What we see here would probably be the best possible “cause of the month” – the many impacts of a set of social systems evolved in another age spiralling our society towards danger. Rather than delivering abundance and security, it is delivering uncertainty and insecurity, as the institutionalised predatory strategies of our past make ever more effective use of the computational tools at their disposal to extract value from, rather than to deliver value to, the masses.
So many pressures for people to accept and obey, at all levels, rather than to question and change.
Traditional economics trying to make people more competitive, rather than making them more cooperative. Insanity in action!
The international definition of poverty is $2 per day.
Could any of you live on $2 per day?
My rates bill is $6 per day, power another $6 per day, communications another $6 per day, without any food or anything else.
In international statistics, as soon as someone has $2 per day, they are no longer considered poor.
In this country the poverty level right now should be closer to $50 per day – per person.
Our world is full of distractions.
Walk down a street. How many people do you see playing Pokemon Go?
That is where the drive for advertising, at the lowest common denominator (the attention invoked by fear) takes us.
Millions of people preferring the virtual world of Pokemon to the real world they are forced to endure – with all its threats.
Even in New Zealand today, a woman has a 20% chance of being raped, and less than 2% of those doing the raping ever come to trial, let alone conviction.
There is little or nothing that is fair or reasonable in society.
And I am one of the privileged, in a global sense.
In that global sense, most people living in New Zealand are in the top 1% of wealth on the planet, even if it doesn’t feel that way for us. So on a global scale I am wealthy, yet I do not feel wealthy – my personal disposable income is under $50 per week (the rest is all spoken for, by family and commitments).
We live in one of the statistically safest times in history, yet the many levels of ever present threat mean that over 20% of the population is taking anti anxiety medication.
People have drifted away from here because it is uncomfortable being here.
It is uncomfortable dealing with the deepest approximations to truth that people have to offer.
It takes something to come back to these uncomfortable issues – time an again, searching, trying out new possibilities.