An Attempt

I have always proposed the idea that someone should open up their minds and attempt to lay out a new economic philosophy for the future.  It is in my belief, that even though our current economic paradigm got us to where we are today, there have been many instances in time where morality was thrown out the window in response to more quarterly profits.  It is also in my belief, that the vast majority of the world’s population live a life of unnecessary struggle simply to indulge the unquenchable appetites of a select few.  Most people continue living their lives, always assuming, “Well, that is just the way it is.”  The problem with that mentality, is that if everyone refuses to acknowledge the problems and possible solutions to our current economic paradigm, then no change will be enacted.  For some, this is fine.  Especially if financial resources are not an issue.  For most, I am willing to bet a system that brings about a better quality of life to everyone makes a whole lot more sense.  There are two key objectives to this model.  They are:

  1. To provide all necessities of life to everyone.
  2. To encourage or promote an intimate relationship with nature.

To me, these are two key fundamental statements that have to be made in order to create a more happy and satisfied populace.  The first avenue that needs to be accomplished, is a revolution of the human mind.  I have been trying to talk about this, but I termed this whole idea as Unity.  Instead of people only thinking of themselves and exploitation, people need to start thinking about the needs and well-being of other fellow human beings.  Once we start not only identifying ourselves with other people, we will all start to identify ourselves by what planet we belong to.  It is strange to me, how some people will value having a clean home, home being defined as a building, yet when it comes to the planet, this value does not travel to our natural space.  I think part of that has to do with our individualistic culture, a value practice that avoids pain, as well as humanity’s contamination of nature.  Let me explain.

During our most recent financial crisis, a select few jeopardized the livelihoods of millions of workers for more profits.  Need I say more?

Also, valuing oneself only actually saves pain.  If on the news there was an environment catastrophe, who cares?  That person only feels internal turmoil when it has to do with themselves more directly.  An oil spill that kills hundreds of birds has nothing to do with his or her paycheck that comes at the end of the week.  However, if this person did empathize with this story, there would be internal turmoil.  In fact, I believe that some people sense how atrocious we are being to the planet, that they subconsciously decide to have other people worry about those events, so to speak.

Finally, humanity does not value nature as much because the beauty of nature is constantly contaminated with concrete and pavement.  There are plenty of instances where there are buildings that are pleasing to the eye because of their architecture, however there is nothing like a clear night sky with only the milky way to see.  Or a sunset setting on the rocks of The Grand Canyon.  Why?  Because that is our true home.

We have separated ourselves so much from nature, we refuse to see ourselves as a part of nature and her properties.  Nature is our natural habitat.  It was not until the agricultural revolution that we started to experiment with settlements and small cities.  Until then, we were nomads, wondering the landscape and learning the ways of nature.  Because if those humans did not, then well, they would be in for a quick surprise.

Therefore, it is in my belief that when humans have an intimate relationship with nature the overall well-being of him or herself increases.  This is why it is essential and important to have a healthy Earth.  Furthermore (as I will write about it when I have finished the book), The Gaia Hypothesis states that the conditions of life would not exist without life.  Life promotes the conditions of life, and everyone and everything is intricately interconnected.  When the conditions of the planet get unbalanced so to speak, the Earth will re-stabilize itself, most notably, an ice age will bring the Earth back to homeostasis (temperature equilibrium) in the least amount of time.  Once this is established, the conditions of life can continue.  A healthy Earth is a healthy home, and the planet will promote conditions that promote healthy life if we allow her to.

With all of this considered, the first step in this economic model would be to consume resources at or less than the rate at which these resources are replenished naturally.  That, in my mind, would be the first fundamental rule for this new society.  This first restricts humanity from extinguishing a resource, and possibly interrupting the biosphere.  Also, these resources if not consumed too rapidly, would always be present for our use.  Lastly, this will increase the time experienced of a healthy equilibrium between the biota and the planet.  Does that mean we, the human race, would have to change how we consume certain resources?  Absolutely.

So here are the steps that are coming to my mind first:

  1. Catalogue all resources on the planet.
  2. Measure the rate of replenishment of all resources.
  3. Measure an approximation of a satisfied consumption rate for a person.
  4. Create a distribution system to distribute the said resources within the allowed consumption rate.

And, once we all realize life is about loving life, not things, this whole drive to obtain the most material wealth will cease.  What brings about fulfillment to people are different to themselves, but there are some big things that everyone has in common.  There are many people in this world that strive to help other people, be it by medical endeavors or otherwise.  Other men and women strive to protect the innocent and apply justice to the guilty.  While others, their fulfillment is in expression or obtaining more knowledge and creeping ever closer to Truth.  All of these things, really have nothing to do with constant material gratification.

In order for any of this to work, society has to stop using people and loving things, and start loving people and using things.  Until that is accomplished, there is going to be constant poverty, hunger, disease, and struggle.  Humanity has the know how if we worked towards a common goal, to end all physical labor (manufacturing robotics, robotics) for all, while also providing a high quality and standard of living for everyone.  If people valued the conditions of the whole, people would not horde resources, especially if currency was thrown out the window.  (How could someone sell those resources?)  The only reason why currency was enacted, was to deal with scarce resources.  Now, humanity has the know-how to bring almost any resource to any part of the planet.  There really is no need.  Once people started sharing responsibility to the state of their community, they would not horde resources for they valued the lives of other people.

It is our constant lust for individualism that keeps humanity going through the volatile blood pressures of the business cycle.  It is in my view, it does not have to be this way.  Here is an idea, a start, and I hope it sparks some others to think along these lines.  Capitalism does not have to be the school of thought for eternity.  It obviously is not perfect.  I also think Communism and Socialism are flawed, they all assume our environment’s resources are infinite.  But we all need to start thinking about ways to create a better society for everyone.  I’m tired of filling the bellies of the corporate and bank elites.

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