This is a call to everyone, especially the technically inclined. All you engineers out there, you architects, you designers, electricians, city planners, and so on. Read on, and watch the short videos below.
Everyone just wants to relax at the end of a long day, but a simple examination of the world scenario will reveal that not everyone has it so good. We have to try and find a way that will maximize the chilling of everyone, and it has to be done in a sustainable way. At the current rate of chilling by a small portion of the world, and I mean we of the high-tech societies, we of the privileged middle class, will soon drain the Earth of all resources and completely screw it up for everyone. Forget the upper 1% for now, they are not listening anyway. Neither are your elected leaders. It is up to us.
This, of course, starts at the very basic level: at yourself. You need to understand what you really need to make you happy, and that’s where philosophy comes in. Because a world where everyone is truly equal doesn’t have unlimited luxuries. There is a simple reason for this: resources are limited. There is not enough metal and glass in the world to give EVERYONE a Ferrari, but that’s ok, you don’t NEED a Ferrari to have a good life. Resources are limited, and we have to be responsible for them. But this is something you have to figure out. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out TSR Episode 1.
Everyone is responsible for everyone. There is a way that everyone can have an equal opportunity to chill, and we have the technology and the resources to implement that NOW. And moreover, we have the skills… that is to say YOU have the skills. You brilliant, technically inclined people have the knowledge and the vision to create something sustainable and super groovy for everyone. And no one can do it alone. We are going to have to come together and put our ideas and knowledge together and come up with a solution. WE DON’T HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE STONE AGE. We SHOULD use our technology, but wisely.
So, do you know of any projects, like the Venus Project, that is trying to do this already? Do you know of any companies that are coming out with sustainable products that we should know about? The share the knowledge. Comment, discuss, argue, and debate in the comments section. Part of the purpose of this blog is to bring people who see the problem and have the ideas to fix it. Start designing something, start penning something down, it doesn’t matter how small or insignificant you think it is, it can be one piece in a much larger puzzle. All you can do is your best, and don’t worry about anything else.
To spark the discussion, here are two excerpts from Zeitgeist: Moving Forward by Peter Joseph, filmmaker and economic activist. The entire documentary is about human nature, the problems with society today, and how we can actually use technology to move away from these problems and create a society that truly benefits everyone. I suggest you watch all of his Zeitgeist documentaries, but for this post, these short excerpts are the most relevant.
The first talks about the issues that plague our current economic system, and how we can address those. We can fix the problems TODAY with the tools we have NOW. It’s just a matter of waking up.
The next video is about how this resource based society might look like. It is just one vision of what it could look like, but the what is important is the thought process and the elements that have gone into it.