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E.P.I.C. educational model as GESET solution?

In the paragraphs below I am sharing some basic details about an educational model I came up with to describe a more complete view of human development. For lack of a better name, I’m referring to it through the acronym E.P.I.C. which stands for: Emotional, Physical, Intellectual, and Consciousness. In GESET part 2 I have described the dangerous trends and threats to human life which I’ve discovered in my research. The E.P.I.C. model and the ideas I propose are of an ethical educational nature because I believe that through knowledge and ethical education, we can provide/inspire solutions to each one of the 3 elements encompassed in the process responsible for the creation of the dangerous GESET trends:

Human ego (source) -> Money (incentive/cause) -> Human Behaviour (effect) -> GESET threat (after-effect)

Given the distinct nature of each one of the issues leading to GESET threats, for each one of the 3 core problems I propose 3 distinct educational models as potential solutions:

  1. Potential Solution 1 for the human ego problem: the E.P.I.C. Human Development model – presented below.
  2. Potential Solution 2 for the money (financial system) problem: Biomimetics economic model.
  3. Potential Solution 3 for the self-damaging human behaviour problem: Ethicality leadership model.

Solution 1 for the human ego problem: the E.P.I.C. Human Development model:

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E = Emotional ; P = Physical ; I = Intellectual ; C = Consciousness

If you’re wondering why I chose the word “epic” to describe my human development model, the story is as follows: many years ago it didn’t have a name, it was just my way of experiencing life. However, around 2012 I called it “TrinityOne 3+1” as it seemed appropriate (3 obvious elements + 1 “hidden” element). However, as years passed by and I kept developing it and experimenting with it in my life, I wanted to come up with a name which has good meaning in multiple languages. And after a lot of trial and error, I settled on “epic” after joking about it during a wordplay. 🙂 Now what does this E.P.I.C. model actually mean, and how do I imagine that E.P.I.C. human development model is going to solve the colossal human ego problem!?

Carl Gustav Jung (Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology) described in unprecedented detail the elements which form the conscious and the unconscious human intellect (I). Following his research, he described in his writings the journey an individual should embark on IF s/he wants to reach wholeness (Authenticity). Jung proposed that the ultimate goal of self-realization is to pull an individual to the highest possible experience (which is a spiritual one, not a material one). On the other hand, Jung concluded that if a person does not proceed toward self-awareness and self-knowledge, neurotic symptoms may arise. Symptoms are widely defined, including, for instance, phobias, psychosis, and depression. And once this happens, a person ‘steps’ into Sigmund Freud‘s research area: psychoanalysis – a clinical method for treating mental disorders, psychopathology.

Abraham Harold Maslow (American psychology professor) was a humanistic psychologist who created in 1943 the now famous “Maslow’s hierarchy of needs“. Maslow studied the healthiest 1% of the college student population, and the individuals he called ‘exemplary people’ such as Albert Einstein, Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Frederick Douglass, rather than mentally ill or neurotic people. Maslow positioned his work as a vital complement to Sigmund Freud’s work, and he focused his research on the positive potential in human beings (as opposed to Freud who “supplied us the sick half of psychology and we must now fill it out with the healthy half”).

The reason why I’m referencing these 3 psychology titans is because my own work integrates elements from Jung and Maslow’s research, while taking into consideration some of Freud’s conclusions. I’m presenting here my E.P.I.C. model as a potential solution to the hyperinflated human-ego problem; and its important to note that my model and my research which led to it, leverage Jung and Maslow’s priceless work – and as such it is part of the same ‘preventive’ category. While I consider Freud’s work as useful in post-discovery applications (after a problem/disorder has arisen/been created), I am convinced that the real cure for effectively fixing this ego problem “at its root” is in continuously acting to PREVENT the worst from arising in the first place (instead of stimulating it like we do today..). And the way I suggest we prevent ego-related disorders is by leveraging Jung and Maslow’s work in our education system to put individuals on a life-long personal development path, and in parallel, by using a guiding model like E.P.I.C. for life balance and a more complete human development:

E = Emotional (The heart)

It is long said that “Emotions make us Human”. A mother’s emotions affect her unborn child (ref). Therefore we first experience the world through our mother’s emotions and after we’re born we experience the world through our own emotions. As such, if a mother has various disorders (genetical, psychological or emotional), it’s likely that she will pass them on to her child/ren, and the child/ren will most likely grow up developing similar or more disorders. While I consider our Dark_Triad society to be guilty of producing and perpetuating these disorders (and not women!), it is logical to start the process of positive change by first educating all girls and women (not just mothers or potential mothers) on how to understand and balance their own emotions. After millennia of being purposefully kept by men in the shadows of men, in the last half a century, women have finally earned equal rights. This is a very good thing, however, given the fact that this recognition of equality happened only in the law books, and the ego of men didn’t actually recognize women as equals in real life, something unnatural happened: in the struggle for equal rights, vain men have ‘infected’ the natural socially-collaborative women with the unnatural (for them) ‘competition virus’ which has its source in the male ego. The lack of real equality, and the lack of respect for our distinct human nature, plus the continuous development of materialistic ego-driven pursuits – which has ignored and twisted emotional needs – has significantly contributed to bringing us on the current destructive GESET trends. It’s very obvious that this is not working, so let’s try something else:

In order to achieve a balanced emotional development, we need emotional education and emotional security. As such we must take into consideration Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and develop a society which recognizes and respects the true and distinct nature of women and men, and automatically fulfills the psychological and safety needs of all girls and women in the society (first), and of all boys and men in the society (second) – I am referring to the bottom 2 layers in the hierarchy of needs. While I’m specifically focusing on women first, I’m not suggesting to switch from a patriarchal society to a matriarchal one. And I am surely not suggesting that we make all men work only for the benefit of women in the society. I am simply suggesting that we must prioritize women’s education and women’s emotional needs over men’s ego-driven pursuits, by leveraging our distinct male-female capabilities, and by fulfilling the natural needs of our species in a priority-ranked equal way. Basically, we’d be educating ourselves how to perpetuate the much-craved balance at individual and collective level, how to create equality, and most important: how to create sustainability for our species.

  • Starting point: Emotional Intelligence education.
  • Developing point: Empathy and compassion development.
  • Maintenance point: Continuous EQ development.
  • Main takeaway: Develop the emotions to become a good-hearted human being.

P = Physical (The body)

Leonardo da Vinci‘s Vitruvian Man requires no introduction. The geometrical human proportions identified by Leonardo and by those who preceded him, are proof that Nature respects some very specific “programming” when it comes to building our Physical reality (i.e. fractals). In 2011 I wrote a post which described my understanding of Nature’s physical ratios, including those found in the human body. Now considering almost all of us at birth are naturally well-proportioned and healthy, all we have to do during our lifetime is to remain well-proportioned and healthy. However, this simple responsibility is a major challenge in today’s profit-driven consumerist society. It’s very obvious that this is not working, so let’s try something else:

First and foremost we must fulfill the emotional requirements described in the previous section as this solution relies on emotional security and healthy intellectual development (which is facilitated by healthy emotional development). Physical development without intellectual control and emotional balance is disastrous – as seen in the world today.

Once emotional and psychological needs are assured, the physical development plan can be put into action – what I mean by this is: everything between simply starting a sports activity (physically developing oneself), to participating in the Olympics (excelling at developing oneself). However, in my opinion physical development doesn’t peak at the Olympics. From a cultural perspective, it peaks in complex things like marriage (contributing to the development of another), and from a human species perspective, it peaks at the conception of a child (physically creating another life). Therefore from a physical sustainability perspective, I argue that the responsibility to create another healthy life is much higher than the responsibility of a sports(wo)man to train healthy and beat Olympic records.

  • Starting point: Education in physical health, Biology, Nutrition, Sports (“Mens sana in corpore sano”). Choosing a sport or an appropriate physical activity.
  • Developing point: Healthy nutrition + practicing physical activities from very light to moderate intensity.
  • Maintenance point: Health monitoring, healthy nutrition, appropriate sporting activities.
  • Main takeaway: Develop the body to remain a well-proportioned and healthy human being.

I = Intellectual (The mind)

In 2014 I wrote “Ethical Human Education, Wisdom & Evolution“. This is an essential read for this “I” category because now I’m picking up where I left off. The motto of my blog (“If curiosity cures boredom, what cures curiosity?“) is also essential in what follows because I consider curiosity as the most essential quality in intellectual development. And I’m not the only one (+HBR, Neuroscience, A.I. etc).

My curiosity may very well get me killed one day. When I mixed curiosity with some physical adventures, it literally almost got me killed a few times in my life, and I’m genuinely surprised I’m still alive after a few very close calls (accidents and incidents). However, while I have no idea why I am so curious to experiment and learn, I can easily recognize that curiosity is the very reason why I know that I know nothing. If it wasn’t for my curiosity which pushed my own limits and forced me to explore the world, I wouldn’t have been able to reach such an enlightening paradox. After reading what I just wrote, a very obvious question popped into my mind: if the result of pursuing my curiosity leads to “nothing”, then why bother to pursue learning in the first place?

The answer is obvious but only after the mind wins the battle over the ego. The ego is an intellectual parasite which is the greatest obstacle in developing one’s own intelligence and keeps an individual in a fake realm of “know it all” – which in reality is just arrogance and ignorance. Socrates believed that wrongdoing and unethical behaviour resulted from ignorance and lack of knowledge. I completely agree. And since I am writing all this with the hope that it may one day become/inspire ethical solutions to the GESET threats, I will focus on the practicality of knowledge to create sustainability and to combat ignorance (including wrongdoings & threats).

Therefore since I identified the source of the GESET chaos in the word as the human ego, and Socrates attributed unethical behaviour to the ignorance of the ego, it’s very obvious that the solution is ethical education meant to develop us intellectually and to overcome the ego-parasite which holds us from evolution, self-development and from creating an ethical and sustainable society for us and the generations to come. If we don’t do this, and we somehow survive the GESET threats, we will inevitably develop the tech to colonize space and also inevitably we humans will be the next generation of cancerous parasites infecting the galaxy/universe in our attempt to achieve this materialistic “infinite growth”. I don’t know about you, but when the time comes to greet other intelligent species, I want us to feel proud we belong to an intelligent one, not a parasitic one which pumps resources, dumps trash and wastes life till there is nothing left, not even itself.

It’s very obvious that what we’re doing is not working, so let’s try something else. Let’s be curious, not ignorant. Let’s learn how to actually be intelligent and how to create sustainability for our species. I envision the E.P.I.C. model as a complete educational framework to be used in developing a more complete and ethical individual. Whenever I catch a break from earning money to pay the bills, I will work to develop a benchmark methodology to calculate the E.P.I.C. quotient for an individual – as opposed to the very limited IQ test. Until then, we could work on the following points:

C = Consciousness (The Self)

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Whatever you are physically…male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.” Cassandra Clare

For now, this topic is still in the non-scientific category. And until science manages to identify and quantify Consciousness as this new state of matter proposed by Prof Max Tegmark, I am compelled to continue to consider everything that follows in the Spiritual category where its defined as Higher Consciousness. Now to be clear, I don’t know how to explain my own Consciousness other than through the entity spiritually referred to as the “Soul”. I also don’t know how to describe it, quantify it or present it. The only thing that I can do, is feel it. And the sensorial receptor for this feeling is completely distinct from all other +19 physical senses. That being written, I will now subjectively recommend the exploration of this Higher Consciousness with the purpose to gain a drop of wisdom, or if we’re really brave, enlightenment. But…how?

  • From a perspective which is as scientific as it gets, we could follow Jung’s teachings on dealing with the darkness to uncover the Self– but only IF one wants to reach wholeness (Authenticity).
  • From a purely Spiritual perspective, we could follow the teachings of our respective culture, belief system, or religion – but only IF these teachings are ethical = do not cause damage to self, others, and the environment.
  • Finally, from a purely subjective perspective, we could follow our intuition – as long as this does NOT cause damage to self, others, and the environment.

There are many ways we can stimulate within us all the positive elements mentioned in Jung’s work which lead to Authenticity, and in Maslow’s work which lead to Self-actualization and Transcendence. However, we need ethical education to be able to make the right choice. Once we have the education, all that remains is the choice IF we want to focus on ethical development, on the sustainability of our species, and on preventing ego-caused disorders, OR on developing disorders due to ignorance, arrogance, vanity, narcissism, megalomania, greed and other negative and destructive selfish desires. Our time here is limited, our resources are finite and given our technology, we have the power to build or destroy the future of our species. The collective choice is ours to make at an individual level. I hope we choose to grow, evolve and become enlighten…(kinda like Master Oogway from one of my favorite movies 🙂 )

In the next post:

Solution 2: Biomimetics and Solution 3: Ethicality

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Geopolitical, Environmental, Social, Economic and Technological threats to HUMAN LIFE (GESET Part 2)

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In GESET part 1 of this article series I wrote: Each one of us, individually, is responsible for the world we are living in today and every day. Thus I hope each one of us also realises that regardless of the risks and challenges presented here, positive change always starts within. – This was my most compelling statement in the 1st part of my GESET series and my statement is specifically referring to controlling our human ego – the “lower self” (as opposed to the “higher Self” which refers to our Consciousness). The human ego, this lower self, is the entity in charge of most individuals on Earth and my conclusion is that the human ego is the real cause of most of the awful things and all the madness happening on Earth. A fraction of this madness was mapped by me in my GESET research and it is presented here in a centralised mindmap which should make the understanding of these risks effortless.

However I must stress this paramount point in advance: regardless of the drivers/causes present to you in each threat/trend category, the real cause of each problem lies at the top of the pyramid – and at the top of the pyramid is the human ego. We wouldn’t be here, in this inhumane mess, if it wasn’t for the human ego which desired more and more and a never-ending more. Human intelligence didn’t create our parasitic financial system, it was the ego of a number of individuals who wanted control and power and were driven by their ego to pursue the never-ending “more”. The ego of these individuals created one of the most perfect systems of mass-control – money – which in turn keeps billions of people in a never-ending rat race, while stimulating all the awful desires in a human being. Therefore to be clear, the process that got us here and which is driving us off the edge of the cliff is:

Human ego (source) -> Money (incentive/cause) -> Human Behaviour (effect) -> GESET threat (after-effect)

As the current cycle seems to be coming to its end, we are fast approaching a potentially inevitable reset in our way of life. If this reset brings ethical positive changes or augmented negative outcomes, I do not know; but I feel that we still have some (diminishing) time left and the difference in outcome can be created by our choices. Now what facts am I basing such a dramatic statement on? First, please read the 1st part of this post called The paramount requirement for Self-Awareness, Critical Thinking and Adaptability (Part 1)so you can understand where I’m coming from. Second, read on and please feel free to disagree with me.

Notes:

  • I published the references and my sources of information for my research in the post: “My Top200 RSS info sources for ethical activism and global research“.
  • All the information listed in my research is already public and my results can be easily replicated by following either my sources of information or by a simple Internet search for each topic of interest.
  • If someone has the resources to help me create a threat modeling expert system (AI), I’d be most grateful if you could please contact me
  • I’m sharing all this research with the hope that we will be able to mitigate the highlighted threats in time. Please note that the images in this post provide much more information than the text below which is just a high level summary of the mindmap.
  • With a few exceptions, all of the following threats are ego-driven man-made, money-driven man-sustained (for profit) and all of them can be mitigated through ethical means and sustainable alternatives.
  • In regards to the exceptions which have to do with the Earth itself or the Sun’s life cycle, we can at the very least mitigate their impact through predictive information awareness and proactive preparedness.
  • The most concerning part about this list is that each one of the listed threats are also trends:

Mindmap in PDF format / PNG format

 

CAT I) Top 5 categories of Environmental threats

Note: Only the high-level categories of threats are listed below. Full details and some potential solutions are presented in the GESET mindmap.

  1. Pollution
    • Air & Atmosphere pollution
    • Lakes, Sea and Oceans pollution
    • Land and Home pollution
    • Human Food pollution
    • Fresh Water pollution
  2. Ecological disaster
    • Waste disposal
    • Gas fracking
    • Oil and gas leaks/disasters
    • Cyanide gold mining
    • Nuclear leak or meltdown
  3. Exhaustion of core natural resources, including drastic loss of biodiversity
    • Depletion of essential industry resources
    • Deforestation
    • Unexplained wild animal mass-deaths
    • Wild fish stock depletion and wildlife extermination
    • Bee colonies deaths and mass pollinator shortages
    • Oceans acidification
  4. Natural planetary changes
    • Climate change (warming/cooling)
    • Extreme weather events
    • Considerable uptick in Earthquake and Volcanic activity
    • Earth changes due to (minimum) Solar activity
    • Geomagnetic abnormalities
  5. Cosmic threat
    • Meteor impact on Earth
    • Earth directed CME (Coronal Mass Ejection)
    • Earth directed Solar Flare
    • Gamma radiation from space
    • ELE cosmic body impact on Earth

➤ If we continue our current trends of “economic growth” at the cost of environmental destruction, I have no doubt that we will negatively impact the quality of our life, but most importantly we will undoubtedly permanently damage the core environmental elements which sustain our life on planet Earth: pressure, temperature, radiation, oxygen, clean water and healthy food. The choice is ours and the change starts at the source:

Human ego (source) -> Money (incentive/cause) -> Human Behaviour (effect) -> GESET threat (after-effect)

CAT II) Top 5 categories of Geopolitical threats

Note: Only the high-level categories of threats are listed below. Full details and some potential solutions are presented in the GESET mindmap.

  1. Armed conflicts and active civil conflict areas where losses of lives occur
  2. Manipulation of public actions (online and offline) through:
  3. Rising geostrategic competition to the established system
  4. Unethical and abusive political leadership
  5. Potential nuclear conflict

➤ If war wouldn’t be profitable, every single one of the above geopolitical threats would be easily avoided. But war is profitable and until we take the profit out of human killing, we will continue to see these barbaric trends. The choice is ours and the change starts at the source:

Human ego (source) -> Money (incentive/cause) -> Human Behaviour (effect) -> GESET threat (after-effect)

CAT III) Top 5 categories of Societal threats

Note: Only the high-level categories of threats are listed below. Full details and some potential solutions are presented in the GESET mindmap.

  1. Manipulation of public actions (online and offline) through:
    • Mass media: established TV, newspapers, radio
    • Nocebo advertising
    • Marketing of deceitful economic ideas
    • Ridicule and suppression of alternative economy which is not profitable/legalised for taxation
    • Political ponerology
  2. Privatisation of knowledge
    • “Patented world”
    • Growing private possession of ideas and creations results in the erosion of human rights and the lack of development for individuals without the means to pay for education (not referring just to academic education here).
    • Suppression of publicly beneficial open-projects (open-source, creative-commons, copyleft etc) by for-profit entities.
  3. Financial pressure forcing individuals to rely on unethical means for survival
    • Prostitution (including sugar daddy/mammy)
    • Joining extremists
    • Mercenary army signups
  4. Human condition degradation
    • Propaganda and media programming
    • Porn & uncontrolled sexuality
    • Entertainment industry
  5. Numerous crisis of various types
    • Human rights
    • Fresh-water
    • Food supply
    • Migration
    • Threat of war.

➤ Our society is very deeply broken. Not by the people living in it. But by those who rule over it. The sooner we realise that this zoo of a society we were born in and conditioned into, is just a construct of those in charge of the monetary system, the faster we will earn our freedom (intellectual freedom 1st, then emotional, and finally physical). If we want to fix the core problems in our society, we need to “wake-up” intellectually and then move beyond our current economic paradigm because our monetary system is the underlying issue that gives rise to the vast majority of the world’s problems.

I realise that most people cannot conceive a world without money, but a world without money would function exponentially better than our current one..However lets not jump ahead of ourselves and first consider improving the existing economic system to make it fair and sustainable. The first step would be to change it in such a way that we don’t need to compete against one another, but work together against social and scientific challenges. This way, as we develop technologies, our tech will be used to serve our needs and make our lives here easier, as opposed to being the means of ever greater levels of social control and exploitation. If we’d just spend some time to think about it, we’d see that given our current tech, it would be a lot easier to shift from a scarcity-driven and money-dependent neo-feudalist economic model we slave under, to a world where every person has their needs fulfilled, has an appropriate education for the era and preferably a high standard of living. This way we could work together efficiently and effectively (like a bee-hive) to focus on solutions to what’s truly important in our lives and our individual/collective development. And the priorities for our efforts can be easily decided based on our shared needs and interests, instead of having a few overlords amassing vast sums of wealth in [insert_name_here – they’re all the same] political system, while billions starve right in front of our eyes. Our reward (as if happiness and well-being were not enough) would be fulfilment of our needs, self-development, social progress and success in our chosen fields. Just imagine the possibilities for such a human society.. If you can’t imagine it, then just read about this topic to understand how such a society can be created.

We have the capabilities to produce more than enough to sustain many more billions of people on this Earth and to thrive here. However, the core problem is lack of self-awareness, lack of ethical mass-education, and greed – which is simply the natural by-product of system that re-enforces conquest and competition in pursuit of the ownership (i.e. enslavement) of the labour of others as well as their material resources. I feel that we have little time left but I know that we can do so much better in the time we have left..The choice is ours and the change starts at the source:

Human ego (source) -> Money (incentive/cause) -> Human Behaviour (effect) -> GESET threat (after-effect)

CAT IV) Top 5 categories of Economic threats

Note: Only the high-level categories of threats are listed below. Full details and some potential solutions are presented in the GESET mindmap.

  1. Extreme income inequality
    • Jan 2018: Richest 1% bagged 82% of the wealth created in 2017,
      while the poorest 50% of humanity (+3,600,000,000 people) got nothing.
    • Jan 2017: Just 8 men own same wealth as half the world – Oxfam
    • Jan 2016: 62 people own the same wealth as half the world – Oxfam Davos
  2. Manipulation of public actions (online and offline) through:
    • Mass media: established TV, newspapers, radio
    • Nocebo advertising
    • Marketing of deceitful economic ideas
    • Ridicule and suppression of alternative economy which is not profitable/legalised for taxation
    • Political ponerology
  3. Economic warfare
    • US and Western financial systems vs Russian & Chinese competition (i.e. BRICS, AIIB, EAEU or EEU)
  4. Over-dependency of the economic system on the financial system
    • Our financial system is in charge of our economy, politics, society, science, health, education, human growth and human development.
  5. World-wide Economic DEFLATION
    • Wide-spread Deflation which proves the lack of sustainability for our financially-reliant economic system. The economic and social chaos that will follow such an event, will undoubtedly give the opportunity to those in charge to implement a new and “better” system.

➤ Human beings are the only species on this planet which needs money to…LIVE, to survive. Over the millennia, we, the highly intelligent human beings living here on top of the food chain on this planet, we have been systematically conditioned to believe in various religious or political systems of mass-control. And as we know from history, over the millennia we believed in those systems of control and we suffered greatly at the cost of millions of lives. But now, in the age of the Internet, we have no excuse to remain slaves to another system of control – the monetary system ruling this planet controls our lives without our awareness nor active permission. How could we, the superior intelligence beings that we think we are, don’t realise that in order to even survive (nevermind thrive) on this resource-rich planet, we must rely on a monetary system controlled by very few men? How can we not realise that this monetary system, which we don’t control, is the middleware between our most basic needs and the satisfaction of our needs? How come we haven’t replaced money yet with an ethical, equal and fair economic system? How do we not realise that we don’t need money to survive and thrive here? How is this even possible..today..in the age of the Internet? Nevertheless, the choice is ours and the change starts at the source:

Human ego (source) -> Money (incentive/cause) -> Human Behaviour (effect) -> GESET threat (after-effect)

CAT V) Top 5 categories of Technological threats

Note: Only the high-level categories of threats are listed below. Full details and some potential solutions are presented in the GESET mindmap.

  1. Mass surveillance & Government control of digital Internet
  2. Cyber-warfare and core infrastructure hacking
  3. Unethical (military-focused) Transhumanism
  4. Artificial Intelligence and sentient robots/machines
  5. Nuclear disaster / nuclear leak / nuclear weapons.

GESET - Technological

➤ Last year I wrote a detailed post about “How to communicate securely & privately in today’s digitally surveilled world -and why do so?” What I wrote then is perfectly valid for this category because it turns out that my concerns were well founded. Considering the fact that the threat to individual privacy is strongly connected with the dangerous security threats we are experiencing today, we must be aware of the increasing trend in cyber-warfare, and economic & industrial cyber-espionage which has devastating effects on all of us living in this digital reality. Cyber-threats (cyber-weapons) such as Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame, Gauss, Regin and countless other mal/ransomware & APTs, are not just a digital threat like a pesky computer virus, they are a real physical danger to our core infrastructure, to our personal identities and to our individual security and privacy. Therefore we must find an ethical way to combat such threats through policies, legislation and technology which enforce security against cyber-threats, and we must do this without taking away people’s privacy and liberties in the process. Our technology today can help us fulfill beneficial dreams or destructive desires.

Unfortunately, digital technologies are subversively used at global scale to guide, control and protect not just an unnecessary financial system which is corrupt beyond imagination, but digital tech is also used to manipulate our real-life thoughts, words, knowledge, behaviour and actions. The digital tools (both software and hardware) are now literally shaping the new generations of humans. This is especially concerning given the fact that some of the controversial world events which took place in the last 15 years, have given Orwellian powers to governments and unethical individuals who own these tools and the “factories” which makes them. As a result of a very unfortunate combination of events, the Internet itself is now at risk to be owned and used as a power tool for control and profit. And the most unbelievable thing about all this is that the users of Digital are not just ignorant of the dangerous digital trend used against humanity, but they’re also its messengers, happily (or unknowingly) transferring their own real life into digital format and in the process, they surrender their identity…

To be perfectly clear, digital technologies by themselves are not harmful or “evil” and this is not an argument against technological developments. The real threat here is due to the way digital technologies are abused by those in power to create undesirable outcomes for billions of individuals. This is what Aaron Swartz died for, this is why numerous activists and journalists are trapped/incarcerated, this is what Snowden warned us about, and this is why we all need to wake up and stand for what is ethical! The choice is ours and the change starts at the source:

Human ego (source) -> Money (incentive/cause) -> Human Behaviour (effect) -> GESET threat (after-effect)

Conclusion & further potential Solutions: TBA in GESET part 3.

A message to Humanity – speech by Charlie Chaplin

“Be the change you wish to see in the world!” Be good. Be ethical. Be human!

 
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