Based on the observations outlined below, I see our cultural evolution as having reached a “cusp”. On the one hand, it is within human capability to establish a world in which virtually everyone can flourish… where health and material well-being are universal, and life-spans centuries long… where children are raised without the trauma of early abuse… where war, hunger, poverty, racism, drug addiction, and street violence are things of the past… and where everyone shares a sense of belonging in the world – unalienated by our former divisiveness.
On the other hand, unless we promptly make some radical changes in our societal culture, I predict that we are most likely to witness the extinction of our species within no more than a few decades…or possibly within as little as a few years. We could even witness the making of this choice before the end of this year. So time is of the essence.
I have hope…
Despite the above prophecy, hope is strong in me that humans will eventually achieve an ethical society characterized by peace, prosperity, and freedom. I realize that to most people, awake to the realities of today’s world, such hope must seem an unlikely pipe dream; based on our knowledge of the amount of evil and corruption dominating world events…yet, I have hope nonetheless.
My hope springs not from the power contained in the human heart, as some would opine – but rather, from the power of that which I serve: namely, a paradigm that I believe cannot fail once embraced by a relatively small group of activists. My purpose in writing this article today is two-fold:
To explain the paradigm in its simplest terms, and
To solicit your active participation in putting the paradigm into practice.
Because I believe that the fate of our species will depend on your response to my words, it’s important that you have some good reasons to believe what I’m about to tell you. For this to happen, you need to know more about me. So bear with me while I toot my own horn a bit.
I’m smart… I’m not a genius – at least not in the usual sense of the word. My ability to store and retrieve information in my head isn’t especially impressive. My thought processes don’t run particularly faster than many others. And my ability to perform logical and mathematical operations in my head is above average – but not exceptional. What makes my thought processes extraordinary is my extreme attention span. When exploring a new idea I keep nibbling away at it long after others get frustrated and quit. Right now, for instance, I’m working on some ideas that I’ve literally been working on for years. The result of this anomalous capacity is that I’ve become what you might call a “deep thinker” – able to draw conclusions that others fail to see because they quit thinking too soon…before they get to the heart of the matter.
I’m intuitive… I’ve intentionally cultivated a decent level of rapport between my conscious and subconscious minds – so the focus of my mental inquiries continues while I sleep or daydream. This results in my often acquiring new insights without fully understanding how I arrived at them. If I suspect I could prove such an insight, I call it an “opinion”, whether or not I choose to reason my way to an actual proof.
I’m an oracle… Because I’m a smart deep thinking intuitive, I’m able from time to time to make accurate predictions of future events, based on subtle trends and patterns that I observe over time. For example, in 1958, as a sophomore in college, I wrote a term paper in which I predicted that the United States and the Soviet Union, then still in the midst of the “cold war”, would eventually become more and more alike – ultimately becoming indistinguishable from one another by any meaningful measure. This, you will note, is precisely what has happened. I hope you’ll keep this in mind when you consider the prophecy I made at the start of this article.
I’m a committed ethicist…
Until 1984, when I met John David Garcia, I spurned the subject of ethics, because I recognized that the choice of an ethic is purely subjective. As a scientist I had no use for a phenomenology that seemed so detached from the objective world. But, as John David soon taught me, the validity of an ethic is objectively verifiable, thereby making it susceptible to scientific scrutiny. It isn’t at all difficult to determine whether living in accordance with an ethic’s belief system actually increases the specific value or values that the ethic is purported to maximize. From my perspective, adoption of a valid ethic is the most important hallmark of adulthood available to our species.
When I say I’m committed to the ethical life, I think of how a chicken and a pig affect my breakfast of ham and eggs. The chicken was involved in the creation of my breakfast – the pig was committed. My commitment is similarly all-encompassing and devoid of compromise.
There you have it… For the foregoing reasons I believe I deserve to be taken seriously – to have you heed what I say next enough to verify it for yourself. If you don’t believe one of the following statements, I urge you to formulate a question that challenges the statement. Instead of telling yourself, “That can’t be true.” ask “What makes you think that?” or “How did you arrive at that conclusion?” In this way you can keep yourself open to new information – a state of mind that is always ethical.
Life aboard “Spaceship Earth”… Let’s take Buckminster Fuller’s metaphor as a model, and conceive the earth as a natural spaceship, on which we humans find ourselves exploring “where no man has gone before”. As I explore the spaceship, I meet many other fellow travelers and, over time, make the following observations:
Those aboard who are emotionally the healthiest are the ones who are honest, form voluntary win-win relations with one another, and who help one another to heal the emotional wounds suffered in their childhoods due to having had immature neurotic parents. These folks are worthy of trust and generally uplifting to be around.
Some of those I encounter present themselves as the ship’s crew members – claiming to work for “the ship”, to be responsible for my well being, and to wield authority over the non-crew passengers, for the sake of “the public”. These self-proclaimed ship’s officers often label themselves members of a mass hallucination thing they call “government” – thereby absolving themselves of all moral responsibility, as long as they obey their “superiors”. The “crew” is not to be trusted – ever:
They always lie,
They are not at the ship’s helm,
They have none of the special rights that they claim, no matter their costumes,
They seek only to accumulate other people’s resources, through extortive violence and its threat.
They are psychopathically devoid of empathy, conscience, compassion, or remorse.
They regard others as their slaves… to be controlled, exploited, used, raped, starved, poisoned, and murdered in vast numbers. Almost 300 million of us have died at their hands in just the last century – not counting those killed in wars. And now they appear poised to kill billions more.
The crew-controlled manufacture of things intended to be destroyed (munitions), or to wreak destruction on other things (weaponry), wastes quantities of natural resources that stagger the mind on examination. This process, which exists only to make some rich, is totally unsustainable.
The crew are themselves slaves – their relation to the rest of us is like the relation of plantation house-slaves to field-slaves in the pre-Civil-War South. They enjoy certain privileges not available to the rest of us, and they earn these privileges by acting as authoritarian go-betweens or overseers. This process may be conceptualized as an industry called “power brokerage”. In this industry, a government is a power brokerage cartel.
The crew members lives are totally parasitic. They make nothing of value and provide nothing that cannot be better provided without them. Like most parasites, they are actively destroying their hosts (that is, the rest of us) and ultimately themselves as well.
The choice… Below I identify certain cultural changes that must necessarily occur for humanity to flourish – its culture characterized by peace, prosperity, and freedom. While these changes are necessary, it remains to be seen whether they will prove sufficient. They are, at least, within the realm of possibility. To this end…
We must bring about wide-spread adoption of objectively valid ethics by mastering the subject as adults, as well as by teaching the subject to our children at the earliest possible age. At its simplest, an ethical act is one that increases truth, awareness, love, and/or creativity for at least one person, without limiting or diminishing any of these resources for anyone.
We must replace hierarchy across the board with HoloMats of Octologues (or their logical equivalents), thereby eliminating the false notion of “authority”, acknowledging the equality of human rights, eliminating the power of cartels, and simultaneously immunizing our institutions against the evils of bureaucracy. Octologues are small autonomous groups committed to ethical purposes, who make decisions unanimously and remain always open to corrective feedback from one another and from other groups. HoloMats are groups of Octologues that contract to act together for a common purpose. Consider, for example, how easy it is for you and a group of friends to decide where to go out for dinner. The purpose is social rather than nutritional. Pretty easily made group decision, right? And most probably you won’t be going to a restaurant about which a member of your group has a compelling reason not to visit (too expensive maybe). So the decision is unanimous. That’s how easy it is for the members of an Octologue to reach a unanimous decision – though the issue being decided can be much more important than “where do we eat”.
We must eliminate the use of “punishment” in child-rearing, thereby ceasing to teach violence as an acceptable mode of human interaction. When children are no longer threatened with violence, adults will no longer initiate violence – thus ending war and all other forms of interpersonal violence.
The three foregoing objectives are realizable. We know how to achieve them. What we’ve lacked thus far has been the will to apply this knowledge. Pursuit of this paradigm can demonstrably yield worldwide peace, prosperity, and freedom. Do you have a more worthwhile life-purpose than that? If not, I invite you to take action to this end…as if you knew you couldn’t fail.
Hurry! Time grows short… I’ve been promoting the Titania Project since 1985…writing articles and books, giving lectures, and teaching workshops at various locations. This article is an urgent call to action. The urgency I feel derives in part from the hands of the “doomsday clock” – and partly from my own personal needs that are as yet unfulfilled.
More than 30 years ago, when I first embarked on this career, I thought that launching the project would be a “slam-dunk”…that the HoloMatic method was so obviously the best choice anyone could make…that the demand for the relevant know-how would turn my consulting services into a financially successful enterprise involving large numbers of participants. I couldn’t imagine who would want to continue working in a hierarchy when they could become a partner in an Octologue.
Today I realize that the psychopaths running the world have convinced most people, including many in the so-called “freedom movement”, that there is no viable alternative to power brokerage – thus fostering an attitude of passive acquiescence and compliance in the vast majority. Their message is a lie! But if you don’t take prompt remedial action, their lie will become a self-fulfilling prediction. These same psychopaths are poisoning our lands, seas, and atmosphere. They are provoking wars that could end life on our planet. And they are fostering evil and corruption of every imaginable sort. We must act now, or it will soon be too late.
What is more, from my personal perspective, life is fragile, and my recent medical “adventure” brought home to me the fact that my availability to teach the HoloMatic method is ultimately time-limited.
The upshot of these considerations is the fact that I need your help to set the wheels in motion that will save us from premature extinction and pave the way to a flourishing ethical society. The three objectives I’ve listed above, instilling valid ethics, ending hierarchy, and ending punishments, are necessary outcomes if humanity is to avoid extinction…they are not options…but essential steps, without which our species is doomed.
Action Checklist… The following actions on your part will contribute to the success of the Titania Project. Some of them are specifically directed to support of my personal activities…and some are more general opportunities to provide The HOLOMAT with tools and resources equal to the task at hand.
Buy a copy of “FLOURISH!” Read it, and encourage everyone you know to do likewise. When it becomes a “best seller”, it will greatly expand the pool of candidates for early adoption of the Titanian method.
Volunteer your expertise. We need web-masters, IT security pros, database designers, software engineers, social media experts, event organizers, logistics specialists, crowd-funding writers, and many other skilled participants if we are to build the needed infrastructure to support the Titania Project. Contact me with your questions about what is needed and how you can participate. Some of today’s volunteer positions will become highly paid career positions once The HOLOMAT is up and running successfully. Anyone can join.
Support the Project Financially. In order to devote myself to the Titania Project full time, I’ve maintained a lifestyle well below the “poverty line”. While this works for me as a means of day-to-day survival, it falls short when it comes to actually promoting the Project. For this reason, I’m asking your help to cover printing, advertising, facility overhead, and travel expenses, so that I can be more effective in getting the word out about the advantages of the Titanian way. Also, the volunteer services that I solicited in the previous paragraph will need to become paid services eventually if The HOLOMAT is to be successful. Your donations can provide the seed money to bring this about.
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Time is short and Life is fragile. Please act now…today…while there is still reason to hope that we can turn the tide and create an ethical society.