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Roger Farinha

Founder, New American Spring

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Our New World Order

I propose that our world has reached the point of being able to transcend the capitalist verses the communist, the entrepreneurial verses the socialist debate. I say we can do this if we seize upon one of the most central insights about our nature as human beings--that we are creative and noble creatures, in essence.

What if our paradigm for "success" is transformed from material accumulation for the individual or private interest to creative contribution to all humanity? Is this possible? Are we there yet?

You may respond to this idea generally, considering only its proposition in these three short paragraphs, or you may check out its more nuanced presentation at my Facebook pager here:

http://www.facebook.com/roger.farinha.1/posts/4270172907339

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    Nov 18 2012: The main problem with creativity is in who gets the credit. Anyone who invents or improves an idea within a company or corporation, the company or corporation has full rights to any patents and the person developing the change sees little to no benefit. This is counterproductive to innovation. The company CEO and the investors take all the booty while you still struggle to manage your affairs. All the while, the person who does little to succeed in the company gets all the same wage benefits that you do. Eventually, you say what the Fu@& am I doing this for and you shut down.

    I was in the navy. I learned as much as I could. When I found myself doing preventative maintenance while my comrades were out on liberty, I realized that I had shot myself in the foot. They were getting the same pay as me, but I was doing more of the work. When they asked me if I wanted to re-enlist, I was cordial in how I said "take this job and shove it". Fortunately my knowledge paid off, but only because I had the patience and foresight to see past the present condition. Not all people have that luxury. It's a growing problem, and it isn't going away anytime soon under the present conditions.

    According to an article in "Air and Space" magazine, the reason that the United States won the space race wasn't because we were better. It is because the Russian engineers who were responsible for setting the Russians ahead were not given credit for their contribution. They stopped cooperating for lack of recognition and resolved to just do their job. Forget the 110% that they were doing before. That problem is growing fast in this country.
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      Nov 18 2012: In both the American and Russian cases you cite, the problem was the same-- lack of proper heroic acknowledgment. In the corporate case, due to proprietary restrictions and private ownership in a capitalist system. In the Russian case, due to lack of proper individual credit given. But this is all the more reason why a proper heroic cultural structure is important. Much productivity can flow from the people, if their culture offered them a proper heroic system of acknowledging their human creative nature and if their culture guaranteed them the opportunity to produce without fear of survival, thus honoring their noble natures.
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        Nov 18 2012: You have the right answer, but that is a lot of IFs. How do we get the bean counters to buy into it when personal gain is the only motive? There are people who would destroy the earth just to get their own way.

        I think it requires a return to spirituality. People have to see past their own selfish motives.
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          Nov 18 2012: True indeed. This is why I feel it is a process which must start with a re-invigoration of our youth. Check out the youth arm of my New American Spring concept. Here, I am attempting to reform our youth into heroic warriors, transforming our very society into this human heroic paradigm through generations:

          http://www.newamericanspring.org/second_arm.htm
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        Nov 18 2012: I looked at your web site. It appears that you want to reunite people with political involvement and not just remain in the sidelines. When people disconnect, they take what is handed to them but don't have any say in what is handed to them by their own choice of not getting involved.

        I wrote a book that attempts to bridge the gap between science and religion. I found the controversy between the two counterproductive to spiritual development. Although science has brought great strides in helping us to understand the world, it has disconnected us from the spiritual domain that unites us as one in the cosmic rhythm that brought us all into this world. Religion itself helped to create this disconnect by establishing doctrines that are based on fear, steeped in misconceptions that lead us away from, rather than closer to the source of creation. By exposing the misconceptions, I attempt to bring the reader to an awareness where spiritual experience can re-ignite our sense of wonder about our place in the cosmos. this was my contribution based on a lifelong research into the nature of religion and why it is failing us. The people who have read it claim that it makes you think. You may find it useful in helping youth find hope in a world that seems to be falling apart. The name of the book is "The Merging of Two Worlds". You can review it on my website;
        http://scienceandreligionconverging.com

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