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The Declaration of Independence is perhaps the greatest human expression of liberty ever written. From my perspective it embodies the Divine principle of Free Will more than any other political document.

Reasonably soon there will be a new world built of Love. The speed of that change is nearly instantaneous compared normal evolutionary time scales. It will insure the survival of the planet, which is sorely threatened at present. Some of us are able to enfold the accelerated spiritual growth necessary to become a part of that shift to a world of Light and Life. The personal upheavals that seem to be a prerequisite for that personal attainment require leaving behind much of our past in becoming anew.

The planet itself will undergo upheavals as will society. Almost all social institutions will be cast aside as they were products of the old world of fear and control. They are useless to a world of Love. We will foster the flourishing of creative freedom and the responsibility that entails on the part of every person.

I personally hope there is one document that survives the change almost exactly as it was written. Yes, that is The Declaration of Independence. I say almost exactly as it was written because I’d like to see one word changed. That would be the final word in this sentence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

In early drafts the phrase, adopted from John Locke’s Two Treatises on Government, was written as, “life, liberty, and property. Thomas Jefferson substituted ‘pursuit of happiness’ in place of ‘property’. In all likelihood he adopted the phrase from another of Locke’s essays, Concerning Human Understanding, in which he (Locke) wrote “The necessity of pursuing happiness [is] the foundation of liberty.” *

I suggest that the new world we are about to enter will have representatives from what might be termed ‘heavenly realms’ visibly present on Earth. They will teach us about nature and origin of the Universe and our place in it. We will learn that the ultimate human destiny is to merge with a little spark of God that lives within us even now in our Hearts. By doing so we will achieve the potential of eternal life. As I live with that point of view you will understand why I would like to change one word.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Eternity.”

* There is a wonderful essay about this subject. The original title was “The Surprising Origins and Meaning of the “Pursuit of Happiness” by Carol V. Hamilton. You can read it online here…
http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/46460

Links To Articles

This blog post will be a collection of links to interesting articles on the nature of liberty.

We All Have Inherent Rights – Regardless of Whether a Nation’s “Authority” Recognizes It — by Makia Freeman
http://freedom-articles.toolsforfreedom.com/we-all-have-inherent-rights/

The Surprising Origins and Meaning of the “Pursuit of Happiness — by Carol V. Hamilton
http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/46460

Matt Damon on the Elite & the NWO – Amazing Speech On This Evil World — a video
MATT DAMON on ELITE & NWO – Amazing Speech On This Evil World

A Declaration of Interdependence — by Jason Garner
http://jasongarner.com/inspiration/a-declaration-of-interdependence/

Donald Sutherland Explains the Real Meaning of The Hunger Games and Why its Message Must be Understood
http://themindunleashed.org/2015/11/donald-sutherland-explains-the-real-meaning-of-hunger-games-and-why-its-message-must-be-understood.html

Judge Calls For US Marshals and FBI To Arrest Congress and The President
http://themindunleashed.org/2015/12/judge-calls-for-us-marshals-and-fbi-to-arrest-congress-and-the-president.html

USA INC The Problem The Solution — a video from Call of Duty Goddess
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soKc7vac8Qw
I recommend this video highly. It addresses a little known fact that all elements of ‘our governments’ have been incorporated so they operate under statutory law rather than Constitutional Law. This is not a semantic quibble but subversion of our Constitution.

More to come!

Some Thoughts On Liberty

Liberty is the legislation of the Golden Rule. — Ethan Indigo Smith

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. — Thomas Jefferson

The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule. — Samuel Adams

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. — Henry David Thoreau

The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression. — W. E. B. Du Bois

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty that makes human nature rise above itself in acts of bravery and heroism. — Alexander Hamilton

The planter, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer… form the great body of the people of the United States, they are the bone and sinew of the country men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws. — Andrew Jackson

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. — John Adams

What light is to the eyes – what air is to the lungs – what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man. — Robert Green Ingersoll

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty. — Abraham Lincoln

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. — Benjamin Franklin

To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body. — Mahatma Gandhi

Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it. — Woodrow Wilson

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. — Khalil Gibran

The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people. — John Stuart Mill

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. — Edward Everett

Peace is liberty in tranquility. —Marcus Tullius Cicero

All I’m for is the liberty of the individual. — John Wayne

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. — George Bernard Shaw

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. — George Orwell

People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo. — Max Eastman

A certain kind of rich man afflicted with the symptoms of moral dandyism sooner or later comes to the conclusion that it isn’t enough merely to make money. He feels obliged to hold views, to espouse causes and elect Presidents, to explain to a trembling world how and why the world went wrong. — Lewis H. Lapham

The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them. — Mark Twain

There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution. — John Adams

We will not know our own injustice if we cannot imagine justice. We will not be free if we do not imagine freedom. We cannot demand that anyone try to attain justice and freedom who has not had a chance to imagine them as attainable. — Ursula K. Le Guin

SMHeart Welles B Goodrich

Youth Service Corps

There are a number of good reasons that various cultures provide avenues for young people to leave home and discover the larger world beyond their immediate surroundings. Sometimes an adventuresome spirit can be disruptive if too closely contained. Some young people need to get away from oppressive home lives. Others will just enjoy meeting people and having new experiences.

I would like to see a Youth Service Corps established. In my imagination, by the time someone reaches 18 to 21 years of age they would have learned enough practical skills to be valuable and worthy of welcome wherever they were received. I can see a socially acceptable role of the young to travel about in some identifying clothing, maybe a shirt or hat, which would announce, “I’m on my walkabout.” They would be taken into homes as they passed through the world and temporarily sheltered in exchange for chores or stories of their adventures.

Some would find romantic connections and settle. Others might find apprenticeship situations that suit their desires to learn and grow. Still others would travel for several years (no more than three and generally two years) and return home with their horizons vastly expanded. There might be a system of Hostels created to support the system that should be kept as informal as possible to provide the individual participants with freedom beneath which is a social safety net for support when difficulties arise.

Better yet I’d like to live in a society in which family units created guesthouses on their home sites. Youth service participants could use them. Travelers could use them. The effort to do so would be more than justified in sharing stories with those on vacation or sabbatical and in time taking your own turn about the world.

It is important for a vital culture to have the melting pot stirred.

SMHeart Welles B Goodrich

Community Education

Last fall a good friend of mine died. He had been a practical engineer. That means he had contracted projects in a number of industries to build the physical systems that created products. He rather facetiously called himself a plumber because pipefitting was a part of many of his projects. In his personal life he was a meticulous craftsman who spent years crafting his home and much of the furniture in it.

When he died he left behind a marvelous shop. The possibilities present there were endless — woodworking, metalworking (including plumbing/pipefitting, welding, mill and lathe work), common electrical work and an auto bay. I loved visiting and occasionally working there and started to imagine how a resource like that might be used as a community educational center for industrial arts.

Six months later I was chatting with a new neighbor. He was in the conceptual stage of planning some sort of agricultural education program, perhaps a school. I listened to his thoughts carefully. We agreed during that conversation that there were many highly skilled people living in our rural community who might be wonderful teachers given the opportunity. With that thought we parted company. I kept thinking.

To me education is a lifelong endeavor and has one primary goal. That is to allow individuals (ideally everyone) to discover and develop their potentials so they become capable of initiating the actions that support their lives. Creativity strengthens the community. True education requires that physical skills, intellectual goals and spiritual growth all be addressed. Each is an important component of human development. Physical skills yield beauty and material support for our lives. They provide the freedom from want that allows us the time for of the intelligent pursuit of truth, which, in its turn reveals the spiritual values discovered in the pursuit of goodness.

In more down to earth terms a personal desire to achieve a specific goal is the most fertile ground for the process of education to flourish. Active pursuit of an objective instantly creates the context in which the necessity for various studies becomes obvious. Information is easily comprehended when we can see the relevance to our projects. Development of skills becomes more play than work. Each bit of learning incorporated into the realization of our goal yields an enthusiasm that builds inertia to keep the undertaking exciting and moving toward the satisfaction of completion.

How might a community educational system work? It would simply be a function of putting together people needing help with creative goals and those of greater experience and resources willing to help foster their projects. It would be decentralized and individual in scope rather than institutional. Physical things could be created in shops. Suggesting approaches and resources would be an avenue in the development of intellectual aspirations. Teachers would be students and students would be teachers.

Generosity is the spiritual foundation of this plan. The result would be growing a more vital community, which is simply the network of our individual connections. We would be building strength and trust into those links. That is goodness in action.

SMHeart Welles B Goodrich

Family

I often assert that every family unit has the right to a non-taxable home site. My belief is simple. The elemental building block of any enduring society able to withstand the constant challenges that Earthly life provides is a healthy family. Individuals who have learned to take the initiative and responsibility for their lives create healthy families.

I believe that the most prevalent idea of family in my culture is a married man and woman with their children. There is no doubt that it is a common interpretation. Ideally not only are material needs addressed but also emotional and spiritual needs are fulfilled by the Love shared within these tiny societies.

That definition of family is a little narrow for me. Many people who still have the need for family don’t fit that description. We could extend it a little further and say that any grouping of adults raising children would be considered a family. That would be considerably more inclusive. That still seems too narrow so I’d like to jump into the deep end and suggest that any grouping of people operating among themselves without the need for the exchange of money is a family. Sound’s radical, huh?

You see money enters the social equation when we feel the need to keep score. That implies the need to look after selfish interests. Groups of people can operate from Love. To date it is rarely encountered and tends to be treated with distrust by those who have been culturally indoctrinated to believe in selfishness. That is the materialist’s point of view and honestly it is still quite prevalent. It is also spiritually unfulfilling.

Our world needs change. Incremental change is no longer an option. The old world of materialism is trashing the whole planet. Radical change is required. That doesn’t mean destruction of the existing institutions but creating new ones. Let the old whither away due to lack of interest. The solution starts with small groups of people actively creating community; actively nurturing the earth; actually living from a basis of Love, not money. These small groups will find one another and those connections will be nodes the circuit of Love that changes our planet.

How does it happen? As an individual you have to set your heart to become a personal exemplification of the Golden Rule. Do unto others, as you would have others do unto you. This is happening right now all around you. As you act from that basis you will find kindred spirits. Working together you will be creating a new world. The intent of your actions, the purpose that’s held in your heart, will always be manifest in the results.

I already see little clusters of people devoted to opening their hearts who are supporting one another as family. As the spirit of this world changes I look forward to the day when the first village is operating from a basis of Love. Not long after we should see the first county, then state, then country and finally world. This isn’t a dream; it is inevitable. The change has already begun. There’s no stopping it now. Love will sweep the planet and its transformation will be so profound that we will truly become a human family.

SMHeart Welles B Goodrich

That’ll Cost 4 Hours

An idea came to me a couple of days ago. I was entranced by the simplicity and utility of it. The world isn’t ready for it so please, if you find your mind telling you why it wouldn’t work just ignore the chatter. You see this is an idea for a new world; one built of Love where spiritual values are embraced by choice because we understand them by experience. It is an idea for a society in which every family unit has the right to a non-taxable home site; a society in which you could only become a steward of other lands or resources by social agreement for they would be considered human commons. This isn’t an idea for today so don’t tell me why it won’t work. I know that.

In the far distant future there will be no need for money at all. Our scientific knowledge will allow for decentralized and independent systems of energy, manufacturing material needs and food creation. Sound like a dream? We can see intimations of that reality in nano-machines, 3D Printing and other technologies right now. Remember that the future will make our present knowledge base look child-like. Yes I know we think we are modern. We have history to prove it, just like everyone who has ever lived.

Between the collapse of greed and that ideal of self-sustaining freedom provided by spiritual development and intellectual advancement, there will still be a need for some type of currency it seems to me. Actually I believe it will be needed for a long time. The idea that came to me is that the currency would be called hours. The inherent value of it, the real medium exchanged, would be based upon hours of human effort. Think about it. Anywhere in the world we would be trading hours. The elemental unit of currency would be one hour. That would be the value of an hour’s effort by an untrained worker or apprentice.

As this thought came to me I immediately realized how practical a worldwide currency of hours would be. Regional exploitation would be diminished or eliminated altogether. An hour is an hour. Money would be created when we purchase the work of others. We would earn before spending. Banks would ensure value and facilitate exchanges.

Obviously some people’s work is worth more. There would quickly be created social agreements about the relative values of creative output. A 10x multiplier should be the highest pay rate for those exceptional people who are deemed of great social merit. We would be awarding each other hours for value added to life by creative effort.

Society would generate fees from licensing resource extraction as well as participatory taxation. Think of the possibilities! Mothers could be paid for childrearing. Cherishing and loving future generations is the foundation of civilization. It is also demanding work. That social economy would also help pay to alleviate suffering when disasters strike.

Those are just a few of the ideas that popped into my mind. Imagine, though, if you went into a store and saw a price of ḫ32.25. You would know exactly how much effort that purchase price of thirty-two and one quarter hours was costing you.

Of course in the far future a gift economy will eliminate the need for counting hours. The price of that economy will be living in the now … eternally.

Hours Currency Symbol

Every currency needs an easily recognizable symbol, a new glyph that would be easy to add to existing fonts. Ideally it would imply an obvious meaning. Using an H for hours seemed a good start. Then I thought about hours being equal and incorporated the idea of relative equality by using an equals sign = in place of the single crossbar. My final thought was to use fonts with an inherent sense of motion to imply the activity of exchange. In the case of less dynamic fonts, using italic or oblique typefaces would suffice.

As I’m most familiar with the dollar symbol $ which has the cents symbol ¢ as its diminutive partner I thought the prices of items or services should use the upper case hours symbol to indicate a price of one hour or greater and the lower case symbol to indicate less than one hour in cost. In thinking about of change for an hour several schemes could work but I generally favor a quarter, a half and three-quarters as the currency breakdown between whole hours.

To test out the graphic concept I used Apple Chancery for the font with a sense of activity built in and ITC Avant Garde Gothic as my test sans serif font, which means I used the italic font style. On the next page you can see the results of upper case and lower case experiments.

I think believe this hours symbol would be easily incorporated into any font that uses variants of the Latin alphabet.
CurrencySymbol

SMHeart Welles B Goodrich

Ownership, Money and Banking

Ownership is quite simple to address. Every family has the right to a non-taxable home site. You only ‘own’ your home site. You can’t own where you don’t live. Why? To be blunt, you can’t be responsible at a distance. Responsibility requires the ability to respond with an immediacy that demands personal attention. Furthermore, any use of greater earthly resources than one individual can be responsible for requires an accommodation with the larger society. Stewardship rather than ownership is the key to a sustainable future.

Then there’s money. Money is a handy tool for exchange and will be around for quite a while yet. To increase the value of money, the quality of effort traded for those symbols of exchange need to be enhanced. I can imagine a banking system where the use of money is rather different than present. To use the convenience of money you pay the banker a small fee. When you accumulate more than you need and are willing to invest you become an active participant in funding the future. You and the banker choose how and in whom to invest to help the community. In return your banking fees are waived and in due course your money is returned. Your ‘interest’ is reflected in the fact that you are participating in directing the course of your society.

The person who receives a loan in my imaginary system would pay for the convenience by a return payment of the original loan plus fees equal to the fees waived by the bank of the contributing lenders plus some additional needed by the bank to pay for any past defaulted loans but spread out over all the current lenders. Thus, if a bank has to charge high fees for a loan it is a direct indication that the judgment of the banker has been misplaced too often and that institution might be prudently avoided.

In my imaginary banking system the banks are run by fairly cautious but far-seeing individuals perceptive of of the community’s needs. In real truth they are vitally important to building the future of a functioning society. Social service is built into the fabric of this type of banking institution.

SMHeart Welles B Goodrich

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.