International investments and international business can also help us be who we want to be. First, we have to answer the personal question “Who R we Now”.
The photo below introduces Clayton Black. In a moment I’ll give you a great, real time story, about “Who We R” that involves Clayton. This story shows how international investments and business can help you find distortions and spot trends that enhance your life and the lives of others. This will also help you see a great story of coincidence and synchronicity, plus show you how to have an incredible 1,900 square foot home at prices so low you will hardly believe.
“Who R We Now” is a difficult question to answer. Yet often we are not to blame. The fault lies is “the system”. Let me explain.
My recent message “Rockwood,” asked “where is home.” This started a line of thought when one reader wrote:
“Hi Gary, Just like to tell you that the subjects of your today’s newsletter are very “touching” to myself. The feelings of “where is home”, “choice of parents”, “continuous drive to travel and to explore” are very much my personal case. Perhaps one day, you might consider to set up a think tank, discussion group or whatever. Although I feel that the “out of the boxes” are mostly “lonely rangers”….it could be kind of interesting. Eric”
You can read the “Rockwood” message at
So many of us feel like lone or “lonely rangers.” “Why is this”, I thought and was reminded of the book, “Cultural Creatives” written by Paul H. Ray PH.D.and Sherry Ruth Anderson PH.D. A couple years back messages looked at the demographic work Ray and Anderson used to accumulate over 100,000 responses to questionnaires and hundreds of focus groups.
The demographic information from those responses suggests that a new subculture has been emerging since the 60s. This group now represents 26% of the adult population (50 million people) and divides the nation into three demographic subgroups, the Moderns (49.8% of the population), the Traditionals (23.2%) and what Ray calls Cultural Creatives (CC), 26%).
An interesting points made in the book is that the Moderns rule. They are the establishment. They create and run the system. Plus the book suggests that each of the three subcultures has a pretty fair disdain for the thinking of the others.
CCs especially have problems because they think outside the box created by the system. Thus (as you will see below) the system ruled by the Moderns isolates and puts CCs down in innumerable ways.
Moderns find the following things important:
#1: Making or having a lot of money.
#2: Climbing the ladder of success with measurable goals.
#3: Looking good or being stylish.
#4: When the going gets tough the tough go shopping.
#5: Having lots of choices.
#6: Being on top of the latest innovations, trends and styles.
#7: Supporting economic and technological progress at a national level.
Moderns also have the following assumptions:
#1: You have the right to be entertained by the media.
#2: Your body is pretty much like a machine.
#3: Most organizations lend themselves to machine analogies.
#4: Either big business or big government knows best.
#5: Bigger is better.
#6: Time is money.
#7: What gets measured gets done.
#8: Setting goals is very important.
#9: Analyzing things into their parts is the best way to solve problems.
#10: Science and engineering are the models for truth.
#11: Efficiency and speed are top priorities.
#12: The mainstream media’s awe for the rich is correct.
#13: It makes sense to compartmentalize your life into separate spheres, work, family, making love, education, politics, religion.
Cultural Creatives on the other hand have a different set of values.
#1: Nature and its destruction.
#2: Problems with the whole planet such as global warming, destruction of the rain forests, overpopulation, lack of ecological sustainability and exploitation of the poor.
#3: They would pay more taxes if the money would be used to clean the environment.
#4: Developing and maintaining relationships.
#5: Helping others and bringing out other’s unique gifts.
#6: Volunteering for good causes.
#7: Psychological and spiritual development.
#8: See spirituality or religion as important but concerned about Religious right.
#9: Equality of women.
#10: Violence and abuse of women and children.
#11: Politics should spend more on education, neighborhoods and sustainable future.
#12: Concerns about the left and right of politics as well as the mushy middle.
#13: Optimism for the future and distrust media’s negativity.
#14: Creating new and better ways of life.
#15: Concerned about big business’s focus on profit over environment, downsizing and human exploitation.
#16: Having finances under control.
#17: Dislikes overspending, conspicuous consumption and “making it”.
#18: Likes exotic and foreign people, places and other ways of life.
This is quite a difference in values. This creates a crunch because the book also shows that the Moderns reject the values of native peoples and rural people, Traditionals and CCs. Moderns also believe it is flaky to be concerned about inner or spiritual life.
This means that the people who run the systems of Western society put down those who see broader horizons and take holistic views. The book explained that though there are a huge number of us who have these broader horizons, we feel isolated and alone. We are “Lonely Rangers” as the reader above says.
Since reading these facts I have been thinking about how to help readers feel more connected. “Who R We?” Where is Home?” “What do We Want to See Happen in the World?” These are good questions and we need to share the answers.
There are other names that have been used for CCS such as Lohas (lifestyles of health and sustainability), but this does not say enough for me. I pondered for a better name until an owl showed up in our barn and gave me the answer. He stood still while I photographed him.
HOO – R – U?
We are people who want a Bird’s Eye View. See at garyscott.com/international_investments/international_investments_75.html
This thought grew one step further to become a “Bird’s Eye Vue”. Vue means we are people with “Very Universal Expectations.”
“Vuers” connect dots. Vuers want to see beyond the gaps that separate people, countries, worlds, solar systems, galaxies and even universes. Vuers are quantum thinkers who want to see how everything is connected. Vuers want to know the secrets of the glue that welds the fabric of all. Then Vuers want to act on this knowledge so their actions can help sustain the world.
To help us connect and understand who we are and what we want, will you share with me? Who are you? Where do you live? What are your goals? What in this universe would you like to see happen?”
I will share replies with all readers, but never give or rent your full name or email address.
Back to great story of coincidence and synchronicity and how to have an incredible 1,900 square foot home at prices you will hardly believe.
How would you like to build a house like this.
On land with views like this.
For as little as $66,500?
You can! Here is the story.
We have been recommending the Ecuadorian architects, Barro Viejo, even before they designed a house for our land at Rosaspamba. They have incredible architecture and they create buildings that are alive and full of energy. They look at the house as the second skin of the owner and design around the space, the people and use all natural materials that breathe and are healthy. Their belief that man is the only animal that lives in square boxes. They feel this should be corrected and their houses are filled with curves, arches and softness. They can build on a new site or renovate at just $35 a square foot. For instance 1,900 square foot would cost $66,500. See www.barroviejo.com and www.garyascott.com/archives/2003/01/27/
We like them because they specialize in “healthy, all natural – living” homes.
Then we became heavily involved in Cotacachi. Interestingly enough, in a (seemingly) unrelated move, so too did Barro Viejo. When we discovered that they were with us in our new home town, we introduced them to Steve, our man in Ecuador.
Steve then met Clayton Black, an American from Texas and his wife Elena. They have been living in Ecuador since the 1980s and have lived in our area for nearly 20 years. Clayton has been developing real estate for some time but was looking for a new special addition that was more natural, more in tune with the laws of nature.
Steve introduced Clayton to Barro Viejo.
Clayton has been building homes in this area and is the first developer to start a high class gated community for successful Otavalans. He started this six million dollar project a couple years ago and is 2 million dollars into the project now.
Our group visited this project on our recent International Business and Investing Made EZ course. Here are some of the homes under construction.
These connections and the synchronicity have led to something far bigger, an exciting new “healthy homes” project by Clayton and Barro Viejo working together. The project overlooks our home village Cotacachi, and already we have readers buying there. I think this may lead to a special place for “Vuers.” We will fill in the entire story and share more pictures in tomorrow’s message.
Until then, may your vues be high!
Please let me know Hoo U R!
P.S. We have organized two special January 2007 Cotacachi courses for broad, holistic thinkers.
The first will start the year, conducted by our astrologer Blaine Watson, on January 5 – 7, 2007. This course includes a free reading by Blaine. See garyascott.com/catalog/va/
The next course, conducted immediately after on January 8-10, by Vaidya Mishra covers ayurvedic health. See garyascott.com/catalog/vedcl/
We’ll also have some before and after these courses to look at real estate in the area so you can see houses like this and much more.