The Event

11:08 p.m. Pacific - Spike TV in the background, alternating between Repo Game and World's Worst Tenants.
11:46 p.m. - Main Composition Begins
12:10 a.m. - Decision to multithread made
12:14 a.m. - This post begins, second G+ opened, YouTube loaded

12:22 a.m. - 

12:26 a.m. - Drafting 'You've Just Won'
12:30 a.m. - 'You've Just Won' posted, main entry work resumes

12:32 a.m. - How my mind works part II beings, internally referencing the first video while stopping to type this.
12:41 a.m. - HMMW part II posted

1:00 a.m. Smoke Break; Notes:
   HMMW part III - sticks as ideas
   Don't forget resonance

1:17 a.m. Finish Santa Claus, Begin HMMW part III - accept that resonance is going to be back burnered again.
1:24 a.m. HMMW III posted
How My Mind Works: Part I - Part II - Part III

1:25 a.m. on to main - deciding between 2012 and the one I can't remember at the moment, decision made.

1:51 a.m - Main posted.

1:53 a.m. - Insanity, America, television, Children - that's the one I forgot. Maybe next time, probably prior to resonance, as the resonance one might take some actual research.
1:59 a.m. - Game of Perspectives posted
2:00 a.m. - This posted.
2:05 a.m. - Editing in Links.
2:09 a.m. - Clicking update.

Game of Perspectives

The game perspectives is based on the following principles:
1. A belief is merely an idea treated by its bearer as truth.
2. Most ideas have a perspective bias - influenced by ones currently held beliefs.
3. If you look at a cube from a certain perspective, it's a square. 
4. Reality is subjective, as eloquently explained here.

First, you have to acknowledge your current beliefs.
Then, you let them go.
Next, you think about various ways other people might view the subject matter.
Finally, you pick the one you like best.


Utopia as I see it

I think we can redesign human society for our mutual benefit and still shut up all the naysayers. I have stuff ready for the naysaying I've already encountered, but let's start fresh. I'll lay out the basics, and if there's a specific hurdle to it working that you see - tell me, and I'll find a solution if I don't already have one.

The Minimum Human Existence -
- Start with Maslo's hierarchy and see what we can pull off as far as meeting the bottom of the hierarchy, and satisfying those basics can fall on the government.

- To receive those benefits and raise a child, you must have a parenting degree (and quite possibly use birth control/agree not to have more than X children).

- Then, put the capitalism crap we're used to on top of that.

- Publitize education completely - if it's something you can learn that can be verified as true, it's available for free.

Anyone have a problem with any of those?


There are no Christian Capitalists

25And one day an authority on the law stood up to put Jesus to the test. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to receive eternal life?”26What is written in the Law?” Jesus replied. “How do you understand it?” 27He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your strength and with all your mind.’(Deuteronomy 6:5) And, ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ ”
28“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do that, and you will live." -
Luke 10:25-28

Treat others like you want to be treated. Boil down desired treatment, let the bullshit steam off. You want to be loved. Love is the heart of the Golden rule. Be the change you want to see in the world. Be Love to Be Loved. Period. The End. 

Capitalism violates the golden rule because it is a system that doesn't reward golden rule behavior. For example, guy A and guy B a seed for an apple tree. They clone it and have identical orchards, identical products. 

Guy A - ascribing to the Golden rule sells his apples in such a manner as profits are sufficient to live. Let's say that turns out to be $1 per apple. 
Guy B does the same, at first. Both believe $1 per apple is a fair compensation of their labor - the true value of the apple.

Then it simultaneously occurs to both that with 'good salesmanship' (deception) could allow them to sell their apples for $40 each. 

Guy A cannot sell his apples for $40 each - Love won't allow it. He is capable of imagining himself being his own customer and also carries the knowledge that $1 per apple is fair. He refuses to cause the feeling resulting from deceit in others because he feels unpleasant when he is deceived.

Guy B on the other hand is incapable of imagining himself in the shoes of his customer - or he refuses to, focusing on the fact that he is NOT the customer and imaging such would be an irrelevant waste of time.

With Capitalism, Guy B gets rich. Rich enough to hire people to burn down Guy A's orchard.

Some would say that no one would buy Guy B's apples at $40 per apple. I would say you don't know people very well. Some would say that overtime, Guy B's business would fail as with $1 apples on the market Guy B will have severe too much supply and not enough demand for his apples (that's why he burns Guy A's orchard, incidentally). 

That's not how it plays out in reality though. By the time the general populace realizes $40 is a ridiculous price for apples. Guy B has made his fortune. (One day Guy B goes on to buy the government in order to control education, because stupid people are more likely to buy $40 apples).


Stage 1: Breaking Down

The following is posted as a guest post by permission of the original author: Dorian Trent
You can find the original on Google+: here

I had a very somber revelation; a very trying night. 

I gained, inadvertently, perspective as to my own inability to communicate. Both due to my own ignorance of the language and of the inherent limitation of the human form. My thoughts are purely based in perspective, my observations tainted by a personal scope of reality. Even objective truths are encompassed by my subjective perceptions. The secure frame is passed through the insecure frame - and all contents are contaminated. My understanding is only a pale imitation of the truth. 

With that realized, it is impossible to connect with someone in the intimate way we all pretend we do. Our words represent ideas that are personal, the dictionaries are subjective and warped by perceptions. The verbal art isn't touching the heart! It's merely vague enough to allow for our own projections. Our ego pleased with our echoed self-aggrandizement makes us love it. 

I was crushed, absolutely. Can you even imagine all the constructs we build on the faulty foundation that our words and conversations have some coherent meaning? How many actual relationships have you had? How many could you have without any real understanding? None

She doesn't love you - she might love the idea that she's assigned to you, but it's entirely subjective! You could be curled up in your lover's arms, happy -- just to realize that you're both experiencing separate realities. They might share a physical manifestation, but they're entirely perverted mentally. 

You're isolated within the mind. You are - in the most grand and cosmic sense - completely alone. And I felt alone. I, for the first time, felt the reality of how isolated I am -- inside my head.

Author's Note: Many of the ideas here are both inspired, and touched more eloquently by +Elaine Barlow. This is derivative of her work.


Win-Win Campaign Reform

And on election night I'd go down to city hall in El Paso, Texas and cover the election. In those days, of course, we didn't have exit polls. You didn't know who had won the election until they actually counted the votes. I thought that was exciting too. - Sam Donaldson
How It Works Now
Corporation people buy loyalty from our political parties by making large "campaign contributions" through Super-PACs, who then use the money to place TV ads. The income from these ads makes TV networks dependent on the government, and unlikely to bite the hand that feeds them.

How it Should Work
Voting receipts. Rather than making donations through secretive Super-PACs, corporation people should make large donations to a 'voter reward' program.

After a voter votes, a receipt with a unique QR code is printed for each voter. When the voter scans the QR code with his or her smart phone, it registers the voters vote with the voter reward program and credits the voter his or her portion of all the money in the voter reward program - which he or she will then spend, spurring the economy forward.

According to this here website, as of March 31, the Obama campaign had raised $196 million. According to this here website, the population of the United States is about 311.5 million.

Under the proposed system, and assuming:
- the election taking place April 1, 2012
- a 60% voter turnout
- and Obama getting 50% of the vote
Everyone who voted for Obama would receive about $2.

While that is a low figure, remember that there are still 7 months of fundraising between March and November. According to this here website, in 2008 Obama raised $745 million. If that is repeated this election, under the proposed system and the above assumptions, everyone who voted for Obama would receive about $8.

If our politicians are going to be bought and sold, we should at least get a Starbucks before we vote, and a shot of something stronger afterward.


How to Fix America

Since American citizens took to the streets in protest nation wide last year, with special thanks to Anthony Balogna's pepper spray, I have taken a closer look at what's going on in our country. Those observations have lead me to the conclusion that the root cause of our nation's problems are ignorance and apathy. I've also observed that many American's are terribly interested in the outcome of sporting events.

So, I've developed the following step-by-step guide to solving America's problems: