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  • Aug 9th, 2016 @ 4:55pm

    Re: Re: Infinite Goods Tied to Finite Goods

    "...why would musicians try to create and sell music if instead it is swarmed through the torrent network gratis? Why should a musician bear the cost and the risk of creating music with no expectation of a return on their investment?"

    First, Mike, why do we do anything? Not every kid who loves to shoot hoops in the park wants to become a wealthy NBA superstar and all that goes with it. Nor does every person who loves to make up stories want to do it full time for a living. Much of what we do, we do for love, a sense of satisfaction or the feeling of a job well done.

    When it comes to making a living through some talent we possess, I don’t think anyone begrudges us for wanting control over our work for the sake of making a living. Problems arise and bad laws are written only when the irrational energy of fear and greed raises its ugly head. When, instead of using money to facilitate the exchange of goods and services, and further creation, it’s used, instead, to accumulate more money, power and privilege. With this mindset, when is enough, enough? When do the means not justify the end?

    Why would anyone want to use money, power and privilege to measure success when it has no heart? Why not use love, truth and joy? They’re a lot more fun and they have lots of heart.

    Insatiable greed is the kind of energy that foments endless war for profit. It’s the kind of energy that bribes politicians and cripples governments to get legislation passed for its own benefit at the expense of others. It’s the kind of energy that forms secret alliances and meets in back rooms to figure out new ways to gain even greater control over others. Greed is the kind of energy that wants to put a price on everything and a toll booth on every action so it can add to its wealth. It’s irrational and destructive. It’s a cancer that destroys societies, reason and balance.

    At the same time, it serves as a challenge to all of us to understand it and move beyond it. It is but one of many challenges we employ to stimulate growth and bring about change.

    (On June 21, 1788, the U.S. Constitution was ratified.

    Under Article I, Section 8, it says, "the U. S. Constitution gives Congress the power to Promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.")

    How does unlimited copyright protection “Promote the Progress of Science and the useful Arts”? And where do man’s ideas come from in the first place? Don’t they come from the inner realms of thought, dreams and imagination, a place where we can all share ideas freely, without limitation?

    Before I quit, I’d like to say how impressed I am with, the writers and the posters. There’s a lot of heart and mind here. Thank you for who you are and what you do!

    From We Create Our Own Reality:

    The challenge of being and creation is learning how to use the power of thought and imagination to shape energy, money included, into a pleasing reality. The prize is a sense of satisfaction, the feeling of a job well done. Like learning how to walk and talk, it is a personal, subjective endeavor that requires creative aggression. It is a great balancing act where we, like babies, must accept falling down as part of learning how to stand up.


    Thoughts are “things” with a reality of their own, and you, an artist. With thought in the form of beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations, you paint the landscape of your life. Create a great day!

    Seek the greatest understanding and serve the highest good.

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