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Give-Get Nation: Born on the Fourth of July

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Greetings from Carmel, California & New Haven, Connecticut--

If lately it seems our nation has lost its way with government policies of global hegemony and avarice, it's important to remember that 230 years ago a community of enlightened and incredibly brave people declared their independence from all forms of tyranny in the Declaration of Independence:

"...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness..."

And so, it is appropriate that we, too, today, declare our independence from more modern forms of repression over our God-given freedoms and redouble our commitment to a vision for "life, liberty and happiness" for all people of the United States and the world.

But today requires a different kind of savvy. The unlimited, uncharted paradise of the colonial era has been mapped and the commons is now being rapidly privatized. While we can gather together to work to redirect ourselves and reclaim our heritage, there is an unbroken universe of love, harmony and sufficiency we can all experience that is just a thought away. Mahatma Gandhi said:

"The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems."

As human beings with brains capable of more possible associations than the number of atoms in the universe, we can envision and manifest any kind of future we want. We can create a world of love or a world of fear. The choice is yours and mine. We can continue to exploit our resources and create scarcity through an unbridled greed and gluttony by a world-ego run amok, or we can achieve balance and sufficiency in a world of sharing our essence. We can invest in bombs or build the utopian dream. Whatever it is, we can create it. For in whose image does the Great Book say it was we are created?

We must never forget that it is "We the people..." who have the power, the genius and the vision to "ordain" a better world for all humanity and achieve what was once thought to be beyond humanity's grasp: "a world that works for everyone."

At GiveGet Nation, we hope you'll join us in a pioneering effort to begin to wright our course. We believe all people have gifts and wishes and genius to share, and we hope that we have provided an even playing field for the Infinite Game of Life.

To give you a sense of the possibilities we have in mind, we would like to tell you a story about the experience of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the Internet Age, Pierre Omidyar, inventor of eBay. His first posting for sale on his new service was a broken printer. He was astonished when some a man bought it. Curious, Pierre contacted the man and asked why he bought it. "Because I collect broken printers," came the reply!

And so it is with GiveGet Nation. With 6.5 billion people on Earth, there is a match for every gift and wish. We just need to connect with one another to discover that the impossible is possible, here and now. When our values match, that's when the magic--and some would say miracles--begin! So let's get connected. Just like Woody Allen said, "Ninety per cent of life is just showing up."

So we hope you'll show up and join us at GiveGet Nation starting on the Fourth of July. Beginning with this year's celebration, we're taking the liberty of modifying the appellation "Independence Day" to "Interdependence Day" so that we may recommit ourselves to our origins while at the same time distinguishing ourselves as pioneers of new dimensions of freedom by sharing our common ground as Earth Seeds.

We'd also like to take a moment to acknowledge the wit and wisdom of author and science editor Marilyn Ferguson who has been our Muse, contributed many of the stories and is also source of the blessed line:

"Give all you have to love and you will be all things."

Thank you, Marilyn, and thank you all of you for sharing your time with our message.

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