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Who Would Do The Crappy Jobs?

Nobody would, and that’s the point.

If a global universal basic income went into effect tomorrow, what might happen is that the people working the worst jobs, say, garbage collecting, would all quit, because having a small income and no job is superior to having a small income and a crappy job. So market pressure would cause the pay for this type of job to increase, in proportion to the actual value it provides (which people will start to realize when trash starts to pile up everywhere). This would increase the relative profitability of design alternatives (robotic garbage collectors, waste-minimizing industrial processes, etc). Before long nobody would have to collect garbage for a living any more, and probably nobody would want to either.


It’s Your Choice – Alive Or Dead

Suppose an object has a quality. Then consider the object plus its environment as a superobject. Then this superobject also has that quality.

Example: a painting of a man wearing a blue shirt. In the painting, the shirt has the quality of blueness. Therefore, the man in the painting contains the quality of blueness, as does the painting itself. Blueness, therefore, is not just a quality of the part but of the whole.

Therefore, we might as well say that the entire Universe, and everything in it, is alive, aware, and intelligent. There is no such thing as inanimate matter.

Or, to adapt Einstein, if everything either is a miracle or isn’t, then everything is also either alive or dead. So, do you choose to exist in a living Universe, or a dead one?

Guided Meditation For Healing Relationships

Think of the thing that gives you the most sadness and anguish.  Go into the emotion as deeply as possible.  In the depth of your suffering, picture someone you feel a strong bond with, someone that you feel certain would look upon you with compassion and be willing to lend support.  Picture them approaching, and placing a hand on you.  Do this again, with anyone you feel a strong bond with.  It can be anyone you know very well or just barely, from anywhere in time or space, as long as you feel secure that they would look upon you with compassion in your grief and lend you support.  Picture them approaching and also placing a hand on you.  Continue doing this with all of the Earthly allies you can think of immediately, and then be open to allowing new ones to come into your mind.  Because this is in your mind, there is no limit to how many people you can fit into your growing circle of support.  Next, picture the person you most respect and admire, from anywhere in time or space, whether they know you or not, as long as you feel secure that, if they did know of your suffering, they would witness it with compassion and lend their support.  See them witnessing your suffering from outside your circle of immediate allies.  Do this again with any other hero figures you can fathom, and then be open to allowing new ones to arise.  Next, picture anyone that you have a relationship with that you would like to heal.  Picture them at a distance, witnessing your circle of support healing you.  As you feel able, practice ho’oponopono with them.  Allow them to have whatever experience they need to have, and witness them having it.  When they are ready, see them come into your circle of support, placing a hand on you, and giving and asking for forgiveness.  Stay with this meditation for as long as necessary, and revisit it as often as necessary, until you are right with everyone in your life.

An Experiment: 30 Days Without Blame

I’m trying an experiment, and I invite you to join me: 30 days without blame. The rules are, don’t blame anything or anyone (including yourself) out loud for anything for 30 days. If you feel blame coming up internally, just notice it and…let it go. Let’s see what happens.

On your mark…

Get set…


What if THAT was the world you grew up in?

You’re born. It’s a trying but empowering experience, transitioning from an environment of comfort and security, through a terrifying but ultimately triumphant struggle, and into the world at large, which is also comfortable and safe, and provides for all of your needs. These include your needs to learn, grow, contribute, and challenge yourself. You therefore get to play, learn, explore, discover, invent, and create to your heart’s content. No expectations are placed upon you whatsoever.

No familial expectations.

No religious expectations.

No political, social, or economic expectations.

If and when you find something you want to pursue, excel at, become a specialist in, there are no barriers to prevent you from honing your craft as far as you’d like, whatsoever. No familial barriers, no religious barriers, no political, social, or economic barriers, no geographic barriers. This means that you can learn about anything you’d like, as much as you want, at any time you choose, with no restrictions whatsoever.

And, you can change course at any time you want: choose a different project or area of specialization, or just stop, relax, and enjoy the unfolding tapestry of life. At any time you want, for as long as you want.

Essentially, there are no rules or laws you have to follow other than the laws of physics, and you get to do anything that a person can do, with no pre-set roles, no pre-defined boundaries, and no limitations on what you can imagine or create.

You are always aware that no matter what, eventually your ego will dissolve and the perspective that you know as yours will blend in with All That Is.

And you understand that this is happening not just to you, but to countless other “you’s” all over space and time, as far as you can perceive.

Then I ask you,

What if THAT was the world you grew up in?

Fundamental Units of Consciousness

Energy comes in quanta (photons). So does matter (leptons). So does information (bits). So does sound (phonons).

What might a fundamental unit of consciousness be called? What might a fundamental unit of consciousness look like?

I propose the term “meons”.

What If We’ve Been Doing Handedness Wrong?

I recently took up the hobby of knife throwing. Since it’s a completely useless skill anyway, and I am currently equally clumsy at it with either hand, I am practicing almost exclusively with my non-dominant side.

I’ve long had the habit of doing certain manual tasks, like brushing my teeth or using utensils, with my non-dominant side, just to balance out my nervous system and keep my off hand from seeming completely useless. Over time I have noticed that, even if it seems awkward at first, with enough repetition any task will come to seem comfortable and efficient, even with my off hand.

My hypothesis is that as my off hand gets better at throwing knives, my dominant hand will largely absorb the skill by osmosis. I have found it to be true in other instances that whatever I can do comfortably with my off hand, I can also do competently with my dominant hand. I remember first being inspired to try this by a friend from college. He and his brother were studying a particular style of martial arts that emphasized using the right hand. His brother, who was left handed, would always have to learn and practice the drills with his right hand first. This was harder for him initially, but the payoff was that his left hand would more or less pick up the skill for free.

Yesterday it struck me that perhaps this is what Nature intended. Perhaps we have been doing it wrong all along by relying on our dominant hand to learn everything, and letting our off hand remain undeveloped and uncoordinated. Perhaps we should develop new skills with our off hand, and let them be automatically transferred to the dominant hand. Perhaps it is part of our design to function this way, so that we don’t have to practice continually with both hands to maintain bilateral proficiency and coordination.

To experiment with this effect yourself, I suggest starting with a skill that is new, so that you won’t feel frustrated, and non-critical, so that you won’t feel impatient. Writing with your off hand would be great if you could do it, for example, but it might feel prohibitively frustrating to do it with your off hand, and it might be a while before your off hand handwriting is good enough for practical use. So it will probably be easiest to start with a skill that is new to both hands and non-critical, so that it won’t feel unusually awkward and won’t interfere with the ordinary functioning of your life while you are getting over the learning curve.

Stan Grof on Overcoming Inadequacy

Excerpted from Beyond the Brain, by Stan Grof:

“From the viewpiont of observations from deep experiential therapy, determined striving for external goals and the pursuit of success in the world are of little value in overcoming the feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem, no matter what the actual outcome of these endeavors turns out to be.  The feelings of inferiority cannot be resolved by mobilizing one’s forces to overcomepensate for them, but by confronting them experientially and surrendering to them.  They are then consumed in the process of ego death and rebirth, and a new self-image emerges from the awareness of one’s cosmic identity.  True courage lies in the willingness to undergo this awesome process of self-confrontation, not in a heroic pursuit of external goals.  Unless the individual succeeds in finding his or her true identity within, any attempts to give meaning to life by manipulating the outside world and external achievement will be a futile and ultimately self-defeating, quixotic crusade.”

Stan Grof on Spiritual Psychotherapy

Excerpted from Beyond the Brain, by Stan Grof:

Psychotherapy on this level is indistinguishable from the spiritual and philosophical quest for one’s cosmic identity. Various forms of perennial philosophy and the associated spiritual and psychological systems provide excellent guidance at this advanced stage, both for the client and the therapist, if those terms are still appropriate for two individuals who have now become fellow seekers and travelers.

The Global Breakeven Point

The Global Breakeven Point is the point in time at which the global total of economic productivity due to automation exceeds the global total of living costs. It is the theoretical point at which the human species has the physical means to throw off the yoke of economic servitude, to stop living in scarcity and competition and start living in abundance and cooperation. It should be celebrated as a sort of “Independence Day” for the planet.

The question is, when will it occur? Or has it already, and we just haven’t noticed yet?

My hypothesis: this occurred around the time of World War II.


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