Eleven Ideas to Change Your World

Christopher M. Quigley
B.Sc., M.M.I.I. Grad., M.A.

1.

Precession: The Intercomplementary Integrity of the Universe

Buckminster Fuller in his consciousness-raising masterpiece "Critical Path" presented the idea that precession, i.e. the laws governing the interbehaviours of all bodies in motion, had relevance to human history. In essence he believed that consciousness itself was far too significant a reality in the cosmos for it to be without purpose. He therefore asserted that nature was supporting the success of human development despite mankind's error, stupidity and corruption. He conceived of a force that actively helps and assists those who use their individual talents for the greater good of the greatest number. He named this phenomenon; "precession". He explains it as follows: "The big question remained: how do you obtain the money to live with and to acquire the materials and tools with which to work? Since nature was clearly intent on making humans successful in support of the integrity of eternally regenerative Universe, it seemed clear to me that if I undertook ever more humanly favourable physical-environmentproducing artefact developments, that did in fact improve the chances of all humanity's successful development, it was quite possible that nature would support my efforts, provided I was choosing the successively most efficient technical means of doing so. Nature was clearly supporting all her intercomplementary ecological regenerative tasks-ergo; I must so commit myself and must depend upon nature providing the physical means of realization of my invented environment-advantaging artefacts. I noted that nature did nor require hydrogen to "earn a living" before allowing hydrogen to behave in the unique manner in which it does. Nature does not require that any if its intercomplementing members earn a living. Because I could see that this precessional principle of self-employment was a reasonably realistic probability, I resolved to adopt such a course formally.

I assumed that nature would "evaluate" my work as I went along. If I was doing what nature wanted done, and if I was doing it in promising ways, permitted by nature's principles, I would find my work being economically sustained and vice versa." Please note that Mr. Fuller made this commitment when he was broke, disheartened and had just suffered through the death of his first baby girl. He went on to become one of the most influential modern design engineers of all time. 2. The Natural Law of Money Issue: Anybody has the right to issue money once they can provide value

In a life spanning over 70 years, one of the greatest students of money, and it's meaning, was the American E.C. Riegel. In his book "Flight from Inflation", he identified money as the mathematics of value and argued, that for a democracy to thrive, the money power must be free. He spent his life pointing out that this money power is YOU AND ME. He was amazed that very few knew this life-changing secret. The freedom of exchange is the foundation of all freedoms, according to Riegel, and the freedom of exchange unencumbered is the truest democratic freedom of mankind. He felt the best way to vote was to vote every day with your actions. In a free community money is issued by a buyer. Such a money issuer must, in exchange for the goods and services he buys from the market, place other goods or services into the market place. Thus money as a money instrument is evidence of a purchase that is issued by a purchaser to a seller. Therefore, MONEY IS ACTUALLY BACKED BY THE VALUE SURRENDERED BY THE SELLER AND POTENTIALLY BACKED BY THE VALUE IN THE POSSESSION OF THE NEXT SELLER. Thus, in essence: money is issued by a purchaser, but it must be issued by a purchaser who can, and is, prepared to issue value; it is a tradesman's agreement to carry on split barter among themselves. From this analysis we can deduce that commercial banks do not "lend" money. They, in fact, permit the "borrower" to issue money {which everybody should have the personal unencumbered right to do if a free democracy}. Once given

"permission", the borrower now has the "legal" authorization to write cheques to the extent of the loan and tenders them in trade. ONLY UPON THEIR ACCEPTANCE by a seller, who in fact provides value, does new money come into existence. From this reality of the natural law of money issue, it must be understood, that governments cannot qualify as issuers because they are not in the real situation of personal enterprisers who can provide value. Thus, in essence, money is a social phenomenon based on mutual respect, co-operation and interest. When this natural contract is broken, through abuse of power, the result is usually inflation. Simply put, inflation is the over issue of money without the required provision of value. Such a situation can be entertained in the short term but in the long term this fraud destroys the social system. 3. Metanoia: Embracing thoughts beyond present limitations;

The present World psyche needs to move from a zeitgeist of paranoia to one of metanoia. In other words we need to move beyond fear and learn to embrace joy and hope and faith. The World recovered swiftly from two world wars and moved forward but the present mind-set of permanent and unending war is wearing down even the most optimistic of souls. Currently everything seems increasingly to be scripted by socialist engineering types who care more about change for the sake of power rather than for the benefit of some common good. We need to believe again in each other and the community of good. This belief would allow us to transcend the mundane, the cynical and drudgery of modern systems. We need to accept the limitations of scientific reason and engage the reality of the unknowable. Life is a mystery. Metanoia could give us inner space for joy and courage and grant us the confidence to try the road less travelled. Human beings need freedom and meaning as well as security. Let us limit our need for money and accordingly increase our capacity and opportunity to grant our life its unique and special meaning.

4.

Individuation: The process of self-actualization: the individual matters

According to Carl Gustaff Jung in his "Man and his Symbols", to fulfil one's destiny is the greatest achievement. But to Jung this was a goal not only for champions but for every human being; for him to be human meant to be oneself. During the course of a lifetime of study he discovered that within the human personality there was a psychic energy available within us, which could assist us in our personal selfdevelopment. Jung called this process individuation. The centre of the psyche is the self. When a person is individuated or individuating they have a successful dialogue between the unconscious and the conscious. This "narrative" is normally executed through dream image, intuition and symbols. The main result of this activity is a more resourceful, balanced, courageous, creative and self-reliant individual. It is useless to compare yourself to others when one realises the importance of individuality and uniqueness. Modernity has tried to impose crushing conformity through educational indoctrination and generic mass media. A society that supports individuation is the exact opposite to a mass socialized culture. It nurtures creativity, self, purpose and meaning. In the words of Jung: "As any change must begin somewhere, it is the single individual who will experience it and carry it through. The change must indeed begin within an individual; it might be any one of us. Nobody can afford to look around and to wait for somebody else to do what he is loath to do." Thus the psychological process of individuation allows the individual time and space to open up a framework of development between the unconscious and the conscious; the possible and the actual; the past and the present/future. To "escape the horror of history" we must all help to find new ways to live; everybody matters. 5. Civitas: Thinking and acting for the greater good

Giambattista Vico in his classic book "New Science" pointed out that the greatest achievement of mankind was the growth of civil society out of the terror of barbaric nature. In his view God had created man, but man and man alone had constructed civilization. Thus, for Vico, the greatest investigation man could undertake was to truly understand how this

miracle of order and achievement was made manifest through the passage of time. In the course of his study Giambattista came to comprehend the importance of moral order in the development of societies. This Civitas, or sense of the greater good, formed the bedrock of the social contract that built Alexandria, Sparta, Greece and Rome. Unfortunately it is all too obvious that this old natural civic sense is dying in modern society and unless we educate our youth about the fragility of society I fear civil order will continue to breakdown. The end result could be an ongoing civil war within "developed" nations that will eventually lead to a new Dark Age of city-states and self-preservation. In his book "The Evolution of Civilizations" Prof. Carroll Quigley summed up the problem succinctly: "The third age of conflict of our society began to display the ordinary marks of such a stage about 1890. At that time, in the principal industrial countries, it became clear that the rate of expansion had reversed itself.... All the characteristics of an age of irrationality began to appear on all sides. Increased gambling, increased smoking, the growing use of alcohol and narcotics, a growing obsession with sex and perversions of sex, an increased mania for speed, for nervous tension, and for noise; above all, perhaps, a growing tendency to regard violence as a solution for all problems, be they domestic, social, economic, ideological or international. In fact, violence as a symbol of our growing irrationality has had an increasing role in activity for its own sake, when no possible justification could be made that the activity was seeking to solve a problem. All the characteristics of any age of conflict are too obvious to require further comment. They arose because the organizational patterns of our culture CEASED TO FUNCTION AS INSTRUMENTS........Religious organizations no longer linked men to God but adopted diverse mundane purposes. Our intellectual theories no longer explained anything or made us at home in the Universe. Our social patterns no longer satisfied our gregarious needs, even when we fled from the lonely anonymity of the city to the rat-race uniformity of sub-urbanism. Our political organizations increased the burden of their demands on our time, energy and wealth but provided with growing ineffectiveness the justice, public order, education, protection, or incidental amenities we had come to

expect from them. And on the military level costs rose at an astronomical rate without being able to catch up with our increased danger." Thus, the culture of the west needs to reconnect with its roots. Philosophy, learning, investigation, discipline, self-sacrifice, future orientation all these attributes need to be focused upon and nurtured for out youth. Sport, lotteries, quiz games, celebrity, reality shows, crime, are all very well but if they become the essential core of modern mentality then it bodes a society trending towards narrow self interest and terminal decline. We need to start believing in meaning again and the place to start is to believe in yourself and the power of a human life. 6. Present Sense: Be

In essence you are urged you to come into a STATE OF PRESENT because most folk, believe it or not, live a large part of their "conscious" lives in unconscious trance and illusion. The trance and illusion of: media, fashion, desire, worry, fear, anxiety and future expectation. You are asked to be still and endeavour to become aware of all your senses in order: Touch, Taste, Sight, Smell and Sound: Touch: Feel the sensation of your clothes on your skin as you sit erect with hands placed flat upon your thighs. Taste the saliva upon your inner mouth and lips. See the dark pink shadow of your eye lids fall upon your retina. Smell the air you breathe as it moves slowly and deeply through your body. Hear the activity of nature and society around you. Expand this sense to take in the furthest consciousness you can imagine.

Taste: Sight:

Smell:

Sound:

You are recommend you take 77 days to practice this "sense" exercise for five minutes. This process will take persistence but will be worth the effort. It will amount to a spiritual sabbatical in your habitual ebb and flow.

This disciplined meditative effort will gradually bring you into your present sense. While in this state you will become more intuitive and aware and engaged. It is actually the best place to process your surrounding and grow in self wisdom. In the present sense you will become more resourceful and resilient and quietly discover that this is the best state to be in all day, every day. 7. NLP: The map is not the territory

One of the greatest breakthroughs in contemporary psychology has been the development of NLP or neuro-linguistic-programming. One of the main mantras of this discipline in the idea that: "the map is not the territory". This statement aims to communicate to initiates the concept that very often the way we "see the world in our minds" is not how the world actually works. If we have persistent problems in our life very often it is because our "map" is faulty. NLP believes that people can and do change and one of the best ways to bring about successful change is through a change in ATTITUDE. A modification in attitude will only come about when we have the humility to accept that the outer world has a validity that is different than the validity of our inner world. Through constant attention to what is happening to us and through the "re-running" of personal experience we grant ourselves the opportunity to observe and grow. This willingness to learn from ourselves takes humility and maturity. But the results can be marvellous and immediate. 8. Transcendence: The human spirit defines the world: it is not the world that defines the human spirit.

James Joyce often stated that history was a nightmare from which he sought to escape. Hegel was the first philosopher to fully incorporate time (history) into his system and thereby he produced the mental framework for advancing socialism and ultimately communism. Under his system of thought the only "time" is human time and its ultimate end product is a closed society where individuality is lost and "time" stops. Thus a

nightmare of the "ever bureaucratic present" is replacing the nightmare of "history" around the globe. Hegel in his masterwork "Phenomenology of Spirit" propounded that the only time that matters is human time, all else (i.e. nature) is space. This human time develops through a "dialectic" process of thesis, antithesis and synthesis. For Hegel reality was all about a struggle for recognition and the story of history is the story of this struggle. Hegelian conflict produces masters and slaves. Masters order society; slaves build society. History is the story of this human action. While Hegel accepted the existence of spirit he rejected the existence of any God, he was a total materialist. The end result of this philosophy was a rejection of the divine and a replacement of the role of God by the State. This became the philosophical bedrock for the rise of Socialism and Communism. This mentality accepted that Man was alone and must rely on his own devices to survive and prosper. To quote Hegel: "Man is negating action, which transforms given being and, by transforming it, transforms itself. Man IS what he IS only to the extent that he BECOMES what he is; HIS TRUE BEING IS BECOMING, TIME, HISTORY; and he becomes, he is history only in and by action that negates the given, THE ACTION OF FIGHTING AND OF WORK........." For my part one can only truly understand the modern march toward global socialism when one understands Hegel. In almost every society today we see five and ten year "economic & social plans". Human beings have become subservient to a FUTURE rather than the PRESENT. In other words the world lives in a suspended state of future orientation. "Nobody is here everybody is there". When one understands the nature of the Hegelian system one can readily comprehend why its teachings were so influential on Marx, Engels and Lenin. Anybody can be made to do anything in the expectation of the future "Utopia". Unfortunately what Marx and Lenin knew, which they did not inform their followers, was that Hegelianism is a closed philosophy, which produces a static society, which has no allowance for individuality. Static societies eventually stop "time" and opportunity is limited due to "statism". This is exactly what is happening all over the world today. Material future orientation is making the whole world "the same" and "time" (i.e. human time) appears to be the same also. (E. G. the New Year, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all blend into one similar event throughout the globe and

nothing is "special" anymore because the local human "magic", the mystery and romance have gone and nobody really understands why). To prevent monolithic world sameness overtaking every society and destroying individuality folks need to understand the underlying Hegelian materialism surrounding modern culture. You cannot overcome what you do not understand. Human culture is more than "a plan". The present does matter. Individuality is paramount. Freedom is essential to true peace and happiness. Creativity and individuality, fundamental benchmarks of western culture, need to become heroic ideals again. TIME HAS NOT STOPPED BECAUSE "GOD IS DEAD"; as Hegel proposed. "God" is alive and is a human experience of truth, which accepts that there is transcendence. Human beings evolved from nature. Therefore Hegel is wrong when he asserted that nature is "space" because the development of human consciousness enabled human beings to move beyond "nature" and transform it, therefore human consciousness is "transcendence" made manifest. This "transcendence" means that the future is not certain but is free and open and subject to potentials and possibilities as yet unknown. Consciousness proves Hegel false. Thus in essence the spiritual crisis in World events is a crisis in human philosophy. Freedom and individuality and transcendent creativity need to be championed against statisim, totalitarianism and bureaucratic control. If such socialist "planning" is allowed to flourish unchallenged eventually Europe, America, Asia and India will be crushed under Global institutionalism. The role of individual freedom will be replaced with political opportunism and exploitation. Western culture needs a reawakening of the essence of the human spirit, which were its hallmark. This spirit once died in the dark ages but miraculously it experienced a rebirth. Do we have the courage, the insight and the philosophical awareness to nurture a new renaissance? 9. Existentialism: You are free, so choose

The first philosophical book I ever read was on the subject of Existentialism. The essay that really impressed me was one by J. P. Sartre

Called; "Existentialism is a Humanism". While I did not agree with the author's atheism I admired his central thesis that our existence, our apparent isolation, our anxiety, our material abandonment in the world of modernity proved our absolute FREEDOM and that this freedom demanded one thing and one thing alone: RESPONSIBILITY. With responsibility came the defining human issue: CHOICE. "Man makes himself; he is not found readymade; he makes himself by the choice of his morality, and he cannot but choose a morality, such is the circumstances upon him….. And at the point of departure there cannot be any other truth than this, I think, therefore I am, which is the absolute truth of consciousness as it attains to itself. …… In order to define the probable one must possess the true. Before there can be any truth whatever, then, there must be an absolute truth, and there is such a truth which is simple, easily attained and within the reach of everybody; it consists in one's immediate sense of one's self." Therefore, in essence, we are all in life together. We are all individually alone but this fact is not a negative once we realise we must all deal with the "universality of the human condition". Existentialism invites us to "get on with it" and therein lays the only salvation of man and woman: choice backed by confident action. 10. The Open-source Movement: Giving so that you may receive

The essence of the myth of the Western tradition is the ideal of an independent life lived in liberty and dignity through family and community. This liberty and independence promotes enterprise and action. Such a myth engendered the human initiative which gave birth to such epoch-changing developments as paper money, financial credit, steam power, the combustion engine, steel hull shipping, electricity, wireless communication, television, air flight, nuclear power, the micro chip and the Internet. The Western tradition is hopeful, future oriented, ordered and based on action, reflection and compromise. In the event of "either /or" the West will opt for both, if possible. Its successful evolution is based on an ever evolving dialectic, never totally true, but always moving toward a more

comprehensive understanding of truth. In this manner the natural outlook of the West is not just material or spiritual. It is a synthesis of both: - the body and the soul matter equally. One of the great mysteries of Western civilization, currently centred in Washington, and which now dominates the World, is the fact that the West has re-invented itself three times. This rebirth came about through the process of circumvention and reform of old inefficient institutions and mind-sets. This process of rebirth resulted in new dynamic engines of growth being designed, developed and applied. The dates the three phases of Western expansion as follows: 1. 2. 3 970 - 1270 1420 - 1650 1730 - 1929

In each case the instruments of expansion were respectively: 1. 2. 3. Feudalism Commercial Capitalism The Industrial Revolution

If the West is to transcend our age of conflict and enter a new age of expansion the only way forward is through human initiative, enterprise and action. The open-source movement, which is an effort to circumvent a failed economic model based on "price", is just such an epoch changing initiative. But this creativity will only blossom in an environment of true liberty and dignified freedom. Repression, on the other hand, would stifle any such initiative and would spell the end of Western society. Hopes could be dashed. Civil conflict could ensue. The current post-socialist model called "pluralism" does not appear to have at its disposal a new instrument of expansion. Its guiding philosophy seems to be one of atrophy. The modus operandi of contemporary political power evidences a group of "vested interests" holding on to money rather than motivating and organizing the creation of new wealth. Reformation and change can come about through outright reform or circumvention and this latter method I believe is beginning to operate and should be fostered by enlightened leadership. This is a solution in which everybody can play a part. In essence, co-operative action is circumventing frustration. Eventually this movement, if fostered, will give the current atrophied

structure much needed time and options. And options are crucial. Circumvention will work, but it must be understood by power groups that it is essential and thus should not be destroyed. Such insight is what is imperative from our political masters today. This circumvention must redevelop energy systems, monetary theory, financial practice, political structure, media distribution, excellence in education, etc. At the end of the day, however, the goal has to be the conceptualization, development and application of a new instrument of wealth creation and distribution. Open-source initiatives have the potential to do this particularly with the continued growth of broadband systems. The open-source movement has shown how difficult, complex problems can be solved in community, outside the control of official economic "price" doctrine. The rules are being rewritten and can be interpreted by those who understand what is happening. The explosion of the Internet is but one example of this developing paradigm in successful operation. Through liberty positive change could come about and this may lead the West toward a fourth period of expansion resulting in a new phase of development for the world. 11. Authenticity: Simply being the hero of your self Simple Gifts 'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free, 'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, 'Twill be in the valley of love and delight. When true simplicity is gain'd, To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd, To turn, turn will be our delight 'Till by turning, turning we come round right.

Old Shaker Song By Joseph Brackett Jr. 1848

References: "Critical Path" Buckminster Fuller "Flight from Inflation" E.C. Riegel "Man and His Symbols" C.G. Jung "New Science" Giambattista Vico "The Evolution of Civilizations" Prof. Carroll Quigley "Introducing NLP" Joseph O'Connor "Existentialism from" Dostoevsky to Sartre" Walter Kaufman "Hegel's Phenomenology of the Spirit" Translated by A.V. Miller

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