Author Archives: Welles

Sooner Than You Think

In this blog I’ll be offering ideas for building a world of Love. The foundation will be liberty. The ideal will be that every person of normal capacity will initiate the course of action that supports his or her life. This right to self-determination is in alignment with the larger purpose our lives, that of spiritual development.

I know that these ideas and ideals will cause some emotional distress. For example when I propose it is time to replace the idea of ownership with stewardship you may immediately reject the notion. You may have gone into debt to be an owner. After all that’s the way the world works and you can’t conceive of such a change.

Most people just try to go along. Major changes aren’t really desirable for they require upheaval. However the world as we’ve known it is changing whether we like it or not. The spirit of that change is whether we continue to react to our fears or create with Love. Fear is manifested as destruction. Love yields beauty, truth and goodness as the by products of its expression.

The greatest hurdle to manifesting that change is simply that most people are trained into dependency upon hierarchies of authority. It is a reaction beneath conscious decision supported by almost every institution. The root of that dependency is the fear of personal competence. That’s why your initial reaction to these suggestions for building a new world may be, “That won’t work because…”

The answer is discovered in each individual as they confront their own patterns of fears, vanquish them and begin creating instead of reacting. The guidance system is as simple as looking into your heart. The old world of fear is a failure. Love is the answer. Accepting personal sovereignty and responsibility is the human birthright. Embrace it. This shift in consciousness will be realized sooner than you think.

SMHeart Welles B Goodrich

Rebooting Democracy

My ideal governmental structure has the balance and flexibility provided by three branches, the administrative, council and judicial. However the current forms have been so compromised that we need to reboot the system. For familiarity I suggest an accommodation of using those forms modified by enlightened intent.

I propose a multi-layer structure roughly akin to that with which I’m familiar but with some profound differences. The first level of government would be local. They would oversee physical centers of commerce and communication and the areas around those. Think of them as counties. The next level up would be collections of local governments with common geographical similarities roughly analogous to states. The hierarchical organization just below world government would be the equivalent of our contemporary nations.

That is basically what we have presently in my home in the US. Here’s the departure. It has to do with the funding and purpose of governments. Each level of government will deal with issues vital and unique to the scope of their overview of society. Health, education, land use, conservation, small disaster relief and local communications will probably be the foci of local governments. Higher levels of government will coordinate those tasks that uniquely require organization and communication among their representatives. Even that sounds pretty normal. However things start changing once we factor in the idea that government can’t go into debt and that individual citizens have a real influence over their government’s programs by voting with their tax dollars.

Local council members would be elected by popular vote. They would be people known to have both a clear vision of the needs of their corner of civilization and skilled administrative capacities. The local administration and the representatives to the next level of government would then be elected from among that council by membership vote. People who know each other’s strengths and weaknesses from working together are best judges of talent.

The council’s job will include presenting a budget to the electorate for the following year’s anticipated expenses for needed programs. There are two huge elements of this plan that I’ll address more fully in other posts. First, stewardship replaces ownership in social values. Second, every family unit has the right to a non-taxable home site. That means that anyone is free to retire from the larger society and create his or her own version of reality in microcosm. This provides the opportunity for very tiny social experiments. They will be the hotbeds of unanticipated creations required in a dynamic society and a practical guarantee of personal liberty.

When we opt to use the social convenience of money in our exchanges things change. Every time money changes hands a 10% tax is owed to the local government. To ensure participatory direction of government by its members the taxpayer would vote on the proposed budget by putting 90% their tax money into the specific budgetary allocations of their choice. Once a program is funded it is closed for that fiscal year. In that way budgets need to be simple enough that people understand them and endorse the parts they like with their tax monies. The remaining 10% of the local taxpayer’s annual payment is taken by the council elected representatives to the next level of government where they will act on behalf of their voter/taxpayers.

So the hierarchy is this. Local inhabitants vote for their councils who propose courses of action that affect them (budgets). The results are administered by the best of those elected representatives. Citizens directly ratify the guidance of their local representatives by paying for them in taxes. The local level officials choose representatives and send them with their 10% tithe of the local taxes to the state level and so on to the world level. It is a trickle up theory of government.

Government is not designed in this vision to make laws as much as to support the structure of civilization by creation of valuable social programs and alleviating stresses before they become overwhelming. The amount of Love in a society is inversely proportional to the number of Laws. There won’t need to be many. In a world where the Golden Rule is a practiced some judicial system will still be needed to help resolve disputes. It has to be simple enough that the average person can comprehend it and use it when necessary. It has to be flexible enough to accommodate the unique differences in each case and arrive at a consensus of truth and fairness.

Then there is one last crucial element. Total transparency at any level of government is vital. No secrets will be allowed in matters of public trust.

I should like to add that this concept is not intended for the world at present although it may be valuable sooner that you might imagine. To succeed it will require open hearts and sovereign human beings.

My Embrace of Liberty

by Welles B Goodrich

Our viewpoints are very different. That’s a given. If you disagree with all or part of my perspective — feel free — you’re at liberty to do so. The one thing I promise is that when I do something that may affect your life I’ll consider whether I would wish to have someone do it to me. If the answer is no, I won’t do it. Nor are you compelled to pay attention to my view. Simple, huh? That is all we need to live with liberty.

As I see it the universe in which I find myself has its foundation in a Creator aka God. I don’t have a particularly accurate visualization of reality but it is getting slightly less murky by the day. In a very real sense the entire Universe, both seen and unseen is the body of God. All personalities, the element of our beings that are uniquely individual, find their origin within that Source. HeSheIt is also a person among many other attributes beyond our capacity to appreciate.

As far as we small bits of personality are concerned we have been created to expand the potentials of God through our experience. We are each unique parts of the whole. That unique aspect is intentional and valuable to the Creator. We are each creators; that’s with a small ‘c’. Actually we are co-creators. It is through our unique connection to relatively greater levels of Divinity that allows those new potentials to come through us and to be realized as inspirations and creations in our particular plane of existence.

But there is a twist to the whole scheme. Free will is a fundamental mandate for all personalities. It is the right of each person to discover and embrace that connection for him or herself. Liberty is the human expression of the Divine principle of free will. That has to include the potential to err. Rectified mistakes are the compost pile of spiritual growth. However manipulating others into or consciously embracing error is not real and won’t persist. So take your pick. Survival in the reality of goodness is the only game in town. One may seem to get away with evil in time but not eternity.

Any durable human social system will have Liberty at its foundation. That maximizes each human potential. In being the best for each, it is the best for all.

SMHeart Welles