The Rose Colored Glass in Mexico


This is the third message in this series on why  we need to overcome the illusion of the rose colored glass. 

See the first message at Beating Illusions of the Rose Colored Glass

See message II Beating the Rose Colored Glass in Canada

We cannot go back.

Many readers at this site are looking for new places to go… new lifestyles to lead… new opportunities and purpose.

The aim of this series is to stress the importance of following your passions rather than to escape your fears.

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Super Thinking Teachers Shawn and Suzanne Bandick teaching in Mexico.

Part of human nature is to look back on the good old days… and making them seem better than they were.  Despite the recession… despite the many parts of the  global human evolution that are beyond our logic… people are richer today than before.

There are inequities no doubt… which is why we can have a fulfilling purpose… to do what we can to help correct at least one.

One part of this evolution so many of us hate and are trying to escape is the loss of privacy.

I’ll explain why privacy is gone in a moment… but let’s see how it’s going in Mexico.

Excerpts from an article at singularityhub.com entitled “Iris Scanning Set To Secure City in Mexico, Then the World” by Aaron Saenz  shows how privacy is being lost in Mexico when it says:   GRI’s eye scanning devices are set to launch in Mexico. You can bet they’ll be coming to you, soon. The million-plus citizens of Leon, Mexico are set to become the first example of a city secured through the power of biometric identification. Iris and face scanning technologies from Global Rainmakers, Inc. will allow people to use their eyes to prove their identify, withdraw money from an ATM, get help at a hospital, and even ride the bus. GRI’s eye scanning systems aren’t more secure than others on the market, but they are faster. Large archway detectors using infrared imaging can pick out 50 people per minute, even as they hustle by at speeds up to 1.5 meters per second (3.3 mph). The first phase of the Leon iris and face scanning project has already begun. It is estimated to cost around $5 million and focuses on law enforcement agencies’ security check points. Over the next three years commercial uses will be rolled out with banks leading the charge.

Yesterday we saw how privacy is being lost in Canada… today Mexico… tomorrow the UK.

Let’s look at why and how this appears to be in tune with the nature of things.

Basic global fundamentals for prosperity (there are more people and greater productivity) look good.  Here are some of the reasons why.

Ultimate Long Term Economic Fundamentals are Good!

• Demographics – World Gets Younger
• Productivity – Rising All the Time
• Resources Transition – More Sustainable Power
• History – Hundreds of Years of Cycles
• Borders –  Hampering Business Erased by Technology
• Politics – Improved With Better Transparency
• Consciousness – We Grow and Evolve
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These beliefs are based on the way the industrial revolution has evolved over the past several hundred years.
The industrial revolution has been driven by the Economic Cycles of War. The cycle goes like this:
• There is a War
• The War Creates New Technology
• The New Technology is Domesticated After the War
• The New Domesticated Technology Improves Productivity
• The Markets Oversell the New Technology
• Overheated Markets Collapse when the Bubble Bursts
• The Collapse Creates a Recession that Leads to War
The history of industrial economic expansion shows a regular relationship between long term bear markets, recession and war…  between war and post war economic expansion.  Study of the S&P 500 showed recessions before WWI, WWII and WWIII  (the Cold War that ended in 1980 when the Soviet Union disintegrated).
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The last long term bear market began around 1998 and should end around 2013. We have now had the recession. This theory suggests that the current downturn is the final blow before global economics turn around.

So…where is the war?

The key to the war is that it is perceived as such a serious event that all concepts of return on investment in R&D are thrown out the window.

The War Between the States refined the steam engine. WWI brought the internal combustion engine to the forefront.  WWII brought jets… chemicals, plastics, fertilizer, radar and numerous technologies that passed into the domestic realm.  WWIII was the impulse behind the internet.

Perhaps this war began with the attack on the World Trade Center because it ended the concept of the battlefield.  Past wars were fought in a limited way in one place at one time.  The warring parties could build up their arms and armies and send them to the battlefield.

Technology erodes the concepts of time and space thus eliminating the battle field.

Battles can be fought anywhere…. anytime.

This evolution of war creates an economic crunch because no nation can afford to be armed everywhere… all the time.

This fact demands a new type of warfare that detects an attack before it takes place and thus the research and development and push is for the eradication of privacy.   The new military wants to watch… everyone… all the time… everywhere.

I hate this because watching is a predatory act.   We all have our down times and if someone is watching us continuously they know exactly when we are vulnerable.  No nation would ever allow this to take place and in my opinion it’s wrong for individuals whether they are government officals or systems or not to have such an ability.

Those who watch are often predators who gain enormous power from this technology.  History suggests that power corrupts and corrupt predators are not what we want as our leaders.

If this thinking is correct,  what do we do?

#1: Move away from the US?

#2: Live outside the technology.

#3: Keep working.

#4: Beat the algorithms.

We’ll look at the growing importance of algorithms in next week’s message, but Merri and I fall into the “Keep Working” category.

We would never think of retiring because we love what we are doing… much better than fishing, gardening or golf!

Evolution will take place.  This series suggest that this change is extremely difficult to escape.  Yet we can beat the ravages of government intrusion with our own business that is profitable, fulfilling and fun.

When trying to develop your business concept take the time to figure out what type of business you would like to have, what skill set you bring to the table and what just plain makes you happy doing.

Everyone, absolutely everyone, has a special interest… a passion. Passion makes work fun and easy. What is it that you love to talk about? What do you read? Do you have a hobby? What do you do for fun and games? What are your natural talents? Write these down. (And don’t forget to look right under your nose!)

When you start with what you are passionate about things tend to flow naturally…

PASSION – PURPOSE – MOTIVATION – CREATION

If you are still stuck for good ideas for your business, here are some basic brainstorming techniques and idea boosters. Your goal at the end of your brainstorming is to have three potential business plans:

What special body of knowledge have you learned from your job? What do you do day after day, without even thinking about it (ex., child-rearing, taking care of sick parents, renovation contractor, customs inspector). Could any of these activities, areas where you have developed knowledge (without even thinking about it), be of value to others? Yes? Great! Write these down.

Think about what you do in a typical day, and what you’ve learned from it. What sections of a book store or a magazine shop do you automatically gravitate toward? What kind of TV shows do you tend to like most? Movies?  Write these down, too.

What activities do you enjoy most about your current occupation? Is it research? Helping customers achieve their goals? Managing other people? Teaching or explaining things to others? Talking/selling on the phone? Organizing things? Making a process easier? Discovering or creating new products or services? Marketing products?  OK.  Write these down.

Problems are also a good source for ideas because problems need solutions!

What bugs you? What’s tedious? What does not work for you? We all encounter obstacles, problems, nasty people in the course of whatever it is that we do every day. What are the three biggest problems in your work place? What are your biggest pains as a parent, or as a step-parent, or as a gardener (etc., etc.)? Do you have solutions to these problems? Would they be of value to a lot of people? Yes!!!  Write these down!

Now let’s make sure that you haven’t overlooked “ancient history”… Repeat all the questions above, except pretend that you are in a “five years ago” time warp. Yes, ask yourself the same questions, except place yourself where you were five years ago. Next, repeat for 10 years ago. To paraphrase an old saying… “You’ve forgotten more about some things than other folks will ever know.”

Call friends. Ask your kids. Phone your parents or your siblings and anyone else who can jog your memory. It’s so easy to miss what others see.

We face a new unknown future.  We cannot go back… but we can move ahead with great exciting anticipation when we  abandon the illusion of the good old days and follow our dreams.   I hope these ideas can help you turn your passion into profit in the years ahead.

Gary

Iris Scanning Set To Secure City in Mexico, Then the World


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