There’s merit in the road less taken.
There fun the challenge, and there’s success in the defeat. How you look at life will change it entirely.
everything is just an idea
because when you know that everything is just an idea it can set you free.
free from the ideas of friends.
free from the ideas of society.
free from ideas about you.
because who do you think you are, really?
as I’m sure you’ve had some ideas.
but everything is just an idea.
an idea born out of choice without force or coercion.
an idea with a purpose.
an idea chosen by you.
that everything is just an idea.
because when you know that everything is just an idea it can set you free.
when you’re born,
why is it the norm,
to be handed a form,
about the path you could choose,
that is mostly concentrated on you wining while others lose?
but this is okay,
it doesn’t have to stay.
crumple the form, and chop the tree,
make the reality you’d like to see.
In the years leading up to the largest financial debacle in recent history, there was a noticeable attitude change prevalent throughout banking institutions around the world. In the past, lenders had been relatively conservative and relied on sound financial data before loaning out large quantities of money. However, as time went on, the allure of profit, control, and the proverbial blindfold of groupthink captivated and almost brought down the industry.
In the current economic paradigm, money is created from debt, and the system of credit, as well as risk, prevails. With this in mind, it is easy to start building a picture of how, and why, the great recession came about. Like anything in nature, the reasons why things played out the way they did is a multifaceted issue.
At the time, the housing market was as unfaltering. It was commonly accepted doctrine that house prices would always rise, and that, all in all, residential real estate was a great investment. Before the bubble burst, the idea of ‘flipping’ houses was introduced onto the collective unconscious, and the idea that there was money to be made was held onto fervently.
As this idea became wider spread and more pronounced it completely saturated the banking and investment industries. The global pool of money was itching to grow; it needed to find high yield, low risk investments and mortgage-backed securities seemed the way to go.
Since the hosing market was considered infallible, and because of the global pool of money’s insatiable appetite for attractive investments, the requirements for obtaining a mortgage became more and more lax while the perceived incentives for loaning out money became more and more pronounced. Incentives from both the investment and banking side compounded upon one another and before long, NINA (no income no asset) mortgages because relatively commonplace. The real magic came about when people were able to acquire a mortgage with no collateral and have their debt traded as relatively money good, having the same value as liquid cash in hand.
There was substantial risk of default by owning a single mortgage by itself; therefore, mortgage backed financial instruments such as CDOs surged in popularity as they attempted to diversify and further mitigate risk. A CDO or collateralized debt obligation was central to the global credit crisis of 2008. Through the magic of financial alchemy, money good assets could be created from a mixture of toxic debts. A CDO at its core is created from tranches, or fractions, of mortgage-backed securities which themselves are composed of numerous mortgages wrapped up in a neat package. By theoretically erasing risk from a debt portfolio, CDOs became highly profitable and popular for all parties involved except for, of course, the end investor.
At the height of the mortgage bubble, IndyMac bank was rapidly growing its business operations and its debt portfolio. To spark and sustain its growth, the bank, in the most non-ironic sense, relied on credit. However, there exists a tipping point where this system can no longer be sustainable and it collapses in on itself. As the world began to realize what was going on, IndyMac, among others, were no longer able to sell risky debt and began to default; falling like dominoes. Money was created and erased out of thin air by issuing, buying, and selling bad debt. Although hindsight is twenty-twenty, it seems so painfully obvious that there were problems brewing. Even though all of the technical financial data showed otherwise, does group mentality really eclipse common sense?
So what can be the take away from this scenario, and how could value be reevaluated? How is it that people die everyday from a ‘lack of money’ while value managers (bankers) are so irresponsible? In order to escape the cyclic nature of history, society must learn and evolve from those that came before. The central tenant of economics is to find a means to combat scarcity, so how can there be a system set in place to eliminate the certain struggles that each individual faces, and to promote life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Money for money makes us all poor in the same sense that an eye for an eye blinds us all. The economic freedom to life and the economic freedom of having a choice are imperative. Without these central ideals, we are all simply disposable cogs in a machine; slaves to our real masters -- our own deluded sense of value.
Throughout human existence, individualistically and as a species, we have yearned for truth, and through the process of life itself we have constructed layer upon layer of idea and experience. And while time continuously ticks forward within the present moment, we are fervently pressing toward our asymptotic goal of completely knowing and understanding existence. As we dig deeper into external sources for the true nature of reality, we are continually reflected back within ourselves.
Within the current scientific paradigm, the idea of causality has seemingly taken hold. The smallest building blocks of matter are thought as probabilistic billiard balls initially set in motion and interacting simply by chance; every action tracing its lineage back toward the initial spark of the big bang. However, quantum mechanically we are painted an uncertain picture about deterministic and causal properties of reality. As we zoom in further and further into physical nature, we find that the very properties that define up its rigid definition become wiggly. As shown in the double slit experiment, matter exists dualistically as an observer collapsed probability of potential. We are finding that the very nature of existence itself exists as a state of potentiality and probability. Almost nothing, other than the ever-changing nature of existence, is set in stone, or can be accepted as truth.
But what is all of this anyway? The nature of free will and consciousness is seemingly trapped within an ever-encompassing veil of predicted order without a holistic perspective. Fundamentally, everything is composed of the same stuff, the same primordial matter, energy, or being-ness. There is no such thing as a thing; that is a separate thing from everything else. Everything is everything, and when you really get with that idea, the field of all encompassing potential can be seen from an elevated perspective. From a transcendental point of view, the universe is unlimited and infinite in scope; everything exists at all times. All states are perspective permutations. With this thought in mind, the problem of free will and the hard problem of consciousness can be simply seen as self-imposed ideas. There is not a problem unless one is created! From the transcendental perspective, a cause does not need to have an effect nor must an effect have a cause. Free will depends upon the perspective and definition. Perspective is a construct.
Just as life itself, the idea of freedom originates from a subjective point of view. It is an abstract and multifaceted concept that, depending on the perspective, can interlock in a seemingly contradictory manner. From one standpoint, freedom is defined as the ability to act upon one’s desires without hindrance or restraint, but it’s all about the perspective. The most truly free man could be locked up within a cage for his entire life. Freedom is a state of being that is self-validated rather than originating from an external source.
Another way to define freedom is as the field of potential. One tenant of Buddhist thought stems from the idea that desire and ignorance lie at the root of suffering. Becoming desire less, or rather eliminating expectation, is a path toward nirvana; a metaphor for true freedom. The realization that holding on to one individualistic outcome is limiting to a literal infinite degree brings understanding to the idea of freedom in relation to desire. In this way, freedom can seem tricky. On one hand, it is about the individualistic pursuit, but through its very action it is limited in its scope. Freedom is a balancing act between sitting in the drivers seat and going with the flow.
The idea of free will is inherently a subjective gradient of recognition and knowing of experience. Viewing life simply as cause and effect on its own volition does not inherently erase meaning from existence. Perception acts as a construct, and the truly free will is free to be limited. Remember the old adage it’s the journey not the destination? While only the source of existence has and is true freewill, this does not diminish the quality of the limited nature of the universal essence that is spread throughout all things. Rather, it amplifies as this source is contained within every unit of being, and regardless of scenario, the simple truth is that of existence.
Existence can only be; existence cannot not exist. I am, that is a fact. This is unquestionable. I exist, and though this knowing I am set free. By letting go of certain expectations and desires, the full field of potentiality is still expressed as potential and not limited by cause and effect. By taking the dualistic approach in life of going with the flow while still sitting in the driver’s set, much can be learned. Existence implies true freedom just as true freedom implies existence. Imagine, just for a second if you can, the conception of true infinite freedom. Just be sure not to miss the point, you’re it.
where are we going as a species?
we are growing exponentially, but where exactly are we headed?
the world can change tomorrow.
Citizens Council: A proposal for “Leaderless leadership” r 1.4 October 22nd 2076
From the viewpoint of the Citizen’s council, the concept of a representative republic has lost legitimacy, especially with the current situation. Ever since issues were polarized as black or white, as one side against the other, our rights have been continuously stripped away and watered down by a small leadership minority. Looking back on history, the NSA mass surveillance revelations and the partisanship driven governmental shutdown of 2013 should be key precedents to what is now happening.
A proper and functioning modern-day governance must come through the people it represents, and through their direct input and organizing power. Through current technology and our own resurgence and implementation of an Internet, citizens can be directly represented though an almost ‘leaderless’ leadership hive mind.
Participation is mandatory and informed citizens, as well as access to open information, are imperative. This is a shared responsibility among us all. It elevates each and every one of us to a presidential position and yet we are all equal. The time of ‘protecting the minority from the majority’ has come and gone. We no longer need a minority in government specialized in political manipulation to tell us how to act and how to lead our lives. We have the power to lead ourselves.
We have come a long way since tyranny in the past, and we must not revert when faced with a serious threat. It is time to take responsibility. Terrorist organizations will never play by any set of rules, but this does not mean that we cannot uphold the fundamental principles of democracy, the rights of the individual, and equality for all. Power must be legitimized, and it is our duty to make it so. This power comes from each one of us, not from politicians, not from lines on a map, nor from an old piece of paper. Leading by example is never easy, especially in these troubling times, but in order to evolve as a species, it must be done.
Our collective potential is staggering. It’s all about where our value is placed. We could literally do anything. We are on a little earth in space. It’s relative. We are everywhere and are nowhere. How we define ourselves is paramount. We define ourselves as a species conflicted by war and a history of violence. Oh but its of our very nature! Oh how easy is it to pass over responsibility to the way of things. However, when we do collectively wake up to our true potential, we will truly remember how to be completely happy and to be completely sad as there’s no such thing as good or bad. Embracing the truth that everything is every thing will free us..
I have made progress on this software. cool!
money and value
oh how do you
Have you ever thought
That there ought not
Be so many caught sought
Up in what you may see
As adverse to your version of reality
Just so you can be
Given a glimpse of relativity?
there was a time.
there was a time
where i thought it was mine
it was my right to shine
while others couldn't even find
the means to get by
but we were all just too shy
our pockets too heavy
with coin whose values are mixed
just as our own
it's a symbol and we have shown
that we give it worth
we give it birth
so where can we go
where can we see
a future for both you and me
and some may say it's a problem of numbers
but does that not make you wonder?
how potential is viewed, and life blundered?
Reject the impossible.
Expand into N-Space.
Now is the time for the United States to realize that it’s time for a change.
As the projected approval rating for congress asymptotically approaches zero, the words government and efficiency are effectually antonyms. How long will it take us to realize that it doesn’t have to be about us or them, and that leading by example is a much more powerful stance than a blind show of force and ideology?
The idea that in order to form a more perfect union, insure domestic tranquilly, and provide for the general welfare requires a need for monopolization of information is simply false. This role the government is currently playing is a show for us to understand that it isn’t a requirement in an ideal society for security and freedom be substitutes for one another. How then can we forge an idea than synchronizes and synergizes with the central tenants that the United States was founded upon? What types of perspectives might we take to further progress our species toward a more ideal future? Remember, society is built upon the systematic aggregation of ideas prevalent throughout – a vital consideration when identifying and constructing points of possible relativistic improvement.
From one we come
To be as one
Of flesh and bone
From the unknown
An ocean of consciousness
Condensed into droplets of perception
That I am, you are, we are
We are living in the world that we think collectively has the highest value. We choose to do x y and z. It is what is valuable to us! So let’s think about why. Why do we think suffering is valuable? What do we have to learn?
The ‘invisible hand’ touted by economist Adam Smith was accurate at the time as the force of the economic system was unconscious and under the radar. Now our value system is brought into the light. It is a hand that we can control. It is obvious that we collectively pick our value and current state.
Citizens’ Council: “Unification, Solidification, and Determination for A New Order” November 5th 2077
Throughout history, empires have risen and fallen, and the political barriers that seem to divide us so sharply are continually being blurred. To put it simply, nations are more than lines on a map; they are more than lines that divide and separate. Political States are given life by ideas from the individuals that grant them validity. So, what are our ideas, and where does our power lie? In the coming days, we the Citizens’ Council will be granted an invaluable opportunity. Now is the time to employ a new order.
Fundamentally, all are given all, and in the same sense, everyone is intrinsically equal no matter the powerbase or legal structure in place. In this order, there exists a protection of choice in so far as it promotes the protection of choice. Autonomous consent is a required for a choice a to violate the intrinsic equality given to all.
A republic, by its very nature, can never be truly free as it is built on the idea that one minority must rule over a majority that is entirely irresponsible for its own well being as well as also being either mostly ignorant or indifferent of the way of things. A free “republic” is nothing but a farce, and a free state is not simply a nation on a map. Remember, all are given all.
Within this new order, any individual, regardless of race, creed, color, situation, circumstance or environment can play a part. Thus, the idea of citizenship can be thought of as gradient rather than an absolute black or white. Within the current technological framework, it is possible to decentralize legislative and executive powers to each individual connected within the network. Groupthought, as opposed to groupthink, can be achieved. It comes from a collective responsibility that decisions are made and citizenship, not restricted by lines on a map, can be achieved. Participation, collaboration, and culture will all play a vital role within the order. Furthermore, information must not be kept in secret or held private by any individual or group as a transparent society elevates all of those who are involved. Within a transparent society, we are all the judge and the jury. Remember, all are given all.
Just as governmental authority comes from us all, value comes from us all! The economic freedom to life and the economic freedom of having a choice are imperative. Without these central ideals, we are all simply disposable cogs in a machine; slaves to our real masters -- our own deluded sense of value. Through the placement our own subjectively objective sense of value we have forgotten our brothers and sisters in ghettos across the world in place of luxuries in the moment. This can and will stop but only when we deem it necessary. Technology has connected us all and connects us to a new sense of collaborative value. What is valuable to the individual as well as the collective? Now we will know.
life's a storm.
i'm outside. it's raining. a warm rain.
the water. the water is life.
i'm flowing though the river.
merging. diving. rising.
back and forth with the waves.
Profit from trading is only a misallocation of abstracted value that is collapsed to the block of a monolithic sense of value.
Life is ruled by these glowing rectangles, but this isn’t something that should get us down. We should be empowered by mindfulness and the connections that we share.
Think about the growth of potential. How the growth of information, interconnection, and data manipulation is sculpting life itself. The universe is readily organizing and analyzing the bits of its very creation. It’s also playing angry birds and sending snapchats. It’s endlessly scrolling and seemingly zombified by its very power. But just imagine the potential!
Citizens' Council: “Reevaluating Value”
It seems that ever since the first humans began to congregate together, an objective sense of value has been needed to cultivate civilization, encourage trade, and to advance society further into the great unknown; but this placement of value has not come without a price. Along with the numerous achievements and relative advancements along our journey, we have encountered many challenges and continuous pitfalls. Through the placement our own subjectively objective sense of value we have forgotten our brothers and sisters in ghettos across the world in place of luxuries in the moment. Even though many starve and suffer violent deaths at the hands of cruelty and indifference, we have the capacity for compassion. Even though we live in a world where the dichotomy of yacht clubs and abject poverty can exist only miles apart, we can change.
Now is the time for the Citizens’ Council to establish a sense of value that can, and will, benefit us all. In order to escape the cyclic nature of history, we must learn and evolve from those that came before. The central tenant of economics is to find a means to combat scarcity, so how can there be a system set in place to eliminate the certain struggles that we all face, to promote life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? I can tell you now; these are currently not the main focus. Money for money makes us all poor in the same sense that an eye for an eye blinds us all.
It is of the opinion of the Citizens’ Council that the government, currently, is simply a monopolization of power continually consolidating, as well as oppressing, with no legitimate authority. This authority comes from us all, this value comes from us all! The economic freedom to life and the economic freedom of having a choice are imperative. Without these central ideals, we are all simply disposable cogs in a machine; slaves to our real masters -- our own deluded sense of value.
what are you even doing?
why are you here?
no seriously, why are you alive?
because you’re awesome.
think about it, you change the world.
life is a game not a job.
everything at the same time is it all, how can you make it so small.
the derivative of time is now.
the imaginary derivative of time is energy.
quantizing infinity == math
you can't hide from the truth because the truth is all there is
believe that everything is okay
believe that everything is going your way
To start something, we must gain permission from those that hold the cards.
I've realized something, cash is king. Rather, value is king. What WE hold to be valuable comes to fruition, but our sense of value is distorted, playing into the hands of the few rather than the many. Our collective voice is stifled by those that control and influence, but what can the average person do? We simply have not, and it's this curious type of circular reasoning that draws us back into the trap. RAMBLE RAMBLE RAMBLE FINISH LATER, COOL IDEA THO
anonymity vs complete transparency
We are living in a virtual world. The web of information is oh so pervasive, and with every moment in time it is growing.