Working at The Continental isn’t at all what you thought it’d be.
SPOILER FREE FIC.
You smoothed out your shirt and looked in the mirror. It was
your first day on the job. You were decked out head to toe in brand new
clothes. All from a designer you’d never heard of. All custom made to fit you
perfectly. All completely free. On top
of that, you’d be making a salary that, at entry level, was six figures. And
all you had to do was deliver room service.
But there was a saying you’d heard since you were young: If
it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.
You should have suspected something was off when you had to
give a blood sample, a urine sample, a DNA swab, and answer a thirteen page
questionnaire that included things like “list the full names of your parents,
siblings, and grandparents” or “do you have any experience with sutures,
cauterization, or CPR?”
And then the interview, itself, felt more like an
interrogation. The whole thing gave you this weird feeling in your gut, but
this was also the most exclusive hotel in New York City. Getting a room here
wasn’t about whether or not you had the money, but whether or not you knew the
right people, and even then, it was typically booked solid. You’d even heard a
rumor that The Queen of England was denied a room once. Of course they’d be
picky about their staff.
But after the lengthy interview process and dozen or so
signatures on papers you probably should have read, you found out the truth
about The Continental.
The manager’s name was Winston. He was nice enough, though
he had a very “no nonsense” attitude about him. The more you found out about
the place, though, the more you understood why. It was a safe haven for a
secret society of people. Assassins. Hit men. Gang Lords. The underground elite
of not only New York, but the entire world. The only currency accepted from
customers were gold coins. One gold coin was the equivalent to one favor. It
was a simple system, Winston explained, but complex to newcomers. You’d pick it
up over time. All you needed to know was that if you got a coin, you kept a
close eye on it.
Additionally, the hotel followed a strict set of rules, but
the two that most concerned you were that staff was never to ask questions, and
no business could ever be conducted on hotel grounds. The latter of the two
should have made you feel safer, but instead, it just made you more nervous.
Upon the conclusion of your meeting with Winston, he
presented you with a single gold coin. You looked at him curiously. He smiled,
and said simply:
Recently, I had a fun conversation with @sansjoshiki, who sent us a question on anon but then followed up with my request for more information. (Thanks for doing that!) It’s exciting to be able to answer questions to the best of our ability because we have all the information!
Anyway, a lot of the stuff I said was not specific to their world, and I think that some of you may enjoy and benefit from it, so here’s some general advice on putting worlds together and incorporating details into your stories!
So, having a single concept (or a few unrelated concepts) and building a world and story from it is completely doable, and can be a lot of fun! But it can also be totally overwhelming and difficult to decide just how much to build, what to focus on, and how to incorporate all of it.
This process is easier if you have a plot or a character in mind, because you can use that as a lens to decide what parts of the world are important to focus on. For instance, if your character is royalty, do they care how the peasants get water? Will that factoid ever show up? Probably not. With that in mind, it’s fine to have no detail or vaguery in regards to things that aren’t relevant, so don’t strain yourself trying to explain every little thing.
Using guides to help you come up with your world can be extremely helpful to cover all the relevant bases, but no guide will ever match exactly what you need for your story in particular. I think that possibly the best thing for you to do is to start thinking about your character and/or plot. If you don’t have a plot, think about elements in the world that are especially interesting to you and contemplate ways to get those involved in your plot. If you do have a plot, then start thinking about particular aspects of your world that will definitely be involved. If your plot/character(s) are involved with the government, you’ll need to have a pretty solid idea of how that government functions, but if not, that’s a detail you can probably gloss over with only basic details.
If your plot is detailed, start thinking of particular scenes that you want to write in it. For instance, if you want a scene to take place in a store or market, you’ll need to think about how that’s laid out. Is there just one store that sells almost everything? Do most shops specify? Is there an open-forum market with lots of small vendors, or large department stores? How does the currency work? (Actually, “how does the currency work” is a question you should probably answer regardless of whether economics will be a focus, unless the average person on your world doesn’t use currency).
With this in mind, build the parts of the world that pertain to a scene until you can get a sense of what it would be like to be there. Think about real-world situations that are similar; what does it feel like to be in a government building? In a bank? In a convenience store? In a high-priced and specialized boutique? On a farm? How would these things change based on the ways your world works? For instance, if your world no longer employs people to run cash registers and instead uses something like Walmart’s self-checkout, how does that change the experience of going to the store?
Once you have a basic sense for the scene, start writing! You don’t need to know every detail by this step; in fact, don’t try to know every detail. Just place yourself with your character in the scene, and think about what you’d notice and what’s important.
However, be careful about glossing over “unimportant” things, or at least keep in mind that you did. If a detail is irrelevant in an early scene, but then becomes important later, you don’t want to contradict what you’ve said before. I’m guilty of this; I write along willy-nilly, and sometimes when I’m rereading, I realized that a detail I develop well in chapter 5 is contradicted by something I handwaved in chapter 2. This is fixable, of course, but you might save yourself a little headache by thinking about it beforehand. Having to rewrite what used to be the perfect scene because one detail changes everything is annoying.
Also, don’t be tempted to start from the very beginning with this method of worldbuilding a single scene; think of scenes that are critical to your story and what they’ll entail, and work backwards to the ones that are less critical.
Ultimately, don’t forget that worldbuilding shouldn’t get wholly in the way of your writing. It can be lots of fun and create a great story, but if you find yourself never starting because you don’t have all the details in place, relax.
Sometimes, “Just start writing” can be the best thing when you’re stuck with worldbuilding. If a detail is needed to make the story work, or to make the world believable, you’ll realize that as you go, and then you can pause, figure it out, and then carry on.
As for putting an adequate amount of world detail in, we’ve done a few posts about that in past. I’ll say a few words about that:
Putting detail in can be tricky, because you know all these things about your world and many of them might be working together to create a scene. However, you don’t want to annoy or bore your reader, so you have to limit yourself. Having a beta reader can be great for that, because they can let you know when you have too much or too little detail. Personally, I think that erring on the side of too little and then having your beta reader tell you so is best. If you’re confusing your readers, you’ll need to put more detail in, but people are less likely to tell you when you have too much detail. Try to keep in mind what’s essential for the world, and also what’s abnormal. Your character isn’t likely to be thinking about how the space-age toilet works (unless they work in the sci-fi equivalent of plumbing), and even though knowing what happens to the waste can be important to the author, it is unlikely to come up in a story. Put yourself in that situation, remind yourself that everything you’ve built is the norm for that world, and then think about what you’d actually notice.
If you have abnormal things going on, those are easier to explain and make it make sense that you are explaining them. This can also be used to show what the norm is: “Instead of just going into the vaporizer like it always did, [character]’s urine was sitting in the receptacle, making the bathroom smell bad.” Bam, now we know that toilets have vaporizers and that this one is malfunctioning.
Despite obnoxious stereotypes that all anime are shonen or moe/harem, the fact remains that it is a medium and as one would hope, under it have appeared some rather brilliant anime that will dazzle your mind with their competence and knowledge. I’ll be avoiding talking about anime based more on mystery and outwitting opponents such as Death Note and Un-Go. Instead the
three anime in this list are ones that teach you about subjects very applicable
to our world or helpful in learning the principles that govern it.
Spice and Wolf
Spice and Wolf caught many viewers by surprise. Advertised
for the fanservicey elements of its female lead Holo, the anime is actually
primarily focused on interactions between our main characters and showing the
workings of a medieval economic system. That’s right, Spice and Wolf is about
merchants, trade, finances, and bartering. It’s not a small theme either. Most
of the anime is focused on it, which makes sense since the male lead is a
traveling merchant. It’s something very close and relevant to him. Given Holo,
the wolf he travel with, is extremely intelligent herself, there are some complicated
conversations between them and many scenarios that you’ll have to continuously keep up with. This
series will be sure keep you glued to your seat with its sizzling romance and
sobering take on economics.
Like Spice and Wolf, Log Horizon may be misleading to some.
It can easily be mistaken for a Sword Art Online clone, when in reality its
focus couldn’t be more different. Really the only element they share in common is that players are trapped inside
a virtual MMO. I’ll add that I personally find Log Horizon the superior of the two.
Log Horizon offers two forms of education. The first is in
MMO gameplay and tactics, which it explains and utilizes quite often,
especially early on. The second form is in its world building. By that I mean
that it shows just what problems could occur if people were thrown into a new
world set by gaming laws and just what it is people would need to devise to prosper
The anime focuses on Shiroe, who relies heavily on strategy when
confronted by the problems in his world.
He uses the gaming laws in order to deal with issues such as a bad
economy, boredom of the masses, slavery, and relations with NPCs. Really, this
series deserves props for making MMOs and real-world problems feel so closely knitted.
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
Maoyu, much like the last two series on this list, continues
the tradition of being misleading. At first, it can easily be confused with a
shallow fanservice-prone harem anime when in reality it is more about the economics
and complications associated with ending a war. In a planet where entire
countries have come to rely on war to receive the necessary funds to survive, a
world war ending without some alternative is presented as a foolish dream. Our
likable leads and growing cast devise ways to affect the world through agriculture,
currency, battle, and cultural means. Maoyu is excellent in helping the viewer
realize the complicated systems that run everything around us and how changes
in these systems must first occur in order for the changes we want to happen to
ever come into fruition. It’s all displayed in a rather charming way though
which jives nicely with the realist elements it teaches.
I’m hoping all three of these anime caught your interest and
you’ll check them out one day. Your brain will surely thank you. I know I’m
thankful you took the time to read this. Later.
Venezuela’s hyperinflation, a visual representation.
So, as I’ve talked in the past, the Venezuelan currency, the Bolivar Fuerte - BsF (strong Bolivar, in reference to the father of the country, Simon Bolivar) is effectively useless as cash these days, how useless you ask? Well, let’s see:
On top we have the lovely national currency, 50 100 BsF bills, for a total of 5.000 BsF, 100 50 BsF bills, for a total of another 5.000 BsF, and finally, 100 20 BsF bills for a total of 2.000 BsF, giving us a grand total of 250 bills and 12.000 BsF.
Keep in mind, currently those three bills are the highest valued available on the market these days, and it took me two hours to get them all from a bank.
Now, that’s quite the big number, both in bills and total value it seems, but now let me direct you to the three bills at the bottom: That’s colombian currency, the Peso
These three are also the highest valued ones in Colombia, 10.000, 20.000 and 50.000 pesos, for a grand total of 80.000 pesos (part of my “shit finally hit the fan” emergency fund), and yes, that’s a lot of 0′s, but don’t let that fool you, as that currency is one of the most stable ones in latin America.
Anyway, here’s the kicker: all those venezuelan bills from earlier, those 250 bills? They are effectively worth the same as the two smaller colombian ones, the bigger 50.000 Pesos bill being worth almost twice as all that venezuelan cash.
(fat lazy cat for reference)
“But Enrique”, you say, “this is all fine and dandy, but that does that mean in actual world-class currency?” Well my friend, all those venezuelan bills? the 12.000 BsF that took me two hours to take out of the bank? They’re worth
12 US Dollars
And this, my friends, is why Venezuelan currency is worth less that the paper it’s printed on, but hey socialism/communism works, right?
PS: They internet states they’re actually worth more, but that’s because the internet uses the official government currency exchange, AKA the one no one but government officials can use these days.
PS2: Actually, there’s an even bigger colombian bill, the 100.000 pesos one, but I have yet to meet someone that has even seen it, as it was recently introduced and it’s used mostly for big bank transactions.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Just Trudeau announced that an “iconic Canadian woman” will be featured on the country’s currency in 2018. Trudeau’s pledge comes in the wake of a highly publicized call for female representation on United States currency. But unlike the U.S., this won’t be a first for Canada.
The World War II Japanese invasion of Hawaii and the Hawaii overprint note.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 7th, 1941, it was feared that the next move of the Japanese was to invade Hawaii. One concern of a possible Japanese invasion was the possibility that the Japanese could get there hands on millions of dollar of American currency and use it to fund their war effort. Across the Hawaiian Islands, millions of dollars worth of hard currency was held by banks, financial institutions, businesses, and private citizens.
To solve this problem, the US Federal Reserve created an emergency “Hawaii” note to replace all currency on the islands. The Hawaii notes were only legal tender in Hawaii and were declared worthless anywhere else. To distinguish between real US dollars and Hawaii notes, the new notes featured a brown Federal Reserve seal and the word “Hawaii” was printed in large capital letters across the back of the bill, with the addition of two small overprints on the front. Specially issued by the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, they came in denominations of $1, $5, $10, and $20.
On July 15th, 1942 citizens of Hawaii were ordered to turn in all their cash in exchange for the Hawaii notes. In total, around $200 million of cash was collected and burned. In 1944, when it was clear that no invasion of Hawaii would occur, issuance of Hawaii notes was discontinued and normal cash was once again issued to Hawaii. Recall of Hawaii notes began in 1946, although many bills were saved as curios and souvenirs. Today surviving examples are popular collectors items.
In a series of interviews, Mr. Trump said he no longer wanted to label China a currency manipulator — a week after telling The Financial Times that the Chinese were the “world champions” of currency manipulation.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the president said he no longer wanted to eliminate the Export-Import Bank. And he said that he might consider reappointing Janet Yellen as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve when her term ends next year.
An American GI uses a bulldozer to plow Japanese “Mickey Mouse” money into large piles, Manila, 1944.
During the World War II Japanese occupation of the Philippines, the Japanese issued their own peso to be used as currency in the Philippines. The new peso was worth so little that the Filipinos often referred to it as “Mickey Mouse” money, and often Filipinos had to haul bricks of money in wheelbarrows in order to buy basic groceries. After the Japanese occupation, most of the money was collected into large piles on the streets and burned.
Trump's Currency Rulebook Seems to Give His Own Jawboning a Pass
In President Donald Trump’s world view, currency manipulation is bad, except when he’s the one calling the shots.
Usurping the Treasury Department’s imminent report on global foreign exchange policy, Trump told the Wall Street Journal the dollar is “getting too strong,” igniting a slump in the greenback just as traders in the U.S. were wrapping up.
The comments, which saw him also back down on a long-held vow to label China a currency manipulator, were widely viewed as jawboning, putting the U.S. in the same basket as the FX-market tinkerers Trump and American officials have so heavily criticized in the past.
“While we can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times Presidents Obama or Bush talked about the U.S. dollar’s value, President Trump is of course happy to be different,” said Sean Callow, a senior currency strategist at Westpac Banking Corp. in Sydney. “It is clear that he does not regard talking about the currency as manipulation, rather just plain speaking.”
The dollar’s losses seeped into Asian trade Thursday, with currencies from South Korea to China – both countries that employ management techniques that go well beyond jawboning – enjoying gains. While history shows the impact of talking down a currency is usually short-lived, Trump deciding to comment directly on the greenback could ultimately hurt his own credibility, given he repeatedly accused nations such as China and Germany of weakening their currencies to fuel an unfair trade advantage over the U.S.
“Of course, he’s risking his credibility, but Trump doesn’t seem to care,” said Axel Merk, president of Merk Investments LLC in San Francisco. “The cheapest policy is one where you can move the currency around by word of mouth. So he might be encouraged.”
China, the country that drew most of Trump’s ire when it comes to alleged manipulation, appeared to be a beneficiary of his jawboning. While the yuan rose 0.2 percent versus the dollar as of 1:30 p.m. in Shanghai, it weakened against other major peers, falling 0.2 percent versus a replica of the 24-currency basket Chinese policy makers use to track the yuan, the most since March 21.
“Trump is now returning a little gift to China after Xi’s visit last week,” said Nathan Chow, an economist in Hong Kong at DBS Bank. “This is an easy gift anyway as China doesn’t meet all the Treasury’s requirements as a manipulator.”
The U.S. is expected this month to release its first report under Trump on the foreign-currency practices. This is the formal channel to impose a manipulator designation and can lead to negotiations and penalties. The department is required by law to report to Congress twice a year on whether America’s major trading partners are gaming their currencies.
The last report, in October, included China and five other nations on a watch list of countries at risk of engaging in unfair conduct, but it didn’t name any country a manipulator – a step the U.S. hasn’t taken since 1994. Trump acknowledged to the Journal that China hasn’t been intervening to weaken its currency recently. After its biggest annual loss in at least two decades last year, the yuan has climbed 1 percent against the dollar in 2017.
There are more grievous ways to intervene in a currency than jawboning.
Most developing nations in Asia – from India to Indonesia – tap their foreign reserves to manage currency moves. China used its stockpile, the world’s largest, to stem declines in the yuan before the imposition of capital controls late last year eased depreciation pressures. Malaysia has basically killed offshore ringgit trading by discouraging foreign banks from trading non-deliverable forwards, a bid to deter speculation on the currency.
Japan, which was targeted by Trump earlier in the year, hit back at the U.S. saying its accommodative monetary policy was aimed at stoking inflation, not at keeping a lid on the yen. The Japanese currency has also climbed this year, with its 7.5 percent advance against the dollar making it the biggest gainer after Mexico’s peso among major currencies.
Trump’s dollar jawboning does give countries with a track record of intervening in their currencies some moral high ground, says Tom Orlik, chief Asia economist for Bloomberg Intelligence.
But it doesn’t mean they’ll find currency management easy, he said. “The lesson of the last 30 years is that governments typically can’t fight the market on foreign exchange.”
For Ray Attrill, the lines are blurred when it comes to what constitutes unfair interference in the market. The global co-head of foreign exchange at National Australia Bank Ltd. says the U.S. has been “the world’s biggest currency manipulator” since the global financial crisis, with the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing driving the greenback’s moves.
But that doesn’t mean Trump will win this battle.
“If Trump succeeds in prosecuting his policy agenda – on tax reform in particular – a stronger dollar will follow from that,” Attrill said. “Hard policy, not rhetoric, will ultimately determine where the currency goes.”
These gems are the monopoly of the intergalactic underground. Traffic is high in their area, as their main products consist of gem weaponry from swords, to cannons and bombs. Some of their products have been taken, or scavenged from Homeworld, which makes their situation even more risky, in which forces them to maintain a low status. Thier base resides on Earth in Empire City. They have affiliations to many traders, rebels, and other gem groups throughout the galaxy that takes pride in their weaponry. They rarely join in any battles, but will if it was to better the company, or its business.
Saleeite is the Commander of the militia faction. Being the biggest running market in the underground, they are heavily guarded, having its own army if an unsettlement arises. Thier personality is a unnaturally cheerful, outgoing gem with a thirst for shattering gems. They have no sympathy towards others, and enjoys to watch others become crushed under thier feet. They is quite insensitive, and in some cases crude. They absolutely enjoys memes, and would confidently scream “GET REKT” after every battle. So, moral of the story is, if u cool, they cool.
Yellow Pearl is the highly esteemed diplomat of the officials. He is tasked with speaking among potential partners, appease rivals that may become a nuisance toward their market, or asking for information from traders in which he is provided with the most efficient, and current of information. He also manages stocks, sales, and other financial values of the company. His voice is quite soothing, and his demeanor is calm but confident. He doesn’t speak unless he is required, but when he does he usually gets the job done. He has what his peers would consider a “father figure” of sorts, as he will prick at any small imperfection, and nag to those that are slacking off. If you set him off, he will speak his mind–professionally.
Rhodochrosite is the book keeper of the company. She is in charge of the history and archive of information that may prove beneficial for the company. From world currency and culture, to star maps of many places in the galaxy, she is equipped with much knowledge in her large library. Her demeanor is quite cold, and she may speak bitterly to you, but in unusual cases she my seem entertained by your presence. Initially, she could care less if you’re dying on her floor as long as you don’t get it messy.She does however, have a soft side, but it’s under a thick, hard, cold exterior. She is also a healer when time comes for it. However, that is in usually dire cases.
Triplite is in charge of overseeing the weaponry that gets shipped out, and retrieved. His regimen is in charge of maintaining the weapons in the armory, in which each weapon is categorized, repaired, and created. They are heavily protected, in which you would often see Saleeite alongside him. He is a gentle giant, his life goes toward Madame Rosterite, and will protect her with his life. He seems stern, but is actually quite sweet.
Blue Lace is the chief Technician of Marvinn Gardens. He is in charge of making sure the technology of the corporation is up to date and functional, as well as maintaining the ships and warp-pads. He has substantial knowledge in the technical arts, provide a whole array of self-protecting weaponry for the company. Although talented, he is indeed shy, working independently, and is a worry wart. He is prone to blushing, and is overall a very sweet, and kind gem.
Last but not least, the CEO and Founder of the Marvinn Garden Corp. is none other than Madame Rosterite (in the middle). Built the company with her bare hands, she is in charge of overseeing everything that happens within its doors. She is the boss that runs one of the biggest intergalactic black markets ever to be established. She maintains the air of a 1920’s flapper, ending her phrases in either “sugar”, or “darling”. She is charming, clever, and cunning. She doesn’t usually fight, but if you cross her, she may not be so forgiving.
More info will go towards these gems at a later time, but here is the group and what they do within the company!
Money is quite the interesting little phenomena when you really begin to study it. The funniest part is that it seems entirely integral to the functioning of society, when in reality it continues to only be a hinderance. Allow me to open your mind to the possibility of an earth without money.
What is money? In essence it’s a fictional measurement of wealth, of power, versatility, & mobility. Without it we are incapable of sustaining our lifestyles, we cannot feed ourselves, clothe ourselves, or hold shelter. This is because we’ve been conditioned to use money instead of resources, which in turn has blinded us to the world of our resources altogether. We need money don’t we? How else would we motivate people to take up the occupations that push society along? In a world without money who would want to be a garbage man? Who would want to be a maid? A gardener? The illusion is that our incentives to do this seemingly unimportant work would disappear if money were to as well, but this isn’t the case.
Imagine with me a world where currency was non-existent. What would create the jobs? The professions? The answer is necessity & inspiration. The streets begin to pile up with garbage, this presents threats to people’s health, the aroma degrades our quality of life, and wildlife becomes a nuisance as it ravages through our discarded trash. Several people living in this area filled with discarded waste become inspired to not only take care of the issue but to better the life quality of all in their community, so out of necessity and inspiration these people collaborate together to create a positive change for the community and themselves. This is applicable to every need a society may come across. If there is pollution in our water sources, many would feel inspired to congregate and deal with the issue. If there are people starving in your community, you would feel inspired to contribute to an operation dedicated to feeding the famished.(so why dont we?) The beautiful thing is that most issues don’t require the participation of an entire community. This leaves everyone free to fill the voids where work is needed, while subsequently limiting the amount of people working in one field because it is “lucrative”.
To truly understand this concept you must look at the inverse, a society dependent on currency. In a world controlled by money we don’t choose our occupations based on their necessity to the evolution of society. We instead choose our occupation based on how much currency we can earn from it. This soon becomes quite dysfunctional because those who dictate the flow/ownership/control of money, are put in a position to manipulate & control the direction of society. They are allowed to then take our freedom to create the future and instead hand us a few disdainful options and paths we never truly desired in the first place. In this world ruled by currency, it doesn’t matter if our waters become grossly polluted, we wish we could do something about it, but ultimately we are powerless because it would consume our time, time we need to make money to survive. It doesn’t matter that millions of people around us are starving to death, we cannot devote ourselves to the issue because there is no money to be made in it, and without money we cannot support ourselves. But if you want you can become a lawyer and sentence people to a hellhole fenced off from society for profit because it’ll support your ability to survive. You can go into tech support and take calls from countless angry people who take everything out on you over the phone, not because you love troubleshooting or understand technology, but because it puts bread on the table. If no other job is available to you, you can always join the military and contribute to the killing of many, not because you enjoy killing(though you might) but you see no other alternative in life that will provide for you.
In this way money is the ultimate limitation of society. On the razors edge we feel unable to save ourselves from the world’s calamities because there is no profit to be had, and our immediate survival comes first.
How do we migrate to a moneyless system? In this world of mortgage payments, student loans, electricity bills, is there any way to break free?! What am I but one person in a society ravaged by fictional wealth? The answer is that the currency system is only sustained by participation. You don’t have to live off the grid, you don’t have to burn your life’s savings, you don’t have to give up your job and become a nomad hippie. The world needs people with open minds working in the cogs of the machine, the world needs people working from the inside to bring about change from within. But instead try to realize money is only a crude means to an end. Money doesn’t measure your wealth, it doesn’t measure your ability to survive, it doesn’t measure anything as currency only exists as points which can be used to purchase a variety of goods and services that without meaningful intent hold no purpose. Get creative, go out and experiment with just how much you can do and attain without money, with words, experiences, and relationships alone. We are all connected and on some level wish to help one another just in the same way we wish to be helped. Instead of seeking financial gain from your actions seek emotions, experiences, and witness the full effect your actions have on the world around you. In order to make this change the world needs to get on the same page of this confusing book we call earth, and with baby steps it is our job to get as many people there as we can. Nothing happens over night, with all good things patience is the key. A problem can’t be solved that is being unobserved, but a problem who’s facets you are well aware of seemingly resolves itself, for it’s existence provides an answer. So wake up, and as you become more mindful wake up as many others as you can! You aren’t a cog of society, you are society! Be the change you wish to see in the world!