Future Civilization C

Food is produced locally with minimal to no reliance on technology. This is accomplished through gardens, livestock, and small farms. For variety, food is supplemented with imports, but imports are not a necessity. It was realized that this localization would naturally occur during an economic collapse, along with much starvation, so it was deemed a worthwhile preventative measure.

A secondary benefit, is the fulfilling activity and authenticity it provides to society, allowing people to play active roles in their own maintenance, harmonizing with their environment, allowing local communities to grow and build what they consume. But the goal is not isolation, as regional and global trade is welcomed as supplements to a foundation of self-reliance.

And beyond local food production, this civilization also encourages local manufacturing. Construction utilizes locally sustainable material, and dwellings are built for maximal energy efficiency to minimize heating/cooling usage. Clothing production is locally sustainable, but imports allow for more variety. Similarly, furniture and artwork are popular imports and exports.

This civilization therefore, is not reliant on strong centralized governments or multi-national corporations for survival — plus their self-sufficiency provides leverage against such powers. Additionally, if regional disaster occurs, other regions are not endangered through interdependence. And because of their production capabilities, all regions are able to lend aid to others in need.

Modification Request

Hello life, I’d like to put in a request. I think all the drama going on is a bit too much, I think it should be turned down a few notches. And hey, if it doesn’t work out, things can always go back to a higher-intensity.

And no offense, but the current conditions seem too fake, it’s literally the same problems over and over. And they’re not the fun problems like having two dates to the school dance. No, it’s just stress and fear-based problems. Instead of gritty-drama mode, how about we try romantic-comedy mode for awhile?

When things are too difficult or too miserable, too many people are just going to lose their desire to participate. Then what’s the point? Either they sink into despair or they become disinterested, just waiting for the nonsense to end.

So that’s my request, thanks for listening. And really, you’ve got a great setup here, this whole Earth thing — it has so much potential. But couldn’t it be even better? Just a little tune-up: a little less conflict and a tad more cooperation. Thanks again.

Political Landscape

Political and economic ideas are overwhelming my thoughts lately. The topics are a bit frustrating to think about, but my mind won’t stop attaching urgency to these thoughts, so I write them down. I suppose my mind simply tunes into whatever’s going on around me — and as election season floods the airwaves, I get swept up in it.

The thoughts aren’t overly unpleasant, so I don’t attempt to ignore them — and I often find the posts I’ve written entertaining. Although, it’s a bit sad to think about the actual effects politics and economics has on real people. And despite their harsh consequences, the way these ideas manifest in the world is more like a sporting event, which seems a tad callous.

But of course, I can’t really care what happens — it’s all just part of the drama isn’t it? If it wasn’t this, it’d be something else — that’s how life appears to work. Finances, relationships, health, conflict — you name it, if it’s not one thing, it’ll be another.

And given the premise that I’ll expire at some unknown date after I’m born, I can’t see the point of taking life too seriously. The premise itself reveals the futility of life: nothing is meant to last. But of course we have time to kill while we’re here, so we engage in our brief little lives.

But wouldn’t it be a little better, wouldn’t it be kinda nice, if people played this silly Earth game a bit more cooperatively? All this drama comes off as too forced, too artificial. I think I’d rather play something more mundane like baker, builder, farmer, grocery man, homemaker, or teacher. I can do without ruthless businessman, predatory banker, professional demagogue, despot, and army man.

Lament of the Lowly

An excerpt from the fictional tales of Demagogue and Fugue

Men and women, their children — kidnapped, whipped, raped — shackled and subjugated — all within the confines of the law, for one-hundred years upon this land. Coughing, lungs thick with soot, children emerging from mines — oppressive child labor legal until 1938. Let us not be so naive as to think the spirit of exploitation resulting in this unimaginable brutality became extinct in our time.

The slave owners and the owners of industry — clear culprits of their crime, are they not? But where can evil lead if no one follows? Have the people of this nation tacitly accepted a deal with the devil? So that many can live lives of relative comfort, do we not condemn others to lives of servitude? Are the poor of our time any less relegated to positions of debasement and disrespect?

This state of affairs is as much our doing as those prominent figures leading the way. With whom do we stand — with those asking for decent lives or those ensuring their suffering? Do we not buy into the bigotry, believing ourselves better than those below us? Believing ourselves deserving of life’s abundance while denying others their share?

If we denounce anyone, it must surely be ourselves. This sorry condition is not undone by the mere reshuffling of those at the top — we are to blame, our complacency for a system supporting rampant inequality. And by allowing this corruption to continue, it has grown into a beast so ravenous that we all feel the sting, our wickedness coming back to bite us.

When others cried out, we remained silent, but as our own belts tighten, self-preservation may finally force us to act. But this time, let us not trample others to lift ourselves, let us make amends for our sins, let us leave no one behind. The destruction of inequality requires all of us — what obstacle can stand against a united whole? For only in unity, can humanity reach its finest hour.

Mother’s Lament

An excerpt from the fictional tales of Demagogue and Fugue

Mother, can you not hear the sobs of your child? Your precious babe has been tossed aside. Her education, her career, her well-being — sold to the highest bidder. What you knew as the American Dream, has become her nightmare, a cruel joke, a height she can never reach.

But mother, you are not helpless — others in your position face these same tragic ends. Join with them, let the cries of your suffering children let loose the fury inside, turning tears into a river of righteousness, cleansing this nation of a plague destroying your children’s future.

Gentle mother, be firm — firm in your determination to restore to your child her full share of this free and prosperous land. Let not others play games with your child’s prosperity, dictating the outcome of her life. Stand together, let your voice be heard, let the thunder of the united chorus of motherhood tear off the bonds restraining your children.

Dearest mother, see what men’s greed has wrought for your little one: surrounded by abundance, your baby must do without so a few can have even more. Only the boundless and enduring love of a mom can end this needless suffering. Mother, can you see the smile upon the lips of your little one? Do what you must — for her sake, for her sake.

Created Equal

An excerpt from the fictional tales of Demagogue and Fugue

Within the founding document of this nation, it is declared that all men are created equal. But in these darkening times, we the people must decide whether we hold this truth to be self-evident — or whether we will abandon this founding principle.

If we are truly a nation born of Christian values, then we are to love one another, we are to forgive as we are forgiven, and we are to appreciate that the fruits of this earth are gifts to all, and as they are given freely to us, we are to give to any who ask.

If we do not love and care for each born of this world, if we persecute instead of forgive, if we treat this world as our personal possession, if we do not give to those who ask, then we do not adhere to the founding beliefs of this nation.

Those that abandon these principles head down a dark path, a path trodden by those lacking in the spirit of goodwill towards men, those exploiting the kindness of others, those blaming the least among us while taking freely for themselves.

But I come not to judge, only forgive. And I implore those still believing in these lofty ideals-of-old to bind as one, so that from this present darkness, we as a nation shall not sink into the abyss, but rise — rise to heights from which our brightness casts light upon the entire world, bringing with it true hope, true freedom, true democracy — creating a nation of the people, by the people, for the people.

Political Recipe

The focus of modern politics should not be on the proper management of infrastructure and economy, as those solutions have been well-established and proven in practice. The focus should be on corruption, its removal and prevention. Because with rampant corruption, the direction of the nation becomes self-destructive, so much so, that citizens support policies violating their own interests.

Those seeking a well-functioning government must focus on the corruption, not the policies. There can be no policy debate when corruption is entrenched. Corruption is readily apparent when few participants excel far beyond all others, directing the national agenda for their own benefit, while ignoring the needs of the many.

Within a corrupted system, change proves impossible through standard means. As the system becomes distorted, standard participation only encourages and sustains corruption. Change must originate externally from the system — and the only entity powerful enough to bring about such change is the people themselves. By some mechanism, the people must learn of the corruption and become inspired to remove it.

It has been shown that reasoned debate cannot stir the people. Consider also, that corruption establishes itself not through reason, but emotions such as fear. Therefore, to awaken the people, appeals must be made to emotions, arousing outrage from injustice and eliciting tears of compassion. Those seeking to alter a nation’s corrupted course will not succeed through cold logic, but fiery passion.