Bastian Brandt

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What is the best thing we can do with all the world’s knowledge, time, energy and money?

My idea would be, to combine all the creative energy of mankind to build something that supports our generation and every generation to come.

Where else should we put all our knowledge, time, energy and money?

We should build ourselves a starting ground from which we and our children build further.

Now the question arises, what we would need as a starting ground that we can pass on from our generation to generations to come?

Starting out with our basic needs and how we can secure that our basic needs are infinitely met; meaning also the basic needs of our future generations to come.

We would need to spent all our knowledge, time, energy and money to build something that infinitely supplies us with the basic goods that we need to live.

What could such a building look like?

A building, that not only supplies for us, but for all future generations to come?

1. It would have to generate more energy than it consumes.

2. It would have to create more fresh water than it consumes.

3. It would need to produce more fruits and vegetables than it consumes.

4. It would need to recycle its own waste in a cradle to cradle way.

5. It would need to maintain itself to a great extend.

6. The people living in it and future generation would need to be educated how to build and maintain it.

7. Its apartments would need sufficient sunlight.

8. It would need loudness zones from quite to loud, so that different age groups don’t get into conflict with each other.

9. It needs various huge community areas which allow for creative co-operations.

10. It should have a construction manual that we could give to any civilisation to copy it.

11. It should be able to finance itself.

12. Imagine a further developed civilization and they would give us such a construction manual. We got the technologies, if we could make it affordable, then we could truly create something very useful for our future generations.

  • Jan 25 2012: Have fun.
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    Jan 26 2012: Good luck!
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    Jan 25 2012: You seem to have the exact same thoughts as the Zeitgeist Movement, Google it if you don't know it yet! I do agree that the most, and maybe only, useful thing to do is help others and create a better future together.
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      Jan 26 2012: QUOTE: "I do agree that the most, and maybe only, useful thing to do is help others and create a better future together."

      I disagree. The most "useful" thing we can do is "know ourselves." Any contribution we might be able to make, will come from that.

      I am not in the least religious but I do like scripture (of all kinds.) Matthew 16:26 captures my sentiments well, it reads: "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"

      Another, less well know anecdote: There was once man, now deceased, who was literally attempting to "bring peace" to the world. He was not the most peaceful man himself. Someone said to him, "To you, a person who has not experienced peace, do you expect the world will erect, in your honour, a statue of peace?"

      To my knowledge, no such statue has been erected.

      And I did know the guy (both of them.)

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      Nice tie.
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        Jan 26 2012: First of all, thank you for the constructive criticism. I'm here mostly to learn and appreciate any input.
        I believe there's a certain truth to what Mahatma Gandhi said though: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
        I think losing sight of your own problems and the things you think define you by being so committed to helping others will reveal a part of your true self to you. But everyone has to find their own way I guess.
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          Jan 26 2012: Gandhi also said, "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves."
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    Jan 25 2012: I think a better question is: What is the best thing I can do with my knowledge, my time, my energy and my money?

    And I agree with Rhona, we should enjoy ourselves and have fun.

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    We already have something that does pretty much everything on your list. We could call it "the universe," or perhaps "nature."
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      Jan 26 2012: Why are some in unfortunate situations in the world, when the universe is doing everything, if I could just ask the universe, then I would ask it, to bring world peace, individual freedom and let people trust each other.
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        Jan 26 2012: Perhaps you think humans are the reason the universe was created?