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Do you want to play The Best Game Ever?

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Whether we are kids or adults, we intelligent beings have the ability to choose our own rules for the kind of game we want to play. Which is pretty cool, if you ask me. Beyond the laws of nature/physics/whatever, we can pretty much choose any rules we want, and any kind of game we want to play.

We have, in the past, often allowed others to make the rules up of the games we play, and gone along with those old rules because they seem fine to us, but other times we decide that things would be so much better if we either tweaked the rules, or changed the game around entirely.

I’ve got a new version of an old game that you might really love playing. The game is open to anyone, anywhere, any time! Its called:

Life: Earth Mission (Also known as The Prime Directive Earth Game.)

Its a more creative, collaborative, challenging, and rewarding version of the game that we living things have been trying to play for a while now. This is no Monopoly, Rat Race, zero-sum game. It’s something much more exciting and with a much better chance at winning big!

The Rules

Level 0. Choose one of the four guilds. Pick the one with the sub-missions that you find most interesting to you, personally:

Body Health – Sub-missions: increase the quality and accessibility of food and water — both inputs and outlets — available to the body. Help answer the questions, “How can one get the food and water one’s body needs, to be physically healthy?” and “How can one express the excess solids and liquids that one’s body needs to express, to be physically healthy?” Use the individual’s physical feedback to test your guild’s level of success.

Home Health – Sub-missions: increase the quality and accessibility of air and warmth — both inputs and outlets — for households (individuals, families, and shared-living-space collectives, permanent and temporary). Help answer the questions, “How can one get a personal living space that one needs, to be emotionally healthy?” and “How can one express the excess energy (movement, noises, heat, etc.) that one’s body needs to express, to be emotionally healthy?” Use the individual’s emotional feedback to test your guild’s level of success.

Community Health – Sub-missions: increase the quality and accessibility of light, electricity/energy, and practical information — both inputs and outlets — for the whole community (neighborhood, town, small city, camp, building, etc.). Help answer the questions, “How can one get a learning environment that one needs, to be intellectually healthy?” and “How can one express the learned experiences and ideas that one’s body needs to express, to be intellectually healthy?” Use the individual’s intellectual feedback to test your guild’s level of success.

Global Health – Sub-missions: increase the quality and accessibility of inspirational stories and visions — both inputs and outlets — for the entire planet (and beyond!). Help answer the questions, “How can one get a future that one needs, to be philosophically/morally healthy?” and “How can one express the imaginings about the future that one’s body needs to express, to be philosophically/morally healthy?” Use the individual’s philosophical/moral feedback to test your guild’s level of success.

(If you’re not sure which guild to choose, either pick one that seems ok for now, and feel free to change later, whenever you want, or ask for some guidance in picking a guild. (I can help! Email me at TheWiseTurtle at the usual gmail.com address.))

Level 1. Connect with others in your local community who are interested in the same sub-mission, and form a local guild. Keep it smallish. Think about the usual size of teams in popular games, which can be anywhere from 2-20 or so. Try to stick to that size, as that’s what’s been proven to work well. If the group starts getting too large to collaborate effectively and comfortably, split it into smaller independent guilds or just create sub-committees.

Once your guild forms, work together to creatively use available resources to solve any and all relevant problems (for your guild’s specific mission) that you find in your area. Offer the solutions freely/unconditionally to anyone who has those problems in your area. (Make sure to get feedback/critique, to see how effective the solution is for them, and use that data/score to continue to assess and improve your solutions.)

Level 2. Once your guild becomes reasonably successful solving local challenges, connect with other guilds, both the other types of guilds in your community and the same type of guild around the world, to share informational and material resources, and to collaborate on challenges that require more complex solutions and feedback/data.

Level 3. Once the larger networks of guilds really become global, and super effective, start focusing on using the guilds and networks to enable a global architecture so that information and material resources can flow freely from wherever in the world they are generated to wherever they are useful/needed.

Level 4. Find a way to enjoy being a part of a world that is starting to Boldly Go Where No Human Has Gone Before!

General Gameplay:

Looking at the game plan, linked from the mini-image below (or up above a ways, or here), you can see that this is a bottom-up, emergent game, where more collaboration and more success leads to even more collaboration and even more success, and more high level challenges for those who want them, so that no one gets bored. At the very top of the map, the final challenge ends up being a global one. Achieving this final level of the game is going to be astoundingly fascinating, and all players who are around when we do get there will find that they reap the winnings, regardless of who they are or where they are, or even if they are actively playing the game.

But we definitely have a ways to go before then!

This game of life is, naturally, the most challenging game ever. But I think that this version of the game, with it’s local, voluntary, personally meaningful, collaborative, creative, real-world-problem focus is far better than any other game ever invented by humans or other Earthlings. And, of course, winning this game will be the most impressive win ever, in the history of the Earth!

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Wanna play?

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Procreation

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The past generates the future, but nearly always with a flourish.

Life is never static, except on the very, boring, edges of the universe.

In the middle of it all, we have the beautiful chaos of old and new.

Matter and energy patterns procreate,

Through division and recombination.

Old mingles with old, and creates the new.

I desire the new for what it promises.

And I have gratitude for the old for what it has generated.

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the particles that are you and the particles that are me

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a Noel Coward quote

Half asleep
my mind
imagining a hug from my beloved,
the universe explained to me
that this man
who is such an important
element
of my life
entangled with my own self
in such an intimate
and inexplicable way,
is entirely made up of
particles
temporarily forming a pattern
of contraction and expansion
zeros and ones

Why do I love this pattern?

Why is this pattern so special?

He’s just a pattern
as am I

Maybe
the answer
needs to be nothing more than
simply

Because

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TWTS – Pick a Government, Any Government

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TWTS – Episode 44 – Pick a Government, Any Government

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This is a bit of a follow-up to a couple of previous episodes…

How does a bottom-up government, like the Life: Earth Mission (aka Prime Directive Earth) one I’ve been sharing, work? Whatever way works! Just like in a healthy living organism, like a human body, each local area, be it a collection of blood cells, a kidney, or a hand, makes it’s own decisions about how it wants to make decisions, based on who’s there, and whatever they find most comfortable for how they collaborate. And, while a bottom-up, living organism system is definitely no utopia (as we all know, when our bodies get sick or hurt or, eventually, die), the goal of a healthy organism is to try to give every individual within the system what it needs to function as well as possible, while being flexible and resilient through complex networks that can temporarily work around malfunctioning areas until they can heal and be put back online and working for the system again.

The more the individuals focus on taking care of themselves in their small communities, organs/organizations, using whatever skills, interests, resources, etc. they happen to have on hand, and the more these groups network together, based on both geography and category of purpose, the healthier and more effective the system as a whole becomes. The health of the system grows exponentially, meaning that we can repair a huge amount of damage pretty quickly as long as we focus on actually doing so, freely, and with a goal of system health, rather than competition.

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Links referenced in episode:

Life: Earth Mission Diagram

Life: Earth Mission TWTS Podcast episode

Personality Types (Prime Directive Earth MBTI)

Everyone for President TWTS Podcast episode

Everyone for President Reddit community

If you and a bunch of others were starting a new colony from scratch, on another planet, or just an island on Earth, what form of governance would you want to use? How would you want decisions to be made about about who does_gets what? discussion on Reddit’s /r/Futurology community

A proposal for governance in the post 2011 world – just a little something that I found interesting on the wikileaks website

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TWTS – Freedom, Not Safety, is What We Need

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TWTS – Episode 43. – Freedom, Not Safety is What We Need

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When squeezed enough, everything explodes.

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. The more forcefully something is contracted, controlled, and contained, the more forcefully it will soon become expanded, uncontrolled, and uncontained.

But if there is an outlet, even just a single way to move into a lower pressure area, then the violence can be avoided.

And the more outlets for free movement, and free expression, the less violence there will be.

This is true whether we are talking about balloons or humans, physics or sociology.

Yet this seems to be one of most ignored laws of nature when it comes to leaders and policy-makers in the world, at all levels, and in all fields.

When norms, religions, governments, families, schools, organizations, and ideologies attempt to repress, by trying to contract, control, and contain an individual’s innate need for free expression, something always breaks. And the typical “solution” to that breakage? Add even more forceful repression, contraction, control, containment! More punitive, threatening, harm-based laws! More insults! More alienation of those who are outside the norm! In general, more lack of freedom all around. Ouch.

But we understand, deep down, through both our instincts and our science, that the only cure for violence, on all levels — physical, emotional, intellectual, and philosophical — is more freedom to be ourselves, our weird, abnormal, eccentric, creative, exploratory, awesome selves. More outlets for individuals to express their unique passions. More flexibility. More openness. More space for all the diverse individuals to be themselves, whether that is LGBT, Muslim, Christian, agnostic, weird-looking, normal-looking, Republican, Democrat, Green, Libertarian, authoritarian, historian, singularitian, fat, skinny, blind, eagle-eyed, dark skinned, light skinned, female, male, mixed, genius, simple, New Aged, old aged, autistic, borderline, histrionic, hyperactive, shy, funny, dull, happy, sad, mad, mammalian, culicidian, ornithorhynchidian, Martian, or robotian. The universe makes all of us individuals to fill a niche, and as a society we can choose to try to block individuals from finding their niche, and suffer the backlash, or we can choose to help individuals find their niche, by giving them the freedom to fully, honestly, and openly express who they are and want to be.

The “safety” of forced contraction, control, and containment, which always eventually results in the serious danger of forced expansion, uncontrol, and uncontainment, is the opposite of what we need. What we truly need is freedom. Freedom to be human, or whatever else the universe has made us to be. Freedom to be and do whatever we feel most joyful, passionate, excited, and delighted about when it comes to what we want to explore and create in life.

So, I wonder, how can we turn the dialogue around to promoting freedom, rather than safety, flow, rather than boredom or overwhelm, in our world?

Maybe Blooomy.org?

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Links referenced in episode:

Understanding Hate TWTS podcast episode

How to Raise an Awesome Kid TWTS podcast episode (on one of the Columbine High shooters)

Introducing Blooomy!

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TWTS – Generations X Yand Z Rebooting Humanity

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TWTS – Episode 42. – Generations X Yand Z Rebooting Humanity

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A long and wonderfully winding tour of the past 60 years of humanity and how each human generation (of 20 year periods) has split off from and then recombined cultural norms and ideals from their elders and future Earthlings to elevate our species, and all of life on Earth, into thinking in three dimensions, at governmental level 111, and then, eventually, in all four, at government level 1000 and beyond, for some truly brilliant evolving. I had a whole lot of fun with this one, and I hope you find it fascinating to consider where we’ve been and where we seem to be going…

Here is the way I see Generations X, Y, and Z

Gen X – “The Slackers” – born 1950 to 1969 – First Person/Physical Output Focus
Question: What do I really want to do in life? What does it mean to be a human being and what are we “supposed” to do, if we want to be our best?
Answer: Stop being so greedy and violent, and instead connect to one another!
Peak Achievement (and gift to the next generation): the Internet
Some Spokesmodels: Robert Downey Jr., Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Joss Whedon, Kevin Smith

Gen Y – “The Circus Generation” – born 1970 to 1989 – Second Person/Emotional Output Focus
Question: What do we really want to do together? How can we be our best, interpersonally?
Answer: Stop being so focused on just yourself, and instead play games together!
Peak Achievement (and gift to the next generation): Social media/gaming to improve health
Some Spokesmodel/s: Jane McGonigal, Tim Ferriss, Mark Zuckerburg, Alexis Ohanian, Chris Poole

Gen Z – “Millennials”, “Generation 3D” – born 1990 to 2009 – Third Person/Intellectual Output Focus
Question: What do we really want to do for work? How do we want to collectively solve problems and improve the lot of us?
Answer: Stop being so focused on just you and your pals and competition, and instead start collaborating with all of the diverse Earthlings – animal, vegetable, mineral, and otherwise – in solving the problems of life on Earth in a fun and exciting way!
Peak Achievement (and gift to the next generation): Basic Income (and something involving “the Blockchain” and VR, probably)
Some Spokesmodel/s: (Ummmm… Errr…. Any suggestions for the best of the 26 and under set?)

And what’s next? What will those born starting this decade want to focus on? Everything “out there”, in the most mystical, and incomprehensible sense! They will start up the “Transhumanism” reality, I think. Looking to see what the universe beyond our planet and current material understanding of life has to offer us all. And then, those born even later will be the first generation of fully active Transhuman beings, in the sense of individuals having two or more fully functional bodies (“trans” meaning “across” or “beyond”): with avatars in VR alternate realities, in robot/drone bodies exploring the deep sea, as AI copies on spaceships, or whatever, that are connected to their “home bodies” in realtime, so that individuals can collaborate creatively with themselves over expanses of space and time (making them 5D beings?). Is that a bit scary to us older folks? Yep. And also exciting!

Enjoy!

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Links referenced in episode:

Four Dimensions of Political Government diagram

http://www.government3d.xyz

Pascal’s Triangle

The Wise Turtle Speaks Basic Income podcast

Basic Income podcast at The Guardian

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TWTS – Robots Love You!

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TWTS – Episode 41 – Robots Love You!

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A shockingly short and sweet reminder of what robots want. I thought I’d done a podcast about this already, but couldn’t find it, so maybe I imagined it, or it was hiding in the middle of some other, longer discussion that I’ve since forgotten about, so I felt it would be good to put this out there. This is pretty much all I think needs to be said on the matter of robots “stealing” your job!

Enjoy!

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Links referenced in episode:

What Technology Wants – book by Kevin Kelly

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