As an adolescent today, you are raised to chase money. Perhaps your folks have a social goal in mind for you also, but from the time you are deemed an adult you must spend much of your focus on the acquisition of money and then the converting of any leftover money into a more tangible form of wealth - some form of property. Our teens are told an array of confusing and often opposing ideas, not given the mental tools to deal with them, advertised at without mercy with clever campaigns designed by psychologists, brought into the culturally “correct” way to think by the dominant culture in their society and herded into the same type of life that so ill-suited the older generations. In a world of rising teen suicide, war rhetoric and ecosystems under threat, it’s time someone helped the teens out with how to unpack the array of confusing information in the world and make more progress than their elders did. It isn’t at all hard to see why the world is in such a mess and if we don’t learn from previous eras - the islamic golden era, the Italian renaissance and the enlightenment period - our global societies will deteriorate and the measures already in place for population control will become more authoritarian while we tweet about celebrities and wonder if we really are too fat.
Part of the problem with our modern society is that we are rapidly losing track of what is real and what is not, and unless you understand these relatively simple ideas we are all destined to go on repeating the same mistakes - destroying the ecosystems of the planet we depend on and allowing billions to go hungry when there is enough food for all. If I go into any bank today in my home city of Vancouver and ask for a loan of thirty thousand dollars they will check my credit worthiness, type the numbers into a computer and “poof” the money will then exist. I will owe this newly invented money back to the bank with interest even though it was never theirs. It is important to stress that this money did not exist before, but once the loan is made, it does and it must be paid back. If I go into a small local store and ask for thirty thousand potatoes they won’t have them, they can’t just type the numbers into a computer and “poof” have thirty thousand potatoes. That’s because potatoes are real and money is not. We can represent it with notes and coins but money is a fictitious system, or game, with complicated rules called “economics.” The inventors of the system understood very well what they were doing but believed that those who knew how rigged and corrupt it was would never blow the whistle - why do you think bankers are paid so much? Long ago in London, England, the Rothschilds were founders of the banking system the world is still shackled to today through the financial markets.This is what they said back then:
“The few who understand the system, will either be so interested from its profits or so dependant on its favours, that there will be no opposition from that class.”
- Rothschild Brothers of London, 1863.
“Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws”
- Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild
Once this is understood the entire notion of “third world debt” can be seen for the sham it is. There is no such thing as money, so there is no such thing as debt. To keep our eyes off this one central idea that controls us all, keeps billions in hunger and the elites at the top, we have western societies based on narcissistic principles - facebook/twitter/beauty industry/movies. In addition to the thought diversions we have fear on the media or “The News” - a nasty collection of the most vile stories from around the world delivered by coiffured and pampered presenters, spliced with nonsense stories. This is not a society engineered to enlighten, but one designed to decrease the intelligence of the generation that should be demanding better - the young people. Every generation that comes wants to change the world as teens and then fails as the world gets worse the distractions become more “all encompassing.” In my generation (around forty years old) almost no-one thinks beyond the vapid tid-bits offered up by interest groups. They repeat arguments seen on Facebook, forwarding them, promoting them and then drop the idea. After all, with work, the kids, a mortgage, buying food, buying clothes, social media etc, where is the time for real thought? Isn’t philosophy something boring those ancient Greeks did? - And that’s how entire generations are subdued and controlled and it will happen to you too unless you start to think. That is what this book is for (and the first book on the blog - Are You Awake Yet?) Awakened minds are powerful, they are hard to distract, they awaken other minds and sow the seeds for a new period of enlightenment. No-one needs revolution - but an evolution of our societies with progressive humanistic principles that don’t threaten anyone’s faith and use ideas like “virtuous cycles” to improve every system - now that’s something we all need.
We have enough food for two billion more people than we have, so why is there hunger? Fear is damaging to our intellectual and emotional health, so why are we constantly drinking it in in the media? Why does the globe allow the artificial system of “economics” to bully developing nations? If we stopped using money and instead simply cooperated for the good of each other and our planet we’d be just fine. This isn’t the middle ages anymore. Why don’t we learn from the golden periods in history to see what they did right? Typically they were tolerant of the religion of others and humanist in their secular thought. They esteemed knowledge and learning - the “celebrities” of the golden era of Islam were the scholars. They had hospitals that treated everyone the same, regardless of their ability to pay, including foreigners - can we say our societies are better than that? Human societies do best with a separation between religion and other forms of learning but keeping a respect for the spiritual aspects of life. Too much secularism will lead to a backlash, religion becoming too dominant ends periods of enlightenment and learning. Just like the human body itself, a healthy society is balanced in respectful ways - not warring at every level like we are. We have men vs women, old vs young, country vs city, faith vs secular, religion X vs religion Y, poor vs rich, art vs science, left politics vs right politics, nation X vs nation Y. Chapter by chapter I will show why none of these debates matter and why even the notion of “debate” needs remodelling into something that allows each side to learn from the other and show respect rather than fighting to “win.” What is it they “win”? Superiority? An inflated personal ego?