This isn't necessarily a 'Moment of Spirit' post, but it's been on my mind lately and ego aside, I think there is a sacredness to the underlying concept that fits within a larger spiritual context.
So with that being said, let's talk about Mars.
We're going! There is a legitimate movement for a permanent settlement on the red planet. You can learn all about it here...
http://www.mars-one.com/ Overall I think this is cool. I have no issue with space exploration, but what does this really entail?
Basically, the people and robots going to Mars need to set up a place habitable for human life..and there is a detailed timeline and plan for this to happen. In general they'll need to set up things like shelters, greenhouses for food, and sustainable energy supplies.
Wonderful. Fast-forward many years and now we have this fairly "normal" community on Mars. They've got everything they need to survive comfortably. You know what they don't have though? Banks. These beginning communities aren't exchanging money to create their world. Sure there are BILLIONS of earth dollars being spent to make it all happen...but the actual people on Mars aren't buying and selling things. They aren't even bartering! The solar energy captured will be used according to the needs of the community. The food grown in the greenhouses will be used to feed the members of the community. Can you see someone who's working in the greenhouse withholding the food they've grown unless the the person setting up the solar panels pays them $9.99? Of course not! They are all working together to sustain their community.
Why do the martians get to live a life free of financial slavery? The same principles could easily...more easily be applied here on Earth. Sure, the amount of people in Earth's communities are a bit more substantial, but the technology to make it happen is available. I just don't understand the hypocrisy of it all. The martians are being giving the gift to create a self-sustaining world...why wouldn't we do that here?!?! We are literally creating a society similar to our ancestors; those ancestors who lived according to the resources of the world around them and tended to the needs of their community or tribe accordingly. This is exactly what The Venus Project and the idea of a Resource-Based Economy is all about. Why is this only acceptable on Mars?
Why aren't we creating these same type of communities here on earth? There are plenty of "ghost neighborhoods" (Detroit) that could be resurrected using the same concepts being applied to Mars!
I don't really have anything else to say about this. It's just one of those things that my mind has been stuck on. I suppose if there is any sort of energy concept to take from this is that of paying attention to ones thoughts and realizing how it shapes your reality. In spiritual communities I feel like there is always talk about recognizing your negative thoughts and focusing on the positive. This is good advice, but not all thoughts should be broken down into the duality paradigm of good and bad. With this Mars concept being on my mind, looking back over the past month...the last 4 posts on my FB page were nature related. I re-watched the movie Interstellar. I had the strong urge to just get out and go hiking last weekend. A lot of my world and actions have been shaped because of this Mars concept occupying my thoughts.
So what's on your mind and how is it affecting your world?
(Disclaimer: In general, I foresee these posts to be mostly spiritual in nature.)