Purpose or Perish


Let’s be honest and admit that Western civilization has lost its sense of purpose. Western man has nowhere he’s going, has no great goal to accomplish. As a result, he and she have become listless, disappointed, and frustrated. Some still imagine that “democracy” will somehow ennoble them, but more are realizing the world model forced upon them was a patchwork of lies… that it has left them lost in the thickets.

Sadly, millions of people have never experienced this:

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.((This passage comes from an Indian philosopher named Patanjali.))

That’s how we are meant to live, and it requires a great purpose. None of the preapproved, mundane, collectivized purposes we’re fed by authority will do; this must be something that we care about by individual choice. Each of us has to see the goal independently, make the choice alone, and act without permission.

To illustrate this further, here are some thoughts from G.K. Chesterton:

Vigorous organisms talk not about their processes, but about their aims. There cannot be any better proof of the physical efficiency of a man than that he talks cheerfully of a journey to the end of the world…

… this great gap in modern ethics, the absence of vivid pictures of purity and spiritual triumph….

So, we need a purpose… a clear, large, difficult, and supremely noble purpose… one that engages us, body, soul, and spirit. And I have one to propose.

Our Amazing Opportunity

If you can pull yourself out of the 24/7 news fear cycle, the world view you learned in school, and the irrational superstition that politics actually helps us, an amazing sight appears before you:

Humanity is ready to transcend scarcity forever.

Yeah, I know, by all that’s holy in authorized mind-space, this is “ridiculous.” The people who’ve actually studied it, however, disagree.

Do you know who Norman Borlaug was? Probably not; I didn’t either until he died. Norman Borlaug saved a billion people from starvation. A billion. How? By more or less inventing modern agriculture. When crop yields double or triple, suddenly a whole lot of poor people have enough to eat.

So, coming back to my vision of trouncing scarcity once and for all, here’s what Mr. Borlaug said in September 2000:

I now say that the world has the technology – either available or well advanced in the research pipeline – to feed on a sustainable basis a population of 10 billion people. The more pertinent question today is whether farmers and ranchers will be permitted to use this new technology.

And Mr. Borlaug wasn’t alone. Julian Simon, who made a career of analyzing such things, wrote this in 1995:

We now have in our hands – in our libraries, really – the technology to feed, clothe, and supply energy to an ever-growing population for the next seven billion years.

If you want further info on this, see an article I wrote here, or several issues of my subscription newsletter.

The point is this: We already know how to feed, clothe, and comfortably house every human being on the planet. That’s no longer even disputable. No, we don’t actually do this, but we absolutely know how. And get this: There’s no longer any actual need to fight over resources.

Yes, I know this is heresy. Every right-thinking person knows that a war of all against all is eternal. Except that it’s not. It’s a lie that became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Large civilizations have lived peacefully for periods of a thousand or even two thousand years. Not possible? It happened!

So, are we less evolved than the people who lived peacefully 3,000 years ago? No, we’re not, but we’ve listened to the worst control freaks and believed their fear-porn.

Here, again to make our point, is R. Buckminster Fuller, who devoted his life to this subject:

We can now take care of everybody at a higher standard of living than anybody has ever known. It does not have to be “you or me,” so selfishness is unnecessary and war is obsolete. This has never been done before.

Our problem is no longer knowledge, or even resources. Our central problem is simply cooperation. And this will remain a problem so long as governments control humanity. Think of it this way:

Can you imagine a worse structure for cooperation than one that enforces “obey or we’ll hurt you”?

That’s precisely what governments do, and it’s the central reason people are still starving and homeless.

We can most definitely do better. But to do it, we’ll have to go around governments, “respected international organizations,” and the entire mindscape these hierarchies have spun. We have the science, now we need the will to use it.


A purpose for the ages lies before us. Either we pick up such a vision and act upon it, or else (whether slowly or swiftly) we perish… and perhaps deserve to perish.

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You may never look at life the same way again.

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Paul Rosenberg

11 thoughts on “Purpose or Perish”

  1. Do you mean that scarcity is not a problem if those with a lot voluntarily provide for those with a little or that it is not a problem in so far as there is enough for all people (on their own accord) to produce what they need in spite of the vast accumulation of wealth already obtained (some of which if not most of which was obtained via fraud, manipulation and force)? If it is the latter then it is hopeful indeed. If it is the former, two additional questions give rise. Will those with a lot ever voluntarily provide enough for those with a little? And if they will not, what type of reckoning (if any) is in store especially given the morally questionable way in which many of the world’s wealthy obtained it.

    1. Honestly, I don’t care about those with more keeping what they have. (Very few rich people actually want others to starve.) Rather, I care about producers being free to cooperate.
      If we were free to produce and distribute without a dozen bosses forbidding and skimming, we’d be able to feed and house everyone who wanted it. Right now.
      Sure, there will still be problems – we’re talking about real humans, after all – but if we work around the enemies of cooperation, we are able to do this. Won’t be easy or safe, but it’s within our power.

      1. I agree with you that producers ought to be free to cooperate without non-producers (and do-gooders) skimming off the top. I too have no problem with people keeping the fruits of their labor. But the producers are not content with being left alone now that they have successfully cooped the do-gooders. And what they are keeping is more than their own fruit. I see your point though and agree with it. In addition to being left alone, I guess I would just like to see a little justice too. But that is likely way too much to ask. Liberty is a good first step!

    1. You’ll need to do better than that, 6, I was reading Fred Schwarz while the USSR was still standing.

  2. This touches on something I’ve been thinking about for a while.
    I believe you’re correct, when you say the knowledge is generally readily available. However, even with this knowledge, there’s still a hurdle we need to overcome – our frequent refusal to act on that knowledge.
    How many people “know” they need to stop smoking/lose weight/save more money/etc.? How many of them “know” the steps they need to take, to achieve that goal? Yet, how many of them never make any changes in their lives?
    I suspect the problem lies in our mental programming. We’re afraid to change. We’re afraid to go against the crowd. We don’t want to look like failures, especially not in front of our friends and peers. If we keep doing the same things we’ve always done, or what the crowd does, we’ll still be accepted by the people who currently accept us.
    We’re all “fragile bags of ego”. The most important thing in our lives is to be respected/accepted. And many of us will do anything to avoid the pain of looking bad, or being labelled a failure.
    Perhaps, the most vital freedom is the freedom of worry from how others think of us.

      1. You’re welcome. I guess this points back to your previous
        article on suffering.
        Progress, at any level (personal or societal), requires
        change. Changing requires the fortitude to accept a certain amount of suffering – opposition from those who benefit from the status quo, rejection by those who see no option other than “the way it’s always been”, the possibility of publicly failing.

  3. Our world has already been compromised by its burgeoning population. As human population increases and desecrates the planet, other species are being driven to extermination by the thousands regularly. The natural beauty of the world decreases as its human population increases & its natural ecosystems destroyed mercilessly. I believe we need to decrease human population and seek to live in harmony with the natural world. It’s all about quality of life, not quantity of life.

    1. How exactly would you suggest that we decrease the population? And I think there is some beauty added to the world by human ingenuity, though it is also true that humans don’t always treat the planet well.

      1. Gasperini… it is ok. For a long time I was brainwashed too. We all, some sooner some later, eventually wake up… Cheers!!!

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