Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Questions

The TPP is a potential trade agreement between the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. In the USA, the TPP seems to be quite unpopular. Unueco Partio is supportive of enhanced trade deals which can benefit for all involved.

What is it your view of the TPP? What specifically do you dislike or like about the TPP? How will it help or harm the country you live in?

Here is the full-text of the TPP available on Medium.

The Values Behind the 2016 US Presidential Election

I like to say any democratic election, no matter the party platform, no matter the candidate, and no matter the positions the candidates support, is a referendum of the values of the majority. I accept often times values aren’t at the forefront of an election. In the USA, for example, issues people seem to be interested in are related to the economy, such as wages, worker’s rights, and the effects of immigration and international trade deals. Other issues in play include our foreign policy and how the United State’s power should be projected, and some domestic moral issues such as abortion and freedom of religion.

Still, despite these issues, there are underlying core values which the population expresses, some in the majority and some in the minority. It is these core values which find their expression in the way issues are framed, viewed, and voted upon. In the end, after the voting is over on November 8, 2016, the world will know what the core values are for the majority of the population and perhaps what the core values are for a significant minority.

With the lead-up to this much publicized 2016 US Presidential Election, from the primary process between political parties all the way up to the final campaign pushes by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, what are some of the core values you observe and what do you feel it means for the future of the USA? If you are not from the USA, do you feel these core values can lead to a positive future for the people of your country?

The World’s Central Conflict, a Study of Faith, Philosophy, and Kingship

Conclusion

The central theme of all the world’s conflict is the world’s desire to have a just King with divine qualities, yet our rejection of the very idea such a King could even exist.

A Glimpse Into the World Today

There are many strong political movements which desire to influence the direction of the world’s future. Most of these movements are expressed in national or regional forms, but each share very common goals. One of the most common movements has been the secularization of rule. This secularization has led itself to modern democracies whose governments are based on the popular consent of the people or the popular consent of the people’s representatives under the umbrella of a secular constitution. This secularization has led itself to modern autocracies such as communist governments where rule is condensed to a single party representing the ideals of the commons. In both systems, power and authority are organized in a way where faith has no place in the affairs of state and nationalism is the primary goal.

The other common movements are those which have a religious foundation. Each movement believes power and authority must belong to a divine monarch representing their faith tradition. The variations of these movements are based on whether the monarch exists today, existed in the past, or will exist into the future. Sometimes there is a blend between the past, present, and today. Sometimes there are variations in methodology to establish this divine monarchy, such as the brutal tactics of ISIS. Sometimes the methodology is peaceful such as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and sometimes they can be both peaceful and brutal such as the theocratic government of Iran.

All political movements can be presented under these two umbrellas. In each umbrellas there can be the political left, the political right, the moderates, and any other label you seek.

How Did These Two Movements Come to Be?

This is a very difficult question to answer. Sometimes I like to start from the present and work my way backwards, much like starting this post with the conclusion. We know what is today, but can we work our way to the origins? Being in the USA, I will focus on what I am familiar with which is mainly Western History for this segment.

The Revolutions Against European Monarchs

The 1700’s were a prolific century. It is this century when Europe and the Americas started to pivot quite forcefully against the rule of a King or Queen. A couple of the people I feel were highly influential in these movements were Benjamin Franklin and Voltaire. These two individuals were intelligent and extremely active in civic affairs. Benjamin Franklin lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA and is mostly known for being a businessman, inventor, writer, and diplomat. Voltaire is known mostly for being a writer, perhaps one of the most influential writers of the 18th century. The link I find both have, other than the fact they did meet in person once, is their deep reflections upon religion. I would say Voltaire was sometimes aggressive in his criticisms while Franklin would usually try to be the optimist towards religion. Both being products of the European Enlightenment, often would question the role religion should have in the affairs of both people and government. Both sought to explain why religious fanaticism existed, what is the purpose of religion, were the prophets divine, what is the benefit of religion, and what are the motivations of the leaders of religion. Both were described as being Deist, although both had strong relationships to Christianity. Both studied other faiths such as reading the Qur’an. Both felt religion should be a force of good but if it is not, should be eliminated.

Their harshest criticisms were of leaders who would use religion for power and wealth at the cost of a common person’s liberty and freedom. However, they both often criticized the common person’s religious belief as regularly being full of superstition instead of genuine education as to the “nature of creation.” Both came to the conclusions that a King could not be divine nor have authority from God if they sought to deny man liberty. This basic premise set the stage for powerful revolutions.

Another trait both men shared were philosophies which some have described as Hedonism, that is the pursuit of pleasure. They believed it was not wrong to partake in the luxuries and pleasures of life and it was of great economic benefit to all of society to pursue those pleasures. They still believed in virtues such as doing good for others. Pleasure must not come at the cost of another’s pleasure. The pursuit of happiness is the ultimate benefit of liberty. They believed God did not create pleasures merely for man to be denied therefrom nor to be punished for.

Epicurus’s Philosophy

Epicurus was the leader of a Hellenistic period school in Greece which lasted from the 4th century BC to the 4th century AD. It was one of the longest lived philosophical schools from Greece and one of the longest in human history. Surprisingly, Epicurus is not very well-known. He had great admiration for the likes of Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates and built upon their foundations.

Epicurus was heavily focused on man’s ability to seek their own happiness and to not worry about the will of the gods. Some say he was an atheist, some say he was a hedonist, but I believe he highly reflected upon his relationship as man with that of the gods. He believed they were real but because man was made of atoms, they could not directly effect the affairs of man. This school of thought lasted surprisingly long given the growth of Rome, the adoption of Christianity by Rome, and the growing hatred towards Greek philosophy by the leaders of both Rome and Church.

The Epic of Gilgamesh

In this excerpt from the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest known forms of literature in the world, we see a similar dilemma.

She answered, ‘Gilgamesh, where are you hurrying to? You will never find that life for which you are looking. When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping. As for you, Gilgamesh, fill your belly with good things; day and night, night and day, dance and be merry, feast and rejoice. Let your clothes be fresh, bathe yourself in water, cherish the little child that holds your hand, and make your wife happy in your embrace; for this too is the lot of man.’ But Gilgamesh said to Siduri, the young woman, ‘How can I be silent, how can I rest, when Enkidu whom I love is dust, and I too shall die and be laid in the earth. You live by the sea-shore and look into the heart of it; young woman, tell me now, which is the way to Utnapishtim, the son of Ubara-Tutu? What directions are there for the passage; give me, oh, give me directions. I will cross the Ocean if it is possible; if it is not I will wander still farther in the wilderness.’ The winemaker said to him, ‘Gilgamesh, there is no crossing the Ocean; whoever has come, since the days of old, has not been able to pass that sea. The Sun in his glory crosses the Ocean, but who beside Shamash has ever crossed it? The place and the passage are difficult, and the waters of death are deep which flow between. Gilgamesh, how will you cross the Ocean? When you come to the waters of death what will you do? But Gilgamesh, down in the woods you will find Urshanabi, the ferryman of Utnapishtim; with him are the holy things, the things of stone. He is fashioning the serpent prow of the boat. Look at him well, and if it is possible, perhaps you will cross the waters with him; but if it is not possible, then you must go back.’

Gilgamesh, who is described as being the son of gods, is seeking eternal life. Instead, he his told to seek his happiness in the pleasures of life for they were created by the gods for man to enjoy. Gilgamesh fears death and finds it difficult to find purpose in life when loved ones and he himself will one day die. This relationship between mankind and divinity has existed since the dawn of human consciousness. What is the relationship God has with Man? Should we be concerned with who leads us or should we seek a virtuous leader? Gilgamesh did not find everlasting life, although he literally had it within his grasp. However, his destiny was to be a just and great King, one who would always be remembered with a great monument. This monument is the Epic itself.

Summary

I cannot find any earlier trace of a man seeking to answer what is the relationship between the divine, man, and those who rule man. You can see a common thread between the histories of Franklin and Voltaire, Epicurus, and Gilgamesh. Each believed in the Divine, each relied on their own intellect, each believed a true purpose in life is to enjoy what is in creation, each believed this pursuit of happiness is man’s true liberty, and each believed the Divine created all which we can enjoy in liberty. By the time we got to the 18th century, knowledge had grown to the point where man could devise a form of government whose sole purpose was to grant each individual the right to pursue what makes him/her happy. This was God’s will. Virtue was expressing this liberty in a way in no man would deprive another of the individual right to pursue what makes him/her happy.

With the United States having a government founded upon these principles for nearly 250 years, another change has taken place. Notice how in the Epic of Gilgamesh, only Shamash could cross the oceans. Shamash was a name given to the Sumerian sun-God who administered justice in the world. Today, not only can mankind cross the oceans, we can do so within hours. This is nearly as fast as Shamash could. Mankind today has the abilities which in ancient times and in the 18th century was described as divine. Mankind can travel as fast as the Earth spins and can even create intelligence. Mankind can split the atom and destroy itself while at the same time finding the remedies to countless sicknesses. Yet, in the nearly 250 years since Benjamin Franklin and Voltaire helped their people in their pursuit of liberty, liberty from being ruled by corrupt leaders who claim to be from God, we lost something.

We lost the hope that a King, divine in nature, could lead us. Religious fundamentalists fight for this cause, but as Voltaire would criticize, they are steeped in so much superstition and hatred they are a source of evil instead of good. The religious moderates seem to fear the very promise their Scriptures make about a just King ruling them. They believe in Krishna on his chariot, Moses on Mt. Sinai, Jesus on the cross, and Muhammad in the trenches of Medina. King Cyrus the Great, a Zoroastrian from Persia (Iran), is described by Jews as being anointed by God. These are examples of Kings among men who, despite being men, had their souls connected to the divine. As our hope for one of them to lead as King fades into the sunset, all we have left is ourselves.

Who Are We?

We are a people who are being ruled more by our pursuit of happiness than finding moderation in the virtues of yesterday. We spend our wealth, we spend our time, and we spend our passions continuously seeking the pleasures of luxury and entertainment. Unlike Franklin and Voltaire, we do not seek to make a life better for mankind and we do not seek incorruptible leadership. Unlike Epicurus we do not seek to moderate our pleasures so as to not cause ourselves or others pain. Unlike Gilgamesh we do not seek to live a destined life of righteous rule. We sought our own corruption and prefer those like us to rule us. We are a people who will go to a building, an internet forum, or where ever we can get public attention and say we long for the day for the divine King to come to us, to bring love, peace, and unity into this world. We are a people who, when that King would come to us, would immediately reject Him because love, peace, and unity will come at the cost of our infinite appetite for pleasure. We are a people who have the ability to be a King or Queen of our home and our family and the majority of us choose not to. We teach our children hatred, racism, superiority, and other forms of deceitful lies. We do so to validate ourselves, to continue to feel good about ourselves. We are becoming closer to our nature than becoming closer to our potentials.

All of the world’s conflict comes down to this central premise. We are each growing in our capabilities to have the qualities of the divine, yet we live a life where we have no respect for any higher authority. We believe there must be a future Divine King, but it will never be today. You replaced that King with yourself in your pursuit of happiness.

What Is the Consequence?

The very revolutions Voltaire and Franklin helped lead will be fruitless. As they sought to remove religion from government, they had no idea humanity, in its pursuit of happiness, would slowly destroy the revolutions they created. As our environment degrades, as our care for our neighbors decrease, as our civic engagement is replaced by 24 hours of entertainment, and as we replace the divine with ourselves, we are losing our liberties. We are losing the ability to work and live a decent livelihood, we are losing our ability to drink clean water, breathe clean air, to create, and most importantly, rely on each other for support. Our families are suffering from increased dysfunction, our churches, mosques, temples, and synagogues are no longer pillars of virtue but instead symbols of our own hypocrisy. Our local governments and echelons above are ruled by money and profit, not by the pursuit of individual liberty for all nor the mutual shared benefit of all. This is true throughout the world, from the USA, Haiti, the Congo, Greece, Russia, China, India, and everywhere in between. The entire world has succumbed to these effects.

We need to change. Let’s talk about what this change can look like.

 

Abuse and Power

abuse-chart

Graphic is from the National Domestic Violence Hotline

Why does it seem natural for many people to abuse others when given the power to do so?

What about the ability to cause fear and intimidation gives the powerful pleasure?

Why do we regularly look up to those whose desire is to dominate the weak?

Can we ever stop this natural carnal nature of man from the powerful abusing the powerless? If so, how?

Unueco Partio wishes to be a platform where those who have been abused by the powerful can have a voice and even help lead the fight for justice and equality.

What is Wrong with 69% of White Protestants in America?

In June, I wrote about American Born Churches & White Supremacy. Now I want to comment on some recent polls in the US Presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. As reported by the Washington Post on October 8, 2016, “The newest poll from the Public Religion Research Institute said that 69 percent of white evangelical Protestants favored Trump while 19 percent supported Clinton.”

Donald Trump has so far expressed the following views:

  1. Mexicans are rapists and murderers and we should build a wall to keep them out. The Ku Klux Klan says this “America is being over run by illegal immigrants mostly from nonwhite countries who do not share the Christian European values of our nation’s founders. Immigration should remain open to all White Christians throughout the world . There is not one single country that does not persecute it’s White Christian citizens such as in South Africa where the violent crime against Whites is at an all time high. The entire reasoning behind the forming of America was to allow one place in the world where White Christians could live together in harmony without any outside interference from those of other religions or races.
  2. To restore the United States as a Christian nation. The Ku Klux Klan says this “As James Madison, known as the ‘Chief Architect of the Constitution’ stated; ‘ We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves to control ourselves to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.‘”
  3. To Repeal NAFTA and other international trade deals. The Ku Klux Klan says this “These ‘laws’ given to us by the Democrats and Republicans is damaging to the American worker and will eventually put millions upon millions into desperate poverty.”

Here is a list of the KKK Party political platform which Donald Trump supports.

  1. Make abortion illegal
  2. Make homosexuality illegal
  3. Ensure Christianity is taught in public schools
  4. Single flat income tax rate
  5. Abolish anti-gun laws
  6. Ban Muslims from entering the USA

In math, there is a relationship called the “Transitive Property of Equality.” This property states if X=Y and Y=Z, then X=Z. Let me apply this to the 69% of White Protestants who support Donald Trump.

If 69% of White Protestants support Donald Trump, and Donald Trump supports a majority of the White Supremacist Group KKK’s political platform, then 69% of White Protestants support a majority of the White Supremacist Group KKK’s political platform. Here is a link to how the KKK has achieved this result.

If you are are White Protestant or “Evangelical” and are offended by the claim of this article and support Donald Trump, please comment below. Show me the words of Jesus which support your views instead of copying the Ku Klux Klan white supremacist talking points.

If you are a Christian and are offended by this association to white supremacist groups, please comment as to how you will help clean up the Christian churches in America to counter the ideologies of the Ku Klux Klan. Please don’t offer a simple statement of following Jesus or praying, provide a course of action hopefully supported by Jesus’s words.

I will close with these words from Unueco Partio: Creating a Single World Currency.

“If Jesus were to govern the world as King, how would the world economy look like? Would it remain as we currently know it or perhaps would he create a system which more closely follows the principles of religion?” and “I ask these questions because those who fear the consequences of a single world currency and potentially a governmental structure to support this endeavor have not fully questioned the consequences of what they claim to believe in. In their fear, the creation of unity is considered a bad thing, the development of an economic system where someone in Bangladesh can earn a similar wage to someone in the USA is considered unjust, and war is the only pathway towards peace. To me, this is twisted and goes against the very principles Jesus taught. These people who believe in tribulation and rapture end up preferring an unjust, greedy, war-mongering system instead of the equity, peace, and contentment promised to them.”

 

Homosexuality & Religious Law

Yesterday a friend belonging to the Jehovah’s Witness congregation asked me a question that is quite contemporary with the concerns of today.

What do I think about homosexuals and do I support them?

My answer:

I believe homosexuals should be treated with as much love as heterosexuals and everything done for their rights to be protected. All should be done to treat them as our equals. It is unfair they are singled out by Christian, Muslim, and other religious extremists when God (in each of their Scriptures) seeks to modify the sexual nature of ALL people in such a way which is beneficial to the rest of society.

This begged me to ask “Why do religious extremists care to punish homosexuals for their sexuality, but ignore other religious law regarding themselves, such as adultery?” In the United States for example, pastors in churches regularly speak out against the “homosexual agenda” and how they are ruining the moral fabric of America. It is an abomination. Yet, over half of all heterosexual church-goers who have been married have also been divorced. Jesus did not allow divorce. I won’t even speculate on the forms of extra-marital sexuality when Jesus forbade lustful thoughts.

Another common thing I hear is the United States is a Christian nation built upon Christian values? Why then was the Constitution not based on the Bible? No state or locality in the United States has a legal system based on the Bible. I would actually support a legal system where people are judged by what they believe, for example a Jew being judged through Jewish law and an atheist through secular law. We would see who is truly a believer of what.

I find it hypocritical to persecute a people based on an idea of religious law but deny this “opportunity” of religious law for everyone else who believes in your religion. The reason why there is no country in the world which has a religious law based entirely on a Book that people believe is God’s Word (Old Testament, New Testament, Qur’an, etc.) is because of the following reasons:

  1. The believers of such Books cannot agree on government reflecting these teachings
  2. The believers of such Books cannot agree on the laws regarding these teachings
  3. The believers of such Books do not want to be held to the standards their Books teach
  4. The believers of such Books often only seek targeted application of their Books to persecute minorities
  5. The believers of such Books only say they want a religious nation but run from the opportunity to create it

This is why the separation of religion and state is required, because the majority of people fall into one or more of those 5 categories. To disprove my argument, if any person who reads this feels their nation should be a nation of their religious law, would you care to describe the following:

  1. The name of your religion
  2. The name of your “Book”
  3. The form of government you would form (democracy, monarchy, etc.)
  4. Laws regarding Marriage
  5. Laws regarding Homosexuality
  6. How the justice system would address these laws (type of punishment, type of correction)

If you are not interested in doing so, maybe you could comment as to why you do not want to.

By the way, the person who asked the question answered in her own way.

“I will love them but I prefer to keep my distance so I will not be stained by sin or uncleanliness.”

Human Rights: Are They For All?

We often talk about human rights, especially from a perspective of protections from government. Are they for all?. Let me lead with an excerpt from “Unueco Partio: Creating a Single World Currency.

I personally believe it [evaluating a minimum quality of life for all people] starts with whatever human rights we have collectively described and agreed upon, such as with the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Sometimes I feel these declarations are more altruistic than real, especially when considering how we choose to organize ourselves, or how we consent to our organization, despite expressing certain ideals. For example, in the last chapter we see how we can have a democracy whose government expresses the freedom of speech, but we may accept to organize ourselves into families or even corporations where this freedom is replaced with censorship. Human rights must exist at every level of society which enforces some kind of legal or judicial system. If not, then nations can never fully be the bearers of ideals the smaller organizations go against. I say this because our smallest units of organization, such as that of a family, religious organization, business, etc. are far more representative of us (all of the I’s and they’s) than a distant national government could ever be.

Do you believe a human right should exist in every level of our organization, to include the family, religious organization, business, and so forth? Why or why not?

Do you believe a human right should be equally accessible for all people? Why or why not?

Presidential Debate Fallacies

The United States Presidential Debate is a scam. It is fake. The entire system is a scam.

The reason why I say this is a scam is not because it did not really happen, sadly it did and is very real. I say it is a scam because my country has been forced into dichotomies which are not real. Let me share them.

  1. Donald Trump discussed all black and hispanic people have been failed because all of them live in crime-ridden areas. Hillary Clinton confined race relations solely to the interactions with police. It seems it is only about all or nothing. Why can’t America finally remove the labels associated with race, and say there are too many Americans who suffer from crime, who suffer from injustice at the hands of government institutions, religious institutions, corporations, and even our own individual selves? This dichotomy about us, they, them, we, and the other splits us up. We are one!
  2. Donald Trump talked about eliminating certain people from immigration, and reducing other pathways. Hillary Clinton talked about being tough on illegal immigration. Why is it illegal for a person to freely move? Why does a shirt made in Pakistan have more freedoms than a Pakistani? We are forced to choose between quotas for immigration or nothing at all. Why can’t we go back to the days of open borders? Why can’t we help people outside the United States to have a quality of life we hope for ourselves?
  3. Hillary Clinton talked about the importance of Donald Trump’s tax returns and Donald Trump related every issue to money. How did money become more important than discussing the rights and aspirations of people? People seek more than only money. People seek to have family, to worship as they choose, to be independent, and to basically feel good about life. We created a world where money is required for all of these pathways, but the supply of money is controlled by a single industry. We seek to divide based on a system not a single politician or political party can control nor influence.

These are just a few of the observations I made. The idea all of this is a scam is because they are mostly puppets. They are swayed by the media, they are swayed by this notion of “popular sentiment” when in fact the popular sentiment is controlled. The only way we can have a free market is if people are free, if people have more freedoms than the items people produce, if people can go anywhere to seek a better wage and can go anywhere to seek a better opportunity. Through this, we stifle the competition between all of us and stifle the competition between nations. The modern economic systems rely on the production and consumption of people, and this will always be true. In the long run, restricting any person’s rights, even outside of your own nation, will eventually restrict your own rights and opportunities. It will especially restrict the rights of the future generations, for example your own children and grandchildren.

Also, the only way for us to regain control of our money is to adopt a single worldwide currency which is managed by an institution managed just like a government with checks and balances. The leaders are elected from around the world instead of appointed. The leaders must come from various backgrounds, not only be an economist, financier, or vested banker. Until then, there is no policy any politician can promote which will positively effect the goals and aspirations of the world’s majority, that is the poor and working class.

Finally, we need to stop dividing each other based upon skin color, religious practice, or any other divisive identity. All were created in the same manner, and all will return to the same dust. We must sustain our equality and oneness for the years between birth and death. Unity is the only prescription and Unueco Partio is the only movement seeking to aspire towards a worldwide unity.

One Day of Peace, 364 Days for War

I love the idea behind the International Day of Peace. Here is one day, out of the many different observances we have created, to promote peace itself. Why does peace need a specific day? Because the other 364 days are for war.

Fortunately, there are some progresses towards peace. The Western Hemisphere is officially conflict free, although the United States continues on in its never ending war on the ideology behind terrorism. There are many people who support peace, throughout the world, but sometimes I feel we do very little to honor peace or even give peace builders the same recognition and respect as war fighters. Let me make a short list of examples from the USA

  1. Members of the US Armed Forces receive GI Bill benefits, encouraging a nearly free college education. Those of the US Peace Corps are not eligible.
  2. Members of the US Armed Forces, although popularly considered as volunteers, receive a salary very comparable to private sector work. The US Peace Corps, also considered as volunteers, only receive their living expenses paid for, but no salary.
  3. Members of the US Armed Forces are honored by various Congressional medals to reward valor, honor, and sacrifice. The US Peace Corps does not have such Congressional medals.
  4. Veterans of the US Armed Forces are honored through parades, memorials, and other displays at public events, especially at sporting events. The members of the US Peace Corps have no parades, memorials, or other public displays.

These are some, but not all, the special honors and benefits given to our war fighters, but not to those whose purpose is solely peace. I seek not to deny the brave members of the Armed Forces these benefits. We (yes, I served 8 years in the US Army) deserve them, and even need better health care. It is a shame wounded veterans require charitable help to fund prosthetics, for one example.

What I seek is to extend such benefits to those who are peace builders. Let’s have a parade for them. Let’s give them free college education. Let’s give them a decent salary. You see, we may have this special one day to recognize peace, but we barely do anything to recognize the sacrifices our peace builders make. Unueco Partio seeks any ideas to promote 365 days of peace and to treat our peace builders equally as to our war fighters.

For an extended look at what the US Peace Corps does, click here.

NFL, Self-Love, and Apathy

A couple weeks ago, I discussed a breakdown of US consumer spending. Please feel free to reference the prior post.

Today I went into Facebook and took a look at the Trending feature. To confirm what I saw, I went into Google Trends. It seems the most popular stories are about the NFL, and there isn’t even any doubt. The only other non-NFL story making any headlines in the American attention is the bombings in New York City. Nothing else. The Green Bay Packers vs. the Minnesota Vikings captured the greatest amount of interest.

You see, the people of the USA spend 8.8% of their incomes on recreation. We spend nearly 4 times more money on recreation than we do education and towards charity. Where we put our money is reflective of the values of a society. 8.8% ends up being over $4 trillion USD spent on recreation. To show this extreme, here is an article about how a suburban Dallas, Texas school spent $60m USD on a high school football stadium. How does this promote education?

In Unueco Partio: Creating a Single World Currency, I discussed how our governments could be better organized to ensure our human rights and prosperity, not only for us, but for future generations.

“Human rights must exist at every level of society which enforces some kind of legal or judicial system. If not, then nations can never fully be the bearers of ideals the smaller organizations go against. I say this because our smallest units of organization, such as that of a family, religious organization, business, etc. are far more representative of us (all of the I’s and they’s) than a distant national government could ever be.” (pg 50)

However, if we choose to spend our available money and most of our free time on recreation, basically a form of self-love, how can we hope to continue the progress of mankind? All I see is the erosion of our rights when a society is disengaged from the well-being of their neighbor and disengaged from the civic duties required for progress. Look at the American political system today. Are you happy with your presidential candidates? With your Congressman? With your state representatives? With your mayor and city councils? If you feel none of these people are genuinely representative of you or your values but spend a majority of your free time with recreation, watching NFL games, making sports franchises and stars super wealthy while the poor become deeper in poverty, then stop distracting yourselves with frivolous activities. I know very many people who know about the history about their favorite teams than they do their country. I know many who know more about the biographies and stats of their favorite players than they do of historical figures they claim to admire. I know many people who know the rules of their favorite sports league better than they do the constitution of their government.

If our smallest units of organization, such as that of a family, become only interested in recreation and pleasure, well, the democratic institutions will mirror these values at every other level. Every right you believe in will eventually be eroded and one day, you will wake up and everything prior generations fought for will have disappeared, like a mirage in the hottest desert. We can do better than this. The NFL is not more important than the well-being of our citizens. Football is not more important than the education of our children.

If you are a reader who is more engaged in civics, do you have any suggestions to help transform American society to spend less of its time on recreation than on education and charitable organizations?