Food for Thought ... on the Economy
Charles Darwin in “The Descent of Man,” first published in 1871.
"As man advances in civilization, and small tribes are united into larger communities, the simplest
reason would tell each individual that he ought to extend his social instincts and sympathies to all the members of the same nation, though personally unknown to him. This point being once reached, there is only an artificial barrier to prevent his sympathies extending to the men of all nations and races."
God & Co
The word 'matter' (material) comes from the Latin word 'mater', meaning 'mother', she who gives and nurtures Life. We can make our 'material policies' matter. -- Meaning: we can direct our policies in such a way that they nurture Life. Anyone supporting (economic) policies that do not sustain life really does not matter anymore.
To Celebrate Life !! The only purpose of all 'economy' ... our human endeavour to secure life and living ... is to facilitate the Celebration of Life. Throw out fear, greed and endless accumulation. instead, take in all the human values that we can celebrate: music and dance, sports and games, science and study, travel and encounter, poetry and history, creating the new and conserving the old, entrepreneurship and voluntary service, caring for our fellow beings and spiritual growth, and so on, and so on.
Good policy (of our governments and parliaments) should simply facilitate such events and secure the conditions that all can participate. Good citizenry is to contribute and to participate.
'Economy' is not an exact science that can be captured in mathematical formula and academic models. It is a practical management task to fulfil the needs of people. No householder turns to models and mathematics to run his household.
on particular sectors:
- All arms and war industry and trade shall be made into a NON-profit business. Collective measures shall fit this industry to actual needs for security and protection. There is no economic logic behind private profit-making in the business of war and arms.
- Collective oversight as to fulfilling our basic collective needs like basic food, housing, healthcare, education, transport, communication (and more) shall regulate production and distribution. The economic logic behind such policies is obvious and clear, when we aim at quality of Life instead of quantity of numbers. Above basic levels self-responsibily and private initiative can take the stage.
- Banking and finance: outlaw all forms of 'profit making by speculation' (creating empty money profits without counter user value). The economic logic here is: imbalances (lack of counter user value) can only result in collapses. (first there is the banking crisis, then there is the financial crisis, and then comes the economic crisis that hits the vulnerable most).
Your real needs of livelihood (as the basis for further human growth) are relevant ... to yourself ánd to policy. In fact, they should be the only relevant focus of policy-making.
Distracted from our real needs and well-being by long-time indoctrination and false programming (like 'what you need is growth of National Product') we have become alienated from Life and basic needs: short-term ánd long-term.
St. Augustine, in the 'City of God'
"A Nation is multitude of rational beings, united by the common objects of their love" -- if the common object of our love is growth of National Product - even at the expense of others - then so will be our national policies. But we are free to re-think the common object of our love.