Saturday, January 24, 2009

initial post

This is the christening entry for Utopian America. Here I intend to publish optimistic visions of the future of this country.

If we play our cards right, we can live in the dream world our ancestors have always longed for. This requires us to totally, entirely believe that we deserve to live the lives we feel pulling us.

I have no real beef with the state of the world right now. Sure, there's an infinite variety of pain and suffering, but we're really not that much worse off that at any other point in the past. Human effectiveness overall steadily increases, and our moment in history is no different in that respect. At the same time, our technological power is greater than it has ever been before.

By harnessing our desire to be happy - if that really exists - we can create the circumstances we deserve. Each of us, every day, has the opportunity to guide the evolution of life around us. How we use that power, in every moment, is a function of the contents of our minds. Hence by properly designing the shape and content of our minds we design the reality we live in.

This is not just an argument for being at peace with what is (which is a necessary step on the road to utopia). It's a fact about our external circumstances.

That's what this blog is all about. Here will be my rough sketches of life in a beautiful future. At some point soon, I would like to add a wiki to give others the opportunity to express their visions. By envisioning the future, we create it. Nothing you can do in this moment affects your future more than observing, understanding, and then reaching in an adjusting the mental movie that we all agree to call "the future".

The future isn't "out there" the same way your computer screen is. It's all in your head, literally. The same is true of the past, but at least with the past our images are based somewhat on experience. Our images of "the future", "my future", "later tonight", "2045" are different though. They need not be constrained by what we've seen so far. We look and we think that we are "perceiving" the future; but instead we are directly participating in the first stage of its creation.

Does that make sense? More later.

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