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Questions & Answers
Question: Are we a religious organization?
Answer: No, any symbols used by our organization that do not clearly represent the Tellus Nova Foundation (TNF) represent aspects of the philosophy found in the book Tellus Nova, from whence the name of our organization comes. The social aspects of the philosophy presented in that book are a form of pluralistic voluntarism, and the perspectives are secular. While the book does present a few metaphysical conjectures, these conjectures are matters of metaphysics, not religion, and furthermore are not represented in or by the Tellus Nova Foundation.
Question: Is our organization political?
Answer: No. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we cannot participate in partisan political activities, nor are we interested in doing so. Aside from our tax status, our organization and its mission is apolitical and non-partisan. We our approach is that these are personal preferences that shouldn’t have any bearing on solving the common ecological or social problems of the world, nor should they impact our cultural movement.
Question: Are we trying to build a Utopia?
Answer: No. We do not believe that a perfect world can be wrought from imperfect people, nor do we believe in enforcing equal socioeconomic outcomes. What we’re trying to build is a civilization of societies that offer people a choice to live and let others live in accordance to their own wishes, and to provide a social environment of equal opportunities for individuals to freely shape their own futures regardless of the outcomes.
Question: What is Synarchism?
Answer: Synarchism is derived from the Greek roots, “syn” meaning with or together, and “archy” meaning rule. The word’s usage dates back centuries, and does not pertain to any specific philosophy, social model, or ideology. It has been defined in English dictionaries to mean “joint or harmonious rule between individuals or parties.” While the term has been occasionally used to refer to rule by secrete societies, shadow government, communist regimes, and even regimes of national socialism, when we use the term, we use it in the original, actual, Greek-derived meaning of joint or harmonious rule between individuals.
Our usage of the word Synarchism, is used with a capital “S,” and usually referred to as Tellus Nova Synarchism, as a general word to describe the combined philosophy and social model described in the book Tellus Nova. The philosophy, usually referred to as Meta-Holism, is a combined existential and social philosophy that underpins a proposed social model of pluralistic voluntarism. Our concept of Synarchism, is simply a form of organized voluntarism with a pluralistic nature that can bring nearly every conceivable way of life together, no matter how opposing, into a common domain of non-aggression.
While the Tellus Nova Foundation is not intrinsically tied into the concepts of Synarchism, it is an occasional topic of discussion, and while we may simply use phrases such as “pluralistic voluntarism,” in lieu of Synarchism, the word “Synarchism” or “Synarchy,” and our usage of the word, has absolutely no connections or connotations to any other usage of the word outside of the original dictionary definition. It was used because the idea of harmonious and joint rule between independent, relatively sovereign individuals in collective cooperation towards communal betterment, and the concepts of a constitutional structure and social contract, are fundamental to this proposed voluntarist social model. The author of the book (unlike those who have misused the word synarchy) did not want to attempt to risk creating new connotations to voluntarism, particularly if the social model needed to be completely redeveloped. Synarchism was chosen as a generic and innocuous term whose definition bore relevancy to the principles of voluntarism in a pluralistic and Meta-Holistic context, and essentially every other possible meaningful word or phrase in the English language has been taken and fully defined in some otherwise opposing or irrelevant context, and Synarchism had the closest and most generic definition applicable to the social concepts of the book’s philosophy and social model. Typically, the word Voluntarism will be used to describe these concepts and structure, while Synarchism, until someone comes up with a better word, will be used to describe and encompass the specific philosophy of Meta-Holism and social concepts of the book Tellus Nova.
Question: What is Synocratic Voluntarism?
Answer: Most recently the term “Synocratic Voluntarism” was coined by the author of Tellus Nova to replace the term Synarchism, and stems from the governing body’s role as a custodial administrative institution rather than a legislative institution. The idea here is that our organization can evolve into a body that offers the planning and services to fill in the gaps and incompetency of preexisting regional governments, which can focus on their own legislative efforts with the public in those regions, while the voluntarist institution can focus on providing an administrative role by organizing community development, and providing public services.