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VirmantasGaldikas: Learning to share
Hi everyone, This is a spontaneous response to the letter, but I think it might be useful for all of us.
Ecology and Economy In John Rogers's article there are many things I agree 100 precent with. Intuitively he is trying to explain relationships between ecology and economy, e.g comparing two parts of our world. One is the ecology which is mostly created by the nature, and the other economy entirely created by the human beings. (Please don't try to argue regarding the terms. I try to simplify things in order to explain very deeply hidden reasons of human economic and ecologic behavior.)
Our problem is Our mentality Desire for money and an impact to the environment are the two outputs compared, but not the reason cause analysis was made of the processes going on. I have went through this, too. And now I can prove that the only reason for all these economic and ecologic problems is the Human Being by itself, and especially his mentality. All other things are outcomes of this true reason.
Physical and mental Let's see, the human being is made of material body and mental creation - ability to think, dream and desire. So we have two worlds (to parts, to areas of activities) of the human being.
I would like to ask you at this point to open your minds, to free them from all the dogmas you know and have. Please don't say for yourself - it is not true, it does not work, I don't believe. Please just read and think what is said openly, even if the idea will look against your believes and knowledge. This is an innovative approach and it should break something what was protecting our minds from the possibility to go further and solve the problems we try to solve for hundreds of years already.
So lets go step by step towards the true reasons of the problems we are discussing here.
The human being as I mentioned above has to parts of his activities and perceptions. One is mental and the other - physiological.
Physical: Physiological It is very easy to fulfill the physiological needs of the human being - just feed it, worm it and let him play and took a rest, and of course - sex.
Mental: Creative The rest of the human being activities are connected to his mental work - dreams, thoughts, desires. Mental activity I would simplify and call it by a single term - creativity.
Unlimited creativity and limited implementation Who can tell me the limits of the creativity of the single person or the whole society? I think that creativity it is unlimited, but the implementation is limited to many factors.
Mental creativity in conflict with nature's creativity So then we speak about the economy we mean that the whole process is created by the humans (it is product of the creativity of the human being). Then we speak about the ecology we speak also about the creativity of the human being and the nature. The facts that humans destroy forests, changes the living conditions of the other parts of the nature which was not created by the human beings, and etc., to fulfill the needs of the human creativity, proves that we have found one common area where all problems are interrelated. That is the mental part of the human being. So, we are not talking any more about the material side of the issue. We analise only that is intangible and we have to look for reasons inside the mental activity of the human being. In a way that questioning like why, how, where, when are just in time.
Problem: Egoism and Challenge: Sharing I would like to start with the basic reason of all problems human beings create - this is personal egoism, which also serves as a basic security feeling for survival. The human beings are also societal beings, they need a partner to fulfill the mission given by the nature - to supply the new generations of the new human beings. This task provides a need to practice sharing between the two and more human beings. This task is constantly ongoing process due to constant change in number of the humans living on the Earth.
Egoism shapes Sharing The egoism force us take as much as possible for ourselves or also the closest relatives (depends on education and culture). That is why during the process of sharing the humans try to get as much as possible for themselves. The same happens in economy and ecology. At this point it is very popular to cheat each other by any mean available.
Confusing material and intangible The second reason of the problem is that humans mix material and intangible things within their creativity. That is that humans gives some material look to the intangible things and wise versa. Lets see the things which we call money. This is a clear mix of material and intangible things. The question is to which extend intangible things within money influence the human behavior comparing to the material side of the issue?
John Rogers's citation from bellow: "Our confusion comes from the brainwashing of our 'economy' that work > is only what you get paid money for. Because we depend on money for > survival. When we re-frame 'work' to include every effort that makes > us human and interdependent - including volunteering, community > work, ecological restoration, voting, activism etc. - then we can > start to choose where we want to simply be moved by compassion to > give and where we would like other rewards in exchange for our effort. > > This frame allows us to locate community currencies exactly halfway > along a spectrum between compassion (self-giving love) and money. > The metric of community currency gives us more choices."
People think we depend on money for survival Bilions of people think in the same way - "Because we depend on money for survival."
Why do we depend on our own creation (money) for survival? At this point I would like to ask you. Why we depend on money for survival? Why we depend on money at all? Are you saying that we depend on our creation? How that can be?
We depend on society, not on money I know for sure that my life depends on the Sun, the Moon, The Earth, the Nature, many other material things that humans didn't create. But saying that my life depends on the painting of the famous artist at least sounds too strange for me. Yes, to the certain extent within the society my life depends on money, but even then it is not a true. Within the society my life depends on decisions and actions that other members of the society makes. So, let me ask you. There are the money here, on which depends my life? The answer is nowhere. This is a first and the main mistake made by the human beings in the way of thinking that we do about the processes going on around us on the Earth, and especially, if we speak about the economy.
Money is not central Money is not a problem. Money is not the reason. Money is only the mean of exchange to facilitate the exchange of goods and services within the society. Money were created by the humans so they serve them and not wise versa.
We can change our thinking Humans can easily to change the impact of money or economy to the ecology just by changing the way of thinking.
Distinguish what humans created and what not First of all humans shall separate things whose were created by them and whose not. Things created by the nature are essential for survival, and the rest can be easily changed if they destroy the nature without the real need and true understanding of the human activity.
Change from cheating to sharing Second, humans shall change the way of thinking from the Money Value Oriented Model or in other words 'Cheat the Close Friends of Yours' to the 'SHARING with Others' Model (or to change from giving priority to human created value to natural values given to us by the nature and sharing our creativity).
Develop society for creativity So, we need to learn how to use our creativity to develop the society there each of us has more concern about the positive impact of our creativity than survival. Humans need to work not more than 10 percent of time for survival. The rest of their efforts is used for creative issues: some of them are going to make more money, others to destroy competitors, third to destroy forests, forth - to fight against the others who makes money, destroy competitors, forests, nature, etc. I mean that we all are fighting within the creativity field, because nobody needs to fight for survival. It is easy to survive without money and other stuff created by the humans. All nature does that, so the humans are not different in this sense.
Changing our thinking Please think about it how we the human beings can change the situation easily without even investing a single penny into the solution of the conflict situation between economy and ecology (both are human creations) just by changing our way of thinking from the Fake Money Value Oriented Model to the Sharing with Others Model.
If it is difficult to understand for you, just let me know and I will explain wider. Also please read more thoughts about the issue on my knol page below.
Best regards, Virmantas