The Harder Problem of Free Energy: an Episodic Saga
Chapter 4: If You Can Lean You Can Clean
Utopian societies are thought to be impractical for almost exactly the same reasons that socialism is in individualistic, monopolistic, oligarchic or autocratic countries. In such environments we are taught to believe that if people had all their needs taken care of there would be certain “others” that could not be motivated to achieve their full potential and would take advantage of our hard work. We know from our brief introduction to Maslow that once aesthetic needs are met, people are motivated to meet their intrinsic, or self-actualization needs. If laws are designed to distribute resources equally and encourage the collective’s wellbeing, then many oppressive modern day institutions and infrastructures become obsolete. Rather than striving for material wealth, or the control of it, we can work together to transcend aesthetic needs and allow for a much needed consciousness revolution. Allow yourself to engage in a thought experiment as you consider such societal constructs — for which we all have confirmation bias that reinforces the opinions we form of information we receive from accepted authorities — that entrench populations firmly on their side of national and international divide.
In Sir Thomas More’s Utopia, published in 1516, war could not be abolished because there were people outside of the island who did not prescribe to the same laws and thereby had not vanquished the roots of evil from society that cause a perceived need for war such as ownership of property and resources. The land of Utopia was thought to have been based on his hometown in London, but also harkens to Plato’s description of Atlantis as described by Herodotus. Atlantis was one of the first Utopian societies before More coined the term, a Greek pun meaning both “good place” and “no place.” The legendary city of Atlantis was sunk in a mysterious flood when the gods decided the advanced civilization’s technology had outpaced their spiritual growth and needed to be prevented from causing unforeseen damage. Sound familiar? If you are still following me, then you may be interested in the theory that a few groups of the Atlanteans were able to survive and made their homes as refugees in several nearby ancient cities such as Sumeria, what is now Turkey, and one of the most well known being Ancient Egypt at the mouth of the Nile. Following this stream of thought, the pyramids, amongst other technologies that came from these ancient civilizations, were clearly instrumental in the rapid evolution of technology from this point in global recorded history onward. To paraphrase a question posed by Mr. Lue Elizondo around the 41 minute mark in an interview with Curt Jaimungal, if you were to try and preserve all of the advancements of humankind in a way that would stand the test of time and elements of nature for future generations, how would you do it?
Paul Amadeus Dienach got close to that answer and so many more during the “consciousness shift” that he detailed in the diary he kept in the last years of his short life. He was a respectable professor of linguistics and only entrusted the diary to a favored student of his to help them to learn to translate their German with full knowledge that he may not live long enough to even see it translated let alone shared. Due to a sleeping sickness he had entered a year-long coma in which he wrote that his consciousness slipped into the body of a man who had suffered a seemingly fatal head trauma in the year 3906. Dienach began to accumulate memories from a year of experiences thousands of years into the future. He transcribed everything from memory of the diary he kept during that year, but not until long after his consciousness slipped back into his body at a hospital in Zurich. This apprehension was due to his own disbelief and fear of harm to his reputation or worse. Most fascinating, aside from the nonchalant acknowledgment he received of awareness of, and communication with, intelligent nonhuman life within and outside the solar system, were the historical events preceding the utopian world he was witnessing in disbelief. He was forbidden from learning of 20th century events for fear that the repercussions of such knowledge could affect their timeline if his consciousness were to someday return to his body. Eventually he did glean that pandemics, wars and human folly led to the disintegration of global powers, resulting in small communities banding together and eventually evolving a form of one world government over many thousands of years.
The global power structure in the 3900s was a representative form of government in which authorities existed solely to hear and facilitate the satisfaction of the material needs of its populace, with representation coming from each geographic region’s head of houses, or types of clans or states. Goods were traded at no cost through a global trade network as needed, and the notion of land ownership was nonsensical as the role of the human had collectively become understood to be a necessary position of stewardship to the earth that sustains us. Population was controlled by a one child per family rule, and a collective respect for the necessary sacrifice to keep a sustainably peaceful future kept most couples from straying from the collective. As such there was no starvation, no material need unmet, and with a healthy, homed populous people were generally only required to work as laborers for several years after their education before pursuing their desired life path as the world learned to work smarter, rather than harder.
With a fully supported, efficient population the amount of labor required to meet societal needs was greatly reduced. This reduction was in proportion to the natural decline of societal costs of diseases of body and mind whose root cause was the structure of society itself such as depression, heart disease, obesity and addiction. The labor pool increased as all people received the support they needed, causing a drastic reduction in necessary years and hours of labor when dispersed across the collective. Clean energy that harnessed the natural power of the earth was another contributing factor to the amount of free time people had to spend in pursuit of what inspired them most; whether it be growing a family, community, or contributing to scientific or spiritual advances. In such a world there was no impetus for crime, and in place of police were monitors such as we see in modern day Sweden or Denmark that check in on their community members to be sure all have what they need to act in accord with the collective good. As the world became accustomed to working together to have their aesthetic needs met, more widely and frequently were the population becoming self-actualized. Money had no value, but reputation was of utmost importance, so even more began to value and prioritize the spiritual transcendence of earthly needs.
Still, Paul himself was in disbelief at the functionality of such a global power structure. He wondered at all of the impracticalities, such as how people acquired material things without money or shared property. It was, at first, beyond his understanding how intrinsic needs could be more esteemed than material goods. His closest acquaintance in that future time, Stefan, informed him that the concept of ownership was as ancient as that of slavery to them. As a historian he explained that the free trade of resources commenced as part of the shift to a one world government, and this allowed people to begin to become self-actualized and pursue transcendence, or Happiness.
Now that our thought experiment has come to a close, we can emerge from the dark cocoon of utopia to the harsh light of the modern world. Although the perfect world has seemingly always eluded us, we are living in but a fractal of time. The one percent of the population in control of global wealth pridefully espouses iterations of “if you can lean you can clean,” while they enjoy the privilege of material wealth, pursuing a path of self-actualization ever obscured by the chains of the oppressed. It could be a small comfort or an omen, but the only constant in this world is change.
In his hometown Sir Thomas More used a fictional account and the cover of opposing views expressed as character dialogue in order to avoid the fate of a heretic. In Utopia he was able to speculate that those in positions of power, who guide and enforce laws to increase their wealth under the guise of a government working for the commonwealth, would not be open to the benefit of such sweeping infrastructure and organizational changes as would be necessary according to descriptions of utopian societies throughout time. Such adaptations would be detrimental to their amassed wealth and power. Until we adopt a collective attitude of compassion we will continue to work harder, not smarter, and so will generations to come. If you see someone leaning, maybe what they need is a helping hand.