The concepts of communism, socialism, and fascism emerged at a time when citizens
were seeking the end of treacherous monarchies and seeking the formation of an ideal
society. But there has always been a problem with these concepts. They are concepts
that must be forced upon all the citizens. And they do not protect them from
the ravaging of tyrants. Tyrants will always seek power and advantage, and will emerge
through any possible hole.
As we embark on an age of over-population we need to resolve the problems of our
We should begin by grounding ourselves in truth... and adhering to truth.
These "isms" may seem to solve some problems... but in the end they are not condusive
or reflective of truth. Our humanity will reject them.
In the original story of Cinderella, an interesting comparison was described.
When the prince went throughout the kingdom saying that he would marry the girl whose
foot fit the glass slipper... Cinderella's step-sisters went so far as to cut off their own
toes in order to get the chance to marry the prince. Only as the girl rode off... and blood
dripped from her foot did the prince realize the deception.
Similarly... as human beings we can force our feet to fit into some ideal version of society,
but if it does not fit naturally... it is only a deception... and will be no ideal at all. But one
thing is true... we must live side by side with each other... with a sense of living with
justice in our lives.
As the populations become more educated, they will need better answers. Those that
are educated need to be mindful of the fear that looms in the minds of those who aren't
educated... who don't understand this complicated modern world. Often they must rely
on others for understanding... and don't know who to trust.
The most basic concern is to eliminate suffering and abject poverty. And so, any social
system must have a level below which it does not allow its citizens to go... or it can
make no grand claims of its moral or social integrity. And we must understand the
parameters of what freedom is... it surely is maturity.
We can structure an ideal society without losing our freedoms.
It is all about the structure.
The currency of solutions is not in money... it is in IDEAS. Perhaps the solutions are
easier than we might ever have thought, and cost less than we could ever have believed.
We truly CAN create a society that has a place for all its many citizens, if only we rethink
the HOW and the WHY that we do things.
As we look forward into our future... we might well see a world... where human labor is
reduced or eliminated, at the same time that the populations increase or stabilize. The
result will be that "employment" or "jobs" ...as we know them... will drastically change.
In such a society... stability can only be managed if our lives become low-maintenance.
Most citizens would eventually become self-sufficient. This means that homes no longer
cost so much that it takes a lifetime to pay for them. This means that most of one's food
would come from personal gardens or co-ops with farmers and ranchers. This means that
there will be self-perpetuating home energy without a monthly cost. This means that
transportation will be easy and cheap.
In the future, it may mean that a person would only need to work part-time to maintain a
suitable and comfortable lifestyle. It could be that the citizenry might only work ten years
to establish that self-sufficient state, and there-after devote his/her life to a completely
independent lifestyle... devoted to the arts or other hobbies and interests.
Thus, there would evolve a very active social system of groups of people with similar interests...
formed from something more than drinking beer, watching football, or playing video games.
Much of our free time now is spent relieving the stress from our overworked lives.
What few precious hours we aren't working... are spent dealing with the stress of that
structure of our lives. It is too much.
When there is an abundance of free time, our educated citizenry would be active in many
intellectual pursuits. There may well form groups such as:
1. Performing arts, in categories of the various forms of stage plays.
2. Musical groups of all kinds
3. Gardening clubs centered around roses, flowers, or gardening food.
4. Reading clubs that meet to discuss any kind of literature
5. Historical groups who travel to see the sites of history
6. Cooking clubs of all sorts
7. Arts fairs to display the artwork of talented artisans and crafters
8. Beautification of homes and yards
And yet... there is work to do that before this time... was considered too time-consuming.
Citizens might volunteer... as their tax payment... to take care of these common needs on
a rotating basis. Rather than paying money... citizens might be assigned a duty, to settle
tax dues either for yearly dues, or to settle for multiple years of dues... depending on the
type of duty it is... as their tax payment to the common good. Such things as:
1. The maintenance of healthy forests and environment, even in our cities
2. Rocking of the edges of rivers and creeks to reduce erosion
3. The regular washing of buildings and streets.
4. Neighborhood security patrols.
5. Sweeping salty sand off the roads after a de-icing during the winter.
6. Etc. of any needs that the common government might have, to accept an exchange in
"duty" rather than money for tax payments.
At the moment, our reality is different.
For now, this is my contribution to the
discussion about how we can create a better world. The essays that follow... ended up being
inter-dependent. One project is tied into another. The housing solutions are tied into the jobs
solutions. The tax solutions are tied into jobs, restructuring, and revitalization. One solution
can't work unless the other solutions are there to complement the impact of it.
The end-game is the absolute reduction in the cost of implementing solutions for our
society. These solutions are set up to either pay for themselves or to make better use
of the resources at play... or to generate revenues to eventually cover the cost of their
implementation. Now... wouldn't that be ideal?