The 95% Solution - William Kamkwamba

Most of the problems faced by humanity can be traced back to a small group amongst us. This group, though they look like the rest of us, have an essential difference; they have no conscience. So there is nothing to inhibit them from pursuing their own interests regardless of the harm they may cause others. And they do. On a global scale. The people of this group are widely known as 'psychopaths' as well as a variety of other names. They represent approximately 5% of the general population. 9 out of ten of these psychopaths are men.

So you could expect in a room of 20 to 25 men to have 2 psychopaths present on average. Though, depending on the circumstances of the meeting, you could have many more than 2. If it is a meeting of senior personnel from a military, political, business, criminal or religious organisations, it is possible you would be able to find 20 or more psychopaths present because they are attracted to organisations that offer power and once in them they have a decided advantage over others for the reason that bureaucratic hierarchies suit their lack of conscience. And so they rise to the top with the help of their fellow psychopaths within the structure.

They dominate every power organisation in our society. From this elevated position they can, and do, rain hell down on us. Looking to those who have caused the problems we face to fix them is worse than a futile exercise. I say "worse than futile" because the wasted effort takes up the time, resources and energy that could have been channelled into an effective solution. So there is a huge opportunity cost involved.

So the rest of us non-psychopaths need to avoid these problem-makers and their government and bureaucratic apparatuses at all costs if we want to avoid obstructions and to succeed. Instead, we are far better off to look to the other 95% of the population, ourselves, for solutions.

I have decided, rather arbitrarily smiling , to call this strategy The 95% Solution. That's us, folks. The rest of the population that have a conscience and who care about others, at least some of the time. I hope to present a series of ideas and examples of this 95% Solution in action. I'd like to kick off with a young gentleman by the name of William Kamkwamba from Malawi.

William, at the age of 14, decided that he would build a wind generator to power electric lights in his family's home. He had very little indeed in the way of resources. Yet through his own ingenuity, he succeeded. Here is a short 6 minute video of his exploits. I should note however that he has been picked up and sponsored by a western foundation (TED) that is, in turn, sponsored by some of the usual suspects making it a questionable boon. I hope William doesn't end up being co-opted and using his ingenuity and education to further the interests of corporations.

So, if any readers become wildly successful at making commuter aircraft out of used beer cans, be wary of the smiling men in suits that your endeavours will attract.

William has written a book, btw, with Bryan Mealer, an Associated Press journalist, and can be purchased here-

and reviews can be read at the link as well.

He also has a blog here -

But William's story is just beginning and so is our own story; our march to freedom and prosperity through boycotting and divestment from governments, corporations and the military whenever possible and just getting on with organising and providing our own solutions with whatever we have to hand.

It is self defeating to complain to Caesar about Caesar. All you are doing through this is telling Caesar and yourself that Caesar has the power and that you don't. Despite appearances, the opposite is most often the truth.

A further note to readers: if you know of any similar stories or ingenious grassroots solutions, I would love to hear about them. So, on with William Kamkwamba's short story -

I'll leave the final word to William, "Often when people are in trouble they just sit and complain when they really need to wake up and start doing.
It is like my windmill, “I just tried, and I made it happen.”


He is LEGEND ! I hope he

He is LEGEND !

I hope he succeeds in his endeavor to start a windmill company ,95% > 5% .

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I hope so, too, Mick! I think it would take an awful lot to stop him.

95% > 5%, indeed. By a loooong way. Thanks for reminding us smiling

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Love it!

I love your idea of the 95% solution! Working together to marginalize the evil ones. I will be on the lookout for more inspiring stories like Williams. I think it will make a great feature for this blog.

95% > 5% - ooh ya!!! party time!

Psychopathic correlations

An old video interview with Roger Dommergue came to mind recently. You can find it here: As a jew himself and as an academic he has great insight into the jewish way of thinking and there are many interesting nuggets in the interview. What stuck in my mind however was his conviction that the trauma of 8th day circumcision had an effect on "the jewish psyche and endocrinal system".

He's got some unorthodox ideas about the pituitary and thyroid glands, for sure, but I wonder if there might not be an opportunity for a PhD thesis on 'The Correlation Between Psychopathy and Eighth-Day Circumcision'. Perhaps in some non-PC parallel universe...

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Freethinker: Charcteropathy and circumcision

Thanks for the links to the interview. I'll check it out later when I have a bit of time to devote my attention to it. smiling

"I wonder if there might not be an opportunity for a PhD thesis on 'The Correlation Between Psychopathy and Eighth-Day Circumcision'."

That's an interesting thought Freethinker. If memory serves me, this idea was recently discussed either here or on the SOTT site. I am thinking that the 'ritual' trauma of the 8th day circumcision would contribute to Characteropathy. It must also have the effect of traumatizing (to some degree) the parents and other witnesses of the event. Certainly, something thought up by 'pure' psychopaths to give them a good start on controlling the child. I believe that Lobaczewski, the author of "Political Ponerology" said the most famous Characteropath was Stalin.

" a result of physical and/or emotional trauma, normal humans at a low level of development may acquire what is called a characteropathy, or personality disorder, that leaves their personality rigid, altering their emotions and behavior." (link below)

On the Nature of Psychopathy: A Thought Experiment

"Lobaczewski accurately describes psychopathy as a deficit, NOT an excess. That is, psychopathy is a lack of certain essential "human" qualities, and this lack gives rise to the peculiarities of psychopathy. This lack is syntonic (social) emotions: those instinctive programs and reactions responsible for bonding and empathy. Because of this lack, psychopaths see people as objects and a parasitic/manipulative lifestyle develops that makes use of these objects."
...The deficit is what categorically makes a psychopath a psychopath - the rise to their psychopathic traits, which normal humans can and do share, to varying degrees. Dabrowski, a contemporary of Lobaczewski, and his concept of multilevelness of emotional functions, provides...context here. Normal humanity DOES exist on a spectrum. Many exist with a low level of emotional development, that is, they are to a great degree self-centered, selfish, and live their lives primarily in the service of automatic and unconscious instincts such as self-preservation (the avoidance of harm). Dabrowski called this primary integration, the first level of his multi-leveled system of emotional development.

Thus, "normal" people can be extremely self-centered and even possess many psychopathic traits. As such, they too can have very poorly developed "other-centered" emotions, the difference being that while psychopaths lack the ability to experience these emotions, normal people on a low level have the potential to develop them. It is also possible that, as a result of physical and/or emotional trauma, normal humans at a low level of development may acquire what is called a characteropathy, or personality disorder, that leaves their personality rigid, altering their emotions and behavior - integrated at a low level. Just as a plant cannot grow without a seed, it will not grow if an essential portion of it is damaged beyond repair. Using this analogy, "bad seeds" are so either by their nature, or the influence of the environment."

cultural teachings

i've only got through the first 10 minutes but already i found it amazing the effort put into teaching hatred to the youth:

a great story

William is inspiring. he was not deterred by his village thinking him strange, so i think that is important. many people are too much afraid of what other people think, and they self-censor.

anyway we have a lot of used beer cans if anyone wants to attempt the homemade commuter aircraft experiment. will donate for a good cause.

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