the last 20 years, there has been a great deal of talk
about "human rights", but very little discussion
about the individual's responsibility to society. Society
cannot provide the individual with rights and freedoms
if the individual is unwilling to provide the society
with responsible behavior in return. The arrival of unlimited
amounts of low-cost, clean energy could be extremely destabilizing
if bestowed upon an uncivil society. These developments
provide unparalleled opportunities for both economic disruption
and greater cooperation.
civil society is a balancing act. On one side are the
individual's needs for freedom of expression and freedom
of action. On the other side are society's needs for
providing everyone with a similar set of opportunities.
The idea that individuals are FREE to act without restraint
is a myth. No such situation has ever existed nor is
ever likely to exist. There are no individual freedoms
that are not actually defined or allowed by the group.
Likewise, there are no group restraints that are not
defined or enforced by individuals upon each other.
We are each, both individuals AND members of a larger
society. To enjoy freedom of action within the group,
we must behave within the group definition of what is
acceptable. For this to work well, the group definition
of what is acceptable must be sufficiently flexible
so that total conformity is not required or desired.
civil society is very loosely bound together. There
are very few "group agreements" that everyone
voluntarily abides by. Most people believe in the idea
of "law and order" but willfully ignore these
well defined standards of behavior when they think no
one else is looking. While society "expects"
all of the individuals to adhere to the laws currently
in-force, it has never actually ASKED each individual
for 100% voluntary compliance. Until each individual
is actually invested with the responsibility of providing
society with honesty, civility, and integrity in their
personal actions, society will never be able to provide
each individual with security, peace and justice as
a group environment.
people of this world are at a cross-roads. Free Energy
technology offers an opportunity for everyone to have
an abundance of food, fresh water, and the necessities
of life. This will be a dream come true for the vast
majority of the population. Just to have the opportunity
to lift themselves up out of poverty, enjoy some leisure
time every day, and watch the children grow up with
health and safety is all they have ever wanted. But
to make this come true, we all must agree to cooperate,
and not to fight each other during the implementation
of this transition. Unfortunately, there is a small
minority of individuals on this planet who profit from
keeping most people at an unreasonable disadvantage.
So, there are human impediments to the implementation
of the "technology of abundance."
Energy technology will not happen for our mutual benefit
if we refuse to take personal responsibility for bringing
social order into our own lives. Everyone must participate
and agree. All National Governments must be constrained
to live peacefully within their own borders and have
benign relations with all other Nation-states. All individual,
commercial, and governmental activities that prevent
this from being achieved represent the real danger to
social order becomes more and more unstable, the imposition
of order from outside of ourselves must become more
forceful. The unfortunate end result of this trend is
the imposition of a total police state, whether we like
it or not. When taken to its extreme, externally imposed
social order is invariably experienced as tyranny by
the majority of the population. And yet, the majority
of the population is unwilling to impose order upon
themselves, which is the only thing that would make
that tyranny obsolete.
abundant energy is the only thing that gives society
the ability to provide for all of the needs of all of
the individuals within it. But even more importantly,
free energy allows individuals to provide for their
own needs, so society-at-large doesn't have to. Free
energy technology empowers the individual to act with
strength for his or her own benefit. But this also endangers
society as a whole, since these individuals may choose
to act in ways that benefit themselves at society's
expense. Herein lies the dilemma. Since all individuals
have never even been asked to cooperate with each other,
such voluntary cooperation is unlikely to emerge spontaneously.
This means that the emergence of free energy technology
requires the emergence of a new social contract of peaceful
co-existence as well.
energy does NOT solve society's social problems. Most
people still prefer associating and doing business with
other people from their own cultural or racial group.
This is an ancient preference that dates from prehistoric
times. No invention will change this. Only complete
inter-breeding and the blending of all races will eliminate
this problem, and that will only occur thousands of
years in the future. Also, many human groups have longstanding
grievances with their neighbors that must be resolved
before universal peace can be established on this planet.
This process will take generations and an unprecedented
will to cooperate and compromise before these issues
can be settled to everyone's satisfaction.
So, what can
we do today? What is a socially responsible course of action that
strengthens social cooperation and addresses real human needs? We
each must ask this question of ourselves. While dozens of changes
are needed, the implementation of a "Conserve and use Natural
Energy First" philosophy in our personal lives can make a real
contribution to a civil society.
when you buy a new light bulb, don't buy the cheapest
one, buy the one that uses the least energy. The next
time you paint your house, don't just pick a color you
like, pick a paint that reflects heat and light better
to lower your energy costs. When you replace your roof,
add insulation, heat reflective coatings and add skylights
to interior rooms and hallways. When you buy a new car,
pick one that gets 50% better gas mileage than the one
it replaces. Every choice, every decision that affects
your energy use pattern can reflect your socially responsible
By making these
choices, we can "walk our talk" and know we are contributing
to a better future. By buying these products, we can create demands
in the economy that make the businesses that produce these products
more successful. This trend increases innovation that makes even
better products available next year. But don't wait. Buy the best
products that are available right now. In a few, short years, millions
of people will be changing the world with simple, everyday decisions.
Be a trend setter, start now.
in the United States of America, CONSUMER SPENDING is
the largest force in the economy. Let's get organized
and start CONSUMING the products that save energy, use
less energy, and lower our energy costs today. If we
lead, business and government WILL FOLLOW!
your congressional representatives that you want tax
incentives for small businesses that bring energy saving
products to market, and that you want tax credits for
buying these products. Vote for people who will implement
these policy changes. Vote against people who won't.
In the last
analysis, social responsibility only manifests when individuals act
responsibly. Each one of us must commit our own actions to be expressed
in a way that builds a better future, regardless of what anyone else
may do. We cannot be responsible for other people's actions, we can
only be responsible to others with our own actions.