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With the ideas outlined in this book, I believe that we can make our future path one that will take us, our decedents and all the other inhabitants of our planet into a brighter and more sustainable future.

Prologue

Each one of us is a little or a lot different from everyone else. The truth is that humanity may not have survived if we were all the same. Our differences not only make humanity more resilient and stronger, but make our lives more interesting. The fact is that we may each want to live our lives in very different ways, and to get very different things out of our lives.

Given our differences, very few people would agree on all the details of what a better life and a brighter future should look like. This also means that what would be a better life and brighter future for one person may be a worse life and a darker future for another person. Therefore, our differences could make it impossible for us to come up with one way in which all of us would want to live our lives.

Even so, there are many people who say they know how to create a better life or brighter future for all of us. However, what these people usually propose is something that may make the world a better place for them and some other people who may happen to want all the same things out of life that they do, but would not do the same for others. Unfortunately, some of these people believe they know what is best for all of us and will try to impose their proposed lifestyle on the rest of us.

Imposing an undesired lifestyle on someone will never make that person happy. Some people may just go along with living there life in an undesirable way, some may grumble a bit, but others may get angry enough to lash out. If enough people get angry, there could be conflict or even an armed uprising.

Therefore, the key to creating a better life and brighter future for everyone is not in trying to come up with one way for everyone. Instead, we must embrace our differences and let each one of us create the better life and brighter future that works best for ourselves. However, we cannot let this devolve into anarchy or else we would all suffer. Therefore, we must still have and follow some rules that would be needed to protect us and our lifestyles.

In order for each of us to be able to strive for the better life and brighter future that we feel is best for us, we would need to modify our political, economic and social systems so that they are flexible enough to allow us to live our own lives. What we must do is to have a solid basic set of rules that will protect us and allow us to live our lives our way without preventing others from living their lives their way. However, beyond obeying the laws and regulations that would come from these basic rules, we should be free to live our lives in our own way.

Rules

In their most basic form, the following are the rules that would provide us with a foundation to help us live better lives and have brighter futures.

  1. Do no undue harm.
    1. This includes not doing undue harm to other people, our environment, our resources, our property, nor any other living thing
    2. When we compete fairly and honestly for such things as jobs, food, homes, mates and the other things that we each want in life, we are not causing anyone undue harm, even if we win out over others. It would only be causing undue harm if we did not compete fairly or honestly.
    3. There are cases where we would be right to harm someone in a way that would otherwise be considered undue harm. For instance, we may need to harm someone who was trying to do undue harm in order to protect the people who are being unnecessarily harmed. Another way to consider this is that someone doing or trying to do undue harm is actually bringing the harm upon himself or herself. Therefore, anyone trying to stop someone from doing undo harm is not responsible for any of that harm.
  2. Protect everything from undue harm.
    1. This means we all need to protect other people, our environment, all of our resources, all of our properties, and all other living things from anyone who would do undue harm to them.
    2. If we do not protect others from undue harm, then we cannot expect others to protect us from undue harm. Think along the lines of the Golden Rule, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you".
    3. However, if trying to protect someone from undue harm would put us in danger of being harmed as much or even more, then we have the right to protect ourselves and should not be forced to endanger our own lives.
    4. In addition, we must take care when we protect someone or something so that we do not also do needless harm to someone or something else.
    5. We also do not need to do this all by ourselves. This is a shared responsibility. The most important way we do this is via our governments. One of the main roles of our governments is to protect us. We assist in that by ensuring that our laws are appropriate, fair and equitable and actually help to protect us, and by paying our fair share of taxes.
  3. Allow everyone to live their lives their way.
    1. If people follow the first two rules and do no undue harm and protect everything from undue harm, then they should be allowed to live their lives their way.
    2. This also means allowing all living things, including all plants and animals, to live their lives as they were meant to be lived.
    3. This does not mean that we are under any obligation to support the way others live their lives. It only means that we should support their right to live their lives their way, just as they should support our right to live our lives our way.
    4. This also does not mean someone has any guarantee that they can live the way they want. It just means that someone would have the right to try the best they can with the resources that they have.

Undue Harm

Undue harm is a term that is used in personal injury law. However, In the above, I am using it in a broader sense to include any unnecessary, unwanted or excessive harm done to any living thing or object. The trick is to figure out what that includes, since many people may have a difference of opinion as to what constitutes this undue harm..Luckily, in most cases, most people can easily recognize undue harm, but in other cases, it may take a bit of careful thought and consideration in order to determine whether or not something is undue harm.

We also need to realize that an action will do undue harm in some situations, but not do undue harm in other situations. For instance, punching, kicking or shooting someone would normally be undue harm, but would probably not be when doing so to someone who was trying to hurt you or someone else. In cases of self defense or in cases where we are defending others, we are actually protecting ourselves or others form undue harm.

There are also cases where there is a mutual agreement that stipulates what is and what is not undue harm. For instance, some things done in contact sports that would normally be considered undue harm, are not when done when, where and how they have been stipulated in the rules of the sport. For instance, it is fine for willing contestants to punch each other during a round in boxing, as long as it is above the belt, with regulation gloves, etc.

People should also be free to decide whether some harm that they or someone else does to them or to their properly that would normally be considered undue harm is not. That is, to the extent that that harm does not also do undue harm to someone or something else. For instance, this should extend all the way up to suicide, but only if the person did so at a time and in a manner that did not do undo harm to someone or something else. Please note that the reverse is not true. That is, someone should not have the right to decide that some harm that was not undue was undue.

One way that someone might indicate that a harm done to them is not undue, is for that person to have done or to be doing that harm to someone else. Think in terms of the Golden Rule, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Of course it is not right for someone to do undue harm, and people should try to stop them. However, someone's actions do give others the right to do the same harm to them, and the response should not be considered undo harm. This applies to self defense, but should also apply more broadly to other acts as well.

Next Steps

There are currently many laws that violate the above basic rules. Therefore, in order to codify these basic rules, we should first enshrine them in our federal and state constitutions. Then, we could come up with the specific laws and regulations that would allow us to enforce them through our legal system. Then, each of us would finally have more freedom to do what we feel we need to do to make our lives better and our futures brighter.

In what follows, I will try to explain how these rules and a little common sense can be used to change things so that we can live better lives and have a brighter future. I will show this based on an analysis of what has and has not worked in the past, on the good and the bad of where we are now, on the various paths where we could be headed, and on the brighter path where we can all hopefully end up.

Political Problems

There are many people who are unhappy or even angry about where our nation and our world has been headed and want some changes made. Here in the United States, this became even more evident in the 2016 election, which led to the election of a new president who was a political outsider who promised some big changes. However, these promises came without any real forethought or plan. In fact, many of the promised changes could not be achieved with the proposed methods, or were actually bad for our country and our environment. Although people want change, we need to make the right changes in order to create a better future for ourselves and all living things.

For me, the biggest loser in the 2016 election, the subsequent elections and beyond has been the truth. There have been so many exaggerations, misstatements, half truths, fake news stories and outright lies that I have found it hard to like any of the candidates. This is in spite of the fact that I try to get the truth from more reliable sources, and try to form my own opinions of each of the candidates.

The problem is that it is not always easy to find out the truth and too many people do not make a real effort to find out the truth. No one should want representatives who are willing to lie and to cheat to get what they want, since they will ultimately end up doing things that could hurt all of us.

All the negative campaigning in these elections and all the continuing misinformation and lies has divided our nation even further than it was and has left people with a lot of mixed feelings about where we and our nation are headed. This divide could lead us in the coming years into a lot more turmoil and pain, or it could hopefully spur more people to stand up and to work together towards creating a better future for all of us.

I have never really been happy about voting for any candidate, since it seems most of them are more interested in representing the interests of themselves, their campaign donors, or their political parties than in what is in the best interests of the people they were elected to represent. In addition, many, if not most, of the policies of all the existing political parties seem to be focused more on helping the members of their party and their donors than their constituents.

In addition, the emphasis of most of our representatives seems to be more on what is wanted by their own party leadership and others from their party who are in office than on what is wanted by the party's other members. Of course, even listening to all the members of their party is still not enough. We need representatives who are focused on policies that will help all people and all living things. By not focusing on everyone, they are dividing us instead of bringing us together to help create a truly great and free society.

It is my hope that we can all come together to work towards creating a better future for ourselves and all living things, here and around the world. The way to do that is to elect representatives who will, above all else, do no undue harm, protect everything from undue harm, and allow everyone to live their lives their way.

Other Problems

The world we live in today still has many problems that we do not seem to be able to solve. These include, but are not limited to, poverty, hunger, crime, disease, drugs, discrimination, hate, war, terrorism, corruption, partisan politics, pollution, non-renewable energy, extinctions, and climate change. We have made some inroads into solving some problems, but often at the expense of making other problems worse. In addition, we are constantly creating new problems for ourselves and all life on our planet.

Although many of us today live longer, healthier and better lives than our ancestors, many of our lives are not improving or are getting worse. In addition, the improved lifestyles that some of us enjoy have come at the expense of our environment and have caused the extinction of thousands of species of plants and animals.

Given the world's current expanding population, and our current lifestyles, our very existence is increasingly becoming dependent on our continuing improvements in crop yields, and our continuing advances in medicine and in many other areas. Therefore, any failure to reduce our population or to keep advancing would likely result in global famine and war, and even the collapse of human civilization entirely.

Up until now, we have mostly been able to keep advancing fast enough to keep improving our lives. However, there are some major impediments to our continuing advancement that we are rapidly approaching or have reached. These include limited available resources and the limits imposed by the laws of physics, chemistry and biology. In addition, our current political environment is preventing people from making the changes that we need to solve our problems.

Even though we have made and are making some progress in solving some of our problems, much more needs to be done, sooner rather than later. If we are not able to start making some significant changes very soon, we will run out of time, and everything could start to decline very rapidly.

Our Decisions

Every day, we need to make decisions that will help to determine how good or how bad our lives will be today and in the future. We may make some decisions that will make our lives better today, but will lead us into trouble in the future. We may make other decisions that will make our lives more difficult today, but will make our future much brighter.

In some cases, our decisions will only affect our own future or our own family’s future. In other cases, our decisions will help determine the path that our society will take into the future. Our future path will help decide the eventual fate of our society, of our species and of our world.

We need to start making decisions today that can help us create a better future for all of us, for our environment, for our world, and for all the other living things with whom we share this world. Some of our decisions may make our lives a little more difficult in the short term, but will make our lives much better in the long term.

Our Plan

In order to solve our problems, we must decide to do something. In order to do something in the most efficient and constructive way possible, we will need a comprehensive plan. This plan will need to include the effort needed to identify what we want our future to look like and the problems we may face, to find the causes and solutions to these problems, and to find the best path we could take to get to our desired future.

Future

We want to transform our world into one where we humans and all other living things would have a brighter and more sustainable future. Since everyone is different and would want something different for their future, there is no single image of what this future should look like. Instead, the future should be a place where all people and all other living things will have the ability to live their lives as they want. In order to make this work, there are a few things that this future must provide.

Everyone who is willing and able to work should be able to get a job and a comfortable place to live. Our overall cost of living should be much lower and we should have an overall higher standard of living, while at the same time better protecting our environment and all the living things with whom we share this world. We should also have more opportunities and more freedom to live our lives as we choose, while at the same time being better protected from crime and other dangers.

Solutions

For a long time, especially since the late 1990s, I have been thinking about and analyzing the way in which our world works and identifying our various problems. My goal has been to determine the real causes of our problems and to come up with actual solutions, and not just the temporary patches that are so often proposed. Of course, sometimes temporary patches are needed until the real causes of a problem can be reliably identified, and some actual solutions can be found.

I believe that the solutions that I have come up with can work. They are not some quick temporary fixes like many people have often promoted. However, these solutions will require a deliberate and comprehensive restructuring of some parts of our political system, economy and communities so that they will all be more sustainable, and will work more simply, efficiently, honestly, and equitably for everyone.

Taken together, I believe these solutions would make our world a much better place than anything we have had before, and will work better for all of us and all living things. These solutions just need some final details, some more backers, and an agreement on the best possible plan to implement them.

Details

People have said that the devil is in the details. This is especially true when talking about complex things like our political, economic, immigration, health, and social issues. A really good sounding solution or idea may not look so good after we start working out the details. The opposite may be true of a really bad sounding solution or idea. Of course, there are some solutions and ideas that are just so bad, that no level of detail would make any difference.

The bottom line is that we need to work out the details of most of our solutions and ideas before we will know for sure whether they are really good or really bad. I have tried to work out enough of the details for each of my solutions and ideas in order to be sure that they are good. However, I am not an expert in everything or even in most things, so I may have missed something.

Our Path

The paths that people have taken in the past have brought us to the current state of the world, which has a multitude of problems, and is very unstable and unsustainable. There are people who are making progress in making our lives better and more sustainable. However, too many people are still on the wrong path. Unless many more people change their path, it looks very unlikely that we will be able to solve our current problems, let alone solve all the new problems that we seem to be headed towards.

Therefore, we must move towards a new path. What our future will end up being will depend on what path we take into the future. If we take the right path, our future could be much better and brighter than it has ever been. If we take the wrong path, our future, if we have one, may be very bleak.

Of course, we may all have different ideas about what we want our future to look like, but I believe that all of us want our futures to be better. Therefore, we should all want our society to follow a path that will help take us all towards a future that will allow each of our lives and the lives of all living things to be better. In fact, we can create a better future where we can all have the freedom to live our lives in a way that we feel is best for ourselves, while still allowing others to live their lives in a way that they feel is best for them.

Given the size and complexity of our society and of our world, it may be difficult for anyone to fully comprehend the impact that our individual paths will have on our society’s overall path. Therefore, we need a plan that will help guide our choices so that we can all follow the best path for ourselves and for our world.

To start with, our plans for the future need to be based on a solid foundation of respect, justice and the right balance of freedoms and obligations for every person and for every living thing. This will give us our best chance for creating a better future, for ourselves, our decedents and all the other current and future inhabitants of our planet. Basing our decisions on this solid foundation will help guide us in making the needed political, economic and social changes that will lead us on the path towards a better future where we can all have a higher and more sustainable standard of living, while better protecting our environment.

With this solid foundation in mind, I have come up with a number of ideas that I have put together into a plan for making the world a better place for all. I am convinced that we can use these ideas and this plan to guide our future path, so we can make our way towards a much better and more sustainable future.

Within the pages of this book, I will try to describe some of these ideas. In doing so, I will also try to describe what some of our current problems are, why many of our current solutions are not working, and why my ideas can make our world a better place for every person and for every living thing.

My Goals

My first goal was to create a blueprint for a better future where we could have a much higher and more sustainable standard of living for ourselves and for our world, while better protecting our environment. In addition, this better future needed to be one where we could all have a better opportunity to be free and to live our lives in our own way. This blueprint for a better future just needs the knowledge and the resources that we currently have available to us today. This means we could get started on it right away and not need to wait for technology to catch up.

My second goal was to find a path that could take us from where we are today to this better future. Luckily, it looks like there are a number of different paths that we could take, but the best path would be one that we could start taking sooner rather than later, that would take the least amount of effort and that would get us to our destination the fastest. Basically, the longer we continue down a wrong path, the more damage we will do to our world and to our lives, the harder it will be to get on a better path, and the longer it will take to create a better future.

My third goal is to present my ideas for this better future to as many people as possible. Initially, I am attempting to do this via this web site, which I created in 2006 and updated a few times since, where people can read about my ideas. In the future, my hope is to do this in as many different ways as possible, and with the help of as many other people as possible who share my desire to create a better future, and who can help to spread these ideas to more people.

My next goal is to find the right group of people to help me to refine and to implement these ideas for a better future, and take this from being Our Future Path to being Our Path. Initially, we could also try out some of these ideas in some communities were we could use those communities to demonstrate to everyone what this better future might look like.

If we can show people that we can create a better future for ourselves and for our world, it will make it much easier for us to get everyone on the path to this better future where we can all have a higher and more sustainable standard of living, while better protecting our environment.

Feedback

I have tried my best to identify our problems and their causes, and to come up with the best ideas and solutions and plan for making our future better and brighter. Here and in the following sections, I have also tried to do my best to describe these problems, their causes and some realistic solutions in a clear and convincing manner. Although I have not yet added all of my ideas and solutions, and I still need some help with many of the details, I believe that I have covered here most of the important problems and their solutions.

However, no one person can know or anticipate everything that is needed to come up with the best ideas, solutions or plan. In addition, I have never considered myself a really great writer, so I may not have done the best job at describing things. Therefore, I need your help.

Please let me know if you have any new or better solutions or ideas, see any issues with what I have written or with how I have presented things, or have any questions. You can email them to me using the email link found at the bottom of this web page.

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