Life is Fundamental Has anyone else grown weary of the much too often quoted phrase “Black Lives Matter”? Why should black lives matter more than white lives or yellow or olive-skinned lives? And why are we suddenly relegated to simply being “lives”? We are all peoplehuman beingsand as such we all have distinctive personalities and characteristics that define us as individuals. According to our venerated Declaration of Independence, we are all created equal. Yet there is a certain element abounding within the boundaries of our own country that strives to make one group more important than another. It defies every concept upon which the very foundation of our nation was created. All lives matter regardless of color of skin, level of education and occupation. Targeting an individual because of a difference in appearance or personality or job or even in regard to the clothes or uniform worn is wrong. Pure and Simple. It is not for us to arbitrarily take away a life. Life is a fundamental, God given right. We cannot walk upon the streets or enter stores or theaters or shopping malls or gas stations and decide, off the top of our heads, to kill someone because we don’t like the look of another person. If these thoughts or actions were allowed to become reality, what kind of world would we have to live in? It’s time we stopped glorifying one type of people above another and give all people a healthy respect of their lives. We are not here to get in each other’s way. We are here to strive and grow and to continue to regenerate ourselves on through the next and next generation. Stirring up racial tensions is not helping us to achieve any of these requirements. It’s creating a sensation for violence and hindering the essential well being of all people. More
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http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-08-03/star-trek-economy-and-life-after-the-dismal-science Star Trek Economics: Life After the Dismal Science 91 AUG 3, 2015 8:00 AM EDT By Noah Smith I grew up watching "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (easily the best of the Star Trek shows). There’s one big, obvious thing missing from the future society depicted in the program. No one is doing business. There is almost no one buying and selling, except for a few species for whom commerce is a form of traditional religion. Food and luxuries are free, provided by “replicators” -- machines capable of creating essentially anything from pure energy. Recreation, provided by virtual reality, is infinite in scope. Scarcity -- the central defining concept of economics -- seems to have been eliminated. Is this really the future? Is it possible? Is it something we want? Periodically, economists and economics writers struggle with this question. Back in 2013, Rick Webb and Matt Yglesias theorized that as society gets richer and richer, capitalism and free markets will still exist, but will simply recede into the background. Others have described Star Trek not as a socialist paradise, but as a libertarian one. A writer named Manu Saadia is even writing a book about the topic. So let’s think about the economics of Star Trek. What we’re really thinking about is how to get to economic utopia. It’s an important question. The first thing to consider is how to distribute the fruits of plenty. If we can harness renewable energy to ward off a collapse when fossil fuels run out, then it’s a good bet that increased automation, virtual reality and other technological advances will provide us with a world of plenty unimaginable in previous times. Current world annual gross domestic product per capita, in purchasing power parity terms, is only about $13,000 -- enough to put food on the table and a roof over one’s head. What happens when it is $100,000, or $200,000? It would seem ridiculous to limit this incredible plenty to a few people. When the world gets rich enough, a trivial tax on the rich would be enough to provide everyone on Earth with a basic income that would allow them to lead lives of leisure. Or, as Yglesias suggests, voluntary giveaways by the rich could support the rest, since we might get more altruistic as our lives become more comfortable. Who cares if the robots put us all out of a job, when we can create paradise with just a tiny dash of redistribution? Of course, this depends crucially on the number of humans being limited. As economist Thomas Malthus pointed out in the 19th century, exponential population growth will eventually bring back scarcity no matter how rich we are. Fortunately, it looks like that won’t be a problem -- global fertility rates are converging to replacement level, meaning that world population will level off. It is unlikely that a population bomb will threaten the leisure society. There is also the problem of the dignity of work -- people enjoy feeling needed. But human values change over time, and there seems no obvious reason why people couldn’t get their self-worth from artistic self-expression, or from hobbies. This is the basic Star Trek future. But actually, I think that the future has a far more radical transformation in store for us. I predict that technological advances will actually end economics as we know it, and destroy scarcity, by changing the nature of human desire. In economics, a core assumption is that desires and motivations are fixed, and that our actions are merely attempts to fulfill those desires -- that, to quote 18th century Scottish philosopher David Hume, “reason is…only the slave of the passions.” But desires and motivations come from the brain, and the brain can be hacked and modified with technology. Someday -- perhaps sooner than we think -- we will be able to change what we want. Reason will no longer be the slave of the passions; instead, the two will do an eternal, elaborate dance, as we constantly decide what kind of people we want to be. That will have huge ramifications for human society. Some people will doubtless choose to simply be satisfied and happy all the time, like MDMA (“Molly”) users but with no risk of drug tolerance or addiction. But these people won't be the ones who choose to be productive. The people out there exploring the stars -- the people on the bridge of the starship Enterprise -- will be the ones who want to be explorers, who choose to be restless and never satisfied. If they are not born with the requisite motivation, they will use advanced technology to implant it in themselves. In other words, the rise of new technology means that all the economic questions will change. Instead of a world defined by scarcity, we will live in a world defined by self-expression. We will be able to decide the kind of people that we want to be, and the kind of lives we want to live, instead of having the world decide for us. The Star Trek utopia will free us from the fetters of the dismal science.
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-2At the end of the movie, Escape from L.A, the character of Snake Plisken,(played by Kurt Russel), pushes a button on a gadget that shuts down all electronic devises in the entire world, permanently. Effectively sending the human race back to the stone age. I love this. I'll tell you why. Because it needs to happen. We humans have grown to big for our britches. As cold, and callus as it may sound, i think it's the only thing that's going to put all human beings back on equal footing with each other. No more money, or material possessions. No more cars, or computers, or playstation 2000. Nothing but survival. Each one of us having to survive, day to day, without our "stuff" to help us. People have referred to me as lazy, because i don't like to work, and a lot of the time i don't. I don't like the idea of spending two thirds of my life, going some where i don't want to go, to do something i don't want to do, in order to have a few things that don't last, half the time don't work, and when the prices get jacked up on them, i don't get to keep them anyway. Not to mention the fact, you can't take it with ya when you die. For a moment lets examine this concept of the word lazy. Everybody likes to throw this word around in a derogatory manner, or use it to put one person on a pedestal over others. First of all, laziness is an inherent human condition. Sorry folks, but you all have it. And, weather you want to admit it or not, you all are lazy, DAILY. That's right, i said daily. Why do you drive to work instead of getting up a couple hours earlier and walking to work? Laziness. Why do you put your food in the microwave, rather than cooking everyday? Lazy. How many people do you know that have workout equipment in their basement that hasn't been touched in years? Lazy. Why do we sit our kids down in front of the t.v., and the computer, rather than playing a game, or spending all of our free time with them. Laziness, which by the way, is making lazy kids, because they don't even go outside and play anymore. Their all on the computer, or in front of a video game. Second of all, the very fact that technology is growing so fast, is because we are all lazy. We want our computers to go faster, why? We are to lazy to take the time required to find things for ourselves. People don't do math in their head anymore, they have a machine do it for them. Lazy. In fact every great technological invention of the twentieth century came out of a need for humans to do LESS WORK. Lazy. Even on the job, most places have made it easier to do the work required, why....LAZY....And the truth that nobody is willing to admit, is the reason people work in the first place, is so they can be lazy. You work to buy a house to be lazy in. You work to buy stuff to help you be lazy, video game consoles, computers, cars, four wheelers, campers, beer. Obesity is one of the top ten greatest health concerns in America. Why is that? Laziness. Every generation before us, did a lot more work, for a lot less return, and were a lot happier, and more grateful to have what they had. And people, if any of you tell me that there's not a day that goes by, that you don't blow off doing something, simply because your to lazy to do it, my response will be one of disbelief. The entire U.S congress actually works a whopping three months out of every year, while getting paid an exorbitant amount of money, and then has the BIG BRASS COJONES to vacation in some exclusive resort on the tax payers dollar, all the while running down the average "lazy" American citizen. The big American "fat cats" spend their time, sunning themselves on their yachts, chasing a little white balls around with a bag of sticks on their PRIVATE golf courses, while their employees do all the work, and get considerably less pay. Why? BECAUSE THEY ARE LAZY. Why do people, and that's all of us, want promotions at our jobs? The main reason is so we have less work for more pay. Lazy. When two kids are fighting over one toy what do you do? Parents? You tell them to share, or take take turns. If the won't do that, then what? You take the toy away. Then they have nothing to fight about, and nine times out of ten, they find something else to do with their time. Usually they get along better to, because they have been made equals. They both lost, and they both suffered, so they understand each other, and the situation, better. That's what dad needs to do to us. Take away our toys. The only way we are going to see each other as equals again is for all of us to lose everything. Call it apocalypse, or doomsday, or judgement day, whatever label you want to put on it, that day we will all be the same once again. No more toys, or money, or material possessions to fight over. Nothing that one man can hold over another's head to say "I'm better then you.", or "I'm more important then you, because i do more, or i have more." To be honest with you, i hope i live to see that day. And i truly believe that the poor, or the meek if you will, will have a lot easier time handling that day, then those people who are slaves to their material life. The meek will inherit the earth. So yeah, i'm lazy. And i'm proud of it, because it means that i'm normal, just like the rest of the world. You want to hear some more truth? I'll bet more than fifty percent of you will even be to lazy to read this entire presentation........................................................................So when your indiscriminately calling somebody else "lazy" take a look in the mirror. There will find another lazy person, who should really be careful how he treats his fellow man, because what you put out always comes back to you, in the exact form and intensity that you send it. Like
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