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My ideal world government


Technological Meritocracy

In a technological meritocracy, the goal would be the protection, expansion, and evolution of the Human race.  Leaders would be selected according to technical proficiency, positions within the society, education, economy, all would be decided by genetic predisposition.

It would probably be a caste system, but instead of priests and untouchables you’d have scientists at the top, but with the other cates being equal under that.

Why am I in favor of this?

We’re an inch from so many things.  Massive extension of human life.  The creation of a new life form, potentially an equal and an ally, Artificial General Intelligence.  Colonizing another planet.

We’re so focused on nonsense, though.  Who is in charge of what group of people within the confines of this land area, and which of those groups is better than the rest.

We don’t have time for that, people.  There are existential threats to our species out there.  We need to be focusing on defending our species from sudden death at the hands of any number of nightmare scenarios.  Whether you believe in climate change, demons being loosed from hell, asteroid strike or plague, planetary government makes sense.

Yes, the transition would be uncomfortable.  People may lose their ‘very own section of dirt’ or the right to enforce their beliefs of any kind on others, because the focus is survival of the species as a whole.

Think about it, though.  Wouldn’t an orderly transition to this make more sense than letting chaos of some kind decide?  Or through war?   This is the sort of government we would really have if we faced a tangible, immediate threat.

If you really need one: China, Russia and the United States are at each other’s throats with thermonuclear knives.  There are supervolcanoes in the world.  Nobody knows how many asteroids are potential world killers, we can’t see well to sunward.  How long until some microbe moves faster than the current scientific establishment? 

My petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/remove-all-symbols-favoritism-any-group-all-government-buildings

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How to fix the world.


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This petition is to eliminate all symbols of favoritism towards any culture or group on government buildings.

Why are we holding on to these traditions?  They cause dissention among us a a species.

It’s the 21st century. We’re holding onto concepts from centuries ago, not because they improve the world level of civilization, but because they are tradition.

I call for a restart.  We maintain our current level of technology as a starting point, but otherwise we build a new government, a new society.  We write a series of warnings for future generations, maintain historical records, but start over as a society.  The initial process would be to ake suggestions for a year from the world.  Direct democracy. This transitions into whatever basic system has the most support.  World laws are enacted to restrain the use or pursuit of any sort of inequality causing activity.  Religions are to be maintained, but are not allowed to have a vote in government.

My suggestion: 

Technocratic Meritocracy

A system of government which is based on capable people working as a team towards a goal, these people to be selected by their ability to a post that fits them.  I would suggest that we include the humanities among these posts.

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On kindness.


What?  I like them.

Yay dandelion!

I propose an idea.

The rules of society, the unspoken rules, the ones you figure out by slow, uncomfortable experience? Let’s do away with them.  Everyone is miserable in some way.  If not everyone, a ridiculous vast majority.  Most of those people are miserable because of those unwritten rules.

Lies are okay.

Me first.

He who dies with the most toys wins.

They are bad because they look/think/believe/want/need differently from us.

The misfortunes of others give us joy.

 

So, in their place, I say we adopt the following, as a species.

1: Be kind.

Kindness would not harm another being through deliberate action or inaction.

Kindness is aware that other human beings exist and they are all affected by my decisions.

Kindness is consistent and constant.

Kindness is not the easy thing.  It is the worthy thing.  It is the right thing.  Not just for me, but for society as a whole.  We are human beings.  We have risen above so much, but somewhere kindness was lost behind.

Kindness does not judge without reasoning.

Kindness does compromise.

Kindness asks for what it needs.

Kindness doesn’t ask unless it’s a need.

Kindness is the small thing, the common thing.  The single stirring of a butterfly wing, that eventually creates a hurricane.

Kindness is powerful.  It doesn’t flinch.  It doesn’t back down.

Kindness takes care of itself, that it might better care for others.

Kindness is subjective, but always tries to imagine what it’s like in another’s shoes.

Kindness is the rock to which civilization clings.  Trust is a kindness.  Honor, a kindness.  Truth, respect, justice, valor, all derive from kindness.

 

We laud ourselves for being tool using creatures.  We call ourselves sentient.  Without kindness as a constant part of who we are as a species, are we any better than animals, really?  Given a behavior comparison, how does humanity rank against the Great White Shark?  (No, really.  Have there been any studies?)

 

As for my proposition and the rules, there need be no more.  From kindness, all else grows.

I like elephants, too.

Yay Elephant!

Now for an injection of “sanity” from the devil’s advocate.

If humans are wrong about being better than animals, then kindness becomes a privilege.  If humans are incapable of overcoming their desires to be selfish and destructive, then perhaps reality is what it shall be.  Poverty must exist because not all can have all.  Crime, hatred, war, all must exist in a world without kindness, because greed is their root. Itself, unkind.

Kindness itself can’t spread aggressively, either.  Kindness can only be an example, spread passively.  We have to choose to do it, and change is uncomfortable at best.

So, the proposition.  Let’s try it.  Choose to be kind.  Let’s see what the world looks like with that as our driving force for a century or two.  Join me?

 

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