the first global
about the future ...
The future is not going to work out the way people want.
It never really has, either. Sometimes one can see trends,
... for example the financial collapse was predicted by many people.
It was obvious there was a housing bubble and that people
were being allowed to borrow money that they could not repay. It
was also obvious that with ending the distinction between commercial
banks and investment banks, bankers were going to start to take a lot
of unjustified risks. We could go on, but if you’ve been paying
attention there is no need. Just note please that our governments
have not reigned in these thieves, pirates and wolves, and they are
continuing to make trouble for the rest of us, while still making
The whole world is a complex system of interrelated
sub-systems. Commercial agricultural interests are wrecking the
food supply. Not only is their no nutrition in their products,
they think they can mess with the DNA of the plant world to no bad
effects. Its like watching some kind of weird horror movie, where
the mad scientist is clearly going to make a monster.
Everywhere we have drained the aquifers in order to do
too much too fast. The coming water crisis will be huge.
Climate change is real, whether it was caused by human beings or
is basically just a natural cycle. Various nations manage to
elect or allow complete idiots to run and ruin their Countries.
America did it with Bush II, so why can’t everyone else do
Almost no large social institution is being prudent.
Most leaders think short term, and only want to reward their
friends. Many people just want to make things better for
themselves, and screw the other guy.
Anyone really believe the world can survive all this
madness without some kind of major collapse and restructuring?
Nothing seriously wrong is being fixed. Nothing.
There is a wise ordering to the world. Here is what
this wisdom has given us in order to go through this remarkable Rite of
Passage, in which Western Civilization dies into something new.
Make a picture of the Globe with your imagination.
Make the surface of that Globe covered with glittering and very
bright stars - billions of them. Each star is a human mind, and
wherever a star is connected to other minds, via the global social
networks by even so little as just a cell phone, there has now arisen a
Global Mind. It has analogous characteristics to distributed
computing, but in this case the Global Mind can care about what it
does. A computer running a program can’t do what people can do.
An early global test of this Global Mind - this vast
system of distributed wisdom - created open source software.
Recently, via Kickstarter, it funded a movie people wanted.
Now the world needs this Global Mind to create the
Library. As the collapse of Western Civilization goes through its
various phases, people in different areas of the world will suffer all
varieties of deprivations - some quite different from others.
People need knowledge of how to deal with water issues and health
issues and so forth. Imagine a world where vast areas are like
Haiti is now, including places which ought to feel completely safe,
such as Boston or London or Paris. What is happening in Greece
and Cyprus will spread. Vast crowds of unemployed and hungry
people. Governments will try to over-control - that’s how they always
deal with tendencies to anarchy. Over-control will only make
things worse - that’s a clear lesson of history to anyone who wants to
pay attention to history.
There will be many places of social chaos, and lack of
food, water and medicine. The usual expectable social networks
too will break down. Such organizations as the Red Cross may well
lose their ability to come to the rescue. Only those living in a
particular place can really care for each other. This Rite of
Passage is not just about physical needs, it is more about
psychological and spiritual needs.
At present the Internet is full of knowledge. Its
all there - a kind of huge electronic Whole Earth Catalog. There
are places where this knowledge is being organized by people who can
see the need for survivor knowledge, for how to fight dysentery or
cholera. How do you make penicillin or insulin? How to you
take the junk lying everywhere about and make a filter for water, or
turn a broken bicycle into a way of making electricity? How do
you make zip guns and IEDs out of household products in order to fight
off marauders, who only want to steal from those who have little, but
are too lazy to work things out on their own? Anybody been
following the TV Show “Walking Dead”?
What did people do in Libya to survive amidst a civil
war? How do you socially organize refuges when there are no
longer big institutional social organizations to help?
The coming resulting social chaos will place us more and
more on our own. There are lessons learned in New Orleans, after
Katrina. When things break seriously down, electricity
disappears. Electricity disappears and the Internet disappears.
All over the world we have already seen Nature
punch us in the face and say WAKE UP!!! A big DOOM is falling on
you, if you remain asleep.
Yet, everywhere on the Internet is the wisdom acquired in
ways so hard and painful it makes one want to cry. But all that
hard-earned wisdom is useless if we do not collect it and organize it.
My youngest son says you can put 20,000 books on a high density
What we are doing here is decentralizing the Internet’s
practical information. Why? Because we may not always have the
Internet, for vast powerful social forces already don’t like it.
We decentralize it by editing it, and transferring the essential
material off of remote (and indefensible) servers onto DVDs. The
knowledge of how to survive the already happening social crisis Rite of
Passage becomes lodged in local off the grid nodes, in small laptops,
for example, that can get their electricity by being hand cranked -
these already exist.
This is the classic snowball situation. All that
people, with social network access, need to do is to start making
off-Internet web-centers where data is collected. If a common
name is used, such as “the
Library”, coupled with the specialty being
collected at that node intersection, for example: “Library - cholera
stories”, then material will gather there. Then will follow
another data collection node intersection, maybe to be called: “the
Library - basic medical needs”, which too will gather data, but at a
Meanwhile, open source software people need to design a
search engine that be part of the high density DVDs, and which will be
able to be used to search these DVDS, made via downloads to laptops and
other off-Internet storage devices. With the such search
engines the possibilities are endless. The Internet is full of
answers to questions, ... they just have to be organized according to
the wisdom of all the individuals participating, and then off loaded
from the vulnerable servers onto personal nodes that are no longer
connected and hackable. Save our needed knowledge! Don’t
just create a small or large hoard of medicine, food and water, save
Save too knowledge of culture and art and law and
peoples. And, because the Global Mind is distributed, everyone
can participate. Think of what happens when a salt solution
crystallizes. Everything for a time is watery - unformed.
Then something initiates a connection, and soon everywhere there
is order. Each individual member of the Global Mind just does
their part. There are lots of ways to do this, and once people
catch on to the idea, ... well, we just will have to see just how wise
this Global Mind really is.