During this week, I proceeded to look further into the psychological benefits of creation and creativity. I decided to do this because, through my personal experiences, I have been able to handle the stressors of my daily life through my personal creative outlets; guitar and composition, drawings, poems and creative story writing.
It seems as though there is a growing trend in research regarding this specific topic, and why creativity, art forms, in particular, provides positive impacts to mental health.
These impacts include, but not limited to:
- A natural outlet for emotions – relaxing and release from ‘suffocation’
- An alternate reality of complete control (beneficial for those who feel like they have no control in the world, including themselves) – boosting self-worth and esteem
- A means of focus, the idea of ‘flow’ – distraction away from the causes of mental disorder
- A place to explore their potential – this can increase their sense of strength and ability
I then looked into the different existing organisations that deal with mental health alongside writing or creative outlets and got in contact with them.
Melbourne Art Therapy Studio
“Art therapy works by contributing to changes in the client’s inner world, and towards the development of a client’s more integrated sense of self, with increased self-awareness and acceptance.” – Melbourne Art Therapy Studio
Melbourne Art Therapy Studio struck me as an organisation that truly prioritised the victims and their sense of self, and it inspired me to put great consideration towards the way in which I handle interactions with vulnerable individuals and to always remind myself the focus of my project; to provide a service that will help benefit the individuals who are facing a mental disorder. When I went to try and visit the studio, however, I was told that I was unable to ‘just look around’ or ask questions regarding their services. They mentioned that if I wanted to have a private conversation with an employee I would have to book an AUD$130 private consultation or ‘a more cost effective’ group introductory session at a price of AUD$80.
This already shows the gaps in this organisation:
- The steep prices limit the accessibility of the service to those who are financially more capable for therapy
- Although the service does focus on the individuals who suffer from a mental disorder, it is solely focus on those individuals and does not promote understanding for the general public.
eHeadspace is the online branch of Headspace, Australia. Headspace has a focus on youth mental health (ages 12 – 25). I conducted a phone interview with ‘Jane Doe’ (for privacy concerns the name of the interviewee will remain anonymous).
“We provide youth mental support services all around Australia. This can vary from; counselling support, sexual health, work and study, phone counselling, and youth programs – although youth programs are generally carried out by Headspace centres…”
“… Work and study mainly entail helping the individuals to re-engage with the community by helping them find work and education. So, this can be helping them write a CV, prepare them for interviews, or mentorship programmes from certain companies that put them through mock interviews. We also help them figure out what kind of study areas they would be interested in, as well as the pre-requisites for these courses or jobs…”
… I can’t really give you too much information on the youth programs, because I am not very familiar with them. These are usually carried out by the local Headspace centres… but from my understanding, each centre offers different types of services.”
After the interview I was able to identify some gaps in the organisation:
- Although it is great that individuals who suffer are able to reach out via the internet or phone, the main youth programs are only accessible via local Headspace centres (which are located only in some suburbs).
- There seems to be a gap of knowledge within the organisation of Headspace itself, as the interviewee was unable to give me specific details regarding what kind of services are providing by the youth programs.
- The services are only available to the youth, ages 12 – 25. Mental disorder can affect all ages, and stigma persists throughout.
Headspace, Elsternwick, Melbourne
After conducting the interview with eHeadspace and identifying some of the gaps, I decided to try and get a clearer picture of the organisation by visiting one of the local centres. The closest one to my home was Headspace, Elsternwick. After a 20 minute bike ride, I got to the centre only to find out that they were unable to take and requests for university students as the person who usually conducts these interviews was not in. They also added that they were quite busy at this point of time, and due to the limited resources that they have, were not able to help with my requests.
Although the visit was very brief, it still highlighted some gaps:
- The organisation may not have sufficient resources, or
- Due to the number of requests to interview employees, there may be a lack of external knowledge provided to the public regarding their services
- ‘the person who usually conducts interviews’, indicates that some of the employees may still lack enough knowledge of the organisation.
World Health Organisation
The World Health Organisation has a department dedicated to global mental health. Their main goal is to improve the well-being of those with diagnosed mental disorders by; providing access to mental health services, and providing medication to victims. They have also made a video to help raise the awareness of mental health deterioration globally, particularly depression.
However, these are the gaps in their services:
Although there is a lot of work put into improving access and medical treatment, they have not tackled issues regarding the stigma. If anything they are worsening the stigma by explicitly highlighting the tendency for suicide.
The very first segments of their video involve; mentioning suicide and the economic loss due to mental disorder. It creates a notion of ‘false’ empathy, ‘we need to help these people because we are losing money globally’ is a message that may be derived from the video.
*I am not saying that this is their intent, but it could lead to misunderstanding*
Griffiths, S. (2005). The Mental Health Benefits of Arts and Creativity For Young American and Caribbean Men. The Mental Health Review, 10(2), 27 – 31.
PART ONE: SamuraiJat in Wonderland
It was a Sunday, and I found myself staring into nowhere, out of my window. My mind unable to comprehend the images laid out before me, as if my past and present had collided at this very point of time in my waking reality. Sunday…
A day for the family, and back home this meant everyone… cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. I started to look back at my humble beginning, living in a tiny two-room shanty beside the railroad in Tondo, Manila, with my whole extended family (I think there were 15-18 of us at the time). A time when we didn’t even have our own shower but shared a village water pump to clean ourselves – except when it rained… that sensational feeling of the ‘pitter patter’ on your dusty dried-out skin, washing away the stress and toils of your day along with your sweat. Oh, how I miss showering in the rain.
It’s crazy because looking back now I can only remember how happy I was… everything seemed so simple. It didn’t matter that we didn’t own a TV or even had proper electricity, I loved being outside running around with the neighbourhood children coming up with any type of game we could play. Although, I have to admit that at times, we would gather around the window of a family who owns a TV and watch the Chicago Bulls win games in the NBA whenever they played. Of course, we weren’t ever able to watch for long because the owner would turn around and scare us away. It was fun, running away with your cousins and friends (my best friends were my cousins since there were 7 of us) laughing. But Sunday…
Every morning on this day, we smarten up (as much as we could) and got ready to go to Church where we prayed and sung as a family, including those who weren’t of the same blood. It was a sense of unity within our community, which I adored. I always looked forward to it. When the clock ticked noon, the Church sang a final song, and out came the snacks and drinks for everyone to indulge in and provided time for strangers to get to know each other. Of course, as a young kid, I procured as much sugar as I could stomach, restlessly running around the street screaming in excitement about almost anything. Occasionally, when we could afford it we would all take a trip to a shopping mall… we couldn’t really afford much but there was a pleasure to be gained by the anticipation, or rather, the fabrication of a false reality of obtaining these American branded products. I remember always dreaming of buying a pair of Nike shoes, mainly the Jordan’s, and always hoping to live a life similar to those that I would see on TV those few occasions. Yes. The American dream. Yes. America the greatest. Back then, everyone continued to praise the American economy, almost obsessively, you couldn’t really get by a long conversation without hearing ‘America’. During those young school years I spent in the Philippine education system, we were told stories of our national heroes, one of which was Emilio Aguinaldo, who courageously fought off the 377-year Spanish rule over the Philippines. Although he did get some help from the American Navy. So, naturally, we always thanked America for everything.
I lived the simple life in Tondo, Manila, for years to come. My parents, which I never mentioned, worked abroad and sent money back home to help support the entirety of my family tree… so I never really saw them growing up, and my grandmother was the main one to take the mother role in my life, but whenever they were able to come and visit, I would get so excited! Hearing my mother tell stories of a life filled with more luxury than we had – again the anticipation was killing me! My brother and I were unable to live with them in Hong Kong, my sister was already there, simply because they couldn’t afford to support all of us here at the time. However the days soon came, first my older brother moved, then I joined a couple years later – Hong Kong was still under British colonial rule, so naturally, the ‘best’ country in the world there at the time was England. During their colonial rule they were able to establish one of the largest trading harbours in the world, and so was praised for bringing so much prosperity into the country turning Hong Kong into one of the strongest developed cities. Moving to this city surpassed all my expectations; the country was clean, huge skyscrapers, designer brands everywhere, and my bedroom were only shared with my brother, not 10+ others – we even had our own bathroom! Furthermore, we were able to afford walkmans and iPods. It even got to a point where my father bought a Ferarri Spider (which he sold after a week because he hated it). This was the dream of dreams! At this point in my life, I accepted and embraced the economy that the colonization brought into the country(ies), “Imagine America”, I told myself. Throughout my whole life I was told by everyone, and my educators, how great the Western colonies were, and so far I had not been disappointed a single bit. One day during dinner, my father asked:
“Have you kids ever heard of a country called Singapore?”
“Well, if you can find it on this globe, I will buy you presents.”
So the three of us, huddled over our one globe, and desperately tried to find this so called ‘Singapore’… half an hour had passed and we continued to fail in our attempt to actualize the promise of a gift.
“Well, time is up… Here it is…”
“That tiny, tiny dot below the line of the equator…”
“WHAT?! That’s a country?! It’s just a dot…”
“Haha yep. Well… I got offered a promotion there, but I told them I’ll only move if my family agrees to move with me. What do you all think? You can have a few days to think about it if you want. It could be a new adventure.”
Looking back now, this was the move that changed my perception on everything. Even though we moved into an even larger house, one that had a garden, a 15m-20m private pool with a waterfall feature, Jacuzzi, and stood four stories tall. I thought I was overwhelmed before, but this was another level. I attended an international school, where they taught history in the most unbiased way, thus began my ongoing rage and sorrow which was only amplified by the natural insecurities of my teenage body at the time.
PART TWO: Welcome to Our World, Insanity.
It seems as though the more you learn about the world and our society, the more disappointed you get. A never-ending hollow abyss that continuously fills your soul. Take for example:
Emilio Aguinaldo has freed the Philipines from Spanish reign, thanks to the American Navy… Freedom and independence at last.
I was brought up to believe this. Looking back, it’s a little amusing as to how this sentence reflects the whole concept of the American dream and economy, or rather the western modernization of the world today. The Philippines was free, but only free from the Spanish reign, what they never told you as a kid was that the Philippines, in turn, became in debt to the American Navy thus technically under American reign. This resulted in the full Americanisation of the Philippines; Basketball, Baseball, Shopping Malls filled with American Shops, etc. It’s like replacing your breakfast with doughnuts… its a quick fix to your hunger problems, but you feel like s**t after. The Americans pretty much invaded the Philippines, only disguised as Freedom. I’m not saying it’s all bad, they did bring in technology, proper sanitation, medication and the concept of democracy – which also backfired because of the debt culture built by the Americans (the Philippines used to be one of the most powerful Asian economies in the world until the debt culture). The thing that I started to question during my teenage years was, why did people celebrate colonisation as if it was the greatest thing that has ever happened. It’s celebrating bloodlust, domination, rape, slavery and everything in between. I remember friends inviting me over for a party during Thanksgiving (they were American friends). A party?! It is absolutely insane.
Freedom is colonisation? Freedom from war is that really freedom? All you do is place the power of one party to another. There is no freedom from anything that has seen blood. I mean even now, THE INTERNET! The platform where everyone is equal and everyone is free! WRONG! Everything is recorded, everything is monitored, everything is regulated. They give you this idea that you are free, but you’re not. Someone is always watching you. The internet, out shopping or going to the gym. Does freedom exist if you are always limited by law?
Before moving to Australia, I thought I had already acknowledged the whole truth behind colonisation. However, I was proven wrong. When I first met my very albino friend, Liam, he told me he was off Indigenous descent. I cracked up. But he was. It showed how even someone, who thought he was educated enough, was still ignorant to many influences that colonisation had.
When I first arrived I was aware that there were European settlers, but I didn’t know the degree and how recent the events took place. These settlers just landed her on some boats and imposed a new government system and one that discriminates against the original inhabitants of the land. Additionally, I specifically remember a bunch of drunk bogans yelling at me, ‘get out of our country yah f**ck’n Asian c*nt’, luckily I just found it a little amusing because, before the Europeans, the Asians actually migrated here. There are archaeological findings that indicate the trades between the Indonesian Islands and Indigenous people hundreds and hundreds of years ago. It’s like they just like to claim things that aren’t theirs.
The thing that triggers me most, is how Western colonisation has essentially killed Culture. Everywhere in the world. This makes me mad because, culture is what shows our individuality, although the world would be very different today (and I probably won’t be writing this blog for my university in Australia), and it shows how we connect to our environment and surrounding. We not only have almost killed the planet, but we have lost the memory of humanity. We have become a single culture; Chadstone Shopping mall, Vivo City (Singapore), Greenbelt Shopping Mall (Philippines) and The Bloc (LA) all have the exact same shops, selling the exact same clothing aiming to make the exact same thing, money. On top of which, if you walk down the street you will see multiple women who look exactly the same because they follow the same makeup model on Instagram. Western Colonisation seems to want to control everything and seems to disregard anyone with alternative thinking, such as; Indigenous tribes, people with mental disorder, people who simply just think differently from them. They marginalise them through brute force, and often, are successful because these minority of cultures never had the desire to do so to them first. It almost shows cowardice through the amount of fear they have of the unknown.
The current form of government has, over time, shown detrimental effects to the global ecosystem. It has resulted in many global crises such as global warming, exacerbation of impoverished nations, political abuse, increase in population depression, unemployment, and cultural tension. Although it has improved the lives of many, it has simultaneously worsened the lives of the less fortunate; a concept further emphasized through societal isolation. Firstly, humans have evolved into a living species that are far from our predecessors. We are conscientious beings that are capable of being empathetic towards almost anything, regardless of; inter-alia, race, religion, and animal species. One example is the growing popularity of vegetarianism, regardless of religion, and our constant battle for animal rights. The primary hierarchy of power (a pyramid or a house of cards), with the most powerful at the top, can now be seen irrelevant where the faults are evident from the concept of primalism. Unlike many aspects of our human lives, the principles of trade and currency has not ‘grown’ except for methods to increase efficiency. This lack of evolution can be seen as the main root of the problems of our modern communities, as it fails to keep up with the rest of the global ecosystem. Second, the way in which the hierarchy is structured is fragile – in a house of cards, if one card were to be taken away, the entire structure will collapse – and illustrated by the global financial crisis in 2007 – 2008 . The use of monetary currency therefore correlates to the problems caused by the government. Therefore, before a new system that can evolve alongside the rapid changes in our community and ecosystem can be developed, the government system must recognize these changes. As such, the proposal will include the concept of resilience to alleviate the concerns regarding the present government and monetary values.
Furthermore, human-species are known to have unlimited desires causing concerns for resource use. The main causes of this desire is linked to the way in which our brain optimizes the use of dopamine, an organic chemical, via neurotransmitters to generate voluntary movement and is responsible for emotion-related behavior, particularly our sense of satisfaction . The nature of dopamine is therefore related to the way in which we behave, learn and function as it influences the way in which we feel satisfied. This therefore creates the need to propose a reward system to help motivate the population to participate in their communities. However, it is important to acknowledge that our desire to be satisfied can cause cravings and addiction as we chase the ‘feel good’ effects of dopamine. Our system currently uses money as a form of reward to the population, but the implementation has blurred the lines between need and greed causing our inevitable downfall. The basic human instinct is to survive, and to survive we need food, water and shelter. However, the monetary system implies that we are not able to survive if we don’t have money to obtain these three basic needs, leading us to believe that money is good as it aids in our survival. Since money is associated to being good, we feel satisfied whenever we have an income, the release of dopamine. The danger of this system is that some individuals will grow addicted or desperate for this feeling of satisfaction, similar to the effects of sex and eating, leading to selfishness or greed. Those individuals in turn become more adept to surviving in a community that runs on money, thus creating the notion that greed is good. As illustrated, the concept of money distorts the definition of our needs for survival and redefines it as: we need money to survive, so money is good, more money means better survival, thus greed is good. This transition of definition has led us to the failures of our society, causing major eco-societal issues such as global warming, conflict and wealth disparities between the nations and its people. Further implicating the consideration of a new system, without money.
Lastly, daily life in modern society has been greatly influenced by recent advancements in technology whether it be for communication, travel, learning experiences or the way we eat. However, although many of these innovations can been seen as positive, by making our lives easier, we become accustomed to laziness and self-entitlement which limits the potential of both humans and our technology. Their effectiveness is therefore a paradox that causes inefficiency, a major contributor to the many societal issues that we face today. However, we will only focus on the main contributors to the proposed governing system of this article: Eco-Energy, Water Filtration Systems, DNA-Cloning, Biometrics and Lie Detectors. In this era, global warming has become the centre of debates concerning our society; although we currently have the technology to help remedy the consequences of the industrial period, the current governmental structure inhibits improvement. Our society is run and fueled by money, as such, if all electric appliances were powered by solar energy there would be a significant decrease in fossil fuel revenue. Carbon revenues alone generate approximately USD$28.3 billion in over forty countries annually  which can be used for human development, thus illustrating a current ‘need’ to rely on fossil fuels despite inevitable self-destruction. Our system has therefore defined solar panel implementation as ‘expensive’, even though objectively speaking, it is only expensive regarding monetary values, and is in fact cheaper for the environment and its inhabitants in the long-run. This reliance on monetary outcome creates a butterfly effect for the global population; those willing to become self-sustainable are prevented from doing so due to the expense of initial implementation in conjunction with other expenses, such as food and shelter, rendering them unable to afford the technology in the short-term. Other technological advancements, such as water filtration systems, also face similar issues for implementation. The proposal will therefore discuss the possibilities of incorporating them in the most efficient manner.
DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED MODEL
The Progress of Modern Technology
The modern advancement in technology has allowed us to create alternative sources of energy without carbon-based fuel such as; solar panels. Allowing us to reduce the amount of carbon released into our atmosphere decreases the effects of the greenhouse gas. Specifically, the development of photovoltaic technology (solar panels) has created a pivotal point for human civilization, as they can now be made to function with 100% efficiency. It can help shift our dependence on the limited resource of fossil fuel to the limitation of the sun’s lifetime, which is unknown and according to science, no species on Earth will survive without. The accomplishments of photovoltaics have even provided new gateways to remodel the way we shape both our infrastructure and society. Elon Musk, CEO and product architect of Tesla Inc., has taken strides that allow individuals to have a choice to be self-sustainable without hindering their daily routine. His innovative work, ranging from; solar panel roofing, electric vehicles, and the powerwall, illustrates how an individual can stop relying on the carbon resources currently implemented with claims that one is able to go “off grid” . Recent studies have suggested that an average passenger vehicle emits 4.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year in the United States , however with the use of Tesla technology, that amount can be reduced from society’s annual carbon-footprint from vehicles alone. Nevertheless, other studies have attempted to debunk the idea of green vehicles by stating that electric cars are no better for the environment than ordinary gas-fueled cars as they’re powered by grid electricity. However, this argument is only true to the extent that electric vehicles are charged by grid powered stations; should they instead be charged by photovoltaic stations, this argument would cease to retain its validity. Additionally, natural phenomena are commonly known to damage grid infrastructure such as transmission lines which can cause an immediate power outage in communities, and sometimes nationwide outages. These blackouts can prolong these disruptions, but can be minimized by photovoltaics.
Water Filtration Technology
The progress of walter filtration systems, as clean water supply is considered as an essential need for survival, plays an important role in communities. In July 2010, The UN made it mandatory that all humans have the right to have access to clean water , however despite these efforts made, there are still millions of families incapable of doing so. In areas such as Tondo, Philippines, families are still required to pay for gallons of clean water to be delivered to their door due to poor infrastructure and planning. In an already struggling economy, these families use the majority of their below-minimum wage pay rate for a necessity that’s a basic human-right. However, technological advancement has made it possible for any individual to filter their own water, an example would be the Fill2Pure portable water filtration system. Each bottle has a small filtration device, that is claimed to clean any water by 99.99% . These filtration bottles are growing in popularity amongst many travellers as part of their basic travel and camping kit, enabling individuals to safely drink from natural water sources such as rivers and lakes. This technology can essentially eliminate the need to excavate for new pipelines to provide for existing communities unable to fulfill their right to safe water. Not only does this benefit our society by lowering disruptive infrastructural costs, it also helps to lower the damage and alteration of the environment. Most urban dwellings have been constructed in close proximity to natural water such as the ocean; therefore these dwellings should focus in using this modern technology instead of implementing pipelines. They can be made to remain afloat on the water surface and reeled back for water needs. In addition to the portable filtration system, communities will be encouraged to install rainwater tanks, to maximise water access from natural sources. It should be noted that these filtration systems can be crucial in desperate conditions such as droughts, as they can directly filter water from the ocean for safe human use.
DNA-cloning is another vital component to human progression by increasing food resources whilst limiting the negative consequences of eating food products. It is the process of generating multiple identical cells via genetic information . Advancement in this field has provided proof that cloning is more possible than previously anticipated. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in USA approved the sale of cloned meat , creating a new solution to environmental problems caused by the increasing demand for meat exports. In Latin America, The Amazon has been reduced by approximately 40% due solely to the development of cattle ranches . Plant life is the natural solution for carbon dioxide, plants take carbon dioxide and excrete oxygen during photosynthesis. It can therefore be concluded that constant deforestation in Latin America can catalyse global warming. The acknowledgement of this issue can shed light to the benefits of DNA-cloning as it provides us the opportunity to produce food ‘en masse’ without excessive deforestation. Furthermore, scientists can ensure that food related diseases are limited by manipulating the genetic makeup of cloned food. In 1986 the first case of Bovine Spongiform Encelaphalopathy (BSE) , or ‘Mad Cow Disease’, a neurodegenerative disease discovered to be transmittable to humans. By prioritising DNA-cloning, scientists can create food products that don’t contain harmful substances. This will reduce the likelihood of food-related diseases that cause widespread risk to the population. Additionally, they can also provide adequate food and nutrition to impoverished nations by mass cloning products such as Spirulina and Dulse. Both plants are now classified as a superfood that satisfy all nutritional needs except for vitamin D, which can be obtained by sun exposure or dairy products. Hawaiian Spirulina, as an example, contains (gram-gram): 180% more calcium than milk, 5100% more iron than spinach, 3100% more betacarotene than carrots, 670% more protein than tofu, and three grams of spirulina has more antioxidants and anti-inflammatory activity than five servings of fruit and vegetables . Both are also known to have a long shelf life, if sealed and kept away from sun exposure; Spirulina can be stored for decades, and Dulse can be stored for up to two years.
Any future innovation in the field of psychology and lie detection can be useful in assessing individuals who are given power. We have come to an age where individualism is encouraged and therefore what the leader may believe is right will almost certainly conflict with the interest of many. Deceit in our community can therefore leave room for abuse, especially by those in a state of power, as they have the excuse of ‘doing it for the good of the people’. Polygraphs can therefore be useful in determining if their belief is true to prevent deceit. The purpose of this is to ensure that the leaders follow through on their promise to work for the people, and not for their own personal interests. Although, as certain beliefs may conflict one another, the population could at-least feel reassured that the beliefs held by leaders are genuine to the extent that they’d try to help. At this current point in time, polygraphs are still prone to anomalies. The present concerns are related to research and testing, as many of the testees are assessed via mock situations  thus lowering the rate of accuracy. Polygraphs alone should be discouraged as a sole source of lie-detection as they can provide ‘false positives’, but it may be beneficial to consider them in conjunction with other methods. To improve the accuracy of lie-detection for choosing new leaders, the system will incorporate the use of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). Taking into account the imperfect rate of accuracy of polygraphs, fMRI scans can indicate activity of the individuals’ amygdala . The brain naturally lessens its activity in this area whenever an individual lies, and fMRI scans have also been proven to be accurate in the prediction that the certain individual will lie in the next scan . However, when an individual has the tendency to lie, their brains naturally adjust and adapt to lower the activity in the amygdala causing issues when only scanning a small variant group of people. Studies suggest that when a small variant group is tested the accuracy rate of fMRI scans can be as poor as 60-65%, however when scanning a large variant group the tests show an almost perfect rate of 96%-100% . Due to the nature of the proposed system, the variation of the test groups will be large as equal opportunity is given to the whole population when running for candidacy.
Biometric Technology is the modern way of authenticating individuals when accessing facilities, property and information. The field of biometrics aids the increasing amount of information our growing population possesses. Biometrics identify individuals via physiologically unique traits, including (but not limited to) fingerprints, facial structure, palm geometry and DNA. These measurements are useful due to their unique nature in being able to even distinguish between identical twins. Today biometrics are most commonly associated with the war on crime; detectives use fingerprint matches in crime-scenes and identify bodies with DNA samples. Another benefit of the use of biometrics is that we’re able to securely store sensitive data and access is limited to certain members of society, thus preventing fraudulent behaviour.
However, despite the increase in security measures, these can become the technology’s downfall. In 2005, Malaysia, biometric security had been introduced to vehicles such as the Mercedes-S-Class series, where the technology was used to enter and alter settings for the car. However, this led to a violent car theft where a gang removed the finger of the owner in order to steal his car . Moreover, there are current moral conflicts regarding people’s privacy and right to their own identities. Safety measures will be encouraged to pacify these concerns as they’re necessary for increasing efficiency in the community, similar to the initial doubts regarding CCTV cameras (which are now generally accepted to help reduce crime despite intrusion of privacy).
The Governing Bodies
The United Nations Board (UNB)
In the proposition, the UN will continue their responsibilities under the title UNB. Each iteration of the UNB is contracted to serve for 5 years, with the potential to serve for an additional 5 years, to provide time for discussion and implementation. Many would argue that innovation is limited by the individual’s experience; thus, a maximum term of 10 years is enforced to allow the next generation to produce new ideas from their own perspective of modern society.
They’ll be responsible for legislating common law that applies to all states (nations), an example of which is the human-rights. The proposed legislations will go through a democratic review system by the global community. Post-legislation, they’ll be uploaded to the government site with detailed explanation (promoting transparency and equality) for the population to vote ‘good’ or ‘bad’. If majority reviews them ‘good’, the legislation becomes cemented and cannot be changed for a minimum of 5 years. This will provide time for analysis of effectiveness in conjunction with other possible consequences. If the vote were to deemed ‘bad’, the UNB will make amendments to be put forward for further reviewing. There’ll be an opportunity to include a relevant image and caption that’ll appear for reviewers on submission of review, with the purpose of conveying the importance of the situation. For example, if the UNB were still battling to concretise the human right for access to food and water, they could include a photo of a malnutritioned family with a caption of ‘you can help millions of lives’ after clicking the ‘bad legislation’ button. If they’d like to continue, they can confirm. Although text information has the ability to provide more details, people respond more honestly through visualisation – ‘a sense of realness’ . The following generation will be briefed on the results, and the ability to amend and/or repeal the relevant legislation is allowed. However, if ‘positive’ legislation is seen to have immediate detrimental effects, it’ll be crucial for the UNB to make immediate amendments. The system will acknowledge the importance of maintaining current human and animal rights, unless improvements can be made.
Due to the nature of the UNB, consisting of General National State of Representatives (GNSR), its members will be appointed seats from the procedures of the GNSR voting system. The existing UNB has the additional responsibility of interviewing the viable candidates for the position of GNSR. To maintain their seats, the UNB will be subjected to pass a bi-annual psychometric evaluation using lie-detection technology.
The General National State Representative (GNSR)
The UNB consists of GNSRs, who individually have equivalent power to presidents. The title of ‘National State Representative’, however, will be given to the different UN Councils. Each GNSR, as a member of the UNB, will present complexities faced by their nation. These will be discussed, with the intent of raising awareness and finding reasonable solutions. Their main responsibilities are maintaining the wellbeing of their constituents, and managing international affairs. The GNSR has the power to create national laws within their country, so long as those laws don’t breach common laws established by the UNB. Breaching common legislation results in the offending GNSR being placed on trial.
GNSRs have the right to make final decisions regarding resource allocation within their national jurisdiction after considering the concerns of Industry Representatives, Local Governors of State, and the population.
It’s important to recognise that although the GNSR mandates the final decisions, they aren’t by any means ‘above’ their community. The power lies with the population; thus the GNSR works for the people by providing them with an educated service for resource allocation.
The appointment for the seat of GNSR will require computer systems for voting from the population. Candidacy is available to anyone in the nation, however a points system is created to determine the most suitable candidates. The categories credited are:
- IQ Tests
- Evidence of Local and International Community Aid
- Academic Achievements
- Company/Industry Position
- Past Government Experience
- Police Check (charged crimes can be evaluated and discussed by the ICJ)
The shortlisted candidates will go through a truth-test using polygraphs and fMRI scans, where they’ll be asked questions regarding their intent and method to improve their community. The leading individuals will be asked to submit a profile and accompanying proposal for the government website that can include text, one internally produced 5-minute video, and photos to showcase themselves and background. Psychologists will confirm the integrity of the information provided by matching the results of their character analysis via truth-tests, with the power to disqualify on failure. The approved candidates will have their profiles uploaded publicly for voting. One vote is allocated for individuals within the voting age requirement, and is verified using biometric technology within their electronic devices. The top three candidates will then be presented to the UNB, who will require a majority vote to choose the next GNSR of that country. The GNSR will also undergo a bi-annual truth-test.
International Court of Justice (ICJ)
The ICJ will remain intact for the purpose of settling disputes between multiple GNSR, UN Behaviour Consultant (UNBC) and the UNB. Similar to the current ICJ, the court will comprise fifteen judges selected by the UNB, and decisions will be made through majority votes . They’ll also be responsible for cementing and notarising common laws implemented by the UNB. If a GNSR or UNBC breaches common law, the ICJ has the power to determine the punishment appropriate to their actions. The punishment can range from a public warning, to immediate replacement, or imprisonment. The ICJ doesn’t have jurisdiction over laws of individual national state, however if members of the IR or LGS are reported to have breached common law, the ICJ has the right to question the governance of the GNSR. Additionally, they’re responsible for choosing the UNBC members.
Every chosen member of the ICJ will go through a truth-test before being granted a seat.
The United Nations Behaviour Consultant (UNBC)
The UNBC will be responsible for monitoring the actions of the GNSR, Vice-National Representatives (VNSR), Industry Representatives (IR) and the Local Governor of State (LGS), without disrupting their actions. It’ll be encouraged that the UNBC refrain from having personal contact with the other members of government. If any breaches to common law arise, the UNBC reports the person responsible to the ICJ with sufficient evidence, who in turn confronts the offenders or bring them forward to the UNB. The purpose of the UNBC is to prevent corruption and abuse of power. To be appointed the position, the candidate will be assessed using the following points system:
- Experience in Legal Affairs
- Experience in the UN Organisation
- Academic Achievements
- Police Check
The leading candidates will be interviewed and the next UNBC will be chosen by the ICJ. UNBCs are truth-tested after every allegation of misconduct.
Industry Representatives (IR)
Our leading innovators have been vastly disregarded in terms of governance, despite improving many aspects of our lives. For example, Elon Musk is known for his innovation in the field of photovoltaic technology , and Bill Gates is a co-founder of Microsoft, which caters for various technological needs of the population . With their apparent potential for contribution to society in mind, the proposal includes one leader to represent each industry. Eligibility for the position will be determined by:
- IQ Test
- Company Position
- Academic Achievements
The top candidates are submitted for voting, but is limited to the workers of their respective industries. Candidates are required to pass a truth-test for integrity purposes. The IR is responsible for making executive decisions on behalf of their given industry within the country. This includes research focus, and legislations such as work safety.
Local Governor of State (LGS)
The LGS will oversee the affairs within their state, for example California (USA). They can create state laws, on the condition that they don’t breach common or national laws. The IR and LGS will be encouraged to build a strong professional relationship, and have equal weight in terms of power. It’s important to note that the LGS is focused on the macro-aspects of environment and city planning, however can provide executive orders to the local governing bodies where required. The LGS will administer guidelines for environmental development within their jurisdiction, both human settlements and natural landscapes. Resource allocation within the state will be carried out by the LGS using their allocated budget. Individuals applying for the position is determined with points in the following categories:
- IQ Test
- Evidence of Local and International Community Aid
- Past Government Experience
- Academic Achievements
The citizens of the state vote via biometric electronic devices.
Vice-National Representatives (VNSR)
The role of VNSRs is to help the GNSR with their decision-making. They don’t have power over the other bodies of government, their main purpose is to research and acknowledge the concerns of the GNSR. There are two ways in which an individual can be appointed to the position:
- Chosen by the GNSR from the other top candidates
- Recommendation from the UNB
Each GNSR will be required an even number of VNSRs, with total number depending on the population of the nation, and with a minimum of two VNSRs to each GNSR. It is vital to have an equal number to inhibit manipulation (if there was only one), or exclusion of the last individual (if there were three). This ensures that the GNSR will either have a majority vote or equal numbers during disputes, giving them the authority to make an executive decision. The VNSRs will serve the same term as the GNSR.
Head of State Industry (HSI)
Similar to the roles played by the IR, the HSI will help regulate affairs within their designated industry. However, their jurisdiction lies within their own state; thus, legislations cannot contradict or breach those imposed by the IR. Nevertheless, they’re an important part of the government as they provide a professional voice for their local constituents. They’ll also be in close contact with the Local Government Counselors and Local Councils as their focus is on local affairs regarding city development and planning. The HSI will allocate resources within their state of jurisdiction, however they don’t have control over the budget provided by the LGS. Regardless, they’re able to propose focus for their industry. The position will be determined using a similar method as the IR, although the vote will also be focused within their state.
Local Government Counselor (LGC)
The LGC will be appointed as the head of local council (LC), meaning they only have jurisdiction within their precinct. They’re required to make final decisions only in regards to precinct strategic development, which in turn makes them responsible for resource allocation of provided budget within their council. The LGC won’t have the power to create new laws, however they can impose regulations fitting the infrastructural needs of their precinct. Furthermore, they’re encouraged to participate in community interaction to provide educated leadership in accordance with the needs of the population. They’ll be required to facilitate human interaction between the other members of government, such as the LC, HSI and the community. The voting for the position of LGC will be held only within the relevant council. The candidates will be determined for eligibility according to a points system with the following categories:
- Evidence of Local and International Community Aid
- Government Experience
- Relative Industry Experience
- Academic Achievements
Local Council (LC)
The LC will serve as the main body for city development. They’ll coordinate research in the elements of their precinct, including but not limited to; the opinions of the citizens, level of soil erosion, and quality of local transport. The LC are the main designers and planners for their local precinct, involving projects such as increasing green landscapes. Furthermore, the LC will be encouraged to participate and engage with the community regularly in order to ensure they grasp deep understanding of their city’s needs. Due to the nature of their responsibilities, the LC may also approach the HSI for project proposals and issues if required. For example, if the HSI of Transportation were to implement a new highway to connect two major cities, the LCs that’ll be affected can express their concerns and present proposed adjustments or alternative designs. The LC will therefore need prior experience within urban planning industries and will be elected through:
- Past Experience
- Evidence of Local and International Community Aid
- Academic Achievements
The top candidates will be interviewed and granted the position by the human resource department.
Department Representative (DR)
To increase transparency between the government body and inhabitants, businesses that aren’t involved with governance are encouraged to designate an employee representative (DR) who will provide information regarding their concerns. The representative will contribute their insight to discussions regarding issues and proposals that could affect their community, raising awareness in the council. They’ll be the liaison between their co-workers and their LC. However, the propositions will only be for the benefit of the community that they interact with, on issues such as social tensions and environmental landscapes. Intentions for business strategizing are deemed out of scope for the DR. For example, an agriculture company may need to vocalise concerns regarding changes in soil pH caused by neighbouring polluters, thus not only affecting their crops but damaging the environment as a whole. The DR will act as a bridge of communication to the LC, who carry out tests and research to find the extent to which the pollution can affect the landscapes. If required, the council can rectify the situation through implementing planning procedures and raise their concerns to other governmental bodies. Eligibility for the position will be determined by:
- IQ Test
- Majority Votes (within the company)
Department Boards (DB)
The DB will be added to the government body as they have the tendency to have the most varied group of individuals. They’ll only have legislative jurisdiction in their micro-community, for example the board of owners in an apartment building, but can’t breach any of the given laws. However, many of these individuals have concerns that may affect their wider community and therefore it’s important to work closely with the DR. As an example, there’s been an increase in the need to build high-rise buildings that essentially leads to gated communities. With this in mind, matters regarding isolation of community may need to be handled by the LC. Adequate transportation in a populous area may have been overlooked, or a need to increase artificial light in certain areas for night-time safety.
United Nations State Quarters (UNSQ)
The UNSQ will be a designated facility for the functioning of the UNB within each nation of the system. The facility will be responsible for managing information submitted to the UNB from the other bodies of government of the host nation, and similar recurring issues of each which will be brought forward to the UNB for discussion. It’ll also be used as the main hub for hosting these discussions, and each session will change national location to increase security of the board. Leaking of information, such as the location of meetings, will be deemed as a criminal act and punished according to the laws for endangering political parties.
United Nations Information and Survey Collectors (UNISC)
The UNISC will manage incoming information and surveys for the attention of the UNB. The data handled by the UNISC will be taken directly from the population and the Exceptional Citizens of Influence. Examples of this include reviews for common legislative laws, and proposals from the wider community. It’s important to ensure that there’s a UNISC group available for each nation. Although the information gathered may seem redundant, as transparency between the government body and the inhabitants is strongly promoted, it may be used to clarify issues as well as prevent government bodies from distorting information.
Exceptional Citizens of Influence (ECI)
The members of the ECI will be considered as the most influential people of non-government bodies. There’ll be fifteen allocated seats for each nation, chosen by points credited from community engagement categories, including (in order of weight):
- International Aid
- Local Aid
- Company Position
This will be implemented due to the recognition of individuals choosing to spend lives working in charities having practical knowledge of the needs of the environment and its inhabitants. This also provides an opportunity for the less fortunate, such as those who struggle academically, to have a strong voice of opinion – the benefit of this being that we see representation from a more broad spectrum within the community. For instance, an individual who has spent thirty years building basic infrastructure for charity will have better aptitude for recognising global issues than an individual who is academically accomplished in accounting. Appointment of seats will be done by random selection using computer software, calculating points accumulated from the categories. Individuals chosen will be given the option to participate, and if they refuse, the next viable candidate will be chosen. The ECI will serve a two-year term, and will be unable to participate in the next term unless there are no other individuals with equal or more points.
The Proposed Merit-Point System (MPS)
The progress and prioritisation of modern technology will diminish the need for resource trading due to self-sustainability, with the potential to make money redundant (explained later). A new merit system should be implemented, taking into account what we’ve learned from experience with reliance on money. By eliminating the need for money to provide products and services, it can be expected that in the long-run civilisation can discard the monetary concept, but merits can still be used as a motivational inducer. The main premise of MPS is to reward individuals for their contribution to our socio-economic global system; each activity is assigned a different number of points according to the importance of the role for the progression of society and the environment. Each industry will be placed in categories of importance (as an example):
|A||Construction and Development|
|Healthcare and Social Assistance|
|Education and Training|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing|
|Public Administration and Safety|
|B||Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services|
|Administrative and Support Services|
|Information Media and Telecommunications|
|Financial and Insurance Services|
|Arts and Recreational Services|
|Rental, Hiring & Real Estate Services|
Industries categorised in the top segment, A, will be awarded more points than individuals who work in category B, and so on. Points are equal for all industries in the same category. Additionally, different positions in the industry will also be rewarded according to their positions, i.e. CEOs are regarded with more importance than an intern. The classification of the positions could be outlined using a numbered approach:
|Job Class Hierarchy|
|1||Chief Executive Officer|
|2||Chief Operating Officer||CCO, CFO, CTO, CIO, CKO, CIO, CDO, CSO, CHR, CMO, CAO, CUEO, CIPO, CSO|
|4||Executive Vice President|
|5||Senior Vice President|
|7||Assistant Vice President|
|8||Associate Vice President|
|12||Human Resource Manager|
The ladder structure will incentivise hard work in order to earn more points. All equivalent positions in similar categories will earn the same number of points, enabling the alleviation of society from major social disparities. The merit points allocated to each individual may still be used to purchase luxury goods if they desire.
Due to the development of modern technology, ‘costs’ for production to satisfy nutritional needs is minimal and therefore the government will fulfil the human-rights to food and water by including (at a minimum) Spirulina or Dulse with every pay, as an example, for participation in society. This eliminates the stress of purchasing enough food to live a healthy life. If an individual would like to purchase more superfluous or non-essential food such as chicken, they may do so for a certain number of points, and the advancement in DNA-cloning should’ve decreased the ‘price’ correspondingly. That individual may also choose to donate their right, for that period, to the nutritional plants to give to struggling communities, as they’re easily stored and have a long shelf-life. A small number of merit-points will also be rewarded per registered donation.
If citizens are self-sustainable through the implementation of eco-energy and water filtration, freedom is given, to an extent, of choice for the expenditure of the lower-earning population’s income. The goal of this is to help alleviate the rising prevalence of depression in individuals. Our cities today were developed to facilitate the opportunity of choice; as new avenues became possible humans became obsessed with having more choice, it initially led to more freedom and happiness. However, choice has a paradoxical effect on the human mind, as too much choice can lead to as much dissatisfaction as having no choice . Take Netflix, for example, which has created a platform to provide thousands of shows for a single person to watch, however choosing one show can be daunting as the individual will naturally consider the opportunity cost of watching one show and missing out on another. This may at times cause analysis paralysis, wherein the person uses an inordinate amount of time to choose, only to find themselves incapable to decide. The trend of providing a surplus of choice can be correlated positively with the mentally struggling population as the socio-economic disparity continues to grow. Those who have money have too much to choose from, while those without enough money lack the opportunity to make choices for basic survival. The new system will attempt to find a balance, although research suggests that around USD$75,000 per year in the monetary system is the perfect number .
Furthermore, the system will acknowledge all community participation to amplify the effects of Public Service Motivation (PSM). PSM is the measure of individual public performance, it accounts for the individual’s analysis of the significance of their contributions . This leads to another source of depression, as many find themselves questioning the purpose of their duties, stuck in a cyclical routine, catalysing feelings of anger and violence (‘going postal’) . This is also linked to the ever-growing unemployment rate, with numbers rising from 197.7 million in 2016 to 201.1 million in 2017 globally , due to the lack of satisfaction from jobs that can be achieved elsewhere, such as computer games . It is therefore important to ensure that each member of society attains a sense of both achievement and significance to generate an adequate level of satisfaction. The MPS will therefore encourage involvement even with entry-level jobs to help improve communities, such as street-sweeping. The number of merit-points given to those participating in ‘unskilled’ jobs will still be enough to travel once in every two years (if they work an eight hour shift daily). Jobs will be encouraged to be a daily biometrically-registered task and rewarded merit-points in accordance to supervised performance. This promotes the sense of choice, allowing citizens to break out of their routine, whilst given the motivation to acquire enough points to travel or purchase luxurious goods. However, professional jobs should be discouraged from taking leave during crucial times, and are limited only to those qualified.
Additionally, MPS will acknowledge the work of individuals who participate in charity to promote global equity, unity and community engagement. There’s irony in the way our modern society’s economies promote freedom and self-significance, whilst simultaneously inhibiting opportunities to achieve it. For example, a humanitarian may possess the desire to travel to foreign states for charity, however despite the relative ease of travel they are limited by the costs. The individual is required to pay for their own travel fees, accommodation, food, and other expenses, thus limiting the opportunity to help our global community to only those who are financially stable (who have been mentioned to have the tendency, albeit not certainty, to be greedy). This emphasises the way our current system limits the potential of our global community by promoting the benefits of being selfish, leaving selfless people feeling insignificant. If merit-points are implemented, it’ll reward these individuals for their efforts to help in improving global equity and unity. This may also change the trend of unemployment, as everyone is given the option to travel if they were to work in charity, deterring them from the artificial satisfaction obtained from computer games. They’ll not only be rewarded by merit-points, but also with the sense of freedom from travelling, combined with the satisfaction gained from self-significance and purpose for our global community. It could be argued that this may discourage people from completing higher education, and therefore the system will ensure that annual merit-points for professionals, such as scientists and engineers, will remain significantly more than those who choose to live a life of charity work. The main aim of MPS, despite some similarities to money, is to provide an equal opportunity for all inhabitants of our global community.
ARGUMENTATION FOR THE MODEL
Resilience and the Network of Power
The concept of resilience was initially defined as the ability of which an object or system
can return to it’s normal state after stimulation of outside stressors, however the definition soon evolved when tackling the issues of urban planning as the complex socio-
ecological system shouldn’t rely on ‘bouncing back’ to the
previous ‘normal’ state. The reason for which is that if the system failed to take precautionary action towards the stressor, then it would mean that it failed as a system due to its vulnerability to that stressor. Resilience was then redefined as the ability of complex socio-ecological systems to change, adapt and transform to create a new stabilised [normal] state and continues to function at full potential . The model of the government should therefore be structured in a similar manner to consider the unpredictable nature of our global socio-economic system. This can be done by placing the main stressor of our society, the inhabitants and the environment, in the centre of the governing system (shown below).
The proposed government design is based on the model of resilience, and illustrates the cohesive nature of the socio-economic structure. The centralisation of the inhabitants and the environment is necessitated by the imperative to address issues of the global ecosystem whilst limiting self-indulgence, by emphasising the symbiotic nature of the relationships. It promotes transparency and cooperation between the elements in the presence of stressors, thus merging the global community through; equalisation of core values, consolidating trust, distribution of accountability and protection against abuse.
As the leading species, it is our responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of our eco-system. It is becoming more evident that humans, despite being the ‘dominant’ species, are vulnerable to the consequences of our own self-entitlement. As such, the number of natural ‘disasters’ continues to increase at an alarming rate. Firstly, the labelling of natural phenomena as ‘disasters’ highlights the current misleading reputation of human importance over the environment; despite the natural presence of cyclones, as an example, they are referred to as a ‘disaster’, as they sometimes collide with humans and their infrastructure. Cyclones are natural results of wind accumulation (produced by movement) and waters exceeding 26.5 degrees celsius, but the increasing prevalence is a result of global warming , further indicating human-driven consequences. By shifting the core values from human importance to the general environment, and its inhabitants, the system can remedy these effects while raising the awareness of the population.
The redistribution of accountability, from the desires of the individuals in power to the needs of the environment (and inhabitants), will facilitate equal positive change to our global communities. The recognition of a symbiotic relationship is vital to progress to a united socio-eco-system, as it shifts the power of decision-making based on the results of certain actions to cater to needs and new desires. Although legislative decisions are made by the UNB, GNSR and ICJ, these are made for the benefit of the whole. It is important to note that it will be impossible to administer an immediate solution for everything, and thus the incorporation of a ‘creative destruction’ and ‘reconstruction’ phase is important, as it provides room for trial and error. Since the future decisions are made with their consequences top-of-mind, it holds the inhabitants accountable for their reaction, to provide guidance, while those in government are responsible for finding possible solutions and assessing their viability. Additionally, the progress of technology will allow an equal voice and opportunity for the population who will be accountable for their choice of leaders in their community; promoting diversity in innovative thinking. The uncertainties of life can cause panic within the community as unforeseeable stressors can display faults in the way we perceive the current state of the system, thus innovation should be accepted from the variant minds of individuals. This emphasises the need for resilience, as it provides flexibility for adaptation and function. The processes are designed to react instead of imposing certain ‘needs’ or desires.
The suggested reorganisation of the government elements can also help identify miscommunication or abusive behaviour through its interconnectivity. For example; the problems of soil erosion can be voiced from the centre (the inhabitants) and studied by the LC. Were man-made construction nevertheless to proceed in the areas of critical soil erosion, the accountable party can be identified through a process of elimination; in this case the HSI who implements the procedure responds to the budget given by the LGS, who in turn responds to the demands made by the GNSR, holding them accountable for this decision. However, if it is evident that the GNSR demanded focus on soil restoration, this highlights miscommunication of the demand, showing that the LGS should be accountable for budget allocation to the HSI, and so on. This is where transparency through cohesion and interconnectivity holds its value as it clarifies the areas of fault or success.
Furthermore, the inclusion of lie-detection technology (in conjunction with the UNBC) will prevent misdirection caused by the leading governing bodies. These components together can help assess the actions of the leaders which can then be brought to the attention of the UNB and ICJ who have the power to evaluate said actions. The inhabitants will also be informed and have the power to react. These precautionary measures therefore help to build trust and insight between the government body and the inhabitants, accentuating the symbiotic nature of the system. The technological advancement in the field of psychology and detection of truth is therefore a crucial element to the system when choosing a new leader. It strays away from the present where the top 1% of those in power have the tendency to remain in power, due to monetary advantages alongside social network, and thus have a better opportunity to continue deceitful actions. Furthermore, the benefit of using both polygraphs and fMRI will help decrease anxiety in regards to their political leaders and their true intentions.
The Decision-Making Capacity
The proposal will provide equal platforms for voicing concerns, affecting the capacity to make decisions. The main concern lies in the prioritisation of importance, but this task is managed by having open communication with the population and subsequent evaluation by the governing bodies. The emphasis on the reactionary cognition of the system means that the government bodies aren’t able to raise personal issues, and can only react to the output of the centre (inhabitants and environment). The need for government efficiency is therefore crucial, especially during times of crisis, and implementation of decisions cannot be disrupted. Nevertheless, it is important to provide a balance as excess freedom in legislation can lead to abusive behaviour.
The aforementioned legislation will be created by the UNB with regards to the demands of the system centre. These legislations will be reviewed by the ICJ, who will authorise the legislations. On it’s own this can be prone to abusive behaviour, however when used in conjunction with community feedback, the UNB is able to amend the legislations and re-submit them to progress through the cycle again. The system therefore allows legislations to be made with transparency, and functions in a similar resilient reactionary manner. It should be noted that a feedback system is to be developed within each nation for assessing success once they have been passed into law.
Resources and Financing
The progress and prioritisation of modern technology will diminish the need for resource trading, moving us towards the redundancy of money. As previously discussed, by optimising the potential of technology, human civilisation’s self-sustainability is attainable. Any food or natural product can be locally produced via DNA-cloning, eliminating the export and deforestation needs for such resources. Energy needs will be met by natural resources, such as the sun, limiting the demand for fossil fuels (oil) which will in turn reduce carbon emissions. Additionally, clean water will also be accessible directly from natural sources due to the availability of filtration devices, reducing the need for excessive excavation and the effects of drought. In conclusion, the combination of the variant technological advances, along with their prioritisation, can redefine the ‘need’ for money by decreasing the need for trade of goods and services.
DNA-cloning can mitigate the mounting issues regarding the global environment, specifically deforestation and transportation. The benefit of having the ability to locally produce any product also limits the need for transportation of goods, thus also preventing incidents such as oil spills. However it should be noted that DNA-cloning should be limited to food products such as steak and not of whole living organisms, with the exception of helping repopulate endangered animals. The main concern regarding DNA cloning is how we perceive the cloned products with our moral framework of the creation of life. Despite the foreseeable benefits, most of the population is repelled by the idea of consuming products such as steak that have been genetically created in a laboratory, usually for no reason other than what they consider the ‘ick’ factor. This may have been due to the way society has advertised lab research and its uncertainties, though this reasoning is quite contradictory as one in every ten Americans turn to psychiatric drugs such as antidepressants , all of which are genetically formulated in laboratories. Nevertheless, DNA-cloning can cause positive change in our global community as they can also generate food according to direct demand thus inhibiting the billions of tonnes of food wastage in our global community.
The advancement in photovoltaics should also be prioritised in communities as it can lead us to independence whilst also aiding in the restoration of the environment. The proposed system will therefore substitute our current use of grid energy with sustainable equivalents. The transition, as many will argue, will be quite difficult as many factories that would produce such products remain reliant on fossil fuels, however the government will prioritise the remodelling of factories to become self-sufficient first, before proceeding to mass production, by altering the factory usage of fossil fuels to eco-energy. Furthermore, with our ability to create solar powered cars and boats, the government will be sure to have the ability to replace other, larger modes of transport for eco-friendly transportation, such as planes, in the near future creating the possibility of self-sustainable global society.
It should, however, be remembered that the current leading nations have reached this stasis due to their industrial phases (‘creative destruction’). The problems only persist because these nations are disregarding the possibility of self-sustenance through the continuation of past needs, thus endangering the global community by inhibiting the ‘reconstruction’ phase. If they would instead move forward, they could allow the developing nations to blossom in a similar way. Global financing should therefore be focused on the development and implementation of the mentioned technology to reconstruct our environment, the opportunity cost of which is the reduction of income earned by the rich. Upon reaching a level of self-sustainability, the system can shift its ‘creative destruction’ to the nations in need, who in the future can follow. This forces the financial burden to assess the true cost of self-sustainable implementation and will be distributed to all nations, a sense of global retrofitting. This procedure can then ensure that the globalisation of technology will benefit the future of the environment, including its inhabitants, instead of just the privileged human population.
It is equally important to acknowledge the amount of data that will be stored electronically, thus High Performance Computers (HPCs) are required. Since 1993, the calculative power of computers has increased by an average of one thousand times every ten years  not to mention that the fastest computer in the world today has the ability to perform 54.9 quadrillion points of calculation per second (54.9 petaFLOPS) . This progress in the field of HPCs is vital to the way that we approach our future governing systems, as it benefits not only humans but the entire global ecosystem in countless ways. One possibility is the complete elimination of the need for paper; currently information is being transferred digitally, thus reducing the environmental stress of deforestation. The prioritisation of photovoltaic technology may accentuate these effects by reducing the need for fossil fuels without hindering our use of electronic devices. Moreover, the progress in HPCs will essentially lead to the improvement of smaller electronic devices as we obtain a better understanding of computer manufacturing, allowing them to become a reliable platform for data storage and use in society. So while society reduces deforestation, enabling the maintenance or increase of plant life, we also reduce carbon emissions to help alleviate the effects of global warming.
The Merit System
The main aim of the merit system, despite having some similar properties to money, is to provide equity of opportunities amongst the inhabitants. Travel, as previously mentioned, is important for a global community as it provides psychological benefits to the individuals, causing positive globalisation. Such benefits include:
- Confidence: exploring unfamiliar territory can cause feelings of uncertainty, and therefore necessitates the development of self-confidence through experience. This increase in tolerance to uncertainties can also be beneficial for coping with the individual’s daily concerns in life, leading to positive attitude and aptitude.
- Adaptation: travelling requires planning, however plans don’t always go smoothly, thus encouraging flexibility in the individual. This will benefit the community as individuals will be more apt to the nature of change.
- Creativity: going outside of the mental comfort zone can trigger development of new neural pathways in the brain due to the unfamiliar activities experienced by both body and mind; promoting mental growth. This also improves the possibility for individual innovation, providing a gateway to solutions if an unknown problem arises.
- Stress Release: travel is commonly used to escape the cyclical daily stress of life, and stepping outside of the cycle can help in the appreciation of life and its many elements. The comfort of having the ability to break out of a cycle is beneficial to the community, as it prevents the reduction in motivation, and emotions regarding self-insignificance.
- Communication: our global community consists of many languages and cultural practices, which has a history of leading to conflicts. Experiencing an environment that is different from your own can improve your communicative abilities as you learn how to interact despite language or cultural barriers. Even communicating in order to simply find a ‘good’ restaurant can help improve body language and understanding of culture. Through the learnings gained from communication, the global community can learn to better acquainted with one another.
- Perception: experiencing unfamiliar culture helps us to understand common issues and provides a different perspective from an individual’s ‘normal’ daily issues. Recognising similar struggles also helps to provide a sense of community, despite being in a different landscape or cultural practice. This therefore helps to bridge the differences between cultures to inhibit cultural segregation through increasing awareness.
The importance of promoting travel can therefore be beneficial not only for the individual but also the global socio-economic ecosystem. Furthermore, the MPS should help with motivating the unemployed with its ability to induce PSM, essentially optimising the human resources. However it is important to note that transition to the merit system will rely on the prioritisation of self-sustainability through our technological advancements.
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Written by Kevin Jatney Magalona
The Utopia to be pursued by The Oreb in The City in Chains
Some moments in life can’t be captured on a camera. So stop spending so much time on your fucking phones trying to take selfies and trying to capture that ‘perfect photo’ when the perfect photos are perceived through your very eyes. Be part of the moment. I’m sure you’ve experienced taking so many photos and selfies but nothing quite satisfies what you were seeing then get disappointed. So tragic and ironic.
FYI that flash of your camera can be pretty annoying to everyone else
To sit here alone and wonder
Of all the times that are no longer.
Amidst the strangers who never ponder,
The somber satisfaction of sin for which we all hunger.
To sit here alone and wonder of time,
Of all wickedness yet to come, coming closer and closer.
Many are done with no conscious intentions,
Though retention of expectation lead the pathway to condemnation.
For all we know the provided attestation
Conceal the truth, aberration.
I’m only a man with no intention,
I’m only a man with raging emotion.
So what is it that makes me, a mere man, a part of humankind?
What is it that makes us beings so human?
But as foretold, I’m only a man with a raging emotion
With no answer to the question.
A mere man with no intention
But to read the motion of the current situation.
All I can tell, and tell so well.
That as a man, a mere man who lives in a cell,
I live my life according to the signalling echoes of a work bell,
Bound to a system we all know too well.
We are only so much as beings who are obliged.
Obliged to abide a list of rules imposed by those we chose to decide.
Yet as time goes on we continue to wallow in pride.
An ironic foundation to what is truly desired.
Day by day they continue to lead.
Tugging and lugging us through excessive greed.
The inordinance of our wants turns it to a need,
And once this surpasses our capabilities, that need turns into greed.
That final form of transformation is why I worry, so now I plead.
For human kind, I plead,
To take heed
Of what accentuates our downfall that hinders our seed.
As a man I try to act in a way that I must,
Limited by rules imposed by those we chose to trust.
Not ever knowing,
Until I started growing,
That those we trust have robbed control of our lust.
But now I see,
How far it may be,
Sex, drugs and monetary power control our society.
It seems now that all hope has been lost for every one of us
Haunted, succumbing to sin until we crumble to dust.
As I’m sitting here, surrounded by strangers, at a time of adversity
Someone out there has justified fatality.
Yet I continue to sit here basking in the fluorescent sun of my city,
Deafened by my soul screaming, “I envy! I envy!”
I envy all of those who live life in such luxury,
I envy all those with beauty and elegancy.
I envy all of those who live, love and laugh with sincerity,
I envy all of you who don’t suffer during this calamity.
Now it seems that the burning flame of hope
Dwindles so briskly as we mope.
Given nothing else but a hanging rope
While they peer down from their pedestal to cut a swath.
As the blood of the innocent is shed to broil their broth.
Ashamed to say that we’re slipping down a slope,
Watching all the victims suffering unable to cope.
Afraid to say that you and I, both, have succumbed to sloth.
At times like these it’s so sad to see
The righteous of righteous men prosecuted for mutiny.
The ones that we chose to trust flourish so fruitfully,
While the majority grow desperate, struggling in the community.
So why, please tell me why has it come to be?
That my heart tells me that I should also show some sympathy
Towards the selfish who’ve grown so fruitfully.
Agonized by deep sincerity,
My heart tells me, “They’re humans too, but consumed by gluttony.”
I finish my coffee, the drug I choose to take,
As I think of all the horrors that causes man to tremble and shake.
Wrath, in every nation, causing our earth to quake.
There’s no wonder why too many hearts are filled with ache.
We ache not only from fear or sadness,
A population growing with depression, it’s madness,
But also ache from anger and hate that satiates malice.
Yet they stand atop their towers, no compensation, satisfied with their status.
I make my way back to the cell that I call home,
Still pondering these thoughts of our manaic syndrome.
Hoping that I am wrong and misread the intention,
Hoping I’m wrong, started praying for their redemption
To lead us away from our sinful abomination.
Praying for there to be a God, “Guide us to salvation.”
Everyday you see new construction sites building high rise concrete complexes. Creating more homes for our ever growing population. Or tourist spots that are making so much bank that the government continues to develop these destinations. Creating louder noises like faster cars that roar through the concrete landscapes. That loud high pitch pedestrian crossing light constantly ringing, breaking the silence of the night. All these things are suppose to help run our community. But something tells me that we’re doing it wrong. Not completely, but fairly wrong.
The growth of our communities are of two main components; structures and inhabitants. These structures are rapidly replacing our environment, and most of us are born and raised in artificial surroundings. These physical structures create a subconscious recognition of physical boundaries for our territories. There’s no wonder that humans are an ever growing depressed species. Nothing around us fully satisfies us. We have these subliminal needs and desires that are constantly being ignored, and one of them is the ache for freedom. Walls only define a form of imprisonment.There’s no wonder why there have been studies that show an increasing number of mentally impaired people, cause we’re driving ourselves mad. More and more people are becoming stressed, anxious and unwilling to participate to living in our communities – living in the sense that they are physically participating day to day, interacting with one another; playing basketball, or just chilling on the roof watching the streets and talking to one another. We’re all becoming so boring. Living such sedentary lifestyles, staring at screens and constantly checking our Facebook statuses to see how many likes we get. It’s pathetic. But that’s our life today. It’s fucked. We built technology for our convenience, and this convenience is turning out to becoming more of a nuisance than doing good.
Now that I think about it, why do you think that holiday destinations are always so… natural. Beaches, countrysides, sky diving. They all seem to act as an escape. An escape from our stressful city lives. Freedom from all the regulations and physical confinements that are constantly imposed upon us. That intrinsic yearn to be free finally being satisfied. Freedom from the laws of physics as you free-fall from kilometers high and not face inevitable death. Why is it that we’re so much happier, and more relaxed when we’re gathered around a tree on a park than when watching TV in the living room? Or even that major hype of getting drunk in the park, so much more fun than being drunk at home. There’s something special about it. These sensations that we feel are a form of communication between our subliminal consciousness and consciousness. It’s a way for our intrinsic self to tell us what is good and what is bad for us, and it shouldn’t be ignored.
Remember that first time you tried alcohol? And you felt like puking straight after? It’s a protective reflex in protecting your body from consuming something that is harmful to it. But after time, you get used to it, and sometimes, worst comes to worst you end up needing it. But it’s killing you. Faster and faster with each sip that travels down your throat… into your liver. It’s killing you subtly, and makes you feel great for a little while, until one day… your body fails. Isn’t this the same?
Maybe it’s why some people have mental breakdowns. No, rather it is the reason. There’s too much stress in our lives. Even if you exclude all that over-crowdedness, and heavy traffic. There’s still so much stress and pressure from society.
We’ve been brainwashed to believe this commercialized definition of a ‘home’… and yet many continue to search for one despite our ability to satisfy our basic needs for survival. ‘Home’ is something more than our physical external surroundings because somehow this idea of a home only causes our stress, anxiety and other non-infectious mental illnesses. Every year the population with a label of ‘mentally ill’ increase. Every year we battle not only our physical survival but also our mental sustenance.
Can we not see it with our eyes?
Can we not hear it with our ears?
Can we not feel it with every touch?
Can we not sense it with every breath?
The environment is a place where an individual is able to express their external bonds of existence, bridging to their internal being, as well as the depths of their freedom and reality. Urban consolidation is unnatural, so our bodies are rejecting it, just as we prevent bacteria from damaging our bodies. Our spiritual minds are becoming less and less able to connect to the physical reality that we have created for ourselves, leading to these anxieties and disorders.
We can see it with our eyes… how we yearn for luscious green fields, sapphire blue ocean water and peaceful white beaches. Beauty.
We can hear it with our ears… the tantalizing horns of cars and traffic. Agony.
We can feel it with every touch… the tingling sensation you get when you walk barefoot on grass, sand or mud. Nostalgic. Even if you’ve never done it before, you feel this arising excitement and happiness.
We can sense it with every breath… that sick mucky feeling of inhaling intoxicated fumes of cars and trucks. Suffocating.
Despite all of what we can see and all of what we can feel, we continue to pride ourselves of our superior intellect. How ignorant. That’s what most of us are. Ignorant and indenial. The funniest part of this, the fucking ‘cherry on top’ of our societal muffin, is that we separate ourselves from those labelled as mentally ill, mentally incapable, and lock them away in isolation. Asylums. Cages, essentially. Further inhibiting their ability to connect to their reality, to connect to their existence, to connect.
Who are we to decide who is mentally ill? Who is in the right mind to even suggest that disconnecting someone, who was born in this already deranged world, help them in any way to connect? Are we not human? Are they any less? Even through science we look at our progress of evolution, so are they not just the offspring of our chaotic urban settlements? Lastly, why do those with power continue to label these people as abnormal whilst they continue to create the abnormality within our natural environment, and why do we let them do so?
The whole scenario is so overly ironic that sometimes I feel like we can’t claim our title of being smart. Not by a long shot. Sure we’ve been able to create technology, things that still amaze me of course, I too am just a human with a greedy instinct to make things easier for me, but still… none of us have a clue with what we’re doing here. None of us know how we’re suppose to be, and definitely none of us have the right to label someone as mentally wrong. So here’s a thought for everyone, including myself;
You’re mad. You’re weird. You’re ignorant. You’re mental.
“Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of intelligence…”
– Sir Edgar Allan Poe
What are they?
They both seem so real. Or rather they are real. Every night I wake up to my dreams, and everyday I wake up to this ‘reality’. Sometimes there’s no way in telling where I’m at, I lose track… both are so vivid. Conjuring all kinds of emotions and images, affecting every aspect of my thoughts… changing the way I see things… changing… always changing.
Lately I’ve pondered on how one can prove that they are now currently awake, and not dreaming. Is it physical pain? The logical time frames? The limitations of science and the laws of physics? Somehow it makes sense… but also far from being a viable truth.
It’s been over a year now since I’ve taken this, almost, obsession with dreams and dreaming. I don’t have nightmares anymore, or rather I don’t consider them as nightmares… they’re just mishaps and misfortunes… I just learn to let go and let the darkness fill me until I shiver and sweat in my wake. In most cases there’s nothing you can do, you have no control over your (sub)consciousness. I just let it show me what I need to see and what I need to feel.
Every so often you hear, experience or know of blood shed, rape and outright torment. Some consider this a nightmare, but to the victims, it’s their reality. Sometimes denial may convince them it didn’t happen. Is it then right to impose acknowledgement and torment them psychologically for the rest of their lives? Or is it better for them to think of it as a hellish nightmare that they soon will wake from and move on, but treading lightly?
That’s the thing… reality can have so many complexities at every given moment, simultaneously haunting your mind and your body. Some can go crazy from all the pressure and stress. So, in this sense, is this not a giant continuous nightmare? There’s no denying that there are moments of relief, moments of ecstasy, moments of enchantment and fascination. But don’t dreams display the same perplex pool of emotions and physical distress?
Dreams, to me, are far less complicated. Although we experience them in a jumbled and random order… they show everything in broken down clips, a montage illustrating a larger concept of my (sub)consciousness. Is this the flaw in thinking that the dream is our actual reality? The fact that there is no order. No control.
But what if our dreams were our actual reality? A chaotic realm lacking order and any form of control. A world where not a single one of us holds any control or structure in our lives? What if we never had the keys to our own fate? What if this reality, our ‘reality’, is our dream? A realm with control and order, where we are able to mold our own destiny and not given to us. We are able to tell our own story, and try to have some form of control with what we experience and what we don’t. What if all of these are the things that we’ve longed for our whole lives? So we escape to dream of this reality. And sometimes we wake up in this reality and forget what happened because sometimes it’s a gift to forget, especially painful memories.
So we choose to believe that this is our reality, and choose to base our knowledge and perception through the experiences of this reality. Is that why there are stories and beliefs of a higher being, able to control our destinies, holding our fate? Do some of us go about living our lives disproving the existence of a higher being due to their desire to forsake relations to the ‘dream reality’ where we aren’t the determinants of our life? Is this why we crave control and power? To rid of the notion that we live in a chaotic nonsensical world.
Most importantly, who is to say that there is solid proof that we are in our reality and not dreaming? Much like our dreams, can’t we dream of everything that we do in this realm?
I’m not saying that I truly believe that our dream world is our real world. But I’m just fascinated by the complex manner of trying to disprove the theories regarding each side. So there is no solid proof (?) just a feel for strong justification. Funny. Don’t you think?
Inhale… Exhale…… flick the thumb, then repeat. Inhale… Exhale……
“Let it cuddle your lungs, let it drift off of your tongue”, I told myself. Staring into the night sky. Looking for a star to catch my eye. There’s one. No wait… that’s too bright to be a star, it may just be a satellite…
Funny that. So relevant to so many aspects of this urban day to day life… “If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is”. Just don’t get fooled, “don’t be a sell out”. That’s what everyone says, cause what everyone wants to be is a genuinely unique individual. Outside of the norm. That one star that shines brighter than the rest. To be ‘the best’. But what is it that makes someone the best? Because somehow in our world, being a sell out, being fake, is the best way to become ‘successful’ and to be the ‘best’. It’s sad really. How the more genuine people are always left unrecognized, not invisible, but left unmentioned. It’s almost as if our whole system is built around a falsified image of individualism. They say to be yourself, to be you. That you can make anything out of your life, to become anyone you want to be. But sooner or later, they ask you to change. No. They force you to change… To adjust yourself to become that missing piece in their big puzzle. To be a part of the whole system. Go to school, get a job, have a family, grow old and maybe go to a retirement home. It’s expected, and needed.
For some reason, our lives start to become a lifelong monetary struggle. You can’t get by without any financial support, and that to me is a little strange don’t you think? How a piece of paper can determine how you live. That’s how they get you, that’s how they force you to become part of their system. They want you to be involved with the community marketing and consumption. Fed by the greed of power, the greed for money, the greed to be on top. The top of the ‘food chain’. But no one really stops to think about what it really means to be on top… instead they plunge themselves into a lifetime full of artificial emotions of love and power from fake friends and materialistic objects that one day won’t be needed, or one day become redundant.
I used to be that guy, always flashing their money and paying for who ever comes around. Seeking for some form of happiness, some form of friendship in this new land that I had found myself to live in. I made so many friends, no doubt, and so many girls… damn. But as I grow older, I start to become more sensible. I start to recognize the value of money in our society, and the fabricated emotions that come alongside it. I stopped giving so much, stopped being so naive. Now I find myself, sitting here trying to recollect all the memories that I spent and all the efforts that I put in, through money, to make these relations and to pursuit a form of happiness. But all I see now is a mockery, of me, being so naive in spending so much for those who care so little. I don’t see them anymore. I don’t hear from them anymore. Now all these emotions are stuck in a hollow abyss in my memory. I never know what to do with them anymore. Useless.
But lucky for me, I was able to find true friends, those who would always be there no matter how little I can give. They always attempt to connect with me, no matter the distance or condition. Now I find myself feeling better and slightly lighter. My head’s steering away from the clouds and moving into the sunlight. I don’t need the constant intoxication to help myself from feeling something, and something real. I now realize that I don’t need to shine so bright, and I don’t need to hide the truth. Stop myself from being anyone else. I just need to be me.
But this idea of being me, a unique individual, just seems so cliche for a story book ending. That special one ‘being’ that makes me feel like I’m, in a sense, on top. But no matter how much I think about it I always end up questioning; who has the the right to define what I’m suppose to do in this brief existence of life? No one. Just me. And I guess that’s as much power as anyone desires… To have full control of a person’s life, and that one person is to depend on you no matter what. To act and feel like a God. Does that make me, my own personal God? Or at least feel like one. But as a human man all I can do is respond to what’s around me and adjust with my flaws. Social pressure. Political pressure. Financial pressure. Regulations. Rules. Expectations. The list can go on. All of which inflict wounds on my personal being, sometimes catalyzing or giving birth to more flaws. It hurts… sometimes. But sometimes it helps me feel ecstatic. So I guess I’m no God to myself. I don’t see myself in any way perfect.
Our society is shit. “Just don’t be fooled, don’t be misled, and don’t be discouraged to do what you want and can do”, that’s what they tell me. But you know what? Sometimes it’s just easier to be the fool to get by. It’s shit.
It’s gone too fast. The time. How do we adapt? The time has come and gone. And now, it’s just memories of our reality. I still remember clearly, well, vividly, turning 18 and rampaging through the streets of this new city.
But now I sit and ponder the questions of what could be, of what could have been. Whether or not the path I had taken, the days I spent, were worth it in the end.
Because in the end, I’m left with fabricated emotions and notions that attempt to satisfy my inner desires. What do I desire? Am I even satisfied? Will I ever be satisfied?
Everyday I wake up to my mirror. Everyday I wake up and watch myself decay as I age, in this cage that we call an apartment. Pissing into the toilet bowl.
I guess this is the life of a young man, and I’m sure, close to the life of a young woman. We’re all trying catch a breath, that small break to have some time to breathe that fresh air. We’re all longing for something to feel. Joy, sorrow, or anything in between as it’s the only thing that can reassure that we’re real and still living.
All we really know is that we’re all stuck here as souls, in containers that someday will get old. In containers that are so vulnerable. In a container that is so complex that it goes beyond our own understanding, and yet will gradually dissipate back to the simple cycle of the Earth.
That’s how it goes. I guess that’s what makes this life so worthwhile. That smidgen of time that we can all call an experience. That smidgen of light we perceive into our very own eyes, and into our very own hearts. And as this stream of consciousness enter the thoughts, I realise the value of my life. The value of life, of any life.
The most bizarre thing about this is that we’ve always known and experienced the relentlessness of time throughout our lives. Such as when your favourite cartoon show ends and you have to wait a week for the next episode. When your parents insist for you to go to bed cause it’s too late. Those curfews that consistently cut your fun short. Or even that annual celebration of your birthday, a constant reminder that you’re one year closer. Despite all that, we turn a blind eye to the truth. Rather, we choose to ignore the truth. I know I used to. Going about my days, spending money and not giving the slightest fuck about what else was happening around me. Hopping into the fast lane, we intoxicate ourselves until our sweat and tears drip of only chemicals, not entirely sure why. Just following.
Then this day comes. When you realise and acknowledge everything that you do. You have your reasons, well rather that that’s what I’ve converted to. But these reasons are always seeking for a purpose. While that purpose is always seeking for a solution. But the bitter truth is, that most answers, most solutions are never really satisfying. They leave you, at best, content.
So what if I finally got employed tomorrow. Full time employment. Earning big bucks for me to waste and get wasted. Not going to lie, I will be very happy, may even declare that I’m more than satisfied. But through time, will I still be as happy working 70 hour weeks and not being able to spend any quality time with friends or family? No. So I guess in the end I’ll just be content, not satisfied.
I guess this is why you have to embrace every moment, and embrace each scene. With comfort or discomfort. Because despite the circumstances, that sensation will become another sensation to your library of sensations. That one sensation will affect you more than any material you collect. That one sensation can change a man or woman to become or not to become.
So embrace. Because soon you’ll realise, that everything is beautiful in their own twisted ways.