(on Better Ways to Achieve individual and collective Health and Efficiency)
could make things Awesome.
"We Have the technology", as
they said in the 1973 TV show, "The Six Million Dollar Man".
I was ten years old in 1973. When we are ten years old, we are
pretty much who we are going to be, minus most of the formative
experience, in my estimation. In 1973 we had Watergate, the continued
U.S. invasion and destruction of Vietnam, the round Nuclear-Disarmament
/ Peace symbol
landings (my 1969 first-grade classroom featured a model of a Saturn-V
rocket that was almost as tall as me), guys with long hair, the
spiritual contributions of Alan Watts and Jiddu Krishnamurti, Pink
marijuana (although I didn't
try it until a few years later), and gas shortages. Although the
power structure had done its best over the former decade to discourage
public activisim, with the assassinations of numerous notable figures,
there was still some optimism. An
informed generation with means had high hopes for the progression of
society away from problems and into meaningful solutions.
Visionaries like Gerard K. O'neill
and Jacque Fresco
painting pictures of an attainable future for our civilization,
abundance, health and justice, enabled by technology.
A beneficiary of the capitalist, cold-war affluence in America
following World War II, I could feel some of the hope and imagination
of the Baby Boom generation that was coming of age ahead of me; but as
I grew to adulthood and the far-away idealism I sensed in my
favorite rock music devolved into Reagan's Right Wing, I was
strongly encouraged to cast aside any budding hippie philosophy and
follow my family's path in the Military
. I joined the Army and later the
Department of Homeland Security, got a haircut, tried to be a salesman
as a civilian for a time, and was sad for many years.
Only upon writing my first book
at the suggestion of a wonderful woman I often talked with at length at
the start of this new century, did I begin to realize my own, unique
intended role. I'm here to do what I can to encourage the
evolution of our species away from monopolized, competitive cynicism
and into a state of abundance and widespread happiness resulting from
the effective employment of rational
could have a smart power-grid that employs autonomous electric vehicles
for storage, with clean air and water and a healthy, safe ecology.
could have a functional, just society that works, where the rules would
be the result of rationality and integrity. As a result people in
general would be more kind to each other than they are when forced to
play a rigged game. We could realize the vision of a
people's republic outlined in the Constitution for the United States of
America by effectively employing modern technology.
We could have our life time. We can eliminate the forfeiture of
our days that is so often necessary in order to survive in today's