A Case For A Type One Civilization: Part II

A Case For A Type One Civilization: Part II

Part I Detailed How Our Current Monetary-Market System Failed To Transition To A Type One Civilization. Now Let's Examine What A Legitimate Type One Civilization Can Look Like.
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The lack of stability and collective coherence of the Monetary-Market system is inherently driven by the competitive nature of its ideological structuring. Additionally it is a system that orients distribution in a very focused manner that prevents a vast majority of the human species from truly benefiting from the luxuries and technological fruits of civilization. These factors unequivocally objectively condemns the Monetary-Market system to the realm of failed models of history as a result of complete obsolescence. https://www.theodysseyonline.com/case-for-type-1-c...

Some distinct features of a Type One civilization would be things such as designing the model of civilization of ensure the self sufficiency and self sustainability. Completely phase out the possibility of civilization collapse, other than unforeseen natural events or extinction level cosmic events. This would require immense decentralization of the economy in order to convert to a 100% sustainable global energy structure; extremely manageable with available technologies in wind, solar, Hydroelectric, geothermal, etc. It would also require technology to decentralize and restructure our methods of food production to largely phase out agriculture, especially monoculture agricultural, in favor of technological productions like greenhouses and industrial greenhouses that operate on hydroponics, aeroponics, aquaponics, etc. Additionally, knowledge data banks, productive capabilities, water purification, systems of technological infrastructure, etc all have to be designed for each community to retain in the event of destabilization of the greater collective civilization. These technologies have to ensure the security of persons for each community; whether it is food for survival, or knowledge to ensure an open and free society that does not close itself off to the dictates of ignorance.

We must ontologically design the systems of civilization to ensure the evolutionary transformation of the civilization into more complex forms that can guarantee transformation of institutional shortcomings and unforeseen flaws and mistakes. If our institutions seize up with the distractions of culture and the superficialities of human drama; our civilization risks being exploited by the worst among us and the stability of the civilization itself is at risk of breakdown and collapse.

Organization and management of our entire Type Zero civilization history needs to be reassessed to transcend the clutter of arbitrary concepts pregnant in the Monetary-Market system. Taking note that foundation principle institutional structures are needed to collectivize institutions and groups of people rather than feudalistic ideological divisions and tribalistic mentalities. Such foundation principles can also be a system of checks and balances of powers for the civilization.

An example of a Type One civilization model can be seen with a structure of Direct Democracy, Representative Democracy, Meritocracy, and Technocracy. The Direct Democracy provides a horizontal structure that focuses power to every individual as a functioning mechanism of the civilization to avoid the concept of externalities that lead to populations being disregarded when policies are planned. Representative Democracy offers a means of every community, once self sustainability and sufficiency is achieved, to collectivize on the global stage. It also provides a means of ensuring democratic checks on all institutions to avoid exploitation and abuse. Meritocracy is a means of checking all institutions to justify their existence on the basis of their merited works; allowing for controlled vertical structures to provide the benefits of top-down orientation such as efficient production and leadership by those merited within the institution. Technocracy is the final foundation that fuses the vertical management of Meritocracy with the power distribution of the Direct and Representative Democratic systems by having those with the highest technical skills to be able to be effectively utilized in concert of the greater Type One model. This form of management and organization can allow for cohesive collectivism while ensuring individualism to the highest degree without the interference of institutions acting as transcended entities that act as independent forces of power and control beyond the Direct Democratic foundation. The objectively of the scientific minded basis of Technocratic leadership offers a rational check and balance of society that provides the information to guarantee a will informed Direct Democratic population.

Finally, and arguably most important to indicate Type One status, integrating a cooperative symbiotic relationship with the biosphere. This will require a rapid large scale project to rejuvenate the biospheres on all levels of the ecosystem. Given the restricting of civilization to complete renewable energy and the transition of production away from petrochemicals towards biological materials for production such as hemp. A Type One civilization would be capable of recycling and efficiently create products to such an extent that waste would be virtually eliminated and resource scarcity technologically abolished. It would therefore be a civilization that allows the rest of the planet's biology to enjoy the lands without displacement. Our returning of lands to natural habitats in order to provide life a chance to recoil from the 6th Great Extinction humanity is currently perpetuating with our actions.

A Type One civilization is an inevitability as long as civilization exists; the Monetary-Market System must be transcended if the human species is to survive. The objective failures and shortcomings of the model will not succeed in transitioning to Type One stature. A new system must assert itself if the human species is to survive and thrive as a greater complex organism. The task is new for the human species to face with legitimate potentiality of creating; but the dream of a global civilization is millennia years old. Utopian dreams of the past are objectively no longer abstract fantasies, but outlines for greater complexity in human life. Old problems will be solved, but with all evolutionary jumps there are new challenges that arise. The transition to a Type One civilization is not the end of time or end all moment that created Paradise on earth. It is taking the responsibility to retain the reality of evolution in face of civilization and societal development.

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I'm A Christian And I Have A Tattoo

Stop judging me for it.
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Like most people, I turned 18 years old during the course of my senior year of high school.

I'll never forget the months prior to my birthday, though, because I spent hours making a decision that would be with me forever, the decision of where I would go to get my first tattoo and where that tattoo would go, and of course I spent a lot of time deciding on the font, the colors, and all of the other aspects of the tattoo I wanted.

Throughout this time, two things stood firm 1) the fact that I was going to get a tattoo, and 2) the six letter name that it would consist of.

Now, three years later, I'm 21 years old and I still get the occasional dirty look at church on Sunday or in line at Walmart, and more often than not this look is accompanied by the following words: “Why would you do that to your body when God says not to?"

A few weeks ago at a new church, a woman came up to me and said, “How can you consider yourself a Christian when you have that blasphemous thing on your foot?", I simply smiled at her and said: “God bless you, have a good week." I let it roll off of my back, I've spent the past three years letting it “roll off of my back"… but I think it's time that I speak up.

When I was 8 years old, I lost my sister.

She passed away, after suffering from Childhood Cancer for a great deal of my childhood. Growing up, she had always been my best friend, and going through life after she passed was hard because I felt like even though I knew she was with me, I didn't have something to visually tribute to her – a way to memorialize her.

I, being a Christian and believing in Heaven, wanted to show my sister who was looking down on me that even though she was gone – she could still walk with me every day. I wanted it for me, for her. I wanted to have that connection, for her to always be a part of who I am on the outside – just as much as she is a part of who I am on the inside.

After getting my tattoo, I faced a lot of negativity. I would have Leviticus 19:28 thrown in my face more times than I cared to mention. I would be frowned on by various friends, and even some family. I was told a few times that markings on my body would send me to hell – that was my personal favorite.

You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks on you: I am the LORD.
Leviticus 19:28

The more I heard these things, the more I wanted to scream. I didn't though. I didn't let the harsh things said about me and my choice change the love I have for the Lord, for my sister, or for the new precious memento on my left foot. I began to study my Bible more, and when I came to the verse that had been thrown in my face many times before – I came to a realization.

Reading the verses surrounding verse 28, I realized that God was speaking to the covenant people of Israel. He was warning them to stay away from the religious ways of the people surrounding them. Verse 28 wasn't directed to what we, in today's society, see as tattoos – it was meant in the context of the cultic practice of marking one's self in the realm of cultic worship.

26 "You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying. 27 You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard. 28 'You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD. 29 'Do not profane your daughter by making her a harlot, so that the land will not fall to harlotry and the land become full of lewdness. 30 'You shall keep My sabbaths and revere My sanctuary; I am the LORD. 31 'Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God."
Leviticus 19:26–31

The more I have studied my Bible over the past few years, the more I pity those who rely on one verse in the Old Testament to judge and degrade those, like myself, who made the decision to get a tattoo for whatever reason they may have for doing so.

This is because, you see, in the New Testament it is said that believers are not bound by the laws of the Old Testament – if we were, there would be no shellfish or pork on the menus of various Christian homes. While some see tattoos as a modification of God's creation, it could also be argued that pierced ears, haircuts, braces, or even fixing a cleft lip are no different.

24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor."
Galatians 3:24-25

In Galatians, we read that the Old Testament law was created to lead people to Jesus. However, we know that Jesus has come and died on the cross for our sins. He has saved us, therefore we are no longer held to this law in order to have a relationship with the Lord. Our relationship with Him comes from believing that Jesus came to Earth to die on a cross for our sins, and repenting of our sins – accepting Jesus as our Savior.

I am a Christian, I have a relationship with the Lord that is stronger than it has ever been, and - I HAVE A TATTOO.

I have a beautiful memento on my left foot that reminds me that my sister walks with me through every day of my life. She walked with me down the red carpet at my senior prom, she walked with me across the stage the day I graduated from high school, and she continues to be with me throughout every important moment of my life.

My tattoo is beautiful. My tattoo reminds me that I am never alone. My tattoo is perfect.

Stop judging me for it.

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The Pulse Affect

Where do we stand 2 years later?

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It's been 2 years since the infamous Pulse shooting and everyone, including myself, is still affected. I remember so clearly how I was too scared to go to any pride events afterward. I knew that's what the shooter wanted, was for us all to retreat back into the closest we so bravely came out of, but still, I couldn't bring myself to leave the bed.

The news had hit me harder than any of the previous shooting. While it was still a mass shooting such as what was happening at the schools, the target was more specific. He went in there with the mind of not just killing people, but people associated with the LGBT community. The scene was so horrible, that some of the first responders have even mentioned having PTSD still from the scene.

The news had sunk everyone's heart and many flocked to social media just to find out if friends were there or not. The toll was 49 innocent people who had lost their lives to a despicable individual I refuse to name. I feel he received too much attention in the media as it was.

It also didn't take long for the focus to switch from the victims to the "how could we prevent this"—which isn't a bad question, but the two sides who seemed to differ on opinions so much just turned it into yet another screaming match. That being said, those who weren't on the extreme end of it found themselves seeking comfort from each other. For many people, this attack did scare them, but I think within the horrifying event came a new sense of community.

For those who had family or friends that were victims of such an attack, my heart goes out to you. The mourning doesn't stop, and while I know there are no words that can be strung together to bring closure, I can show my support and continue to fight for equality and help educate whoever I can. The tragedy isn't something I wish on anyone, and the wound stills fresh to me despite not having any personal connections to anyone.

To end this story on a hopeful note, today people are doing positive things in honor of the victims of the pulse attack. One article writes about a couple who spends their time cleaning up the area of litter and mentions others donating money, objects, or their own time in hopes to help anyone in need. One direct quote from this article is "Last year, more than 2,500 people volunteered their time in support of Acts of Love and Kindness, and while there was no official tally yet for this year's outpouring, it seems likely that many will go uncounted."

I encourage people today to reach out to one another, no matter orientation or identity. Love one another and don't let things strip others of their human qualities. We are all human and have the ability to do good. The shooting was tragic, but we should not let it keep us from celebrating who we are and embracing each other with open arms. Don't let the worlds hate scare you or stifle your creativity. We will not let anyone push us back into the dark, no better their best effort. Live on and keep your heart open to love.

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