Wednesday, January 05, 2005


We humans are on the brink of a truly remarkable time.

Over the last 100 years since our society has become a carbon based industrial society, we have watched our cities and our lifestyles change in great measure. Some of us had grandfathers who were raised with roads full of horses and carriages. Some of us remember when there were no television sets. Others of us don't remember a time when there were no computers.

The combined effects of Peak Oil, Climate Change, and Accelerating Technological Advancement will act as forcing elements in a refinement of the human condition. It may not be pretty. But it will be effective.

Earthfamilyalpha is dedicated to the proposition that we can make good and moral choices that can help us and our progeny to effectively manage the complexities and challenges that lie ahead. It is a founding purpose that with the advent of advanced global communication, new forms of social contract can be created which transcend the geographic state.

That these new cybercoops or cyberstates will bring humankind to higher levels of cooperation and understanding is our founding mission.

That we can bond together to create a peace, a prosperity, and security for ourselves, our children, and all those who wish to join in these principles is our founding goal.

I know that this seems a little extreme.

But these are extreme times.

And we are facing real problems.

The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.

The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them. - Albert Einstein

A problem is a chance for you to do your best. - Duke Ellington

When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. - Richard Buckminster Fuller

It would be naive to think that the problems plaguing mankind today can be solved with means and methods which were applied or seemed to work in the past. - Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev

The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it. - Alan Saporta

We certainly cannot solve a problem

if we do not see it.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I understand what you are saying, you are saying that our existing institutions are not capable of dealing with the realities of the future, and that we should create new entities which can. Right?

9:33 AM  
Blogger oZ said...

Right. I am saying that most of our known institutions have become so wedded to the existing structures of power that they cannot see the situation. Like the so called group think in the WMD fiasco, each arm of our cultural body is counting on the other to, in fact, have some reasonable fix on reality. This is not the case.

Our institutions,,,, government, business, the fourth estate and even our usually trustworthy academic community has, to a great extent, become deaf, dumb, and blind. This is not rhetorical hyberbole.

This is very close to the situation. That is why we are in such a perilous moment.

When the most powerful government on earth does not recognize the reality of climate change, you have a problem.

When only small segments of the most powerful industry on earth(energy/transportation) do not see the need to accelerate the development of advanced technologies that can smooth the effects of Peak Oil, you have a problem.

When only a handful of communication companies exist at all, and they exist only for the enrichment of their stockholders and not the betterment of humankind, you have a problem.

When the fundamentalist of the world's two largest religions gain control of substantial segments of those organizations and their governments, with both of them looking for the end of the age, or judgement day, you have a problem.

Yes, problems do tend to fix themselves, but when the problem does the fixing, suffering and loss will most likely not be managed in a compassionate and loving manner.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when fundamentalist take over, it may well be the end of the age.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ends generally have beginnings

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way I saw it was "Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them." Einstein

Another good one from Albert "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

I liked the Buck Fuller quote too.

Since great vision is pressed into service from tumultuous events, we must have alot of visionaries hiding in the woodwork. In the words of the good witch in the land of Oz, "Come out, come out, wherever you are!"

1:16 AM  
Blogger oZ said...

I have found at least five derivations of the Einstein quote, but the point is clear. I like the Bucky quote too. thanks for your comments.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you mean we shouldn't just try the same old thing one more time. don't make me laugh. this takes courage.
way more courage than god gave most of us.

3:16 PM  
Blogger oZ said...

I think we have the courage. We may not have the support we need from each other to begin to take our destiny into our own hands.

I think this support will, in time, come.

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this seems more like a dream than a real possibility.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the difference between dream and reality is a thin transparent curtain made up of desire and hope.

9:56 PM  

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