The World 5.0 Platform
The Industrial Age is ending. Its brokenness is evidenced in every aspect of our lives. Its corruption is killing our planet. Its violence destroys. Yet miraculously, simultaneously, a New Age dawns.
You won’t learn of this new age from corporate owned media, with their agenda of propping up a dysfunctional system, but the signs are everywhere. A newfound interest in our communities and cities. Sustainable energy, electric cars, walkable neighborhoods, a rejection of our corrupt government, and most of all, a new focus on local and organic food.
Food is our central ongoing need, and it’s production has been usurped from us by global corporations and bad law. For a hundred thousand years the collection, hunting, farming and processing of food has been a local endeavor, an occasion to work and play and socialize and talk through the state of things in the neighborhood. No longer. Now it’s an incredibly profitable commodity for those who care nothing for our health and the health of our Earth.
This pattern repeats itself all across our culture. In finance, energy, healthcare and media, all are dominated by a few corporations, and all are driven by the singular goal of profit. Government on every level has been corrupted by it. It is this motive of greed that must be stopped, and replaced with the far superior goal of human health and happiness. The World Five Platform provides the foundation for this new way forward.
This Platform is based on five simple topics: Peace, Good Governmment, Localism, Organic Food and Learning. A focus on these key areas can bring a powerful transformation to our lives, communities and governments.
"When the power of Love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix
Peace is our first priority in this violent and war-torn culture. We refuse corporate and nation-state efforts to destroy life and land for profit, and are committed to peace in our lives and in our world. We actively engage in creating peace through our neighborhoods and communities, and demand the goal of peace from our elected officials.
Without peace communities are wounded or broken. What must be broken is the long cycle of violence and war. Don’t pull the trigger. Don’t push the button. Do not allow yourself to be a slave to a broken system. Recognize we all share this life - it is far too precious for such an outrage.
"The care of human life and happiness is the first and only object of good government." - Thomas Jefferson
Good government depends on integrity, justice and balance. We can no longer tolerate our government undermining the common good for special interests. As citizens, it is up to us to create and ensure good government. Democracy is not a spectator sport.
We know now that our government has been twisted by moneyed interests, and no longer serves the common good. We know too, that this will not change without citizen action, from the voting booth to civic engagement. Engagement creates the change we need.
"In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it." - Marianne Williamson
Unbridled globalism with its goal of profit has failed us. Commerce must exist to serve human need, instead of ruining lives for corporate greed. Localism creates jobs, engagement and abundance, increasing our safety and sustainability.
We vote with each dollar we spend. Will we support Walmart or a local retailer, McDonalds or a local restaurant? Will we support worker-owned business, co-ops, unions and cottage industries? These everyday decisions are transformative, and mark the quality of our lives.
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” - J. R. R. Tolkien
The industrial food system has caused massive pollution, desertification, soil loss and environmental destruction that are matched only by the terrible quality of the food produced. By migrating to organic food, we create ecologies within our land and health within our bodies.
Throughout human history, organic food was the only option. It was the diversion of World War II chemicals into pest control products that ramped up industrial agriculture, the foolishness peaking with genetically modified [GM] foods. Now we must renew our relationship with what we eat, and create new options to grow, process and share our food.
"We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or perish together as fools." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
All of the above are enabled by learning. Learning is a lifelong process, and creates the awareness to make good decisions. It is learning that opens pathways to peace, good government, localism and organic food. Learning is a right and a responsibility.
There is a clear path to wisdom. We use data to create information, and information to create knowledge and finally we amass our knowledge to find wisdom. This progression guides us to truth, untarnished by anecdotal stories or outlier data. This process also leads us to love.
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A new spirit is emerging. We see it in protests and uprisings. We see it in the powerful efforts towards localism already underway. We see it in a greater sense of empathy and connection with each other. This in spite of elitist efforts to keep us numb, distracted and bewildered.
A long but happier road lies before us. We will not quickly undo the damage of the last age, but it is time we begin. World 5.0 provides the framework for a new way of understanding ourselves, based on the simple recognition that Life IS This Eternal Now. Indeed, our shared moment is the only reality. It is time we start acting like it, letting go the dogma, attitudes and beliefs that separate us, choosing personal priorities that align with our true selves, and working together in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness as never before.
Life is Now and our only reality. We stand Here together. In all our designs and actions, we intend to create systems which reflect the principles and peace of World 5.0.