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Can A Rant Be Beautiful?


The beginning of a comment I left on a blog post: “I feel your angst because I’ve felt that angst; and, even though I finally have answers, my angst has merely turned into bleeding grief for our Human Family.” The post, Wasteful, is a beautiful rant about modern incompetence and poverty. It reminded me of my novel, Notes from An Alien, which was written out of that bleeding grief and might help a few folks find ways of coping with the rampant insanity choking our world.

Cheryl Ives wrote the post and, after what I consider a beautiful rant about how modern incompetence is dangerously expensive, she lays out these four points:

1) Poverty is too expensive. It’s dragging us down and must not be permitted to grow or remain at the same rate
2) Poverty is so expensive because we grossly mismanage our resources
3) In the long run, it’s cheaper to do the right thing
4) Society is currently too immature to focus on the long run with any sustained momentum

While all four points are beautiful to me, I want to focus on what Cheryl says Society is too immature to focus on.

The Long Run

Notes from An Alien attempts to instill a sense of the Long Run by following eight generations of a family involved in helping their Worlds rise from war, greed, and poverty to enduring peace.

The Long Run on Earth has involved Humanity in the gargantuan effort of unifying itself at successive levels of complexity–family, tribe, city state, nation, and, now, the whole globe.

Notes from An Alien shows a civilization from another star system learning from their Long Run. Humanity is on the verge of a consummate transformation that will bring its Long Run into focus and, finally, bring Peace and Tranquility to our Global Family.

Cheryl also says: “At the core is my heartfelt belief that humans could … have the capacity to ensure that every life on the planet has shelter, food, water, clean air, some measure of security, and the ability to implement hygiene. It’s not an adequate goal but still pie-in-the-sky enough to be going on with.

“That we haven’t already achieved this provides simply another example of how badly things are done.”

So, the ultimate beauty of this rant is that Cheryl is one of the people doing something to help humanity. In case you’re new to this blog, I also featured her in the post, An “Open Source” Novel ??, that talks about a very unifying literary project :-)
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An “Open Source” Novel ??


Seeing the words “open source” can make many folks immediately think of computer software like LibreOffice, the free Productivity Suite that, to me, is as good as, or better than, Microsoft’s Office.

Open source connotes creative, usable, free, swiftly updated, and, to some, radical

But, an open source novel???

Enter Cheryl Ives and Timeless. I’ll let her explain a bit:

“I am building a core story (previously known as a novel) and inviting everyone who loves it, me (or both!) to help create as I write, and help build a multi-media creative experience.”

Here’s a page on the various way you can be involved.

And, here’s a look at some of the folks already involved.

Cheryl also says: “I have my own ideas about where the plot trails are going, but nothing’s quite decided. You still have lots of leverage and room to sway the direction. If you don’t like the turns I take, maybe take a stab at it yourself (I think they call this a ‘fork’).”

She’s also looking for a “conversation widget” she can embed on the site. If you can help, give her a Tweet :-) Twitter: @MrsWhich by night,@cherylives by day.

And, if you’re not on Twitter, she’s accepting feedback, ideas, nitpicks, and flights of fancy right here :-)
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