" What is Energy?"
Welcome to an exploration of this most marvellous of questions.
The Bonus Joules website is devoted to revealing the nature of energy so humanity may thrive and our daily lives be filled with wonderment and awe. It is an exploration of what is energy, power, electricity, global warming, climate change, "smart" meters and grids, science, education, sustainability, energy efficiency and much more.
Thank you for a moment of your time and I take this opportunity to assure that you have arrived at a remarkable place, no matter your vocation, your education or your background in general. This is a place for any person with an of open spirit and an exploring mind.
know you are extremely familiar with energy. I am certain you feel it is the
essence of your experience of existence, as it is with all human beings
and indeed, as it is with all sentient beings. I am equally certain that
you cannot describe what energy is. You may try to symbolise what energy is in words, in music, in
dance, in paintings and drawings, in mathematical equations or in
religious ritual but always something in you will recognise that all
these symbols, even if combined in concert, fail to communicate a fulsome answer to
the question “What is energy?”.
we be concerned about this failure of our symbols? The answer is no and yes.
perhaps need not be a concern for a range of reasons.
this failure perhaps needs be concern for a range of reasons.
I am 61 years old. I have witnessed the explosion in the number of human beings from about 3 billion humans to 6.7 billion. I have witnessed the associated despoilment and destruction of Earth’s resources.
In my lifetime we have destroyed in most wasteful way, for instance, most of easily extracted mineral oil/gas on this planet and the immense wealth potential of that resource is now largely air pollution. Our current practices mean that without mineral oil 6 billion people would soon perish. In my time we have even begun to symbolise mineral oil as energy!
In 2000 I perceived the risk of the catastrophic collapse of human civilisation was so high I found it overwhelming to contemplate. I asked in open prayer of the wisdom of the universe(s) “What would you have me do? Where would you have me go? What would you have me say and to whom”? The unimaginable answer came soon after and it came in the form of the magnificent question: “What is energy?”
website is a repository of the information and insights gained from over
20,000 hours of mainly unpaid research into this vital question. By 2007
I had analysed thousands of uses of key symbols by all manner of world
experts in all manner of media. I began to detect common drivers of
behaviour underlying our use of symbols and these coalesced into a
general principle of energy that I tentatively call
formulating the Sustainability Principle I have discovered it is
supported by the insights of the greatest psychologists and physicists
of known history. The Principle is a source of great hope even as its
revelations can seem radical. Initially I was shocked and dismayed when the emergence
of the Sustainability
Principle confronted me with the reality that most of my own
well-intentioned activities over the decades had been completely
counterproductive. It suggests, for instance,
that we members of the so-called Green Movement are own own worst enemies
and we may pose the greatest risk to humanity.
I pray you experience compassion as you explore the implications of the
Sustainability Principle of Energy and are kind to yourself as you would be to
others. If you persist and are true to the Principle then be assured the
rewards are immeasurable.
website reflects my relative lack of means (money and skills) and my
decades-long concern that our abuse of our atmosphere plus our wasteful
uses of our solar, electrical and carbon potentials puts us at extreme
high risk of needless and catastrophic warfare in 2013. Its layout
reflects the development of my work, pioneering uses of the Internet in
2002 and my resolve that the work should be accessible to those without
blogs and other writings have proven prophetic, for instance, I
as early as 2004 that mineral oil prices would reach $US80 a barrel in
2008, resulting in the implosion of economies in which prime systems are
based on $US25 a barrel. This has occurred on scale. Also the early
prophecies that the Carbon Trading ethos will be proven to be fatally
flawed have been supported by events and the adoption of this ethos is
amplifying the economic implosion.
The overall thrust of the website is to illuminate ways how humanity can transition from the Cheap Mineral Oil Gas Age to what I symbolise as the Great Electrical Solar Age in which we make sustainable uses of our wonderful carbon potential. The key message is that sustainable transitions are born of the state of compassion.
And while I am
still unable to answer the question “What is energy?” I am now able
to gift to you a wonderful guide to this epic transition in the form of the
Sustainability Principle of Energy. Which
in turn liberates us from our current education impasse by providing us
with new visions such as
Keep talking, singing, dancing and living in the awareness that love, like energy, is truly bounteous. Be mindful:
the bells that still can ring
We are mortal beings imprisoned by illusions born of our capacity to deny our roles as stewards amidst change. Even these illusions are not perfect and they too have cracks that allow the light of reality to get in. May the Sustainability Principle of Energy allow you glimpses of that wondrous light.
you again and enjoy
the rewards of stewardship and the beauty in change.
Visions (includes links to a five step analysis of the sustainability of an education resource. Example use is the proposed Wellington Marine Education Centre.
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Warning -All material needs editing and reviewing. My apologies for sudden changes in font.