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                        Mark Macy



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Rethinking Society

(excerpt from The Project: Part Three introduction)

Our INIT group received the following message from the Seven Ethereal beings through the computer of our Luxembourg members on April 3, 1996:

In perceiving their environment, mammals, like humans, have the ability to evaluate their surroundings and behave accordingly. Though they are humanity's fellow creatures and inhabit the same living space, humans behave as if the world is their environment alone and everything else is only for their use.

This anthropocentric world picture is a totally false self evaluation. Man is not the measure of all things as you often arrogantly assume. Humans are one of a million species on the tree of life. All the animals, plants and the elements of nature are part of the world around you. By living as though the rest of the world is only for your benefit, you miss the purpose of your existence. (I believe they are suggesting that that purpose is to be caretakers, not manipulators, of the Earth.)

Pope Pius IX in his days opposed the founding of an Italian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He considered any obligations of men toward animals a theological error. After passing over in 1878 he was taught differently. Since then he has been cleaning stables. We are told he is doing well and will soon be taking an active part in the nursing of animals. We are now waiting for some of his colleagues who issued a directive during the German Conference of Bishops in 1980 in which they underlined that human life takes precedence, and therefore medical tests on animals should be approved. Elsewhere, intelligent people like Rene Descartes turned animals into objects of human research curiosity…

Our noble side wouldn’t tolerate our abuse of the planet and its inhabitants, but it seems to have equal say with our savage side, which can be especially brutal when we behave not as individuals but as societies. If we wish to fix the Earth, we’ll first have to reassess ourselves as social animals with a savage side, and I believe we can do that best when we put humankind in perspective, as part of nature rather than apart from nature.

Since the 1980s I've been developing a new way of looking at humanity, as a living system. This systems approach has been on my mental back burners in recent years (as I've been immersed in spirit communication). As it simmered, and as my spiritual pursuits were at full steam, many of my earlier, long-held notions about social systems have evaporated, leaving some very basic kernels of truth that may have been overlooked by a lot of people in the shuffle of science and technology.

Probably the most important of these kernels is what I've come to call "the Vitality Ratio." It's a very simple equation (V=R:N) that (I believe) could completely revolutionize economics. It can only work, though, when we redefine certain terms (products, resources, social systems . . .) in a more natural light. Part Three of The Project is all about that redefinition, leading to new ways of thinking about government, social infrastructure, international affairs, and religions . . . as well as economics. It involves a general reassessment of what it means to be human.

One reason I couldn't bring the idea to fruition 25 years ago is that something was missing. That "something" turned out to be a system-wide computer network that would allow humans to process the massive data that would wash through the Vitality Ratio on a daily basis. Now we have the worldwide web! So I've developed a new computer-network-based economic theory around the Vitality Ratio, and I call it "E-conometrics," with an emphasis on the "E."

If you'd like to get a flavor of E-conometrics and the Vitality Ratio before reading the book, you might be interested in looking over the patent application I submitted in the fall of 2008, which is in the "Articles" section of this website. It's a little more technical and legalistic than the book, but it can give you an idea.