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Friday, January 17, 2003day link 

 Proactive Money
picture Below is an article I wrote eight years ago, which sheds some light on how different waves of societal evolution need different kinds of money, and which calls for a more forward looking kind of currency.
We probably need a system where anybody who creates or perceives value also creates money, and the money is not a loan to be paid back, but a gift to be passed on.

In such a system new projects would be financed, not by borrowing money, but by gaining the trust of others who will believe in the project and voluntarily give money to it, because they want to see it happen. Or by producing value that people will feel like rewarding, thereby funding further production of value in the same vein.

That is not possible with scarcity money, but only with money that people can freely give without experiencing a personal loss from doing so. Money that gains value from being used on something desirable, and that retains no value from being kept.

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 Life and Death
picture Nobody died, but it is sometimes a good thing to say things while one can. The following was written by Henry Scott Holland on May 15, 1910 and was part of his sermon on death delivered at Westminster while the body of King Edward VII lie in state. And I concur. That would be how I'd prefer looking at death. The fullness of life is eternal, and doesn't really get diminished, just because we die once in a while.
Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well...

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 The Moral Internet
David Weinberger says some good things about how the structure of the Internet mirrors some qualities we need in a shared world.
"The Internet was created to move bits around without knowing anything about what the bits encode: porn bits look exactly like biblical bits. So, at its heart the Internet values a non-partisan, unfiltered exchange of information. It is decentralized. It is permission-free. But these are exactly the characteristics required for the pursuit of truth in a diverse world.

The Web, built on top of the Internet, brought us pages, browsers and links. Of these, links are the most important because without them you only have a set of disconnected pages, not a Web. The Web thus begins with connections, not individuals. This mirrors the human context in which morality is possible: we find ourselves first in a world we share. Connections come first. If you start with the individuals instead of our connection, you can never build up to a moral world."
Important point there. If we start with the assumption that we're in a world we share, or that we're all connected, or all one, or some variation of that - the answer has to be that the right things to do are those that make things work for the most possible people, including ourselves, and for the planet. But if we start with the assumption that we're all separate, and that others maybe don't even exist, you can without impunity hurt them or exploit them. The words get a bit in the way, but it is a very clear distinction if we get beyond them.
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 French Mysteries
picture Julie got really mad that, in my consideration of the possibility of moving to France, I had completely overlooked the fact that she for years has talked about her passionate dream of moving to the south of France. So it seemed like I just casually waltzed by and stole the dream from out under her, even leaving her out of it. Well, seems that I needed to work through my own process, in my own way. And it kind of solidified unexpectedly quickly. But of course it would be delightful and magical if we all end up there, possibly this summer. And it turns out that she has done a great deal of research about the different departments around the Midi-Pyrenees area and the housing market and the history, and have built up a bunch of contacts there. And there are of course lots of mysterious, ancient and interesting things to find around there, such as Rennes-le-Ch√Ęteau, possibly hiding treasures from King Solomon's temple. I've read Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Messianic Legacy, weaving an intriguing and compelling story about the Templars, secret orders protecting the bloodline of Jesus, enormous treasures, etc, and a bunch of the clues point to that exact area.
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