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The defense of mankind in the 3rd column

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This is logically the first column in the dimension of Church. The mythology that we face here is the ancient mythology of the right of property -- the feudal platform for looting society expressed in the modern financial empire, a looting that has become so intense that it threatens to collapse the entire world-financial and economic system. We are told that Christ Jesus overthrew the tables of the money changers. Even the Decalogue states: "Thou shalt not covet 'property'."

The Decalogue doesn't actually use the term property, because the term probably didn't exist at the time. Since the commandment, not to covet property, is the last of the ten, the scriptural writer went into a long explanation as to what property is by explaining what one would claim for oneself (or steal from society) if one falls into the mythological property-trap, a trap that inspires a sense of lack and incompleteness in life, a sense of such emptiness that one would use force in order to get fulfilment for one's perceived emptiness. The scriptural writer lists a few examples for property, in terms of what is valued as property, like a house, a wife, a servant, an ox, an ass, or anything that is ones neighbor's. In today's world the convention of 'stealing' from one another has become an unwritten covenant. We say to one another, "I like your house..." "Oh, it's not for sale." "I'll give you a million." "It's still, not for sale, there is a housing shortage." "I'll give you two two million!" "OK!" Thus a benchmark has been established for the value of houses. All other buyers have to meet the benchmark price, whether they can afford to do so or not. And so the world gets poorer. 

After the sale of the house the two parties go to a bank. A mortgage is written to cover the two million. The seller is happy. The Buyer is happy, The bank is happy, because it now owns a debt, which it calls an asset. It counts the asset as collateral, which enables it to create more credit, in most cases three times as much. "Is anybody wanting to buy a house?" the bank cries. "Money is plentiful." And so more houses are sold, and their prices go up, and bigger mortgages are written, and society gets purer still. 

Ironically we call this an economic system, while in real terms it is a mental sewer in which society becomes degraded, a sewer of empire, a sewer that feeds a small group of a wealthy elite that lives on that stuff, whom the American Economist and international statesman Lyndon LaRouche termed a slime mold, a mold that spreads across the world and eats up the healthy fabric of society. Right now the whole swindle is collapsing, since a debt is never an asset, which becomes rather plain when the mortgages written become unrepayable as society becomes poorer, and poorer. Thus people get thrown out of their houses, while the toxic stuff of unrepayable collateral gets concentrated in the sewer and wipes out the banking system. 

By seeking property as a value society places value outside itself. The self-defeating process works so well for the sewer rats that public now happily pays $100 for a barrel of oil that costs less than $10 to produce. That whole sewer stinks to high heaven. The rotten stench reflects the actual value, which a false sense of value invariably creates. It's a parody on God, a medley of insanity, that Mary Baker Eddy defines under the term Adam respective of God, saying: "The name Adam represents the false supposition... that immortal Mind results in matter, and matter in mortal mind."

Let's take a look at how a real, a Sublime, economy works that reflects divine Principle. We have seen a bit of divine Principle reflected in the principle of the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648. The principle was simply termed, "the advantage of the other." This principle understood and acknowledged ended an eighty-year-string of war. It is basically an economic principle. Let's look at it as such:

Human activity is precious. It is all that we have with which to enrich our world. How is it best used? By what processes do human actions produce the greatest benefit to society? Let's compare. 

In a service economy a worker serves up a cup of coffee in a coffee chop. While the receiving person derives a certain benefit from it, the benefit rapidly dissipates and in a few hours is gone altogether. The worker's labor is thereby spent for little effect. In comparison, an industrial worker who assembles a machine tool or an automobile, creates a product that remains beneficial to society for a long period, maybe ten or twenty years, instead of just a few hours. Even if the production time is pro-rated to the scale of the product, the industrial process for applying human action is vastly more efficient than the service process. 

Of course society can't totally eliminate the service process, but there are certain types of products that are produced in a service type fashion that would be fare more efficiently produced by industrial processes. Take housing for an example.

Can housing be more efficiently produced? Let's look at the current process: 

Laborers go into the forests cutting down trees. The trees are taken to mills, are stripped, cut, shaped, dried, and are by a laborious processes turned into construction lumber or plywood, and so on. The products, together with many other products are then shipped to the construction site where teems of craftsmen measure and cut and nail the stuff together and in the space of weeks and months produce a house. The price of the house combines the cost of all the collective labor that went into the finished product, which adds up to a substantial amount. Under ideal conditions the amount is typically borrowed and becomes repaid over a space of twenty or thirty years during which a family devotes a large portion of its income to the repayment. The end product thereby becomes a large burden to society because of the inefficiency in the process. The resulting price is great, but it is endured because housing is necessary.

However, there efficient industrial solutions possible that can change that scene. We can get away from "the way it's always been done." Let's look at just one potential option: 

The material for this option is basalt, a finely grained stone that melts at 1400 degrees Celsius. One molten it can be cast into any form or shape one can imagine to produce building modules in a single step in automated production with virtually no labor involved. Basalt can also be extruded into micro-fibers for purposes of insulation which makes it three times more efficient than asbestos. In addition, basalt is stronger than steel by weight, lighter and non-corrosive - it doesn't rot or rust - and is non-abrasive being nearly as hard as diamonds. And best of all, it is readily available in huge abundance, all ready for use without pre-processing. It sits process-ready on the ground, right on the surface. We only need nuclear power to process it, most likely via the hydrogen fuel-cycle. Hydrogen burns sufficiently hot, about 2000 degrees C., enough to melt basalt. The process isn't anything new. It is already used on a tiny scale for some specialty products. The process is limited only by the currently high energy costs.

How much do we have of this top-quality building material available for ready use? Well, the Columbia River Basin contains 175,000 cubic-kilometers of it. That's enough to cover the entire USA twelve meters deep, though it represents only 1/20th of the global deposit.  India has almost three times the amount of the Columbia River Basin in the Deccan Traps, some 512,000 cubic km of it. And the Siberian Traps, the largest on the planet, are estimated to be in the range of 1,700,000  cubic km to upwards of 2,300,000 cubic km. That's an infinite amount for all practical purposes. No shortage will ever be possible.

Yes, the $2000 house is within reach, even universally free housing. It's a matter of getting away from the property mythology to the divine Principle, the principle of love for God and man reflected in the principle of "the advantage of the other."

Of course the question remains, will we see houses manufactured out of basalt in fully automated industrial processes? Of course it will happen. It will happen simply because that's the most efficient way for producing high quality housing. Such housing will likely come in with a price tag of less then $2000 in total cost per house, or apartment unit. Will we see it? Perhaps not. Today's global society is still too deeply polluted with the slime-mold sophistry that defines human living as too expensive. If we get out of this mode we will see houses being given away for free, just as highways are free of charge for all to use that need them (except for the privatized slime-mod facilities that presently clog up the economic system such as privatized roads 'earning' profits and so forth). 

The fact is, free housing is possible right now. It would be the wises step for any society to take. Money really isn't the real factor, even in the present world. A single B-2 bomber of America's Air Force costs society over two billion dollars to built. A million houses could have been built for the equivalent amount of one single aircraft. At the present time the USAF has 21 of these bombers in its inventory. Do you think that 21 million new houses, given away for free (as the aircraft have been), would eradicate the national housing shortage, slum living, and homelessness? You bet it would, and more. 

The maintenance cost and operation costs of the B-2 program all by itself could easily cover the infrastructure costs for the 21 million new houses. And it would create life in society instead of killing people. It would create a new world and would revolutionize manufacturing and upgrade the entire construction industry, and have a cultural uplift beyond anything ever seen. It would start a renaissance beyond compare. And that's just the beginning.

The USAF's B-1b bomber program was cheaper than the B-2 program. It has only cost society $28 billion. The F-15 fighter program, for which close to 900 units were built at $30 million each, has cost another $26 billion. On that scale (equal to the financial outlay for killing people) a new house could have been built for every needy family in North and South America, for free. And those three aircraft projects still add up to only minuscule amounts. The war costs incurred by the Bush administration so far tallies up to $487 billion, running at $500 million a day. And all that society gets for it, is a trail of corpses adding up into the millions, mostly of civilians and children. In comparison with this utter waste that produces nothing but pain and a liability in human damage that won't be repaired for decades, free housing, free public transportation, and free quality education would still add up to peanuts in comparable cost while it would secure the future of mankind as nothing else ever has or could. (see: Financial Value is in the Sublime)

Free high quality housing will likely happen, and it will be free right from the beginning when society chooses to implement the readily available technology for it. It will be done, because quality housing is one of the most potent factors in enabling the creative and productive potential of society. Slum living and homelessness are among the most expensive waste of society's most precious resource -- its human potential -- with unemployment trailing as a close second. This kind of waste throws away the divine potential. 

Any meaningful economic recovery from the current 'slime-mold' disaster misnamed an economy, would likely be built on the most efficient processes available, such as nuclear power, sea-water desalination, magnetic levitation transports, and basalt technologies for the manufacturing of everything from free housing to low cost cars, furniture, clothing, appliances, civil construction, road building, water diversion, indoor farming. The sky is no longer the limit.

When money is deemed too expensive we are on the wrong track.

The second most expensive waste that a society can inflict on itself is not actually war, though war is an expensive waste. The most expensive financial waste its found in society's reluctance to invest in itself. Money isn't expensive at all when it is spent for productive purposes to improve the efficiency in human living and the power of culture. Then money becomes a wealth-creating-resource. Money is only expensive when it is not spent for such purposes. In that case it inhibits the development of human wealth, the divine potential, the only real wealth that is possible, that thereby remains unrealized.

The third most expensive waste that a society can inflict on itself is to devote a too large portion of itself to acts of labor. All the mundane things need to be automated so that ever greater amounts of time and energy can be devoted to cultural processes which are the prime multipliers of the power of human labor. The Sublime in human nature is exclusively mental, intellectual, and spiritual. The discoveries of principles, the learning and developing of ideas, all come from there. That is where the chief resource of society lies that drives all future development. Nuclear power is necessary. Physical inputs are all necessary, including food, water, clothing, transportation, and housing. But the biggest factor in the entire equation is the cultural factor, the one factor that is most directly the efficient expression of the Sublime nature of mankind. Nothing is more important than that. The entire third column is related to our individual cultural and spiritual awakening and the healing that comes with it. And that includes emphasis on real education including self-education; to learn the art of making discoveries; and science-education to learn the art of creating technologies, including medical technologies; and spiritual education to develop the power of the human genius; and education in literature, art, music, poetry, all adding invaluably to the communicating of culture; even recreational pursuits, recreational culture, and social cultural pursuits are necessary factors, such as dancing. All of these are essential components of culture. Devoting financial resources to all of these areas is not a dead-end drain, but is the chief multiplier of the value of financial currencies. It is the principle of "the advantage of the other" as an example of divine Principle that gives value to human living. It is that which brings us together and puts us onto a lateral platform with God. Herein we find the river of the third column reflected as Mary Baker Eddy defined it: Divine Science, understood and acknowledged, unfolding "southward, to the genial tropics, with the Southern Cross in the skies, - the Cross of Calvary, which binds human society into solemn union." Here the cross is not a cross of tragedy, put a cross that was demonstrated to have no power over man.

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