Bare Bones Biology 183 – Hail Ponzi

Yes I do use Facebook, as little as possible because it is one of the more enormous of the corposystem’s methods of keeping us occupied with trivia, rather than helping our communities to grow a sustainable, reasonably pleasant life-style for the next generation. But, then, even Facebook can be used to do something worthwhile.

For example, to understand opinions of people different from ourselves. I accidentally stubbed my toe on one world-view that is so far from mine I didn’t believe it could exist in a human mind:

The statement: “No I don’t want to know more.” (about the function of the Biosystem) represents the ultimate baby-bird philosophy (feed me, I’m happy to believe whatever makes me feel good).

“Baby bird” is only one in a panel of the unproductive games (https://factfictionfancy.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/3677bbb072) the corposystem uses to maintain its control over a formerly more or less democratic society.

As we already know (https://factfictionfancy.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/the-real-answer/), the function of a system is to perpetuate itself. As one way to protect itself from changing, the corposystem (defined in the same ref) encourages us to spend as much of our time as possible playing unproductive human games. When we are playing these games, we are not contributing to the most important work we could be doing for the future of humans on earth, and that is to dismantle or change the corposystem and replace it with a sustainable, nurturing environment for the generations ahead.

130629-TerritorialDays-ASC_4011RLs copyAnd what a pleasure it is to chat with like-minded folks about the evils of the corposystem that has taken over our culture. But so long as we waste time talking about how bad the corposystem is, or why other people aren’t doing what they should be doing, or how impotent (or how important) we are as individuals – so long as we are engrossed in this “aintitawful” game, we aren’t doing what WE should be doing. We are not contributing to any kind of change. The corposystem games eat up our time, our lives, without producing anything worthwhile.

But then you ask: “what can we do?” Oh yes. That’s another corposystem game. “What Can We Do?” It cycles around endlessly, because we don’t like the answer and so we ask some other person – and another, and another — rather than evaluate the answers we are given. And the answer is – ta dah — We could instead be spending this very moment talking, thinking and/or discussing how to stop wasting our time playing corposystem games.

The history of human success/progress/survival is based in the effort to understand the FACTS of life. A fact is something humans cannot change – both historical facts and functional facts, such as the laws of nature — so we don’t waste our time trying to change the unchangeable, or redoing what has already failed, in our never-ending efforts to survive. The corposystem, to save itself from changing, teaches us that there is no difference between a fact and an opinion; and the baby-birds believe it. So, again, what’s a person to do?

130629-TerritorialDays-asc_4479RLSs copyIndeed it is true that one person is very unlikely to single-handedly make a big change in a big social system. Does that mean we should give up and go with the flow? Or might it be better for those of us who believe the corposystem is an unethical, illegal, immoral Ponzi scheme, to REFUSE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CORPOSYSTEM GAMES, as the few did in Hitler’s Germany. That’s one of the things I find so impossible to believe; I remember Hitler’s generation. That we are no different boggles my mind. But — No, says the corposystem game. What’s the point of trying if you can’t win?

To which I answer, what’s the point of living by supporting an unethical illegal, immoral Ponzi scheme.

What we CAN do is stop playing the corposystem games. We can spend our time doing the fact-based research, and the behaviors, that are required to grow a sustainable, reasonably comfortable environment as our nurturing goal for the generations yet to come, rather than participate in the games that are set for us by an unethical, illegal, immoral Ponzi system.

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Bare Bones Biology 064 – Corposystem Power

When I opened my mailbox to the January issue of National Geographic with the word population plastered across a picture of seething humanity, I knew this would be the year when we humans, as a society, will choose the future for our home on earth. Finally, I said, someone in authority is telling us the truth about our ecosystem.

Not surprisingly, the corposystem responded with a barrage of self-serving lies. Most of these center around the root lie that we can live in a world where infinite growth is possible.

From my point of view, the good thing about their lies is that they make no sense at all, and anyone can do the math. Anyone can understand that the corposystem power will fail unless the corposystem changes its world view. Because the world view that it has built (James Hillman calls it a religion) is not based in physical, factual reality, and as time goes by the corposystem must tweak this and lie about that to make their little world seem as though it makes sense. But, as someone has said, physics will not wait around for us to catch on to reality. The factual reality of physics is what it is, without regard for anyone’s opinion or metaphor or ideology.

The fatal flaw of the corposystem ideology is its myth of infinite growth. In fact, infinite growth is physically impossible anywhere in our solar system. Unless it changes its ideology, therefore, the corposystem will fail. It is not showing any signs of ideological change, and instead seems to be trying ever harder to grow ever faster, and in the process is destroying the ecosystem that feeds it. Growth in the absence of resources is the defining characteristic of a Ponzi scheme. The corposystem is reaching the end of its Ponzi run, because the earth no longer has the resources to support further growth of the corposystem.

People do see this, but when you mention that we are at the point where we must choose between the corposystem and a healthy ecosystem, it seems that most people don’t want to do the math and would rather believe the lies. Then they pour out a bunch of reasons why we can’t or they can’t, or they simply deny the fact and claim that “all statistics lie.” That’s a pretty feeble excuse. Statistics tell us whatever we ask. If you want to know whether or not we are at the point of making this decision, you yourself can get the data and ask the question. In the meantime, as Al Gore said in An Inconvenient Truth: “It’s just human nature to take time to connect the dots, I know that, but I also know there can come a time of reckoning when we wish we had connected the dots sooner.”

The corposystem is now on the verge of crashing permanently because its growth requires more resources than the earth has to offer. Survival of the corposystem in its present form is not one of our options, so there is no point continuing to support it with our greed, our anger or our fear.

The crash of the corposystem will be very unpleasant, because we (not you, but previous generations) let it run on to this point. It will indeed be a disaster, but we shouldn’t forget, while we are dealing with the fallout, that the event will open more opportunities than it closes. Those of us who do not enjoy living in a culture that is based in negative human values, we will have the option to pitch out greed as the defining value of our social structure, and build our communities around our positive human values – some of which are glorious.

And the greatest of these is kindness.

Nothing but the propaganda in our heads can stop us from beginning now to build our better lifestyles.

Bare Bones Biology 064 – Corposystem Power
KEOS FM, 89.1, Bryan, TX
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Hillman, James. 1995. Kinds of Power, Its Intelligent Uses. Doubleday

Letter to Chet Edwards

Hello Folks,

Today is Thursday, our day to talk about Bare Bones Ecology, Chapter 03, The Flow of Information. The BBE post is half written, but I find myself a bit bogged down today, after issuing yesterday the first edition of Bare Bones Biology (the podcast that will eventually parallel BBE and extend beyond). And we are having a runoff election. Check back tomorrow (Friday) for the next post about proteins.

Mostly we stay away from elections lately because this blog is about power, and human politics does not rank high compared with the power of the earth ecosystem. However, it is occasionally necessary to clearly state this fact to the politicians, and today is one of those days. Feel free to share the letter below and adapt it for your politician. Actually, I hope Mr. Edwards wins, because the alternate candidate thinks the real world is centered around human activities (as I discussed in yesterday blog) which is far out even for a politician. But neither one of them can help to pull us out of this hole if they can’t even see the hole.

To: Chet Edwards,

I got the multiple phone calls from your machine, and I comment about that at the end of this letter. More importantly:  You will not convince me of your ability to govern well, by advertising that you have done only two things.

1. Squeeze a lot of money out of the government coffers for use by a local entity that doesn’t need it and can’t manage it to the benefit of the people;
2. Block the use of government money for the welfare of all the people.

Or by telling me why you did these things, because whatever are your reasons, and whether or not they are well intended does not change the facts. We will run out of money unless we change our economic model; we have topped the graph and are on the down side. This is not because of small business or big business or the rich local entity or health care or you.

It is because money comes from resources; resources come from the earth; the earth can not grow; the economy can not grow beyond the limits of the resources, no matter what anyone does, and we have hit the limits of the resources (or thereabouts, it would be silly to quibble about when exactly, and I am not speaking for Mr. Lester Brown — I have my own expertise that supports his). Our economic model is a Ponzi growth scheme that benefits this day at the expense of sustainability.

In the aftermath of all Ponzis, it is the people who suffer. They are already suffering all over the world. The more y’all refuse to talk about these hard and real facts, the worse it will be also for the people here at home as we slide down the wrong side of the growth curve and your power base evaporates with the increase in human suffering. It will happen, just as surely as you can not grow ten horses on a one-acre pasture (unless you have a friend down the road who uses his land resource to grow hay).

You have more responsibility than most people to help generate as soft a landing as possible for us all. If you would stop your love affair with our toxic economic model and begin to think about the long-term facts and implications of its cancerous growth style, I believe you could do a better job of tending to your real responsibility than any of the other candidates.

But I don’t see that happening.

Dr. M. Lynn Lamoreux
Bryan

And by the way, here is my other complaint: I have been told many times by many people they need not honor the no-call list (ha, another expensive and useless government scam), and then two of them had the nerve to become insulted when I told them I don’t allow other people to use my telephone for their advertising. Or rather, I can’t stop them but I will never, never, never, never do whatever it is they want me to do if they call me up to ask for something, especially if it is a machine that calls me up. Of course, unless you want to donate to my telephone bill.

Who’s Power?

It looks like the Feds have uncovered another pyramid scheme, and a whole new crowd of people who were at the bottom of the pyramid are out of luck and out of their money and the fruit of their lives that they invested in it. You have to wonder why they were so deluded as to believe in something “too good to be true.” Something that feeds the power — if money is power — of the man at the top of the pyramid.

Of course, that is why it’s referred to as a pyramid (aka Ponzi) scheme. Lots of little folk at the bottom willingly give their money into the coffers of fewer and fewer, the higher one climbs on the pyramid, until the fellow at the top gets access to all the money to pursue his own aims. It works very well, as long as the resources never run dry. The resources are of course the folks at the bottom of the pyramid who continue to donate their money.

Catherine Rampell of the New York Times says that pyramid schemes are mathematically “doomed,” and claims that “anyone sophisticated enough to concoct a Ponzi scheme . . . must be sophisticated enough to do the math here.”

But from where I sit the entire United States economy, and our economic theory, are based on the fallacy that our economy can grow forever in the absence of a base of growing resources.

Isn’t that the same thing?