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The New Abundant Energy Revolution & The Power of You
(First Edition, v 1.0)
Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1468085617 Author & Designer
RAY PODDER (Rahul Kumar Poddar)
© 2011, Ray Podder First Published: 1/2/2012
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for every one of us
We think with the ideas we have. The ideas that form our beliefs, education, science, technology, relationships and policies to shape this world we call our home. The foundational ideas of the modern world are now leading us to an inflection point of divergent extremes. On one hand we have unprecedented exponential advances in technological breakthroughs and on the other we have the most dangerous obsession with material consumption that is depleting and destroying natural resources we cannot replenish. This book is about the ideas beyond the confusions of the day. The next ideas from the wise and the brave of the past and present to help us rethink a future that we can proudly pass on to our children. A future desperately in need of that which is most abundant in the universe yet made most scarce by the ideas of our ancestors. This is about our use of energy. Energy to empower us to make the next leaps forward. Energy that is actually abundant despite what we have been told and what we have been sold. Energy that is soon to be abundant enough to be free of charge and free us from the delusions of our past. Skeptics, enthusiasts, and everyone in between, a most heartfelt thank you for your attention. This is for every one of us.
O UR W O R L D
A D I NN E R F O R TH E D ELUS IO NAL
How an exercise for control from the old energy world order led to realizing the abundant ene rgy revolution
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Pa r t I
T H E S C A R C I T Y O F S ANITY
In the A ge of Abunda n c e _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __________________________________
ARRESTING OF ADVANCEMENT: Science vs. the Status Quo DESPERATION FOR DEMAND: The Politics of Pollution SCIENCE OF SIMPLICITY: Innovations for Abundance PRAYING FOR PANACEA: Greenwashing the Greed
Pa r t II
T H E Q UE S T F OR E Q UALITY
I n a Ti me of U nprecedented A c c es s __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ____________________ ________________
RU L E S & R E VO LU T I O N S: The Distributing of Empowerment A NEW SOCIETY OF SHARING: The Abundance of Access MORE & MORE WILL NEVER EVER BE ENOUGH Greed & Envy Give In to Global Interdependence —181—
Pa r t III
T HE N EX T R E C I PE S F OR R ES O NANCE
Adv anci ng Our Empower m en t
_________________________________________________ ACCELERATING CONVERGENCE: The Availability of Abundance EMPOWERING OUR ECONOMICS: Opening of Opportunities FRAMEWORK FOR FREE: Empowering the Emancipation —254—
The Power of You
T H I N K| B UI L D | C ONNECT
People Centri c Possi bil i ti es _ _ _ _ _______________________________ THINK: Deleti ng the De l u s i o n s BUILD: Collaborati on for C r eati o n s CO NNE CT: Compassi on of C o m m u n i ty —364—
RESPECTS & REFEREN C E S __________________ ____ —407—
Pa r t II
T H E Q UE S T F OR E Q UALITY
In a Ti me of U nprecedented A c c es s __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ____________________ ________________
RU L E S & R E VO LU T I O N S: The Distributing of Empowerment A NEW SOCIETY OF SHARING: The Abundance of Access MORE & MORE WILL NEVER EVER BE ENOUGH Greed & Envy Give In to Global Interdependence
Some dream to escape reality. Some dream to change reality forever.
Quest for Equality
RU L E S & R E VO LU T I O N S: The Distributing of Empowerment
In the documentary Love Crimes of Kabul, her story 1 along with the stories of the 125 other women in Badam Bagh women’s prison in Afghanistan perturbs our moral sensibilities of justice we have come to expect in our progressive worldview. Kareema, a 20-year old woman now pregnant with her ﬁancé’s child, awaits trial for the crime of having premarital sex. She went to the police herself after fearing that her ﬁancé, Firuz, would turn back on his promise to marry her. The only way to escape a harsh prison sentence of 15 years is to get legally married to Firuz while they are both still in prison. As Kareema’s case unfolds, it becomes evident how strongly these women are up against the many elements that work to their disadvantage and how hard they are willing to ﬁght. The ﬁlm shows how She ﬁercely negotiates her dowry, asking for a large sum so that she will be able to support herself should he divorce her later.
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LOVED A BOY!
KAREEMA IS IN PRISON SIMPLY BECAUSE SHE
Despite her aggressive attempts at clever negotiations, she could not attain a sufﬁcient amount because of the economic standing of Firuz’s family. If he decides to abandon her after this marriage, she really has no legal recourse and probably worse, it may mean a sacriﬁce of her life to uphold her family honor! Iranian born ﬁlmmaker Tanaz Eshaghian points out that: “Westerners assume, whether unconsciously or consciously, that there’s this nation where the women are just sitting around being miserable, quiet, downtrodden, sad,” she says, remembering her time in Afghanistan. “You forget that these are human beings. No one just sits around being quiet and sad, anywhere.” Watching this moving story, Eshaghian’s point becomes clearly apparent. In a land of scarce resources and religious oppression we might think that these women are victims of the system, but instead what we see are women who are ﬁghting with whatever tools they have over simply accepting their fate. Kareema and her fellow inmates each demonstrate a passion for ﬁghting against the injustice they have been dealt and each one is privy to their civil, human and religious rights, however unattainable they may seem to be. Even within the limitations of severely corrupted systems of society and governance, we can see a spark of autonomy that connects her to all of us in search of rights fair and just. Even within my own upbringing from a middle class Indian family, I have seen ﬁrst hand the potential of women underutilized with mundane domestic duties despite their intelligence, cunning and wisdom. My paternal grandmother was married off before she was in her teens and mothered eleven children of whom only ﬁve survived. Yet the zeal with how she lived life is a true testament to her resilience. She had never gone to school, forget college, but she was a more accurate historian than most scholars, unusually open minded and accepting of the changes of the times like the emergent counterculture that she simply accepted as
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reﬂections of the times. She had a keen understanding of human psychology that motivated everyone around her to go above and beyond their thresholds to care for her and her family, and still managed to live a spiritually balanced healthy lifestyle that kept her smiling until her graceful exit at the age of ninety-two. My other grandmother ran a household of nine children, managed the inventory of a small sundry shop owned by her incompetent brother, cared for a small stable of livestock in her home, and coordinated the rejuvenation of a failing mango grove that my grandfather bought under gullible assumptions. All the while my grandfather was out of town for months at a time setting up operations in remote locations for the Indian railways. She now lives in America, and after a recent conversation I had with her, I realized that she clearly comprehends the fallacy of today’s consumer culture run amok and the lunacy of the debt based money system just from watching news highlights without really understanding the English language. All this from a woman who was strong enough to live in rural Bengal on her own with nine kids and manage circumstances beyond her household enough to get all of her kids off to college and married. Then there is my mother. Her memory of speciﬁc details like dates, times, names, colors, smells from thirty, forty or even ﬁfty years ago still amazes all of us. She placed either ﬁrst in her class or at least in the top one percentile in her brief college career, before she married my father to give up her academic ambitions to raise my sister and I across two culturally confusing continents. I remember when we were little kids just immigrated to the United States, my father, despite his advanced education and leadership talents had to work as a machinist in a factory to make ends meet. My mother at the time worked the day shift at McDonalds, and yet still managed to make dinner at home and made sure my sister and I at least pretended to do our homework.
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I tell you all of this about the women in my family not because I want you to judge me on my background, or think how unfair it might have been for them coming up in a conservative society by western standards, or even how tough it can be for immigrants in a foreign land. While all of those things may be true, I tell you this because of how unremarkable their stories really are in our global context. The global female population on the whole has experienced an inequity by cultural design that escapes the attention of not just us men but of society. Their stories are the obvious tales of untapped human potential, and yet their stories are also the shining narratives of the resilience of the human spirit. Our grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters and daughters still experience these inequities today, but the degree is lesser and lesser for each generation as information and access empowers each of them to contribute more than those who came before them. With the women in our lives we can plainly see the progression towards independence empowered by knowledge and technology that inevitably disperses the powers of the few who make up the rules to the rest of us. Today, three recent Nobel peace prize laureates are women,2 but their quest for equality is far from over. Though this may make for a charged example, this is not unique to women.
This is the sociocultural evolution for all of us.
As a man, by deﬁnition I do not understand women. What I do understand though, is the direct correlation between the prosperity of a society and level of access its citizens have to participate in it. The stories of the struggles of women worldwide should serve as persistent reminders of the social and cultural inequities we continue to breed. If the average citizen cannot access the cumulative wealth the society has to offer, are we on the right track? Have we built our civilization on a premise of prosperity that is inherently ﬂawed? Do we really live in a world where energy and resources are scarce, or are we
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using the abundance we have inherited so unwisely that we don’t recognize the truth when it is staring us in the face?
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RU L E S & R E VO LU T I O N S T h e Dis trib uting of E m powerm ent
WSJ blog: Tanaz Eshaghian’s Love Crimes of Kabul: http://is.gd/ETRLXL NYTimes: Three women activists awarded nobel peace prize: http://is.gd/hEcXsA
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