HOW TO ELIMINATE POVERTY in the 21stCentury.
We can begin with two facts. The first fact is that there is enough food on the planet to feed everyone. The second fact is that in the natural world, there is a Law of Proportionality that applies automatically to every species and that, of course, includes humans. The Law of Proportionality, though a fact, still needs to be better understood by humans. For example, a person’s height ranges from say 2 ft. to 8 ft., a tree, from 2cm. to 379 ft.
Everything on planet earth has an organic relationship with the earth itself and all other organic beings are unable to tamper with the Law of Proportionality. But human beings can and do when it comes to money.
Money is inorganic. Human beings created it. Human beings control it. Its original purpose was to represent a trust, a relationship between two parties in a transaction where there was accepted equality on each side of the transaction.
That relationship changed most notably with a windfall that occurred because of the Industrial Revolution. The money took on a new identity. still being controlled by humans but only those humans who advertently or inadvertently benefitted from the windfall – the windfall that followed money’s escape from transactional equality. Money became a huge contributor to the welfare of every organic creature from ants to humans all living and trying to survive on planet earth. At the same time, it enforced economic inequality upon humanity. This inequality can only be rectified as humans understand that they, as organic creatures, cannot escape the Law of Proportionality but now have the responsibility of bringing money into harmony with it. Harmony can be created by the following example, always being aware of the myriads of practical variations that can be included.
Let us create a country called pax and let us say that the units of money, identified annually as the earnings of everyone in the country, are called rolos.
Each human in Pax is entitled to have control over a certain amount of personal use income. It is one million rolos per year. For everyone in Pax, this is the maximum that a person can have and hold for themselves alone.
When they earn or receive more than the million they are awarded a Copper Humanity Medal and are shown great respect and gratitude in their neighborhood.
The excess money they receive moves to a Community Enhancement Fund. This is a fund run by a committee of savvy people, always including those whose income is affected so that each qualifying person (if they so desire) may participate together with like-minded individuals, in the assignment of this money in a surrounding area to where it originated. This takes over some basic healthcare, safer infrastructure, basic community facilities as transportation, libraries, and productive schools, etc.
Next, is the second tier of re-allocation of funds for what exceeds an income of one million five hundred rolos. The next five hundred are allocated to the Global Resource Fund, and the citizen is awarded a Bronze Humanity Medal. The administrators of the fund are savvy successful people economically, deciding collectively how to distribute the funds to where they may be best used globally.
Then there is the third tier, for someone’s income of two million rolos. They are awarded a more prestigious Silver Humanity Medal and the top five hundred would be allocated to A Global Restoration Fund.
The money from this fund is distributed globally in a similar way, only it concentrates on restoration of the planet.
Then there is the final tier for the billionaires who are awarded the Billionaire’s Golden Humanity Medal. They also band together globally to address the huge planetary problems that determine whether this planet survives or whether everybody goes down as in the Titanic.
The philosophy behind all this is that over and above a certain amount, that is determined by the Law of Proportionality as mentioned, excesses of money belong to Humanity.
Rev. Mary A. Mann, Ph.D., was born in Australia and is descended from early Queensland pioneers. Her father was an original ANZAC, a member of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps who fought on the Gallipoli Peninsular in 1915. Mary is a graduate of the University of Sydney, the University of California in Berkeley and the University of Southern California where she secured her Ph.D. in Communications and Theatre.
Her working career was in accounting where she became a Qualified Accountant in Australia and was the first Controller of the Pacifica Foundation in the 1970s.
Her academic career centered around her passion for finding out ‘why war’. Her first book on this topic, Anzac to Understanding included her father’s war letters and a social commentary on the global situation from the beginning of the First World War through the 20th century and it included the epic play ANZAC. The philosophy culminated in the book There Are No Enemies, a practical philosophy of life, which includes The Right of the Womb. Her theatre studies culminated in The Construction of Tragedy, Aristotle today in the theatre and she edited two editions of The Los Angeles Theatre Book, 1978 and 1984.
Mary has been a member of Unity- and- Diversity since 1989 where she is now the Board Chair and co-edited the book Science and Spirituality with the founder of that organization. Rev. Leland Stewart.
She joined the Synthaxis Theatre Company in 1979. Her creative work includes Poems of Woman, editor of Mentoring Poems, four centuries of selected poetry, Tortoise Shell, taken from a journal of her great-grandfather documenting life in the early days of the State of Queensland, Australia, and under the aegis of Synthaxis, plays for youth and family audiences, Maria and the Comet and The Round Table, published as TWO FAMILY PLAYSand ThuGun and Natasha, a drama with rap, moving beyond guns and violence .
In North Hollywood, she is the co-host of Unbuckled No-Ho Poetry, a monthly poetry reading series since 2010, which you can view here:youtube.com/unbucklednohopoetry
Mary has been presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who