Utopia? or Just the Way Life Should Be
Driving into Maine on Interstate 95 you will see a large welcome sign with the slogan "The Way Life Should Be." Maine used to be called Vacation Land. Both of these phrases are marketing devices aimed at visitors from away. Advertising designed to pull in people who hold the sentiment that Maine is a great place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there. Being born, and raised in Maine gives me a different, some would say cynical, perspective. Economically, Maine is more like a developing nation playing catch-up, than part of the richest nation on earth. Large areas have been in a recession since the Great Depression, never quite attaining full recovery. And yet, living here I am surrounded by an undeniable abundance of resources, most of which are still protected to one degree or another from the ravages of American big business. Not that companies from away aren't trying to remove these resources and convert them into dollars that are hoarded out of state by individuals who already own way more than their fair share, example: Nestle's who bought out Poland Spring Water and is now attempting to buy Maine's water to sell as a commodity . OK, I'm very cynical, but it truly seems that there is but a single overriding rule in capitalism: When there is money to be made....... there are no rules. The money economy has created poverty. Our definition of poverty is lack of money. Wealth is defined by how much money an individual, family or business controls. When one entity is wealthy, then another is poor. What I hope to explore in the days to come is resource based economy; it's history, it's viability on a global scale, and what it might take to make such a monumental change in human world view. Basing an economy on resources, not money, is an ancient concept. I don't believe, as many seem to, that the switch to money was a necessary response to globalization, or to a failure of resource economy. I don't even place a negative value on capitalism, it is that I have only recently become aware of its unsustainability. I guess my overriding question is this: is it inevitable that we as a species destroy ourselves or can we change in time and save the life on this planet?