A resource-based economy would utilize existing resources from the land and sea, physical equipment, industrial plants, etc. to enhance the lives of the total population. In an economy based on resources rather than money, we could easily produce all of the necessities of life and provide a high standard of living for all
The Venus Project and the Zeitgeist Movement May Be Just the Help We Need
"What I would like to see is a world without war, poverty, hunger or territorial disputes. All the wonders of technology mean very little unless they serve to elevate all human beings to their highest potential and bring about world unification."- Jacque Fresco
I've always dreamed of a Utopian society where everyone plays their part by doing what they do best for the good of the whole.- It wouldn't even feel like work if its something you love to do!- where everyone has sufficient food, water, shelter and an important place in their community.
Each individual is born with an innate gift that if nurtured and practiced could prove beneficial to everyone.
I truly believe everyone has something they were born to do that would benefit everyone and the entire world, while at the same time makes them happy. Most people I've shared these thoughts with think I've lost my mind, or that I'm a dreamer floating outside reality. My other half thinks I live in what he calls, "in La-LaLand". But look at our so-called 'society'...really look at it. Is this what we want? Is this how we really want to live? - with greed, money, power, elitism and war, hunger, poverty and so much suffering? Is this what we want?
I don't think so.
I think people want to live in peace and harmony, doing what they love to do, where they all have a place to lay their heads; with enough food and clean water & air; the basic necessities we all need to survive and thrive.
I'm not crazy.
I think people are just afraid of change.
Because if we did move toward a society where there was no money; where everyone did their job's for the benefit of their communities- everyone doing their part to keep each other fed, clothed, housed, healthy and happy, then many people who are now wealthy wielding absolute power would not want to give up what they have to 'lower' themselves and live like everyone else; those with too much would find it too difficult to let go of the lives they've created for themselves and join the ranks of the 'common man'.
You may even think I'm crazy, but the way in which we've all been living for thousands of years has show us, by it's own evolution, that it's not working; our model of society is breaking down on every level and if we keep going on this track there won't be enough of this beautiful world's resources left to sustain this way of life for very long.
We need a new model- a new paradigm- a new way of life; one that includes everyone...every_single_soul on this planet. Not just us, or our family and friends, our state, or our country, but the whole world. Our system is not working! Wake up! Look around you! Isn't it clear?
Turn on the TV and you'll see violence, war, hunger, greed, political power plays, recession, and a general discontent throughout the world.
The society we've created is breaking down and getting worse everyday. Even the simple fact that we have a TV, or electricity to run that TV, or the chair you're sitting in; is not a reality for millions of people on this planet. That we have clean running water, or food to eat- it's all taken for granted. But what about all the people with nothing? - literally nothing- no food, water, shelter, healthcare...things we take for granted everyday.
It's so disturbing to me that we all turn a blind eye to this because we're comfortable in our fancy homes with air conditioning, plasma TV's with surround sound, laptops, refrigerators full of food, king-size memory-foam mattresses, and remote controls.
And yet we're getting up everyday to go to work for some company that exploits its workers &would think nothing of firing us because tomorrow they could very well replace us with a computer.
Do you really want to live that way?
I believe all is not lost.
We can change.
We can make a difference.
If enough of us band together with a new model of life; a new way to live in harmony with our planet and each other; we could live in a loving, non-scarcity based society that promotes education and evolution of our species in a more positive way. It may not happen overnight, as I really don't think it would or even could happen that quickly, but given the state of current affairs, time is of the essence and starting today with ourselves is a good place as any to begin our journey to a Utopian society.
When we are babies, we are a clean slates so to speak, and can learn anything we are taught. So for real change to happen, we should spend less time fighting the effects of the sickened social structure and more time trying to change the root causes. As difficult and overwhelming as it may be to think this way, it is the only way our world will change for the better.We can keep on squashing the ants coming out from under the refrigerator, but until we get rid of the spoiled food behind it, they are just going to keep on coming.
Now is the time. We must wake up from our comfortable slumber and speak up!
My heart feels like it could explode and this concept feels bigger than everything. My emotions and thoughts feel larger than the whole thing put together; a culmination of all life; beyond our world, beyond our universe, beyond infinity, beyond the beyond.
I could cry a universe.
For love, for peace, for truth, for living the way we all want to live.
We've got to do something.
"Human beings free of debt, insecurity, and fear become much more amiable. With no one out to sell anyone anything or to deprive another of possessions or money, the basis for unhealthy human aggression is outgrown. People no longer are burdened by the nagging concerns that consume so much attention such as mortgages, health care costs,
education fees, fire insurance, economic recession or depression, the loss of jobs, and taxes. With the elimination of these burdens and the removal of the conditions that create feelings of envy, greed, and competition, people's lives would be far more meaningful." Jacque Fresco
SOURCES and INFO:
The Venus Project reflects this exactly and is a perfect place to start.
Also, if you haven't yet seen Zeitgeist (the movie) I would suggest watching this very enlightening and thoughtful documentary.
I also found this Foundation (Resource based economy foundation) Economy Foundation">RBEF for short.
What is RBEF? Very generally speaking, RBEF is a set of tools for the transition from the Monetary System to Resource Based Economy. RBEF provides research on the transition economy model, develops global projects, and a libre resources management platform.
For more info about this and on the movie Zietgeist see:
video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-594683...">Zeitgeist: The Movie
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