This is a time of awakening. Something new is in the air. To quote songwriter Joni Mitchell, "Maybe it's the time of year, or maybe it's the time of man..." I'll go with the latter, in spite of the deficiencies in using the word 'man' when one means 'humans.'
It's no wonder that a protest song [Woodstock] from the 1960's seem to resonate. Just as the awareness of so many injustices came to light then, awareness of the injustices caused by corporate elitism and corrupt government is now at an all-time high. Then it was the grievances of minorities who couldn't vote and women not allowed to work outside the home. Of young men being drafted to fight an useless war [Vietnam]. The grievances of the poor, and those whose air or water were polluted by some uncaring corporate interest.
Now minorities can vote, though they are still intimidated and treated poorly. Women can work, just not for the same wage as a man. The U.S. Government now mostly relies on mercenaries, as young men drafted for stupid wars tend to have an attitude problem. And now, along with the host of pollutive practices and polluted places, our financial system has become utterly polluted as well. From the perspective of a citiizen, we're having our wealth stolen through unfair taxes and unfair policies due to the kleptocracy we now live under. The uber-rich have stolen the wealth of the middle class, using the vehicle of corrupt government.
Okay, so that's not the new beginning part.
The new beginning is World 5.0, our new operating system, based on the eternal values of Integrity, Justice and Balance. Our goal is restore community and ecology, which we can only do by reconstituting government to be the honest mediator between community and corporate interests. So long as our government is bought off by corporations we have no chance. We also require a healthy Return On Investment [ROI] for our tax dollars, the exact opposite of what we get today.
Ronald Reagan famously said 'government is the problem,' which became a conservative mantra. Except that Mr. Reagan omitted one critical word bad. Bad government is indeed the problem, and it's as bad today as it's ever been. We intend to fix that.
Another flagrant abuse of truth is to insist that government is 'too big' - big brother trying to take over everything. First of all, the government is not taking over everything the huge corporations are, using privatization schemes. Our bad government just enables it. Secondly, and more importantly, size is not the critical issue, ROI is. If taxes are relatively high but we have free healthcare, free education, free water and sewage, free Internet access and the like, that's fine. The value is clear. If we have lower taxes and less social services, that's fine too. Just so the value is evident. Money spent on wars and the manipulations of empire has a poor ROI for us citizens.
Along with restoring government to serve we, the people, we intent to rebuild communities everywhere. There are a number of strategies for this, but most important is our intent, our decision-making process. Do we eat at a local restaurant or McDonald's? Do we shop the local hardware store or at Lowes? Where do we bank and keep our savings? Exactly what are we voting for with each dollar we spend? Are we spending our time engaged or lost in the served up distraction?
Non-human communities are in great need of restoration as well. Our trees, mountains and topsoil are all disappearing to feed the gluttonous beast of corporatism. Our land and water are mightily polluted from terrible industrial and agribusiness practices. Our oceans are in a sad state as well, with only ten percent of the large fish stocks we had in 1950. And of course the sea level is rising, proof that our planet is getting warmer.
We don't have the financial resources to leverage the 'Citizen's United' ruling that allows for unlimited spending on campaigns by corporations [yes, it's on our list of things to be undone], but we have the potential power of a united and awakened citizenry. We have the power of a new, people-powered movement, based on the idea of World 5.0.
World 5.0 not only offers us a banner for solidarity, it offers us the banner of truth - Life is this Moment. Actually there are Three Truths to Happiness: Life is this Moment. It consists of Eternal Awareness and this constant flux of Energy. These two elemental forces comingle only in the present, which means this moment is all that exists. We don't live in some one-third past, one-third present, one-third future reality. We live in this moment we can't leave! This is the First Truth.
The Second Truth is that Here, of prime concern is our intent: fear or Love. If this moment is our only reality, how we're feeling and what we're thinking right now is crucial. What exists emerges from past energy patterns. How we use our intent now creates future patterns. But this Moment is always the leverage point. This is where our intent operates.
And the Third Truth: Only Love makes us happy.
So, with World 5.0, we finally have a way to ground ourselves in present reality, we know where we are. By focusing on how we think and feel now, we learn who we are. And once we understand who and where we are, there seems a much greater likelihood of us getting off our behinds to take a stand against the corporate behemoths and the globalization that has wrecked so many lives and so much of our home planet.
The thing now is to make this idea a movement. And this is clearly our intent. Here's the poster for the official coming out party for World5.
World 5.0 Rally in Cincinnati Poster by Jim Prues
It's on the Autumnal Equinox [in the Northern Hemisphere]. It will be held in Cincinnati. If you can attend the event, you contribute to the statement we make. If you donate or pre-order the book, you contribute to the statement we make. If you can't attend, tune into the live stream from World5.org. Then you still contribute to the statement we make.
This is indeed a new beginning. We live, we love, we move from here.