Open Future NZ

Finding my own voice

A Personal Statement, by J.S. Veitch

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LocalfileI've kept a personal journal for 36 years. Slowly I've gathered about me lots of information that directly contradicts much of my education and the norms of the culture in which I've been raised. I do believe the world can offer constructive choices. My future and your own future can be more open. But the way forward isn't easy. More of the same leads to certain destruction. Change is possible, but time is short.

External LinkThe Internet is perhaps our saving grace. In social networks across the Internet people are doing more than sharing jokes. LocalfileWe can't rely on our elites to do anything progressive or helpful on their own. They will act, but always too late and only when there is absolutely no other choice. For them everything I'm about to suggest is a loss of status and a loss of wealth and control. My views are not likely to win me many friends, but they are my views, hard won and honestly held. The root of my thinking is in my journals, but you can find some of my ideas about the External LinkInternet and learning from 2000 to 2004, and about exploring difficult problems in External LinkElephant Mapping. In 2005 I wrote these pages about External LinkEconomics. Early in 2008, this Open Future site was opened.

LocalfileThe Club of Rome identified the problem 40 years ago. We have many problems to solve and they are all interrelated. To a large extent we need to solve them all together, not just one at a time. When I was a young man I really believed that there was huge promise in the last half of the 20th Century, but it proved to be a killing field. There has also been enormous growth in industrial output, and population growth continued. Politicians promised the "end of poverty" and the External LinkUN Millennium Goals were established in 2000. But the promise is stillborn. Instead we have global warming, the end of cheap oil, and genocide in Africa.

The world wide meltdown of financial markets, in October 2008, wasn't a surprise to me. External LinkI've been writing about such an event since 2004. I don't expect an early recovery. We have significant problems to solve first. There's no point in cranking up the industrial system and building more coal fired power stations and trying to maximize "economic growth" if the inevitable result is ecological collapse, and catastrophic climate change, preceding massive population declines.

We can't be a global community without proper global governance. All my life I've been told and I've believed that "world government" is something we should all avoid at all costs. On that issue I've changed my mind. If we are to survive, LocalfileI believe that World Government is essential. The UN isn't a good model to emulate.

The culture I'm a part of believes in hard work and in giving people rewards for hard work. We're resistant to the idea of governments using taxation or fees to redistribute money from the hardworking rich to the poor. But on that score too LocalfileI've had a change of view. We MUST maintain a society that has integrity, where there is genuine membership for all. Income disparities destroy that integrity. In the last 20 years I've witnessed what's happened in NZ society as the most highly paid 10% of the population took more and more for themselves. That result isn't desirable and building more prisons isn't a solution.

I've chosen to highlight eight problems. There are many more, but the intention here is just to indicate the massive scale of the changes we need to make. It's already happening. Online in the forums I'm part of the discussion is largely pointing the way I'm trying to travel. NOT of course in the mainstream media which is trying to reverse engineer the world. That effort will fail. In the end there will be enough well informed people to make necessary change happen. Peter Senge has even published a book about it, called External Link"The Necessary Revolution", 2008. .

The key questions are how long will the struggle take, and what will be the cost in human lives and the loss of opportunity for our children and grandchildren? Local FileHope lies in your ability to deschool yourself, so you can become part of the solution rather than an extension of the problem.

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