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Redefining the Relationship Between Work and Capital

It’s a philosophy deeply entrenched in our North American view of life: make your money work for you, leverage your investments, make money while you sleep.

But hidden behind these strategies is a massive trap. Money, which is supposed to be a means, has become the ends. Today, capital is more important than your mother.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, Redefining the Relationship Between Work and Capital.

One of my students, a Director at a large European supermarket chain, was lamenting the plight of human beings after returning from his summer vacation in Europe. “People seem lost,” he said. “They seem very far from the basics of life.”

 Then he went on to make an interesting parallel. When he was a boy growing up on the French island of Martinique, he became fascinated with bee-keeping. He learned the basics from his dad, then began to branch out to develop his own bee hives. Marked by a strongly competitive nature and beset with the rivalry that commonly springs up between sons and fathers, he set out to see if he could overtake his father’s honey production. He studied and researched the latest bee breeding techniques to learn how to maximize production, do more with less, ramp up his production to steroid-high levels without increasing his investment substantially. He imported queen bees from France and America, bred them with his local product, and very shortly achieved impressive spikes in production levels.

He admits to feeling a certain power in this, a sensation that he was creating some kind of super bee that would lead the way to continuously higher quantities of honey. But his success was short-lived. Hybrid bees, it turns out, are much more fragile than natural ones. They bred quickly and produced a big jump in honey output over the short term, but were genetically weaker and more sensitive to fluctuations in environmental cycles. What’s more, their breeding cycles were totally out of sync with nature’s. Bees would breed robustly, then fly out of the hive looking for flowers to pollinate, and the flowers wouldn’t be out yet. Over the long term, my student realized, mucking around with nature had disastrous – and expensive – side effects.

In our discussion, we were making the connections between the philosophy underlying his desires to out-produce his father, and the mania in business today to produce ever increasing profits based on projections and stockholder demands rather than natural business cycles.

“If I’m to have any possibility of meeting those imposed financial goals,” he told me, “Something’s going to have to give. I’m going to have to take shortcuts somewhere – with employee relations or salary limits or even business ethics.”

So look at that dilemma. We’re all twisted up inside because of exactly this struggle. Our megalomania causes us to impose our will on natural cycles so much, bending and twisting and changing everything to fit with our “getting more for less” philosophy, that we completely screw up the greater system. And then, oh, do we suffer! Because it’s hard, sometimes impossible, to find our way back.

Wasn’t that lament exactly what Dante was articulating when he wrote, “Half-way upon the journey of our lives, I roused to find myself within a dark wood, for the straight way had been lost.”

This program based on Brazilian psychoanalyst and social scientist, Norberto Keppe‘s science of Analytical Trilogy, is an attempt to help us find the straight way again. I am always open to hearing from you about these themes. rich@richjonesvoice.com

Today, we’ll focus in on how much we’ve strayed off the path and gotten all twisted around in economics. My colleague and fellow teacher, Sofie Bergqvist, joins me today to provide some illumination provided through Keppe’s book, Work and Capital.

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The Economy of Destruction

The mythology says there’s a free hand of benevolence calming or cajoling the marketplace. But it seems that’s mostly dogma. Economics is a theology, guided by whatever belief structure is in vogue in the brokers of power of the moment. And for most of recorded history, those powerful have not been our friends.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, The Economy of Destruction.

This is a topic that’s close to my heart, and what first got me resonating with the philosophy of Dr. Norberto Keppe. His book, Liberation of the People: The Pathology of Power, opened my eyes wide to the pathology behind the power structures, and changed forever how I saw the world. The idea that we could analyze society through a psychological lens was totally refreshing to me. And it helped calm a deep anguish I’d had because I could see the distorted social structure we were living in, but couldn’t explain how it had gotten that way and how, after every election, everything continued pretty much as it had before.

Keppe’s book, by the way, is still available to you. Just contact me at rich@richjonesvoice.com for information on how you can get your copy.

Well, that’s something about Keppe’s work on psycho-socio-pathology, but he’s also put forward remarkable new ideas in science, too. His book, The New Physics, re-defines the laws of physics and energy and even genetics. Dramatically. Actually there’s a big demonstration of this in a practical way in a new motor that’s been created based on his work. A free energy motor that works on Keppe’s disinversion of a basic scientific tenet that energy comes from matter. It doesn’t. It comes from the essential energy field of the univers that is manifested into two forms – secondary energy, or electro-magnetic energy, the energy of Einstein’s theory – and matter. Well, this’ll become clear on our site. Check it out at www.stop.org.br. Just click on the English version of the site and it’ll be right there.

We’ll also be exploring Keppe’s work in great detail at our World Conference of Analytical Trilogy coming up in San Diego in September 2008. Find more information about that at www.wcatus.org

Today, economist Eduardo Nascimento joins me to look at Keppe’s revolutionary ideas in economics. Strap yourself in, and enjoy the ride.

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Social Activism and Solutions

What do do when we’re faced with so many obvious problems in society? Some resort to drugs and alcohol to block it out. Others become depressed and even suicidal. Some turn on the TV or spend more time at the gym. Many of us just throw up our hands in despair.

But a few are looking for – and finding – solutions.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, Social Activism and Solutions.

This is, in a way, a follow-up to last week’s program with Dr. Claudia Pacheco. She was talking there about society being on a dead-end street and how we have now reached some final conclusions about why that is – and how we can begin to treat this source problem. Dr. Norberto Keppe‘s work gives us the knowledge and tools to do just that. His science of psycho-socio-pathology helps us see why we are polluting and destroying and making so much war. Most activists focus on stopping those things – and that’s, of course, necessary. But if we don’t address the why we do that – which is in the human psyche – we’ll be like the alcoholic who stops the alcohol, but replaces it with cocaine or sex or fanaticism.

Here in Brazil at Keppe’s International Society of Analytical Trilogy, we’re training people with the consciousness and psycho-socio tools to make a difference in their communities. To become psycho-socio-therapists. Imagine a journalist with the sufficient understanding of psycho-socio-pathology to be able to analyze world or local events through this combined scientific, philosophical, theological perspective that is tied to a universal reality of right, and justice, and goodness, and beauty and things like that. He or she would report on events in a completely different way than we see currently. Today, media, out of its fanatic adherence to a relativistic so-called “journalistic integrity”just throws all points of view together in one show or column and leaves you to pick up the pieces.

With an understanding of Keppe’s work, the psycho-socio-journalist would understand a basic starting point – there is a universal reality of beauty, truth and goodness, and any deviation from that could be seen and analyzed by him or her much more clearly.

And that’s just one area of action for psycho-socio-therapists! We’ll be getting together July 4 – 6, 2008 here in Brazil to look at this science of psycho-socio-pathology, and this will be an excellent opportunity for you to start your training. Write me for more information: rich@richjonesvoice.com

Today, I’ll talk with Per-Erik Persson, a human ecologist from Sweden who works with the Jak Members Bank – a no-interest loan bank in Sweden. Per-Erik has written a book about social activism amongst ceramics workers in Argentina.

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True Work

The origin of the word is negative. In Greek, it means pain and suffering. In German, it relates to the heavy labor orphans need to do to survive. The Japanese have three synonyms associated with it – painful, dirty and dangerous.

Almost always, we hear it used like this: “Hey, I’d love to join you for that fun thing, but unfortunately … I have to work.”

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, we’re going to look deeply at human work. What it is, what it could be, and especially what it is in fact becoming through the practical experience of a number of us here in Brazil who are working with a new type of business organization and structure.

I’m very excited about this program because I feel that this is one aspect of human social life that we need to improve. And fast! And as we’ll stress in this Podcast, this new way of structuring work and companies is here.

A number of us here are having tremendous success in developing Trilogical Enterprises based on Dr. Norberto Keppe’s ideas and practical experience. He has outlined these ideas in a very influential book called Liberation of the People.

I sat down with Dr. Claudia Pacheco the other day to talk about business and society and the enormously important field of human work. As always, I found myself intrigued, enchanted and even, dare I say it, excited about Keppe’s Trilogical perspective on work, as articulated so well by Dr. Pacheco in this Podcast.

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Posted by on April 25, 2007 in Work and careers