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The Awakening of Humanity


“How can we get a resource based moneyless economy without a global totalitarian dictatorial regime? Wouldn’t we have to kill off populations to preserve resources for others?” Someone asked this recently.

It’s a very good question, and one I’ve been asking myself several times. The only answer I can come up with to this is this:

  1. The global population in general has to have a ‘spiritual awakening’ where we see all people as One, as we see our close family and friends, wanting to share equally with them.
  2. In addition, the ‘no money’ paradigm has to be seen as more beneficial for everyone than the money paradigm we’re in now. People have to share more and more without money, and this praxis has to ‘take over’ from the trading praxis we have today with money.

I can see many evidences for both of these directions today. There is a huge global rising awareness about ‘who we are’, about consciousness, about how our thoughts influence the world, etc., both within and outside science, and there are more and more people doing things ‘for free’ all over the planet. I am thinking about everything from volunteers in, which you find millions of, in all kinds of projects and organizations, free software (like Linux, WordPress, etc. etc.), free information (Wikipedia, + + + + + + ), and free efforts in all kinds of places.

Throughout history, there has been several ‘paradigm shifts’, like when the earth turned from flat to round, or when the earth was not longer the center point of the universe, but actually circled around the sun.

We’ve been living in a ‘money paradigm’ for millennia, and I think we are on the tipping point today. On one hand, money has a bigger stronghold on the planet than ever before, with millions of people in need of money, not knowing about anything else. On the other hand, there’s a strong rising of people wanting to simply share and stop this whole ‘money charade’ and create a moneyless society.

In any case, most people on the earth are fed up today with the situation we are in, and something has to happen. Which way we will fall depends on the totality of the people on this planet. But the more people wake up and become aware of the ‘no money’ possibility, the bigger is the chance that we will get there.

So, I can not see any ‘totalitarian world regime’ controlled by machines. Far from it. What I see, IF we get a no-money-paradigm, is something completely different.

What we have to try to picture is HOW WILL PEOPLE ACT WHEN WE SIMPLY SHARE, RATHER THAN TRADE.

How will people act? And what will the world look like?

Of course, most greed has to be gone, most ego has to be gone. We have to realize that what we do for others we actually do for ourselves. And this can be illustrated well when one person makes an invention that will benefit both her AND society. When someone comes up with an idea to a betterment of something, one usually does that because it is something that one wants oneself. So, to realize this invention through the joint effort of others will of course a very exiting thing. It has got nothing to do with money. The same goes for art, or food, or basically everything you can imagine. Creating and sharing something and taking part in this is what it is all about. Not hoarding, competing and trading. This is a game we have played for so long. Now it is time to change.

People think that ‘we need money’. They live in this mindset and that is why everything is the way it is on this planet right now. The so-called ‘scarcity’ is money based. There is no real scarcity, and there definitely is no need to ‘kill off’ parts of our population to ‘save resources’. All of these thoughts are based in the old money mindset. There’s more than enough land, water, food and resources on this planet for everyone and then some. I have to say it again; ALL scarcity is money based. All scarcity is PERCEIVED. The system NEEDS us to feel this scarcity for the system to stay alive. If we were to wake up and realize that there’s abundance all around us, and that with our own minds, we can create more of this abundance, the system would simple cease to exist. And of course, the system doesn’t want that.

‘Famine’ is economically based, not environmentally. Today, we have the ability to change, design and help nature give us it’s best, and at the same time create sustainability. We can produce food for everyone, there’s no doubt about that. 50% of all food is thrown away today. And this is because of our economic system, the monetary based market system. It is because food needs to be sold to those who have money. If is was simply given away instead, based on who needed it, one could streamline the distribution 100% without waste. This is but one example of the wasteful system we have today.

The capitalistic system produces more waste than any other system on this planet. Which means that without this system, but RBE instead, the resources we HAVE will go a whole lot longer. That’s the point of RBE. It is resource based, not money based. There IS enough resources for everyone WHEN they are managed properly.

Instead of hundreds of TV and computer producers competing with each other, releasing hundreds of new models each year, each model doing almost exactly the same, and depleting resourced needed to produce these models, a resource based economy would never let that happen. In RBE, we would rather produce ONE model, the best. Or maybe 5 models, of say different sizes, to cater for some different needs. But we don’t need one model WITH USB, and one model without. ALL models would have USB, if you see what I mean. There are minuscule differences on different models of products today, only to give the manufacturers more to sell, and the consumers (it’s a shame we are called ‘consumers’) a so-called ‘choice’. In RBE, we would focus on producing the best, most efficient solutions for everything. We would focus on not producing any waste, and make lasting products for all people of the planet to enjoy for a much much longer time than today.

So, what will society be like when people wake up from this mindset? If people woke up, say, tomorrow, what would happen…?

Well, that is many things. With a ‘no money’, ‘no property’, mindset based on sharing, accessibility, compassion and real resources instead of trading, competition, ownership and fake money, we would:

  1. Close down all banks and other so-called ‘financial institutions’.
  2. Get rid of the so-called ‘government’ and develop a direct computer aided democracy instead, to take care of real needs, rather than fake ‘money needs’.
  3. Start to survey what we actually have in terms of resources on this planet. Both human, animalistic, plants and minerals. Both locally and globally.
  4. Start to make sure everyone has what they need in terms of food, housing, clothing, medicine, etc.
  5. Start to develop new more efficient and automated distribution systems.
  6. Start to develop and use new sustainable energy and materials.
  7. Start to respect each other more and more.
  8. See this planet as ONE HOME for everyone, and think in terms of all people on this planet, rather than ‘this country’ and ‘that country’.
  9. Get rid of all artificial borderlines.
  10. Get rid of all military.
  11. Start to organize ourselves based on need, want, skills and abilities, rather that ‘heritage, race, money and greed’.
  12. Educate everyone about real and important aspects of life.
  13. Not get too many children, knowing that we have to stay within the caring capacity of the planet.
  14. Not need to punish each other, but rather help each other reach our full potential and get well of any disease.
  15. Work together to develop the best technology for the planet and everyone.
  16. Still have ‘jobs’, some more desirable than others, which of course depends on your interests, but be able to change ‘job’ more often, and do tasks that are really fulfilling, because you will know that what you do is actually needed here on the planet.
  17. Utilize this planet and this world to work for everyone in every way, everywhere.

When we truly get out of our money mindset, this is all feasible. Not only feasible, but desirable and the best we can all experience. ‘When we all share, we all get more’. Instead of being limited to ‘one car each’, we could have automated cars (Google have developed that already) that we can simply order when we need it. Much fewer cars would be needed, and we would all have access to a whole lot more cars!

Access, rather than ownership would be the new value, when people really open their eyes. Instead of ‘owning land’, we could use land where and when we need it. We could travel anywhere we want. We could move to anywhere we want and live anywhere we want. We could basically DO anything we want, as long as we all live in this NEW MINDSET. As long as MOST PEOPLE live in this ego-, money- and propertyless mindset, this mindset of giving, sharing and collaboration, this world will change automagically based on this mindset.

This whole blog is about ‘what it will be like’ and ‘how society will work’. This blog is about visualizing this new society, keeping a steady focus on this until we get there, and then keep focussing and creating. Not focussing on what we don’t want. We have to constantly imagine, visualize and focus on what we want in order to get there.

These new times is not about ‘grabbing positions’, ‘running in the rat race’ or ‘competing for resources’. No, these new times is about realizing that every little thing I do, I do not only for myself, but for everyone. For everyone to benefit. Even if it is me making myself a better person in any way, this will also benefit others and the whole. When everyone benefits from what I do, I will benefit too. In a much much higher degree than ever before, because it will all be free. For everyone. Even the richest of today will be freer, since they too will benefit from this new society. A society where true collaboration and sharing is possible and where everyone can travel freely everywhere and contribute anywhere it is needed.

It is about doing things for the joy of doing them. Just like I do now. I write this because I enjoy using my mind to visualize this new world. Not for money. Not for any egotistical reasons. Not even to be credited, as I even do this anonymously. I write this because I believe this world will be a better world to live in. Both for me, and for everyone else. And everything written here I share freely for anyone to copy.

So, in answer to the question I would say that this new world will not work through any dictatorship of any kind. No, it will be created through the awakening of Humanity, and work through self governance, with people deciding over their own lives wherever they might live, or want to live. And it has to be based on the notion that ‘it is better to share and collaborate than to trade and compete’. This notion has to be the NEW BASIC VALUE, like money and trading is the basic value today.

It has to be like this: Instead of the majority of people thinking ‘what’s in it for me’, the majority has to start thinking ‘what’s in it for all of us, both locally and globally’. This mindset has to WIN, somehow.

Many people think this way already today, working ‘for free’ on projects, but they haven’t realized that it might be possible to build a world totally with this mindset. Even those people; volunteers, developers of free software, artists, doctors that work for free, etc. etc. think that ‘yes, I suppose we need money to build roads, hospitals and schools and to pay for resources, teachers, doctors and nurses’ and so on. Actually, most people don’t even think this. Most people think of money and ownership as AIR: It is something that’s always been here, that always will be here, and that we can’t live without. Most people doesn’t really think about the possibility that we can live without money. It doesn’t occur to them. It didn’t occur to me either, until I heard about TVP and TZM a couple of years ago.

Now I see these ideas are spreading like an unstoppable wildfire. Projects are popping up everywhere. New thoughts are emerging. More resources are shared. More people are collaborating.

As you can see, the new ‘no money’ mindset will change this world so drastically in itself, that it is difficult to imagine exactly what it will look like in praxis. But if you imagine a world where the emphasis lies on global cooperation, rather than competition, global sharing, rather than hoarding, free travel, rather than restricted, a focus on fast development of new efficient technology, rather than sticking with old outdated models, global and local direct democracy, rather than fake politics, and compassion rather than cynicism, well, then you’ve come a long way in picturing this world.

And if you’ve read this far, you’ll probably be interested in seeing this:

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32 Responses so far.

  1. Thank you for your work! It has inspired me…

  2. Gail Lorimer says:

    We all just need a shift in attitude of, Giving rather than Taking, of Sharing rather than Keeping it all for yourself and of Loving rather than Hating, It is very simple just an individual change in each
    of us. gaillorimer959@hotmail.com

  3. Leo says:

    The RBE is an excellent concept, but it is not going to happen, it’s never going to happen. RBE can only happen after a global catastrophic event takes place, either by our own hands or Mother Earth decides to clean house. And yes, millions if not billions will die, but those who survive will have to decide if they are going to build a new world i.e RBE, etc or continue on with the old…I never had much faith in humanity, it is sad. I hope they will learn their lessons, but most humans by its very nature are selfish, greedy. Things are taking place already on a global scale and the sun, we’ll see how this all plays out and when the dust settles, I’ll be curious if we have learned our lessons at all..if not, then I guess mother nature should do away with the human species just like it did with the dinosaurs and let another species take our place. If that were to happen, then we deserve our fate…Wake up.

    • Harald Sandø says:

      Whatever we say is going to happen IS going to happen. That is the law of nature. People are not selfish and greedy, they are merely unknowing victims of a fucked up system. I used to be one of them until I discovered another way, the RBE way. It is possible. We are starting to wake up. Don’t look at the past, look at the future. The one we create together. We, who believe in this.

  4. shockme says:

    I would prefer a billion or more individualized models created from the unique combination of open-source technologies and printed locally at home or the nearest resource center.

  5. Zandile Nkosi says:

    Hi There!

    I love your blog and revolutionary ideas. I believe that money was created somewhere along the line, we didn’t need it before and we essentially don’t need it now. Ever since money was CREATED it has caused havoc as far as the quality of all life and a sense of brotherhood is concerned.
    If ALL is energy then money is also a form of energy and energy is not inherently good or bad, but the intention behind the manufacturing of money is what is questionable. Money is a phantom, it is a virtual resource in that it grows on trees and is printed by central banks – it is derived from nature and therefore it should be accessible for free of charge. Claiming ownership of money is as silly as any individual claiming the ownership of any other natural resource. It’s like trying to own the air that all human beings have the right to breathe freely. How did our ancient forefathers live long before the age of the banking system?
    Earth does have more than enough resources in the form of billions of intelligent people on earth that have skills, latent talents and sustainable and innovative ideas that would not only allow humanity to survive, but to thrive. If we were a responsible race Earth would have more than enough natural resources to take care of everyone, through a reciprocal type of relationship, similar to what animals have with nature. But being a race that is under the hypnosis of fear, entertainment and consumerism we are consuming the earth’s resources faster than it can reproduce, for things that we don’t at all need.
    I am one who believes that humans are co-creators with awesome power and we have the ability to magnetise whatever we want. But most of us are unaware of our innately powerful nature because we are fast asleep and we live in boxes of social, cultural and religious conditioning that have been orchestrated for us, to the extent that we have been made to feel absolutely powerless, unimportant and fear ridden, thanks to the global media and old programming that was created to exploit us.
    Who do we fear most? Each other! And the most effective way that this fear has been perpetuated is through all kinds of segregation, go ahead and rummage through your mental list for examples. Out of this fear we have been led to believe that there is not enough for all and hence we apply the “fight or flight” mechanism in our perceived fight for survival. We try to amass more and more material things to try and satisfy our “needs” and instead we lose more and more of our very essence in this goose chase for inauthentic power and gratification.

    Our current system was not designed to serve humanity but to exploit humanity for its resources. If you take a good look around, the majority of us are being kept “entertained” and distracted by watching TV from dusk to dawn and doing the dreaded 9-5. Everywhere you look in the news and entertainment industry the message of fear, violence, need and scarcity is on the loop. Creativity and the exploration of human potential in a constructive way are not widely endorsed. Our governments are shrouded in secrecy, things are happening behind our backs and we’re not even privy to their agenda. We have simply just accepted that this is the way things are and we’ve given our power away.
    The question we could be asking ourselves is why are we being kept so busy and distracted? Why does this system exist and what would the system be without a slave race of workers? We could go one step further and ask why is humanity becoming more and more desolate, desperate and destructive? What is behind all this drama? Why do the media only sell bad news and propaganda when there are heaps of wonderful things to report on? Is there a greater manipulative force that thrives on our ignorance and sleepy state? If this sorry state of current human affairs was a natural phenomenon, then none of us would be feeling uneasy about it or feel like we’re a diseased race.
    How many of us have stopped to ask ourselves, what am I doing on earth, what do I enjoy doing or giving, what are my talents, am I at peace and if not what do I need to heal within me? These questions should be the driving force behind our individual and collective realities.
    The resources that all humans need for survival are within each individual and are best utilised through our inherent interdependence on one another. Each one has something to offer, be it a skill, knowledge or a unique talent. If we shared these resources there would be none of the social ills that we are experiencing on earth.
    I have experienced living a year and a half on 0 salary, from having had a well paying job. What I thought was officially the painful end of a “life” that I had created for myself was actually a gift of discovery. A discovery that there is LIFE after no job, or more specifically, after no pay check.
    During the period when I worked for a pay check, which translated into a 12-14hr day job, 6 days a week; I didn’t even have time to run my personal errands because I was exhausted all the time. I never had to time to enjoy my family, my friends, to be creative, to take a walk in the sun or to just be a human being. My life was out of balance and my soul was dying.
    When I woke up a few months later from the initial shock of “losing everything” I realised that my quality of life had become a hundred times better, for the first time in many years I could be in the moment – I could stop and really listen to a bird chirping. I now had the time to start soul searching. I started discovering more of my innate abilities and strengths and I started noting my real preferences as opposed to imposed preferences. I started having wholesome conversations and meaningful relationships and I started opening my heart to people and fearing less and less.
    To date, I am clearer about and closer to realising my dream as a writer and I am deliberately planning the kind of work and activities that I want to be involved in, which interestingly enough promote nature conservation and community building in a fulfilling way. If I were living in a RBE system I would do all these activities for free because they are a true reflection of my character and the joy of living a free life automatically makes me more generous with my time and innate talents. If I were to be part of an RBE society, I would gladly contribute toward my share of “community work” purely from the appreciation that it would be for all our good, not just for my sole benefit.
    I understand the importance of having such debates to create awareness, and I am definitely for the idea of improving our spaceship. However, I feel it would be more feasible to start creating small RBE communities or villages around the world that we can immediately start living and operating in, so as to influence the rest of the population from the inside. It would be a way to show people that it is possible to thrive in a sharing system.
    Are you currently living in such a resource based network or village at the moment?
    Thank you for your courage and enthusiasm to drive the awareness of such a highly pertinent subject matter.
    Best regards,

    Zandile Nkosi
    Johannesburg

  6. jon from Australia says:

    I found the blog interesting but I still have not grasped the technique of convincing the greater global majority of this concept.
    I may well be a pessimist with this post but as I read more into this subject I become more concerned that a good ides cannot come to fruition due to the most common human conditions such as greed, petty differences, social aggression just to name a few.
    Where I work like many industry safety is fore most at the frontline where we have tried with little success to introduce behavioural based safety. One would think that any cultural based concept that increased the level of safety in the work place would be embrace without much ado. Wrong Change was the enemy. People could not change, I’m not sure why but it appears that deep down in us we donot accept change well or if they do it is after an unnecessary incident. It appears that change upsets the equilibrium of their social structure by interrupting their daily business and personal routines even though they know that the change is for the greater good. It is as if they resent the change just because it is a change and no more.
    The concept of a total communal life of sharing and equality was experimented on in the 60’s and 70’s with little to no success due to the points describe above. Eventually the biggest and most cohesive communes’ dwindle out of existence due the inability to keep these petty human traits at bay .
    If your concept is to work early global education into this philosophy needs to be enacted now to allow for this cultural change to occur, but I fear the worlds oligarchs are not going to let go easily

    • admin says:

      I understand your concern. Luckily, it is not ‘my concept’ per se, but a concept hundreds of thousands of people adhere to now around the world. Check out www.thezeitgeistmovement.com/ for instance, to get a little grip on what I’m talking about. For sure, the oligarchs would be against this, and for sure, the young has to be educated towards this. No one say it is an easy solution or even a possible one. But to even have the slightest hope of getting there, we have to try.

  7. Alex Heny says:

    [please do not approve this]

    admin: the comment-discussion in this post is very interesting and relevant (and i hope you’re proud of it – its rare to find such on any site) but it’s very hard to read if someone just stumbles to the page, or even for me returning here. Would be nice if you could sort the comments by date – I think maybe the reply button messes with the ordering. I believe it would certainly help promote deeper discussion in future posts!

    Thank you.

  8. mojoleo says:

    The first time I learned about RBE was in the early 70s working with Buckminster Fuller (Operation Manuel For Spaceship Earth, Critical Path, Utopia Or Oblivion, Geodesic Dome, etc.) in the World Game Workshops. Thanks to TZM and blogs like yours’ I’m getting inspired again to give my talents and resources to the possibilities.
    Thank you for what you are doing.

  9. Keith Walker says:

    You know how Marx believed the progression to Communism should be Feudalism > Capitalism > Socialism > Stateless Communism. I think we can work realistically towards an RBE in the same sense. First we should band together and create worker owned cooperatives en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worker_cooperative and get economic laws passed to make such things easier and work together with trade unions. Second we should move towards Syndicalism, worker owned industries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syndicalism . Third, or earlier if possible, we should phase out State rule completely en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarcho-syndicalism and rely completely on direct democracy or preferably consensus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consensus . A resource based economy is the logical outcome of an anarcho-syndicalist society.

  10. Alex Heny says:

    Some comments on the post: needs more proofreading as there are some errors. About cars, I believe the RBE view is to have cars only where absolutely necessary (exploration, for example), instead relying on collective transportation for the vast majority of cases.

    Now comments on comments:

    kjw: the ‘impossible’ “way to make energy” you say is necessary is already technologically existent, and that is harnessing solar energy. The power the Sun blasts each day is overwhelming, and if we construct entire cities prepared to harness it then they’d be self-sustaining energy-wise. I think the Venus Project discusses this.

    kjw: “I don’t think the entire system has to change”. Well, sorry, it does. I’d be happy if this was not the case, but the system itself is flawed. As stated, 50% of food production is discarded for economic reasons. See also Taylor’s comment and the annexed movie.

    admin: “some kind of ‘currency’ would be needed”, I guess this goes against the core foundation of RBE. I agree your time-currency “‘back up system’ needed in case the ‘natural collaboration system’ fails” sounds good, but I honestly believe enough people would volunteer to do the needed work, as most people have a natural instinct to be productive as a way to give meaning to their lives.

    What I’m not so faithful in, though, is that there will be no evil people in a RBE. So it would be nice if you could write about RBE alternatives to prisons, even if only to spark a good discussion as this one. Thanks.

    • kjw says:

      The idea that the whole system has to change is an all-or-nothing mentality. You and I do not have control over the entire system. We can talk about a ‘great awakening’ or something, but we’re really just musing. You really want things to change, then change what’s in your power. The whole system is not in your power, but one tiny part is.

      The thing is, people go and vote or debate or give speeches or try to get other people to do things, and they think that counts as a contribution. It’s not. Posting to a blog is something we do to inspire ourselves, to iron out our own ideas, not to ‘spread the word’. Everyone has heard about sharing, they just don’t do it. The idea of selflessness is not a novel concept. Nor is the idea of a great awakening. I’m seeing the major themes of Christianity and Hinduism echoed throughout; people are just calling it something different because it’s fun. The world doesn’t need more talk, more politicians, more voters. It needs people to actually follow through on these concepts, not merely talk about them. To act on them.

      In short, the purpose of big-picture thinking is to affect small-picture decisions: not the other way around.

  11. Tavi says:

    This will not work without some kind of force with real consequnces. Left to themselves people, in general, will do what makes them feel good and what they feel is necessary for their personal prosperity. This means that hard or undesirable work (since it is valued the same as more desirable work) will not get done by everyone. Instead I suspect you would have a small number of altruists who would do this work and then the vast majority would just ignore it because (someone else can do it). This type of voluntary concept can only work, without force, on a small scale or in a system where all undesirable labor is automated. Money provides a self organizing way for a population to motivate individuals to provide needed labor rather than just desired labor.

  12. kjw says:

    Trust me, sharing is what I do best. It’s my life’s work, I work for a non-profit that runs on volunteer labor. But look at it this way – trading is not necessarily a way of saying “give me this for that”, but a way of saying “give me this so that I can produce that for you”. A farmer needs seeds or else he physically cannot plant. So he trades for them. It’s not that he’s being greedy, and holding back his crops from others unless they give him seeds. No, he needs the seeds so that he can plant crops. In absence of greed, trading is still a necessary tool to ensure that goods are being processed in the right direction to create production. Otherwise, everyone would share willy-nilly, and it would work once, and then everyone would run out of food because of logistical errors.

    It’s not that there’s no moral, selfless people out there. It’s just that the problems of this world are more complicated than ‘good vs. evil’ or ‘greed vs. sharing’. If you want to reduce it to that, you’d have to find a way to make energy so versatile, so flexible, that any form of energy could be used to instantly create what we need to survive. Your choices are: extreme nanotechnology breakthroughs, severe population decrease, or the second coming.

    In short, the awakening you speak of would have to include not only humanity, but also physics itself. Nature would have to agree to share too.

    • admin says:

      Still, with yourself working non-profit with volunteer labor, I am a bit puzzled by you saying basically that ‘sharing won’t work, we need to trade’. But what you call ‘trading isn’t really trading’. To me, what you call ‘trading’ is simply sharing. ‘Trading’ is something you do to gain a profit for yourself or your company. To say ‘give me that so I can provide you with this’ is not trading. It is simply communication we need to have get anything done. If I say to you, ‘give me that shuffle, then I’ll dig a hole for you to plant your tree’. Is that ‘trading’? No, it is ‘collaboration’. Trading is based on ownership. You give me some of ‘yours’, so that you will get back more than what you gave me. But when we don’t have ownership (which is a false notion in the first place, no one can really ‘own’ anything: www.theresourcebasedeconomy.com/2010/12/you-never-really-own-anything/), we simply can’t have trading. Without ownership, everything we do will be collaboration an sharing.

      Guess it boils down to semantics, this. Yes, the farmer needs to ‘get’ his seeds from somewhere. And in the first hand, a farmer gets her seeds from nature, which is the one instance that provides them in the first place. You say that ‘trading is still a necessary tool’ for production and distribution. I see where you’re coming from. You are still looking at this world with monetary goggles. Which is a bit strange, since you yourself is working with voluntarism.

      I agree that things are not black or white, and that everything are ‘shades of grey’. But to make a point, I separate black from white. But you are also separating by using the farmer example, assuming that there will be ‘farmers’ and ‘the rest of us’. Can it occur to you that we don’t even need this distinction anymore? That ‘all of us’ can work as farmers, at least for a while. That we can utilize technology to farm for us? That there are other ways to think? That we really don’t need ‘the farmer’ to produce food for ‘us’, but that we can rotate who farms and that whatever is needed is provided by ourselves to this farming?

      Picture this; I am now living in a community where we work together to provide our own food. Then, of course, we don’t say, ‘ok, YOU, are the farmer, now to get seeds from US, you have to say that you will work very hard in planting them, or else…!’. No, of course not. We will simply provide the seeds we need to put in the ground to get what we want. ‘Here. Seeds. Plant them.’. Done.

      The point I am trying to make is that WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, and we can all take part in what makes this world go round. I am talking about RELEVANT tasks. Not the multitude of irrelevant things that people seem to want to do today, like shopping, advertising, banking, playing Playstation, watching TV, etc. etc.

      You have to open your eyes to the possibility that not only will the trading stop, but the whole society will change and transform into a community. At last, I’m also puzzled that you end with saying that ‘nature would have to agree to share too’. Well, nature does nothing BUT agreeing to share. That’s what nature does. It shares. Freely. When you plant but ONE seed, you can get a whole apple tree FULL of juicy apples. And thousands of more seeds! Nature multiplies automatically, and when we help it a bit, it multiplies even more! Without nature sharing it’s abundance naturally, we wouldn’t have been here in the first place.

      And you have to explain this: ‘Your choices are: extreme nanotechnology breakthroughs, severe population decrease, or the second coming.’ I can not get a grasp of what you mean here.

      And lastly, with your ‘trading energy’ proposition. How, exactly, will you ‘trade’ that energy? What kind of ‘energy’ will that be? And how will you store it? Hm…in a lake…? In batteries…? I don’t get how trading energy can be remotely practical.

      • kjw says:

        First, ownership: I would say that when we eat food, we “own” that food. We ingest it. It becomes a part of us. The human body takes on another few cells – it gets them from the food. Ownership.

        Second, energy: I’m referring to basic physics. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. In any given process, you can’t get out any more energy than you put in. So if a seed creates a tree, or a creature multiplies into many creatures, there must have been energy applied from somewhere else – and that energy must have left the place it came from. Meaning there is now more energy in one place, and less somewhere else. What I’m saying is that that energy deficit will eventually circle back around. There’s only so much energy out there. Nature doesn’t share – it trades. Energy in the form of sunlight for energy in the form of calories.

        Third, the energy as currency idea is one that would need a lot of kinks worked out – don’t get me wrong I don’t know how it would work. But it seems to me a lot more accurate to exchange energy in its rawest form rather than in a diluted form (money). After all, money represents energy. You work for a day, you put out energy, you receive money. You have exchanged energy in the form of labor, for energy in the form of… cash? Pro: cash is versatile. Con: cash is not useful in itself.

        Even if we consider all of humanity as a single unified organism, that organism still has internal processes. Just like your heart operates separately from your brain. We’re all in the same boat, but we all have different tasks within that boat. In order to unify ourselves, we must have a common unit of energy exchange. Right now, that unit is little pieces of paper called money. The reason we don’t operate as a single unit is because that unit is not very efficient or accurate.

        I do non-profit work and volunteer because I don’t think the entire system has to change. I’d prefer just to help out where I can, and not worry about some ‘great awakening of humanity’. That’s bigger scope than any human should worry about, simply because it’s out of anyone’s control. What’s in my control, I do. What’s not, I pray about. But the fact that I share my energy (my time, my money, etc.) doesn’t mean I don’t recognize the need for a system of currency. Currency isn’t ‘the wrong mentality’, it’s just a word that we use to describe some common unit of resource exchange – to make sure there’s enough work being put in to get out the stuff we need. The problem isn’t money, it’s the wide misunderstanding of what’s a ‘need’ and what’s a ‘want’.

        • admin says:

          Eyes wide shut.

        • admin says:

          Actually, I agree with you that some kind of ‘currency’ would be needed, but that currency is not energy (which is totally abundant and very inconvenient to use as currency), no, that currency is time.

          Yes, we would need a way to ensure that all the ‘needed’ tasks in society are taken care of. Be it collecting garbage, taking care of sick people, transportation and distribution, etc. etc. And the currency here, the real currency that is measurable and equal for everyone, is Time.

          In the future, we will have a ‘time bank’. There will be a minimum amount of time every month we all have to do work that is on the ‘time bank list’. Every person, say between the age of 18 and 40, have to put in an average of, say, 10 hours every month to do the chores needed in society. You can do more than 10 hours work if you want to, and then your ‘time bank’ will be filled up with time you can use to ‘take time off’.

          What kinds of tasks will be on the time bank list? These will naturally emerge from what is observed as tasks needing attention, but with too few attending them. These will naturally vary from society to society. Some societies will have an abundance of people doing one particular task, while others will have a lack of people needed to perform that same task.

          Probably, people will do a lot of ‘the stuff needed’ anyway, but these ’10 hours per month’ is the minimum everyone has to do. And 10 hours per person between 18 and 40 is probably more than enough, since more and more tasks become automated all the time, and less and less time in the ‘time bank’ is needed. If 10 hours is to little, and the age range too small, we can widen that.

          For simplicity, all tasks are counted the same. Whether you are collecting garbage, or solving complicated math equations (the latter is probably not counted as needed in the time bank, since this is probably a task dedicated persons will do anyway) or being a doctor, it is the hours you put in that count, not the work you do.

          How to keep track of hours worked? This is done through trust, like time sheets are used today. Many workplaces today use time sheets, where the employees simply fill out the hours worked by themselves with the employees trusting the hours to be correct. There is no reason to believe that this trust will not exist in a resource based economy, with the ’employee’ as the local community.

          This is the only currency there is, thus, it can not be traded into something else. Everyone has to ‘do their own time’. (sic)

          A time bank, and time as currency is not a new thought, but I think this is the only possibility for any kind of ‘currency’ in a resource based economy. Be aware that this time bank is only needed for tasks that exist that there is a need to be done, but that to few are dedicating themselves too. Often, the time bank is not needed at all, all one needs is simply to announce that ‘more people are needed to this task’, and then people will come.

          So, the time bank is only a ‘back up system’ needed in case the ‘natural collaboration system’ fails.

  13. Taylor says:

    This all makes perfect sense to me. I know many others who also think it would work. However, we get classed as ‘dreamers’ or ‘tree-hugging hippies’. I know that i am not either; i am a sensible person – i know that we live in 21st century and there are still starving people in the world (who i never thought about at all until recently because they are not next to me). Our best scientists are working on projects to create weapons for war yet solar power has hardly evolved since i first learned about it in school (over 25 years ago). Carbon emissions are high so they think the answer is to tax it! Too many cars on the road so the answer is to make more expensive through tax and insurance! Some countries have limited water supply so they think the answer is to bottle it and sell it! One third of planet is water; de-salination plants are a great answer to water shortage but it costs too much – take away the cost factor and there is no water shortage. Products break down just after the guarantee expires – everyone jokes about this but they truly are manufactured to be this way! I feel enlightened to know there is a better way but saddened to see so many people rushing around, living by the clock, having less quality time with family, buying gadgets like dishwashers to save them time when they have to work even harder to pay for them. I hope they all realise too that there is an alternative.

    • Sparky4Peace says:

      This is how I feel as well. I find the information I have read since finding the Resource Based Economy very comforting. I have been an accountant for many years and have grown to despise it because of the representation of rich tax evaders who have made me a job out of nothing other than greed.

  14. kjw says:

    Oh, and I almost forgot. The below could be implemented by individuals – we don’t have to change the system all at once. All you have do to is start storing your wealth as energy, rather than keeping it in a bank. Instead of spending it, use it to do something practical. Power your home. Power someone else’s farm equipment in return for food. There are kinks to be worked out, but you get the idea.

    • admin says:

      And how to propose to store this energy? I can’t see how this can be ‘practical’. Besides, energy is about to become totally free and abundant for everyone within a reasonable short time. Tesla knew how, and we are about to know it again. Take a look at this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1hLzQPio_8

      The transition will be through a human awakening all across the global population trigging us to work together and create this new world. It is happening already. Governements will have very little, if anything, to do with it. When I say ‘we’, I mean all people who want real change for the better, as the article describes. ‘We’ have to form new communities without the elements that now control us, which in the highest degree is money.

      When we start to defy the silly world the system has created for us, and create our new, free moneyless world instead, the old system will crumble. It has to, since it is ‘we’ that holds it up.

      And when the population is waking up from our sleeping egos to see that when we share instead of trade, we all get happier all around, and money will simply not be needed anymore.

      When you really, I mean reaaaallllllyyyyyy, think about it, about simply sharing, rather than trading, you will get liberated. It is a truly liberating feeling.

      ‘I give to you, and I want nothing in return, but I DO get a good feeling, for free’. ‘You give to me, and I don’t feel any need to give you anything in return, but you WILL get a lot in return, because that is how it works when WE ALL share, and don’t trade’.

      You get it?

  15. kjw says:

    Summary of what I’m about to say:
    I have an idea, but I want to preface it with my philosophy. In short, I advocate avoiding semantics, and I am what I would consider pragmatic. I believe in contextualizing what I say, meaning it sometimes takes a long time to say it. I think money is a problem not because of corruption but because of inauthenticity and the logistical inefficiency it creates. I think this could be solved by storing energy instead of cash.

    What I’m saying:
    PHILOSOPHY:
    I think there are a few semantics holding us back here. Money will exist even if we don’t call it money. Money is a word that (ideally) represents ‘resources’. So in essence, we do have a resource-based economy; it’s just that it’s wildly inaccurate. Money is not doing its job. It’s not accurately representing the resources we have. We don’t need to eradicate the word ‘money’ – we need to change our currency to more accurately represent resources. That’s what resource-based means to me.

    Also, the word ‘we’ is causing some confusion. ‘How can we get a resource-based moneyless economy…’ – does that mean ‘How can we set up the government the right way’ or does it mean ‘How can individuals act the right way’.

    The former is a top-down approach, and assumes that individuals have a responsibility to affect the whole, so that the whole can eventually change. This top-down approach is all-or-nothing. It means that a certain threshold of individuals would all have to agree and move concurrently before any change could happen. It involves politics, the government, and a lot of idealism.

    The latter is a bottom-up approach, and assumes that individuals have a responsibility to affect a small corner of the world, in such a way that, if everyone acts responsibly, the world will change for the better. But it’s not all-or-nothing. If half the people act responsibly, half the world will be better off. If 10 people act responsibly, then one tiny corner of the world will be better off. But if only 10 people act responsibly, then the world doesn’t want to be better off, and it shouldn’t be forced to by those 10 people.

    So I really think there should be a balance between the two approaches – politics and big-picture thinking may be the very thing to motivate individual action. But without individual responsibility and individual results, you’d have to get everyone on board before anything happens.

    Problems in the world are certainly not exclusively a factor of corruption or stupidity. Logistics has a lot to do with it. It’s not about whether we call something ‘money’ or we call something ‘capital’ or ‘greed’. Those are all words that could have different meanings to different people. What matters is what we decide to do. “How can I live my life for the betterment of others”, not “how can I vote the world into utopia”. It’s not about changing everybody, it’s about changing myself in such a way that would benefit everyone. In such a way that, even if no one else changes, the world is still a slightly better place.

    IDEA:
    Resource-based economics: to me, this means resource-based currency. “Currency” means whatever we use to measure the value of our efforts. Whatever we use to make sure that enough work is being done to provide resources to everyone (like food, water, energy, housing… basic needs). Currency doesn’t have to promote greed. People just need to understand the real value of their currency. I think a good common currency is energy. It’s value is practical. Energy is not just a symbol of value defined arbitrarily by a confused group of people. It’s literally valuable. When used wisely, energy can be transformed into food. If you have enough energy, you can plant seeds, heat them, water them, shine light on them, and they’ll grow. It can be used to form matter into a machine that transports us from place to place. It can be used to form matter into housing. It could also be exchanged. I could give you my energy, and you could use it to build me a house. Maybe you’re an expert at homebuilding, and you can do it more efficiently – so I’ll give you some energy to do that, and thereby save energy. Maybe I specialize in farming. You could give me some of your hard-earned energy and I could use it to more efficiently plant crops, and share the spoils. Energy as currency means we eliminate the fluff, the mystery, the inflation, the inauthenticity associated with what’s currently deemed ‘money’. Who knows – we could even change the word ‘money’ to be synonymous with ‘energy’.

  16. I love your blog. We need more people focused on RBE and writing about it like you are. I recently released an eBook called a Love Based Economy which is in effect the same thing you describe here. When our lives are based on Love instead of fear, anything is possible. Thanks for your continued efforts! Read my eBook as a free download in PDF, found at my website SequioaBlessed.info

    Blessings on your Journey of Love! Sequoia Elisabeth

    • admin says:

      Great! Thank you for your info. I have added a link to your site under ‘Links’ to the right. Your book looks great, and I’d like to use it as part of the basis for a film project I’m working on; Waking Up. You can read more about that here: www.wakingupmovie.com/

      • Gail Lorimer says:

        Thank you so much for your interest in my book. I am honoured to be of any help or support.
        . Gail

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