From Wikipedia: In 1989, a radical series of Eastern Bloc political changes occurred, associated with the liberalization of the Eastern Bloc’s authoritarian systems and the erosion of political power in the pro-Soviet governments in nearby Poland and Hungary. After several weeks of civil unrest, the East German government announced on November 9, 1989 that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans crossed and climbed onto the wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere. Over the next few weeks, a euphoric public and souvenir hunters chipped away parts of the wall; the governments later used industrial equipment to remove most of the rest.
The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on October 3, 1990.
Does Costa Rica need a military defense force to stop invaders? In 1948 their government abandoned their military … was that a wise move? Many people may not be willing to consider such a radical step but they are living in the past … or as one great American once said, “Most people are driving through life with both hands firmly on the rear view mirror.”
That great American is non other than Mr Werner Erhard, founder of the EST Training, recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize and the person considered responsible for introducing “empowerment” to business and organisations, rather than “management”.
On 1st December, 1948 President José Figueres abolished Costa Rica’s army. From that moment on Costa Rica has lived as a peaceful and democratic nation. Besides getting rid of the army this decision had another important effect on the country’s development. The money that was formerly spent on the military is now spent on education and universal health care and has had a tremendous effect on human development for the average Costa Rican.
No other countries can make this claim!
This peaceful tradition continues to live. Costa Rica’s current president, Dr. Oscar Arias Sánchez was the recipient of the Noble Peace prize for being instrumental in bringing peace to the nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua in the 1980s.
Furthermore, there is no threat of terrorism here because Costa Rica has NO enemies. This added stability is one of the primary factors that make our unique country such a special place in the world and perfect for a peaceful retirement and investment. For these same reasons large multinational corporations like Citi Bank, GE, Walmart, Intel, Proctor Gamble, Firestone, Amazon.com and many others have invested millions of dollars here. I am sure this list will continue to grow as more big players and individuals realize the advantage of investing here.
Finally, this peaceful ambience, excellent investment climate and unparalleled beauty are the reasons Costa Rica has become one top five emerging real estate markets in the world. See more on Costa Rica
Queen Elizabeth II has just addressed the United Nations … and unfortunately (she is in her mid 80’s) she too seems to have both hands firmly fixed on the rear view mirror; even from the back seat of her Rolls Royce.
She said something like “We are surely not here just to (something like) look the part … “, and anyone who understands the slightest little bit of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) would see that that is exactly what she said.
What Costa Rica so bravely (and certainly fortunately) did in 1948 is what Bucky Fuller saw could happen to catapult humanity into an era of unprecedented prosperity and abundance.
The three posters (available from the Buckminster Fuller Institute – www.bfi.org) sum up much of Bucky Fuller’s feelings in this matter … in particular the third poster, the necessary step of converting “Killingry into Livingry”, and whether or not we will do it in time.
There is no doubt today that we can provide for everyone on planet Earth at a very high standard of living … no doubt at all. In fact we have had that capacity for over forty years.
I find it alarming that many political leaders speak as if we are still living in the nineteenth or twentieth centuries.
The rate of change occurring today is ‘mind-blowing’, and difficult to keep up with. Change is normal … and yet I propose the vast majority of people fear change. There has never been anything other than change in the Universe and it’s acceleration is about to open the opportunity of an amazingly abundant and prosperous future for everyone.
I have studied Bucky Fuller now for seventeen years and have no doubt that he saw the future decades ahead of most people. Of his fifty predictions forty eight came true … the only two that didn’t are that hunger and poverty would end by the year 2000AD, and that political parties would also be irrelevant by the year 2000AD.
Imagine what will happen as we all take responsibility … learn what our beautiful planet is capable of providing ( a very high standard of living for everyone) and we let go of the fear that stops so many of us from trusting that we will be taken care of. We will be investing (as Costa Rica has done) in the future of humanity, and the growth in abundance will be astronomical.
In fact Bucky Fuller said that there were 4.7 billion potential billionaires on-board planet Earth. If you are interested in that sort of future visit 10billionbillionaires.org and download a FREE report.
I can say this with such faith and conviction because I played Bucky Fuller’s World Game, in Melbourne in 1999. At the end of that amazingly insightful day the two charts below were put up on the wall and discussed. The costs relate to 1998 figures … but the IMPORTANT point that most people haven’t been privy to is that we are spending more than twice the amount necessary to give everyone a very high standard of living, so that we can protect a nineteenth century view of limited resources available on our planet. That simply isn’t true today.
As a result of that day I have invested over a decade of my time developing an artifact called Your Healthy Planet.com which I believe can help in accelerating our journey to “Livingry”. (You can secure a Founding Advertising subscription TODAY from as little as $30.00 … and receive three months advertising on our Ethical Marketplace.)