Us to follow Our urges and inclinations to become Better. This work, from these Other Beings of Creation, who reach “down” to assist Us, does not say to be content with where We are, but to build upon, or add to, it. They even promise a reward for Our Species and planet, once We have achieved a certain level of Evolution. A reward that they call “The Age Of Light and Life”.
This has been and will be, a long journey for Us, but We have come far already and all We have to do is continue to strive for More and Better.
Some of Us will lead the way, others will follow and yet others will be dragged along kicking and screaming…or sabotaging Our Efforts. These test Our Resolve and help Us to learn how to be Strong.
Of course the “kickers and screamers” are the “Status Quoists”, those that are doing “well” with what We have and who feel threatened by True Progress. They are the “Takers” and “Controllers” , usually a relatively, or negatively, unenlightened and uncaring bunch, that sees all change for the Better as a threat to their positions in Life. These are the dictators of various sorts, the politicians, the industry leaders and those that follow them seeking to benefit from and bathe, in their wealth and power, to what ever degree they can. All of these are a formidable obstacle to Positive Evolution, but their own greed, reveals them and eventually undoes their “stand”. They end up allowing the changes that enhances and foments True Evolution, in the name of their profits. So, We can see that even these are part of Our Positive Evolution and can actually serve Us well by providing some resistance to poorly thought out ideas and urges. This “drag” causes the new ideas for Change to become well considered and heartfelt and well organized enough to succeed.
Social Evolution can be slowed and even stopped. The conditions for this Progress, can be destroyed. But what Good is that?
The “Pace Setters” see the possible and desirable, next steps in this process and provide the True Leadership We need to become More and Better. This is really quite the fantastic and intricate “mechanism” of Material Life in CREATION that We are tremendously privileged to participate in.
So, We begin to see that those that control Us for their own gain, are really subject, ultimately, to what We Do. But We have to develop the strengths that are necessary to overcome their devolutionary enertia. The “darkness” yields to the Light only so far as the Light’s Brightness is brought forth. Yesterday’s bright ideas are part of todays circumstances, or are part of the reluctant status quo. What We have so far achieved provides the base for further advancement.
This “advancement” is more in some areas and less in other areas. In Our Times (probably since the beginning of Our Species) Our Morality is the least advanced. Our Morality could be so much Better than it is. But We have to care about this and be willing to make the necessary personal sacrifices for this. We, Individual by Individual, have to commit to this sacred quest. We, Individual by Individual, have to learn to control the “just as things are good for me” controllers.
There is a level of these that are very difficult to face and overcome. These are the “new world order” Individuals, of great wealth and power, that remain very difficult to see. But their “works” are the world We now Live in. We can deal with these “works”. Eventually We can find them and bring them under Our Control for More and Better…for the Moral Advancement of Humanity. Without this Our Evolution will be without the Emotion that produces Goodness and ultimate success.
We The Exploited have much to learn about self determination in the Ways Of Our Lives. Much to learn about cooperation among Ourselves in the quest to deliver Ourselves from the exploiters. The “Bondage Matrix” that has been constructed to control Our Lives, was enabled by Our lack of skills in cooperation and Our ignorance of what “they” have done and are doing to Us.
We have to Care. We have to Care about Our Evolution. We have to Care about Our own Evolution and that of Others that are of Us. We have to make efforts to become More and Better in Ourselves and more effort to help Others do so too. We need to learn to see this need for as many of Us as possible. With every success in Ourselves and in Others, Our strengths for self determination grows.
Today I received an email newsletter (#1) from “Consilience Project”, a pet Betterness and Sense Making project of Daniel Schmachtenberger, that has branched out of “Rebel Wisdom”.
One of the articles was about Taiwan and Its progress as an endangered nation, entitled “Taiwans Digital Democracy”.
This article mentioned the participation of Taiwan’s Citizenry in Its Democratic Governance System:
“The island nation of Taiwan produces some of the world’s most advanced technology, commands a robust industrial system, and is governed by efficient state institutions. Moreover, it has succeeded in leveraging information technology and citizen participation into a uniquely successful system of “digital democracy,” most recently credited with containing COVID-19 in Taiwan. This is thanks to a legacy of innovation in response to geopolitical imperatives, namely the threat posed by mainland China. While past success does not guarantee future results, and key challenges loom, Taiwan remains one of the most functional polities in the world.”
Linking to the “Consilience Project” web page, ( Taiwan’s Digital Democracy (consilienceproject.org) )I read the rest of the article.
“…these capacities come from the Taiwanese government’s long-standing open-mindedness to reinventing its governmental institutions and overall strategic posture based on the capabilities made possible by the latest advances in technology.”
“…in a direct reference to Taiwan’s 38-year-long imposition of martial law from 1949 to 1987 intended to organize the entire country against any possible threat from mainland China. Perhaps living memory of such geopolitical pressures, combined with a high-trust democratic culture, contributed to Taiwanese technologists’ civic mindset, which contrasts sharply with the more detached, apolitical, and market-oriented value system of Western technologists.”
This is a unique example of “Citizen Participation In Governance”, in which the official government structure, actually encourages and welcomes Citizen Participation…though I am sure the Government here, is careful to maintain Its powers and controls…subtly perhaps. But It could come to Trust and Depend on the Citizen Cadre enough to gradually relinquish power to It.
If only “Mainland China would leave Taiwan alone long enough to give this development a chance to Evolve.
I share this as an example of “Real” and “Pragmatic” Facts of Citizen Participation In Governance, that are happening right now.
To Be Continued