Today's life is increasingly "in the trenches", thus is apparently too overwhelming for consideration of such a lofty vision, needed to get us out of the trenches.
The near and more distant future quality of life seems to hinge on energy resources and re-use of materials resources, although sociopolitical power plays are likely to continue to disrupt it heavily, as usual. The biggest resource of our nation is its people, and means for utilizing that resource needs innovative wisdom, and quickly.
Applying some wisdom to it all, it seems to me that humanity still has choices regarding their energy future potentials. Fossil fuels plentifulness is on the way out, clearly, and to what level its “greenhouse warming effect" will have on Earth’s ecosystem before it starts receding, is unclear to me. Alternatives can go the “high road or the low road”, some in-between paths more likely too. Hydroelectric sources and some wind sources can provide a baseline energy supply until their machinery made using cheap fossil fuel energy and materials, starts wearing out. Growing sugarcane and corn for making ethanol for liquid storable fuel, and conversion of cars to run on it, can provide some baseline for truck and automobile use to some extent. Nuclear electric power is likely to be expanded again, the desperation from depletion of conventional power sources outweighing worries regarding the extremely long term toxic effects of radioactive wastes thereby produced, and how to cope with those materials. Tree material can be grown to provide both storable combustible fuel as well as construction lumber.
Recycling seems next on the list critical field, and needs to go far beyond the saving of aluminum cans, bottles and newspapers for collection. Recycling takes energy, which also is getting scarce. So, wise and responsible means need to be applied on a wide scale.
Land and Real Estate usage no doubt will continue to be the arena of those who play territorial monopoly-type games of many kinds, easy money, sweet racket: price rises rapidly with no equivalent improvement in the item.
Continuing to fail to utilize the nation’s human resources to the fullest, is likely to result in declaring “overpopulation”, thus excuse for widespread loss of life, from the birth control (including abstention techniques), illness and warfare.
The reality-testing of economical products of small and large business' narrow interests needs to be balanced with some kind of overall perspective humanity- responsible functions. The lofty principle that "if there is a real need, someone will start a business to provide it" has not been working in the real world of business, mostly corporate-interest-controlled. The overall map needs to be available to all who contribute to the business picture, to have a chance of assuring there are not big gaps in the map.
Increasing communication potentials of the Internet and computers may make a voting process that provides much of the decision making function instead of entirely government responsibility, for the overall vision’s creation and filling in of that which makes it all work together.
Insofar as we continue to not use the total human capacity, and focus on strife internal and external, distraction from the responsibility to provide the above-mentioned life needs, may become so serious that major collapse and loss of life will occur, as so cycles of the past history teaches. The KESTS to GEO conceptual design offered the alternatives of a “high road” to follow, which I’d like to think we can still attain, despite the choice so far by the powers-that-be taken choices of strife and maintain status quo of recent years that has cost the nation the finances needed to built KESTS to GEO at its finest. Bewailing the what-could-have-been may be cathartic, but otherwise ia a waste of time beyond teaching lessons about humanity’s reality at yhe present time. The classical cravings to maintain power-as-is will no doubt continue to dominate what opportunities actually get to happen; those who suggest other possible ways deemed irresponsible or crazy, by those of temperaments more physically oriented, bolstered by those of temperaments which focus on proven or traditional ways so as to lower some risks and maintain the comfort of familiarity.
Yet as always it is the responsibility of those of idealist temperaments to look at the big picture with its small components so as to offer wisdom for guiding toward the better of possible futures; and those of rational intellectual temperaments to sort out among those ideal versions as to how to implement those which accumulated knowledge suggests as sufficiently feasable. Those of guardian temperaments then can work to check for harmony between these possible changes with the proven and safe traditional comfortable ways, then offer the result to those artisan temperaments to “make it so.”
All nice and orderly flow, yet the endless problem is the tendency for those high achiever artisan temperament doers taking charge of the ideals, thus forcing the running of the whole show with the limited resulting functionality’s weaknesses until the surplus of the nation has been consumed, and the borrowing beyond tolerability. Then collapse, grab what can be gotten, regroup, and go from there.
Can we do better than that, this time around? I’d like to think so, despite the sociopolitical realities’ devastation ongoing. At least in theory, KESTS to GEO appears to have the potential to totally change civilization's connectivity with the vast resources of nearby space, providing the highly efficient and continuous transportation to enable the construction of all the solar electric clean powerplants for the whole world; to provide total recycling solar powered too; provide spaceports in GEO, high efficiency location for conventional and nuclear powered spacecraft to operate from; and even vast room to build high quality livingspace for huge expansions of civilization, right on our planet's doorstep. So ... for details, see www.kestsgeo.com ... I continue to offer KESTS to GEO’s technological integration pattern for your examination, wishing us all the best possible future. Although I do my best, I cannot do it all alone. Do you wait for the big players, like those who built the railroad system so powerfully, to take over and make it happen, but only to increase their power and wealth while limited to tunnel vision? I would like to have a better future than that for my loved ones.
Offering a way out of the mess:
1. Create manufacturing machines operable remotely via the internet.
2. Raise everybody’s competancy.
3. Workstations made so that their function can be quickly changed, and daily on-the-job training for all employees.
4. Complete home education for everybody, primarily via internet.
5. Everybody works.
6. “Work from home” real jobs expanded hugely.
7. Every person to have access to comprehension of their immediate position in the “Big Picture”, and to have a vote in the way things go.
Expanding to some extent on these items:
1. Machines operable via internet. For example, a drill press that is operable from a home workstation, as if onsite, doing its use. Not a robot standing there using a conventional drillpress, no; but a drillpress designed and built to be operated via instructions sent through the internet while sending back signals describing what it is doing, to the operator via the internet connection. And yes, once a particular use of the drill press to make a hole in a part, determined to be a task that is to be done repeatedly, can copy down the sequence made by the human operator, then repeat them therafter for however many parts are needed. Meanwhile, the distant human operator is doing new uses, to make new kinds of parts, a best use of machine and of people. One such catagory of this would be in the making of the machines that are operable via the internet.
2. Raise everybody’s competancy. This enables the whole system to perform ever better. This means everybody, including the CEO, the PhD, the sales clerk, the machine operator, the single mom at home, the homeless man on the street, too. Everybody; including the homeless man on the street that gets handed a broom and a range to be swept neatly; to the corporate CEO who gets handed a map of the nation's big picture needs and shown where the missing tasks and products are to be supplied as side corporate responsibility.
3. Workstations made so that their function can be quickly changed, and daily on-the-job training for all employees so as to be ever better at utilizing the alternate setups for their workstation. This was shown decades ago, as part of the “just-in-time” method of manufacturing.
4. Complete home education for everybody, primarily via internet and package shipment services where necessary. This, like the OJT, is part of the “raise everybody’s competancy” function.
5. Everybody works. The nations's greatest resource is its people, so let's utilize that great resource, quickly before the system crumbles much further. This means everybody works, not just those who have jobs asigned by corporations, businesses of the moment. This means everybody works, everybody adds to the daily productivity, including not just the blue and white collar workers and their management personnel, but also the homeless, the idle rich, the retired, the handicapped, the single-Mom at home, and the upper crust. Even if only minutes per day, or “digging holes and filling them up again” type exercise. This builds mental and physical muscles in familiarity with the world’s resources, thus available in time of need for real projects to fulfill needs. And, match every job to the person doing the job. Those who have attained specific degrees of formal education, certificates of competancy through formal education, licensing testing, and/or proven on-the-job performance skills could use those markers to define the jobs they do; along with their psychological typology match to the task. Businesses, corporations, need to be able to hire people to do their tasks as usual; yet those who are left out by that matching of current buisiness need, still are resource not to be wasted, not for one day more. Somehow the current political-economic dogma needs to be placated and sidestepped sufficiently to get this done. This is talking about a nation of people, not a nation of haphazard elitist business game players ... are we a nation of fine people, or are we something else?
6. “Work from home” expanded hugely, more than just “telecommuting” once a week to save gas. This not only cuts transportation commute enegy, but enables interruptions, spurts of progress, and location of personnel very flexibly, for human efficiency.
7. Every person to have access to their position in the “Big Picture”, and to have a vote in the way things go. Although i have only vague ideas as to how to generate and communicate the overmodel of the “big picture” at present, that it can be done, seems probably, given purpose.
Copyright © 2005 James E. D. Cline