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The Satoria Nation Project

For Intelligent Societal Re-Design

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Satori is a Zen Buddhist term for sudden enlightenment.

The main goal of the Satoria Nation project is to provide for the maximum amount of individual freedom, in all areas of our lives. Through collaboration and cooperation toward a common goal of creating a new commonly owned collection of societal systems, we can ALL live completely freely within 3 years. The following is an overview of how we could accomplish such a thing. If you agree, please forward this information. If you want to see it happen, volunteer and let’s begin to build it together! It will not happen overnight, but it can happen much quicker than we ever thought possible! Teamwork is the key to freedom.

The premise of the Satoria Nation Project is to create a consciously directed paradigm shift. We are living in the 21st Century. We have a great amount of knowledge; we know how to do SO much! But in our current societal paradigm we are not applying that knowledge as effectively as we could. Why not?

Civilizations consist of many interdependent systems. These are ways that we have established to organize ourselves and to get things done as groups. In our current society there is a basic pattern of thought which underlies all of our current societal systems. This pattern is loosely based on Social Darwinism, which is based on the idea that only the strong survive. In our society, although we may not be conscious of it, we have inadvertently designated the ability to make money as the test of strength.

In this society, we have made competition into a moral requirement. The next great evolutionary leap we need to make as a species is to stop competing and start cooperating. It would be good for us to do this before we wipe ourselves out of existence, perhaps through our competition of who can build the best nuclear weapons!

Many people, including the wealthy, are striving to make the world a better place, to eliminate hunger, poverty, etc. and to create new and better methods of building, create better technology and so forth. Currently, all of these separate efforts are being made but they work very slowly within the existing systems. At this point in our journey perhaps it would be helpful to take a look at our existing systems, and, rather than trying to repair them with politics or compensate for them through charity, use our 21st Century knowledge to completely redesign our systems.

Globally, one of the most pervasive systems is the capitalist economic system. In order to faster and more efficiently implement as sweeping a change as this paper promotes, it would help if we were to eliminate money entirely. How we can do that is discussed on the second to last page, after we look at the new systems we could build using our existing knowledge and technology.

If we were to re-design our society, how could we use our existing knowledge and resources to better serve humanity?

Let’s start with a blank mental slate.

First, we must realize that civilization is a set of systems that work together to provide for societal needs and desires. What systems would we want to maintain or re-design for our new society?

Secondly, what resources currently exist that can be used in our systems?

Third, what resources would be necessary to actually create such a society, how could it be done, and how long would it take?

Finally, we also want to compare the proposed systems to our existing systems in order to determine if they better serve us as a species.

The systems re-design proposed in the Satoria Nation project include:

Living Systems

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Shelter
  • Water

Support Systems

  • Energy
  • Production of Goods
  • Communications
  • Collecting Resources

Growth Systems

  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Technology & Science
  • Labor Co-ordination

Maintenance Systems

  • Medical Care
  • Legal System
  • Recycling System & Waste Management

All the systems in this proposal can be built using current knowledge and technology. Actually designing and implementing such a societal paradigm shift will not happen overnight, however, if we all came together as a team we could do it in 3 years or less!

In proceeding with this societal re-design, in order to facilitate change in the shortest time and develop the new systems in the most efficient manner, we propose the elimination of money just prior to undertaking Phase 6 of implementation (the building phase). With that in mind, here are brief descriptions of the proposed new systems, along with comparisons to existing systems. All the knowledge and technology needed already exists, we propose applying it in a new manner.

Food

Decentralize and automate food production. We have the knowledge and technology to build skyscraper farm complexes. These could be built in large city centers in each state. Aeroponics, hydroponics, aquaponics and even soil farming. Such a complex could be fully automated through the growing, harvesting, processing and even distribution points (such as the automated convenience store in Japan). In addition, we could shift to bulk storage, and deliver the amounts desired in re-usable heavy plastic containers. This would eliminate a great deal of waste we currently have in our Food production systems, not only in packaging wastes but in transportation wastes as well.

Clothing

The majority of clothing production already is automated, excepting tailoring. With existing technology, we could include a clothing system as part of our production system (see Production of Goods). This system would produce customized garments to each person’s exact measurements, and it would produce on-demand. This eliminates the waste of mass-production. As part of our recycling system we could have automated storage and sorting facilities where citizens could drop off clothing which is no longer wanted, and from which anyone could re-use.

Shelter

In our current society, we have a surplus of available housing. Today, in the US alone there are over 18 million homes that are unoccupied, whether due to foreclosure or people’s lack of resources to purchase them. In addition, when we eliminate money we will be freeing up a large number of buildings that can be re-purposed as homes; buildings formerly used for banks, insurance companies, tax agencies, sales offices, marketing firms, etc. With the elimination of money, such businesses will no longer exist nor have reason to use those buildings. Over-all, we have an over-supply of buildings which will suffice for at least a generation. In addition, many alternatives exist to traditional home-building, such as kit homes and pre-fab construction of different types. The production of such can also be automated.

Water

Having access to clean and potable water is a basis of civilization. There are many existing technologies to purify water, including sea-water, for human consumption. In Satoria Nation we should focus on actually purifying the water we recycle rather than adding chemicals to it such as chlorine and fluoride.

Energy

Decentralizing energy is eminently possible. Over 100 years ago Nikola Tesla developed a power generator which simply plugs into the ground and uses geo-thermal differences to generate power. There are also heat pumps, solar and magnet powered generators. One of the goals of the project is to produce individual power generators for each home and facility. This will eliminate the labor necessary to develop and maintain grid-based energy generation systems, as well as allowing even the most rural communities to have electricity. It will also conserve our natural resources and allow us to keep our environment clean. Also see: Transportation systems energy options.

Production of Goods

The production of goods is already largely automated today. Our goal is to develop a production facility complex design which can be built in each region next to the food production complex. Using a knowledge pool (see Communications) and cooperation rather than competition, and, producing goods on demand rather than mass-production, we can eliminate planned obsolescence and develop long-lasting products, as well as now choosing to only produce the best product of it’s kind.

Communications

One of the most important elements of community and cooperation are well designed community communications networks. Part of this network would include a knowledge pool, in which resides the design specification of products developed to date, and to which anyone wishing to use the community production facility would contribute their designs. In addition, the communications network would facilitate Education, Recycling, and Labor Co-Ordination.

Collecting Resources

The natural resources we commonly collect are timber, oil, metals and earth (minerals, stone, sand, gravel, etc.). We also collect animal resources, such as various ocean creatures. With modern technology, as well as the elimination of money and all its attendant paperwork, as well as our housing surplus, after the building phase we can largely scale down our timber collection and allow our natural forests to replenish themselves. We can also use a grow-able, renewable resource, hemp, to produce our paper goods needs as well as other products.

For the collection of oil, when we reduce our energy needs both by implementing the devices described in the Energy section and in the Transportation section, as well as the elimination of waste packaging in both our food and goods production, we will find that our current oil collection facilities and reserves are more than enough for the next generation, which will give us time to develop other methods when needed.

There currently exists an automated mining device, which we can use to collect metals, and which could be re-tooled to collect other earth-based resources. We could also use such a device to mine our landfills and reclaim previously wasted resources. As for animal resources, we can farm some of them. For the rest, perhaps we could allow our oceans time to replenish themselves? See also: Transportation.

Transportation

Our transportation systems consist of road, rail, water and air transportation systems, which we currently use for the distribution of goods and co-ordination of labor as well as pleasure travel.

The first element to be addressed in our transportation system is an energy source for our vehicles. Usable designs already exist which will allow us to convert all existing vehicles to run on water. In the United States today, while there are 310 million people, there are almost 255 million registered (running) road vehicles. That is at approximately 1 vehicle per person, excluding children. Converting these vehicles to run on water would be wiser than re-designing and building substitute vehicles.

In addition to converting our vehicles to a natural non-polluting energy, we can easily automate our road transportation system using 5 existing technologies: RFID chips, the automobile’s own computer components, computer consoles, GPS navigation systems, and computer networking. Automating our vehicles would also allow us to automate distribution and to share vehicles for personal transportation among our community. As the manufacture of vehicles is largely automated today, we could also convert some of those technologies to allow automated diagnostics and repair of vehicles.

Another element of a transportation system is our existing road system. In the United States there are currently approximately 4 million miles of existing roadway, about 1/3 of which are unpaved. We spend more each year maintaining existing roadways than building new ones. In the short term, developing roadways is not of concern. In the long term, we seek to develop better road surfaces and automate the maintenance of our roadways.

Rail transportation is currently largely automated, as are our air transportation systems. The parts that are not automated are for the most part automatable, for instance, baggage check and steward/ess functions. In a more free and decentralized society perhaps we could go back to trusting each other more and eliminate so much security protocols, or automate that as well.

Technology & Science

We currently have a lot of technological knowledge. One of the main questions often raised about this project is: “If we eliminate money, what will motivate people to continue making advances in science and technology?” I believe that if we eliminate the burden of unnecessary labor and the struggle to assure our survival that our creative urges will actually increase, and we will develop more and better things than ever before when we are cooperating rather than competing. When we share all our knowledge with each other freely, rather than having to withhold it because it is a “trade secret” or our livelihood depends on it, perhaps we will be able to advance quite faster than ever before!

Education

One of the most important elements to any civilization is the education of its citizens. The goal of the Satoria Nation project is to develop better educational systems that incorporate our current knowledge of how people actually learn as well as teaching better life skills, such as communication, logical and rational thinking, and how to learn. An additional goal is to develop web-based teaching programs that are designed in a way that the teaching program actually learns from the student and adapts itself to teach each student in the way the student learns best. We can develop such a system using existing survey technology, as well as mind-science knowledge. Life-long educational resources on all current knowledge and specialties would be available freely to anyone who wishes to use them.

Labor Co-Ordination

While the elimination of a monetary system and the installation of automated systems will remove the great burden of labor from the mass majority (see also Medical care), thereby freeing us to pursue our own interests, many may still wish to work, or want others to help them in their goals. Without money, how can such projects take place? That is where our community communications come in to play. In such a society, any labor must be done by volunteers. If it is not worthy of being volunteered for, then it would not be worthy of being developed. We each have our own interests and passions. In SatoriaNation, each would be given the option to volunteer their talents in any way they would like to their society.

Medical Care

In our current society, when medicine is for profit it certainly doesn’t “pay” to cure disease. There are many natural cures and alternative modalities that are very effective. In addition, we can apply the latest science, the lessons of quantum physics, as well as energetic healing techniques. As for automation, many surgeries are already automated or computer assisted. Automated health diagnostic systems exist as well. The goal of SatoriaNation is to create systems which foster a healthy, vital society. One of the leading causes of illness and disease is stress. Through our new society, we will be removing many of the causes of stress. We will also strive to create automation and seek natural cures to heal the rest. In such a society, the main need of medical doctors would ultimately be emergency care, which can also eventually be automated.

Legal System

In the United States currently there are over 1 million laws in the federal code, 2 million in the tax code, and then each state and even cities have their own laws. A goal of the Satoria Nation project is to create a new, simplified code of law which everyone can understand without need of a lawyer, and which creates the most personal freedom for all, while providing for restrictions when that freedom infringes upon another’s same freedom.

While our new societal paradigm will eliminate many of the causes of crime, if crime does occur our focus will be on education and treatment rather than punishment, and incarceration as a last resort. In general, as long as an activity is a ‘first-person’ event, or consensual between adults, that behavior will be legalized. A government’s main function is to protect its citizens from the ill-intent of others, not to be our mommy and daddy and tell us what we can and can’t do in our personal lives. We must protect the environment as well. An illegal action would be one that causes measurable harm to another or to our community or environment, which harms all of us.

Property rights are an important concept to address here. When free-market capitalism was first started, it was a way to provide inventors with a way to keep ownership and profit of their inventions. This new society would largely do away with capitalism, but would be providing every person in the community with the resources to achieve their ideals. If you are living freely, and able to take what you want from the community pool, what need have you for profit?

As for personal property, each would be in control of their home and goods. We would probably develop a vehicle sharing system, and make the use of a vehicle freely available to any who need one. With the elimination of money, there would be no need of a landlord/tenant relationship. The tenant would become the new ‘owner’ of the home they occupy. People are allowed to move, trade, or build freely, or as allowed by their local communities. It is up to us all to build in harmony with one another.

Recycling Systems & Waste Management

As we will be eliminating much of the waste packaging from our production of food and goods, we will not have nearly as much to recycle. Each community would have two recycle systems; one for broken/unusable goods, and one for re-usable goods. Perhaps we could also set up a system to collect food waste to develop into compost material for our food production facility.

Waste management involves two functions, the processing of waste water to recycle and re-use water, and the pickup and placing of all other waste. In our new systems, we seek to replace the current water processing methods with other systems that do not load our water with toxic chemicals. The pickup and disposition of waste goods will also be facilitated by our automated transportation system and the recycling facilities.

This is a conceptual overview of all the societal systems. There is not a lot of technical detail here, but all these ideas are based on existing knowledge and technology which is already being used in bits and pieces throughout our existing society. The idea is to gather all these bits and pieces and assemble new, consistent and complete systems out of them.

If we all pulled together as a team, we can change our society for good! Still a skeptic? Here’s a question: what do we have to lose by trying this? If you could work on something like this, where the project has a short and finite timeline, and at the end of it, you could retire for life, would it be worth working hard for a few years?

You may be thinking, sure, it all sounds good, but HOW can we do such a thing? Yes, it is a giant project. That’s why we need to eliminate money prior to the building phase, and it will require a lot of teamwork. Would it be worth it to live in such a society?

First, we don’t need the entire world to be on board at this phase of the project. Right now we are looking for a design team to develop the blueprints and technical specifications of each of the systems. At most this design team will consist of less than 200 people. From the blueprints and technical specs we will know how much labor is necessary to build the new systems.

Secondly, we will focus on recruiting the necessary labor in each community to build the new systems. Some of the new systems, like the educational or legal systems, are designed to be built once, and distributed widely. Some have to be physically built in each area. In every area there are more than enough skilled people to build a factory, or a skyscraper. So we will recruit just the labor to build the new systems. We will also recruit people to maintain the necessary current systems during the building phase, such as food production, energy production, communications networks, medical care and so forth.

Once the factors are in place of the completed blueprints and technical specifications, and the people who will build them have signed on, as well as those who will keep things going during the building phase, then it will be time to get the cooperation of the majority. Envision a global door to door campaign. Imagine someone coming to your door, showing you that we have everything necessary to build the new systems, and asking you “If you agree with us, we would like your support. The only thing we need you to do in order to support us is simply this: stop using money. In fact, quit your job! Withdraw your support from the old system. We have more than enough people to build the new, but if you want to you can help in any other way you’d like. If you don’t want to physically help that’s ok. Will you just agree to stop using money on X-Date? All we want from you is to support us by withdrawing your support from the old system.” What would your answer be?

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