The Shalom Manifesto
Atheist friendly version
By Ian Hornick
For a religious friendly version please click here.
Always be wary and skeptical. Be critical and think logically about how something can be wrong before accepting that it is right.
Anything claiming to be true based on a self contained set of logic and rules, will only remain true based on that set of axioms.
For something to be truly true, it must rely on a logical chain of proof that lies outside of its own system of rules and logic. I am not saying that a self contained system is not true, just that it must remain true when compared to known truths, otherwise it is false.
This is true for physics, and it is true for religion.
According to Game theory there are two types of orders, competitive orders and co-operative orders. The world is currently in a state of competitive order (War and conflict), and in order for it to transition into a co-operative order (Peace), we must first declare a suitable, common goal for us to share (according to cooperative Game Theory).
World peace will only come when mankind agrees upon a common goal.
The goal must be eternal and/or dynamic (otherwise it will end). The goal must be beneficial for everyone (otherwise it will cause conflict).
The purpose of this manifesto is to outline the requirements of a suitable, common goal for all of humanity to agree upon.
It will not force a new belief on anyone, but rather provide people with the opportunity to merge this suitable, common goal with their own current worldview.
If you want world peace, then you must be ready to accept a viable common goal for humanity when it is presented to you.
Perhaps this manifesto will lead one of its many readers to think of one. Perhaps it will be you.
I find comfort in the concept of Peace as an eventuality of human progress.
I don’t mean Peace (an end to war), but Shalom (a perfection of humanity).
Yes, I am aware of the dangers of a solid utopian idea. But a dynamic utopian idea, based on core and fundamental principles is different.
I find comfort that humanity will continue to improve itself and attain a true state of Shalom.
Is the world aware of its current state? Are we aware of how much imperfection we are actually living in? I think if we were truly aware, we would feel as if we were living in a sewer of filth and sludge.
Obviously, nothing can be truly perfect for everyone, or in relation to any ideal of perfection. But it can always be better, and more optimal. There is always another decimal after the current one.
The first principle of perfection and Shalom is that it is asymptotic.
It is a process that will drastically improve humanity and continue towards a “known end”, without ever reaching that end. It is an eternal goal that will remain within humanity forever.
The debate, and argument, and struggle of humanity is agreeing upon the aforementioned “known end”.
Our acceleration towards a direction is the result of the sum of all of the forces pushing and pulling us.
Each person that has a different view of Shalom will push the world in a different direction and influence progress emphasising the importance of a correct, unified vision and common goal.
As a Metaphor:
Before arriving at a specific location in the universe, we need to arrive at the planet in question, then we need to arrive at the continent on that planet, then the country, then the city, then the street, then the house, then the room, then the specific location within that room.
Notice that the first goal is a planet. We don’t need to agree (at this stage in history) on a city or a street, and certainly not on a house or room, but we at least need to agree on a planet.
At this point I would even settle for a galaxy.
Once we arrive at an attainable goal, we can proceed to fine tune our direction and set our course for the next one. There is always another decimal after the current one.
That is the dynamic utopia.
Perfecting the process of perfection is perfection itself. The rest is just time.
Perhaps I can step into the shoes of the anti-perfectionist for a moment to demonstrate what perfection is not. This may give us a good first understanding of how our current course(s) should be changed.
Perfection is NOT :
These are such basic ideas, it feels like trying to teach arithmetic to someone who should be learning differential equation calculus.
If you are a part of a closed system that believes any of the above ideas, your closed system is flawed. Either abandon it, or fix it, but don’t believe in it fanatically.
At least don’t impose that belief on other people.
If it’s true, it will remain true whether you force it or don’t force it on the world.
You should not have to force change on the world in order to have something false be accepted as true, just so that you can continue belief in your closed system.
The path of Perfection must allow for the autonomy and security of all people on earth, and provide them with the opportunity for contribution and reward them accordingly for their contribution.
I find comfort in the fact that, no matter what, humanity will eventually get to the truth. So if you are right, eventually all of mankind will get there.
But if we have a basic set of principles, based on common interests, and open logic, we can actually work together on attaining Shalom (peace and the path to perfection for humanity).
We need to stop fighting and waging war with each other just because we disagree on what Peace is. That is the most ridiculous thing imaginable, and I would laugh at the irony, of this joke, if its consequences were not so horrible and detrimental for EVERYONE.
The first step of Shalom is agreeing on the next step of a common goal.
We are biological creatures. We chase pleasure and avoid pain. Pleasure exists on many levels of our psychology and are all rendered onto our conscious experience.
The most basic level of our conscious experience is physical pleasure/pain.
Experienced as a direct result of our senses.
We also experience pleasure and pain through our emotions and empathy.
Beyond our emotion is our sense of morality. We experience pleasure and pain based on our “moral compass”. But these senses can be easily overridden through tricks of the intellect.
Hence, I would like to add another level to the list of our conscious experience of pleasure and pain. The intellect.
I personally experience a lot of pleasure and pain based on learning and understanding. Perhaps it ties in with emotion and morality, but it appears to be separate in how we experience ourselves.
A simpleton’s understanding of this list and its conclusions of peace would be: to simply maximize everyone’s pleasure, and minimize everyone’s pain.
But wiser people will quickly see the dangers and pitfalls of this way of thinking. All biological organisms are programmed to think and behave according to the simpleton’s conclusion. It is the way that children behave, and the way that we naturally behave.
Yes, the more simple a person is, and the more childish they are, the more they will tend towards maximizing their Physical pleasure and minimizing their physical pain. But any adult knows that hard work is satisfying because we are able to endure physical pain and produce something greater than ourselves. We get a greater pleasure from a hard day of work than if we would avoid physical pain. (Especially if we know that our work is contributing the the perfection of humanity).
That is because we understand the concepts of means and ends.
(Childbirth definitely would never happen if people prioritised the physical part of their experience).
A wise person might also have noticed that our biology could promote immorality. If we were to chase only physical pleasure, our society would be hedonistic and involve rapists, murderers, and other depraved perversities. (which it does)
We understand that a complete pleasure involves stimulating all of our biological capabilities to experience it. This is why we (as a society) should take greater pleasure in being moral than we do in experiencing physical pleasure. (which we currently don’t - most of us don’t anyways)
I’m not saying that physical pleasure is wrong and should be avoided at all costs, rather, I am saying that physical pleasure is good for humanity provided that it is experienced in a moral way.
To give an example, we can look at the simple pleasure of eating a good piece of fruit.
Everyone on earth should be permitted to eat fruit.
The pleasure of eating that fruit is heightened when:
Obviously I could include many more examples on this list, but the point was made clear.
Pleasure is not limited to the physical and can be enhanced by our “higher” (internally rendered) experiences of pleasure.
Our physical pleasure would be the same had that fruit been eaten mindlessly, stolen or required no work on the part of anyone to produce, but is enhanced because the rest of our experiences can share in the pleasure of that fruit.
A perfect world, is one (but obviously not limited to) where all pleasures are united every time we eat a simple piece of fruit.
Fruit is a metaphor for all of our pleasures. We live in a time where we have to work hard to get “fruit”. It will not be so in the future.
We will get “fruit” from an automated system. But as long as we remember that we as mankind had to work very hard to get to that point in history, we will still get joy from that work because we will identify ourselves as a part of mankind.
Agriculture is a complicated science that has taken years of practice and knowledge to master. And will continue to improve for years to come. The eventual automation of agriculture would have to take into account all of the vast knowledge learned in order to optimize it.
We exist and we evolved to take pleasure in the world. This is true in an open system of logic. That is how we evolved. We evolved because of pleasure and its association with our biological needs. Those that did not experience gene survival as pleasure, would have died out, leaving behind only those that do experience gene survival as pleasure.
We are literally here because of pleasure, and evolved so many different ways to enjoy the universe.
We just have to make sure that we are enjoying it properly, responsibly, and ethically.
A lot of additional mechanisms were also acquired from evolution. We have desires and take pleasure in many twisted and perverse ways that (in the past) directly lead to our survival and existence. We must be thankful for them (we are here because of them), yet simultaneously distance ourselves from them, as survival is no longer dependant upon them.
The second principle of Shalom is that the desires of all life on earth must promote our direction to progress and not hinder it because with progress comes pleasure.
Our desire for conformity is what gives culture a medium to thrive and exist.
The group conforms to a herd mentality and people begin trying to prove that they are a part of the herd.
The herd members will secretly say conclusions and see if others agree. Slowly these conclusions will populate outwards if they are in agreement with the direction of the cultural organism.
If a direction in the cultural organism is politeness, people will show their politeness as a method of conforming.
It is up to everyone to detect the cultural organism around them and see where it will lead its members in the future.
Some cultural organisms can turn into Nazi Germany, and others can turn into Communist Russia, and others can turn into Hammas or ISIS.
What is your cultural organism, and will it lead you in a positive direction?
And once you reach an optimal level, will it realize this or keep going to the immorality of the other end of the spectrum?
Unless the critical component in a cultural organism is Shalom (Truth and Perfection), it will most certainly lead to an unbalance.
(As is the case today)
(This section has the potential to be very dangerous if misunderstood. Those that misunderstand it are probably not good breeding candidates.)
Breeding is controlled evolution. All biological creatures, including humans, can be bred. Our ancient, shepherd ancestors understood this well and understood that we have a responsibility to breed ourselves responsibly.
You may make the claim that perfection is subjective, but we can manipulate our genome through proper breeding techniques (and perhaps one day genetic engineering). So how should we use this freedom and responsibility?
Should we ignore it and keep it random?
Even if we decided to keep it random, there is another problem.
Let it be recognized that closed systems all over the world influence the future of the human genome by influencing the breeding techniques within their system.
The longer these closed systems have been in place, the more of an influence they have on human breeding.
We can actually create/intensify or eliminate/diminish sources of pleasure and pain according to breeding techniques.
We can influence our desires, their strength, our overall demeanor, and even our health.
Firstly, each person has a responsibility to raise their children to select a suitable mate for continued breeding. Part of this means exposing their children to a population of suitable mates by choosing a place to live and community to belong to and teaching them the knowledge to pass on to their own offspring; Another option is to simply arrange their marriages and teach them how to arrange their children’s marriages, in turn.
Closed populations with closed systems will experience an accelerated response to the breeding instructions that are encoded within their closed system.
If we develop practices to perfect our breeding system, in thousands of years from now, our offspring will thank us. This process starts with our own children.
But even if we don’t control our own breeding systems, we must do our best to help other closed systems that are injuring the human genome. We must help them to develop proper breeding practices, because their genome might have been deteriorating for several generations now. They must develop it themselves, however, we can at least provide them with the information needed to succeed.
As an example, a closed society that rewards murderers with offspring and good natured people with gene death, will deteriorate their genome.
Or one that teaches their women to select males (or vise versa) that demonstrate the ability to dominate others, overall, will eventually breed a group of humans to have dominating character traits.
Another example may be a society that takes all of its best members and forces them to take vows of chastity thereby ensuring the decay of the remaining community’s genome.
It is up to each and every one of us to examine the closed system that we are currently living in, this might include national beliefs and practices, religious beliefs and practices, or familial beliefs and practices.
Every individual must examine each and every belief and practice that is present within their own society and determine how it will affect the breeding of their offspring over the span of an infinite time period.
We must promote positive, breeding beliefs and practices, and deny negative ones.
Perhaps some societies might decide to take drastic measures to restore a semblance of balance (as a PID controller would). This is dangerous if it does not remain dynamic, because any direction that is not perfection must be re-evaluated at a later time.
For example, if you ask for directions to get to your house and the direction of perfection says:
You need to go west, very very very far west.
You might instruct and create a system of beliefs and practices to direct your offspring to go west. Eventually, your offspring might arrive at your house, but if they continue with your instructions they will pass their destination and end up way too far west.
So, any instructions and directions that intend to re-balance our genome must additionally provide a system to define the point when the instructions and directions should be abandoned and allow for a new system to be put in place.
The idea is basically to create a society where genetic success depends on the desired character traits. Negative traits can still reproduce, but the positive ones need to outnumber them.
Many closed systems have found the need to label perfection around them in the past.
I am not saying that Perfect Anomalies are impossible, but mislabeling them is problematic.
The world is not perfect. This is not debatable and is agreed upon by everyone with a sane mind. The world might never be perfect, but it is theoretically possible to find anomalous perfections within the imperfection.
Especially if those anomalies are a dynamic idea.
Historically people have required tangible representations to worship as perfection, but unless these representations are open ended and relatable to an aspect of the infinite future and its true perfection, they are unsuitable to be viewed as “Holy”.
These “idols” exist throughout humanity and its closed systems.
It is the responsibility of each jurisdiction to analyze these representations of perfection for their viability to the infinite future and how they promote or hinder progress.
We should all recognize that calling an imperfection “perfect” is a hinderance. As an example, saying that War and death by combat is “Holy” and having a group believe this (as the Vikings once believed) is the antithesis of a peaceful perfection.
But the benefits of creating tangible representations of aspects of perfection creates a metaphor that is easy to understand, even for children.
This practice is designed to provide us with an example to strive for. If chosen properly, no matter where we are, we can always look at these representations and see how we should change our course and progress to the next stage of existence, and Shalom (The perfection of mankind).
Shalom is far too abstract to be tangibly grasped by the mind of a child; as stated earlier it is dynamic (from our perspective).
We must be very very careful when labeling something in this way. It must be a proven perfection and be a useful model for us to replicate in existence.
Chapter 4 will provide an example of how to properly accomplish this process. And demonstrate how doing so is a useful tool for attaining perfection.
The third principle of Shalom is to monitor what mankind has solidified as an accepted perfection, so that it will promote progress rather than hinder it.
It should be recognized that in a perfect world we will have no need for work. A “need” for anything implies an imperfection, as anything that is perfect, by definition, does not need improvement.
Thus, one of the main purposes of our work in bringing the perfection of the universe is to eliminate the need for work.
A time where no more work is required, in order to further our own perfection, automatically implies that we will have attained perfection.
The fourth principle of Shalom is that eliminating the need for work is a path and goal of perfection.
Using the principles from chapter 3, we can use this information to craft an example of a viable perfect anomaly.
To craft a perfect anomaly we need to keep these 3 rules in mind.
(1. Point to infinity, 2. Be based in logic, 3. Be useful)
Keeping these 3 rules in mind, let us proceed.
If we were to create an experience of true rest from work, we would be able to show people:
So, in order to construct an experience with no work, we must first define work. Our definition of work must also remain dynamic. Many new technologies may require work to support them. A power plant is an example of a new technology that requires work to maintain.
It is not an easy task to properly define work, but let’s skip ahead and assume for a moment that we could successfully create a dynamic system to define work.
How long should this experience be (assuming that it should “be” at all)? It should be both long enough in order to provide us with a full and proper experience, but short enough so that we are not too delayed in returning to our work of perfecting the world.
How often should we expose ourselves to this experience?
Well, if by definition it can show us perfection and it is dynamic, we should expose ourselves whenever we need to reflect on our next step, whenever the last step became obsolete.
We should also expose ourselves often enough so that we don’t forget the experience and so that it becomes a part of us.
This decision can remain dynamic.
There is already a solution in the world that uses these principles: The Jewish Sabbath. Perhaps they defined work improperly, or perhaps a full day is too long or too short, or perhaps the frequency is too often, or not often enough, or perhaps a national scale is too large or perhaps it should be larger and coordinated on a global scale, or perhaps it is a useless practice that can be visualized in a thought experiment and only children and simple people need to experience it.
All of these need to be considered when constructing a perfect anomaly.
It should noted that the Sabbath is at least a little dynamic. The Sabbath that was practiced by Jews 3000 years ago is different from the Sabbath that is practiced today which is, in turn, different from the Sabbath that will be practiced in 1000 years from now.
Every Sabbath is different because each one is created independently and modified by our current technological state.
Provided that Shalom stays dynamic, it can adapt and assimilate what is true from closed systems.
Shalom must remain an opened system, and if your closed system is true, then you have nothing to worry about, as Shalom will eventually incorporate that truth. And if it is false, you should be equally happy because a true and real perfection will be attained.
Should this viable perfect anomaly be practiced at all? The answer to this really just comes down to how useful and efficient it is.
If this viable perfect anomaly hinders progress the answer is obvious, but if it promotes progress and enhances it and remains efficient if we experience it, then it should be promoted as a valuable tool for attaining Shalom.
If nothing else, this experience could provide a viable test simulation in order to see how far we truly are from attaining it.
I can’t imagine that the financially privileged would ever be happy about perfecting our economic system.
Good thing they are 0.1% of the population by nature. They won’t be able to put up much of a resistance when we decide to change the system.
I’m obviously not advocating a revolution or violence, and that 0.1% can pay for a lot of advertising and media to dissuade people from changing the system. But in the end, I am comforted by the idea that our economy will be perfected. It is only a matter of time.
Obviously we as humans have a lot of growth to accomplish before we are ready for a perfect economic system. The system will have to change and adapt as we are ready and able to deal with it. But there are a few things for certain.
Land is for everyone and nobody owns it.
There, I said it.
One day you’ll be dead, and you’ll have no more use for your land, on the other hand, we all need land to live.
We need land for agriculture, for nature preserves, for a place to sleep and eat, we need it to exercise and relax, we need it to work and produce goods.
Part of existing in reality means that we take up space and need space to live.
Everyone should have a place to eat, sleep, and enjoy the world.
How is it that people can own land and not use it? How is it that people can charge other people rent for living on land? How is this perfection?
Everyone needs land to exist, and just because someone has more financial wealth does not mean that they have the right to hoard all of the land for themselves and charge those that do not have land for its use.
If we continue down our current path, land will become so expensive that the financially elite will own it all, and the common people will have to pay to exist and live in substandard conditions.
Obviously our economists will have to develop different financial systems to suit the needs of the current generation, and each nation and country will have the freedom to chose what system is right for them.
In the end, I hope that the most perfect system “wins” and not the system that is able to make the most money and enslave the other nations through debt.
Yes, I said it. You can be angry with me as long as it takes for you to realize that this is true.
Any financial system needs a “reset” button, so that the next generation has some room to breath. Our current cycles of depressions and booms are the result of a lack of this reset button.
Obviously economics is not the most interesting of subjects for most people, and developing it is mathematically complex and requires predictive modeling and testing simulations to accurately predict if the new system is appropriate for the current state of the world.
But we should not shy away from fixing our economy because of the greed of the 0.1% or because it is difficult to accomplish.
I highly recommend that independent nations experiment and work on improving their economic systems. And I find it highly immoral that any country prohibit economic models from developing just because it means that your current model might be “threatened”. You do not need to put sanctions on any nation for experimenting with their economic model.
(As stated before, if you have the truth, you must not fear the experimentation of others, they will only prove your truth).
We need to globally fix our economy, and not invent super powers like the E.U. in order to compete and spiral further into a broken system.
This is obviously an oversimplification, but I hope the point is clear.
The fifth principle of perfection is that our economic system must facilitate and promote the process of perfection and not the accumulation of wealth for its own sake.
Fortunately we have Co-operative Game Theory and the Shapley value to help construct an economic system that simultaneously rewards people for their contribution, places value on their co-operation, and can provide an accurate tax in order to help those that are unable to contribute. In, addition, we have a Jubilee system to test how successful our current economic system has become.
Any economic system, that improves, needs an empirical way of measuring its success, otherwise we are just shooting arrows at a target in the dark.
The Jubilee year occurs every 50 years and removes all debt, restores land to people and resets the economy.
This is the perfect time to try the next version of the economic system.
We can measure the effectivity by simply looking at how much of a change is required to accomplish the reset.
The ideal system will result in no net change on the Jubilee year.
In a perfect world, nobody should be in debt, everyone should still have their land, nobody should be overly wealthy or living in poverty.
And if any of these things occur, we need examine the reasons that they do. Is a particular person poor because he or she did not work hard, or because the system worked against them?
Because of the Jubilee year, we can experiment with different systems to try and stabilize it so that no changes are required every 50 years.
The beautiful thing about this system, is that not everyone needs to have it.
Even if only a single nation adopted it, they would be on a path of developing a perfect system.
The entire world can learn from the system that they develop.
And if multiple nations do it, we can learn solutions from each other, and a completely new category of progression will occur. Also, it must be noted that a solution in one nation is not necessarily a universal solution for all nations.
At a future time, every 50 years, there will be a big celebration on the jubilee year. We will celebrate that our economic system has attained perfection, and there is no more resetting to do.
Can anyone deny the good that science has brought to mankind?
Can anyone deny the further potential science can bring to perfecting the world?
The scientific pursuit of truth is one of the greatest endeavors that mankind has ever created.
So many different things can be said about science, but its role in perfecting the world should be clear.
It is a tool like any other tool that man has ever invented. It can be used for good or bad, and that is the truth. Anyone who disagrees can go and look at Hiroshima and then bow their head in shame.
There is no quest for truth more obvious than the scientific one. Obviously there are many problems with the way that science is currently conducted, and how it develops and is used. Anyone within the scientific community can attest to that.
And particularly because science is currently used to make money and not to perfect the world, although many times both coincide with each other.
The quest to understand the universe, in its essence and purity, is one of the most pleasurable thoughts I have ever experienced. Thinking about those first few seconds of the beginning of existence, is more beautiful than anything the eyes could ever see.
And being rewarded, for understanding the universe, with the ability to manipulate it and use it to make the world a better place is one of the greatest benefits that any human endeavor has ever produced.
Do we understand everything? No.
Are we right about everything? No.
Do we always use science to make humanity better? No.
Does science always bring peace between people? No.
But science will bring Shalom, pleasure, and the end to work. Without it, we would need magic and miracles to accomplish these tasks.
The sixth principle of Shalom is that science and technology are integral and must be dedicated to bringing perfection rather than focus on financial gain.
How can government ever become perfect or even begin on this path?
A perfect world will also require a perfect government.
It will require an extreme coordination of many different parts in order to achieve perfection. And the leadership that coordinates it, will also need to subject itself to perfection.
Do I need to provide examples of how power corrupts people? No.
Everyone knows that politicians are some of the worst people and best liars known to man. They will outwit each other and play the game of thrones to the best of their ability, to sit on the throne of power.
The ruling chair is one of the most coveted of all positions in the world. Many of history’s most vile men held places of power and tried to conquer and have their power and influence grow, sometimes even beyond their own death.
The ideal and perfect leadership is an eventuality of the process of Shalom. In the infinite future, when the world is perfect, and everything is good, we will have leaders who rule over mankind with righteousness and dignity, relinquish their throne and declare the world to be complete.
Is anarchy the vision of perfection? Clearly not at this stage of history. Leadership is required until the point that it no longer is. Will we ever do away with government? Perhaps not.
But for now? Let’s get rid of the dictators, the liars, murderers and thieves, all the ones that lust for power and fame, and have our most selfless and devoted public servants sit in government, with the sole task of bringing perfection to existence.
Because rather than demand servitude, a true leader is a servant to their people.
The seventh principle of Shalom is that our government must have a dedicated system to perfect itself, otherwise it will never change.
We should not require revolutions to overthrow governments every time the people wish to change its structure.
Here is where you write your story.
Because Shalom is an open ended concept, I am not afraid of being wrong in this Manifesto, for surely the people that read it will understand the importance of extracting truth like a fruit from its peel.
Phase 1: Spreading the message and forming organized groups and chapters around the world to inform the public about the benefits of accelerating this process in unison.
Phase 2: Forming political parties around the world based around the principles of this manifesto. (We need to use the systems that are already in place to accomplish change where possible).
Phase 3: Independent countries around the world begin to declare their intentions for participating in a global effort to unite and begin perfecting the world.
Phase 4: Peace on earth and the group effort of the world to usher in a perfect existence for everyone. We dedicate ourselves towards the infinite path of peace for mankind. (Finally, the greatest day in all of history, I hope to live to see it and that our current generation is wise enough to accept it).
Pass it on to your children and those that are wise enough to understand it. Teach them to understand it properly. And one day, all of our children will be large enough in number to start the process of world peace.
We do not destroy ourselves or the planet for long enough to give us time to eventually get to Shalom in a natural way.
Peace, Shalom and love,