Archive for September, 2006

The First Immortals

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Within 10-40 years from now, science, technology and medicine will have the potential to advance far enough to stop and reverse the aging process, as well as combat all known afflictions, thereby creating the first human immortals.

We will also have immersive technology that will make current day virtual reality seem primitive… technology that will give us the ability to experience anything we can imagine, and more. Like a video game, but as real as real life.

We will even be able to have the option of using technology to enhance our brainpower, giving us extremely powerful cognitive abilities, meaning we will be able to understand and comprehend far more than any human alive today. This could give us a whole new definition of what it means to exist.

We are on the path to all these things… as long as we don’t mess up. If we can get along and not destroy ourselves, we will get there. This is why peace is so important… because it could mean we have the option to evolve into something beyond our organic existence.

Technical Issue

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

u4Ya.ca is undergoing some hosting changes, so the site may go down temporarily over the next few days.

re: Hell in a Handbasket

Monday, September 25th, 2006

The following is a copy of an email I sent to Bill Maher, via his fan email address, meaning it probably will just get filtered. But the message applies to any celebrity or person in a position of power.

Dear Bill Maher,

I’ve been a fan of your work for many years, and always enjoy what you and your guests have to say on topical issues. In a recent episode of “Real Time”, you were talking with the NYT’s Frank Rich about remaining optimistic, and you mentioned how you felt that the world was “going to hell in a hand basket”.

While you may very well be right, might I make a suggestion? As an influential celebrity many of your viewers agree with whatever you say. If you tell them that you have lost hope, they may also adopt some of that pessimistic attitude.

To get to where you are, I am sure you know how important it is to think positively in order to achieve your goals. Well, the same goes for the world. Rather than nay-say, you could use your celebrity clout to encourage thinking positively about the future of the world in order to spread hope to your viewers… for hope is essential to improve the world.

Also, as I am sure you are aware, the neoconservatives are disciples of Straussian philosophy, part of which is to propagate simple and easily believable myths. Seeing how effective it is, perhaps you could take a page out of their playbook, and start spreading a few myths of your own.

Here’s a few I thought of:

“The World is getting more peaceful!”
“Terrorists are not coming to get you”
“The US political system is being cleansed of its corruption!.”

Keep up the good work.

A Simple Equation

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Click play to view.

This is my second video log entry, the first vlog being a video version of the “What If?” article I posted a few days ago.

I’ve never vlogged before, but I am getting hang of it. I made a few mistakes in this vid, like when I looked at the wrong hand, but all in all, I am happy with the result.

All the King’s Men

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

There is a movie coming out called All The King’s Men, about the life of Huey P. Long, and it should make some waves.

Huey P. Long was the governor of Louisiana and a US senator in the 1930′s. He had the support of millions, and may have run for president were he not assassinated.

Long proposed a mixed economic system called “Share The Wealth” which would essentially redistribute wealth from the have’s to the have-not’s, surprisingly similar to the the capital cap. (click here to hear a clip of Huey P. Long)

The socialist undercurrents created by Long and the many others like him influenced the social consciousness enough that people were rising up and demanding more, similar to a peasant revolt against the kingdom.

FDR came out with the New Deal, which transferred some wealth from the elite to the masses, which was enough to appease the masses and remain in control. But since then the divide between the have’s and have-not’s has continually shifted, and for the last 20 years, it has been consistently shifting towards the side favouring the elite to the demise of the masses.

It is time to shift the spectrum back!!!

All across the world, the drumbeats of change are getting louder and louder. We are awaking to see the overwhelming injustice in the world, and we will continue to embrace the power of a people united – the power to make a better world a reality.

The louder we bang, the more we demand, the more our ruling class will be inclined to give us, and the better the world will be for all of us!

The Divided States of America

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

The US is currently the most powerful nation in the world. It has the power to do the most to improve the quality of life on earth. And yet, it does not… in fact, much of the world is against the actions that America has taken, both recently and in the past.

It surely cannot be the will of the US population to harm the world, so how can America the Great be responsible for any such claims?

Well, the negative impact that the US has on the world is due to the actions of the decision making minority. Relatively small groups of US elites are willing to harm the world in order to gain power for themselves.

Now, one would think that the actions of corrupt leaders would be kept in check by the rest of society, as they should be in a functioning democracy. But in America this is not happening… the leaders of the country are steering America towards goals that most of the people do not want.

How can this be?

One reason is that the US population is highly polarized. Americans are divided, and when they are divided, they can be conquered. That is how the US leaders can continue to harm to their own population and the rest of the world… by ensuring that Americans are too busy fighting amongst themselves to be able to unite and dispose of their selfish and destructive leaders.

Racial segregation. Pro-life vs pro-choice. Same-sex marriage. Liberal vs Conservative. Republican vs Democrat. War Vs Peace. Fox News vs The Daily Show and the Colbert Report. Tolerance vs Intolerance. These all drive the nation apart, keeping enough in-fighting to keep the American political system as is.

The real power is with the people, but as long as they remain split, the government and other societal leaders can do what they want, the corporations can do what they want, and the US population on both sides will continue getting screwed while the world continues to feel the wrath of America’s might.

It is up to the US population to overcome their superficial differences and get along for long enough to cleanse the corruption from their system, and then use their might for improving their own country and the world.

Stephen Colbert Vs. The US Administration

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Stephen Colbert takes on a few “heads” of the US political scene in this, my entry to the Colbert Green Screen challenge. Press play to view it.

What if?

Monday, September 18th, 2006

What if Coke and Pepsi were made responsible for providing a basic source of clean water to everyone in the world… could they do it without going bankrupt?

What if the biggest companies in the automotive and oil industries were made responsible for providing basic transportation (like buses and trains) to everyone… could they do it and still make a profit?

Could the world’s agriculture corporations and grocery chains provide a basic amount of food to everyone in need and still make a profit by selling higher quality food to those with the resources?

What if humanity forced all the world’s largest industries and biggest multinational corporations to be responsible for providing all of the basics – basic food, clean water, simple clothing, basic shelter, basic transportation, reasonable health care and adequate education – to everyone in the world?

Would such a scheme be feasible? Probably.

Who would work and pay if the basics were free? Everyone who wants more.

Would the world’s economy fall apart? Probably not.

Would these corporations still be viable? Well, the shareholders would probably be displeased, but as long as the employees continued to get paid, the companies would continue to function.

Humanity has the power to restructure our world’s system so that profit and the pursuit of power do not take precedence over human life and unnecessary human suffering. We have the power to make a better world a reality.

A Brief Questionnaire

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

Check one box:

[] Killing innocents is wrong
[] Killing innocents is not wrong

Given the choice, which box would you check off? If you are like most people, you would check the first box because you believe that killing innocents is wrong.

Now, since nearly everyone in the world would agree with you, instead of simply accepting the casualties of war (both domestic and foreign) as a necessary consequence of a just war or a just course of action, we should be finding different methods to achieve the same end result.

We need to find alternatives to killing. We’ve been killing enemies for thousands of years, and it hasn’t worked yet.

We need to make friends out of our enemies, and to do that means taking the first step, being the bigger person, and taking action towards peace.

War & Peace, part 3

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

In the first part of this three part series, we talked about how peace is possible, especially when we believe it is. The second part covered the issue of how we all have a war waging inside of us, and how warfare is the result of our leaders wanting more and using their power to get more.

This part is about peace, and how our generation can make world peace a reality.

As discussed in part 2, there is a war waging inside of everyone. So, in order to find world peace, we should start by looking inwards. Seeking inner peace is the first step that anybody can take in the quest for world peace.

Using introspective exercises, like yoga, prayer, meditation, walking in nature, or anything else that allows one to routinely reflect quietly by one’s self, it is possible to achieve a calm center. While the quest for inner peace can take a lifelong commitment and be a never-ending struggle, it is definitely worth the effort.

Personally, I choose meditation and yoga, and I feel it works quite well to help me find my center and achieve a confident, positive state of mind. When I meditate, I try to shed off all of my doubts, wash away my fears, and to cast off the shackles of my organic existence. Sometimes I train myself to overcome attachment to worldly possessions by learning to let go of everything that I care to lose. Other times, I reflect until I achieve a sense of peace and oneness with all of existence.

Seeking inner peace can be an exhilarating experience. The quest for inner peace can bring us the buoyancy to float above our fears and doubts, and to live each day with less stress and more joy. While the attainment of complete inner peace only lasts for a fleeting moment (for me, anyway), the sense of well-being that comes with calming one’s mind can persist well beyond the moment, carrying over into everyday life.

The calm and relaxed state achieved from introspective exercises also makes it easier to envision a world where nations no longer go to war. Finding peace within ourselves makes it easier to believe in world peace. Belief is essential; belief is hope. Hope is like willing something to happen, and with enough people believing and willing, world peace will happen.

A calm center as well as belief in world peace are both essential for finding world peace. It is also important to see warfare for what it really is – indiscriminate and violent destruction for the sake of making powerful people more powerful. War between nations is the result of greedy leaders wanting more; leaders who are willing to profit from killing and dying.

This means that, in order to achieve world peace, it will be necessary to be able to strip power away from those who would use it to do us harm. The only way to strip power away from society’s most powerful members is for the rest of society to stand up, to unite, and thereby resist tyranny. With unity, with solidarity, humans everywhere will be able to regain control of the reigns that steer the human race, and use these reigns to ensure that we head towards a brighter future.

Global unity is not about pacts between political leaders, nor is it about contracts between multi-national corporations. Global unity is about a connection between all of the people who make up the populations of all the world’s nations – all of the families coming together to create a global family. We can keep our families, our distinct identities, our nationalities, our religions and cultures, and still become part of a global collective as members of a tolerant and accepting global village.

True, words such as these have been uttered before, and yet we’ve never known world peace. But, in our modern world, we’ve never needed world peace more. And never more than today have we had the means. With new technology, like wiki, instant messaging, global voting and video sharing, the world has never been more connected. We can use our connectedness to see that, despite our differences, we all share many important things.

For one, we all have the same genes, meaning we all have the same basic needs. We all share similar dreams for ourselves and our loved ones. We all share one planet. More importantly, except for a tiny percentage of the world, we all share the desire peace. No matter where one originates, what ideology someone follows, or what culture someone is, chances are they want to live in peace.

Most importantly, human beings everywhere want more. We all want more, and world peace will give us more. Since there would be no one left to fight, the world’s military budgets could be used for purposes like education, health care and other things that improve quality of life. Our resources and our lives could be spent on construction, rather than destruction… on helping instead of hurting.

Our generation, more so than any other generation before, has the ability to make world peace a reality. We have the power, we need only to seize it.

So, to answer the question “How can our generation hope to find world peace?”, it is by understanding the nature of war, by finding peace within ourselves, by believing that world peace is possible, by using our technology to help us unite as a species on a global scale, and then by using the power of unity to prevent our leaders from using their power to do us harm.