Improving Our World
Learn about ways
to improve yourself and society. You will not be asked for membership
Individuals form societies. As you improve yourself, you improve society.
Improvement begins with the power of thought.
"Thought is great and swift and free,
the light of the world, and the chief glory of man." ~ Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British
Thought is a form of energy — as all things are. It changes into waves of
electric energy moving through billions of your brain cells, which change into electric signals moving through your nervous
system and chemical signals moving through your circulatory system. Thought energy impacts every cell and atom of your body.
It is also the source
of every emotion.
You exist in a universe made of a single energy field having diverse combinations,
densities, vibrations, and forms of energy. Very low densities of energy fill "empty" space — which is the
medium through which we communicate with spacecraft, by transmitting and receiving wave forms of electromagnetic energy —
such as S-band and X-band radio waves.
"If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy,
frequency and vibration." ~ Nikola Tesla
(1856-1943), Physicist, Inventor of alternating current electricity, generators, motors, and fluorescent lights —
and concepts for radio, television, wireless energy transmission, and energy weapons
"What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible
to the senses. There is no matter." ~ Albert
Einstein (1879-1955), Theoretical Physicist
At times, we communicate
with each other by transmitting and receiving wave forms of thought energy, which travel through the energy field of
matter and space. For example, many of us know parents who instantly knew (received transmitted thought energy) when their children
were endangered, injured, or killed — at a far distance.
"My brain is only a receiver. In the Universe there
is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core,
but I know that it exists." ~ Nikola Tesla
are part of the changing, mysterious, and intelligent energy field of being (existence), which manifests all beings and qualities
— including the ability to co-create and self-change.
You are a being of intellectual
and physical energy forms.
You experience some of the many diverse
energy forms (orderly-to-chaotic, beautiful-to-ugly, happy-to-sad, etc.) around and within you — as you use your intellectual
and physical powers to observe, communicate with, learn from, teach to, interact with, and co-create with these energy forms.
Powers of your intellectual
(thought) energy form include: will, awareness, understanding, emotion, reason, introspection, expression, imagination, and
You choose many of the thoughts that you create (produce from imagination, inspiration,
and reason), express (transmit as thought energy, or change into other forms of energy), seek, receive, store (save in short-
and long-term memory), retrieve, re-experience (recall, remember), discard (forget, block out), ignore, and avoid.
Your thoughts — current and stored — form most of your identity.
"The energy of the mind is the essence of life." ~
Aristotle (384-322 BC), Founder of Western Philosophy (Ethics,
Logic, Science, and Politics)
Visit the Self-Improvement and Awareness webpages to learn more.
To improve society's mood:
Use all forms of media to broadcast uplifting and happy music, movies, shows, etc.
Boycott scary, angry, and violent entertainment.
Express more happiness through
your thoughts, words, and deeds — and through your smiles and laughter. Sometimes, laughter is the best medicine.
human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter." ~ Mark Twain (1835-1910), American Novelist
Eliminate excessive fear in your life and society.
Entities that benefit from excessive fear include:
- military and police materiel makers, brokers,
and money lenders,
- some members of the military and police,
- terrorist groups, and
- some leaders
of governments and religions who gain job security from society's insecurity.
"No passion so effectually
robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear." ~
Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish Statesman
"Fear is the foundation of most governments." ~ U.S. President John Adams (1735-1826)
"Fear defeats more people
than any other one thing in the world." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803-1882), American Poet
"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state
of fear — kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor — with the cry of grave national emergency. Always
there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly
rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant funds demanded." ~ U.S. General
Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)
can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t
have both." ~ U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (1856-1941)
Since new experiments with democracy began in the 1700s, society has changed greatly —
due to technology, globalization, mass media, concentrations of vast wealth, and overpopulation. Improvements to democracy
have not kept pace with these changes.
The United States Declaration
of Independence (1776) states that we have the basic right to improve (alter) government in ways that will most likely
produce society's safety and happiness: "All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. ~ That to secure these rights, governments
are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. ~ That whenever any form of government
becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government,
laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect
their safety and happiness."
two-thirds of the world's people are governed by some form of democracy. Every democracy that uses only public elections
leaves its selection process wide open to corruption by very wealthy entities. This problem gets worse as the gap grows between
the very wealthy and everyone else.
most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes." "Republics decline into democracies,
and democracies degenerate into despotisms." ~
As a two-class economic order
emerges and social unrest grows, democracies are being transformed into police states to maintain social stability and protect
the very wealthy. Governments are increasing their surveillance power, police personnel, and combat equipment. They’re
preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.
For example, among
America’s 314 million people, 46 million live in poverty — and one in four of its privately employed earns less
than $10 per hour. The U.S. government hopes the economy will fully recover, while it prepares for long-term decline. Its
preparations include purchase orders placed in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for 1.6 billion bullets and 2,717 mine resistant
military vehicles. (Forbes/AP News)
To protect and improve
democracy, we must continuously conduct new experiments with it. First
experiment at the local level. Then experiment with the most successful of these at the next highest level, and keep advancing
the most successful. In each experiment, poll residents about the results and publish the poll results.
can include: better ways to select government officials; term limits for more offices, and bans
(or limits) on lobbying — influencing government decision-making by giving gifts to representatives, on behalf
of very wealthy special interest groups.
The experiments in ways
to select representatives in government can include using random selection (sortition) as part of the selection process. In
many nations, trial jurors are selected by sortition, after they are first screened. If sortition can give justice to individuals,
then it can also give justice to society.
"The right to select officeholders
by lot is natural to democracy, as that by choice is to aristocracy." ~ Charles de Secondat, Montesquieu
(1689-1755), Political Thinker
In the world’s first democracies, the ancient Greeks viewed public elections as a danger to democracy, because
election campaigns are easily influenced by very wealthy entities. So they used screening followed by sortition to select
their representatives. They also used the same general process to select trial jurors.
We are repeatedly told the lie that democracy means having public elections, becuase telling the truth
about using sortition (selection by lot) to protect democracy threatens very wealthy entities that control the fake democracies.
lot causeth disputes to cease, and it decideth between the mighty." ~ Bible, Proverbs 18:18
Democracies that use
only public elections, to select representatives, are increasingly vulnerable to corruption because:
- The very rich are vastly richer.
For example, 51 of the world's 100 largest economic entities are corporations, and the world has over 1,430
- Election campaigns are
vastly more expensive.
Mass media exists and influences most voters. Also, much of it is controlled by only a few powerful entities. For example,
six corporations control 90% of America's mass media.
- There is growing public apathy,
as more people feel disregarded by — and disconnected from — their so-called representatives in government.
The following warnings about very wealthy entities corrupting democracy
apply to many nations.
"The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution
will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." ~
U.S. President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
"Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the
money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth
is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed." ~
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Visit the Democracy and Corporate Power webpages to learn more.
Economic moderation is needed for the long-term stability and security
of society. To achieve this, reduce economic extremism by having wealth limits.
For example, establish a maximum net worth of $100 million (U.S. dollars, 2013 ) for every person and $100 billion
for every corporation.
Allow a two-year period to give away excess wealth before enforcing
the limits, using only punishments of fines and prison sentences — such as one year for every 10 percent over the limit. For
corporations, apply prison sentences to their ten highest-paid officers.
wealth limits include:
- We need extremely wealthy people, because they're the only ones
able to invest large amounts of money needed to start and expand business. This is illogical, because many ordinary people
can combine their money into large amounts for those investments; corporate charters were created to enable this.
- A wealth limit will reduce incentive for people to manage creating, maintaining, and
expanding businesses. This is illogical, because among the world's 7 billion people, there are many who successfully do
these things; they don't need to also fund them.
A wealth limit will remove all incentive for people (having the maximum wealth) to improve the well-being
of society. This is false, because an incentive remains: Gaining good feelings from practicing altruism (unselfish concern
for the well-being of others).
We need extremely big corporations because their size keeps costs low (economy of scale). This is illogical, because many
are so big that they've become inefficient, and many use their power to eliminate competition. This is harmful, because
competition is a primary incentive to increase efficiency and reduce prices. We will not allow a corporation to have an economy
larger than that of the U.S., China, or Russia. If we did, the number of its security personnel would be that of an army.
Eventually, a limit will be placed on corporate wealth and power.
To reduce the other economic extreme — poverty — we must reduce
the causes of overpopulation.
"One would have thought that it
was even more necessary to limit population than property; and that the limit should be fixed by calculating the chances of
mortality in the children, and of sterility in married persons. The neglect of this subject, which in existing states is so
common, is a never-failing cause of poverty among the citizens; and poverty is the parent of revolution and crime."
To make economic moderation a reality, we must:
- improve democracy
to improve law-making,
- make laws (e.g., laws on individual and corporate wealth limits) that better protect the public
- boycott businesses that needlessly harm people (don't buy from, sell to, invest in, or borrow from them),
- reduce the causes of overpopulation.
on wealth is not communism. Communism is
when the government owns the things that are used to make and transport products (such as land, oil, factories, ships,
etc.), and there is no privately owned property, except for minor personal belongings.
Visit the Democracy, Corporate Power, and Overpopulation webpages to learn more.
laws of your location.
Develop and propose ideas for solutions.
public dialogue on solutions. Social change begins with ideas and dialogue.
concerns to representatives in government.
Become better informed about social issues and candidates for public office, and use your power to vote.
Use social media and paid advertising in mass media to rapidly share ideas.
Use local to national public referendums and petitions to change laws.
Conduct meetings, marches, and sit-ins.
Conduct boycotts of certain goods and services.
Conduct work strikes as needed.
Practice the Golden Rule:
"The law imprinted on the hearts of humans is to love the members of society
as themselves." ~ Mithra (circa
1,500 BC), Persian god of light and truth
"Whatever others do that bothers you, do not do to others." ~
Zoroaster (circa 600 BC), Founder of the first recorded monotheistic religion
"As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also
to them likewise." ~ Jesus Christ
"No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself." ~ Muhammad (570-632)
"If you do not want to gladden someone’s
heart, then at least be careful to not hurt their heart. No sin exists but this." ~ Sufi (circa 640)