Our ancestors have made decisions that have put our race into a certain path, one that leads to extinction for us an destruction of our world.
We do not have to go down this path.
There are other paths we can take into the future.
This book is about these other paths.
Why This Series was Written and
What it is About
We were born onto a wonderful, wonderful world.
We were born at a time after people had already organized the realities of existence in a highly destructive and violent way. People around us are doing crazy things to this planet, destroying it to get resources which are used mainly to fuel a massive military-industrial complex with truly insane goals.
We don’t have to go along with this, accept it, and wait for the realities of our existence to destroy us all.
We—the people of the planet earth—can change the realities of our existence.
We can create far better ‘societies’ than the ones our ancestors created and passed down to us.
If we think our changes through in advance, we can do it without any need for violence, trauma, or any need to take anything away from anyone. We can create a far better system, one with more progress, more rapid advancement in technology, more opportunities, more freedom, greater increases in wealth than we have now, but without the insanity, without the organized mass murder events that have wracked our world for millennia, and without any need to accept that our planet will be a casualty of our activities.
This can be done.
It can’t be done by prayer, by protesting, by writing letters, or by any other easy means. This stands to reason: If it could be done easily, it would have been done a long time ago, and we would all be living in societies in this category now. It will take some effort; we will have to put together the best of the new, modern tools that the human race has built, with the best ideas and concepts of the most brilliant people in our past. If we take the best advantage of everything we have at our disposal now, we can get it done.
The Possible Societies series provides a set of books that goes through all of the information needed to understand why this is possible and how to make it happen.
The key book in the series, Possible Societies (same as the name of the series), is about the capabilities of the human race. It shows that we can organize the realities of existence on earth many different ways. The book uses the term ‘society’ to refer to the different ways we can organize existence, so each option is a different society. Some of these options create very powerful forces that lead to horrible violence, endless conflict, and massive environmental destruction. Long before anyone now alive was born, people who were in charge organized the realities of existence in one of these extremely dangerous ways. Not all work this way. In fact, we will see that the option they chose is one of the most destructive and violent society within the capabilities of humans. Others work in entirely different ways. Some work in ways that have inherent internal forces that lead to social, personal, and environmental responsibility. (Societies in this category have existed on earth, as we will see.) Some societies that are clearly possible work in ways that put all of the best structures that societies can have together in a way that creates societies that can give us everything we need and want. Constant progress in technology can lead to a world where everything we need and want can be produced by machines in ways that don’t harm anything and don’t leave anyone in want. If we understand the options, we can basically custom manufacture our societies: we can structure them to work any way we want them to work.
The second key book in the series is Forensic History. If we really want to get onto a different path in the future, we have to understand exactly how we got onto this one. How did the entities called ‘nations’ come to exist? How did people live before these entities existed? Once nations existed, how and why did they ultimately come to expand to the entire planet? How did these nations come to be in competition with each other, to the point where their decision makers would actually consider making and then actually make weapons that have the ability to destroy the entire planet? How did the strange entities called ‘corporations’—many of which have more power than nations—come to exist and gain the power that they wield in the world today? If we don’t understand how we got onto the path we are now on, how are we to understand what other paths are available to us, and how we might get onto one of these other paths? To really understand what is possible for us going forward, you have to have some idea what lies behind us.
Together, Forensic History and Possible Societies provide a basic understanding of where we are, how we got here, and where we can go from here. Both books are understandable independently, meaning you don’t have to read one to understand the other. You can read them in either order or, if you want, you can alternate back and forth, as the books reinforce the basic message.
If we know that descent societies are possible, and can accept this in our mind and truly believe it, we are in a position to start looking for ways to make it happen. We can figure out what a path from the societies we inherited from our ancestors to societies that can meet our needs would have to take. We can determine what obstacles we would face if we wanted to take this path and figure out what we must do to remove or get around these obstacles. After we figure out how it can be done, we can work out the costs and figure out which groups will benefit and which groups will lose benefits during the transition phase. We can then put together a global forum (we have the tools to make this happen) to determine if we want to make the change and, if we do, we can just do it.
The hardest step is the first step. We have to truly accept it is possible.
It is kind of like the idea of going to the moon: It is like the idea of going to the moon: Before the mid twentieth century, it was thought to be impossible and people willing to think about what it might take to make it happen were seen as idealistic dreamers, out of touch with reality. They shouldn’t be wasting time thinking about the impossible when there is so much work to be done on things that we know are possible On September 12, 1962, President Kennedy the world that he had been convinced it is possible to go to the moon.
If it is possible to do it, all that we need to do is figure out how to solve some practical problems and we can make it a reality. (If it is possible, the practical problems all have solutions; if this were not true, it would not be possible.) He asked the Congress for money and it was granted. The team working on the project didn’t have everything go their way; they encountered very serious problems. But one by one, they put the problems behind them. On July 20, 1969, Niel Armstrong took the first steps on the moon
We can think about the problems of saving our world the same way. If people don’t even think it is possible, they will laugh at anyone who tries to work through the practical steps that might possibly make it happen. They will think the person who thinks this way is crazy: why waste time thinking about something tht can’t be done. But if it can be proven to be possible and we know it is possible, we are in a different position.
Again, I don’t claim it will be easy. But like Kennedy, I think we can consider the difficulty of the job as an advantage, because it gives us something to strive for. In his speech, he said:
We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win. (Link to video of speech.)
After many thousands of years believing we could not go to the moon, new technology made us start to believe it really was possible to go there. Once we accepted this, we started to think seriously about the problems and realized that they could almost certainly all be overcome. We tried to find the answers, found them, and made it a reality. It was hard. But this only means that it is a challenge.
We can think of the idea of creating a livable, sustainable, peaceful, prosperous world society the same way: The first step is to determine whether it is possible. We will see that the hopelessness around us, and the common belief that it is not possible, may well have been justified for the great majority of the time the human race has been on this planet. But we are not in normal times, we are in extraordinary times. We have incredible tools, skills, talents, information processing capabilities, technologies, and other resources that never existed before. In light if this, the old hopelessness needs to be reexamined. We need to go back over the words of Socrates, Plato, Descartes, Thomas More, Thomas Paine, to see if the things they proposed which were claimed to be impossible at the time might actually be achievable, if we put together the best of what we have. It may be hard. But, as Kennedy said about the moon landing, that should make us even more anxious to prove ourselves. We should not be afraid to even think about it just because, once we start to look at it seriously, we may find it is hard.
How Much Does it Cost to Read this Series?
At this time (July of 2017) we are trying to build awareness of these ideas so we are offering free access to everyone to all of the books. There is no charge for the content at this time, no advertising, no mining or other attempts to get information from you. If you feel you want to give something back, please do this: tell people about it. If you know people who believe that the path the human race is now on may possibly not be the best path we could take, and that we could do better, these are the people we want to attract: TELL THEM ABOUT THIS WEBSITE.
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The information in this series will take some time and thought to understand and appreciate. (Again, if we could figure out how to build perfect societies without any effort, this would have been figured out and done long ago). Wait until you have some time (but email the address to yourself so you have it). Get to a comfortable place and get ready to get a mental picture of an entirely different way of looking at human reality.
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