Equal Life

From Zero Sum War to Win-Win Life Support

 

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Fear is the starting point of our actions or inactions, of every thought we create and act upon. Why is this? Well, because we haven’t mostly learned how to consider each other in our actions or inactions – we haven’t learned how to communicate in order to establish agreements to, for example, get to share things in a way where all involved are considered and so, no one would have to fight to get their ‘share of the pie’ so to speak. Fear is what drives us to want to ‘secure’ our resources or get someone else’s because we fear not having enough for tomorrow – or simply wanting to have more just to have more power, more control, more ‘security’ which is once again all coming from fearing losing it all, and ultimately fearing our own death. This sounds like the reason for wars at the moment and one would tend to look at it as a problem between nations only, however, this within each one of us and it has to exist within us first in order to now ‘make sense’ and justify wars as righteous actions to secure (grab, steal) someone else’s resources/territory or people to serve as slaves – this might sound ‘outdated’ or how it was in the old days, however things haven’t really changed no matter how much ‘evolved’ we might be with all our super-powers to crate all of these technological gadgets and plan super-sustainable cities, which is great but one thing is certain: if we do not change our starting point from Fear toward a genuine principle of cooperation, solidarity, communication, ability to work together, to share, to establish agreements, to consider each other’s right to live in dignity = it will be rather difficult to get to any real evolution.

The reason why we cannot continue following a system of ‘morals’ of right and wrong is because that is the foundation of our ‘justice’ mind construct. For example, what one grows up believing is ‘right’ and ‘fair’ in America might not be the same as what someone in Russia grows up learning is right – in one or the other war can be justified as a means to ‘secure one’s homeland’ and in the other war is seen as a self-destructive action and last resort, while agreeing that it is right to stock on nuclear weapons to ‘defend our people.’ The point here being that in common sense, there cannot be any ‘right’ or ‘righteousness’ in promoting war or defense tactics, because the obvious principled living point is missed: how to Not wage wars but rather learn how to communicate, to know what each other is fearing, to know what each faction is requiring and so get to establish agreements, solutions where both or all parts are considering self-responsibility. Oh wow, such a simplistic way to avoid stocking on nuclear weapons or spending 20 million dollars a day on warfare while we starve 2+ billions of people and destroy the most precious resources we have on Earth! So you tell me whether there’s anything ‘righteous’ or common sensical in war as in there being any ‘fair’ or ‘just’ excuse to wage it…. There is NONE.

Where do we as ‘the people of the world’ fit in this scheme? Well, as much as we would like to think wars are a problem of the ‘super high spheres in society,’ it is not really only ‘them’ that have the ultimate say to wage wars. We all do this within ourselves, against each other, all the time. Have a look at our own thoughts, how much inner conflict we create within ourselves that we eventually create into actual problems between one another and ‘against someone’ just because we want to defend what we believe is ‘right’ which is actually – as the justifications for wars show – an excuse, a reason, a justification to get benefits for oneself and so justify doing ‘whatever it takes’ to get them. In this world, it is rather – unfortunately – common to have to lie, cheat, deceive, fool and abuse another/others in order to get ‘what one wants.’

One might think this is not so at all, because one plays ‘fair’ – but can there be any real fairness in this world in fact? Can there be any real cleanliness we even ignores how money is created as debt to tie us to a system of enslavement and how the very life we trade with is embedded in a monetary system that devalues life and ponders money as the right over life? No, no one can really escape from the actual thwarted foundation that moves every single cent in this world. This is no different to how we justify the means to get to an end, where we as individuals do not really question the outflows and consequences of us wanting to get something/someone in certain place that benefits us as individuals.

We rarely – if not never genuinely – consider everyone that is directly or indirectly involved and affected by our decisions, by our actions and how within creating of our world system a zero sum game – where one’s earnings is another’s loss – we actually bite our own tail all the time, because we have missed the understanding that by denying another’s growth and wellbeing is shooting ourselves in the leg as well, because we are all in fact interconnected by the sheer realization that we live in the same world. This is not a spiritual or metaphysical connotation here, but quite a factual aspect of our lives in this world.

Therefore, when we decide to go against others to get what we want, within following our fear to have none or our desire to have more, within believing that control and power are real as they make us even ‘more powerful’ and so intimidating others to not mess with us, we become in fact our own worst enemy – no matter who you are, where you are, what ‘right or wrong’ morality you base your actions on: physical laws of action and consequence dictate that the moment that we disregard a part of the whole and wage war against it = everyone else will be affected.

 

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Maybe we will only realize this when it is too late and we have no resources to wage war on… we haven’t consider that everything in this world is alive and that our very decisions and principles dictate how we create ourselves, how we shape our reality, how we create or destroy life around us – being humans, animals, plants, the ecosystem in itself. What nature is showing us is that if we continue ‘waging war’ against each other, nature/ the animal kingdom will also demonstrate the outflows of our inability to coexist in harmony, maybe that’s what we require to see in order to wake up from our warmongering slumber.

Ultimately, isn’t it that all that we want is our secured access to resources, to live at peace and in dignity? Then why haven’t we yet actually worked on creating a system that guarantees just that? Why haven’t we placed our collective effort and work in gear to get that done and secured? Makes no sense to only keep ‘fighting injustice’ and ‘fighting against terror’ which is a paradox in itself, we have to instead focus on living the principles that we want to see reflected in this world .

If we want fairness and Justice we have to create it from within ourselves: to consider at all times what is Best for All, to do onto another as we would like to be done onto ourselves as ‘they’ are also ‘me’ as well, to give as I would like to receive and to ensure that no harm or abuse is waged in means of one’s benefit – that must be recognized as self-destruction, period.

So, there can be no excuse to not give to each other the right to a guaranteed Living Income, which is a first stepping stone to get everyone their share of the economy, no matter how thwarted it is in its foundation at the moment – this is a first step to begin straightening the crooked tree we have all allowed to grow ‘by itself’ without any clear definition of what we want that money to be. Our current zero sum economic system is our collective consequence, it is our responsibility, so we have to begin placing solutions to get everyone on the playing field, so that then we can look at how to best generate fairness embedded in the way that money is created, in the way that our laws are created – which would be turned into living principles that do not focus only on ‘punishing people,’ but rather on preventing crime, on preventing war, on preventing inequality, on preventing spite and desire for power. These are the living principles we have missed as humanity – we are witnessing the results of this as ongoing wars and environmental degradation keep going on until we one day we might find there’s no more clean water to drink, no bees to pollinate our flowers, no food to fill our stomachs with, no trust between one another at all and no strength to survive – that would be most undesirable chaos.

We are at a crossroads here: either we connect the dots and realize how we are waging a war against ourselves on all fronts, stop and decide to rather focus on collaborating, developing solidarity and implementing solutions that guarantee our decision to cooperate and coexist supporting one another or we obliterate ourselves.

I suggest we rather gear our minds, our bodies and our intentions to focus on establishing and creating solutions to prevent getting ourselves to that worst case scenario where no ‘win’ can exist – let’s prevent our children having to come to us and ask us why we didn’t do anything to stop this mess.

There’s still time, but it’s running out…. It is now or never that we create a world-system where no one ends up losing and everyone actually wins.

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Nice Guys Will Finish First– Living Income Guaranteed

 

Nice guys don't finish last, we run a different Human Race

 

I’ve pondered many times why we tend as a society ‘shoot ourselves in the leg’ which means not cooperating, most likely bashing each other just to ‘get to the top first’ and do anything required to get such desirable success, position of power or having ‘more than others’ which even at times implies damaging, abusing and harming others which is the foundation of this current dog-eat-dog world.

We can ask ourselves: well, why aren’t we working in a win-win type of mentality where we are living in solidarity and we cooperate and we get to live in mutual reciprocity as individuals? And in researching a bit more into this, you get to find Game Theory of course which is essentially that mathematical assessment behind all our decisions when for example, seeing ourselves in a game with two or more people wherein essentially there is a choice available: to either act in the interest of both/all the players involved or you decide to simply act in selfishness, in self-interest and only care for your own benefit – the latter seems to be the most popular and common drive of our everyday decisions.

What has been demonstrated in the BBC Production by Richard Dawkins Nice guys finish first – is that this kind of behavior has been observed in human beings playing games wherein they have to continually decide either to cooperate with the other players – which would actually lead them to make more points/more money whichever they are gambling or gaming for – than if they only think that ‘you know I rather get ahead of you first because I know that you will most likely retaliate back – in this we’re constantly existing in a ‘defensive mode’ because of knowing beforehand that we tend to – from the get-go – act in self-interest and so protect ourselves from others’ attack. So he actually shows how people seldom begin with a cooperative starting point or in a mutually supportive frame of mind.

Within this what is explained as a supportive game strategy is known as Tit for Tat. So for example, if the other player decides to cooperate, then you follow through with that decision the player made and cooperate back – so if the other person defects, then you defect as well which means: ‘If you jump = I jump’ – ‘if you don’t = then I don’t jump.’ So in this, there is a sense of stagnation as in there’s no perceived major loss or major win – yet, this is perceived as a ‘stagnant’ because there is no agreed or explicit agreement established to Cooperate and so build up together, because it would be possible to create such framework or starting point IF we as human beings for example explicitly decided to cooperate and to have a mutually beneficial foundation and so, made a decision to work together, to have an agreement to make of Success something that is Beneficial for both parts – instead of just for a few individuals.

So in this Tit for Tat strategy, success is in a way guaranteed because it is always like playing ‘nice’ or playing ‘clean’ – whereas it is also proven that people that decide to play ‘dirty’ or ‘cheating’ eventually end up at the bottom fighting/playing against each other and so losing – of course in some games they are meant to be the winners. So then we have to also consider how games are structured to make of the people that cheat, that lie, that play ‘dirty’ the ones that get to win. It’s then the rules of the game which we have to change in order to decide cui bono in our everyday social agreements.

 

Giving and Receiving

 

Success is currently measured with whether you are ‘winning’ over another individual – or it could become the definition of creating a supportive, cooperative outcome wherein all parties involved that cooperate with one another get equally benefited – this is the definition of win-win solutions, it is the definition of what is Best for All.

But the reason why this doesn’t work as such yet is because our usual first move, our first starting point, our first decision is not founded upon the consideration of ‘I’m going to Cooperate’ ‘I’m going to Bid for the Common Good/ For the Common Goal’ and instead, the immediate and innate move is actually out of Fear, out of ‘wanting to survive’ first, out of wanting to be ‘The Fittest’ – and this is where the whole Survival of the Fittest mentality has been actually blatantly used and made popular to manipulate our own – and already existent – desire to survive and desire to get the most money and desire to be the strongest because we have considered that That is ‘the most power’ one can get and so the meaning of success.

But if we look at it: it is simply an idea, an equation in our minds that ‘the one that gets the most, is the most powerful/the most successful’ – yes of course, at an individual basis you can have all the money and be the king of the hill, but if you look at the entire reality it’s as if you cannot really get into a better position economically speaking without making someone poorer or diminishing their ability to improve themselves too, or taking from the others to make yourself richer – which is the what’s currently happening with our growing inequality: some accumulate wealth and so provoking economic stagnation at all levels of society.

So in our economic system, we have to come to an Agreement – a without-greed solution as the sound of the word a = without and greed – that we don’t have to continue living in this mentality of ‘Survivalism’ and ‘Fighting for each other’s desire to win,’ but instead realizing that the greater success, the most stable relationships, the most reliable and cooperative systems start when both/all parties involved as the whole community or society decides to act in the interest of everyone. So that’s the real definition of success wherein it is no longer the ‘Survival of the Fittest’ mentality which has been exploited from what has been witnessed in the animal world. So it’s as anything, you get to be conditioned to then also fight for your own survival once that throughout time, throughout various cycles of relationships between individuals one gets to realize that ‘well if I don’t get anything back with me cooperating, I don’t want to remain the sucker, so now I’m going to fight once again to get to my own success.’

Richard Dawkins explains the value that is implied within self to have that starting point of ‘being nice’ or ‘playing nice’ which is deciding to be cooperative, to look for the common good – and to also not immediately retaliate when seeing that the other one is defecting/ not cooperating or attacking, because then: once that one gives into that attack, of course you become part of the ‘cheaters’ as the ones that play ‘dirty’ and so forth.

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All of this of course boils down to what should be a common agreement: instead of constantly fearing that one and another is able to win over you or that you have to attack to get the most. Why don’t we rather realize that if we build up societies that can cooperate with one another, it will be easier to keep each other alive and eventually efface or weed out and purge the abusers, the greedy ones and make them extinct because one can actually decide that: if you get the benefit = then you have to give back to society for example. And so giving that starting point: if you get this benefit, then you must cooperate, then you must be considered part of the whole group. Because what we tend to do as human beings is that of course we want to get the benefits but we don’t want to really do something, in terms of reciprocity and giving something back, which is not the expected ‘forced labor’ type of mentality, but simply regarding one’s life to be a +1 person that can contribute to make things work in a supportive manner in this world.

So we have to teach each other that selfish mentality leads us to parasitical relationships wherein some work for example and some others don’t yet benefit from the taxes paid by the ones that do work. And that’s actually one of the main and common type of dissonances that exist whenever someone talks about providing a Living Income or Money for people to live, and they say ‘well there’s always going to be someone that will be benefiting from you’ and do just like the Cheaters in the game that will simply get the benefit but they won’t give anything back. But if we don’t create a platform and an actual system that can work in a symbiotic manner, in a reciprocal supportive foundation, then we just create this mind game within ourselves as individuals, which is the starting point of our speculative financial system in fact. Instead of rather realizing ‘well, what in this system – for example in our economic system – is working in a way that this kind of abuse can happen? Why haven’t we established the rules of the game in such a way that if we cooperate, we get used to the idea of mutual or reciprocal benefit as the road to success?

And so we can instead educate ourselves of the various ways we’ve come to destroy each other – and even the initial self-interested individual will be left out and won’t be able to ‘win’ any longer – if they don’t get into the new societal principle which is ‘you support me, I support you, we support each other to win.’

 

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So in essence, it’s quite interesting because game theory or ‘gaming’ in itself wouldn’t exist in such a complex manner if the starting point of both players was obviously to support each other as equals – the ‘struggle,’ the ‘fighting’ and the eventual conquering of one over the other would simply not exist. Therefore, we actually make our lives very complicated when we are constantly ‘strategizing’ and ‘scheming ways to win,’ cheat and live by the law of the least effort.

We have been indoctrinated culturally – and maybe even at a genetic level –  that you have to win, you have to get the most, because you can die if you don’t get the most, if you don’t hoard all that you can because that’s your security, that’s where the power resides, that’s what success is: to get the most. And in that, any sense of cooperation, common agreement, commonality, common ground … all of that is feared – why? Because no one wants to end up being ‘the sucker’ which is explained also in the video on how tickbirds cooperate with each other to take off each other’s tics. So there are three kinds of tickbirds. First kind are the ones that cooperate between each other, then there are the ones that take the ticks off birds ‘B’ but birds ‘B’ decide that they don’t want to cooperate and take off the ticks of the other bird, so that makes him a cheater. But then, there’s the third kind: the ‘sucker’ who is the bird that goes taking off ticks and he never gets anything back meaning, no one takes his ticks off. So, both that lose are the one that abuses the others’ voluntary move to take off his tics, and also the sucker because the sucker is actually doing it all for others – but he’s not looking after himself either.

That’s also interesting when it comes to this idea that you have to give to everyone else but not to yourself because that is also not considering yourself as an equal, it’s just the law of equality that can really get things stable which means: not abusing, not devaluing yourself either, but just finding that equilibrium which in all ways, it’s simply acting in the best interest of everyone. And within this, learning that there are more benefits in fact when we cooperate and we consider each other’s benefit than if we live in this constant ‘scheming’ as an offense-defense balance which, if you study International Politics for example, that’s the whole thing that you learn, offense-defense balance: if you attack me = I’ll retaliate, if you retaliate this way = I’ll retaliate this other greater way – if you stop shooting = then I will also stop shooting.

And we are witnessing this right now with the whole sanction process between Russia and the US, it’s the whole cold war scenario and the sanctions are actually going to be upgraded toward Russia. So Russia had been quite ‘pacific’ within this all, it had taken certain measures to ban certain foods from the EU producers, but now it’s like ‘Ok so if you US/EU upgrade these sanctions = I will also upgrade my sanction which will be airplanes won’t be able to fly over Russian airspace.’ So what are we witnessing here? The actual development or starting point of wars in essence, it’s the war mentality and as I’ve explained in the beginning this exists within us even when we play a silly board game wherein we are constantly scheming how can we win, how can we cheat, how can we get the most and so in essence we end up abusing each other, destroying each other and getting the least success.

This is something that I’ve been very aware of in the society that I live in wherein I would see that corruption is the king of the world – or at least very, very common and socially acceptable. And I also saw this for myself when even playing this board games like monopoly and so forth, whenever I didn’t play ‘dirty’ or ‘greedy’ I would obviously lose because I was expecting everyone else to be equally ‘good’ or ‘compassionate’ and I was around 6-7 years old. And that’s when I got told by my older cousins that ‘You know, if you continue that way you won’t ever win. This world is about cheating, it’s about being greedy, it’s about making others suffer’ That was my enlightening revelation of how the world operated similar to a Monopoly game.

And that’s in essence the tragedy that we have created when we’ve come to believe that “Success = Winning over others” instead of realizing that REAL Success implies cooperating and establishing win-win solutions that benefit everyone.

 

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So we actually have to create a common agreement, a pre-planned system to get cooperation going and so maximize the benefits for everyone – and I’m actually paraphrasing what Richard Dawkins said. Why haven’t we done this at an economic level? Why do we keep shooting ourselves in the leg?

It’s about time that we completely get this notion of ‘The Survival of the Fittest’ as our starting point in reality out of the equation and rather realize that it is cooperation and reciprocity and mutual benefit that creates the real success, that is and should have always been the law of how this physical world and ecosystems operate – that is what makes it prevail, function and be sustainable – not the constant wars fighting to get each other’s land, money, territory, wives, etc. because it really exists at all levels in our minds: constant competition, constant desire to retaliate, constantly ‘watching out’ what the others’ move are so that we can then decide how we act.

I do also agree that in order to make this work, we do require to unite because that’s what makes the strength. As I mentioned, if I was playing with my cousins and they were all playing the ‘cheater’ mode and I was playing in the ‘cooperative’ mode, obviously I was the one that lost every time – but what if it was four ‘cooperative’ ones vs. two ‘cheaters’ and the games was designed to support the cooperative ones?

We decide the rules of the game, we decide that it is about time that we make the cooperative ones the successful ones, the ones that are aligned to the new principles that we have to create to make our world function for the betterment of everyone. So this is absolutely what I want to create and what is also proposed as part of the Living Income Guaranteed Proposal, we aren’t fighting against ‘the powers that be’ – we don’t want to leave anyone ‘out of the equation.’ An Equation in Equality means: Everyone Benefits – yes. And that is a Win-Win Solution and that is what will ensure that we realize that No Wars will be required, that we don’t have to constantly ‘aim’ at winning over others through abusing them, but rather live the realization that if we enhance our living skills and personal development while supporting each other to create mutual benefit, we will all thrive as a civilization – and that’s the new Race that will redefine our humanity. This is the kind of change that we must create within ourselves to make of any provision of a living income an effective solution to our world crisis.

Providing a Living Income as a Living Right will prevent us from making our first decision based on survival and fear and so agree to have a clear starting point to support our common success.

Watch: BBC Horizon – Nice Guys Finish First (Richard Dawkins, 1987)

Win Win Negotiation

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Parents Need a Living Income Now

 

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Children are the future of the world, but what happens when children are not being provided with proper parental care, education and financial support to become a living example of what the real evolution in humanity should be as children that grow up to be self-caring, self-loving, considerate, responsible and self-honest individuals that can support to co-create the changes required in our societies? the opposite happens and I’ll share a brief story that happened today and we’ll get to see what the starting point of a problem with a teenager growing up could’ve started and how we’re all allowing such problems to exist as they do, because we haven’t provided any living support as a guaranteed human right to every child in the world.

 

Girl around 13 years old takes some sleeping pills to school. She thinks it’s a cool idea to sell them to her classmates for money and fun. It’s the kind of pills that make you want to sleep. Two classmates buy them from her and take them during the first hour of the school day – classmates begin to look sleepy and sluggish. The school principals were made aware of the situation. It gets complicated for the two boys that took more than any regular dose of those pills. Parents are called, kids are not allowed in any regular hospital since it would involve a criminal act of intoxication. They are taken to a private hospital by the school’s principal with the school’s insurance being unable to pay for such treatment, because it’s not an accident, it’s ingestion of a legal drug, it’s a (potentially deadly) intoxication.

 

The girl is questioned about her reasons for doing this. She first denies the story until she ends up explaining how she stole the pills from her grandmother that takes them to be able to sleep. Girl’s mother is called to the school. Mother arrives to school right from work after her nightshift as a nurse in state’s health hospital – which should be read as earning a basic wage. She’s a single mother, her daughter – the 13 year old girl – barely sees her mother because she has to work all day to ‘make a living.’ Girl explains how she usually gets home and sometimes only eats a bag of chips for lunch… and that’s it. Girl seems disheveled, lacking proper hygiene and also comments on her being taking the drug herself. Mother isn’t aware of this at all; she spends too much time working.

 

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Mother will have to pay for the boys’ hospital stance since it was her daughter that sold those pills to the boys. The one that took the highest dosage ends up with a very delicate condition that leads to a four thousand bill for a few hours in private hospital. Mother makes around six thousand a month in one of her jobs, which means she’ll be left with 33% of her month’s wage based on the actions that her daughter committed at school. There are no social benefits that can cover such expenses since there are no public hospitals that can accept an intoxicated minor without addressing the justice department about it – that means more time, more money and more consequences for everyone – hence a private hospital’s services are an expensive way to also avoid further charges upon the girl.

Girl won’t and can’t be suspended at school. She must be sent to get proper psychological assistance – which also costs money – and unless she does that, she won’t be allowed back in school; this means a bad reputation for her to be accepted in any other school based on her antecedents. Girl is seen as the culprit, the young criminal – but is she? What would she continue to do or how would this escalate in some years to come if the pattern in her environment and circumstances remain the same way? You and I can only imagine it. The point here is to realize that this could have all been prevented and still, her future can be prevented to go down the spiral of endless trouble that most young people go through during their teenage years. We all have to recognize that these situations are becoming more common than we can imagine, and it all can be traced back to the lack of money.

 

The girl grows up with only one parent that can afford her expenses. There’s no living income provided to children here in Mexico – not in your ‘wildest dreams’ as some might unfortunately say – instead it is the other way around where having a child means an exorbitant amount of expenses that will continue for the remainder of their schooling years up until they become ‘financially independent’ – which means becoming adults that can fend for themselves. Parents, on the other hand – if born in a condition of poverty – there’s little to no options to be able to succeed in life.

 

Family with low incomes poverty

 

This is how we have perpetuated poverty: we have a majority in this world where you are born in and environment where living support is not provided, nor the tools as education, basic services or the recognition of their own right to have access to these resources is acknowledged. Your entire mentality and ‘education,’ your aspirations and overall view on life is shaped according to maintaining such limited living-standard – and you see those that have more than enough money as the lucky ones, the ones some divine power chose to support better than you, and you keep hoping that they that have the power to change things will do something for you that are currently powerless and thus voiceless in any decision making process for your own benefit. We as society don’t do anything about this, because we’ve accepted poverty as part of ‘how economy works,’ ignoring the actual need that we all KNOW exists, but we believe it is beyond our power to change how things work in terms of money and providing living human rights to everyone that needs it.

If the mother would have had sufficient support for her to live in a dignified environment, with proper support and education, she would have probably been better informed about parental planning and how to prevent having children that weren’t entirely planned – maybe she would have prevented such relationship ending up in a single-mother family situation. Let’s pretend that she did want to have the child as a single mother. If she had access to a Living Income by virtue of being a parent that is doing the most important job in the world – which is giving birth to another life and become a living example for them, to be a source of education and provide them with the best foundation of support for the rest for their life – then she would have not required to begin working right after the girl was born in order to continue ‘making money to live.’ Instead, the Girl is left in the hands of nursery schools, schools, and an old and mostly sick grandmother that can’t look after her. Girl grows learning habits and ‘lifestyles’ from the TV, from the Internet, from feeling abandoned by a working mother that she barely gets to see each day. Girl seeks for better ways to ease her emotional experience of abandonment, of feeling rejected by others, of being disenfranchised from her right to have a dignified living, of wanting to feel something else other than the belief that she should not have been born. She starts experimenting with drugs to ease the pain. She has no support, no one to talk to and so she starts seeking a way to make her own money by selling grandmother’s pills to peers at school. The rest is history.

 

As society we’ve perpetuated poverty as ‘an unchangeable – and sometimes covertly ‘necessary’ – economic condition that is in fact the actual source of all hard work and labor that enables our societies to function. We have all collectively decided to continue accepting the fact that parents have no guaranteed living support for their children, to have money to provide them with the necessary to live until they can fend for themselves and so, having a child is the equivalent of having to spend your entire day making money to give your child their bare minimum basic needs; this pattern works at a different level yet same principle in middle to upper-middle class. There’s lack of time for supporting the child, to be there with them, to be walking with throughout their schooling process, to develop effective relationships and communication – none of that exists because parents are busy all day long trying to survive in a dog-eat-dog world-system, the one that we’ve collectively given continuation up till today.

 

We have all implicitly agreed that it’s easier to take drugs than solving problems, understanding them at their root and cause which most of the times can be traced back to how the constant need of ‘making money’ prevents children from having available and supportive parents that care after them. Instead we have procured the creation a multi-billion industry that is currently known as the ‘health-scare’ industry as every health-bill comes like a fire that burns any hard-earned money in a matter of hours of any health-care services provided to a person that, if lacking insurance, will have to most likely spend a great part of their hard-earned wage to pay for indispensable health-services. We have all collectively decided to agree that health-care services are ‘expensive’ and any health industry has become a big-bucks business that only an elite can afford – the rest? Well, currently people go bankrupt when trying to pay any long-term disease problem, a problem caused by all points of neglect in our food and service industries, in our prevention tactics to precisely learn how to develop effective relationships, to provide proper education that is practical to the betterment of our societies by learning how to be a self-responsible, supportive and cooperative human being that considers doing, acting and thinking how to create a world that is best for everyone. This would prevent so many problems… but unfortunately, we’re now facing the direct effect of all the things we haven’t done and so we can only begin to remedy one by one by seeing the ‘full scope’ of the problem and how we all directly and indirectly have co-created such tragedies as they happen day by day.

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This is what our denial to provide the right to life has caused

We do have a solution, and it begins with realizing that every individual that doesn’t have access to work to ‘earn a living,’ should be Given a Living Income as an irrefutable human right. That is what all children of the world should get, administrated by parents that are also in turn counseled and properly administrated in order to ensure such money is being used in the benefit of the child and prevent any misuse of such funds that are the financial security crib that we can provide to each girl and boy born into this world. Then the mothers and fathers of this world will have sufficient and proper time to educate themselves on how to be a parent, on how to take responsibility for their own children and how it is that we can begin changing the world by removing the survival modality, the imposed need to work even two jobs to ‘make a living’ which are those who have suffered the most due to being born into poverty and having no support to get out of it and progress.

This way we will begin to have more time, free time for parents to receive proper education on how to best take care of their children, to have parents being understanding why we require further changes in the schooling systems, how it is that any form of education must not be left at the hands of teachers in schools but to work together to become living examples to the children that can then grow to be and become individuals that understand how their right and responsibility is to develop themselves to be living examples of what an integral and responsible human being is, what it is to create relationships of support, trust and care toward one another so that we can create a healthy and thriving society. The nature of our current tormented, depressed, and needy of a relief children and adolescents can be changed by providing a Living Income to them and their parents so that their job –the most important job in the world – is properly paid for in order to dedicate themselves to fully take care of and responsibility for their child. This will prevent the problems previously described caused mostly by the lack of money, the lack of ourselves as society to support each other back up to the point where we are creating incipient minor-criminals that seek a way out of themselves, because of lacking all real physical care and support.

If you agree that we cannot continue growing these massive psychological problems based on lacking support for each other to live in the optimal way that we can coexist in, then join us in our education and shared process of developing and understanding solutions where we would usually see none before. We cannot continue to divert the necessity of this with further disagreements as to how this money would mean potential losses in the economy or ‘inflation in prices’… we’re talking about here about a collective well being, we’re talking about providing the certainty, the guaranteed provision of living rights to every human being from birth until they have sufficient age and education to know what it is that they want to do with their lives, their time, their participation in society. How can we expect our society to evolve by maiming the essential support that every living being requires to grow? Food, water, shelter, healthcare, education, parental care and proper support is what every child should be given in the most decent and dignified manner, it is an act of love that we can all provide to each other if we agree that this is what it means to provide a proper foundation to live in a dignified manner.

It’s in our best interest to do this as we can no longer see ourselves unaffected by the lack of others. We can prevent psychological problems, broken families, mental illnesses, criminality, drug addictions and a lot more by focusing on that which we can give and receive to support each other as equals. It’s a matter of ethics, of doing what is right.

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Why are higher wages a Win-Win Solution?

 

Everyone knows that having money enables us to cover our needs and live in a comfortable manner, however the less we earn, the higher prices go up, the more taxes we pay and the more wealth is accumulated in the hands of a few means that the less opportunities exist to change the way the economic model works now. But, we have to learn this has not always been ‘the way the world works.’

Let’s take the most usual example. The growing rate of income inequality in the United States of America and around the globe has its most recent roots in 1978 when the taxation to the rich was diminished and the financial industry deregulation, enabling the infamous 1% to grow richer and richer to the exorbitant data that we find today wherein 400 individuals may hold half of the wealth of the entire Nation. The problem in itself is not their wealth, but how it is used – meaning, it’s not being reinvested back into the economy in ways that it reaches the population – it mostly goes to bailouts, lobbying, political campaigns or other forms of capital investment that are not taxable. From my perspective, this ability for the corporate powers to define what the government does is what the ideal of ‘Free Market’ becomes when government does not regulate the greatest casinos on Earth – Wall Street – and exorbitant amounts of invisible money are able to be created out of thin air, out of bidding on the actual assets and work that real people do, which means that this world is in reverse: human labor – whichever form it is – has been ousted from the benefits of any form of ‘economic efficiency’ or ‘growing economy’ in GDP numbers, and instead, the middle and working class have been tied to a noose where instruments used for further polarization of society, such as inflation along with a stagnant rate of wages for over 35 years have led to the ongoing crisis since 2008 worldwide: a few people having all the money they want and the rest having less and less power of acquisition, which results in an ever straining bubble about to burst when realizing that even those with great wealth depend on those that helped create their great wealth in the first place: the middle class that is now being eradicated to become part of the poverty lines.

As Nick Hanauer nailed it: Costumers are the Real Job Creators and explains how the middle class expenditure is what has made companies like his own the extremely profitable business it is. Why? Because the more people can afford to buy, the more businesses win – therefore, the less people can afford buying products = the less profit great business owners have. It is obvious that limitations in one side of the society inevitably catch up on the wealthy rest too, if those millions do not generate economic activity.

 

The problem with wealth is that it’s not reintegrated back to society, it’s mostly spent in some other forms of investments, are equally ‘bubbly’ goods such as gold, hedge funds, art or financing government members to deregulate the markets, which only continues to widen inequality.

When looking at the problem and tracing the point back to how individuals go from middle class to poverty, one can see that there has been a problem overlooked when large corporations take the jobs of small businesses, resulting in going-out-of-business  which means jobs are lost; when technology reduces the amount of human labor required, when having no ‘good job opportunities’ forces underemployment and lower wages because we have collectively accepted that ‘it’s best to have at least a shitty job with bad wages than nothing,’ which in turn makes the idea of ‘higher education being the key to live well’ another planned obsolescence tactic to rather generate debt in college people so that their working money – if they do happen to find a good job – is able to be slashed In half to pay for an education that most likely won’t get people having the job that was expected to give three to four times more than what they earn on a yearly basis, plus paying taxes that won’t go back in social benefits. This is the current straining reality: the problem is the structure of how money is being used, but also the complacency and ignorance to accept things ‘how they are’ instead of realizing that: this is Not the way life’s meant to be, this is Not the way economies have always operated. We have reached the bottom and we can only go that far.

 

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What happens when wages are not good enough?

Besides growing discontent toward governments, corporations through protests and worker’s strikes, some of the immediate coping mechanisms that newly unemployed people do is saturate credit cards to pay for basic needs like food/services/transportation and education, take low-end jobs or resort to criminal activities, resulting in worse consequences at a collective level. Others went through the expectancy of ‘earning more money’ through refinancing their houses – which created the big bubble that burst in 2008 – leaving many in a declared state of poverty and bankruptcy, working two or three jobs to make ends meet – and sometimes not even that is enough. Using up savings or retirement funds for healthcare bills became a way to care for the essentials, leaving many homeless people living in tent cities while millions of houses are left empty and owned by banks that essentially propitiate debt to make profit… and we have fallen for it.

This is obviously a stressful and unacceptable situation considering that personal taxes paid to the IRS are not directly benefiting people with any form of unemployment plans – which have been recently cut for millions of Americans – as well as the 40 billion cut in food stamps over a decade – or creating of ‘new jobs’ since we know that the problem is this gaping inequality stemming from the stagnation of wealth in the hands of a few and having the rest having to cope with inflation, debt, rising health costs, topped credit cards, gigantic mortgage and college debts that seem insurmountable since wages have not gone up at all since then 1970’s.

On top of that, paying taxes without getting any support back is a slap in the face considering that:

“The US is now locked into a system whereby the government issues bonds to generate the funds for their operations, bonds that are backed up by the taxation of the public’s own labor. […] the most outrageous fact of all is that not one cent of the money collected by the income tax goes toward payment of government services. This startling admission was confirmed by the Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, better known as the Grace Commission, a Congressional investigation that was appointed by President Reagan in 1982 and concluded:

“With two thirds of everyone’s personal income taxes wasted or not collected, 100 percent of what is collected is absorbed solely by interest on the federal debt and by federal government contributions to transfer payments. In other words, all individual income tax revenues are gone before one nickel is spent on the services [that] taxpayers expect from their government.”

  – James Corbett

 

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The Debt hole is able to be stopped first of all by stopping the need to go into debt and because right now it might be impossible to ‘create jobs’ from out of thin air – since there’s no economic flow – a first and necessary input that generates a new flow has to be created: to provide a Living Income to people that currently are unemployed and give Higher Wages to those that do work. This is why we support the movement that is gaining momentum in the US to raise wages from the average $7.25 to 15 dollars or more, as it is well know that people that earn higher wages become loyal workers, enhance their dedication and working skills with the general incentive of gaining more money, which means a higher quality living standard, better quality products, better education as well as considering that higher power of acquisition is the best cure to an anemic economy. This will in turn not only truly generate ‘jobs’ but a better quality jobs in new ventures that will go beyond the usual retail and service industry, which currently has the most job placements and the least pay, keeping a stagnant society designed to manufacture, serve with no use of our true skills and potential that we all have as human beings.

Therefore the real capital that must be recognized is ourselves: the human capital, understanding that any speculative bubble will eventually burst as it should, since it was never real in the first place and instead, focus on supporting the ‘middle class’ with better wages, which in turn will create better job opportunities and eradicate poverty by providing a Living Income to everyone that so requires it.

This will also remove the need to create ‘extra funds’ – and their eventual cuts in the emergency of further ‘budget crisis’ – for unemployment or pension plans, since the provision of a Living Income is No Longer linked to Personal Income Tax, but through other means that we suggest are used to fund the Living Income, such as using the money that goes to military budget, foreign aid, nationalizing companies that profit from the use and sales of natural resources and value added tax, which will in turn create a system that stands by its own spending-movement profit rather than taxing the poor to siphon those funds to pay governmental debts.

 

The Living Income Guaranteed model will not only enable the provision of a basic income or living income in a sustainable manner, but it will also enable the following changes in the economy of any nation that implements it:

 

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What is the Living Income Guaranteed?

 

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Living Income Guaranteed is an economic and political mechanism to ensure the establishment of Fundamental Human Birth Rights of the public through allocating an allowance on a monthly basis to every eligible individual that is currently in a position of being unable to sustain themselves – and/or people in their custody – financially to a level that Human Dignity deserves and that currently lack such support due to reasons beyond their immediate control including – but not limited to – unemployment, lacking access to food, lacking access to housing, lacking access to healthcare, lacking access to education, physical disability, being retired or not old enough to have a job.

This is within the understanding that the existence of poverty and lack of education as the key to have a job and means to live is the result and outflow of the economic system’s malfunction, providing an unfair allocation of National Natural Resources, being unable to support every living individual with sufficient access to fundamental living necessities. The most immediate remedy is to eradicate poverty, through allocating/designating a monthly allowance to those that don’t have access to their fundamental living necessities, thereby empowering them to establish a dignified life, enabling each one to reach their potential, choose a career and contribute to the economy through their skill, labour and purchasing power.

 

Why is it called Living Income instead of Basic Income?

It is called ‘Living Income’ because it won’t only provide each one with the minimum required to survive, it implies sufficient allowance that is able to cover the fundamental expenses required for a dignified living Why? Because this will enable people to reach their creative potential, return to the job market, become independent from the Living Income and contribute to the progression of the economy.

This means that a Living Income Guaranteed should be provided to all individuals that are currently unable to participate in any economic activity due to the lack of jobs/education/health. However those that don’t participate in any economic activity but do have sufficient money to live due to, for example, family wealth, inheritance or any other regular income won’t qualify nor require the Living Income Guaranteed.

 

Why is Living Income Guaranteed Not Unconditional?

The reason why it is not given to all people unconditionally is because this would undermine the sustainability of an economic system that does require people to be motivated to educate themselves and work to enable the continuation and functionality of our societies.

 

That means that people that work won’t get the Living Income Guaranteed?

That’s right, however we Do propose that the Minimum Wage is Doubled (twice the Living Income Allowance), which means that there will be a series of reforms to take place first to make the Living Income Guaranteed a sufficient Allowance granted to cover fundamental living necessities, which is within the context of our current economy More than our current Minimum Wage standards.

This allowance should be sufficient for an individual to have dignified living conditions with guaranteed access to their fundamental human birth rights: Food, Water, Housing, Healthcare, Education, Clothing, Transportation, Public Services, etc.

Now to motivate people to work, the new minimum wage should be Double the Living Income Guaranteed in the most common economic activities which are at the moment associated with retail workers, waiters, cashiers, transportation workers, fast food industries, etc..

So, anyone that genuinely wants to have a top quality lifestyle will not conform to only getting the minimum as the Living Income, but continue educating themselves, developing further skills to make more money and have more financial solvency.

 

What’s in it for the corporations with implementing the Living Income Guaranteed model?

A broader consumer base. Those that previously had no money to live and as such were not economically active will suddenly become active participants in the economy which will ensure that profit is also broadened for corporations, realizing that if more buyers emerge, there will be more profit that can be used to better the working conditions, to diminish the compulsive production and instead adapt the prices to make things affordable, with great quality and providing a secure and harmonious working base, as well as proceeding to fund the automation of jobs that are currently deteriorating human health.

Workers will feel supported and cared for by their employers, which will result in individuals that no longer feel pressured and enforced to only be a profit-making machine, but will feel happy and content to realize that their work is being truly remunerated and that their time and contribution to the corporation is being valued as the life-time investment it actually is. A well remunerated individual will create a happier and fulfilled society that is no longer afraid of not having sufficient money to feed their family, it will be the beginning of a new era of quality work that dignifies the lives of human beings that genuinely desire to improve their lifestyles.

 

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Why is the implementation of a Living Income Guaranteed an immediate solution to the economic crisis?

More than a solution to a crisis, it should be understood as the way to guarantee that the Fundamental Human Rights to each individual are properly funded through allocating an Allowance as the access to the necessary things one requires to live in a dignified way – this is within the principle of Giving to others what we would like to receive, and if we want to live in a peaceful society, to have a happy and healthy living condition, we then must give access to this Allowance/Income as a living certainty that will eradicate the need to resort to crime, panhandling, homelessness, lacking education, health care that results in economical regression affecting every individual in society.

It is common sense that if we give an Allowance to every eligible individual to be well nourished, have proper living conditions with the fundamental necessary services, health care and leisure time, more educated beings will emerge from this when realizing that if one is given support as in getting an income to cover one’s living necessities, one learns how to give back to society too. This will be understood as a living principle that applies to every living being on Earth beyond any political, social, religious or ideological affiliation. We’re talking about physical living necessities that all human beings require to live in a dignified and sustainable way.

On top of this, many jobs are being replaced by the rise of the machine, which will require more restructuring processes in our economy to finally upgrade the premise of being able to ‘make a living by having a job’ because if jobs are currently not available to all – regardless of having college degrees and necessary skills to have one – then it is certain that a new understanding of our economy should be grasped as supportive mechanism for all individuals rather than a restrictive and coercive one.

In the past, long-term policies and treaties have attempted to benefit the working class over time, and it has proven to be inefficient for the tightening policies implemented by corporations as well as the economic outflows have deviated their effectiveness. This is how through a direct intervention to provide the Living Income as an Allowance and doubling of the minimum wage, we are directing the problem at the root, instead of expecting third party actors and policies to solve the situation throughout time.

 

Will the Living Income Guaranteed undermine competition and as such create economic stagnation in society?

Not at all, actually it’s the other way around. If we define competition as the ability achieve the best living condition in a society, by allocating Allowance to every eligible individual that previously had no access to it, we assure the activation of the economy and impulse people to work if they do want to have a greater economic solvency to cover other consumer desires for extra commodities that are not able to be paid for with the Living Income Guaranteed. Also, there is no limit to how much money you or corporations can make as long as their businesses do not interfere in any way with the nationalization of natural resources or fundamental public services – that is the condition. That means that the rules of a free market still apply and as such, the only constitutional and governmental management will be to supervise the implementation of the Living Income Guaranteed, as well as conducting the usual maintenance, management and provision of public goods and the justice department.

The more you prepare yourself, the better work you’ll have, the more benefits which means you will earn more money as well. Competition means bettering oneself to perform a certain activity the best way one can and this is an essential part of human nature  that has kept our societies remaining competitive, innovative and creative  at a local and global level.

You will also be able to truly have free choice on which work is best for you instead of engaging in working contracts based on need rather than preference or choice. This is the way to implement a real ethical environment at work too, where no more exploitation occurs since any job won’t be the result of a need to work in order to survive, but rather become a means and incentive to increase the quality of life.

 

How will it be funded?

Through the nationalization of resources , banks and basic services which means that if, for example, your oil, gas, water, electricity, telecommunications ,transportation is defined as patrimony of the people, the profit that comes from the consumption/purchase of such goods and services should be sufficient to fund the Living Income Guaranteed for eligible individuals. This means there will be no need to have personal taxation but instead keep the VAT (Value Added Tax) as it is to continue funding the functions of the government – this is also within the consideration that as the purchasing power increases and consumer base broadens, the funds coming from VAT will also increase creating more solvency in governmental budget as well, which translates to higher quality public welfare.

Thus with the Living Income Guaranteed there is one thing that is of vital importance: no one in the system, no citizen will pay tax – all tax will be facilitated by either value added tax or sales tax or import duties. If you have a government system that is responsible because you have a system where each one is functioning effectively within the system, you do not need excessive tax; your tax is spent on things like roadwork, transport facilitation – all things that can be handled ‘in house’.

One of the things that can work quite effectively also in a country is to have a toll tax on the roads which are managed by the government and that keeps the roads in place, so according to the use that one has of a road = will be the amount of tax you pay, but there will be in this proposal no income tax, so nobody is going to pay for anyone’s Living Income Guaranteed, it’s coming from the resource companies which everybody in the country are participating in and your sales tax or your value added tax will be according to the amount of your participation within a particular system – this is a fair way of dealing with government tax collection.

This is how the distribution of wealth and profits is expanded onto those that would have no benefit from the commercialization of natural resources and basic services, and due to the constant consumption and requirement of these, it is ensured that the foundation of the Living Income Guaranteed will always remain sustainable and have sufficient funds to cover the beneficiaries’ expenses.

Another example is how through stopping allocating money to fund wars, the trillions of dollars that are spent in the warfare industry can be designated to revitalize the economy through funding the Living Income Guaranteed and supporting the health care, education, commerce, production industries and basic services that require to be improved at home.

 

Will Public Services also be Nationalized?

Health care, education, water, electricity, telecommunications,media, banks will also be nationalized. Each country will have to assess their available resources in order for the government to make sufficient profit to fund the Living Income Guaranteed.

 

How can we implement the Living Income Guaranteed?

Through a political proposal, through existing or new political parties that have this mechanism as their key card to gain the majority vote to have our Fundamental Human Rights guaranteed through the Living Income Guaranteed. This means that the right to a Living Income must be granted on a constitutional basis – this is a national-based system constituted at a political level and able to be voted on within a democratic process based on the principle of one man, one vote.

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