--2 years, 5 websites, 100's of meetings, creation of many chapters, assistance with continuous projects, and a "self-directed course in economics, behavior, science and language that would make my college professor cry"-- later... And I imagine it'll never end..
Even so my actions continue in support of making a positive impact on the Pale Blue Dot. I came across a random blog post that criticized TZM specifically around the Townhall meetings, ending with a change in opinion about TZM.. It was the typical play -- Usually starts with kinda liking what we said. Then didn't get an answer to her transition question (well, not one she liked!), then got frustrated and did the classic BIG DISMISSAL: "We're a cult. We don't do anything. It's just the same old shit. When are we going to take action?.."
From my experience this reaction is fairly common. And since I was at work with a minute to spare, I replied with the following:
Definition of Cult from Wikitionary: “A group or doctrine with religious, philosophical or cultural identity sometimes viewed as a sect, often existing on the margins of society or exploitative towards its members.”
Usually the pejorative form is meant… I can assure you that my efforts to help webcast and speak at the Town Hall meetings in Los Angeles have nothing to do with that. I don’t worship anyone, there’s no church, and I exploit no one, and neither am I exploited. I volunteer, in my spare time, as I can, because I see the necessity of moving towards a different social model.
TZM is simply a group of people embodying the ideas of natural law and the necessity to base society upon such. This includes things like ‘dynamic equilibrium’. We recognize the biosphere (or world) as a single, holistic system. And needs to be considered as such through a systems-approach to management of our resources. We advocate the application of the methods of science to our social concerns (aka problems) and recognize the cancer-stage the economic system is in. Acting very similar as a physical cancer to the social system host (us).
There are more than enough technical possibilities available to us (current and real) to create an access abundance on this planet for the world’s people, starting with what we call Lifeground needs. Since about 80% of the world lives on less than $10/day and about 3 billion living in varying degrees of deprivation. This leads to a social value problem which is far behind our technical abilities.
So what we talk about isn’t radical, it’s not new, it’s just not in the thinking of most of the world. TZM has organized into chapters to embark on impacting social values globally so the possibility of a sustainable society even exists. There’s is no guarantee, just a group of concerned people making an effort.