Generation Skip — Prologue

I often grow tired of observing and then criticizing the current human direction.  Therefore, I decided to take a break and offer my thoughts on how the human species could attempt to take control of its own destiny and set a potentially more fruitful course than the direction we have currently chartered.  I will say that like Socrates, I realize I know nothing and therefore these utopian visions are merely offered up to you as a form of contemplation or an impetus for us to discuss and debate the content, the ideas, or whatever comes to mind.  Of course Socrates would use the dialectic to explore such a concept and would not approve of this essay type format so it is my hope that some form of dialectic occurs in the comment sections.  I apologize if the length of these posts exceeds the more marketable short post format, but I need to expand my thoughts on this topic.  I am less interested in attracting a large crowd than I am in attracting a few that may understand and appreciate the awful predicament in which we currently find ourselves. 

Generation Skip will involve several posts and attempts to throw a wrench in the powerful cogs that have led us to what I have defined as “Gridlock” (see previous post).  In essence, this group of posts will communicate with broad strokes an outline or framework for a utopian solution to Gridlock.  Creating a utopian outline within the context of what currently exists as “human reality” is a very difficult and multifaceted project which can take many forms.  Previous and much more intelligent thinkers have already provided a variety of utopian visions or in some cases, comedies or nightmares.  My outline is merely one of an infinite number of potential frameworks for a utopian structure which is why I will in fact leave the ultimate goals and visions up to those beings living in Generation Skip to define on their own.  I am merely trying to remove and free these beings from what I perceive to be the primary mechanisms that have led us to Gridlock.  My goal is to free them from the heavy freight train-like momentum which has led us into a state of Gridlock.   

The problems which I have observed in our current human world have all been touched upon in previous posts contained in this blog, but I want to briefly recap the big issues here and now.  I think after outlining these key problems that my intention and logic for creating Generation Skip will make more sense and appear less comical and more logical. 

First, I believe we have lost our way and allowed ourselves to be almost entirely consumed by and with economics.  In fact, I fear that economics has become the primary focus of our energies, goals, visions, and spirit.  Economics has always been a piece of civilization, but I believe it has become by a large margin (excuse the pun) the biggest piece of the pie.  I fear that it over-rides, dominates, and suppresses all of our other potentially wonderful human traits, abilities, and creations.  I fear that it holds hostage science, technology, medicine, education, law, politics, engineering, religion, spiritual endeavors, art, and other wonderful fields.  All of these fields are held to constraints by funding, profits, money, and capital resources.  None of these fields are short of human beings with great brains and talents.  I am taking the above claim as a given and will not take time and space to prove these points.  If you disagree, then by all means state your opinion and corresponding argument.

Economics, and in particular, capitalism, is based on one very important assumption – the human being is not motivated to create, innovate, or act effectively or efficiently without the incentive to make money, turn in a profit, and become wealthy.  In the most primal aspect of this primary assumption, the human being is placed in the realm of training and motivating a young puppy.  Many assume that a puppy will not act “appropriately” or learn to heal, sit, lie down, shake hands, or rollover unless you offer or reward the puppy with a treat.  The treat in economics or capitalism is money or accumulated wealth.

I have more hope, confidence in and respect for the human being and its potential than do capitalists and economists.  All I have to do is look at children.  Do children learn to walk, talk, read and write in exchange for money?  Does a child hug his mom because he is expecting a buck in return?  Does a child laugh and cry, play and fight, dream or imagine only because he or she wants to make some dough?  Do children play team sports and work together for common goals based on the assumption that they will make coin?  Does a child become interested in a musical instrument or singing in hopes of becoming rich?  There are so many intangibles that motivate or cause children to do what they do, and money and profit isn’t one of them.  It is only when these children reach a certain age that they begin to become concerned with earning money and entering the “real world”. 

I want to make a few broader points here.  If you observe the natural world around us, not a single animate species is motivated by or acts for the exchange of money.  The same principle applies to all that is inanimate – momentum, gravity, chaos, order, creation, destruction, all occur without earning a penny.  The human being is THE ONLY thing in the entire universe (as far as we know) that is addicted to or functions on the concept of money.  We must realize that everything we have created, infrastructure, airplanes, automobiles, skyscrapers, technology, satellites, space shuttles, antibiotics, were all not created by economics, capitalism, profits, and money.  All these things that we enjoy were created by man’s brain, hands, and cooperation.  All these things and perhaps more could have existed independent of economics, capitalism, profit, and money.  In fact, if you contemplate the structure of skyscrappers, which are impressive, one has to realize that their shape and structure was developed with one purpose in mind — economy.  How many people can we stuff into one structure while using the least amount of land as possible.  Look to the past to see more beautiful structures and architecture.  Money creates nothing – money is a piece of meaningless paper.  If you are interested in this concept or argument that money, debt, and financial institutions are a myth and have caused great harm in our direction and assumptions about value, I urge you to read my first post on this blog entitled “The Human World without Money, Debt, and Financial Institutions”.  It is shorter than this rant. 

Economics, capitalism, money, profit, these things accentuate, emphasize, or reward certain human traits or behaviors. The words I would use to describe the traits or behavior or outcomes driven by these concepts include greed, shrewdness, swindling, inflation, recession, depression, market collapse, ponzi scheme, ripping off, miser, exploiting, cheating, selfish, hoarding, excessive, desensitized, cold, ruthless, criminal, deceptive, and the list goes on.  I have worked in business for over a decade at some relatively high levels and have seen firsthand corruption, petty politics, exploitation, and massive layoffs where people are escorted to their cars as though they had committed a fucking crime.  I have had some pretty good internal insight as to how the large powerful capitalistic corporation functions and makes money for the entity, those at the top of the entity, and those involved with banks and Wall Street.  It isn’t rocket science.  Just within the last two decades we have seen the rich getting richer and the middle class disappearing, companies making huge profits by exploiting cheaper labor abroad while laying off and killing jobs in the home country.  We have seen suspect wars that could be linked to the need for oil which is a key piece to our capitalistic society.  We have seen horrible examples of greed including Enron, Bernie Madoff, the housing derivative scam, the bailouts, and the continuing bullshit that occurs on Wall Street where investment bankers and traders use smoke and mirrors to make themselves and those in the know huge amounts of money from speculation and short selling.  We have seen our government become hostage to lobby firms which are simply the guns of huge and powerful capitalistic entities.  None of the above would have come about if there was no such thing as money, loans, debt, and financial institutions. 

My second major concern or problem that needs to be solved is quite simply our massive and increasing population – currently at seven billion.  I don’t care about the pros and cons and facts and figures spewed out by environmentalists or far right capitalists.  All you have to do is open your eyes, ears, and nostrils to know for certain that our huge numbers combined with a capitalistic highly industrialized product driven society is degrading our planet and destroying or negatively impacting huge numbers of animate creatures and polluting the most precious resources on planet earth – air, water, and land.  People, we are on a flying ocean rock alone in a giant chaotic universe that doesn’t care whether we exist or not.  So, why don’t we take it easy on the number of beings we bring into our world?  I’ll tell you why not.  Economics, capitalism, profits, money, demands that we keep bringing more and more beings on-line.  If we actually began to significantly reduce our population, how in the hell would companies be able to show upward trending sales and profit graphs and therefore where would the fuel come to keep the banks, Wall Street, and the investment banks humming along?  It is a horrible wheel we have created for ourselves isn’t it?

Our increasing population combined with our winner take-all mentality leads to fewer and fewer resources and money to properly educate and nurture all of these new little beings coming on to our beautiful planet.  Governments and states are running out of money, schools have more children and fewer teachers, which is leading to a dumbed-down growing populace. To make matters worse, huge pockets and numbers of people are ignorant, extremely poor, sick, suffering, yet it is within these very pockets that relatively more innocent little beings are brought on-line.  This has to stop.  It is not only cruel but it is also not sustainable when we attempt to appease their suffering by simply throwing money and welfare at them to buy food.  Such short-term action may make us feel better, but it is not the solution.  And it further strains our already empty public coffers.  It is a fact that poverty breeds more poverty.

Generation Skip will attempt to free a group of beings from the above wheel in manner that hopes for further adoption without bringing down and destroying the status quo in an abrubt catastrophe.  A sudden switch over to a utopian model for all human beings is not possible given our status quo.  The framework and methods used to do so will seem rather strange and perhaps harsh, but compared to other potential utopian frameworks or visions the harshness and sacrifice required is rather mild.  One of the fundamental principles of Generation Skip is that sacrifice over individual rights must occur for the culture to get up and running.  The tension between individual rights and a unified whole is the conundrum we face as American’s and as a human species.  Both sides of this spectrum are desirable and important, but if the balance falls too far to one side or the other, we lose a great deal of value, power, and potential as a civilization and as a species.

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25 thoughts on “Generation Skip — Prologue

    • I too see that as the most likely scenario — ashes created by ourselves or ashes created by a city-sized rogue space rock. But this utopian wandering is an attempt to avoid the first likely scenario.

      I am a little too introverted and quiet to stand on the midst of Time Square…but if you were standing by my side in a nice dress with six inch steel heals some people might pay attention to what I am mumbling about:) Or, I could simply hand you the mic and you could unleash hell:)

      • Or how about we unleash a Dragon upon Times Square with Fountains in a nice dress and six inch heels on its shoulders? And Tincup, since you are so pathologically shy, you can just stand aside pointing and saying to passersby: “Ooooo. Godzilla!”

      • LOL…a huge fire breathing dragon…love it…as long as it wasn’t you…then I would experience the green eyed monster:) By the way…how the hell to you produce those damn smiley and winky faces…I asked Fountains but she ignored me…I am too dense to figure it out!

    • Isn’t this the cutest grammar lesson I ever did see. 😉 Tincup, I hadn’t realized you were asking about the emoticons! My apologies. Like Dragonstrand said, semi-colon for a wink, or a colon followed by a parenthesis (left for frowning, right for smiling) or a D for a toothy grin, or a P for tongue-in-cheek sarcasm. The emoticons on my mobile phone aren’t working, so I can’t see if I’m just giving you a lesson in redundancy. Also, you cannot be so shy when you have such bold things to say. Your confidence needs to catch up with your philosophies, and then maybe there would truly be a reckoning. But of course, I have yet to pass up an opportunity to unleash hell.

      And Dragonstrand, I’ve ridden many a beast in six-inch heels but not a one that breathed fire. Or quoted Nietzsche.

      • LOL…emoticons…reminds me of the word Penn mentioned in a recent post…automatons…yes…confidence is a funny thing…one needs to be humble, but not so humble as to become meek…I have struggled with that balance often in my life when dealing out loud with people…but inside I am a beast 😀

  1. I will have to come back and comment on this, running to work now. I have to say I really agree with most of what you said though. And it is hard to operate successfully in today’s world once you realize that money is pretense, arbitrary, constructed by man for man with no deeper meaning. It seems so depressing and sad to base your entire life around something which really holds no value. Perhaps, more depressing, is how eagerly, blindly, and quickly human beings have completely accepted money as the driving force of their lives. I’m not sure of an alternate, since we are often selfish and need something to keep us from killing one another (and we obviously kill each other over money all the time). Really humanity sometimes frustrates me so much I want to emulate Christopher McCandless or Thoreau and go into the wild.

    • The below comments were actually posted under your original Generation Skip section–but since no one bothered to reply to my scintillating ideas there, I am reposting them here. This will serve as my initial response to your ideas, though I have others on the way.

      >>I appreciate the discussion here of equality. I really take it as a given that the idea of equality is a delusional. In many ways, I see the whole question as irrelevant. I think the obsession with this question has the effect of retarding our development as a species. By this I mean that it should be understood as a given, and irrelevant.

      What I would like to see–and this certainly has some “Utopian” undercurrents–is a world in which a relative “equality” is achieved on a material or economic level, so that while the question of “equality” and “inequality” can be dismissed as irrelevant, actual inequality in the things that truly matter can thrive without being censored or subverted.

      I think we are slaves to the idea that inequality has to be represented materially or somehow we will lose consciousness of it’s reality–this is where the whole American paranoia of “Socialism” originates. If we could get over this misconception, and instead–of everyone’s free will–create a world in which material wealth was guaranteed to all (provided that all contribute to the very best of their ability to the whole), then we could set this whole question aside and begin focusing on profoundly and unashamedly developing the natural inequalities inherent in our natures.

      This scenario would also free up the higher types from being enslaved to the lower endeavors of base survival at the expense of their natural and more exalted callings. At bottom what I am saying here is that we could create a world that could set aside base necessity for all by providing a kind of platform or foundation of necessities for all so that the grand task of ascending to higher creative, spiritual, and intellectual levels might become the primary focus of the human existence.<<

      • Nice summary dragonbreath 😉

        I would gladly perform mundane manual labor tasks if I were on the bottom rung as long as I had plenty of wine, good food, a decent place to live, a sexy intelligent woman, and plenty of time to simply live life…as long as the higher ups were taking us on a progressive course…and if I were deemed a genius…would be happy to take on my lofty tasks as long as I had the same access and perhaps a few extra perks…like better quality wine and food, and a handful of sexy intelligent woman 😀

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      • So second reply, as succinctly as possible. You would never be able to sell the idea of Generation Skip to humanity as we know it, because this humanity will sniff your ideas and smell the odor of “Master Race”. This humanity is too sold on the idea that the purpose of existence is “the pursuit of happiness” for all–it cannot even taste, much less digest the notion that the human being should be consciously and systematically developed for some kind of higher purpose or end.

        Setting aside from the rest of humanity a select “group of beings” for privileged development? You yourself reference the movie Moonraker (“and they went in two by two”), as well as “breeding human beings like horses”. Such ideas as these are completely alien to the human being of today and it’s “world”. This human being has no concept whatsoever of an upward arc of deliberate development, which I believe is ultimately what you are getting at. Any inkling that it might have of this it recoils from in utter terror. The reasons for this are complex and manifold. I will pass over them here.

        The human being of today has no conception of any kind of Nietzschean Overman, of a human being of actual higher internal content that is a product of conscious human willpower and organization structured for that purpose. Its only notion of anything higher is a cartoon-like caricature of this–superficial superchimps like “supermodels” and pro football players, rock stars and movie stars. It is perfectly at home with talk of “A-listers” and the “superior genes” of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie being passed on to their progeny. The human being of today is convinced that “superiority” lies in a pretty face and sexy body, or in sensational gestures, in “acts”.

        The reason why the human being of today is okay with this is because it all still occurs within that context of “the pursuit of happiness”. These superchimps embody the pinnacle of that ideal–they are its highest representatives: one offs that climax briefly like fireworks in the air and then sputter out and die, never amounting to anything that lasts, develops and overcomes. Therefore they are no threat to “what is”–on the contrary, they reinforce it. They are the highest purpose of this ludicrously myopic civilization–and that is why it pours such inordinate resources into them at the expense of so much.

        But don’t dare start talking about attempting to actually overcome the human being of today and its “world”. Don’t dare point out that its little modicum of approved elitism is a mere puppet show performed for the sake of maintaining the plateau of vacuous contentment–the cultural, spiritual, intellectual and physical equivalent of the “couch potato”. Don’t start talking about making Michelangelo, Beethoven, Socrates, the Buddha, et al as steps upon a ladder than you intend to climb over and leave below–that you intend to start deliberately cultivating and developing human beings into the higher steps above them on this ladder, and that you intend for the human species as a whole to keep climbing up that ladder and to make this climb the purpose and meaning of its existence!

        You will witness this human being’s eyes bulging out of its head in utter terror: “What are you trying to do???? Create Superhumans????” And then of course, the other exclamation: “What about my happiness??? Me! Me! Me!”

        And to be sure, self-overcoming really isn’t about happiness–it’s about overcoming the form that is; and that involves a painful metamorphosis, a tearing apart of what is so that something new can be formed and reborn out of its torn apart pieces. “Owwwww, That hurts! Leave me alone. I wanna watch the football game. Tom Brady is so good, and he has a hot wife.”

        Just some superficial thoughts. So much for brevity . . .

    • Yes Dragonstrand, such an idea would be a hard sell, even if the intention is to free and lift up the human being. Indeed, many may view it as an attempt to create a “Master Race”…even if the intention has nothing to do with color or ethnicity. Of course, over time, should such a utopia prove sucessful and long-term in nature, a new type of race/ethnicity would certainly emerge….one which we in our current construct might not quite understand.

      I imagine the idea is repulsive to many because first, it challenges whether or not we are currently fulfilled and satisfied. Might I point out that upwards of 70% of people are not fulfilled or happy with their jobs…their jobs take up by far the greatest portion of their existence. Yet, still there is a reasonable level of comfort that prevents them from wanting to strike out for something new. I also imagine another obstacle would be that many would protest that carving such a Utopia for a few individuals is unfair, unequal…the old why should they get special treatment? Rather that viewing it as a chance to bring little children onto our planet with a chance at more…they view it as taking pieces of pie away from what is rightfully theirs because we are all equal with equal rights and equal share to the pie. But I will throw a few wrenches in their opposition once I get this utopian framework going. Should be fun.

      I enoyed your references to what we think is the ideal life…Hollywood, super star athletes, and the like. Certainly there is a great deal of pleasure for those that hit that superdome status, but when one thinks of depth of existence and experience, of the longevity and future duration and a continuous effort to push the envelope…such Super Chimp heros, as you say, explode like fireworks for a short term spectacle.

      I think it is important to mention, that by creating longer-term visions, the people can actually slow down and enjoy life…a steady progression forward means we aren’t in a race…a sprint…it is more like a marathon where one generation passes the torch to the next…slow down young men and woman, for we have an eternity to progess towards greatness:)

  2. “The meek shall inherit the Earth” . . .

    On the outside I am a beast, but inside I am as frail as a newborn butterfly flying through a Spring Thunderstorm.

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