I received a comment recently from a guy with the username Zach Jordan. I don’t know if that’s his real name, it probably is, but either way he has AWESOME comments! He also has a blog, which you can check out here.
Either way, on the post “How to Change the World” he commented by pointing out some important things and bringing attention and questions to some of the things that i’ve said, and I wanted to share it and open up a discussion about it. Below is his comment, among many…. all of which are very insightful. 🙂
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Jordan you are an amazing person with incredible ideas. But that doesn’t mean they are all morally right. The way you describe your dreams of the redistribution of wealth seem to be that you’re advocating communism. There isn’t anything wrong with the idea of communism, but in reality it doesn’t seem to work.
In any situation where a source of money exists there will be people with more money than others. Because if everyone has money then there is no value to it. When there’s no value to money then nobody can use it to purchase things and the whole concept that we humans have worked so hard to create to make trading functional would be destroyed.
Also as a very influential person in this movement I think you need to address that you are no leader. People look for a leader. Leaders gain power and power leads to corruptness. As a whole it should be everyones goal to retrogress to a time where everyone is equal and has a mutual understanding about laws resulting in little to no government in the future.
Lastly I don’t want to shut down all of your ideas, because you are my main inspiration for helping other in the first place and I’m very supportive of you, but I don’t believe your ideas on business like McDonald’s are correct. You see McDonald’s would’ve been shut down long ago if people didn’t enjoy the food.
Even if it is bad for you, people still like to go there. To buy up a business like that and shut it down, well that’s taking away freedom. It’s a persons choice to buy McDonald’s and I know you want everyone to have freedom so please consider revoking this plan in the future. If you take away something that people enjoy, 1) that’s taking away their freedom and 2) they don’t win in that situation.
I personally don’t care much for McDonald’s (worked there for 2 1/2 years). Your ideas are great but some have been done before and don’t work out. Look up some history and learn from those mistakes, you’ll be glad you did. I’d love to talk more about this with you. I am one of your biggest fans. Please respond or shoot me an email .
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My first response to this was written a little fast, which you can also see on the blog post How to Change the World. For this blog however i’ve been able to sit down and elaborate a lot more about what i meant in my short response…. so, here goes!
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First off, thank you for your response. It is very well written and speaks with awareness and asks some very real questions in a way that is kind and curios, rather than insulting and demeaning (which there is a lot of on the internet, ya know?). So thank you, your love and awareness shows in your written word.
I believe that if we can get the seed right, we can truly do anything in a way that is morally right, and works from its core. It works in a way where everyone wins, and everyone gets everything they want.. what they REALLY want, which means that it has to be aligned with the One that we All Are, with nature, with the planet. If it comes from a place of “you have less so that I can have more”, it’s broken.
You mentioned that if everyone had money, it would have no value anymore. On the opposite end of the spectrum, and where i’m coming from, what if everyone was able to wake up and see what value truly was.
Then we could move our awareness of value away from “money”, and into everything. We could see the value of someones time, effort, and energy in creating whatever it is they create. Whether its growing food, making shoes, or building time machines 😛
Part of that takes awareness on everyones part, as well as education on shifting our old ideas about what money is, or what “value” means, into something new, into what it’s supposed to be.
In addition to it, it’s about framing things in a way that is actually exciting for people, and something that gets people really excited!
For example, the Mcdonalds idea. What if during the buyout of mcdonalds, instead of turning into a vibration of “taking away something that people like”, what if we put it out there as “Mcdonalds is changing and improving”, and we make things BETTER than they were, in every way, and we demonstrate that to people.
In addition to making healthy food, we could use the money that mcdonalds make to pay everyone a solid amount, instead of scraping the bottom of “minimum wage”, and part of working at mcdonalds was education on how to make really amazing, healthy and delicious food that you can make anywhere, for anyone. Everyone would want to work there, not because it’s the only option, but because it’s better than cooking school, and WE PAY YOU!!
All we need to do is take the problems, and put some effort and energy into making sure that we solve them from the bottom up, as well as the top down, having them meet in the middle… People will simply gravitate there.
Besides, if there’s one thing i’ve learned from everyone commenting, it’s that if were not pissing someone off, we’re not doing our job right Maybe we’ll get a few angry people along the way, but that can’t be helped. Haha!
(And simultaneously, i’d like to create and share a message that brings everyone together, and quells all of the anger… I believe its possible.. perhaps very difficult).
Finally, I know it probably sounds like i’m talking about communism or this or that, and i think it’s more like…. lets take ALL of the information that we know, all of the systems, democracy, communism, fascism, dictatorship, capitalism, socialism, the works, and take the best of the best of what works from all of them and put them into a soup.
Then, we add to the soup the question “How does nature do it?”, what if we built a system the way that monkeys in the jungle work, combined with ants in an anthill, combined with bees in a hive, combined with birds, combined with a pride of lions, and we implemented systems that felt right and worked right where everyone was happy.
Personally, i’m rather excited about a questing system. I want to build a World of Warcraft Real Life questing system where people who know how to do certain things can create quests for those who are learning. Like, lets say your at a spirit center and there’s one grand kitchen and there’s a super master chef in there today (and everyone KNOWS he’s the master chef) and he creates a quest that says “Someone go get 10 cabbages from the garden”, and then they go and do it!
Then everyone gets XP, and the chef gets his cabbages and he teaches everyone how to chop them and cook them and then everyone gets to eat. Maybe its also half restaurant, so anyone can come in and order food, and the other half is free for everyone who is working at the spirit center and a part of building it and making it happen.
Perhaps that’s a model that we can design and get functioning right in the spirit centers, and then duplicate it in mcdonalds all over the world….
What do you think?