John's Plan For Better Living
The "Real Deal"
Are you tired of the same old
Are you tired of being manipulated?
Are you tired of the anger
you and others feel?
Are you tired of the uncertainty
of modern life?
Well it doesn't have to be
Not any longer than it takes
us to figure out a better way and put it into effect.
Another way to say this is
that our problems are generally speaking neither "in our stars" nor "ourselves"
"in our system".
In the United States, a bunch
of wonderful folks did a lot of good work over 200 years ago to figure
out the basics of the system that evolved into what we have today. Nothing
that is said herein is meant as a criticism of them or any of us who have
But it is clear that there
is a lot more work to be done now, much of it of the same kind that they
did, i.e. figuring out a new way of organizing our affairs so that we may
better achieve the very goals which they had in mind:
life, liberty and the pursuit
I am beginning this page and
site as a way of providing a venue for those of us who wish to embark on
this task; a place for us to focus on the real task at hand, namely figuring
out the "Real Deal" (as differentiated from the "New Deal", the "Fair Deal",
etc) and implementing a system that embodies it.
I use the above title merely
to give a focus, to give a name to what we create so we have a way to refer
to it and tell others about it as we try to give them hope that there are
things which we can do to take control of our lives to the extent afforded
by nature or whatever higher power in which one may believe.
I will start this out by sharing
with you some of my observations, thoughts, and suggestions for starting
points of thinking or action in this regard. But these are just starting
points subject to any objection, observation, suggestion, or whatever else
may come along in the next months and years from those of us who decide
to participate in this endeavor.
Nothing which I say or propound
here is the final word on anything. It will only be an expression of my
own understanding or lack thereof at any given moment in time. There is
much data collection and sharing that will need to be done by those more
knowledgeable or better equipped than myself. All I really hope to do is
to help set a framework for discussion and goals that will be useful to
our desired ends.
Please keep in mind that folks
have been working on and refining our current system for 200+ years. So
I don't expect that we will be able to get everything just right or deal
with every nuance of things at this beginning stage. There will be plenty
more work to be done for a long time, I'm sure. And if it should turn out
that mere modifications to the current system are sufficient to achieve
our ends, then more power to it and let's do it that way.
Some of you may be concerned
with terms such as capitalism, socialism, communism, libertarianism, utopianism, Fabianism,
and the like, and may wonder which of these would best describe me or the
system to be created. The best way I can describe myself is as a practical
I am less concerned with which
system we arrive at or what we call it than I am with the end results I
desire, namely more freedom and abundance, and less pain and aggravation
for every individual of our country, and indeed the world.
Whatever you may call yourself
(or others may call you), your participation here is welcome. This is not
an effort to "preach to the converted" so to speak. Your input will be
reflected herein and subject to comment and possible revision just as mine
or anyone else's here. I hope that all, including myself, will keep an
open mind as to the motives of each participant as well as a sense of humbleness
as to the perfectness of any of our understanding.
For those of you outside the
U.S.A., my intention is not to leave you out of this process. In fact your
participation is welcome, but I feel that the initial focus has to be somewhat
localized. Should we get enough interest from those in other countries,
I will be happy to establish pages within this site to more closely focus
on whichever country is warranted.
Email me if you wish at firstname.lastname@example.org