Ronald Reagan’s economist, Arthur Laffer, was wrong. Money does not trickle down. It trickles up, like moisture in nature’s water system. When all the moisture is in the clouds, the game comes to a halt and many people, and the whole world suffers. To start up the game again, we must find a way that people with all the money can rain a bunch back to those at the bottom. (Bill Gates has found a way.)
There is no crisis of an inadequate money supply.
There IS an abundance of ignorance and fear. People and companies are holding their funds closely in fear for the future and that they will lose further value, which is, of course, a self fulfilling projection. In addition, there is great uncertainty regarding the local and global upheavals in the environment, food supply, air and water pollution, etc.
The first pragmatic expenditure would be for research and education. Have a clear vision of the projected future.
Learn about and understand people that have grown with different experiences and consciousness than you. Why do many people born in the middle east persist with a consciousness grounded in the 7th century? (It is curious that Native Americans found a way to maintain some of their culture and traditions by engaging their conquerors with games of money and chance, an overlap of cultural behavior.)
With some comprehension of the future, and understanding that however gratifying the recent past has been, IT CANNOT RETURN.
The WORLD economy must reflect and anticipate a radically different future. Earth’s resources cannot accommodate our consumption patterns of the last 50 years.
And where can you focus cautious expenditures?
Begin preparing for a sustainable future. Learning from Bucky Fuller, we must continue doing more with less. Consider people living comfortably in Japan in houses on a 300 square foot lot.
Buy GREEN. Spend moderately on items that are more efficient, conserve energy and position you for a livable future. Moderate (and rational) purchases will shift the economic escalator from down to up.
For people with lots of money, the priorities are education, food and fresh water for everyone.
The money game is a human invention. (Other animals do quite well with nature’s abundance and without money). Our money fixation is overlaid on the reality of collapse of the natural system, which is being ignored, at our peril, because of the focus on the inequities caused by the money game.
We need to also begin restoring Earth life support systems.
Eliminate trash from the ocean, plant billions of trees. Rebuild soils. And the most critical, control and reduce global warming gasses.
What you can DO:
• Bicycle for local travel (Could be electric)
• Edible Landscaping
• Efficient Appliances
• Replace the old standard tungsten lightbulbs with CFLs or LEDs
• Install Grey Water Re-use System
• Install Green Roofs and Walls
• Buy Smaller Hybrid and Electric Cars
• Install Solar Panels on Roofs
• Install Tankless Water Heaters
• Xeriscape Landscaping
• Downsize your home
• Limit family size to two children
What to Avoid:
• Buying dust collectors that serve no function
• Big gas guzzling Cars and Trucks
• Letting Runoff was soil and fertilizers down into the ocean
• Alternative Energy Systems
• Hybrid, Electric and Hydrogen Cars
• Systems to capture CO2 and other Greenhouse gases
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