Intellectual Democracy

Complexities are the bushes that hide superstition. There is an intellectual democracy where the majority of a tiny number of elites academically rule. Complexities are used as an alternative to reality. These are smart people who believe, or pretend to believe they can use complexities for their personal benefit by having a simple majority.

As a teacher I noticed some smart students who where deemed academically unsuccessful. They were excluded as as failures by a number of different schools, and they entered society labeled as under achievers as they proceeded to adulthood as second class citizens. They are carrying a heavy cross hand hewn for them by the institutions that were designed to help them, and to protect humanity.

Schools fail their students, not the reverse. The schools set standards, and write tests that make them look good, and they do it at the expense of the students and society at large. Abused citizens, and those that are ignored tend to be angry and hostile to the exclusive environment that they are so rudely ejected from.

There are a lot of things that even smart people don’t know. Intellectual democracy, agreeing with most other smart people tends to produce superstition, and hide it in the bushes of complexity.

An example is entrance examinations. While many schools recognize how shallow it is to assume students would know particular precise generally agreed on facts, they still only accept students who do well on the test. How successful are these schools at targeting the plagues that threaten each person, and all of humanity. Plagues such as war, injustice, poverty, and despair? Is there even a program that addresses them?

Intellectual democracy uses complexity to produce influence, power, and money to escape the environmental devastation caused by the plagues that unnecessarily haunt humanity. We are one people that shares one environment across geographical and generational borders. We are in the academic dark ages. How we treat the least of our brothers and sisters, is how we treat the human environment, our home. Destroying it seems to be a bad idea that is shared by a bunch of us dummies.

Enhanced Performance

Enhanced Performance

Performing better is a goal pursued by individuals, and groups. Measuring performance is a way to recognize progress. There is a whole range of skills that people want to improve, and a variety of reasons that enhanced performance is important.

Performance is measured to recognize improvement. Improvement is encouraging. Neither a discouraged person or a discouraged people are likely to improve their performance. If there is no improvement, enhancement does not occur, but there is a valuable lesson that can be learned. The lesson inspires a different strategy, and better judgment as it reduces the risk of failure. Repeating past mistakes is not helpful. It just increases the incentive to quit trying.

There are two steps that apply to a fresh start when enhancing performance after failure, especially after repeated failure. Improve the strategy, and try harder.

Generations of people have failed to protect each other economically. Their failed policies have brought them war, injustice, and poverty. History repeats its tragic cycles. People can do better with enhanced economic performance. Repeating the same strategy will produce even worse results because there is little incentive to try. Using the same strategies that predictably fail just isn’t a good idea.

There is a better way, one that will not fail because it uses a better strategy. Progress can be easily measured both by what emerges, and what disappears. We require a fresh start, a more humane way to economically enhance civilization.

The strategy will dismiss the, “winner take all,” attitude with the knowledge that everybody wins as they share acts of kindness across borders, and generations. As war, injustice, and poverty disappear, kindness and capability will become the renewable resources that are necessary to satisfy, empower, and protect humanity. Enhancing performance is not a competition. It is a survival skill.

A Beginning

A Beginning

A fragile ball streaks through the air. The moment it reaches its apogee it begins its fall toward earth. It could not fall sooner because the forces that moved it were not ready for the beginning of its fall. When it was launched, even observers that didn’t know when it was launched were fully aware that it would fall, because thrown balls always go as high as they can before beginning to come down. We have a name for the natural force that makes that ball begin its trajectory toward earth. Many balls were thrown before gravity had a name, but once it had its name, people studied its effect. Those studies spawned much technology, ranging from space exploration to rapid global communication. Beginning the study of gravity began a way to expand human capability. Over a relatively short time. what was previously unimaginable became commonplace.

There is another commonly noticed natural force that needs study. Just as it was in the case of gravity, this force has not been given a name, even though we see its effects every day. We instinctively know that it is important, but we think we understand it because we can see what it does.

Alchemy was once studied as a superstitious shortcut to get rich by turning base metals into gold. The superstitious study ended with disappointment, but some of its tools became the basis of modern science. Alchemy was a superstitious idea, a shortcut to riches. Its purpose was the economic equivalent of bank robbery. Its methodology became science which is a logical method of intellectual exploration that separates nonsense from fact.

Currently there is academic endeavor that is roughly the superstitious equivalent to the alchemy that was practiced for the purpose of intellectually extracting disproportionate power and riches from the environment. Superstitious political divisions fail humanity in a predictable manner. The current political practice, and academic study of Economics is, quite frankly, not economic, and not ecological. Because of its superstitious nature, giving academic credence to a discipline that lacks both discipline, and credibility amounts to educational malpractice. Its practice is economically harmful. It harms the environment that people are forced, by nature, to inhabit. It is the same environment that they share across borders and across generations. The reason they are forced to share it is that nature provided only one. It is an environment that can not be divided without harming its residents, and those who will inhabit it in the future. Humanity has a single body that spans generations. The body of humanity has an exoskeleton. Humanity’s skeleton is its environment.

There is a natural economic force, a uniquely human capability that people have to improve their environment and their being by passing knowledge, tools, and culture across geographical and generational boundaries. This force is like a current in history that flows toward human safety and satisfaction. It is strengthened in the absence of conflict, and it provides environmental benefit to humanity.

Conflict reduces the ability of humanity to control its own destiny. It makes a people its own worst enemy, as it lays waste to the lives, of individuals, of groups of people, and ultimately of all people. Conflict is a fight for supremacy over the remains of a dismembered environment that, unless there is a behavioral awakening, will not sustain human satisfaction, human capability, or human existence. The human environment is affected by forces such as the one affecting the travel of the afore mentioned ball. The forces go unnamed, unstudied, and not generally understood.

The ball reaches its apogee. Natures predictable force causes the natural end of its rise, and the beginning of an apparent end to its fragile existence. The ball will fall. The natural laws of nature apply, but it need not crash into the rocky substrate of earth. The study of gravity taught people who studied it, that falling objects could remain falling without crashing into the earth. Most people don’t understand how a falling object can remain as if suspended in space. Nevertheless, they invent new ways to use the technology. For example, understanding the effect of gravity inspired innovation that allowed cell phones to easily communicate over great distances, beyond formerly prohibitive borders, and barriers. People rely on phones to receive education, communication, location, photos, and weather forecasts. Tiny fragile falling balls provide them personal access, and public safety.

Gravity makes the location of the ball mathematically predictable. However the the data streaming to and from the ball are governed by a different naturally existing force. There is no way to predict, forecast, or control the effects of data that streams to the ball and from it without using the natural force of economics that has existed since there were people, and will exist until there are none.

The natural force needs to be studied. Give it a name. Economics will work, but only if it is not confused with economic superstition. The real study would be predicated on first doing no harm. Human life doesn’t begin at birth. People inherit genes that can be positively identified as having existed generations before their birth. The economy they receive influences who they are. But that economy isn’t static They have been receiving economic stimulation since before their genes existed, and they will receive it until they draw their last breath. As people mature they contribute to the economy of others, or perhaps they ignorantly steal from it, ignorant, because stealing from the economy is like cutting off your own nose because there is a pimple on it.

The natural economic force is created by human participation. People are not just the results of creation. They are part of it, and they are still creating it. Who they are, and what they become creates greater possibilities for them and those who will follow.

Many people didn’t understand how the natural force of gravity could keep a fragile falling ball from shattering. They didn’t know they could use it to see the big picture, to communicate better, and to learn things that formerly they didn’t even have the capacity to wonder, or dream about. Natural economics is an artistic force that helps people paint a better picture of humanity.

People observe things from a personal perspective. In order to understand the forces of nature, that perspective needs to be universal. Observations from a personal viewpoint can motivate people to behave in ways that are harmful to themselves, to others, to humanity, or to humanity for all generations.

The following are general statements. They are an attempt at the summarization of some of the complexities of academic history. The purpose of the summary is to show a direction. Vain attempts with bad outcomes occur when people try to circumvent reality: Alchemy was a beginning, an endeavor to use intellect to get rich. Science was a beginning endeavoring to use intellect to explore the universe to secure benefit and political power. Economics was a beginning, an effort to use intellect to secure benefit and stabilize local political advantage.

There is a necessity for a new beginning. People need to begin to protect humanity. Humanity is sitting on its own fragile ball. The ball was hurled into space. It apparently already has reached its apogee. It is falling through space. The ball has is formed around Earth. It is the human environment. Gravity is not immediately threatening to the environment. The threat comes from within. The environment is being destroyed by fear, hate, and pomposity. The superstitions of its occupants cloud their judgement. People are being superstitiously distracted from watching where they are going. Road rage and distraction cause chaos on the perilous journey forward on the road to civilization. The journey doesn’t need to end in tragedy. That being said, people can only learn by trying to learn. That has to happen to avoid personal tragedy, public tragedy, and unsurvivable environmental catastrophe.

People need to learn how to serve and protect other people, all other people their neighbors, and those living in other places, other generations, and those who will populate future places, and generations. They do that by protecting the environment they share. They protect it by not harming it.

A new beginning is new because repeating past mistakes is not a beginning, but a middle, or worse the end. Harm has no amount. The unnecessary death of a hundred people is tragic. So is the unnecessary death of one. First do no harm. None means zero. Benefit cannot be achieved by doing harm. Profit from harm is stolen from economy.

If you were a person sitting on the ball that was falling around the world you could see how the use of intellect changed the world. You could see how the quest for power changed the land, the sea, and atmosphere above them. The quest for world domination has made an increasingly more fragile environment that is steadily becoming less habitable. Earth is becoming an ineffective environment for raising children, but it is the only one available. Children’s safety, health, and happiness are not secure, but as you look around, you see no better place to raise them. People live in the environment that is built of them, for them, and by them. The children are stuck here on the earth. More knowledge creates a better environment behaviorally, but only when people endeavor to not to harm it. Harm cannot be avoided by ignorance, and it is prevalent in the presence of superstition.

The future is stuck with the mess that was superstitiously, and intellectually created for it, an environment fraught with war, injustice, poverty and despair. Can’t we start over? We are smart enough to launch probes into space. Can’t we create an environment where our children will grow-up to be safe, happy, healthy, and kind? There are no do-overs. We need a new beginning, one that serves humanity by protecting the environment it shares. A new beginning starts here. Ready? Begin.

The High Cost of Free Speech

The High Cost of Free Speech

Currently there are social media websites that offer access to free speech. Free speech is typically regarded as a good thing. Who wants to be restrained from speaking out about the forces that threaten their safety or their satisfaction? The media are superstitiously thought to be benign because supposedly everybody has somewhat equal access. Free speech is an important link in communication, and in educational advancement. However, free speech by its nature is not free, even when its freedom is governmentally decreed. Technology does not extract the necessity of the kindness needed to produce benefit. In fact, its use amplifies the need for personal kindness, and social consideration.

Government is subservient to nature. Natural laws will prevail. People will be affected by gravity even if a law is passed that forbids it. Speech is a behavior that naturally affects its speakers, and its listeners, and like all other behavior it has the capacity to either benefit or harm both its speakers and its listeners. The the benefit or the harm can, and is transferred socially to people who neither heard nor spoke. The benefit, or harm can be immediate, but more commonly it extends for long periods of time in concentric circles radiating from the source.

There is a naturally existing economic paradigm. All people are affected by the behavior of all others, for all generations. Harm and benefit are naturally existing forces exerted by human behavior, and the behaviors that people exhibit or fail to exhibit are either harmful of beneficial to humanity. There is no middle ground. Doing no harm is beneficial behavior. All people have the opportunity to help others. This is true around the world, and across generations. Benefit improves who we are, how we feel, and our ability to survive. Harm does the opposite. Behavior that is not kindly applied is harmful. When it is applied technologically it is very harmful. Kindness and capability are economic requirements that manufacture kindness and capability. It is a limitless economic cycle. There are no alternatives that can be economically delivered. Intellect, technology, and politics all follow the requirements of nature or they destroy the opportunities created by it.

Ignorance is economically harmful, and willfully remaining ignorant is harmful behavior. Benefit is accomplished by trying to achieve benefit. To achieve benefit a person, or a people must carefully avoid harm because harm is often not reversible. Harmful speech comes with a high cost that makes a person, a people, and all people less safe, less satisfied, and less capable. Free speech is an opportunity to achieve, but unrestrained it is as dangerous as an infant playing with live grenades.

There are only limited occasions when free speech is beneficial. Speaking is a communicational behavior that has value proportionately relevant to the behavior being communicated. Truths are generally considered more valuable than falsehoods. However, falsehoods may be believed because of the number of times they are repeated, because they are spoken from a prominent platform that appears legitimate, or they are what what the listener wants to hear. Personally delivered falsehoods are harmful. When they are delivered politically or technologically they are extremely harmful. Believing what is false generates harmful behavior. Often the results of that behavior are what exposes fallacies to educational daylight. As truth comes to light it often exposes harm.

Credibility is often not based on truthfulness. People tend believe sources they trust. They tend to take comfort in predictability, and they resist changing their beliefs. Truth seeking institutions such as schools, scientific organizations, and the free press, are constantly under attack by people who are uncomfortable with pursuing truth. They find institutional degradation easier than facing the fact. Ultimately harm and benefit sit firmly on the reality that we are one people with exactly one environment.

At any given time there seems to be a huge part of the population that would prefer to turn back the clock. Having survived the past, the past looks better than an uncertain future. Change is scary. Free speech seems to be ok because it can be used to hide from the future. People sometimes become deaf to what they don’t want to hear. They repeat what they like multiple times, and cultivate relationships with people who won’t disappoint them with the truth. Free speech vindicates bad behavior because its pervasiveness overwhelms the value of whether it is false, whether it hurts somebody, or whether it is environmentally corrosive.

Social media sites provide technology to amplify and repeat free speech with no consideration of the ill effects caused by the incidental harm, and the purposeful misinformation that is technologically magnified on the platform. Remaining ignorant is bad behavior. Harmful speech needs clear warning labels for the safety of its listeners. It is primarily the listeners who know where those warnings should be placed. Listeners have the opportunity to recognize harm. Speakers have the opportunity to do something about it. Technicians have the opportunity to magnify the results. Politicians have the opportunity to protect those who neither heard nor spoke. These are all opportunities to avoid harm while increasing benefit to people around the globe. And of course, it creates a better environment for people who are, as of yet, unborn. Until those warning labels are clearly posted, free speech costs too much. With technology failing to provide due diligence to avoid harm, free speech is unashamedly very harmful. Free speech is by its nature costs too much. Considerate speech is nature’s key to civility.

Economic Consequentiality

Economic Consequentiality

The purpose of economics is to produce positive results that are predictable. Failure is not economic, nor are random results. Behaviors have consequences, and economics is planned behavior for the purpose of humanitarian benefit. Think of economics as a voyage, all people traveling on a ship that is heading to a better place.

All economics is global. Capitalistic influence on the study of economics has turned the subject into a competitive crapshoot that is ignorant and dismissive of both global, and generational consequences. Economics is by its nature is a branch of ecology. It is the legitimate purpose of education is to avoid harm, and to maximize benefit to the environment that we share across all borders for all generations.

The economic concept stems from the fact that the behavior of people has an impact on the survival and well being of humanity. History has clearly shown us that cooperation is environmentally effective, while chaos, war, and superstition reduce both the quality and the duration of life. They even reduce the desire to live.

Science has a sharp edge. What does not balance there often emerges as a new superstition. Einstein is quoted as saying, “If you can’t explain it to a six-year old child, you don’t understand it yourself.” “The survival of the fittest,” that sprung out of Darwin’s Theory of Genetic Selection has been misinterpreted both scientifically, and economically. People are pitted against each other, and against common sense as the superstitions derived from this are academically shoveled down the throats of children, and religious fanatics around the globe have inserted the nonsense into books that were written with knowledge that predates the discovery of genes.

Dodo’s probably didn’t become extinct because the fittest individuals didn’t contribute to the gene pool. They, the species, in all probability could not adapt to the changing environment that they were powerless to control. If the fittest people arm themselves, create chaos, and poison the water, genetic selection will not matter. The human race will follow the Dodos. Like a bunch of dumb Dodos, people are destroying their own environment. People are totally capable of doing the opposite. It seems like a six-year old child could understand that.

People are born with an economic attribute. They have the ability to modify the environment for their survival and for their happiness. They are not individually smart enough or strong enough to survive much environmental degradation. People are endowed with a natural economic attribute that makes it possible for them to learn how to make a bright future with a humane environment, one world under God. People are genetically predisposed to thrive culturally as lovers of humanity. As fighters they destroy themselves, their neighbors, and their progeny.

Fighting over the fruits of civilization destroys it. Economics is an opportunity, not a hereditary gift. Other species must adapt to the environment or they die. The good news is that people inherited the economic ability to improve their own environment. The bad news is that not using the opportunity is environmentally destructive.

Who are the dumb dodos? Birds are naturally deprived of the environmental possibility for survival, or not. People have a choice. Facing the choice of whether it is smart not to improve the environment that protects humanity is not a difficult question. A six-year old child can understand it. The captan of a sinking ship suffers the same fate as its passengers. Dodos were incapable of saving their environmental ship, people are not. Humanity will steer the ship on the trip to paradise as one body, or slip down into the icy waters of despair with the same ship they choose not to protect.

History has treated this social issue as a moral dilemma, “good people” against “evil”. People could only survive if they superstitiously engaged in the fight of good against bad. In that fight the bad guys always win because they fight for their own immediate interests. They don’t burden themselves with the needs of the vulnerable or protecting resources that will be needed by other people and other generations. History has been an ongoing demonstration of poor management with terrible consequences.

Economics is an intellectual solution to a moral problem. Why can’t “good” people win the battle for moral high ground? There can be no army if there are no soldiers. Good people don’t genetically exist. They exist only superstitiously. Superstitious armies don’t win real battles, but they really do damage the environment that all people share with other generations.

Humanity has the ability to survive and thrive economically. In an economy the fittest protect the vulnerable. While that seems to be the right thing to do, they receive little in the way of thanks. They could demand much more. Why would they work for the weaker or the less fortunate?

An environment in which, only the strongest survive needs improvement. Natural genetic selection improves individual chances for survival in a harsh environment, but individual toughness is not a dominant human attribute. It takes a third of a persons life to mature, and another third is spent in age related declination. The attribute that people have that allows them capability and happiness is economic. That allows them to inherit more than genes. They also inherit the economy of the previous generations. Building economy can create and improve the environment they share with other people, and other generations.

Economic health can not be measured by the wealth of the fittest. The wellbeing of the vulnerable is the most accurate indicator of environmental achievement. How are the vulnerable doing? Is safety, capability, and kindness being passed to the next generation?

Politics

Politics

There is exactly one reason that the chaos of past history still exists. It is the wholesale acceptance of the superstition that hides behind labels such as education, religion, ideology, and government. While people believe many things that are true, much of what is politically practiced has no foundation in reality.

The word politics stems from the base word politic which means wise. A person would have to be delusional to believe that the war, injustice, and poverty that saturates the world with despair got this way because its leaders were governing wisely, or that those who allowed them to lead understood even the most rudimentary concepts pertaining to the reality that all people share, an environment that they can improve. Failing to improve it places humanity exactly where it is, in dire straits.

People inherit an economic attribute. They share it around the world, and across generations. With it they can improve their being, and the environment they share with others, across borders, and through generations. Politics by definition is economically confined because the economic attribute that we are privileged to share is the natural source of wisdom.

Poverty – The Toxic Resource

Poverty – The Toxic Resource

In the book of history, chapter one is about the cycle of sowing, cultivating, and harvesting its cash crop, poverty. Chapter two will be about the new road straight into the future. Individually, people tend to believe repeating mistakes is a bad idea. That is not the case socially.

There have been many resources that have fueled business relationships throughout the centuries. Historically those resources have been greedily snatched up by those with the foresight to preside over them. Whoever had the supply could sell it to those who needed it, and the suppliers were the few and those who needed the resources were the many. The few became wealthy, and the many became poor. Because the many were beholden to the few, they sold the few their existence, and fought their battles. The many valued the fews existence over their own, and the fews exploited the
deflated self worth of the many.

Poverty became a resource that allowed governmental, business, and religious heads to become disproportionately powerful, rich, or theocratically entitled. This is what was called “world order.” However, there was little that was orderly about it, or the human behavior it inspired. This kind of “world order” sowed poverty in the human garden. The crops harvested were hunger, war, fear, and despair. This was done for the perceived relative benefit of the few.

The benefit was not received by humanity whose only environment was turbulent and chaotic. In this environment the human attribute that allows humanity to thrive was strangled. All economic roads were circles that arrived where they began. They went nowhere.

Humankind has spent its history building roads to nowhere. Going faster just gets it nowhere quicker. It needs to build a road to human betterment, a road that carries supplies from the few to the many. The purpose of the trip is to supply humanity, to carry the supplies needed to make the world a better place to live.

Poverty is a hidden toxic resource that appears in the presence of disparate compensation, and disappears in its absence. Poverty hides in plain sight because all eyes tend to look up at the flower of wealth. They prefer not to look down at the weeds of poverty in the human garden. Those weeds are depressing and dangerous. They
choke humanity.

Poverty was the crop planted by the fews. It was an addictive, toxic crop that ruined the health of human bodies, and the body of humanity. It poisoned kindness, and dismembered capability. People coped with the addiction by endeavoring to be one of “the few,” who felt elevated by its toxic effects. A terrible price was paid by both the many and even the few. They suffered the agony, the pain, and the despair of war and injustice . There was often premature death, but even more terrible was the disrespect. People spent their lives hating each other, themselves, and the conflict.

A lifetime of labor, producing literally everything owned and enjoyed by “the few,” went unrewarded, or under appreciated. What was once called “world order” can now be seen for what it clearly is. It is the excuse of the addicted few to continue their toxic habit, cultivating, harvesting, and exploiting poverty.

Skills similar to those demonstrated by parents who serve and protect their children to make them kind, healthy, and capable need to be adopted by the few in order to protect everyone, the many, the few, and the entirety of humanity. That won’t happen by accident. Kindness, health, and capability are indicators that appear when this addiction is overcome. At that time, and not a minute sooner, the few will embrace the many creating a new a new world order where poverty, injustice and despair can only be found on the yellowed pages of history.

Everything

Everything

Nothing and everything are values on the opposite ends of the expanding spectrum of knowable things. Even the knowledge of the most intelligent, and the most educated would lie infinitely close to nothing, zero percent. Education, as it is generally practiced, has a superstitious foundation based on amounts. It is impervious to the impact that its poor quality inflicts on humanity. This process of vast inadequacy creates the illusion of helplessness when confronting the plague that saddles humanity with despair, war, injustice, and poverty. There is much ignorance among people in general, among educated people in particular about this unnecessary affliction that can be alleviated.

Compared to what there is to learn, the test scores of even the most brilliant would be insignificant. What then is the purpose of becoming educated? Is education just a path to individual accomplishment that widens across time into a highway of humanitarian despair? The idea that we can become all knowing is as likely as an earthworm making intergalactic forays.

Education, as it is academically applied, has two general purposes. The first is to make its students relatively richer, more influential, or more powerful than some other people. The second is ecological, to enhance humanity environmentally. Education is an opportunity to enhance human effectiveness both individually, and socially.

There is a mirage that appears in the minds of people witnessing their own accomplishments. Success looks like success, but so does failure. Superstition is failure that looks like success on close examination, but from a more comprehensive view, it is ecological cancer. Amassing uncontrolled knowledge creates an illusion that harms humanity. History ultimately erases the illusion, but the harm remains.

Power and influence are behaviorally applied to the environment economically. There is an economic answer to the question: Is there life after death? The answer lies in a simpler question: Was there life before birth? Economically people serve humanity. Success is achieved across generations. Failure is instantaneous. Learning is education, only if it gives adequate warning about the consequences of failure, otherwise it is nothing more than superstitious projection.

Academia tolerates the superstitions of its elite. The superstitious mirage is considered real because it generates power and influence. Its tolerance is appealing because people need power and influence to survive individually, and in groups. In spite of this need, and because of it, superstitiously derived knowledge is allowed to poison the environment necessary to sustain humanity, the groups, and the individuals.

When referring to actual education, everything educational has positive economic value. It is of benefit to humanity. Actual education does not include superstition because superstition is a mirage that causes people to use the mere perception of knowledge as if it was actual. War doesn’t create peace. Justice cannot be rationed. Poverty cannot be cured by the poor, and education cannot be effectively replaced by superstition, even in vast amounts.

Education teaches people how to cooperate with reality to improve the human environment. Academia measures educational advancement with amounts. The amounts fail to account for the mirages that obscure reality. Improving education improves the effect of behavior on the human environment. How is that working out? Despair, war, poverty and injustice are firmly ensconced by a system of education that is afraid to filter the superstition that is toxic even in small amounts, and the toxicity is mass-produced by academic institutions.

Academia that focuses on power and influence substitutes the amount for the effect. The amount fails to identify both the the effect, and the behavior it causes. Being able to identify reality affects how people behave. Their behavior affects the single environment that we all share with each other, and that we share with the future. Knowing much about reality is not consequential when the mirage of superstition is treated with the same respect as the knowledge it replaces. Knowledge silently cohabits with the destructive influence of superstition. Being able to distinguish reality from a superstitious mirage is vital. Learning to become stupid is not educational. The same is true about learning to become very stupid.

Educational Seed


Educational Seed

Reality and Superstition are not Equivalent. People try to become educated to assume a position at the head of the line. If the line they are trying to lead is going the wrong direction, perhaps what was thought and learned was wrong. The line was misdirected. War, poverty, and injustice still exist, and they are becoming more violent. Safety, health, and satisfaction are becoming increasingly rare bastions reserved only for the wealthy, or perhaps they are just notions selfishly pursued by the deluded. The line can only move forward if it knows where forward is. There is a better reason for education than budging in the line to nowhere. Education grows from a particular seed.

What does it mean to become educated? What is the difference between knowledge and superstition? Where is the line that divides them? Knowing more, and learning more are not naturally beneficial. People can learn things that degrade who they are. Ecologically speaking, human benefit concerns all people for all generations. Educational seeds grow economic vegetation, benefit, much slower than the superstitious weeds that attempt to strangle it.

Education that fails to identify the difference between knowledge and superstition not only grows too many weeds, it fertilizes them. The crop, humanity, cannot thrive, and it may cease to survive for the simple reason that academia embraces superstition and knowledge as though they were equivalent. They are not.

There is an actual reason for education, a seed that grows humanity. There are many, so-called, educated people who don’t know that the seed exists, or care. Education that fails to spring from the seed is illegitimate. It damages the entirety of the environment that people share, and will share for all coming generations. The weed choked garden is not an indicator of advancing civilization. It is an indication that civility is lost.

The educational seed does not grow truth. Truth is a natural resource. It simply exists. Education is the process that teaches people to live with the truth. Education exposes truth and teaches people to coexist with it. Is that not the purpose of education? Truth will always be true, whether or not people still exist. The educational seed is a part of what all people inherit, an attribute like bones, skin, muscles, and a brain.

The educational seed exposes the economic attribute that empowers humanity to, not only, increase its safety, health, and endurance, but to magnify the satisfaction it receives as it strives for them.

No person, or people is independent. Each requires others to protect them and to protect the environment that they share, and will leave with other generations. Education that hides the economic attribute is not educational because it fails to distinguish superstition from knowledge, benefit from chaos.

Education is a tool to direct the line toward humanity. People exist with one truth, one reality, one educational seed. The line can, and must move beyond war, injustice, and poverty.

Despair and dissatisfaction are neither healthy, nor are they necessary. People exist on earth with a naturally existing way to become important. The seed of education is the economic attribute that people share to grow their lives, other lives, and the lives of other generations.

Superstition is drama with a sad ending. Educational progress has three components, from which benefit is harvested for humankind. Plant the seed. Protect it. Nurture it.