Our vision is a life affirming global culture.

Gandhi’s oft-quoted aphorism, “Be the change you want to see,” requires you to see the change you want to be. The mission of Sacred Lifeline project is to implement this change: the Great Transition to a nonviolent system of existence that is founded on compassion for all life.

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The Sacred Lifeline project is based on our core guiding principle that compassion for all life is infinitely sustainable. Compassion for all life is consonant with all the faith and wisdom traditions of the world. It is said that it is within human nature to be violent. But it is also within human nature to be compassionate, to adapt, survive and ultimately thrive. Just as in Nature where the caterpillar gorges itself before forcibly undergoing a metamorphosis in the chrysalis, we over-consuming humans have reached a point of being forcibly transformed within the cocoon of our finite planet into compassionate, life-affirming butterflies: Vegan life affirming butterflies.

The Great Transition is from consumption to contribution as an organizing value and from competition to collaboration as an organizing principle. Our community principles are listed below:

A.    Economic Principles

1.     Gifting: from transaction to trust

2.     AhimsaCoin currency system based on radical equality and service rather than hierarchy and consumption

3.     Industries based on volunteerism rather than compulsion

4.     Decommodification

B.    Social Principles

5.     Radical inclusion

6.     Nonhierarchical decision-making – consent based rather than consensus based.

7.     Radical communal self-reliance (off-grid)

8.     Participation – civic responsibility and communal effort

C.    Ecological Principles

9.     Compassion for all life

10.  Veganism and a reconstruction of our relations with other species

11.  True sustainability – Half Earth usage through True Cost accounting

D.    Spiritual Principles

12.  Compassion for all creation as a fundamental, universal spiritual principle

13.  Acceptance of all faith and non-belief traditions

14.  Mindfulness

 

We are currently ensconced in a global socioeconomic system that promotes selfishness, greed and apathy, where we are each bombarded with thousands of advertisements a day, persuading us to consume one unnecessary product or another. We constantly compete against each other to determine who is better at one activity or another. The social hierarchy so created greases this ritualistic consumption. The existing hierarchical currency system underpins this global socioeconomic system.

But we now have the tools and technologies to build a new socioeconomic system that promotes selflessness, generosity and activism, while ensuring that radical equality and ecological sustainability are built-in from the outset. The Internet enables peer-to-peer communication, Cryptography enables individual privacy, Open-source enables institutional transparency, Solar panels and Energy storage enables distributed energy sourcing and the Blockchain technology enables distributed ledgers and large trust networks. The Sacred Lifeline project will utilize all of these available tools and technologies to create the new system. Specifically, we will build two key Open-source Apps: the AhimsaCoin currency system and the TrueCost accounting system.

AhimsaCoin would be similar to Bitcoin, but with authenticated members automatically receiving one AhimsaCoin every 50 minutes into their account during their lifetime. Each AhimsaCoin entitles the owner to the productivity of 1m2 of the Earth's surface for one year so that humanity’s global ecological footprint does not exceed half the Earth. The TrueCost value of AhimsaCoins are retired when a product is consumed by a member. As the human population increases, the frequency of AhimsaCoin issuance would decrease to one every 51 minutes, etc., to create a feedback loop for human population stabilization.

TrueCost is a measure of the true ecological footprint of any product. While we work to convert all products to be biodegradable and ecologically harmless, we are forced to use some products in the interim that are not. TrueCost accounting is essential to ensure that the AhimsaCoin economy uses no more than half the Earth. 

 

Guanacaste, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Guanacaste, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

The secret of change is to focus all of our energies not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
— The character, Socrates, in "Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book that Changes Lives," by Dan Millman

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