NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2020
A World Without Money
The road to life begins at the threshold of perception.
Issue No 4 | September 2020
I’ve been busy working on all of this and am about to make some significant moves. I’ve completed my Law of Life Story. It’s under editorial review right now, and so far the feedback I’ve received has been pretty good. My ability to speak in front of a camera might not have improved but my writing may have.
The Law of Life Story is not really a story, however. I called it a story because I’ve connected the dots with my own visions. It’s really an 18,000 word essay with a lot a pictures. I may rename it so watch for that. Whatever I decide to name it, it will be the first selection under the AWWM menu when I post it. Should be within a week from now.
The essay’s not real long but it is real deep. It took a lot of thought. We know much about our ancestor hunter-gatherers, and technology is definitely improving the picture rapidly but we still don’t know what the overall picture of our life on Earth is. We still have some major questions that we haven’t even answered ourselves. Why are we here? is one. What happened to us? is another. I think you will find some stunning revelations in this essay.
I noticed that we grow up comparing everything in life to our civilization. There’s over 300,000 years of our history that we don’t compare to. Instead, we look at our history of civilization and think that these are the ways we naturally are. I don’t think so anymore. I don’t think we’re naturally fierce.
I do intend to make a video out of the essay. I also have some video scripts written and will soon be coming out with some new videos.
The big pot food idea
Internet statistics show that the average American spends about $550 per month on food. Food prices are going up a lot and so is the price of everything else. This idea is a way to not only lower our monthly food bill, but setup a system whereby the neighborhood we lived in would be better prepared to survive the collapse, whenever it comes.
The idea is to have a huge pot of food ready to dish up and eat at any time day or night (of course this could be done the way whoever did it wanted). The huge pot would be kept warming on one neighborhood stove, so that instead of cooking 60 meals per day, using 20 stoves, 20 dishwashers, 20 trips to the store, and wasting a lot of money ordering delivered meals, a person could grab their bowl and spoon and walk across the street to whichever house was doing the cooking at the time, and fill up their bowl and take it back home. Of course there could be all kinds of variations.
If a neighborhood had a system like this there could be many benefits. Here is a list of some.
- Save money on food.
- Less trips to the store.
- Surplus food, or food harvested from gardens, could be used in the pots of food. I’ve heard that slaves working on plantations in the Southeast US long ago would cook food for themselves in big pots like this. I’ve also heard that slave owners often liked this big pot cooking more than their own. (No offense meant to anyone)
- Instead of cooking every day, volunteer to cook a couple days a month. and once a pot is going there wouldn’t be much to tend to. Neighbors would stir the pot and such. All they’d need is a note set out to remind them.
- Wherever the food was made, that kitchen could become a place in the neighborhood where people could get to know each other.
- Once people in neighborhoods got to knowing each other, then other ways of saving money could be coordinated. Group trips to the dump. Maybe have one commercial wifi setup for the entire neighborhood where each house would pay $30/mo. Instead of $200/mo. Give a neighbor the old dresser you don’t want. A van trip to Costco for 3 people instead of one. You know what I mean.
- Neighborhoods could prepare to survive the collapse in this way by researching how to do things like grow food hydroponically, grow algae for food supplement and to take the place of vitamins, even devise methods of creating energy. I was thinking that instead of solar panels charging batteries, someone ingenious could build some kind of gravity battery where power during the day could be stored by raising a heavy weight and using the energy it released in it’s slow decent at night. This would be a way to acquire all the necessary items as well.
- If you were listening to a TED Talk on YouTube and the speaker began by saying “For this talk I’d like you to hypothetically imagine that money is a poison.” Could you?
- Do you think our hunter-gatherer ancestors who lived, say 100,000 years ago, had better lives than us, worse lives, or equal?
___Better ___Worse ____Equal
- Do you think a for profit corporation makes its decisions based on money or human needs?
___Money ___Human needs
- Do you think money causes people to take risks with life?
- Do you think using AI is taking a risk?
- Do you think the things the populace gets to vote on are the most important issues?
- Do you think the populace should get to vote on the use of AI?
- Which do you think is more important?
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Where I got the big pot food idea
In 1975 I was stationed at the US Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan, where I lived along with maybe 200 men in a 3-story barracks building. There were maybe ten of these buildings. Anyway, at least twice a day a Japanese truck (we called it the Benjo Truck) with two Japanese men in it, would pull up in front of our barracks building. When the truck pulled up, especially in the evenings and on weekends, about fifty people would pour out of our building and form a line. This was a long time ago so my memory might not be exact, but I swear I think that line would wind down to nothing but a few late stragglers within about ten minutes. I would guess they’d spend about 30 to 45 seconds per customer ladling out food and collecting money. They sold two dishes from that truck. Ramen noodles and curry rice. Both were easy to make, easy to transport and keep hot, easy and fast to serve, inexpensive, tasted awesome, and there was plenty of it. As I recall, back then I paid 50 cents for a bowl and a pop.
ANSWERS TO August’s QUESTIONNAIRE
Here are my answers 😊
Question 1: Which is required for life?
Question 2: Do you think about money more than you think about nature?
Question 3: Which do you think would come first?
__ a sustainable future
_X_ collapse of civilization
Question 4: Defining the collapse of civilization as the apocalyptic end of life, estimate the number of times you thought about collapse during the 12 months before the Coronavirus. ___300___
Question 5: Defining the collapse of civilization as the apocalyptic end of life, estimate the number of times you will have thought about collapse in the 12 months after the onset of the Coronavirus. ___1000___
Question 6: If you had the choice between surviving collapse with only our basic needs such as food, water, shelter, medical, hygiene, security, etc., or not surviving at all, which would you choose?
_X_ survive with minimums __ not survive
Question 7: We say that money is just a medium of exchange. If that’s true, then when we order fish that’s been caught from a dragnet that’s scoured the ocean floor, then in your opinion, have we used our medium of exchange to destroy nature?
Question 8: What age group are you in? __0-20, __21-40, __ 41-65, _X_ 66+
Question 9: This question is for you to think about: Is life now about you and me or is it about the children of the world?
I’ve already lived my life. If the children can’t survive then humanity can’t survive. Possibly the rest of life can’t survive either. It’s not about you or me anymore, it’s about the children of the world.