The United States of Money

Get ready to change your attitude because, if you're honest with yourself, you may see that you have to, after reading what follows.

First, allow me to disabuse you of the notion that the purpose and function of government is for you to make more money. That's not the function of government, its responsibility, or even its ability. The purpose of government is to create a safe social container for the advancement of all aspects of civilization -- providing the common defense, promoting the general welfare, and securing the blessings of liberty for all its citizens. The purpose of a democracy is to make liberty safe for its citizens.

You may have been suckered in by the pronouncements of politicians and economists, which say that the actions of governments can "create jobs" and wealth, whereas the ability of any government to do so is small, slow, and unreliable. Changes come from the bottom, up, not from the top, down.

THE MOST FOOLISH ECONOMIC THEORY

Perhaps the most foolish, if not altogether ridiculous economic theory is, "Trickle-down Theory" -- which seems to suggest some sort of mechanistic automaticity by which wealth at the top trickles down as a result of some sort of "economic gravity". It's foolish because it overlooks human behavior as the primary mechanism of wealth distribution. Wealth trickles down only if those who have the wealth want it to; and they generally don't. They want to accumulate wealth, not share it. Trickle-down Theory is bogus, a false lead, a ponzi scheme that serves entrenched wealth.

To drive the point home about human behavior controlling the flow of wealth, there is an adage: "The stock market is driven by two forces: greed and fear." Its truth is evident, to you, if you play the stock market (or crypto-currencies) and are honest about your motivations.

No, government can't create jobs or wealth -- other than "infrastructure jobs" for the common good. It can only cause the loss of jobs and wealth by incompetence and foolishness -- such as tax breaks for the wealthy, sabotage of ideas like universal health care (an idea resisted by health insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry), perpetuation of The Fed (which isn't a federal institution, at all, but a privately held banking scheme that charges the public interest for generating fictitious dollars and placing them in circulation), and impediments to innovations ("disruptive technologies") such as sustainable energy sources -- so that the gravy train continues to feed the entrenched wealth of those who make their money from old ways of doing things.

Jobs come from businesses in the private sector filling the needs of the public sector -- and that includes public infrastructure projects.

FILLING NEEDS vs. PROFIT-MAKING GIMMICKS

Just to distinguish needs from profit-making gimmicks, "Fancy Feast cat food" is not a need (unless you consider the need of seniors who can't afford both food and medicine). It's a gimmick. So are self-driving cars, violence-based video games and virtual-reality entertainment. So are genetically-engineered seeds and chemicals that make growers dependent on companies that have patents, while despoiling our environment and forcing plants to grow without adequate nutritional support from depleted soil to produce nutritionally deficient food. (If food lacks flavor, it lacks nutritional value.) So are many pharmaceuticals, including those for depression (epidemic), which fail to handle the actual causes of diseases (e.g., bad diet) and depression (one of which is the concentration of wealth in the wealthy and economic hardship for the rest).

SUCKERS FOR GOVERNMENT

People who attribute economic gains to government policies are suckers who have been sucked in by the self-serving bureaucratic propaganda of those who seek re-election and by The American Dream (that the greater the material wealth, the greater the happiness).

The common person feels that, if economic times are good, those in government deserve re-election; if economic times are bad, "Throw the bums out!" (except, these days, people don't). Such a person is a simpleton who hasn't considered that governments don't produce wealth; they only consume it, regulate it, or direct it. Such a person fails to take into account economic cycles that result from rhythmic, large-scale human behavior patterns; from emergence of new technologies, tidal fluctuations of world markets, climate changes and from idiocies like trade wars and currency manipulations, so they misplace credit for improvements and misplace blame for setbacks.

If people's understanding of economic changes were correct, we could regulate them better.

The biggest beneficiaries of government spending are defense contractors who not only don't fill needs, but who create expensive instruments of destruction that should never be used and deprive the public of the resources for meeting human needs.

Another foolish sentiment is that business is sacrosanct and that making money justifies any action, as long as it's legal (note, I didn't say ethical or moral). It's the spirit of the board-game, Monopoly: winner take all. Get the money and keep it.

It's foolish because the flow of wealth depends upon the willingness of the general population to spend it -- which brings us to what is perhaps my most central point.

TRUST and PROFIT

Willingness to spend money depends upon trust. The failure of trust in commerce, in product quality, and in government is evident in the saying, "Caveat emptor!" -- "Let the buyer beware!" It's the recommendation that people treat all potential business transactions with suspicion.

Suspicion slows commerce down.

When "winner take all" is the mood of commerce and "legality", the measure of legitimacy, an economic climate of suspicion results.

The climate of suspicion is made worse by people who sell gimmicks or half-baked products (like shoddy software or poorly designed tangible goods with obsolescence planned in) -- and by politicians who serve the wealthiest 1% instead of their electorate (composed mostly of "the 99%"), politicians who don't keep promises they make because they can't. The rapid-fire emergence of technological upgrades (such as the latest cell phone or high-tech watch) serves profit-making more than public need; such products promise to be what products should have been, to begin with: well-designed and lasting. There is no shortage of problems that need solving, and so no excuse for planned obsolescence or for gimmicks.

OVERSIMPLIFICATION

Still, people tend to evaluate government by whether they are making more money, rather than by whether more people, the society as a whole, are healthier and happier. They mistake more money and more "things" for happiness -- true only for the poor, for young people starting out, and for immigrants and refugees. They vote emotionally for short-term benefit, rather than intelligently, for the long term.

It's a trait of undeveloped minds to consider only one issue in decision-making, rather than all the issues of which they may be made aware. Their minds can't hold it all and their critical thinking and feeling capacity has often been blunted or left undeveloped by an incompetent educational system, filtered news, degraded entertainment, and commercial propaganda.

Very often, the information about that one issue is furnished by those who control the mass-communications media and who seek to manipulate public opinion for their own profit, fostering and perpetuating a population of naive suckers with strong opinions based on biased, spoon-fed information.

CONSEQUENCES

When money is the primary criterion for evaluating politicians and government policy, ethics and morality fall by the wayside. Societies suffer and civilization declines.

And that's what we've been experiencing in The United States of Money: entrenched wealth meets a population of easily manipulated simpletons and helpless suckers.

A final word:
We have, in the office of President, a man who has admitted on camera that he is greedy and for whom making money is a priority. Prediction: He will be found to have been bought off by Putin's Russia -- the "Achilles Heel" (unsuspected weakness) of The United States of Money.

Offended? Sick of the situation? Relieve yourself with The Gold Key Release. Then, act accordingly.



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for Diagnosis of the President-elect

Happy people are more productive than unhappy people.
Unhappy people are more destructive than happy people.

Some unhappy people are unhappy because of what they are, themselves, doing,
perhaps that they feel they must do,
not because they want to,
but because they are afraid of not doing it.

They are unhappy with themselves for what they are doing,
and nothing they do makes them feel happy enough
so they do more of it
expecting the payoff.

It's a case of,
"What we lose with every sale,
we make up in volume."

They are angry at others
as if others were the cause of their self-generated unhappiness and dissatisfaction
for going against themselves,
telling themselves they are ("must be") right
in what they, themselves, are doing.

Happy people are more productive.
Unhappy people are more destructive.

They are not destructive because they are unhappy.
They are unhappy because they are destructive,
and unhappier as they move more in that direction.

Happy people are more productive
and happier as they move in that direction.




Invitation to Download the Free Gold Key Release App

This is your invitation to get the Gold Key Release app, for free.

The Gold Key Release is a "liberation meme", a key to ones own powers of intelligence and development: The TetraSeed. The TetraSeed comprises four inter-related powers of intelligence -- INTENTION, IMAGINATION, MEMORY, AND ATTENTION.

WHAT DOES IT DO?

The Gold Key Release loosens the grip of emotional reactions to situations so that intelligence comes free. It's "mental/emotional clean-up" that improves life-performance.

Younger people may appreciate The Gold Key Release more than their parents because of its liberating effects. If you have kids or students, feel free to share it, once you've tested it, in yourself. Tell them you use it, yourself, and what it does for you. Don't take the "parental" attitude to telling them it would be good for them; don't make any efforts at persuasion. Offer the app and leave it, at that. They may share it with their friends. It's good for clearing up "social angst" commonly found among students, in school environments.

REMEMBER THE GOLD KEY RELEASE
"ENTRY LEVEL" -- VERY EFFECTIVE
The Gold Key Release is an "entry level" procedure that should be given due respect, even though it's free, because it's VERY powerful. However, you do have to remember to do it when you're in the thick of being stressed-out.

Use it on (or about) anything that bothers you (or use it on the feeling of being bothered, itself) to relieve stress and to sharpen your intelligence. "If you're bothered about something, Do the Gold Key Release on it." The app contains the instructions. (Learn more by listening to, "A Riff on The Gold Key Release".)

The TetraSeed Transformation procedures turn on, make conscious, and integrate the four inter-related powers of intelligence; the effects are quickly and blatantly obvious, when done correctly. (Mentoring is available.)


WHY IS IT FREE?
I'm making it free (for now) to "get it out there" as quickly as possible because people need to be freed internally before they can exercise freedom in "stress-rich" areas of life. People direly need better methods of stress control than alcohol, drugs, video, or even meditation -- and finally, people need more than something that relieves stress; they need something that makes them more effective at changing the situations that cause stress. They need empowerment beyond what they can get from "working within the system".

The Gold Key Release ( and other TetraSeed Transformation procedures ) accomplish just that. You'll find that your spontaneous responses to situations improve.

Some people will get "hooked" by the rapidity of changes possible in cleaning up their life and will want the more advanced procedures. I charge for instruction in those. Each is powerful in its own way. 

THE APP | free to download, to use, to share
Download links for the apps appear, below. Point and click the one for your device(s). The Gold Key Release is copyrighted and available for public use and free distribution, only. Sale is copyright infringement, prohibited, and subject to enforcement.

Each version has a TetraSpore version in compressed, "ZIP" file format -- a way of sharing and spreading The Gold Key Release as a free download from any website to which you upload it -- or as an email attachment. When downloaded as a TetraSpore, the app won't automatically install; that's why it's shareable and why it call them "TetraSpores". TetraSpores must be unpacked with WinZip, 7-Zip, or comparable software present on Apple systems, before installation.

​​​​​​​Below the app download links, you see a download link for the app in MP4 format for playback on a computer and a link to the YouTube video of the same app. The MP4 version is compressed in "ZIP" format for a faster download.

The Gold Key Release App | click to download and install | right-click to save
Let me know if you share it, as I would like to have a sense of its spreading "memetically" ("virally" -- but with the sense of intelligence, rather than of infection).

Later on, I will be sharing The Crystal Crown procedure, useful when too many things go wrong at once and you need to "put your crown on straight, again" -- to "ramp up" your powers of intelligence to make you feel equal to (or "up to") the situation.

Density and Imagination | Memory and Mystery

Imagination is like a hot air balloon
and Memory is like ballast.

Imagination is emergence from, and in, Mystery
of something new.

Mystery has the quality of openness.

Remembering is the persistence and consolidation
of what has emerged in and from Mystery.

Remembering has the quality of density, of momentum, of perpetuation.

Imagination may turn toward and open to the mystery inherent in any kind of experience.
Experience, however we may anticipate it,
still is a mystery until known in the very moment.

Imagination may simply open, to be Mystery, itself.

The mouth of Imagination apprehends something new
in the Unknown Present Moment,
which it captures and consolidates
and which stays stored in the stomach of memory --
sometimes giving us Existential Heartburn (angst ..... urrpp).




The TetraSeed is a Dynamic Play of Knowledge and Mystery

The TetraSeed consists of two parts mystery
and two parts "knowledge".

The two parts of mystery are
intending
and imagining.

You may notice that to the degree that your imagining is vague,
so also is your power of intending,
as if you're not quite sure what your're intending.

Imagining is Openness to the Unknown Unknown.


The two parts of knowledge are
attending to
and remembering.

You may notice that what you attend to
you tend to remember.

Remembering is Assuming that Something is Known.

Something is known (remembered)
in the face of the Unknown Unknown (openness to imagining the Unknown).

The two, mystery and knowledge,
exist in a mutual interplay.

Intending with Attending
and
Imagining and Remembering.

When we intend to pay attention, we attend.
When we imagine remembering, we remember.

Dynamic interplay in the inter-transformation of knowledge and mystery.



Somatic Education as a Way to End Pain, Speed Recovery, and Reduce Injuries

The years take their toll on our agility and speed of recovery not through the passage of time, but through the accumulated effects of stress and injury -- effects that are largely avoidable and even reversible.

Everyone’s initial reaction to insult and injury is the same: we tighten up. Sometimes, we are able to release that reaction quickly; at other times, we retain it -- and suffer the effects mis-labeled as "aging" or "injury". This "tightening up" reaction is the secret origin of the loss of agility and the lengthening of recovery time that accompany aging and that bring many athletes' sports careers to a premature close.What these effects have in common are habituated muscular tension, restricted movement and chronic muscle fatigue.

What makes these effects mysterious is that people commonly think that if "nothing was broken", the injury wasn't "serious"; they ignore pain and fail to notice or give adequate care to changes of movement. So, people don't connect their injuries (and the neuromuscular protective reflexes triggered by injuries and stress) to gradual and cumulative functional changes in performance. These changes persist because brain-conditioning doesn't diminish with age; as a form of learning, brain conditioning (residual "muscle memory" of injuries) tends to accumulate as we become "set in our ways" in reflexive muscular tension patterns. "Injuries" don't heal because they are not injuries; they are habituated muscular tension patterns that often outlive therapy or surgeries.

When muscles go into reflexive contraction from injuries, they generate metabolic waste products (lactic acid and others) continuously. Habituated muscular contraction blocks circulation, slowing tissue regeneration; they muscular contractions lengthen recovery times, often indefinitely.

So, to recover from injuries, two things are necessary: to erase the conditioning affecting our brain and muscular system and to reclaim control of our own bodies. To do so is possible for nearly anyone, once they are shown how.

As part of a general, pre-warmup conditioning regimen, somatic education exercises improve movement and recovery time and reduce the likelihood of injuries, even during maximum athletic activity. These patterned exercises refresh bodily-awareness and improve muscular responsiveness and coordination. Athletes can enhance their performance and reduce the likelihood of future injury.

Brain conditioning is a large part of aging. That is a large part of why pain and stiffness persists and gets worse, whatever part genetics may play. With somatic education, older athletes can improve their mobility, balance and recovery times to younger performance levels. Improvements consistent with age-reversals of ten to twenty years are common.

Somatic education helps prevent sport- and overuse-injuries, reduces post-surgical pain and speeds recovery. To clear up multiple old injures, clients typically need four to eight sessions of clinical somatic education for a definitive outcome-- or an appropriate somatic education exercise program.

After recovery, new injuries can be cleared up much more quickly and self-maintenance (somatic education exercises) can reduce the likelihood of future injury.

The Institute for Somatic Study and Development
Santa Fe, NM
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Avoiding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Other 'terminal' Diseases

DATELINE:
Silicon Valley: home of the computer and of the computer terminal.


A large percentage of people in Silicon Valley have at least one thing in common: they spend many hours at the keyboard of a computer terminal. They have another thing in common: tight shoulders, back pain, tendinitis, and in many cases, carpal tunnel syndrome -- "repetitive use injuries".

So let me say a few words about work hygiene -- things beyond "keyboard hygiene" that you may not have heard before -- because if you're going to avoid stress or repetitive use injuries, you're going to do something different to take care of yourself. More on that, later.

Repetitive use injuries do not come from mechanical problems of the body; they, Themselves, are mechanical problems caused by habitual action patterns, ways of working. Habitual ways of working set up habitual tension patterns in your muscles and habitual states of stress. Repetitive use injuries are one physical manifestation of stress.

Your brain is an organ of learning and the master control center for your muscles and movements. If your muscles are too tight, the problem lies not in your muscles, but in your brain, which controls them. You have conditioned yourself to maintain a state of muscular tension. The mechanical problems of the body come from how you have applied yourself to your work.

HOW PEOPLE PROGRAM THEMSELVES INTO WORK-RELATED INJURIES and STRESS

You may notice that people who work at a keyboard spend long periods sitting in one position. As they do, three things happen: they enter a heightened state of concentration, they hold relatively still during those periods of concentration (except for their hands), and their breathing and circulation decrease.

Let's look at what happens with each of those aspects of self-programming.


High Concentration for Long Periods

Usually, keyboard workers enter not merely a heightened state of concentration; they enter a state of high-speed concentration -- the race to beat the deadline or to meet the quota. To work at high speed involves a heightened state of tension.

This heightened tension affects workers in two ways: their whole body gets tense, particularly in the low back, neck and shoulders; and the muscles of their forearms, which control the movements of the hands, get especially tense, possibly leading to tendinitis in the wrists or carpal tunnel syndrome. Neck tension pulls the neck vertebrae closer together and can cause pinched nerves.

Long periods of tension, like long periods of exercise, create a kind of conditioning. As someone programs themselves (i.e., learns) to meet the demands of a job -- they get used to the tensions it entails. These tensions tax the body and form the bodily basis for job stress, burnout, and medical consequences.

This kind of self-conditioning also creates carpal tunnel syndrome. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which involves burning sensations and numbness down the arms, has the same origins.

Lack of Movement 

Movement interrupts tension habits. Conversely, lack of movement while under tension leads to conditioning into a state of tension. Postures become set; people "set up" like jello --but without the jiggle! They get stiff on the job. Stiff jello.

The position most people adopt when working at the keyboard involves suspending their arms with bent elbows, hands over the keyboard. This position places strain on the muscles of the back and shoulders below the shoulder blades, which prevent the shoulders from rolling forward. Those muscles get tired and sore and produce mid-back pain.

The combination of intense concentration and lack of movement is a sure formula for stiffness and stagnation. It is an often unrecognized fact that muscles pump blood as they relax and contract. Muscles that stay in heightened tension produce metabolic waste products that accumulate. The effect is stagnation and fatigue.

Circulation Decreases

In addition, muscular tension blocks blood circulation (since blood must circulate through the muscles). This tension-induced blockage makes the job of the heart even harder, deprived as it already is of the pumping action of muscles in movement.

Decreased breathing leads to decreased mental clarity and decreased productivity -- not to mention decreased vitality.

Lack of good keyboard hygiene contributes to tight shoulders, to low back pain, and to Worker's Compensation costs.

WHAT TO DO TO PREVENT OR ELIMINATE WORK-RELATED INJURIES

Take "stretch breaks". A stretch break interrupts the formation of a tension habit and flushes out stagnant body fluids. There are certain movements that you can perform to prevent tension from accumulating in your back, shoulders, and forearms -- not stretches, actually, but related to yawning.

Here's a video that talks about and shows what I am talking about.



Better than a stretch break, however, is an exercise break. Five minutes of calisthenics -- windmills, side-bends, and running in place -- can make your morning break feel like a vacation (or at least highly refreshing).

Another way in which you can reverse the effects of prolonged keyboarding is with somatic exercises. These exercises reverse the conditioning that result in habitually tight muscles; they refresh your ability to relax.

So break your concentration. Interrupt your "productivity program". Take care of yourself. You'll be more productive.

WHAT HAPPENS TO MANY PEOPLE WHO DON'T PRACTICE GOOD KEYBOARD HYGIENE?


(CHRONIC PAIN, CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME, AND HEIGHTENED JOB STRESS)

Accumulated tension takes its toll. Once accumulated past a certain point, tension cannot sufficiently be eliminated by mere stretching and calisthenics. The person has lost too much bodily awareness to release the stored tensions; you can voluntarily release only the tension you can feel. So the "tension program" continues to run on automatic.

People at that point turn increasingly to massage therapists. Massage therapy produces healthful benefits, and it can be habit forming! On-site massage has become increasingly popular in recent years.

However, massage therapy has a big limitation: its benefits are temporary. Due to the need for repetition, massage therapy can become an ongoing expense of which people may tire -- at the expense of repetitive use injury. Often, by the time chronic tension has produced a Worker's Compensation claim, the person is generally beyond the help of a massage therapist. Their brain is too conditioned to let the muscles relax for long. Something else is needed.

That "something else" is control of your own muscular tension. One name for the training process that gives you back control of yourself is, "somatic education." Somatic education is a kind of self-preservation through grooming out accumulated tension.

Somatic education gives you back control of the brain conditioning that keeps you tight. Once done, you don't need to pay special attention to your muscles or state of tension; you're freed -- and you have sufficient bodily awareness to notice when you need a break -- basically, because you notice that you're not comfortable, any more. You take a break and take care of yourself.

Somatic Education improves or restores natural control of muscular tension by a short-term, physical learning process in which you participate actively, coached as necessary by a somatic educator. The somatic educator's job is to make it easy for you to regain control of your muscular tension. This approach differs from massage and chiropractic because it leaves you self-sufficient and able to manage conditions that might otherwise ultimately worsen until you require medical intervention, such as surgery. There are numerous forms of somatic education: the Alexander Technique, the Trager Approach, Feldenkrais Somatic Integration, Rolfing Movement, Hanna Somatic Education, and others. Some produce results faster than others, and some produce significant improvements nearly immediately.

Of course, if you let things go for too long, you do have a last resort: your doctor -- or his favorite surgeon.


RECOMMENDED:
Lawrence Gold is a certified clinical somatic educator who has been in practice since 1990. His clients are typically people in pain who have not gotten help from standard therapies. Contact Lawrence Gold, here. Read about his background, here.