Friday, October 7, 2011

Did Steve Jobs Really Think Different?

When Apple hit the comeback trail a decade ago, it had an advertising campaign called “Think Different.” In the campaign it featured a picture of Albert Einstein. One of my favorite quotes from Einstein is, “You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.” I would contend that Steve Jobs did not really think different, because he was still in the same mentality of consumerism, and that man can tinker their way to utopia. Yes, he did think different in management and design and I have bought an embarrassingly amount of Apple products. I believe history will show Steve Jobs was not a visionary as much as the last man of the Information Revolution before humanity woke up to really think different.

I wanted to use the unfortunate passing of Steve Jobs yesterday to point out a very important issues that will ultimately lead to the collapse of the world as we know it. Our paradigm is predicated upon man’s drive to overcome nature. We build houses to protect us from the cold. We drive cars to take us faster than our feet can travel. We create ponzi schemes to insure us against life. We spend billions of dollars on medicine to live longer. We fight wars to steal other people’s natural resources. We create gadgets to consume more artificiality. Our whole way of life is not real. When I saw not real I do not mean that we need to live like cavemen to be real humans. I mean, looking at our way of life, is this really why we are all here?

“You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.” -Ayn Rand

Steve Jobs was no doubt a brilliant man that was a huge influence on the world. His mastery of the technical and marketing theatrics helped create the most valuable company in the world. In the end even the great Steve Jobs could not overcome nature. What the most powerful man cannot do in his own personal life, humanity cannot do in our own generational life. As a humanity we live a very stressful, unfulfilling life filled with debt and death. Despite all of our efforts we cannot stop reality.

“Most men live lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with the song still in them.” – David Henry Thoreau

Look at how you live, are you living your highest and best life? The sad answer for so many is no. Why? We are a fascinating creation that can breathe, think, and feel, living on a beautiful planet that has a thin layer of space that has just the right mixture of air, water and light as we are flying around the sun at 18 miles per second. We have the ability to feed, clothe, educate and provide shelter everyone and yet we waste so much of our time and energy on war, debt, taxes, and chasing a consumer lifestyle that leaves us broke and depressed. Even the way out offered by our paradigm either leads you back into the same paradigm. Or worse, asks you to create a fantasy world where you are able to put up with this sick way of life in the hopes of a better day. Most live a self delusional or drug induced stupor to get through the fact that you are stuck in a paradigm that does not resonate with your soul.

“There are only two people in this world; those that want to be left alone and those that won’t leave you alone.” -Silver Shield

I believe that we all have a special purpose here on earth and that we are special. If given the opportunity, we could all create a life that resonates with the natural talents and passions that God gave us. Individually we could offer real value to our fellow human and improve the lives of others around us. Unfortunately, we live in a world created, perpetuated, and owned by men that would rather see you slave away doing things that provide no value to humanity and die alone, depressed and broke. Our privately owned, debt based monetary system enslaves the whole world in debt, funds the largest military ever to secure the natural resources and slave labor of other nations, controls the media that manipulates nations into senseless and endless wars, controls the politicians that keep us chasing our tale, promotes a vapid consumer lifestyle that keeps us empty and searching for the next high.

“In the long run we are all dead.” -John Maynard Keynes

The old paradigm that thrives only off of spreading debt and death throughout the world is coming to a mathematically inevitable end. Our debt based monetary system must create more debt every year in excess of the debt AND interest accrued the year before or it implodes in a spectacular mother-of-all margin calls. This constant expansion of money is the force that propels nations into war and fathers to work extra hours away from their families. There is a limit to the amount of debt that can be created without destroying the currency it is denominated in. There is a limit to the amount of wealth that the top .01% can control. There is a limit to the amount of lies, pills and delusions humans can take. There is a limit to the amount of natural resources we can consume. Things that cannot go on forever, won’t.

The Agricultural Revolution lasted Millenniums…

The Industrial Revolution lasted Centuries…

The Information Revolution lasted Decades…

The Final Revolution is here. We have it in our power to create a new paradigm using all that we have learned to create a way of life that brings out the best in humanity and resonates with what we are. We simply need to create a way of life that is in balance with nature and not against it. This means not only physically, but emotionally, financially, politically, intellectually and spiritually. As great as Steve Jobs was, what did he do to advance humanity? If anything he kept humanity stuck in a unnatural consumer debt cycle by offering more gadgets to delude the masses from challenging this way of life.

Steve Jobs played his roll at the end of the Informational Revolution, but we now see that all of the information in the world means nothing without Awareness of what it all means. What good does faster processors and unlimited bandwidth if the information means nothing? What good does it do if this information keeps people from rising to their highest and best self? What did your life mean if you got the highest score on a video game or never missed an episode of your favorite show? What good does it do if we amuse ourselves to death?

With the coming collapse of all man made systems with the mathematically inevitable collapse of the dollar, man will be forced to confront a new reality after all illusions of money, careers and relationships are wiped clean. When the dollar collapses, it will be the single largest event in human history. There will be massive upheaval in every aspect of every persons life. In an instant all savings and economies will be wiped away. This will naturally lead to anger, starvation, riots, revolutions, wars and death. While this horror story will play out, it is necessary to get humanity to reexamine what is it we are actually doing here on earth. We are not here to just consume at the expense of others, there must be something more to life than that.

I believe this will lead to a global awakening that will lead to a Final Revolution in humanity where we can use the Information Revolution to teach the world how to use technologies from the Industrial Revolution to get in touch and resonate with the natural world from the Agricultural Revolution. We can make a new world that rejects usury, fractional reserve banking, and debt based money, in favor of honest money like gold and silver or even debt free fiat money. We can make a world where all individual rights are protected from the collective. We can make a world where there is free energy by using solar power to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gas that can burn back into water. We can make a world that rejects war and brings home our troops. This will be possible as soon as this paradigm collapses into an utter failure. You do not need to protest, you do not need to fight, you simply need to become aware of this change and prepare for it.

I am encouraging people to “think different” not about some fleeting consumer device, but about our entire way of life. (Join the Academy for free.) When humanity values men that free people from the bonds we and others put on us, then we are on a path that is more in tune with reality. When humanity invests in technologies that free people instead of tracking and monetizing people, then we are on a path to a higher existence. When humanity realizes that we cannot change the world to free ourselves and that we must free ourselves to free the world, then we are really on to something.

One powerful story that Steve Jobs is a towering testament to is the power of the individual over the collective. Steve Jobs was a unique individual that showed that individuals are responsible for all of the great ideas in this world, not the collective. We need to be encouraging individuals to pursue their passions and not sacrifice the fire in them to go into debt to get some career that will take the best years of their lives. As a society, we are indebted to those individuals that add real value to our lives.

This dying paradigm only benefits those that provide absolutely no value to humanity. Think about all of those that are making a killing right now… bankers, politicians, media pundits, military contractors (mercenaries), lawyers, stock brokers, lobbyists. What do they do to improve your life? If they all were gone tomorrow there would be a huge weight taken off of our backs, and we would be free to make our world better, not theirs. They are all parasites that take from those that really produce. While those that we cannot live without, are paid nothing and barely making ends meet. Do you want to know why and why everyone is in debt? It was designed this way. Don’t worry though, this paradigm is ending and those people with real value to society will be richly rewarded as humanity will once again see the value of farmers, engineers, electricians, artists, thinkers, scientists, designers, and teachers (not indoctrinators in our school system.)

Individuals seek to create things that have real value to humanity, the collective creates things to enslave humanity. Prove me wrong and think about all of the great thinkers, inventors, musicians, scientists, and others that created the most amazing ideas and work. These individuals did not need to steal from others to produce great achievements, they probably would have done their work for free. All the collective does is steal from all waste on big programs, big buildings and big wars.

If we are to advance as a humanity we need to reject collectivism that only serves a corporation, a military, or a government and embrace the individuals that all have unique talents and drives. We need to encourage individual collaboration and not “do what you are told.” We need to throw off these old debts and mentalities to free humanity to reach a higher way of life. One that embraces real relationships both to man and the world around us. A new paradigm is coming, are you ready to really think different?

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” -Charles Darwin

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