Chapter Four - Balancing World Societies with Technology

CHAPTER FOUR-BALANCING WORLD SOCIETIES WITH TECHNOLOGY 04-03-16

 

The United States Constitution was designed and ratified on the condition that all national power rest in the hands of the electorate. The electorate is responsible for delegating or reclaiming power as deemed necessary. The electorate can delegate specific powers to the three branches of government if they so choose. The Constitution provides an amendment process for reclaiming any or all delegated power. The Constitution assigns citizen and government branches specific responsibilities and requires the electorate to hold all government branches and themselves accountable for compliance to the Constitution. The electorate, all citizens, nor the branches of government have ever fully committed to meet Constitution requirements or principals. The founding of this, some say divinely inspired, Constitution was once considered humanities greatest achievement. The Founding Fathers predicted that world nations would adopt this Constitution as their own. That was to be the last giant step for humanity and the reality of world freedom, prosperity, and peace. All expectations for humanity would be met. Unfortunately, government leaders and citizens chose an easier path and and drove the nation into fiscal and economic depression. You know the rest of the story. 

Quality of Life

Early tribes followed rituals that bonded each member to their environment and tribal society. These rituals expressed their reverence, respect, and served as daily reminders of their closeness to their creator and their thanks and offerings to an environment that provided nourishment and shelter. Today, civilization is struggling to merge tribal nations of differing cultures and faiths with technological nations. All lack unity, cooperation, and compete for human and material resources. Toss in world wide diverging religious institutions each following differing paths to nirvana. Given these challenges, it’s difficult to form a rising civilization.

Every human being senses a spiritual relationship to the cosmos. All recognize the mystery. None truly comprehend it. A sense of the mysterious is the essence of being human. Defining this spiritual mystery in terms of facts, rituals, and temples destroys the mystery of life. Imagination weaves theological patterns, rituals, and edifices to serve as icons leading to the mystery.

“I envision a universe of unimaginable magnitude and inconceivable violence. Billions, upon billions, literally of roaring thermonuclear furnaces scattering from each other. Each thermonuclear furnace being a star and our sun among them. Many of them actually blowing themselves to pieces, littering the outermost reaches of space with dust and gas out of which new stats of circling planets are being born right now. And then from still more remote distances beyond all these there come murmurs of microwaves of the greatest cataclysmic explosion of all, namely the Big Bang of creation which according to recent reckonings occurred 14.5 billion years ago.”

Joseph Campbell-Mythologist

The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world it leaves to it’s children.

Bonhoeffer

There is no justification for failing to nurture the children of the world. Nurturing the young is an innate characteristic of all animals. Not true for humans. Humans feel little obligation to place the welfare of children above all else. No enlightened world citizen would claim that the welfare of world children was world nations first priority. There are loving and courageous world citizens and organizations dedicated to nurturing children and promoting their welfare. They are too few. World child deprivation is to huge and support systems too small.

How and when did humans lose that innate responsibility for nurturing their young? Young families around the world struggle to provide for their young under circumstances beyond their control. Their only hope is their ability to enlighten themselves and become a player on the world stage. Unified and enlightened world citizens can become empowered to change national priorities and provide the means for nurturing world children. 

World citizen quality of life is characterized by unconscionable extremes. One extreme is the disparity in basic living conditions. This extreme begins with mass starvation of children and ends with the material opulence of the upper classes. Another extreme is the spiritual deprivation of the starving children and the smug spiritual arrogance of wealthy secular and christian world citizens.

The distribution of world power, wealth, and moral values has and continues to be out of balance. The christian quest to advance principles of peace, love, forgiveness, and love your neighbor is stalled as the accelerating pace of technology and the economy takes precedence. The divide between religious faiths, partisan political parties, and cultures deepens. The world is engaged in the clash of cultures and technology. World citizen education and enlightenment, followed by a realistic plan for balancing advancing technology with the need for a healthy society is required.

United States Founding Fathers revived ancient principles and created a Constitution with the necessary safeguards to prevent the intrusion of the dark side of humanity. In this highly complex and technical twenty first century it is now time to incorporate additional safeguards to protect us from ourselves. It is time to re-visit those ancient principles and incorporate them into a civilization whose technology has shrunk the globe. Now, we are all close neighbors. Cultures, races, and nations have come face to face. Past national issues and challenges are now recognized as international issues and challenges that require nations to bond together. It will be a rocky road.

How do we world citizens recognize and resolve critical issues and challenges facing us and future generations. We can begin by concentrating on issues, challenges, and roles that citizens must play if we are to resolve current and future national and international challenges that threaten our future.

Freedom

The forefathers of all nations have identified universal truths that can guide us in building an ascending civilization. Attention to nations mistakes of the past can also help us avoid future pitfalls. These truths and past pitfalls can be beacons we rally around as we struggle to form a civilization that provides for the common welfare of all world citizens. The civilization we visualize is one that supports all nations and provides for the growth of all cultures that enrich our lives and gives purpose, dignity, hope, and meaning to the lives of World citizens.

United States Citizens must declare their independence from partisan politics, unify around the Constitution, and commit to fulfilling their citizen responsibilities. It will not be easy and it will not happen over night. The guiding principal must be that we are a member of a global community that can only be successful if nations work constructively toward the common welfare of the world community. Secular and Christian world citizens must be sensitive to the fact that we are all brothers and sisters as well as children of the world. The admonition of prophets, of all faiths, points us in that direction. For too long we have consciously avoided that responsibility.

The rapid advance of technology has weakened the fabric of world societies, marriages, and family relationships. All are increasingly stressed with demands on their time, attention, and performance of additional tasks. Fluctuating economic conditions adds further stress. Multitasking requirements are rapidly increasing. An already overstressed society is showing signs of instability. The human animal was not designed for this level of stress.

Peacekeeping

In THE MAKING OF AMERICA W. Cleon Skousen stated the following: “It was a basic principle of the American experiment that it was to be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. The corollary to this primary principle was the obvious barb that this American type of government would not function efficiently, and perhaps might not even survive, if the PEOPLE did not maintain a constant vigilance and thereby develop what Jefferson called an intelligent and informed electorate.

Thomas Jefferson:I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree.How, do we mend our problems:

First , we must acknowledge that citizens have not been taught their Constitution responsibilities. Second, we must agree that in this twenty first century our nation requires knowledgeable and dedicated citizens willing to support and hold their government accountable to the principles defined by our Constitution. This requires modernizing and re-structuring our government,strengthening the Constitution, and implementing accountability requirements for government and citizens. Third, United States Citizens working with all branches of government must establish and implement national and international mission statements, policies, and goals that define and clarify the United States national and international commitments for the twenty first century. All United States and world citizens must have no doubt about the path that will be followed to provide for the common welfare. These and future changes must take place in a constructive and orderly manner. The positive fabric of all societies must be preserved and the negative fabric minimized. Forth, citizens must recognize and acknowledge a global world where the actions of each nation can have rapid and severe consequences on other nations. Critical national and global issues and challenges requires the cooperation and sharing of human and natural resources. No longer can chaos, conflict, genocide, and deprivation be tolerated in a twenty first Century. The social and natural challenges this century faces are increasing in orders of magnitude. There are to few human and natural resources to allow squandering them uselessly. Fifth, our purpose is to define a path, with citizens help, that brings peace and unifies all national and international citizens around policies and goals that secure productive lives for all humankind. Realize that the goal is to motivate citizens to become active participates and to hold governments accountable. Sixth, being knowledgeable and participating in constructing accountable governments requires an understanding of human nature and how citizens must actively participate with their chosen leaders. The purpose of this Website is to suggest and recommend a process by which all citizens can become knowledgeable and participate in building accountable governments. Only United States and world citizens working toward a common goal can establish and implement a path that leads to the common welfare. Seventh, United States Citizens have allowed themselves to believe they no longer have a voice in United States Government, Constitution, policies, or goals. This is a self inflicted illusion. The fact is that United States Citizens must be responsible and accountable for themselves and the actions of their government leaders.

James Madison:

America united, with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited, with a hundred thousand veterans ready for combat…. A dangerous establishment can never be necessary or plausible, so long as they continue a united people.

David Walker is America’s former comptroller general who wrote the following bestseller book showing how the nation became fiscally dysfunctional.

Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility. This book reminds us how dire our deficit and debt picture has become. As comptroller general, he saw the ins and outs of that picture because he had to audit the financial statements of the Office of Management and Budget and the secretary of the treasury. Now, as head of the Pete G. Peterson Foundation, this 58-year-old accountant is on a mission to warn Americans that we must deal with this picture soon or suffer critical consequences.

There have been many attempts, through property redistribution, taxation, or regulation, to redistribute wealth in support of the upper class, and sometimes to diminish extreme inequality.

Francis Bacon wrote: “Above all things good policy is to be used so that the treasures and monies in a state be not gathered into a few hands...Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.”

The distribution of wealth is much more unequal than the distribution of income, especially when focusing on the bottom 60% of all households. The bottom 60% of households possess only 4% of the nation's wealth while it earns 26.8% of all income.

Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, makes the case for wealth as the best measure of inequality: “Ultimately, we are interested in the question of relative standards of living and economic well-being. We need to examine trends in the distribution of wealth, which, more fundamentally than earning or income, represents a measure of the ability of households to consume.”

The distribution of wealth in the United States is trending in favor of the the richest citizens. The average citizen should be concerned because their quality of life is steadily being taken from them. The answer is maximizing education and enlightenment for all lower class citizens. No one is going to give it to them. They must fight long and hard to get it. Hopefully, this Website will be of some assistance.

Education Brings Enlightenment

The forefathers of all nations have identified universal truths that can guide us in building an ascending civilization. Attention to nations mistakes of the past can also help us avoid future pitfalls. These truths and past pitfalls can be beacons we rally around as we struggle to form a civilization that provides for the common welfare of all world citizens. The civilization we visualize is one that supports all nations and provides for the growth of all cultures that enrich our lives and gives purpose, dignity, hope, and meaning to the lives of World citizens.

Education is the path to enlightenment and the path to achieving wealth and health. At no time in history has there been more educational resources. The phenomenon of globalization provides access to humanities accumulated knowledge thru the ages. This knowledge is updated as it happens around the world. The greatest difficulty is discerning which information is reliable and who can be believed. This can be a very iffy process. It relies on experience and the test of time. In this manner you identify which journalists, writers, networks, etc. you find credible. Verification is a process that never ends. Working families seldom have time to be fully knowledgeable of complex issues. Even those studying these issues find it difficult, if not impossible. Ethical political parties realize this. Unethical parties take advantage of it. I suspect this is one reason nations are so divided.The Founding Fathers were optimistic as well as realistic about human nature. They realized that all human beings are a mixture of sunshine and shadow. The sunshine consists of the perfectibility of human reason. This makes government and civilization possible. The darker side of human nature is the imperfectibility of human passion and man’s faulty sense of judgment that make government necessary.

I consider the people who constitute a society or nation as the source of all authority in that nation. All authority belongs to the people.

 James Madison

As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust, so there are other qualities in human nature which justify a certain portion of esteem and confidence.

 Patriot Samuel Langdon

On the people, therefore, of these United States, it depends whether wise men, or fools, good or bad men, shall govern… Therefore, I will now lift up my voice and cry aloud to the people…From year to year be careful in the choice of your representatives and the higher powers [offices] of government. Fix your eyes upon men of good understanding and known honesty; men of knowledge, improved by experience; men who fear God and hate covetousness; who love truth and righteousness, and sincerely wish for the public welfare…

 John Adams

The science of government is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

Wealth

Education is the path to enlightenment and the path to achieving wealth and health. At no time in history has there been more educational resources. The phenomenon of globalization provides access to humanities accumulated knowledge thru the ages. This knowledge is updated as it happens around the world. The greatest difficulty is discerning which information is reliable and who can be believed. This can be a very iffy process. It relies on experience and the test of time. In this manner you identify which journalists, writers, networks, etc. you find credible. Verification is a process that never ends. Working families seldom have time to be fully knowledgeable of complex issues. Even those studying these issues find it difficult, if not impossible. Ethical political parties realize this. Unethical parties take advantage of it. I suspect this is one reason nations are so divided.

 

 

 

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