II Mind Sounding: Under Pressure

Freddie Mercury is one of my all time favorite artists. His group Queen was outrageously queer in an age where the closet was full of fraidy cats. Transgender in the late 1970 was not even imagined to the extent that life has become. Being a white hetero male has been an adventure.

When Queen got together with David Bowie and Annie Lennox on stage – the tribute to Freddie was palpably awesome. Annie’s panda mask and butch haircut belie one significant female range – that girl can sing. The intermix of entertainment crosses borders – music reaches all people.

Wars have to end. Peace is our goal. The micro-aggressions that we use to bring each other down are caused by pressure. Why are we under pressure? Because nothing is real and we worry about the wrong things. The chase for money is artificial – the use of money as a lubricant for energy flow has been bollixed by the fiscalization of everything. Our belief system is crumbling because we cannot fathom motive.

Step back – this is our last chance. Step away and defer and if properly detached, you will not even notice a change. Do what your passion is. Get buried in the depths. If we have no valid money, then we still have energy, just not the enormous flow that puts us all under pressure.

At the end of WWII, when reparations were being made, the basques were not invited to the table. This poor region in Spain was fairly isolated and mostly destroyed – the people left in the rural rural community had no real ability to do anything. One of the padres in the area took in a few of the orphans and started rebuilding by training the kids to do stuff.

from Jaques and Ruth Kaswan (1986)

The most spectacularly successful cooperative system anywhere evolved over the last 30 years in Mondragon, a small provincial Basque town in the northern Spain. Though their achievements are closely related to local conditions, the performance of these cooperatives is instructive for others because the challenges they face, like balancing democratic decision making with productive efficiency, or more mundane problems like financing, planning, or relating principles to practice, are similar to the challenges faced by cooperatives everywhere. What works for them may not work for us, but just as they borrow ideas from others, so we might try to learn from them.

What makes the Mondragon cooperatives so successful? Was it the unique leadership of Father Arizmendi, the cultural history of the Basques which stresses solidarity, hard work and self-reliance, luck in that when they started in the late 1950s Spain was entering a period of economic growth? All of these factors played a role. But we believe that the main reasons for their success is the organizational effectiveness in addressing most of the issues all cooperatives must deal with.

The game of Existence is organized using this cooperative model. One of the basic rules is that this is not capitalism. There is no money to be made here. It is a different economic system and thus, if you wish to play here, you must agree to the rules here, which include membership in the Faith and Trust Union (FTU) and exchange through our private mercantile. The game uses hour cards and the grid of 64 – it is explained elsewhere throughout this blog.

The basic principles for the Mondragon are reasonable. First is total democracy in the workplace. If you are part of a job team, you have say in how the job gets done. Period. Everybody is welcome to be participating and full effort is conditioned on having your say, if you are doing your work.

Second principle is that ownership rights are gained by active participation.  This is reflected in FTU membership – the game is not a true community yet. Each of us can play the game on our own, the game is a scoring system to determine merit.

Third principle is success requires participants who are good at their work. This model doesn’t operate well if we have products like those on the shelf at Walmart. Pride in the ability to put out quality is essential.

Fourth principle is continuous monitoring with both positive and negative feedback loops is necessary to proper function. If the data says make a change, you better be willing to change.

On a side note here – i have been validating the Existence metric scoring system by playing fantasy baseball through MLB and Yahoo!  I drafted a team in an auction, and created a second team in a traditional rotisserie draft. The teams were placed 27th and 200th out of all participants – the season is now halfway over. Good luck Hedley Lamarr.

The organization is a mutual support system. We form guilds that address different tasks, with each guild having a specific function that it provides to the community. Guilds are formed on demand to address a task on hand by requesting a participant from each existing guild that has an interest in the project.

The game has four guilds on the sixth tier – Air, Earth, Fire and Water. Your assignment will be based upon your zodiac sign. When you join, first level is information exchange. You then advance to either second level or sixth level, and play the game ascending or descending. If you do not wish to ‘play’, we will also have NPC characters – who have a different motive.

The outside world is not allowed in the inside world. The formal game will be set for weekends – until we have critical mass, the game will be informal. The home team will operate under the model of their choosing and the visiting team will follow the rules, with the caveat that they become the home team for the next game and can set their own rules (within the guild framework).

My time for typing is up – the Kaswan article is available upon request.

namaste’ … doc

BTW – This year the purpose of existence is dedicated to agriculture – starting the ‘farm’.


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