A scream 1.
This is a scream for help from an old man who has lived a wonderful and easy life, and has by pure chance been interested in the study of science and math all his life and so can now easily see how humanity is rushing to a precipice, from which there will be no escape from our extinction. Because we will be gone there will be no chance of saving the remainder of life from the burned up Earth, which will be the result of the final death of our sun, Sol.
So, what am I asking? I am asking that somebody listen to this missive and carry on my development of the only system of living that has the only chance of saving us from extinction.
Is this mere hubris on my part? From what I have learned from the 88 years of my life, is that, that conclusion is certainly not true.
I feel desperate for humanity and life now, because, although I am 88years old I still thought I had many years left to convince people of our danger. I have discovered in the last few weeks that I have prostate cancer that has spread to my bones which could result in my living only two or three more years or a little longer depending on how effective my treatment will be. Why might this old guy, who in the twilight of his life is now so worried about humanity, when he should relax and accept the inevitable?
Why my concern?
First, I will say more about the conditions under which I grew up. I grew up on my parents quarter section farm during the Great Depression. We had no money but grew plenty of our own food in our garden. For most people the great suffering caused by a lack of money due to the ignorance of a conservative government, who did not and still does not realize that money is imaginary, but absolutely necessary in an economy built on money. When Hitler frightened the democratic countries into going to war, the liberal government had no problem with finding the money necessary to built the most wonderfully technical and powerful weapons.
As soon as the war started my Dad had lots of money. He bought a car that was a lovely luxury for us. My childhood was socially bereft of social contact, being first born on an isolated farm. I entertained my self by trying to understand the industrial equipment on the farm, although small by today’s standard the farm was industrial never-the-less. I built things for myself, some successfully others a failure.
My younger brother and I wondered the fields and bushes, the creeks ran clear and the ponds where filled with interesting life. Now if I go back to look at the countryside we so enjoyed, I am saddened by the destruction caused in only a few decades by the huge industrial farms. The creeks are dry, the ponds are drained and the bushes are bulldozed to allow the huge fields apparently needed for the million dollar machines that are considered necessary for so called efficient farming. The grain and its valuable organic nutrients are shipped to the cities in our country and around the world to be lost into the sewers and end up polluting the rivers and the ocean. Ridiculous!
All those nutrient then must be replaced by deep mining and the burning of the nitrogen from our atmosphere, using energy from fossil fuel or whatever our source of energy will be. Of course the micro nutrients are never replaced so our food becomes less healthy.
In addition, the social connection of the people on the small farms was great. There was the local churches, the dance hall and everyone went to the local town on Saturday afternoon. Then the inexorable and irrefutable power of money drove most of the people to the city where everyone is a stranger and they have to drive to work everyday in dangerous and frenetic traffic to boring and minimum pay job just to buy necessities. Then they say they like the city and would not like to go back to the old days. It’s amazing what learned culture can do to people.
When I wanted to go to high school, my Dad had the money for the tuition and my board and room. The school
had a wonderful shop with a lath and metal casting equipment. I immediately drew up plans and with the help of my friendly shop teacher, I could finally build my own little gas engine. At graduation my teacher said don’t go into teaching go into engineering. I thought I couldn’t afford that, but corporations hired us students during the summer and paid us enough for our board and room and our tuition during the winter. So easy for us and such a struggle now for students. At graduation eight jobs were offered me. I chose an oil company from Alberta so I could be close to the mountains I had observed, when our family visited there.
My working days
After five years I met my wonderful school teacher wife with whom I wanted to go on school holidays. I quit the oil company. In any case I didn’t like all the destruction of nature in which we were engaged. Also I only had two weeks off per year which is not enough for an adventurist spirit like myself.
We immediately booked on a passenger ship to Europe. We bought a little car and with our back-packing camping equipment explored Europe and the UK for the summer. When we arrived back in Canada I registered in Education at the University to obtain my degree and a teaching certificate.
I then had a successful teaching career and even became head of the math department at a large high school. This was very satisfactory, except that my best math students tended to go into Engineering who are the people who enable society to have all these wonderful material things that are now destroying nature and eventually ourselves if we can’t smarten up.
Next my adventurist spirit could not resist the request of one of my brothers to invest in a farm to help him to start a farming career.
The original plan was for me to keep teaching and to invest the money in the farm. However after two years, since my brother wanted to raise beef cattle which I find disgusting, we split the farm and I eventually found two employees who became great friends of mine and we grew grain crops only. This was very successful for eight more years. The reason for the success was my investment in loyal employees instead of expensive and prestigious machinery. Most farmers when they get extra cash are too temped by the machine companies and their flashy and stylish machines, so easy to buy on time and as well the bankers were eager to help.
Another temptation was the result of the income tax regulations. The capital cost of machinery could be written off against income every five years. Therefore farmers tended to buy more machinery so they wouldn’t have income which would result in having to pay income tax. Guess what, they had no income so lived poor, but with inflation their land increased immensely in monetary value so they could retire rich.
This is how our cataclysmic and all-devouring economy works based on its life-blood money. The result of this system is inevitable cancerous growth and eventual a crash and destruction.
I did well until inflation started to destroy the value of money. Land price went up 400% in ten years. The Bank of Canada had to cool the financial system by putting the interest rate up to 22%. My banker and I decided farming was no longer tenable for me, so I sold it and retired. My wife was enjoying her job and there was no way for us to each have a teaching job in the same place.
I occupied my time by volunteering for all the local environmental organizations and my wife and I joined a hiking and back-packing club and we joined them on the weekends. During the school holidays we explored the world and North America. Nine years later in 1971, when my wife decided to retire I was getting pretty discouraged by environmentalism as my environmentalist friends didn’t seem interested, if they had to make any sacrifices. The economic system had humanity in its clutches and their seemed to be no way to escape.
I then bought a small camper van at farm sale for very little, had a mechanic replace the big gas guzzling engine with a smaller six cylinder more modern engine and a more efficient transmission. We sold our house and then took off to the Southern US to spend the winters in their National parks and the summers in our cottage.
I didn’t have much to do but enjoy nature and think about the conundrum of the human situation. It was becoming more obvious to more and more people that the carbon dioxide problem was going to cause disastrous climate change. But even so, people remained addicted to the present economic system with its destruction of nature and its unfairness, as some by luck and so called hard work accumulated more than they needed and others could not even find a home and tried to survive on the street. Even more disturbing was how the money economy was forcing people off their land around the world and forcing them into mega cities where they depended on industrial farming for their food with the bio-waste polluting the ocean. The dollar price of industrial farm land in the rich countries went from $70.00/acre to $5,000.00/acre in forty years. Was insanity to prevail? Society gave billions of dollars to millions of so-called scientists hoping they would come up with a magic bullet that would solve our problem without us having to endure any sacrifice. But no, the laws of the Universe, are immutable, therefore the effort was wasted.
With all the time I had to think, I came up with what I called: “The World Associated Human Society for Simple Ethical Living”.
I will now describe concisely what I had in mind. Firstly, why will we be doomed, if what I call “WAHSSEL” is not accepted and put into effect? Secondly, I will describe WAHSSEL which for shortness I will refer to as “W”.
Allowing the present economic system to exist is paramount to causing the destruction of human life and eventually the destruction of all life that has and will ever exist. The reason is that the power of money and property
will always result in those who have and those who do not. The most disturbing example is that the three richest men in the US have the same amount of assets as the lower 50% of the population. It really is true that “Money is the source of all evil”
If we can convert all energy use to renewable electric will it happen soon enough to save us? Even if we have an energy system that does not create CO2 will that stop the absolutely necessary cancerous growth of our disastrous economic system? Also is it not unethical (immoral) to use more of the Earth’s resources then are really needed? Is this not greed? Property owners don’t like to give up any property. This addiction to material goods and greed will make it impossible for the 80% of us who are not part of the rich societies to have a chance of meeting their needs and comforts. Can 10 billion humans become as rich as the richest societies without destroying the Earth?
“W” stands for the World, that is all life which can be shown by the math of permutations and combinations to be unique not only in this Universe but in all possible universes and even extremely likely to be a unique occurrence in all possible existences. Frank Drake and Carl Sagan with their silly estimates of the number of probable intelligent civilizations in our Universe have not done their math.
“A” means that we are totally associated with the World, that is all the wonderful plant and animal life that exists on this wonderful and unique planet Earth.
“H” stands for Humanity the most powerful and important species on Earth. This is not Human hubris as some foolish scientists would have it. It is literally and undoubtedly true.
“S” stands for our society. We can not live outside of society.
“S” stands for simplicity. We must live as simply as possible so that we use a minimum of Earth’s resources which will also allow the presently poor people to live and be as comfortable as we all will be.
“E” stands for ethical. Our present system is most certainly not ethical as we continue the growth and waste necessary to keep our economy functioning.
“L” stands for living. Even if we live a simple and supposedly a primitive life we must learn and remember all the real science that has been accumulated by humanity since the discovery of how truth is separated from falsehood by the methods of real science. If a proposal can not be tested against the observation of physical reality, then it is mere speculation, not Science, and not that important. We must be very cautious about the unproven speculations of professional scientists as these are as likely to be as wrong as any speculation, but are more dangerous because of the prestige we assign to scientists.
We must remember all this important science because when the time is right we will then be able to send life to other planets before it is destroyed by natural events on Earth, such as a bolide strike that exterminated the dinosaurs and as well in 150 million years from now, when there will be another Carbon Dioxide mass extinction such as has happened five previous times in the geologic history of Earth.
With this scientific information we can extract unlimited energy from the tropical oceans, causing absolutely no harm to the environment. This energy can then can be used in a vacuum tunnel containing magnetic levitation to accelerate objects to nearly orbital speed. Final orbit is reached by directing laser energy from the ground to water ice mounted on the orbital vehicle which is then exploded by this energy, thus accelerating the object into orbit. NASA’s rocketry experiments are ridiculous when compared to this technology.
We will live our lives under the guiding rules of “W” which will result in the happiest, most contented, interesting and adventurist of any previous kinds of lives, except probably for that of the original hunter gathers, although they had to deal with imaginary evil spirits and gods that their inquiring minds imagined.
Consider the rules under which we will live in “W”. These rules are as follows.
Firstly, love rules us. We love each other. We love our mates and our children. We love all the animals. We don’t kill to eat them. Over generations they will learn not to fear us. We will not imprison animals as pets in our homes. Perhaps we can form friendships with individual wild animals as they learn to not fear us. Perhaps little gifts of tasty food will be appropriate. We will love all nature and will have no business trying to control nature. We will not kill living trees.
Secondly, we will welcome every human who wishes to join us. Even people who have behaved most evilly in the past can be rehabilitated by discussion, confession and time.
Thirdly, every member must have a loving, loyal and intimate partner for life. This is the only assured way to result in human happiness.
Fourthly, the basic social unit is a group of friends of 8 couples, who will live co-cooperatively as a unit. This social group will be assigned for life to their own living and work building as well as the garden for growing their own food.
Fifthly, our governance is by a permanent constitution which will be developed and agreed upon at the beginning of the formation of “W”. This constitution is a consensuality, as it is agreed upon by every member at the time of joining.
The basic social unit of 16 people called a family is responsible for building their own infrastructure, i.e. the living and work spaces and the garden beds and wall. Necessary things they can not produce their own, such as Portland cement will be procured by a higher organization of 16 families called a Neighbourhood. If this organization can not procure the necessary commodity then a higher organization of 16 Neighbourhoods will be organized.. This kind of organizing by higher groups of 16 will be continued until the population of “W” at the time is reached. These procurement organizations consists of representatives, one from each level. Their decisions will be reached by consensus or can be referred back to the families. There should be no problem as we were of all of one mind when we joined “W”.
The first thing we have to do once “W” is organized and we have the minimum necessary number people, i.e.256, then we collect the money to purchase the land and to buy the materials to build the infrastructure. Although money is a great evil, we must use it to wrest the land, the Earth, back from those who would ruin it.
How much money is needed? We must collect $10,000 from each potential member, $5000 for land and $5000 for materials. The minimum size unit of the cheapest agricultural land would be a quarter section of 160 acres. This might cost $5000 x 160ac = $800,000 which requires 160 members. Cheaper land would be more suitable for us, which would have more agriculture waste land, ponds, bush, etcetera. One of our constitutional regulations is that we use only 10% of our land for the gardens leaving the reminder to nature.
Once the land is acquired, then we will proceed with the infrastructure. First we must provide temporary shelters for use during construction. These I call prefabricated cottages 6ft x 12ft. There will be 16 family units per quarter. At 1/10 acre per person that is 160 x.1ac = 16 ac or 10% of the land. Before any construction can proceed the land has to be surveyed to know where the family units are to be located. Each garden bed of cement must be perfectly level so that when 12in of rain falls in 24 hours, and it will, as the weather becomes more violent, the water runs off the whole length of each bed and causes no damage to the soil or the plants which will not be the case for ordinary fields. The rooves of the buildings will all be 3in of reinforced concrete to withstand hail of 6in diameter.
Once the infrastructure is complete the next step is the construction of human powered vehicles, human powered garden machinery, light railways with a maximum weight of 500lb/car and small wooden square rigged sailing ships for recreational use, sized according to the size of the pond, lake or ocean.
It is interesting to see, at our rate of land use, how much of the Earth we would use.
Surface area of Earth, a sphere: 4piR2;
4 x 3.14 x 40002mi2 = 4 x 3.14 x 16 x 106 mi2 = 200.96 x 106mi2
Land surface is ¼ of total:
200.96 x 106mi2/4 = 50.24 x 106mi2
Land use for 10 billion people at 1/10 acre per person:
10x109peo x .1ac/peo = 109ac.= 109ac/640ac/mi2=1000/640ac/mi2 x106mi2 = 1.5625 x 106mi2
The number of square miles isi.5625 x 106mi2:
109ac/640ac per mi2 = 106 x 1000ac/640ac per mi2 = 1.563 x 106mi2
The percentage of surface used:
(1.563 x 106 mi2 / 50.24 x 106 mi2 ) x100% = 3.11%
This means that if we put “W” into effect, that for 10 billion people we would use about 3% of Earth’s land or about 30% of the arable land.
So, why don’t we do it? Is the present system so powerful it would use force to prevent “W” from becoming large?? Is “W” too unbelievable? But the math calculation is shown. This is what we must do.
Our first quarter must be mostly ponds, scenic bushes and interesting topography but still have the level I.6 acres for our buildings and gardens. We can then use this as a recreational get-a-way. The first 160 members, or better 256, will have the burning desire to see “W” succeed and have the finances to invest the necessary $10,000 each. For those who will have difficulty saving the $10,000 investment we will develop an urban camping system in a big old house, where people can live with minimum cost much as back-packers do while on the trails.
I think it would be wonderful if all this could come about.