John Moser, M.D.
His Unique Perspective
After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, John Moser became disillusioned with current political structures, fearing that too little cooperation and communication among world leaders was dooming us all. Moser feels that while there was horrible loss of life directly from 9/11, its indirect effects are the real problem. It is the emotional reaction to these events and not the actual events themselves that makes the twenty-first century so dangerous. He refers to the post-9/11 culture as the last of three major biosociophysical eras: the Era of Human Versus Human. During this era, we have placed ourselves in a difficult predicament unique in the history of humanity: we are vastly more interconnected, face a declining resource base, and are in the midst of a huge and growing disparity in wealth. These conditions are a perfect storm that place us at risk for a self-perpetuated die-off.
While Moser has no formal diplomatic experience, he has a unique perspective to offer diplomats—and the population in general—throughout the world: the current system of nation-states is broken and must be fixed before a major die-off occurs. The illusion is that we think we are better off then we have ever been because our attempts to fend off the natural environment have been so successful. The reality, however, is that our social environment has become light years more complex and intransigent to problem solving. We know the answers to our problems but never truly solve them; instead we create pseudosolutions to placate vested interests. Nowhere is this more evident than in the medical system of the United States, something Moser knows plenty about.
His unique perspective as an experienced physician working within the medical establishment for the past 20 years has given him a fresh, critical perspective on our social environment today. He argues that the world’s problem solving, as is the case with the health care system, centers on helping people with power and not necessarily humanity. The huge amounts of money spent on our health care system, for example, really do little to help humanity in general, but merely line the wallets of those in the medical-industrial complex. As an example, he cites the unfortunate relationship of tobacco to health care. It has been more than 60 years since we discovered the irrefutable harm that tobacco does, yet we still see hundreds of thousands of deaths annually and no ban against its use today. If anything, tobacco use is increasing throughout the world, as an oblivious Supercivilization fails to seriously consider real solutions. Social—not natural—problems are the inevitable obstacle of our Supercivilization, giving us little hope for resolution in the obsolete twentieth century paradigm permanently implanted in our leaders’ minds today.
Moser now fears that what has happened in health care is happening to all types of problems for humanity. Climate change, illegal immigration, terrorism, and drug abuse are a few of the problems that will never be resolved unless and until we truly embrace the real solutions for humanity. Moser asks the question: do we want to save individual humans or do we want to save humanity? If the former is the case, then welcome to a die-off. If we choose the latter, then there is hope. After studying these topics for the last twelve years, Moser is convinced that until we have representation through enfranchisement for all of humanity and not just the most fortunate humans, problem solving will be difficult, if not impossible.
After researching for a bioterrorism lecture he gave to physicians in Fresno, California, in December 2001, he set a goal for persuading humanity in general to think in terms of a new twenty-first century paradigm: the notion of a Supercivilization. Over the course of the last twelve years he carefully reviewed thousands of documents. Given his experience as a doctor, he noted several failing parallels between terrorism, climate change, and extraordinary rises in health care costs: the dawning of modern humans. The development of modern humans, unlike any other previous time, is now faced with mandatory socialization. Because patients and doctors “need” the health care system and because our health care system has created its own monopoly by convincing people to conceive of their health through a disease model, our health care system has ascended the throne in successfully mastering our psyche. We see no other way but to capitulate. We have created an animate world of vested interests who think about themselves first and humanity second. In previous eras, this type of egotism was good, but unfortunately in an era with profound interconnectedness and resource depletion, egotism is now counterproductive.
Rationing for the general good must now take place, and that is impossible given our current nation-state paradigm offering insufficient oversight of humanity. The closest institution we have to a safeguard for humanity, the United Nations, is plagued with weak leadership and a functional mission statement biased toward the good of a minority of human beings: the wealthiest members of the wealthiest countries. By creating a stronger centralized government for humanity, we enfranchise all individuals throughout the world and begin to solve problems in a way that will truly benefit everyone. Until that happens, the small, wealthy minority who believed until the twenty- first century that they would benefit from pseudosolutions (and who assumed the rest of humanity would eventually benefit through a trickle-down effect) will suffer losses in the die-off along with the rest of us. The problems of the twenty-first century are far too big for any single individual, class, or country to resolve. Total, 100 percent consensus is now needed to resolve the major problems of the Supercivilization.
Dr. Moser has had an eclectic background. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985. For three years he was involved in psychiatric care of children at Napa State Hospital. He also worked in a chemistry laboratory analyzing the geothermal geysers of Mendocino and Sonoma counties. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1992 and completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Fresno campus of the University of California, San Francisco. He received the honors of chief resident and was a member of the clinical faculty at UCSF from 1996 to 2004. Between 1999 and 2004 he was quality assurance director of the emergency department at Community Hospitals in Fresno, California. He currently works in the emergency department at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento, California.
Moser is the founder and CEO of Humans for a Healthier World, a nonprofit that seeks to educate and motivate individuals to form a consensus on world problems. He feels there is a need to give individuals a twenty-first century perspective that is not being presented through our current media. Giving individuals a perspective on global cooperation and eliminating unmitigated, unrestricted competition are the major goals of this organization. Moser and his organization strongly support discussions about stronger global governance, perhaps even an overarching global government in the ultimate hope of seeing a 100 percent consensus on problems such as world poverty, climate change, world health problems, and terrorism. In forming this organization, his main concern has been the potential for a human die-off of monumental proportions due to the unyielding resolve of current politicians to address their own constituents’ concerns rather than humanitarian concerns. Currently working with premedical students, Moser sees hope. Ideas to spawn more effective solutions often come from the younger members of society who are not vested in longstanding paradigms that often discourage more effective solutions. His organization can be visited online at www.healthierworld.us and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.