Are You Ready? The Tech Revolution Begins!

As a part of the changes we are about to experience, the explosion of suppressed technologies will have a most significant and immediate impact on our global society. While those who are awake have known and anticipated these events, we don’t believe we have really come to full grips on the true impacts we are so generally talking about recently. We are talking about elevating the standard of living on a globally basis by a hundred fold in the next 5-10 years! Seem impossible? Well consider the impacts that are occurring as we write this article.

In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they have gone bankrupt.  What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 year – and most people don’t see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again?

Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore’s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superior and went main-stream in only a few short years. Now the standard in digital cameras is about 20 MPs. The same types of advances are happening with Artificial Intelligence, healthcare, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs. Welcome to the 4th Industrial/technological Revolution.

Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years. This revolution is happening in unanticipated ways.  For example, Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world. Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.

Artificial Intelligence integrated into computers have become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected. In the US, young lawyers already don’t get jobs, because of IBM’s Watson. You can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% fewer lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.

Computers (e.g. Watson) will enable nurse practitioners and doctor’s assistants the capability to diagnosing cancers 4X more accurately than current technology allows. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans. This is the so-called “singularity” that has been predicted by folks like Ray Kurzweil.

Autonomous Vehicles are coming and In 2018 the first self-driving cars will be available to the public. Around 2020, the complete auto industry will start to be disrupted. You don’t need to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone and it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance, and can be productive while en-route. Kids will never need a driver’s license and will never need to own a car. It will change the cities, because we will need 70-75% less cars. We can transform former parking space into parks. Approximately one million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 100,000mile, with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 10 million miles, which will save significant number of lives each year.

Vehicle Dealers may not know it but they are going to become dinosaurs.  Many automobile dealers will become bankrupt. Traditional car companies will try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. I spoke to a lot of engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; they are completely terrified of Tesla. Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.

Real Estate Business will experience dramatic change, because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood. Those agents working in high cost urban environments will have to rethink their business model.

Electric cars will become main-stream by 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all cars will run on electric. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can only now see the impact. Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil fuel generated electricity. The price for solar will drop so much that all coal companies will be out of business by 2025.

Power/Water Resources will also be redefined with cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter. While we don’t have scarce water in most places, we do have scarce drinking water and that reality is becoming critical. Currently only 2% of the earth’s water is considered potable. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

In Health Care the Tricorder X prize will be announced this year. There will be companies who will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with you phone, which takes your retina scan, you blood sample and you will breath into it. It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap and in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medicine, nearly for free.

3D printing is beginning to make significant impacts on how we view manufacturing things. The price of the cheapest 3D printer has come down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it has become 100 times faster. All major shoe companies have started 3D printing shoes. Spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past.

At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home. In China, they already 3D printed a complete 6-story office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that’s being produced will be 3D printed.

Business opportunities will have to be completely re-thought.  If you think of a niche you want to develop, ask yourself: “in the future, do you think we will have that?” If the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn’t work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st century.

Employment will be our greatest challenge and the most liberating aspect of the near future. Estimated 70-80% of existing jobs will disappear over the next 20 years causing a huge disruption in employment. There will be a large increase of “new jobs” requiring a highly-educated workforce. However, we will also have a significantly larger portion of our time we can dedicate leisure. These changes are as dramatic as when we stopped being hunter/gathers and began to settle down in an agriculture environment.

Agriculture and feeding the world WITHOUT GMO’s is a reality now. There will be $100 agricultural “field” robots in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all days on their fields. Aerophonics will need much less water. The first petri dish produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces are used for supporting cows. Imagine if we don’t need that space anymore. There are several startups that will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as “alternative protein source” (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).

With all these changes comes increased Human longevity. Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the average global life span was 79 years, now its 80 years. The rate of increase in longevity is accelerating and by 2036, there will be more than one year increase per year into the future. So we all might live for a significantly long time, and life expectancy will probably be more than 100 years by 2036.

The most significant impacts will be in education. The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. By 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means, everyone will have the same access to world class education. Every child can use online academies for everything a child learns at school in First World countries.

These are just a few examples of how technological advances of the last five years are already impacting the world. There are a cadre of “suppressed” technologies already developed but withheld because of their significant economic impacts. These are being forced into the light of day. They are related to non fossil fuel energy other than solar and wind, medical technologies, and technologies related to travel both on land, air, and space.

Fasten your seat belt, open your minds, and begin to learn how to enjoy the abundance and richness of life that is speeding your way!

Be Awake, Be Spiritual, Be Active

“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” JOHN 3:18

“Success is only achieved by Performing Righteous Deeds, not Wishful Thinking” [Tafsir of Surah An-Nisaa Ayaat Nos. 123-125]

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” Buddha

There are millions who now could be said are awake. Millions who understand that we are of divine nature and this is not about what faith or religion you profess, but about the true nature of creation. It is about the First Source of all of us. It is about that Creator’s divine plan for the expansion of creation.

However, though the Creator’s Plan WILL unfold in an absolute manner, so must we evolve to understand it is through our efforts, as well, as this plan moves forward to settle all parts of the universe in light, life, and abundance. WE are the instruments and tools employed by the Creator to make the plan real.

We must recognize we are one family. We must recognize that no matter what boat we took to get where we are, that we are in the same boat- Earth. We must recognize that no matter our color or origin that we belong to one race-The Human Race.

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Without us all taking action, darkness and ignorance prevails and we are on a ship with no wind for its sails. We shall remain in bondage to greed, power of a few, and living in a corrupt and unfair world. Makia Freeman, Contributor to Waking Times has so eloquently given us the thoughts we need to consider.

“Activism is what the Earth needs right now especially from conscious individuals, conscious groups and conscious communities. Those who started their awakening process most likely can see that we are living in maya (as the ancient Buddhist teachings tell us), a fake world of deception or a giantMatrix. Many have already begun to see that close to everything is fake, from MSM (Mainstream Media) news to food to scientific research to Government itself. While it is true that to be effective we must address the cause of the problem – the dysfunction of the mind/ego complex inside all of us – it is also true that merely trying to be more spiritual or become enlightened in your own isolated and separate bubble is not going to help the state of the world and alleviate others’ suffering very much. Sure, by focusing on your own enlightenment you can avoid adding to the collective misery and pain, but what is the point of all that enlightenment if you’re not going to do anything with it?

The Enlightened State Recognizes that We Are All One Being

A characteristic of the truly enlightened state is the deep recognition that we are all connected, and that in fact we are literally all one being. Therefore, a natural corollary of becoming more enlightened that you would intuitively feel the urge to help those around you, with whom you are connected by love. How can you truly have inner peace when you look into your brother’s or sister’s eye and see pain and suffering? That is also your pain and suffering, because I am you and you are me.

We are all in this together. Didn’t a great spiritual master of 2000 years ago say that we must forgive our brothers and sisters, and make things right with them, before attempting to enter the temple of God (i.e. go within to feel inner peace)?

Becoming More Conscious = Ending Denial

To me, becoming more conscious means becoming more integrated and whole. It means accepting things as they are and giving up the constant need to judge and complain. It also means ending denial, for whatever you deny, you push away and refuse to look at. This may be the parts of your personality that you don’t like. It may also be parts of what is happening in the world that are too “heavy”, “intense” or “negative” for you to handle. Yet, it is an energetic truth that whatever you deny or repress only grows stronger. It festers and ferments in the shadows and returns, often in an even worse form, when you least want or expect it. One way or another, you’re going to have to deal with it. Why not do it right now?

Can Truly Conscious People Ignore the Worldwide Conspiracy Around Us?

There is a common belief prevalent among those in spiritual or conscious communities – namely that we should leave activism to others, and that we should not worry about the bad state of the world or focus on it too much, because whatever we focus on we create, and obviously we do not wish to create more pain. While this is true, it is also used as an excuse by many to hide behind denial. Part of the enlightenment process is to confront the dark and transmute it – not to ignore and hope with wishful thinking that it will just magical go away.

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Remember what the most beloved US President of all, JFK, had to say in 1961:

“For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence – on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.”

It is an open secret that JFK was killed not by Lee Harvey Oswald by rather by this close-knit group of powerful individuals who felt very threatened by his desire to end secrecy and expose the conspiracy to light. JFK was assassinated 52 years ago. Have we gotten past our denial and apathy, and gotten any closer to integrating this dark side of our world? Have we confronted the truth that wealthy bankers, businessmen and military-intelligence heads run the Government, not politicians? Have we educated ourselves enough to see through the web of lies being spun by the MSM? Or have we pushed it all to the recesses of our consciousness and thought “someone else can deal with it”? Are you accepting that you can’t handle the truth? Are you conscious enough to deal with the reality of what is happening on planet Earth?

Activism: Enlightened Action is the Complementary Outflow of the Enlightened State

Yes, we must take care of our inner state before we can hope to change the outer state (our society) for the better. However, what the world really needs right now is activism – enlightened action from an enlightened state. We need people to stand for peace and, with activism, challenge the war-loving governments of the world. We need people to stand for justice and, with activism, speak up against ongoing 21st century genocide. We need people to stand for clean food by educating themselves about the dangers of GMOs and, with activism, demanding chemical-free food. We need people to stand for sovereignty and human rights in the face of corrupt courts that are happy to take away your freedom to make it easier for corporations and politicians to rule over you.

And so, I put out a call to all people on the conscious road: make activism part of your spiritual path. The joy you will feel from making the world a better place, of making a real difference, will be profound. Remember the vow of the Bodhisattva: to attain complete enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings. We need to translate the divine inner peace of our inner states to the concrete action of activism in the outer world to end suffering.”

It is way past time that we stand up, we speak up, and we act up.

Terrorism and Violence – Do WE Really Understand the Differences

Within the last two weeks we have seen another horrific event in Orlando, stupid debates over gun control and our legislators once again make us hang our heads in shame as they defeated four different bills that were intended to address the out of control situation we are currently confronting here in the US.

We have also been victims to our lame stream media spinning the stories for the benefit of their financial and political backers. NO ONE responsible for reporting the facts are reporting the facts. The facts however are the facts and these facts are screaming the insanity.

FACT #1 The “War on Terror” has displaced 120 million people in the last 18 months and the current pace of refugees fleeing the violence numbers about 15,000 people per day! That is equivalent to the total population of the top 15 metropolitan areas in the US or in another perspective, 2/3 of the population of the EU.

FACT #2 According to the Department of Defense, we have lost 15 service men and woman in the so-called “War on ISIS”.

FACT #3 In the last 6 months alone in the US, here are the gun violence stats: 24,525 shooting incidents resulting in 6,298 deaths and 12,950 injuries, including 269 children from 0-11 killed, and 1,351 teenagers killed.  There have been 145 mass shooting events. 151 police officers have been killed and 382 active shooters killed.

FACT #4 It is estimated that over 250,000 civilians have been killed in global armed conflicts over the last 18 months.

No one in their right mind could view these facts any other way than it is total insanity! Behind all of this violence, there are many companies making windfall profits from war and “domestic terrorism”. Gun sales here in the US are through the roof. There really is no way our legislators cannot be classified as criminals. To say they have blood on their hands is an understatement! They are neck deep in blood and anguish.

Where is our outrage? Forget about any political labels, where is our humanity? When you finish reading this short piece, go look at yourself in the mirror and tell that person you honestly believe there is nothing you can do about this insanity. We dare you!

The Banks, the Cabal, and War

In our on-going efforts to shine a spotlight on the real facts of why our current world is so dangerous, we want everyone to understand who is really both promoting war and who is profiting.

More than $28 billion has been invested in the production of deadly cluster munitions over the past four years, according to a report released Thursday.  The Cluster Munition Coalition said in a statement that the report on worldwide investments in the weapons — which release submunitions or bomblets on impact — found 158 financial institutions involved in funding their production.

As a result, the Coalition is calling on the institutions and governments “to put an end once and for all to investment in producers of cluster bombs.”  Cluster bombs are banned under international law, but only 100 countries have actually become state parties to that convention.  At present, countries like Syria and Yemen are being bombarded with cluster munitions, added the report.

Cambodia-based Denise Coghlan, head of the Cambodian Campaign to Ban Landmines, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday that the use of the weapons in those countries is “an incredible disaster in terms of creating danger for displaced people and refugees”.  “This week, on June 20, it is World Refugee Day, when we will think about people disabled and displaced by cluster bombs. For these financial institutions to be spending this much money perpetuating these weapons is a mortal outrage,” Coghlan stressed.

Between June 1, 2012 and April 8 of this year, the financial bodies from 14 countries pumped the cash into seven weapons producers that include “China Aerospace Science and Industry, China Aerospace Science and Technology, Norinco (China), Hanwha and Poongsan (South Korea), Orbital ATK and Textron (United States)”, the statement said.  Munitions produced by Textron were found to have been used by Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen since 2015.

“The vast majority of the financial institutions (138) are from countries that have not joined the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions,” it added.   The U.S., which hosts by far the most companies on the list with 74, is not a signatory, 29 are from China and 26 from South Korea. However, 20 financial institutions that have invested in producers of cluster munitions are from countries that have joined to the convention: Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom.”

Some of the countries listed in the report have adopted legislation (pdf) that bans certain forms of investment in cluster bombs, including Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Samoa, Spain, and Switzerland. Others have “made an interpretive statement that investments in cluster munitions are or can be seen as prohibited by the Convention on Cluster Munitions.”

Despite the international ban on cluster bombs, more than 150 financial institutions have invested $28 billion in companies that produce them, according to a new report released Thursday.  Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and Wells Fargo are among the 158 banks, pension funds, and other firms listed in the “Hall of Shame” compiled by the Netherlands-based organization PAX, a member of the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC).

It said that between 2015 and this year, 91 percent of the cluster munitions casualties in Yemen “were civilians, including deminers”, and that 22 percent of the civilian casualties were children.

Cluster bombs, which can be launched from the air or ground, operate by ejecting smaller sub-munitions or “bomblets” that can saturate an area of several football fields, according to CMC. They can remain volatile long after a conflict ends.

“Financial institutions must stop turning a blind eye to the lethal consequences of their investments,” said CMC ambassador Branislav Kapetanović, who survived a cluster bomb in Serbia 16 years ago. “Cluster munitions are being used in Yemen and Syria, causing significant civilian casualties including among children and women. All banks and financial institutions must prohibit investment in companies that produce these indiscriminate weapons.”

Financial institutions should develop policies that exclude all financial links with companies involved in cluster munitions production. Because all investment facilitates this production, no exceptions should be made for third-party financial services, for funds that follow an index, or for civilian project financing for a company also involved in cluster munitions.

We, as customers of these financial institutions, should also take actions. Boycott those institutions that participate. Simply take your business elsewhere and let them know why you are taking those actions. Secondly, if your company or employer has retirement or investment packages with these organizations, let your employer know that giving their business to these institutions is a moral outrage and shame. These may be small steps, but they ARE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE, now that you know.

Considerations to Ponder re: 2016 Presidential Elections

Our previous article revealed some of the facts of the current state of the world in relation to war. Only 10 nations out of 207 are not involved in armed conflict! Why is this so? The answer is simple, war is profitable to some. Today, the day after a horrific attack, over 103 people in the US were casualties of these conflicts right in our own backyard in Orlando. Our hearts are focused on them today. We cannot imagine their pain and loss. This was the 14th such incident of this nature in the US in the last 12 months, and in each case the FBI had some type of contact with the perpetrators prior to the attacks. What does that really mean?

However, we aren’t going to get into the questions of immigration,security, or gun control or any other distracting discussions here. These are diversions to keep us distracted and in a state of fear. They are designed to have us give up more of our freedoms in the name of security, and most importantly to make us feel helpless and therefore yield more power to our government, which is controlled by the very same corporate interests who profit from more war, more violence, more fear.

You don’t really choose the President, you consent to some pre-selected stooges and “burnable” proxies for those behind the scenes. They, the real controllers, always work with a “burnable” front person, often chosen because there is a skeleton, or sexual preference, or some other scandal that they can be blackmailed or destroyed politically with should they not stick the script of control.   Didn’t you ever wonder why the very worst excuses of humanity run entire corporations and countries (which are private corporations)? Will Hillary or Trump make you safer? No. Will they change anything? No.  Will they increase police and state control?  No doubt. Ironically, we all have a sense of that truth and yet we do nothing; we say nothing. Are we really that apathetic? I can assure you there are 103 families in Florida who will no longer be apathetic.

What to do for the average man?  This may sound crazy, but stop putting your energy into it.  They want your attention and energy.  They want your mind.   The TV networks are every bit as complicit as the purported terrorists (whether false flag or real), don’t watch them!   Bankrupt the TV networks by not watching them.  The Internet is cheaper and far more unbiased. Don’t participate in the one directional blood gore theater (it’s aimed at YOU).  It’s straight out of the script from the movie “Network” but getting mad as hell, like Howard Beall, is not stopping it. Deny them ad revenue from their pharmaceutical sponsors (who get rich selling antidepressants and symptom relief from a thousand different illnesses caused by stress, hopelessness and depression). See the vicious cycle for what it really is and understand the propaganda inherent in corporate media owned by 6 corporations, all owned by the banking families, who in turn control all of the major corporations.

Deprive “them” (however you define “THEM”) your energy of conflict (which they harvest one way or the other – they excel at that!!!).  Cease with the hate of some new “other” that is trotted out each week as the new being to hate of the month club, be it immigrants, Muslims, LGBT, liberals, socialists or any other myriad of “Not One of Us”.  Stop looking for Presidents, Chinese Dragons, Common Law courts, aliens, and other tools of distraction to save you!

You can do something, which is totally counter to everything you have been programmed to think! You can think for yourself. You can ask yourself what you honestly feel within your heart. You can trust yourself to know what is right and moral. YOU can transcend political and religious dogmas. We are sovereign human beings. WE KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT, all of us, without exception.  Can you imagine what could be accomplished if just a 1000 HUMANS were to do this?  10,000? 100,000?  IMAGINE 1 MILLION PEOPLE DOING THIS! Greater things that have transformed the world in the past have been accomplished by far fewer people. ONE Person wrote the Declaration of Independence. ONE Person found the cure for polio. ONE person, Gandhi, defeated the British Empire!

WE HAVE THE POWER TO END THIS NOW!  WHAT WILL WE DO?  DO SOMETHING TOTALLY WITHIN YOUR POWER.   SOMETHING YOU WERE BUILT FOR! WILL WE FINALLY REACH INSIDE THAT ESSENCE OF OURSELVES AND FEEL THE SOURCE OF OUR ESSENCE COME THROUGH AND FINALLY RECOGNIZE WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE WILL BE?

TRUTH IS NOT BLASPHEMY, BUT IT’S FREQUENTLY HERESY!  IT’S A LOVE SO DEEP FOR EVERY BEING THAT IT GAVE ITS SELF AWAY TO CREATE LIFE EVERYWHERE AND IN BETWEEN EVERY WHERE AND IN BETWEEN THE IN BETWEEN AS THE HAWAIIAN PRAYER GOES…. YOU ARE SOURCE/I AM… ALWAYS.. ALL WAYS.  YOU KNOW THAT. TIME TO FEEL IT. TIME TO BE IT.  IT’S TIME TO END THIS FARCE OF A REALITY THAT EXCEEDED IT’S SOLD BY DATE 4000 LONG YEARS AGO, THAT IS WE ARE TRULY LIVING IN A  SLAVE COMMERCE SYSTEM, AND ANY SYSTEM THAT MONETIZES HUMANS IS A SLAVE SYSTEM BY DEFINITION OF LAW.

It is time to begin the revolution in our own minds and hearts. It is time to think for ourselves without regard for what others may think. It is a time to let ourselves truly love one other and understand we are all connected in this reality called living. It is time to say NO MORE FEAR, NO MORE HATE, ENOUGH!

Just some things to ponder.

Let’s Put War for Profit into the Current Perspective

When we take a close look at the current reality in relation to conflicts on a global perspective, it is quite shocking to wrap a sane mind around that current reality. Only 10 nations are at peace! 10! War is the economic driver in a number of nations. War is profit, but at a horrible cost to us all. The question is how did we get here, or more succinctly how were we manipulated into this situation?

According to the Guardian, the world’s steady shift away from peace and into conflict inflicted a $14.3tn (£9.21tn) cost on the global economy last year, as nations ramped up military spending and more people were driven from their jobs, according to the latest Global Peace Index (GPI).

In 2014, the world spent 13.4% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on costs associated with violence, equivalent to the total economic output of Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the UK, according to the GPI. More than $3tn was poured into military spending.

The human costs are enormous. Globally, war has killed three times more people than previously estimated, and there is no evidence to support claims of a recent decline in war deaths, concludes a study published on the British Medical Journal website. There are very few extended families in the world who have not suffered lose.

(ANTIMEDIA) United States — A troubling report by the Institute for Economics and Peace found a mere ten nations on the planet are not at war and completely free from conflict. According to the Global Peace Index 2016, only Botswana, Chile, Costa Rica, Japan, Mauritius, Panama, Qatar, Switzerland, Uruguay and Vietnam are free from conflict. Iceland tops the list of most peaceful countries in the world, followed by Denmark, Austria, New Zealand, Portugal, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, and Slovenia — while the United States ranked far lower, at 103. Palestine, placed in the index of 163 nations for the first time this year, ranked 148th.

War-torn Syria placed at the bottom of the list, lower than only South Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Central African Republic, Ukraine, Sudan, and Libya.

“The index gauges global peace using three broad themes: the level of safety and security in society; the extent of domestic or international conflict; and the degree of militarization,” the report states.

Though 81 countries improved their level of peace according to those criteria, those gains were muddied by deteriorating peace in 79 other nations. In the last decade, “the average country score deteriorated by 2.44 per cent with 77 countries improving while 85 countries deteriorated, highlighting the global complexities of peace and its uneven distribution.”

While Central and South America continue to earn the worst marks for societal safety and security, the U.S. represents one of the only exceptions due to its “excessive incarceration rate.”

Overall, Europe held its spot as the most generally peaceful region, while the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) remains consistently the most tumultuous on the planet.

“The historic 10-year deterioration in peace has largely been driven by the intensifying conflicts in the MENA region,” the report notes. “Terrorism is also at an all-time high, battle deaths from conflict are at a 25-year high, and the number of refugees and displaced people are at a level not seen in 60 years. “Notably, the sources for these three dynamics are intertwined and driven by a small number of countries, demonstrating the global repercussions of breakdowns in peacefulness.”

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According to the report, the United States spends an outrageously high percentage of the globe’s military expenditures — 38 percent — while the next largest military spender, China, accounted for considerably less, 10 percent of the global share. In the score of militarization, the least peaceful countries include Israel, Russia, North Korea, Syria, and the U.S.

Of particular note in this year’s tenth anniversary index — the most comprehensive to date — globalization of conflict, in repercussions such as the growing refugee crisis, is driving a growing disparity between the least and most peaceful nations.

In fact, the “number of refugees and displaced persons increased dramatically over the decade, doubling from 2007 to 2015, to approximately 60 million people. There are nine countries with more than 10 per cent of their population classified as refugees or displaced persons with Somalia and South Sudan having more than 20 per cent of their population displaced and Syria with over 60 per cent displaced.”

While actual terrorist activity most heavily impacts Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, its ripples spread worldwide.

“Many countries are at record high levels of peacefulness, while the bottom 20 countries have progressively become much less peaceful, creating increased levels of inequality in global peace,” according to the report.

As the world descends into a far less peaceful state overall, the staggering cost of militarism and violence becomes painfully clear — 13.3 percent of the globe’s total economic activity, $13.6 trillion in purchasing power parity, concerned violent conflict. That’s the equivalent of “$1,876 for every person in the world.”

Working toward peace will require the international community to promote peaceful, just, and inclusive societies, the IEP urged in conclusion, though such goals aren’t expected to be reached quickly or easily.

If there is a single issue that we can unite on globally, surely this is it. What happens if families say to their young men and woman “we must put down our weapons”. There is no honor anymore in how we are fighting. There is only global corporations raking in huge profits and manipulating the polarization of regions and religions and the governments and rebels who are involved in these conflicts. We must globally understand this reality in the most fundamental ways possible.  We are only one race, the human race and we are going backwards because we are allowing ourselves to be manipulated for profit. These are the stark fundamental realities we face at this moment. We must stand together and simply say: NO MORE!