It is OK to fall down as long as we have the courage to get back up again. I find it distressing that the American mindset right now is expressing a fear of falling down. America is a nation like any other nation. The USA was not founded by perfect people nor was it founded on perfect terms. Nor were the actions of the founders perfect. Like all humans and the endeavors in which they find themselves there is a fair bit of imperfection.
I think failing to accept this imperfection is one of America's greatest shortcomings. Yes, we know about it and we've even admitted to it on several occasions but as a collective we've yet to accept that we are an imperfect people living in an imperfect nation. I personally find it harder to accept that we are still struggling with the idea of imperfection as being a flaw in our design.
I'm greatly angered by the notion that what is not perfect is not right. I know that in terms of absolutes; of course this notion is without a foundation. In terms of expression I find great use in delving into the notion of accepting ones own imperfections as facets of greatness and I have the same appreciation for how imperfections in a nation provide the same opportunities for greatness to spring forth grant us unforeseen opportunities.
What does any of this have to do with falling down? Everything, absolutely everything. Falling down is a learning process. Falling down helps to point out where we are weak, unsteady and ill guided. Without falling down there is limited opportunity to learn how to get back up again which is far more important than learning how to walk. My least favorite people in life are those who have never fallen down, are afraid to take a risk which may cause them to fall down or those who have fallen and now are afraid to stand back up.
Why is any of this important? The economy. It is time to let our economy fail. This will hurt greatly and there may be fatalities but the losses we suffer from not letting it fail are beginning to become too severe. We are headed toward a completely bifurcated system of those with means and those without. We've fully embraced the notion of material value. We are no longer a nation of consumers we are a planet of consumers and this truth will be our undoing.
We need to be a race of dreamers, risk takers and seekers. The value of our race needs to come from our ability to create, maintain, explore and pass on what we've done; not just to the next generation but to all living things. Like it or not we are gods in the making. Even religious text expresses our existence is for the sole sake of a god. In most text we are the instruments of god and not god itself but I challenge that an instrument is an extension of a being something that expands the whole made greater or lesser by its connection, its applications and its construction.
Our god if we are the posession of one (or many) is made stronger by us or weaker. If we are made to be gods then we must strive to be gods. If through time we evolved (which I believe) then I believe we have evolved to be gods ourselves. Not petty self serving magicians pretending to be a god, no; I believe we have an obligation to support, sustain and grow all living things so that those creatures may experience life by their own means and evolve in their own way.
I believe others have a right to differ on this issue even if they agree that we are potential gods in the making they can still disagree on what our obligations will be or should be. I understand that this conflict in beliefs will only serve evolution and therefore I can embrace it. I also know that we need to start embracing this conflict today more than we ever have in the past.
I believe our first test on our road to becoming gods is to learn to create a system that is fluid in nature, free from any dominating faction and values not consumption but enlightenment. I use the word enlightenment to express many things as there are many ways to gain enlightenment and most of these ways should be also ways in which individuals gain freedom and the ability to create influence.
Currently those who influence our world have power backed by capital that is gained to possessing the rights over consumption of goods and services. The supply demand model of good and services in a free market pitch has served our race well up to this point. I say well with little conviction but I know that it has been our best model so far. I make the challenge today that as a race we must abandon this free market capitalist way and adopt something new. This is why I want the world economy to collapse.
We need to fall down so that when we get back up again we are wiser than we were before. If we fail to find a non supply-demand free market, capitalistic style economy then I make the prediction that its not a matter of if we go extinct its a matter of when. Like Boon Pickens I believe our most immediate approach should be a bridge type of approach. He's talking about natural gas I'm talking about accepting and deliberately using a social capitalistic style of economic development to support our current needs until hundreds of years from now we can completely ween ourselves from a consumer based growth model.
What ever your ideas share them. Hopefully they are possitive and constructive. If not at least expressing yourself exposes the rest of us to how weak we currently are as a race. If all we can do is criticize then we will be in good company when we meet up with the Dinosaurs. I've always wanted to see one.