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To Speak of Class

April 4, 2014

To Speak of Class

To speak of class is to amplify and encourage the reality that we have all accepted  different “levels” of equality, and that market forces and income determine one’s level of “human equality”.  Class also allows for general acceptance of the notion that equality is inextricably and essentially tied to money and wealth.

Some camps of thought claim that they would actually let capitalistic and self-serving economics make this idea of equality equals income be the only measure of ones “worth”, while others would let nature take its course (as they see it) and only the strongest (wealthiest) individuals would be truly free to do as they like.

Today most assume a “fair” economic playing field, while in truth this game of economics is a chaotic clash of wildly differing cultural and nationalistic standards of equality and individual wealth income, a fundamentally unfair economic competition using differing and ever-changing rules.  This allows for organizations and wealthy individuals to exert their will and force in the form of money to influence and cement in place forever their own personal security, safety, and wealth.  Ever-increasing wealth and narrowing numbers of individual human beings controlling this wealth concentrate this vast pool of money into actions and uses for the sole purpose of security, luxury, influence, and ultimately control.

Control of what?

Control of that which generates the money– human’s state and national economies, consumptions, views, ways of life, national systems, and natural resources.  The largely  passive acceptance by the “under-informed populace”  helps to constitute the creation and acceptance by this carefully controlled and manipulated mass of humanity the embodiment of what could only be called “anti-equality”.  The simple phrase “money is the root of all evil” seems to fit here.

There has never been a natural need for a means of exchange that is artificial in nature, does not exist physically, and yet is clung to irrationally for the purpose of defining  “worth”.  The “worth” of  produced objects, food, water, machinery, heating, cooling, transportation, fuel, and energy, now more than ever in history, is defined by “mentally constructed ideas of supply and demand, artificially constructed “perceived need”, and artificially enhanced commercially driven human desires   Natural resources we commonly use to produce energy for combustion (burned) mechanical energy for transportation and heat energy (burning) of carbon exhaust-producing solid, liquid, gas, and radioactive substances proven deadly to humanity have distorted our collective intelligence about these proven dangers and fooled us into believing and basing our lives and pursuits on earning money to live at a “class level” that we believe we are deserving of.  The “Highest Class Level” is said to be available to anyone in the U.S. and is held up to the world as a good thing, and claims that only under American Capitalism and (ahem) Democracy can one find both equality and the ability and environment in which to become rich. “Live the American Dream!”

I myself, according to current  rates, am “worth” approximately $30/hr. when I wear my Professional Flooring Specialist hat (24 years owner/installer), $7.50/hr. when I work as Master Control Operator part-time at two commercial broadcasting stations, $10/hr. as general labor, and as much as $150 per player per gig when I perform in my original rock group Pontious Pilot.

Today, the measure of one’s “class” in society is entirely linked to money, the possession of wealth, fine possessions, homes, excess,  and any manner of extreme human behavior deemed “acceptable” by “lower” classes due to a perception that  wealth renders the wealthy above and immune to many laws, receive special treatment, etc.  The word “Class”, by its very definition subdivides humanity into at least 3 different and unequal groups that have varied over the centuries but remain firmly entrenched in our psyche.

True Human Equality would see the ideas behind these words become obsolete: Starvation, War, Poverty, Economic Inequality, Wealth, Corruption, Politics, Expensive, Cheap, Budget, Security, Arms, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Handguns, Premature Death, Casualties, Troops, Presidents, Capitalism, Genocide, Mass Murder, Senators, Representatives, Lobbying, Theft, Influence, and just keep going with everything else we know we do because of  selfish, self-serving emotionally-based reasoning.

Today My Heart Bleeds in Amazement and Horror August 28, 2013

August 28, 2013

Today I learned of an ongoing, seemingly unstoppable catastrophe that has forever changed our world.

 I like to keep track of natural weather-related events because I am a curious and optimistic prophet of doom.  Science has always enthralled me, deciding at age six to become an astronaut as I watched live on our tiny black and white TV Neil Armstrong’s historic step.  I didn’t go to space, but that first thrill hooked me on science of all kinds, especially the explosion of technology and new physics.  I became convinced by 1979 that the earth had been warming since the advent of electricity and combustion engines, and scientists dutifully confirmed this, and have continued to warn us ever since, with ever increasing urgency… If the reader will recall, concern about our dependence on foreign oil and Jimmy Carter told us that we had to wean off fossil fuels as soon as possible, hence the 55 m.p.h. speed limit and early studies of alternatives.  I really liked Jimmy Carter, he was ahead of his time on energy concerns and pollution, and a great farmer.  He didn’t understand the game, but he put it all in there.

I saw this coming then, but after Carter things got hazy and  less commonly reported in the mainstream media.  I knew everything that was going on because I was a science junkie.  Thirteen years ago I finally looked around me carefully at the science community, by then through the amazing and almost unbelievable Internet, and started to worry.  Al Gore, who surely would be President, calmed me down some, because he was also a science junkie and knew about the elephant in the world.

Didn’t happen, and that’s when we as a nation went to hell at full speed.

Finally, my obsession about this problem and the shape of humanity in general got me depressed enough to take it upon myself to solve it.  I know that may sound offhanded, superior, or somehow easy, and the technology and science component of the problem really was very easy and obvious.  I had to do more than business-as-usual to really make this work.  I had to somehow cause a change in human society,  redrawing attention to the reality of our existence, while combatting the clinging ills we can’t seem to quit; chiefly poverty, inequality, and war, and insure the implementation worldwide of all human rights, including the right to use clean energy freely and responsibly.  My three year attempt and final product is humanly possible, easily understood, and as a bonus requires the elimination of militaries as a down-payment.  I believe this attempt landed me in San Francisco, where I met Former Vice President Al Gore, as a trainee for his Climate Reality Project.  I had the plan that could work as a solution.  We talked briefly, and he assured me that he would check it out.  It was a hand-written web address on a paper napkin.

That was last year, and I haven’t heard from him.

Today when I read of the news and finally saw the N.A.S.A  satellite montage compiled over the last year and a half, I knew what it meant.  Almost anyone who views this video can easily see  the radiation spread like the web of a deadly spider, a dark stain that will soon irradiate  the worlds largest and deepest ocean, and begin to spread throughout the atmosphere and fall as deadly rain on lands and seas, eventually detectable within every human being on the planet.

I somehow missed the significance of the broken and leaking reactor, but it is now clear  that the U.S..and Japanese authorities have known about this and have watched this happen from our satellites and detectors that we maintain.  Not a word from the mainstream press so far, or a mention from Obama.  The destruction of our greatest and deepest ocean is surely deserving of at least a heartfelt goodbye.

Goodbye, and we’re sorry.  It is still beyond our technology to put this genie back in its bottle.  We made horrible decisions and knowingly built this near you, our precious ocean and mother to us all.  We allowed individual human beings free reign to pursue profit at your expense, knowing the risks. There is little time left for you.  To all of your splendor, grandeur, beauty, and all who dwell within you, please accept our sincere apology.




December 20, 2011

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The Greatest Speech Ever Given

December 20, 2011

What Must End, What Must Begin

August 21, 2011

War must end.  Competition must end.  Waste must end.

Peace must begin.  Cooperation must begin.  Bounty must begin.

Individual exploration must begin. Colonization of space must begin.

Capitalism must end.  Poverty must end.  Greed must end.

Selflessness must begin.  Equality must begin.  Compassion must begin.

Being rich must end.  Being poor must end.  Premature death must end.

Clean free energy must begin.  Naturalism must begin.

Life must begin, again.

John Pontious 8/21/2011

Free Energy Now-Prelude

December 9, 2010


A Challenge to You: Prepare to Experience Truth

Dear Reader,

Throughout this short essay, I would implore you to take these words seriously.  Take these words to heart, and please be open to your innermost self.

You are a hypocrite.

There is no denying it, and the hardest part is knowing that you are hypocritical, and yet expect others to be non-hypocritical.

It’s OK.  

Every human being is a hypocrite.  Singly and in groups, we all say one thing and do another, and we all do it with the knowledge of our hypocrisy.  It is part of being human and may be a necessary product of our ability to form complex societies and relationships.  On grand scales involving many people, hypocrisy is responsible for war and death, bad governance, poverty, inequality, and the list goes on.

Do you believe that you, a seeker of truth, can be honest enough with yourself as a single human being to move your life, as you know it, in a different direction?

Does human compassion outweigh indifference?  Do “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the self”?

If we ever needed answers to these questions, the time is now.

Can you give up something?  Perhaps a way of life that you have envisioned for yourself? Could you replace that vision with a picture that includes more than yourself, in effect minimizing your ego and desires in order to achieve a higher purpose?  Would you use some of your short time on earth to truly contemplate a change in yourself and your outlook on life?

I ask these questions to you, whoever you are.  I don’t have the answers, but I am willing to ask you to think about where you are headed in your life as an individual, and as a member of a group of animals that now controls and changes the planet at will.

 I believe that humanity is ready for a fundamental change.  I hear it on the news, from my friends, on the internet, and almost everywhere I go.  It’s less of a conversation and more of a feeling, a gathering of forces unseen but palpable.  I feel a collective guilt, a feeling of selfishness, a circling of wagons as if our little group of societies were about to be attacked in some way.  It’s hard to explain, this feeling of impending change, but I can think of no better way to describe it.  It is the beginning of something, or the beginning of the end of something. 

I also feel great hope, as if I were a part of a grand and glorious new world in which we had become enlightened and more homogenous.  A world above petty and selfish “I have mine, get your own” thinking and actions.  A world obsessed, not with gathering and having the best “things”, but providing for each other and equalizing true happiness.  I have been compelled to contribute, in the best way that I can, an idea of a sustainable world that has passed the test of living together in harmony with each other and with nature, our life giver.  Unfortunately, my idea would require great change and sacrifice for all of humanity.

 I know and you know the truth.  The world has arrived at a crossroad.  To remain on our present path means that humanity will go silently into the night, and the lights will go out one by one as we perish.  Our greatest achievements will mean nothing, and will disappear and soon be erased by the universe.  The most advanced animals ever to evolve on earth will have foolishly and knowingly committed suicide.  It is entirely possible that this has happened before, perhaps on other worlds capable of evolving intelligent life.  This is the true test of intelligence, knowing that we have the ability to save ourselves but not the will to do so.  I have two children, and I cry every day.

Quiet your mind.  Close your eyes.  Feel your body.  Let your thoughts go away and melt into the collective consciousness.  Life is good.  Life is amazing.  Your mind is the most complex object on earth.  Emotions are unique, puzzling, and give meaning to life.  Love is a real thing and is all around you.  There is a Force, a power greater than yourself that is everywhere and every when.  It is the Force that gave birth to the universe, and is in and of the universe.  Meaning exists only as a home for love and life.  These are the good things.  Forget about details, religions, control, governments.  Remember that you are one with humanity.  We are all the same, capable of the best and worst.  Use your mind and have confidence that it will naturally lead you in the right direction by default.  Don’t believe in human interpretations that, by their very nature, change your innate ability to know right from wrong, good from evil, and life from death.  

You need help, as do I and anyone who cares about the future of our race.  Our time here has been short.  We as a species have been shortsighted.  We cannot continue in this manner, expecting to expand forever on diminishing resources and worsening global conditions.  We must each take individual responsibility for our actions and uses.  The government exists to serve the people, and we must remind our leaders of this.  It serves no one when there is no cohesion throughout the world.  It is ultimately up to we, the people, to challenge the present system that is attempting to direct us down the path of consumerism and greed, a path that leads to oblivion.

Please help me.  My original essay follows:

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