When I consider creating contexts for various events worldwide, I run into the difficulty that I don’t have the knowledge needed to guess what sequence of events may be appropriate for, say, a Subsaharan African nation.
If everyone there had a universal basic income and not very much to spend it on, of what use would money be? You can’t eat it. Do I know what should come first in a Subsaharan locale? I really don’t.
Or take the Inuit of the Arctic. If we introduce a universal basic income there, might we not simply disturb the native economy and tie them to a money economy, with untold, unforeseen consequences?
After the Reval, when the Michaelangelo Fund (MF) is up and running, we’ll have various “desks,” comprised of people native to the various regions of Earth, who will guide the financing of undertakings in those regions. But for now, I don’t have the knowledge to approach the task.
Michael has encouraged me, with the MF, to start at home and get my feet wet.
“Begin at home and get your feet wet. Begin with the disenfranchised adults, women, then men, then children – because the children will benefit right off the bat regardless – and then extend yourself to what you have thought of as the marginalized populations – yes criminals, those who have been locked up because people label them mentally ill. Then spread your wings across the globe.” (1)
On another occasion, he added:
“There is no shortage, absolutely none, of areas [in the world] that need to be addressed. And so … you don’t want to begin any foundation or any project [yourself], let me be very clear about this, where there is so much groundwork to be done.
“Not initially, because what happens then is you become bogged down, overwhelmed and feel as if the task at hand becomes insurmountable. So think of it in this way, both for you, for your team, for the organization and for the planet, you need a few wins under your belt.” (2)
All of this makes sense to me. If I begin at home in North America, my hope is that I wouldn’t be overwhelmed and that we’d get a few wins under our belt before spreading our wings.
Meanwhile, I also hope that it might inspire others as to how they might approach matters in their own regions and locales.
Therefore, for now, because it’s the only area I know, I’d like to focus my attention in blue-sky thinking mainly to my native region.
When I think about how to proceed, I’m inspired (I believe) to turn to Mazlow’s hierarchy of needs and to start from the bottom up.
Contributing money may not be answer to all of these needs, but it certainly will be for the lower ones.
(1) Archangel Michael in a personal reading with Steve Beckow through Linda Dillon, Aug. 6, 2013.