MANIFEST

Manifesto - selected quotes - area: economy

[THE RICH VS. THE POOR]

[584] "God does not expect us as individuals to strive for development - we have free will in shaping our life. After all the Creator shaped our human species for it to jointly strive for development. The development of the species is powered by the action of individuals who possess higher potential to act/develop. This potential is made up of a combination of the following characteristics: above all, a higher intellect than others, higher industriousness, adequate personality traits and communication skills, being additionally aided by: coincidence (being lucky in doing things) and inheritance (taking over the energy previously accumulated by others)."
[585] "Individuals who possess higher potential do not create anything entirely different by themselves, they only process that which is already in existence in the world of God more efficiently and more "innovatively" than others, offering this processed value to other individuals of the species - either directly for their work (exchange of goods settled with the use of money, being the energy carrier of goods exchange) or "for free", through contributing their higher potential to common civilizational accomplishments (philosophy, knowledge, innovations, art, culture)."
[586] "However, just as nothing in the world of God exists in isolation from the rest, individuals with higher potential first and foremost: cannot exist (be identified = noticed) without the existence of individuals with lower potential, and secondly: both groups together form an inseparable and cohesive entirety. The "product" created by individuals with higher potential acquires importance only once it has been accepted/consummated/utilized by the rest of the individuals. Without this acceptance the created product has no value (except for practical value for the person who produces it). This system always functions in symbiosis, complementing each other, and constituting a closed system of interconnected vessels, a closed entirety (unity)."
[587] "The state of primary, natural equilibrium of that system is equal possession among all individuals. Differences in possession constitute the activated state of the system. Whereas extreme differences in possession of the richest and poorest groups (both in terms of material possessions as well as the access to rights) are a dangerous extreme state of the system. However, in every moment of divergence from the primary equilibrium of possession the rich group cannot exist without the existence of the poor group at the same moment, since the rich still draw their "energy of existence" from the poor. Simultaneously the rich, by their existence, are not doing any special "favor" for the poor, because if they did not exist the world would merely return to its natural, primary equilibrium of possession, though making all civilizational advances disappear at the same time."
[590] "The point is not to equally divide goods earned by individuals who possess different levels of potential, according to the natural average - it would be a pure utopia, like an idea for world communism. There must be private property and pay inequalities corresponding to the amount of energy (including the energy of money) put into making a profit."
[591] "The point is, however, to not create extremes which could threaten world balance - meaning not agreeing to the existence of extremely drastic differences in possession among the richest and the poorest."
[594] "If you have the inner need given to you by God to do so, then strive to be better at something than others. Also, accumulate further millions if you want to, climb the career ladder of the richest people - or your country or world, build and create. But do not do it at all cost by taking away other people's from this fleeting and short life. Constantly share with others. And the moment you reach the end of your earthly journey - give the world back that which it had given to you - fund a school, hospital, scholarships, start a foundation in honor of your name - and leave a measurable and beautiful mark after yourself."

[595] "By doing any job, every person creates a certain kind of Value. For the human being, the simplest yet the most valuable kind of Value created has always been providing for oneself and his or her family, through direct work of one's own hands, the possibility of survival (building a shelter, finding food). However, when functioning in a larger society each Value created by the work of an individual is not worth as much as the individual doing the work values it to be, but as much as the society in which that individual lives values it (supply - demand).

As far back as around 10 thousand years ago humankind did not know differences in possession. Money or the concept of property did not exist. All people had to work the same amount in order to survive. Yes, there were differences - men hunted and fought, women prepared meals, took care of the house, the children played, and the elderly told stories - but the Value created through the work of all individuals was divided on a cooperative basis - equally. This is why the created Values balanced each other and were not an object of desire.

Along with the development of agriculture and animal husbandry, followed by trade, flint mining, and crafts, differences in possession began to emerge. People started to realize that by possessing more they gained significant advantage and power over others. Over the course of millenia, countertrade had been replaced with artificial money - more convenient in terms of use and exchange. Whereas conventional currency was introduced fairly recently, not directly corresponding to commodities - able to be printed according to the needs of particular economies (to put it simply).

[596] "In general, earning money always happens at the expense of those poorer than us. Two people of a similar level of affluence cannot make any money off of each other in the statistical sense - each one of them possesses an estate of goods of equal value (they have equal financial and energetic potential), and if they do exchange some of their goods they will be (statistically) of the same value for both parties.

While someone who is rich, having greater financial and energetic potential, will give to the poor in the final bill, a higher value of goods bringing the rich person profit than he or she will take from the poor, which always causes absolute profit for the rich. This causes the rich to always get richer at the expense of those poorer than them and not the other way around, always getting rich quicker than poorer individuals. This process is always smooth, thus it is not so easily noticeable; it can be seen in statistical studies or in the rankings of the wealthiest people in the country, world, etc.

Making profit off those poorer than us takes place at every level of possession all the way to the poorest ones who do not have anyone they could make a profit off of - and that is when the state comes in supporting the poor in various forms (subsidized: schooling, health care, social care, etc.), doing it, however, by taking away from those "slightly richer than the poorest" part of their income (taxes, social benefit premiums). At the same time groups of wealthy and wealthiest people frequently evade paying taxes, coming up with different ways of tax evasion (funds, foundations, ostensible relocations to places with lower taxes, etc.).

Therefore those who have let the rich make money off them must support the poorest with their taxes, as well as the entire state infrastructure which is clearly also used by the rich. Meanwhile the rich are accumulating higher and higher amounts of unpaid taxes, becoming richer more dynamically. Whereas at the same time countries supporting masses of government agency employees who intermediate in the division of law-abiding tax payers' money are falling into debt, because there are insufficient funds to pay everyone according to their needs and expectations; burdening future generations of citizens with debt in hope of a "better tomorrow"."

[597] "Increasing work efficiency (innovativeness, inventions, higher expectations of employees, more effective management) serves to achieve competitive advantage of economically stronger individuals over the weaker individuals who are unable to produce a given good in such high amounts and at such a low cost.

Increasing work efficiency causes the debilitation of social masses by the takeover of their natural productive potential (generating one's income through his or her work) by individuals who are growing rich in the meantime and who initiate and control work efficiency increase. On the macro-scale this is excellently visible by the example of the greatest world economies getting rich (in total, following a balance of trade) at the expense of other, poorer areas of the world.

Social masses receive in return an improvement in their living conditions resulting from faster civilizational development. From today's perspective it is hard not to appreciate at least a portion of the effects of increasing work efficiency, e.g. electrification, home appliances, medications, mass media and communication, computers, internet, etc."

[CONSUMERISM AND DEBT]

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[610] "Consumerism in the present-day financial and capitalist system of the world apparently serves as a way of reviving the economy (and this is how it is "sold" to the world by its promoters, as the "good" one since it "revives"), but a revival of the economy, designed for one group to gain advantage over others, in the contemporary pyramid of economy is used solely to create debt. Debt is created conscientiously and systemically, percolating from those navigating the world debt process - the highest bankers, to particular national central banks, followed by commercial banks (to put it simply). Creation of debt is not aimed at making a one-time profit off of the debtor, but intended to make the debtor a long-term (permanent) dependent. The higher the debt the more difficult it is to pay off, thus the need for more borrowed funds arises increasing the circle of dependency. This sort of dependency grants power over the debtor's decisions. Those navigating the creation and operation of debt - people standing at the top of the financial and economic chain of world greed - have a guaranteed unlimited control over the borrower at a certain point: over entire countries, societies, over their economies, media, schooling systems, public opinion, over shaping stances and electoral preferences, worldviews, etc."
[611] "(...) Present-day world debt is generated by bankers artificially - by non-existing money (which is essentially not backed {on average only around 10%} by the Value previously created by human). The contemporary creation of debt is based on the so-called fractional reserve, allowing banks to handle multiple amounts of contributions of their depositaries. Any money deposited to a bank by a client even just for a moment, is handled (borrowed) by the bank multiple times every second, worldwide, thus generating an enormous money supply (world financial flows resulting from the financial money movement are even a couple dozen higher than the world trade turnover). Thus in order to make money one must only find a person who is willing to take out a loan - to buy a new phone, TV, car, house, or a new production line. While entire economies, in order to efficiently compete with other economies, are forced to invest higher funds.Therefore they borrow money from transnational banks. The higher these funds are, the greater the demands of these banks become, navigating world economy and policy according to their plan."

[WHAT SHOULD WE CHANGE]

[628] "We need to mention a few of the most important postulates in the sphere of economy and the related areas aimed at protecting human life close to the natural balance of the world. Some of them are already being implemented by singular societies of the world, however some are not.

  • It is imperative to raise higher awareness within societies about the negative aspects of the cult of materialism and the harms of consumerism. (...) The capitalist increase of work efficiency - a parasitic, vertical drain of social energy - nowadays forces both parents to undertake contract work to secure the existence of their family. It destroys natural human values - the power of the nuclear family unit and having enough kids to preserve the species.
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  • It is imperative to pursue expanding horizontal ownership structures, including communities and cooperatives, supporting the possibility of the whole society to get wealthy, as opposed to just the "chosen" individuals - modern capitalists - who want to, or perhaps due to the highly competitive market, "must" take advantage of others.
  • It is imperative to raise people's awareness in terms of the necessity to purchase local products/services, thereby supporting your own surroundings and helping maintain adequate balance of your and your loved ones' living environment.
  • It is imperative to retract from the fractional reserve-based economy models - from speculative economies, being precarious and thus tremendously dangerous to the equilibrium and stability of the world, retreating to systems based on actual and realistically/naturally evaluated value of trade exchange. (See also: Islam. Islamic Banking and Finance [805-808])
  • It is imperative to gradually and tentatively strive to reduce the global working time for employees to a time that is conducive for workers: 32 hours per week. (...) Employees all over the world should spend more time with their children and families, devote more time to social life and hobbies, celebrating their earthly existence granted by the Creator, instead of working for the so-called "increase in economic growth rate", which acts to the benefit of the owners of contemporary "means of production" strongly accumulating the financial and energetic potential of the common human living space.
  • It is imperative to improve education levels of world societies by increasing their range - not just "learning to read and write", but learning to think independently which will allow for the identification and understanding of the processes governing the contemporary world. Education should be compulsory until the age of 15 and free until the age of 18 (high school). Education should also be accessible to adults, for instance in the form of media programs (tv, radio, internet) or available for a symbolic fee, the so-called "universities of the third age".
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  • It is imperative to gradually strive to curb natural increase worldwide, as potentially bearing dangerous future consequences for the equilibrium and safety of the world. At a time of equalization of living standards, also promoted by The Church of the Joy OF EXISTENCE, the previous need to have more children who would support their parents in their old age disappears. Medical advancement and absence of wars also enable more individuals to survive, making the need to have many children less and less justified. The optimal model of the family on the global scale, promoted by The Church of the Joy OF EXISTENCE, is 2+2.5 - that is a happy and joyful family composed of: two parents and two to three children."