Monthly Archives: July 2016

By Steve Kramer On July 17, 2016 7:30 pm

Community Update (the first of many I hope)!

In my last post, I expressed my renewed commitment to making this crazy idea of mine into a functional reality. It was as much an effort to kick myself in the butt as an announcement to the “world”. I really did not expect any response to the post, let alone that it would fundamentally change much of anything. Isn’t it funny how those are the posts that often have the most impact?

It is not as if the post was more popular than any other. I am not well read, partly because I don’t play the games often necessary to achieve popularity. I did get one comment (which is one more than I usually get), which opened my eyes to a thing or three, but not for any specific quality of the comment. It essentially said “What are you talking about?” (if not exactly in those words. So what was so special about this post … other than the insignificant yet eye-opening comment? It was the pebble to start another avalanche. How big an avalanche is yet to be seen. Thanks to that collection of words, I am back to tilting with windmills, seeking out an army of Sacho Panzas while I am at it.

I realized that just because I am clear about my goals does not mean that they are clear to everyone else. I also realized that I can’t expect anyone to actually figure out said goals if they are scattered throughout a site that doesn’t actually work. I have spent the last few days attempting to rectify this, and am now going to try to clarify things a bit, as well as give those who are actually on board a progress report. Here goes …

Aim for the stars ultimate goal

  • In a world becoming more and more digitized, it makes sense that there be an actual governing force in the digital world … one that is not defined by lines on a physical map but rather by ideals. It will be a nation without borders that has actual influence in the course of human history. In short, I am (unrealistically) trying to found an internet nation on the last terrestrial frontier.

More realistic ultimate goal

  • I am trying to create an active community of idealists. I am seeking  those who believe that the constant divisive tactics of the current world order is ultimately not productive for humanity specifically, and the life of the planet in general. The community will be a support for those who often lack support, as well as help provide the resources to those who need them. We will not be defined by unproductive policies governed by greed, but rather by policies determined to create harmony and growth. If it works, we will have active members all over the globe … seeds. If enough of these seeds are planted, and we nourish them properly, what kind of garden will we manage to grow?

What I have recently done

  • I realized that thanks to our constant need to improve technology that may not really need improving, much of the site I thought was at least basically functional was … in fact … not. No wonder I was getting so little indication of use, let alone any kind of active following. I spent the last few days making the site slightly prettier, and definitely more functional.
  • I have created the seeds of the core aspects of the community to come. First, there is now a rudimentary social network that … well … works this time.
  • I have taken the first step to creating an actual economy for our online nation. Even if we never truly become a “nation”, any community that expects to survive has to have a functional internal economy.
  • I have opened the door to connecting the physical world to the digital one.
  • I have enabled conversation between community members.
  • I have taken the first step to active projects for change.
  • In short, the site works now, and is ready to begin its journey towards a community for change (or so I hope).

Short term goals

  • Have a membership that is not made up of 70% spammers.
  • Figure out a way to encourage existing members to become ACTIVE members.
  • Make the site more action motivated.
  • At least double the size of the development / management team (bringing the total size to two).
  • Establish steady revenue sources so that I can survive and actually DEVELOP the community.
  • Collect ideas on doable projects and start DOING them.
  • Establish an actual presence on the internet (even if only a small one).

Longer term goals

  • Have a dedicated server (or better yet multiple servers), with the staff to maintain them.
  • Have a truly functional social network that is self-sustaining.
  • Have an established support system for real world activities.
  • Have a functional economy that is capable of growth.
  • Have an established “constitution” and “government” for the community.
  • Be DOING more, and less TALKING ABOUT doing.

Resources needed

  • Money (sadly this cannot be avoided)
  • Web development and programming skills … I have some, but not enough to make this into something truly awe-inspiring.
  • Awareness … this will never get anywhere unless the word is spread.
  • Dedicated humans … this is, and will always be, the premier resource needed to make this into a viable community.

Summary

  • I have a VERY long way to go for PAX Nation to become anything more than just a crazy man rambling on about a “better” world, with a few malcontents seeing merit in his ideas. That said, there seems to have been enough interest in this project … even after me kind of setting it aside … that I actually believe in the POSSIBILITY of it happening, even if it is remote at best. Every major shift in the world took a little bit of crazy and a whole lot of dedication. I have plenty of crazy, and my dedication flips between insane ravings and action. Essentially it comes down to this … if there is anyone out there that truly thinks this is an idea worth pursuing …

I NEED YOU WITH ME. I CANNOT DO THIS ALONE.

When one becomes two, the chances of two becoming more increases. And with each increase in numbers, the “impossible” becomes less impossible. As the numbers grow, critical mass becomes more and more of a possibility until it becomes probable, and finally … inevitable.

criticalmassdiagram

Who wants to help me change the face of the world?

 

By Steve Kramer On July 12, 2016 3:05 pm

Making an idea a reality

1302 days ago, I had an idea.

1302 Days. Three years, six months and twenty-four days. A mere moment in terms of human history … not even noticeable in terms of the lifetime of the earth, yet to mere mortals a momentous enough amount of time for significant change. I am the same person that had that idea … yet I am not. For nobody is the same from one moment to the next, and much has happened to me in those three and a half years.

I am still just an unspectacular person. I have not suddenly achieved celebrity. There still would be no reason anyone should know me unless our paths have crossed through our journeys in life. I am still just another ordinary person.

But my eyes still see, and my heart still beats. My core values have not changed. I continue to believe that we are all in this life journey TOGETHER. I continue to think that cooperation and complementing each other is the key to the survival of our species … our very planet … and not constant separation and conflict.

The way humanity keeps acting in recent years though, it still appears I am in the minority.

Greed and selfishness continue to be the driving force of humanity. Those who value material wealth over life itself retain control; we remain divided for all the wrong reasons, and it again seems to be getting worse. Of course it has only been three years, and there really is not reason to expect any grand changes to miraculously appear, for it is ultimately up to humanity itself to change things … if it truly WANTS to.

Self-deception continues to reign supreme, thanks to increased violence and advances in technology that make the spreading of hatred and misinformation easier and easier. Education and critical thinking are taking a back seat to propaganda and fear. Those with clear eyes and clear heads are rarely heard over the incessant bleating of the easily manipulated, and the howling of the predators that herd them.

Hope, like the sun, is always there ... even if it cannot easily be seen.

Hope, like the sun, is always there … even if it cannot easily be seen.

Yet my idea remains.

My life in the last 1302 days has both increased my despair for humanity’s future, and increased my determination to help alter the direction of said future. Recently, the despair has been in control, causing me to lose faith in myself and humanity in general. As a result my crazy idea, along with several other related projects were left unattended. Even though I still  KNOW I am not the only person fed up with humanity’s reckless direction, I seem to be unable to find those others who think as I do. Feeling hopeless and, frankly, HELPLESS, I began giving up on … well … everything. I am existing instead of living, with little hope, let alone focus.

One thing I am, strength or weakness (or a bit of both) yet to be determined, is STUBBORN. My determination may wane, even disappear for a bit … but it ALWAYS returns.

My idea still may be insane. It remains to be seen if I have a chance of making something so out there happen. But one thing is clearer than ever. I neither have the resources nor the skills to do it alone. Even if the birth of an actual internet nation is beyond our reach, it is still possible to build an active community of like-minded individuals that are not defined by location or other arbitrary labels, but rather by a shared determination to bring humanity to a productive and healthy path. That is ultimately what this project is about, and what I have so far failed to do.

I have been surprised to find that despite my lack of activity in recent weeks, we continue to have those who seem to support it trickle in. This makes me believe that it truly CAN turn into something, even if it is still a remote possibility. But we need more than just the occasional like on a Facebook page. We need more than someone registering and then never doing anything else. For any chance at a community that can make a difference, we need active participants. We need others to share their own crazy ideas. We need to take these ideas to the next level, by ACTING on them. We need to share with each other, and find those others who would willing be part of a … MOVEMENT.

No idea will ever be more than just an idea without ACTION, and no single person can change much of anything ALONE. I do not wish this to be just another site that has a crazy man preaching his ideals, nor do I wish it to be yet another pointless social network. It is meant to be an active community, a gathering place of humans who believe in the value of life … humans that believe governments and economies serve humanity and not the other way around. PAX Nation is here to remove lines on maps and let ALL people unite in common goals, embracing our uniqueness as nothing more than an opportunity to grow.

So I ask again folks … who wants to help me change the world?