Where would we be without optimism?

That quality that drives anyone to do anything extraordinary.

Our world as we know it today is truly built out of extraordinary things.

The drive to produce those extraordinary things, admittedly was mostly profit.

For each of those extraordinary things, a few became extraordinarily wealthy.

At the same time, they delivered to the world things that truly raised the bar for civilisation.

But now those things are no longer luxuries. We take them all for granted.

Running water, Flushing toilets, Electrical power at the flick of a switch. Ships, Railways, Cars, Aeroplanes, Satellites, Computers, and last but not least, the Internet.

And with that, we can see it all going sour. Inequality like none we’ve seen before, leading to inhumanities of all description, all around the world.

The greatest connectivity in our history is a double-edged sword.

We can see the damage done. The system of greed pits everyone against one another, driving all in competition; East against West, Black against White, Women against Men, Old against Young, Brother against Sister, Children against Parents, for profit, at all costs.

Now, the most extraordinary thing ever has to happen. The damage has to be reversed. Instead of division, we need unity. Instead of rivalry and competition, we need collaboration.

The world needs to be turned on its head.

For that, we need some really serious optimism. This time, not just optimism in one or two potential leaders of industry, as it has been to date, but optimism in every single one of us.

To have optimism, we need to understand that a solution really is in our power.

Seeing is believing, and believing makes it happen.

The ability to see something, to visualise it in our minds is a necessity for optimism. If we can see the solution, then we know that it exists.

Here, in a bid to try to generate a little optimism, I will try to describe the solution. To give it fair consideration, it might be necessary for some readers to put aside some long established beliefs.

The main established but flawed belief that needs to be overcome, is that value is somehow detached and independent of the human individual. This is the habit that drives us to always to seek wealth and prosperity from others, by trading, earning, making interest on, begging, borrowing, stealing, whatever.

In short, throughout history, the vast majority of us have always had to look outwards from ourselves, to others, as the only way to attain wealth.

The exception to that rule is for those lucky enough to themselves be somehow situated in an oasis of plenty.

With an unlimited source of wealth, then we really have no need to look outwards to others to attain more, though we might choose to do so anyway, in order to gain a little more. In an oasis of plenty, there is never a need to compete, to beg, borrow, or steal. As such, we could choose to work, create, and trade, to gain more, but it would never be a requirement for survival, or to obtain the basic necessities of civilisation for ourselves.

The advent of global networking has actually brought this very close to us, each and every one of us. But most of us have yet to realise it.

The world is our oasis, and it is at our fingertips.

Value is literally whatever we make it. A valuable art piece is so because a human made it, and other humans appreciated it. Each person who expresses a like or dislike of anything adds value to the world. They do this simply by defining what is valuable, and what is not.

In this sense, unwanted items, such as waste products, advertisements, and other eyesores actually have negative value. Similarly, unwanted activities, such as causing harm to people, other living things, or even the planet, also have negative value.

Each person expressing a dislike of anything adds the same value to our world, as another who expresses a like of the same thing.

So a human being themselves can never have negative value. All they really need to be able to do is express their likes and dislikes, and they continuously add value to the world.

Even better, the phenomenon of network effects amplifies this characteristic far beyond expectations, so there can never be too many people in the world.

The more the merrier.

The people of the world are what gives it its value, and the world has more than enough resources to make us all very prosperous indeed, if we use it wisely. To do this, we need to be directly and individually monetised, in a way that we ourselves are each the sole beneficiaries of our own monetisation.

Obviously, we have not yet facilitated such Utopia.

So what do we need to do to make it happen?

Indeed we are networked, but that is not enough, by itself.

Firstly, we need to have a common view of the world. One which is not skewed by any tribal politics or the economics of our region, gender, demographic, or culture.

If we all see the same view, through the same undistorted lens, we all see and want the same basic things in life; peace, love, security, prosperity, etc. We even want the same things for others.

So we need a social medium which gives maximum visibility and connectivity of the world to all, without adding any characteristic whatsoever of its own. No selectivity of audiences, or sources. No sniffing of traffic, to try to gauge or influence our opinions on, or of others, or anything else we see. Nothing added, nothing taken out. The whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Further, the system needs to be able to interpret everyone’s behaviour as a form of continuous voting, and reward for such. Ideally, each user will have a connected wearable, which converts every smile, scowl, and gesture into a measure of approval / disapproval, automatically rewarding for each one.

In short, the system itself must be completely neutral, with no interest in profit.

There will only ever be one system built on this basis. There will never be any competitor, because there will never be any need to compete; no profit to compete for. The only drivers will be collaboration, and continuous improvement.

Such a system can only be built by the people themselves as the architects, through a process of democratic continuous improvement. It cannot be done at profit.

That system might or might not turn out to be VRENAR. All I can say is right now, it appears to be the only one with that vision.

If you would like to be part of it, join me. Let’s work on it together.

Footnote: The story above was written at the expense of time becoming ever scarcer. I am currently under siege in life, juggling many things to try to keep myself and the primary ball, VRENAR, sane and afloat, with no other help to date, so I am not easily contactable.

If you wish to contribute to, or join VRENAR in any way, please persevere. It is not that I wish to ignore anyone; everyone is highly valued, no matter what skills you might or might not have. The power we all seek is in the collective, to realise the true power of the individual (you!), and it has to start somewhere.

As a first measure, please send an email to join@vrenar.io

CORRECTION: Ignore my whinge on scarcity of time above. As of today, 20th September 2018, I am now devoted full time to VRENAR for all future.

I will try to return all personal communications from enquirers within 24 hrs.

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