The internet is the greatest source of liberty, a place for exchange of ideas, a tool for project cooperation, a platform for independent artistic broadcast, an easy channel for education and an endless source of entertainment. The delay that would affect human progress if we lost it is beyond measure. Fight for it as you would fight to be kept out of a cage for the rest of your life, because that is exactly what the internet means – the ability to learn everything about anything.
Phonebloks intends to create a social movement to encourage the innovation of the current smart phone design that forces us to throw away our phones after a couple of years of use due to the failing of just one of the dozens of parts that make up a phone, a design flaw that can sometimes be referred to as planned obsolescence. Some would argue that this ‘planned obsolescence’ is a strategic characteristic on the phone market, as it is in so many other electronics’ markets in order to manipulate the consumer into buying new electronics in shorter periods of time, thus greatly increasing the profit level for the corporations.
The issue of having the best phone that can technologically be developed is not nearly as important when you consider the fact that you will have a pretty awesome phone all around, fully customized to your needs, or even when it is expected to greatly reduce the electronic waste that is cluttering the Earth because of planned obsolescence, as it is important by underlining how cooperation between companies, as opposed to competition, creates synergies that will ultimately reflect the greater good for every stakeholder – whether the corporation, the consumer or Nature.
Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview
This one hour documentary emphasizes oneness, how everything is interrelated to everything else as a whole. It explains how humanity got to where it is now and why there is an urgent need to overcome the present narrow mind-frame through which so many people still see the world. It analyses greed under a scientific scope and acknowledges how it will bring unhappiness not only to the world, but to the individual as well. It states the inherent need for the upcoming conscientiousness evolution which shall, ultimately, bring deliverance to modern society and the world.
Ensuing my previous post herewith are some facts for our acknowledgment. World hunger, malnutrition and poverty are allied concepts that descend from one another. We can be the generation to end world hunger if we create enough awareness to create a global movement that understands this is a priority.
It is a fact that enough food for everyone is produced worldwide. “World agriculture produces 17 percent more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70 percent population increase. This is enough to provide everyone in the world with at least 2,720 kilocalories (kcal) per person per day according to the most recent estimate that we could find. The principal problem is that many people in the world do not have sufficient land to grow, or income to purchase, enough food.”
The causes are fundamental to understand to pursue the dream goal: the end of world hunger!
Poverty is on the top of the list. Harmful economic systems are the main cause of poverty, thus of hunger. And here we go again “Hunger is also a cause of poverty, and thus of hunger. By causing poor health, low levels of energy, and even mental impairment, hunger can lead to even greater poverty by reducing people’s ability to work and learn, thus leading to even greater hunger”. Conflict and climate changes are the two other most significant causes worthy of reference. According to the statistics available, 2005 was the glorious year where the global number of refugees was lowest in almost a quarter of a century. The statistics available suggest that 1.02 billion people suffer from chronic hunger while 36 million people are displaced due to conflict and other reasons. Climate changes affect the development of countries due to unpredictable natural catastrophes or even other natural events not as dramatic, however that require a shift in crops and farming (http://www.worldhunger.org/env_hunger.htm#global%20warming).
The goal set in 1996 by the World Food Summit was to halve the number of undernourished people by 2015. Despite the efforts made the conclusion is that it hasn’t be done enough to diminish the numbers. The world hasn’t awake. Compassion has not reached everyone. Lets “ join our voices” and together build anew a world where we all have the same opportunities.
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“One in eight people on our planet are malnourished. More than 2 million children die each year from chronic malnutrition. Yet we produce enough food to feed everyone. This just isn’t right.”
The total military expenditure of the world’s top 15 military spenders for 2012 was 3,157 billion dollars US (source: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute). If we were to consider that a University capable of educating 25.000 students would cost approximately $500 million dollars US or a well-equipped medium-sized hospital would cost $300 million or ending world hunger would cost about $175 billion every year (source: Jeffrey Sachs, The end of Poverty) it is easy to understand why war and the exploitation of war takes such a heavy toll on our quality of life as a race and as common inhabitants of the planet Earth. In rough numbers, investing this amount to create social value, would be the equivalent to building 6,350 Universities, 10,523 hospitals or end world hunger 18 times over, not considering the immense power in human resources that would be allocated from military service to more productive fields for society. Analyzing from a value-creating perspective, it is an undeniable fact, the resources available to us are not only terribly misallocated as they are economically set against a social, peaceful and developed society.
War and the whole mechanism of war expenditure is obsolete and utterly useless for us as The Human Race and common neighbors of this Earth. In this new age of technological development, war is but a concept fueled by fear and ignorance with the sole objective of creating profit for the narrow and anonymous circle that feeds and maintains this idea, the day we understand this is the day we will free ourselves from this vicious and seemingly never-ending cycle. Some may inquire about their personal and national safety and rightly so. In every society safety is paramount and must be guaranteed. To answer this, I’m sure economists and psychologists, grounded on their communal theory of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs will support my belief that a society of abundance abolishes the need for war or violence or robbery. When our individual needs are satisfied there is no interest in the resources of another. Scarcity begets selfishness, but abundance turns to altruism. Second, it is to be expected that with a sound investment in education in a worldwide level, the growth in human and social values for us as a society will also be exponential, meaning that violence, crime, racism will be overthrown by knowledge, compassion and understanding. These prognostics may cause some skepticism if considered through the narrow, profit-oriented perspective that is so widely spread today, but history, experience and science have proven this over and over in smaller scales. It is all about the laws of economics and good political decision-making. We need a profound and efficient societal paradigm change to improve the allocation of our common resources to the creation of value for us as a race. We must build our common future through cooperation as opposed to hindering it with competition.
– N. M., 2062Movement