A Case For A Type 1 Civilization

A Case For A Type 1 Civilization

Transitioning Into A New Level Of Civilization Complexity Is A Solution For Our Current Global Socio-Political-Economic-Religious Civilization Model's Failures, Mistakes, And Errors
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The history of humanity and civilization as of the second decade of the 21st century has revolved around the evolution of complexity. Humanity has progressed from the archaic Stone Ages, ancient Bronze and Iron Ages, the Renaissance era's Steam Age, the Industrial Revolution's Coal Age, the 20th Century's Nuclear Age, and the modern Digital Age to name a few. The commonality between all these different ages is the ability to craft new tools and acquire higher degrees of energy creation and harnessing. The terrestrial ages we have pasted through all lie within the auspice of a Type Zero civilization according to the Kardashev Scale. The Kardashev scale is a spectrum of analysis developed by soviet cosmonaut Nikolai Kardashev for calculating civilizations on a galactic scale. A Type One civilization is the minimum requirement of a species to reach to avoid extinction by establishing itself as a multi planet species.

If we examine our modern socio-political-economic model, the monetary-market system (as it will be described) is a failed attempt at a transitioning Type 0 civilization. The mechanism of civilization and the mental perspectives utilized by the current system was conceived with the intentions of perpetuating Type Zero ideals. Scarcity, private property, and policies of militarization are some of the prime examples of Type Zero mentalities. Some mentalities even actively reject the notion of humanity being capable of existing beyond our home planet. While others actively contradict survival for arbitrary ideas of wealth and profit that risks the collapse of the biosphere and the death of the human species.

The monetary market system arguably prevents the transitioning from a Type Zero civilization to a Type One. This prevention is largely through fossil fuel based petrocurrencies manipulating the global market system; rationing the planets resources in mismanaged and incompetent manners, and redirected up socio-economic networks towards private centers of power that operate hierarchically in a feudalized manner. This immature, unhealthy competition has deliberately stalled our development towards a Type One civilization; thus perpetuating the problems of our monetary-market Type Zero civilization.

We have the technology and means to not only raise living standards to beyond first class; we can even solve a vast majority of the causes of death, injury, and sickness. Soon we will have the means to cure nearly any sickness and injury; even curing biological breakdown and death. Those technologies will not be distributable to the entire population in a monetary-market Type Zero civilization; therefore the monetary market system is obsolete in its entirety. The fact that it not only fails to reach a stable complexity needed for the transition to a Type One civilization; it can not even distribute the very technological advances that justified civilization to originally form millennia ago.

The competition of the privatized powers in the monetary-market system actively works against the needed unified networks required for the Type One complexity. It is time to move beyond the current socio-political-economic-religious system in its entirety; no longer will its inefficiencies and contradictions restrain the human race from advancement into space and beyond.

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An Open Letter to the Person Who Still Uses the "R Word"

Your negative associations are slowly poisoning the true meaning of an incredibly beautiful, exclusive word.
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What do you mean you didn't “mean it like that?" You said it.

People don't say things just for the hell of it. It has one definition. Merriam-Webster defines it as, "To be less advanced in mental, physical or social development than is usual for one's age."

So, when you were “retarded drunk" this past weekend, as you claim, were you diagnosed with a physical or mental disability?

When you called your friend “retarded," did you realize that you were actually falsely labeling them as handicapped?

Don't correct yourself with words like “stupid," “dumb," or “ignorant." when I call you out. Sharpen your vocabulary a little more and broaden your horizons, because I promise you that if people with disabilities could banish that word forever, they would.

Especially when people associate it with drunks, bad decisions, idiotic statements, their enemies and other meaningless issues. Oh trust me, they are way more than that.

I'm not quite sure if you have had your eyes opened as to what a disabled person is capable of, but let me go ahead and lay it out there for you. My best friend has Down Syndrome, and when I tell people that their initial reaction is, “Oh that is so nice of you! You are so selfless to hang out with her."

Well, thanks for the compliment, but she is a person. A living, breathing, normal girl who has feelings, friends, thousands of abilities, knowledge, and compassion out the wazoo.

She listens better than anyone I know, she gets more excited to see me than anyone I know, and she works harder at her hobbies, school, work, and sports than anyone I know. She attends a private school, is a member of the swim team, has won multiple events in the Special Olympics, is in the school choir, and could quite possibly be the most popular girl at her school!

So yes, I would love to take your compliment, but please realize that most people who are labeled as “disabled" are actually more “able" than normal people. I hang out with her because she is one of the people who has so effortlessly taught me simplicity, gratitude, strength, faith, passion, love, genuine happiness and so much more.

Speaking for the people who cannot defend themselves: choose a new word.

The trend has gone out of style, just like smoking cigarettes or not wearing your seat belt. It is poisonous, it is ignorant, and it is low class.

As I explained above, most people with disabilities are actually more capable than a normal human because of their advantageous ways of making peoples' days and unknowingly changing lives. Hang out with a handicapped person, even if it is just for a day. I can one hundred percent guarantee you will bite your tongue next time you go to use the term out of context.

Hopefully you at least think of my friend, who in my book is a hero, a champion and an overcomer. Don't use the “R Word". You are way too good for that. Stand up and correct someone today.

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My Daily Protest Against Awkward Silences

It's an everyday thing.

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After a discussion in my English class, I was stuck in a bubble of self-awareness. We were talking about a recent film we watched as a class and the academic integrity of the class. While many of us showed up to the screening, not everyone was mentally there. For some reason, this triggered me to reflect on my self-awareness. Silence and social responsibilities were two overwhelming themes of the film. Our conversation regarding silence remained in the back of my mind even after that class ended.

Recently, I have noticed the unreasonable amount of times I have picked up my phone, to glance at the time as if it goes by any faster the more times I check, to check for any notifications as if there is so much happening. With the new update on the iPhone, you can track how many times you've picked up your phone, the apps you use the most, and time spent on your phone. My average daily stats consisted of 5.4 hours spent on my phone, 365 pickups, and around 639 notifications. I also noticed that the number of pickups within a short period of time was unnecessary. There were 45 pickups within one hour- the hour in which I was eating with my friends. While I'd think that I am a social person, I think this habit revealed otherwise.

I realized that, often times, when the conversation ran dry and there was a silence, we would all turn to our phones and peek at the time. I thought to myself, why do I feel so uncomfortable during silence? I figured that this was the adapted reflex to our discomfort from silence. For some reason, when it gets silent, I just feel awkward and sense of urgency to keep the conversation going. Why do I feel a strong need to break the silence?

I strongly believe that the sense of urgency was derived from my time on my phone. The nature of social media and technology has greatly affected the social aspects of my life. When I am laying in bed, I feel like I should be doing something and that something should be happening. When there isn't, I turn to my phone because I know if I just hop onto Snapchat or Instagram, there will be a new post and something will be happening.

Although time does not stop, there is now always a sense of urgency to stay in movement- in my conversations or life in general. These days, we live in a world that is constantly in movement, across every social media. Every refresh on Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat brings up new posts and there is never a dull dead moment. Due to this, I think the new generation of adults will have a harder time confronting silence.

While the habit of speaking up during silence is not bad when it comes to protests and fighting against injustice, the awkward silences will reveal a side of anti-socialness that we never knew we had.

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