I remember a particular World War II film our class watched in high school, as if it were yesterday. It showed footage of a vendor just outside a Nazi concentration camp with a glass box displaying human tattoo swatches. There were jovial ladies viewing the skinned tattoo art, like they were jewelry shopping in a boutique. They wore immaculate clothing and seemed like the nicest folks you could meet. This was both stunning and horrifying. It was difficult to imagine how they could ignore the human suffering and smoke spewing from the camp in the background. The class was appeased with an assurance that this could never happen again. Still there was a burning yearning to understand what all the good people were doing while Germany transformed.
Certainly there were those who detested the crimes against humanity, but most were silenced into submission for fear of being blacklisted, scorned, or killed. Discent can be deadly in an environment where there is no tolerance for freely voiced opposition. This dangerous state of affairs does not happen overnight. It is a slow wave of escalating fears that are captured and harnessed by power brokers, and then repurposed with propaganda logic – void of branches. Some have named this the totalitarian tiptoe. This creates a state and system that is beyond reproach. Terrible things can happen when questioning one’s own self and society is no longer possible.
Respecting those who challenge the norm is most crucial for freedom. The recent backlash against Colin Kaepernick for sitting during the national anthem is concerning whether or not you agree with his methods. Taking a stand by sitting down and not participating in peaceful protest is a time proven method to instigate change. History shows us that those who have done this in the past are treated brutally, but are ultimately redeemed as defenders of freedom once time unfolds. Rosa Parks’ historic act of simply sitting at the front of a bus in defiance of racial injustice is a good example. At the time the majority criticized her acts as criminal.
We are all a valuable part of a larger whole. Although only a small minority feel they actually have the power to steer the machine. Some are switch operators, some can make tweaks, some can simply stall it, but we all have the ability to affect our course. Sometimes the best way to take a stand is to sit down and hold back one’s support. Now more than ever the courage to speak out should be cherished and not criticized.
It takes a consensus to move in any direction. Since most everyone wants love and peace for their family – we will have it once selfish interests no longer control the agenda. Collectively we all steer the human experience on earth. There is a common thread of goodness that is strong in people of all political, religious, and cultural backgrounds. Our ongoing dome project is woven of this fine thread of humanity. We are driven by the inability to sit idle and watch the program. We prefer to actively create something new and different.
The recent tragedy in Dallas,Texas opened an opportune time for Congress to sneak the Sith’s Dark Act into law. But there could be positive after effects as well. A new dialogue has begun. The continued incidents of mass shootings and violence by and towards police has stirred up sorely needed discussions. There is much talk of late about the need for change and a call for more love in our society. We should cherish this time before this sad story’s lifespan expires and the normally programmed political puppet show resumes. So what does this have to do with our geodesic dome project?
Our open source project is not simply a way to build an efficient home and food production system. The motivation for our continued development is the realization that most problems on our planet are rooted in exploitation. We believe the beginning of change happens by allowing humans a means to live without government dependency – or by selling their soul. The harnessing of our collective human energy by banking cartels and callous corporations has made a small group extremely powerful. The masses are “educated” in the ways that numbers and words control their destiny. Much of the semblance of human authenticity and connection is mostly buried deep and ignored as unrealistic in an unjust world.
There is an unspoken script that we collectively share and follow. Whether by direct structuring and enforcement, or by our daily participation – we all support the same story. Many don’t agree with the way things are, but nearly all contribute by necessity. By default we all are responsible for our current state. The constant changes in politicians does nothing to change our course. The escalating unrest and economic hardships will continue until there are real changes in our daily dialogue and actions. Blaming the police or the protestors is useless.
As Noam Chomsky succinctly states, the people truly have the power, but give it up “by opinion.” Through programming and propaganda we submit to supporting a failed system. The violence and unrest we see should not be allowed to become the new normal. Going about with business as usual is like planning a party on the sinking Titanic. It is not enough to use the same excuses and language of irresponsibility and foregone power. We have the technology and ability to communicate like no other time before. There is an inherent responsibility we also inherit with these powerful new tools.
Our advancing technology is increasingly being implemented towards attaining greater control. We wish for the tools of today to be used towards real change, not for increasing the complexity and profits of the current slave system. So long as we fail to take responsibility for our communities, we will have police to control us. The real police are naturally the community of fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts, grandparents, neighbors and friends. The introduction of police forces in a society represents a community that has lost its foundation. Responsibility for one’s community has been forfeited, and with it – much of our freedom. If we want real change, we must all be the police.
The way we get energy will change the course of the future. From solar cells to magnetic wave energy – the future looks brighter. Although the technology exists to build a better home, new dwellings continue to be built essentially the same way as they have been for over a century. This is great news for the industries that arose to prominence during the industrial revolution. The gas, oil, coal, construction, and banking industries are all about business as usual. However, there are now many more options available that we will explore and implement in the coming months.
Our first phase of the new dome home design will be to outfit all domes with airtight insulated triangle panels that do not let air in or out. Proper insulation and air control allow for homes to maintain a constant temperature without the need for cooling and heating of the interior air. Homes all over the world have demonstrated that there are various techniques to accomplish this seemingly impossible feat. How can you heat and cool a home without a furnace or air conditioning unit? The answer is controlled air exchange.
Controlled air exchange has been accomplished and proven to work by never allowing air to come directly into or out of the home. This is accomplished by designing an air tight structure accompanied by a series of tubes that allow and release air slowly, while mixing the air that comes in with air that comes out. Calculating the proper timing and tube arrangement is where the science comes in. Luckily we have several mad scientists that have volunteered to help. We are currently working on a nice looking spiral design that will fit nicely atop the dome interior.
We will be using solar energy to power self sufficient arduino micro controllers, which in turn will be monitored through a Raspberry Pi mini computer – not much bigger than a deck of playing cards. A series of sensors, small fans and servo motors will monitor and control the flow of air as needed. Depending on the temperature needs, the air will flow faster or slower and be cooled or heated slightly as it passes through the tubes. This cooling and heating only needs to be applied to a very small amount of air within the tubes. In this way, tiny fans and micro heating elements are all that are needed. The exact diameter of the tubes will vary by dome diameter. Like all of our open source projects, the final design will be posted online for all to use.
We are called Future of the Free because we envision something different for the next generation. We are determined to end the cycle of paper chains by devising new and innovative ways to live without being gross consumers, but instead citizens that are keenly aware of their influence on the big picture. The solutions are before us and are quite simple and logical. The hardest part seems to be separating from the grid that we are all so comfortable supporting. Stay tuned to see the future unfold.
The other night while eating Chinese food, my young son pulled out a fortune that read, “Time is Money.” Of course the question followed, “What does that mean?” It occurred to me at this moment that my response would help form a young mind’s world view. Is it even possible to explain our activities and goals outside the concept of money? The entire world respects and accepts the almighty dollar as the end all. After all we cannot survive without money right? Most of our daily lives are devoted to the dollar. Is this the point where I break the news to a young soul, that his life is ultimately dependant on a currency. Is this our inheritance, legacy, and our destiny?
Money creates an environment that fosters hard work, responsibility, and the opportunity to do and be whatever you dream. Our democracy is a meritocracy where anyone can succeed. If this is the case, then we merely need to teach our young to thrive in the world we live in. If not, then we have a greater responsibility. Either way the question remains, “What will we leave the next generation?” As of the writing of this article the national U.S. debt is $18,609,854,385,435.22 and raising with every second. Does this mean the next generation will be descendants of debt? Who do we owe so much to – and why? Most work all day everyday, yet the debt.
This is not a about bartering, currency, or trade. These are human activities that allow us to work and interact together. It is an issue of the means muffling out the end. We are nearing a point of almost total dependence on the dollar instead of each other. In times past we handed down intimate knowledge about the land we live on, work skills, and a place in the community. Most importantly we passed on invaluable knowledge – an understanding of how to live with each other through strong lifelong relationships. Today it is legal to abandon all responsibility once a child reaches the age of eighteen. Lasting relationships have been reduced to a shell of what they once were as the pursuit for paper money has consumed our focus and the earth with it. Yet, we are taught that our current state is a result of a progression from bad to better, and what we have now is the best possible situation. Our only responsibility is to support and defend the status quo with our lives.
The word Abracadabra derives from an ancient Aramaic phrase meaning “I create as I speak.” Science now shows us that words and sound affect the 90% of our DNA that was previously referred to as “junk DNA.” So living and speaking of the world as perilous and poor makes it so. Nearly everything on the daily news speaks of a world of scarcity, fear, and violence. There simply is not enough money and education available for everyone to learn the game. Yet we produce enough resources, energy and food to take care of multiple earth populations. We have built a world centered on a fictitious concept we call the economy. What happens when this illusion ends? Our descendants will be left with whatever the dollar and debt decide. Should we put all of our faith in the magic arm of the market or the magic of our own true words, actions, and feelings?
Recently I heard a Hungarian man on the radio explain how the decision to help suffering refugees was unanimous amongst his family, even though a new law imposed up to three years in jail for the “offense” of helping immigrants – also known as humans. The man explained that the “laws of life” always reign. The next day I was asked by my youngest son how it was that people become poor. It would have been easy to simply explain that people reach states of desperation because they are lazy or somehow not living properly. Certainly this is what we are supposed to believe – everything is awesome. Our world is in good order, and those who are not fairing well are the problem – not a symptom of a greater dilemma.
What are the laws of life? They are things that are accepted by all people without explanation or exception; understandings and inclinations that are inborn and do not require a lifetime of education to learn – or unlearn. To unravel the innate laws of life takes well over a decade of separation of a human from their family, put into rows of learning, and utterly convinced daily of the “order” of things and the legitimacy of their masters. In many countries this happens by growing up in a soul stripping war torn dictatorship. Unfortunately, this so called order fragments families, benefits very few, and has decimated the earth. Most are convinced to disregard the laws of life as unattainable ideals, while incessantly memorizing, repeating, and enforcing the words and tenants of our failed system.
No one is born poor. Even my seven year son knows this – he didn’t ask why some are born poor, but rather how do they become so. At a young age we recognize the separation and stratification we are to accept, whilst proclaiming equality and freedom for all. How does this contradiction become law and bond in our minds? Thankfully, the laws of life keep this selfish and skewed logic from completely penetrating our hearts. We have charities, organizations, and government protections to convince us that the laws of life are being upheld. Most of us never take direct responsibility. Most are forced by necessity to put all their focus and energy into building up the very order that has caused the chaos. Luckily, lies always have a limited shelf life and are invariably exposed and come to an end. The laws of life have no statute of limitation.
When does helping a fellow human become an offense? Is this legitimate governance? How do politicians like Trump and others currently gain legitimacy and popularity on a platform disturbingly similar to the rhetoric of the Nazi party. Hitler started with just 17 youths who he convinced to promote his agenda. Although Trump has a concerning amount of support, imagine what influence a handful of people could instigate by spreading a message of humanity. Considering all of the genocide of the last 60 years, the Holocaust never ended, but has spread to a worldwide scale and is now legitimized. What is our role in supporting the current course while the ill gotten fruits are endlessly flaunted? Today we talk of them and us, left and right etc. Tomorrow the laws of life will guide us to our center.
Many folks ask if our self sustainable dome project is to prepare for coming doom and gloom. There is a growing fear of what many call a societal breakdown which necessitates armed protection. Online and all around social media there is evidence of a growing interest in owning and learning to use firearms. Many call this a necessary evil, and proclaim we should get armed, be realistic – and quit living in La La Land. We believe the term ‘necessary evil’ is a pervasive oxymoron that in due time will no longer be an acceptable excuse for perpetuating violence. In the spirit of sustainability we choose peace as our protection rather than arms. Here is why.
Everyone remembers learning of the forming of the Union from the original 13 colonies. We memorized the names of generals and dates of the bloody clashes with the natives. Most believe that there was no way to live in peace on the same land. We rarely hear about the peace in Pennsylvania where the non violent Quakers had no incidents of murder or rape living amongst the natives. It was not until the Union formed and the military established itself in Pennsylvania that killings began. Some Quakers then died – but only three that had joined the newly established army.
Similar to the Middle East story… the “powers that be” made sure their financial interests were protected through puppet politicians and armed proxy governments and guerrillas in the last half of the twentieth century. Thus Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras all had civil wars followed by decades of violence and social unrest. This subsequently led to generations of lost boys who now form the deadliest gangs in these countries where more than a dozen murders occur daily in the cities. On August 16-18, 2015 there were 125 murders in just 3 days in El Salvador. This has led to an estimated 66,000 kids fleeing for their life in the last 2 years.
Neighboring Costa Rica also had a civil war, but then officially abolished its military in 1948. What followed was peace ever since and the emergence of a safe haven in Central America. This goodwill seems to have grown as Costa Rica recently decided to close public zoos in the spirit of honoring an animal’s right to freedom. They have adopted a no cage policy for animals in a time where humans are being caged at unprecedented rates around the world – ironically mostly in America – the land of the free.
On the road to Indian independence many of Gandhi’s followers were met with armed forces bent on stopping their quest. When peace was persistent the armed forces were stopped in shame – some even fled scared. Martin Luther King and many others showed similar success. For a time John Lennon was considered an enemy of the United States. Peace proclaimers are considered dangerous and are commonly killed by bullets – but they are hardly silenced. This is why our project has nothing to do with acting from fear. Rather, we are preparing for a future that is sustainable. Building and living in humane communities in peace is the only sustainable path. We choose to live in La La land. Light easily illuminates and cuts through darkness, yet no amount of darkness can ever dim the light.