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“The fact that we humans seem naturally drawn to know, learn, and create is a source of hope for our common future. We need not know where creation’s journey leads, or whether a final destination is even a meaningful concept. It is sufficient that we discern and celebrate its trajectory toward ever greater complexity, beauty, awareness, and possibility. Our reward for our contribution is the inherent joy of living and the thrill of participating in life’s quest to know, to reach beyond, and to become. Our future is ours to choose. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” That is the concluding statement in this fine book, and one which I really like. If you like that kind of sentiment I highly recommend this book.

Change the Story Change the Future by David C. Korten is a book that creates a path that leads us away from a culture based on money to one with a higher value, maximizing the life force of living beings. He balances bottom-line economics based solely on money against making our world a bountiful place for human beings and all other living creatures. He shows us how our current world is owned and operated by financial robots that move vast amounts of money around at the speed of light. That may make sense for investors trying to game the system, but it is totally devoid of any human motive for making this a better world for humans. It, without the slightest whim of conscience, will destroy anything to make a tiny profit. Money is everything to the robot, nothing else matters! Your life means nothing to the robot if it can show a penny of profit. Korten proposes a Living Economy that:

  • maintains a co-productive balance between humans and nature;
  • provides a healthy, meaningful livelihood for all based on a just and equitable sharing of real wealth; and
  • gives every person a voice in decisions on which their well-being and that of the whole depend.

The book lays out his general plan for implementing the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF RIGHTS OF MOTHER EARTH.

The plan is for creating an idyllic living situation for everyone, but it seems to be based on a technology more in agreement with the lifestyle of the Classic Greeks than our world. That old way might be a more human way to live, but the world population back then was only a hundred million, and now it is 7.5 billion. That is 1/75th our present population, and that would mean 7.4 billion people would have to go. One of the characteristics of the system based on money is it functions to grow the population of consumers; thus it functionally seeks to feed more people. Of course there are limits to how many people the earth can support, and support well, but the financial robot isn’t concerned with that. Just –