all people have been equally created. What happens to them after that depends on the environment they have been forced to navigate. Unfortunately, not all environments have been created equal.
for people to live together, as a ‘society’, they must share a common environment; if people are forced to navigate different terrain, they will invariably adapt in different ways, and eventually conflicts will arise, such as we are currently witnessing. In order to fashion a ‘common environment’ that all people would accept, it would need to be based on concepts fundamental to all people. For this reason, a rudimentary understanding of ‘human nature’ is required.
the entirety of ‘human nature’ is based on our struggle to make Certainty out of the Uncertainty each of us feels. People will grasp onto whatever provides feelings of Certainty, and through trial and error, have fashioned belief systems and survival strategies designed to minimize Uncertainty within the various environments they have been forced to navigate.
nothing calms our feelings of Uncertainty more than Belongingness, in all its forms; conversely, nothing stings more than ‘not belonging’. Whoever ‘doesn’t belong’ will invariably end up belonging somewhere else—likely with others who have been similarly shunned—and form the kinds of factions that now divide us as a nation.
society, in order to be sustainable, must be built on Fairness. Unfairness makes people feel like they don’t belong, because they are not being equally respected or valued; this in turn makes them feel Uncertain about society in general. Trust issues are corrosive in any relationship; people need to trust their society for this relationship to remain stable.
Conflict is unhealthy for people, whether it festers inside us or within the relationships we inhabit; if conflict is not resolved, the cancerous acidity of it will slowly eat us alive.
We believe it is time to upgrade our socio-economic and federal government operating systems. We have gone $29 trillion over-budget attempting to cover for the systemic flaws in our current operating system; meanwhile the cancerous acidity of it slowly eats us alive. 2.3 million of our citizens are in cages. Another $4 Trillion in healthcare is needed, just to keep the rest of us functioning. Pollution, violence, poverty, homelessness, war, welfare –each negative externality is a signal that systemic conflict exists; the growing financial cost of it directly measures how much the cancer has grown, and it will only continue to spread if the conflict is not resolved. Using a minimally invasive procedure, The Third Option could transplant a new operating system that would shrink the cancerous elements of Un-Certainty and Un-Fairness, then suture all our fates back together, to allow natural regeneration of the tissue that binds us each to the other, per our Need to Belong. We would still need to break up generations of relational scar tissue built up from the toxic affiliations our predecessors have forged—and we continue to preserve— through our current system.
Be prepared for a more Sustainable form of Certainty, Fairness, and Inclusivity, at one-tenth the cost of the current model. We believe that deep down, you always knew such an arrangement was possible; that somehow, we could all work for a livable wage, live in a safe ‘environment’, and have an affordable life. In Democracy’s Version of Capitalism, each Life is valuable; everyone can exercise Liberty without depriving anyone else of theirs, and pursue a more self-actualized form of Happiness, instead of always having to purchase some cheap consumerist knock-off of it.
Politics, in theory, is a form of negotiation. It implies groups of people want different things. The Third Option is calling bullshit on that notion: we contend that every American citizen wants the equal opportunity to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. We believe that these goals are well within the scope of government to provide, …
Capitalism is about getting someone to buy whatever it is you’re selling – for this, sellers utilize ‘advertising’, which is Capitalism’s version of the Truth. In Capitalism, the Truth is fluid; it is whatever people will ‘buy into’. Truth still exists, but you have to be a ‘smart shopper’, and go looking for it – otherwise, you will always wind up accepting someone else’s …
Post. Email. Text. Blog. Call. Whatever your favorite method of communication, use it to let everyone know that it’s time to ‘level up’ – to formulate the most effective and least invasive solution possible, then begin taking concrete action steps toward it. So far, The Third Option is the only complete solution available, so either get behind us, or challenge people to …
Ultimately, we will need to convince Americans to support Economic Democracy at the polls. Once we have the backing of science, celebrities, and society, the leaders among us would need to step forward and offer themselves as candidates willing to vote for this new economic operating system upgrade on the House and Senate floor.
Until then, Educate Yourself, Spread the …
Talk is Cheap because there’s always an abundant supply, but almost no demand for it on the street. Action is the only thing that never loses its value. Take a moment to reflect on how you will act when the time comes.