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The Age of Infinity and the Scarcity Matrix

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A paradigm shift is underway, and a bright, bold new post-material, post-scarcity era called The Age of Infinity is rapidly emerging.

The Age of Infinity will be characterized by infinite power and potential that mirrors that nature of the universe: quantum computing, unlimited memory, nanotechnology, digital universe, virtual reality, free energy (zero point energy and myriad others), genetic engineering, life extension, AI, elemental transmutation, teleportation, infinite universal-human mind/consciousness -- and much, much more. All of these vectors are pointing to infinity. And it will be quite a ride. If only we can make through the next 15-20 years. I am confident that we will.

How can I make such claims about the future? Simply because these technologies and sciences are characteristics of the nature of nature and we need only unfold what already is and "ride the horse in the direction its going" to make them tangible.

All science is an awakening to what already is. Our inventions and systems simply mimic what nature has already perfected with utmost efficiency through intelligent networks and least action principles. Through time, as our glasses become more and more refined, we're able to see more deeply into the infinite fecundity, creativity, power, potential, and perfection of the cosmos and thereby create successively more successful theories, maps, metaphors and meanings to represent it.

In this essay, I'll discuss my views about the infinite power and potential of the universe and what I see to be the obsolete, inauthentic and deadly scarcity-based economic systems which are killing the planet. I say obsolete because we now know they are inaccurate thanks to quantum physics. I say inauthentic because they do not reflect what is and are organized to maintain, create or increase the wealth of the haves. I say deadly, because they are killing us. This is not a point of view you're likely to hear discussed in economic or political circles, so perhaps you'll tell me if it's fresh. In one discussion at least, I seemed to cause a Yale micro-economist to run the other way when my facts undermined fundamental tenets of his profession that 1) "man could never have enough" and 2) nature was scarce. When I suggested it was only our thinking that was scarce, and after making point after point to support my view, he finally realized the absurdity of his claim that 50 billion galaxies and 100 million times 100 million stars were not enough! Such is the depth of the humanity's belief in scarcity and our leading institutions' commitment to it. As I will attempt to show, not only is this thinking wrong-headed and deadly, but it is both a fantasy and an addiction.

As such, I expect more than a few howls of "foul" or claims of "fantasy" to try to divert us from bringing into view what is cosmically apparent. Just as it took more than 150 years for people to accept the Earth was round, it will likely take at least that long for people to awaken to the facts like the universe is a coherent plenum overflowing with the physical and non-physical; Earth is an abundant whole; nature is an intelligent, interpenetrated faster-than-light network; the universe is a process of exchange that calculates, computes and is constantly taking in information about the whole when a wave returns to its ground state; the universe is an open system, everything effects everything else, there are no secrets and there is no place to hide; human intent changes matter and light seems to know our intent before we decide; the human mind/consciousness is unlimited; the universe appears to be a conscious, active, living hologram; and, it has a purpose.

My background is not in economics. I am by trade a broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker. In the course of working with more than a dozen popular author-scientists over several years in the 90's creating and editing a science novel for young non-scientists, Lewis Carroll's Lost Quantum Diaries (DVA, Stuttgart: 1998; Tokuma-Shoten, Tokyo: 2003), it became quite clear to me that the major economic models that have been extant over the millennia are obsolete because they are based on a false belief: scarcity. In fact, they manufacture scarcity.

Now, don't get me wrong, given our worldviews all these thousands of years of "civilization," the world certainly looked scarce, and became even more even more so as perception becomes reality. Thought creates. Sustained observation creates persistence. Just as the discovery of the microscope revealed bacteria and viruses to be the sources of countless diseases, and all kinds of hobgoblin superstitions and myths went the way of history, so too will our belief in scarcity.

Why? One of the chief reasons today is because the dominant economic model is supply and demand: the less there is of something the more it is worth. So, even in the face of abundance or sufficiency, businesses and entrepreneurs seek to control resources and production to create scarcity to keep prices high. We also know that abundance is a characteristic of the market economy, but not when it threatens to mitigate demand, prices or profits. Just look at what the interlocking oil and automotive industries did to the electric car in order to preserve the status quo (see What Ever Happened to the Electric Car?). The market economy also seeks to privatize and commoditize what is already free and turn it in profit, which makes what was once free to all, scarce (water, broadcast spectrum, non-profit hospitals, all commons).

I grew up being taught that hunger was an inevitable fact of life. Yet, in 1999 we learned that the Earth produces 4.3 pounds of food for every man woman and child each and every day (Peter Rosset et al, Twelve Myths about Hunger). We also know that people over-populate when they are hungry and poor. So what are we doing to ourselves through and to them?

We live inside a belief called "energy crisis" yet the entire visible universe is energy. We live inside a tiny visual and material brandwidth. Even with scientific instruments to extend our senses we can only detect 4% of what math tells us must exist. We also see the enormous background of energy that remains when all molecular activity is frozen, zero-point energy, wherein one cubic centimeter of "empty space" (quantum vacuum) contains as much as ten to the 94th power grams of energy -- more than the energy in the entire visible universe (David Bohm and many other physicists). It is not in dispute that this energy exists, only that it is accessible (See Hal Puthoff, Tom Beardon, and others on ZPE, virtual particle flux in the vacuum, over-unity devices, etc.) Would this be the dark energy/matter that constitutes 96% of the universe or is it another energy yet again? From this perspective one thing is clear: if we turn our perception around and work to develop free energy with some Iraq-destined billions, we'll lick the problem in a jiffy. But even without new energy research, the news reports we already have experimental cars with fuel cells that run on sea water (see GM's "Highwire" and others). These revolutionary vehicles use a combination of technologies classical science has known for more than one hundred years: electrolysis, a battery and generator.

We believe in the limitations of the human mind and creativity, yet the brain is capable of a greater number of associations than the number of atoms in the universe (Huston Smith, Forgotten Truth). Moreover, we now have strong evidence that the universe, of which we are a part, is an interconnected mind. As such, we would have full access to all that is. (See psychic Ingo Swann's remote viewing of the surface of Jupiter -- 52 million miles away - in SRI supervised sessions funded by the CIA and DOD. More than 90% of what Swann "saw" on the surface of Jupiter was confirmed years later in Voyager and Pioneer spacecraft fly-bys of the planet. See also, Dean Radin's Entangled Minds about the plethora of psi experiments and what his meta-analyses show.)

Since these facts have not percolated into our awareness, we see very few ways out of the Scarcity Matrix. This nightmare, pseudo-reality is held in place by everything from scarcity banking (short supply of fiat money backed by nothing, how could this nothing ever be scarce?); the work of governments (wars, arms production, budget gaps, taxation, interest on fiat money debt); charities, philanthropies and NGOs; Social Darwinism and worker-debt-enslavement; depreciatory concepts of self by corporations and society in order to market products necessitating the expenditure of enormous amount of time and human capital in psychotherapy, psychiatry and related health defects; the maintenance of starvation and the increase in global poverty in the face of abundance or sufficiency; malnutrition through the promotion and consumption of mal food products; the cynical tricks and lies favoring elites inherent in funding human development and poverty programs, as well as the exorbitant overhead in the delivery of almost all social services; lack of access to adequate medicines to eradicate disease; etc. All these, I contend, are held in place by a belief in scarcity whose purpose is to maintain, create or increase upward demand on prices for the haves in an incoherent mass illusion all the while telling itself it is doing otherwise. For knowing what we know, what else could it be?

As you can gather, the problem is so pervasive, being embedded in language and meanings and evaluations of reality as it is, it is impossible to even address the issue without using scarcity terminology -- just listen to me!

As a result, we have manifested a thought system ruling the global dominion in which half its inheritors live on less than $4 per day, one in six on less than $1. Ten per cent of the human family takes a 54% cut while the bottom 40% lives on 5%. Such is the nature of the Scarcity Matrix and no number of wars, terrorist acts, studies, laws, regulatory committees, fines, training programs or moral arguments can ever overcome it, change it or fix it because these activities are all predicated upon this false, undistinguished reality existent within the invisible Big Lie.

In my view, the belief in scarcity is actually a deep seated meaning and hidden operator installed in the neurophysiology of virtually all people. Perhaps gurus and mystics can claim otherwise, but I have never met a person, no matter how rich or poor, talented or beautiful that didn't have a fundamental, hidden, negative belief about themselves that served to create a limited context for their lives from which their thinking, behavior and actions flowed. Adapting maverick physicist and philosopher David Bohm's insights (Thought as a System, On Creativity, and other books), this hidden operator in the thought system installs in the function of thought. Bohm's point is that even in the face of changing contents, the hidden meaning/context/function remains unchanged unless and until it is brought into awareness and seen to be inauthentic or false.

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