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At the best of times, money is a touchy subject but when it comes to putting a value on a human there is a vast array of circumstances that all boil down to pain and pleasure.
Whatever rest assured with the Forth Industrial Revolution and Climate change we are going to learn the real value of human life. Should the value of life be variable depending on age? UTILITARIANISM.
Have you been thinking about putting yourself up for sale lately?
Ever wonder how much money you could get on the open human market?
Money is merely an arbitrary store of value, wars and natural disasters bear witness to this fact.
In a system where capitalism is a prime determinant of value, how can we preserve what we truly value as humans, what matters to us beyond money?
No matter where we stand on the socioeconomic ladder, the future of the “normal life” doesn’t look good.
CAN WE DO ANYTHING?
Humanity is more important than money — it’s time for capitalism to get an
So how can we change capitalism so that it focuses on what humans really
want and need?
There have been many different forms of capitalist economies ever since money was invented around 5,000 years ago. The current form of institutional capitalism and corporatism is just the latest of many different versions with the current revolution in technology promoting another form of materialism, by and large, is a psychological trap.
Profit-seeking algorithms recognise that money is inherently neutral that it is merely a vessel for the exchange of experience between two people. Its value only becomes realized when it’s put into motion.
Technology will not be the key which frees us from this precipitous world.
Most people these days aren’t even conscious of what they’re using to determine their self-worth.
No matter how much you own, how much you buy, how much you earn, the disease of more never goes away- just look at the current state of the world.
Old-style protection of nature for its own sake has badly failed to stop the destruction of habitats and the dwindling of species. It has failed largely because philosophical and scientific arguments rarely trump profits and the promise of jobs.
In one of my recent post, I addressed the power of your back pocket – buying power as a means of effecting change. It needs to be supported by Social Credits. (See below)
Instead of having our humanity subverted to serve the marketplace, capitalism has to be made to serve human ends and goals.
Of course some time ago it dawned on someone that, by making it possible for people to buy and sell natures services, we could save the world and turn a profit at the same time. The industrial revolution of the nineteenth century. Nature by capital.
(Sorry, did I say nature? We don’t call it that any more. It is now called natural capital. Ecological processes are called ecosystem services because, of course, they exist only to serve us. Hills, forests, rivers: these are terribly out-dated terms. They are now called green infrastructure. Biodiversity and habitats? Not at all à la mode my dear. We now call them asset classes in an ecosystems market. I am not making any of this up. These are the names we now give to the natural world.)
WHAT IS NEEDED NOW IS FOR SOMEONE TO REALISE THAT:
1. Humanity is more important than money.
2. The unit of an economy is each person, not each dollar.
3. Markets exist to serve our common goals and values.
True wealth occurs when the way we spend our money is not simply compensating for how we earn it. The welfare of a nation or the world can… scarcely be inferred from a measurement of GDP.
The real value of money begins when we look beyond it and see ourselves as better, as more valuable, than it is.
Rarely will the money to be made by protecting nature match the money to be made by destroying it.
I’m talking about the development of what could be called the Natural Capital Agenda: the pricing, valuation, monetisation, financialisation of nature in the name of saving it by Social Credits.
They could put a stop to the risk of a progressive “privatisation” and “commodification” of nature.
We’re staring at trillion-dollar problems in the world with climate change, that is about to speed up and we need commensurate solutions.
One of the main problems is engaging the population of a country or countries to part take in the need to effect change.
We can harness the country’s ingenuity and energy to improve millions of lives if we could just create a way to monetize and measure goals by Social Credits.
People could buy them or win them.
What if governments and world corporations were to introduced 100 million SCs to reduce obesity levels.
What if governments were to reward green energy projects with SCs.
What if governments were to use SCs to replace pensions/ treasury bonds.
What if countries used SCs to reflect fair trade.
What if education and reduction of inequality were promoted by SCs.
To protect the world from the despoilation and degradation which have done it so much harm. After all, it is not most environmentalists who have misunderstood the realities that come with ‘growth’ a finite Earth, but most economists.
Forget what society tells you about what it means to have succeeded, and endeavour to create your own definition of success based on those human qualities and virtues that you value most.
We are fundamentally empathetic creatures in an evolutionary process that started with blood ties, then tribes, religion, and currently nations but could extend to humans as one, then to creatures, plants and finally our planet.
The adage that money makes the world go round is the saddest reality of life.
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
Is the first generation of digital natives and sharing is their norm, could it be that collaborative consumption rather than consumer capitalism will be their norm?
If so, what will the next generation bring?
Time is the one resource all of us use to have, but it’s also painfully finite in nature. You can’t bank it — all you can do is invest it wisely.
Money is fluid. Therefore, money is a reflection of the owner’s values and intentions.
We all have some sort of measuring stick that we use to determine our value as a human being.
Put another way, if we have access to all we need, would we need money?
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