Principles or Propositions?

Principles or Propositions?

A Constitution is statement of governing principles, or propositions. Principles are truths. Propositions are opinions or beliefs. The foundation of a country should be based on truths, and not opinions or beliefs. Opinions and beliefs divide people, whereas truth is true for everyone. Reality exists, and ignoring that simple fact typically is not a good idea.

Was the US Constitution written to preserve principles, or propositions? We will probably never know, but what we do know is that it is protected as if reality was a foreign concept. Reality is not an umbrella that protects war, injustice, and corruption. The heart of legitimate governance beats for the purpose of applying due diligence to avoid harm and to achieve benefit.

Judges judge; Legal minds study constitutional dimensions; Historians study the effects of past history; Legislators write complex law; Politicians plot for advantage; Citizens struggle, and suffer much more than is necessary. All of this happens as if a Constitution was a set of propositions, not truths.

Legitimacy is purposeful. The heart and purpose of the US Constitution precedes any Articles, and comes before any amendments. It precedes judgement and precedence. Failing the purpose of the constitution undermines its legitimacy. It fails to distinguish harm from benefit. In reality harm is harmful. Benefit is beneficial.

Whatever the intentions of the framers, the beating heart of the constitution exists in reality. Its application determines its value. The intent of the framers is irrelevant if the the constitution fails to achieve its purpose. Presumably, each framer had their own opinions and beliefs. The purpose, however, is clearly stated in the preamble, to form a more perfect union. Each right, and each liberty have purpose. In reality more perfection requires less harm, and in a more perfect union its citizens respect, encourage, and protect each other, and the world around them.

There have been many discoveries that have changed our perception of reality in the centuries that passed since the framers crafted the Constitution. The literal interpretation of the language, after the preamble, is based on opinions, and beliefs that vary. The interpretations have a tendency to reflect the mirror image of the intentions of the people who read them. They do not necessarily correspond with the intentional direction that is required by the preamble, toward a more perfect union.

The preamble establishes the direction that everything that flows. Trickery in the legislative bodies doesn’t insure domestic tranquility, it sabotages it. Judgement that does harm will not establish justice. Sabotaging voters by inundating them with propaganda doesn’t establish justice, insure tranquility, or promote the general welfare.

There are scientific discoveries that can help understand how to create the environment required in a more perfect union. There are photographs that show how interconnected we are. They show that there is precisely one environment that we can improve, share and pass to coming generations. It is more effective to share its bounty than fight over it. We have learned that much of what people thought was evil, could be prevented or improved.

Better environmental understanding is required to form a more perfect union. In 1788 the framers either knew, or thought they knew which direction to travel “in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

A constitution is of no consequence unless it is applied to reality. Now two hundred-thirty years after the ratification of the US document there is not a lot of evidence that the union is becoming more perfect. Civil unrest, war, injustice, and poverty are just a few of the indicators of failure. While historians ponder the unknowable intentions of the framers, easily predictable bad outcomes emerge, threaten, and disgust. Why?

Thomas Jefferson is supposed to have said that an uneducated populous cannot govern itself. While we are capable of putting a man on the moon, we seem incapable of treating world’s inhabitants humanely, and incapable of protecting our own humanity. We don’t know enough about reality, and out of frustration we fight over beliefs, and opinions. We impugn the humanity of those who don’t agree with us, the bad guys. We deify our heroes, the good guys. Most importantly, however is the despair we heap on ourselves, those we know, and especially those we don’t know.

Jefferson was correct about needing more education, but it is a particular kind of education that will allow the Constitution to do what it was crafted to do. The particular education required is not readily available. When it becomes available, we will acquire better vision. Constitutions can only be read with real light. They only produce credible results when protected from pseudo-political shade.

Economics is how people form a more perfect union. Failure is not economic. It is “antinomic.” Economy makes things better. Spending that ends in failure is not economical. The same is true with education. Learning that fails to produce better behavior is not educational. It is educational failure. A more perfect union requires avoiding economic harm, and educational harm. Constitutionality produces kindness, competence, and confidence in its continuance.

We are perfectly capable of forming a more perfect union. A perfect union does no harm. It is incumbent on us to first do no harm. Harming any one is unconstitutional, by definition. It isn’t just. It doesn’t promote tranquility. It is a defensive failure. It doesn’t promote welfare or secure the blessings of liberty, on this, or coming generations. A more perfect union is a constitutional requirement, a long term commitment to avoid harm, and to achieve benefit.

The application of law, has in the past has used precedence as a tool to make decisions. While equality under the law sounds just. It just doesn’t live up to constitutional standards. “Toward a more perfect union,” indicates movement. The, “Johnny did it, and he didn’t get in trouble.” argument is not a valid excuse to continue to allow harm. If we are to create a more perfect union, the ability to prevent harm needs to exceed the incentive to apply it,.

To coin an old phrase, the clock is ticking. Antique clocks still tick. In 1788 there was plenty of time to form a more perfect union. Four million people occupied the space that 300 million live in now. War was fought with muskets, that fired a single shot, and took five minutes to reload. Now, there are missiles with nuclear warheads. Then, enemies could be seen and identified. Now,the threat comes from anonymous sources to a phone in your pocket. The point is that there is a threat, an urgency. Forming a more perfect union takes time, and we need to begin now.

The Elements of Economic Power

The Elements of Economic Power

Probably since the first people inhabited Earth, they either felt comfortable in the presence of others, or they feared them. They used their resources and talents to increase comfort, and decrease fear, including fear of the unknown. They possessed a somewhat limited ability to to accomplish that. The good news is that econmoic ability has been increasing across generations. That particular ability can be recognized as economic power, the elements of which are analyzed here.

Comfort and fear are individual perceptions. People often take comfort in things they should be fearful of, and they often fear things that pose no threat. They do this with beliefs. People were comfortable sailing on the Titanic. They thought its size would protect them them. The iceberg that sunk it was an indication that beliefs are subordinate to reality. Beliefs, on the other hand offer comfort, and hope. While economic power is real, the perception of power is both imaginary, and unnecessarily harmful.

Reality rules. There is one earth. It is the habitat that humanity shares and improves. The sharing and improving is accomplished using the power humanity has obtained. It makes improvements across borders, and through generations, or it fails to accomplish that. Accomplishment requires economic power. Economic failure is caused by resistance. People have accumulated power across generations. Better outcomes require less resistance.

People are not required to be smart. It is an ability they have. Learning can improve across generations. It is a cooperative effort that loads power, as if it were compressing a spring. More effort, and more cooperation across more time produces more power. More power increases the desirability of the human environment, as well as the capability to sustain it. Economic power is reduced by harm, and erased by death.

Perceived power may be real, but probably not. Economic power can be only be identified by its positive effect on individuals and humanity. Resistance has a negative effect on each person, or on the whole of humanity. Harm to either individuals or humanity reduces the power they have.

Each person, and all people obtain power from other people even other generations. When it is given away it creates comfort and competence. When it is jealously protected it harms the human environment, and the human spirit. It reduces the power of each person, and of all people, as it sucks happiness from their helpless bodies. Trying to hold economic power is resistance that divides humanity against itself. That conflict is costly. It disempowers the inhabitants of this and comming generations.

While the golden rule, fails to explicitly spell out the consequences for failure, it clearly defines the direction to find humanity. Economic power is the ability to travel that direction. Resistance is the steepness of the hill we need to climb. Economic power is not caused by just any any force that propels humanity. It only only ocurs when humanity moves forward, and wasting time steepens the grade.

Reality or Superstition


Reality vs Superstition

Reality, is exactly how things are. As observers we have a certain perspective. Living our lives, we are often surprised to find out that things we thought to be real actually weren’t, and some other things that we doubted, were in fact real. Our perception of reality is based partially on concrete fact, but primarily on what we believe.

Beliefs tend to be based on the local environment. The local environment is just a sliver of the global environment that all people, for all generations either share and improve, or they destroy it by fighting over it. Sharing seems to be an astronomically better idea than fighting.

Fighting reality seems to be a really bad idea, but it is a binary choice. Shall we fight with people to make life miserable and short? Or, shall we care for them to make life satisfyingly sustainable both now and across coming generations. The choice is clearly a simple one. Very few people have so little intellectual capability that they would purposely make the wrong choice.

What is it that people believe that causes them to make poor choices, choices that harm them, their offspring, and the future of humanity? Beliefs that inspire them to choose harm over benefit are based on superstition. The idea that,“Everyone has the right to their own opinion.” is just wrong. Inhumanity is simply a poor choice. People have the ability make poor choices, but it is not their right. It is either a mistake, or a conscious effort to do wrong.

Hate, anger, and fear are emotions that cause people to choose destructive behavior. Those emotions cause direct consequential harm to them, brain damage. It economically harms those in their local environment. The harm is spread to the entire global environment politically, biologically, and physically. What causes those emotions? Applied inhumanity. Choosing inhumanity is an adopted quality, not an inherited one. It is adopted locally, and it spreads harm globally.

Denigrating people is harmful to those who are denigrated, the denigrators, and to all of humanity. Peace follows earned trust. Making the right choice is the easy part. Emotions that have been damaged by inhumanity can only be cured by humanity. History has dug a deep hole, but the smart choice has always been humanity. In the real world, it is clearly the right choice. Is it yours?

Dehumanization

What people call political solutions keep dividing humanity and demeaning it. Politics fails superstitious populations. Intellect can only make sense of reality. Neither good, nor evil biologically exist. People are neither, but they do have the economic ability, and the political ability to improve the state of humanity. Wisdom is a particular resource that they possess that can improve that state. Failure by its definition is not wise. Intellect can only produce wisdom in reality. Intellect applied to reality produces wisdom. The superstitious applications of intellect produce failure. Political solutions require wisdom.

Wisdom, and therefore politics, have two components that are often not applied to history. Intellect must be applied to reality to achieve political solutions. When reality is not understood, and when it is ignored, politics, and the substance of which it is composed, wisdom, do not exist. In that case intellect is only capable of producing failure, human degradation. Benefit is, of course is not harmful. Harm is the absence of benefit. The reverse is not true. The absence of harm is beneficial.

While these seem like word games, their importance lies in understanding a better path forward. Who doesn’t want to be safe, important, and content? There is but one alternative to political success, and that is to fail. Making mistakes is normal. Repeating them is not wise, not economic, and not humane.

The politics do no harm. Harm is not politic, not wise. When people blame harmful outcomes on politics they are equating superstition with wisdom. Intellect used politically produces benefit. However positive outcomes cannot be produced ignorantly, or superstitiously. No amount of intellect changes the effects of natures reality on humanity.

People have, not one, but three lives, and they all matter. They are part of reality. Time began
their first life. Their DNA produced a unique personality that was already present at the beginning of their second life. Their second life is the life that grew their carnal body. People are incapable of protecting themselves, sustaining themselves, or satisfying themselves. Their third life has shared vulnerabilities, capabilities, and sensibilities. Humanity is what we call their third life. Humanity is one body whose job is to protect, sustain, and satisfy all carnal life across all generations.

There is but one reality, that all people live in. They will live there forever. Their vulnerabilities are naturally exposed to nature. Intellect is a capability people have. It is an opportunity to enhance humanity, but it is often not used that way. Not benefiting humanity is harmful to it. It is failure. Failure puts the existence, the capability, and the satisfaction of each person, in all generations at unnecessary risk.

Kindness is humanity. The state of humanity is best understood by the state of its most vulnerable. Misery, and despair are infectious. They spread across borders, boundaries, and generations. They are caused by intellect applied superstitiously. Superstition is not some ancient relic. Look for harm to humanity. Superstition is hiding right behind it. Wisdom heals. Where there is no healing, there is no wisdom, and there are no political solutions.

What then is the solution? How can people become wiser? How can humanity rid itself of misery and despair? How can each of us become kinder, more effective, and more content?

There are institutions such as government, religion, and education, that apply intellect to accomplish those goals. They all attempt to accomplish them superstitiously. They erect barriers instead of removing them. The primary way they do that is dehumanization. In the quest for power, these, and many other institutions attempt to dehumanize their members, or their constituents, usually both.

Governments often seek power by ranking citizenship. What they consider to be good citizens are pampered. Other citizens are not adequately protected. Citizens of other countries are often disrespected or shot, just because of where they were born. The oneness of humanity is ignored. Religions identify people as being religious or sacrilegious. Religions that preach love often exhibit hate. Education tends to rank people by their intellectual capacity relegating many students to disrespect, and poverty. These institutions cause people to pretend that they are something that they aren’t. People dehumanize others to hide the terrible things that they have been taught to believe about themselves. Superstitious notions make illogical institutional links between genetics, education, religion, and culture, to name but a few.

Pre-civilized people were ruled by power. They became increasingly aware of the new dangers and fought valiantly to protect themselves as others fought against them for the same reason. Dehumanized, people fought like a pack of wolves for survival. They knew nothing of the wonders that were available to them, largely because entire civilizations, cultures, and genetic strains were completely decimated. They were unaware of the power of their natural economic ability, that could connect their individual bodies to a more sustainable, happier future. Instead they were fearful, hateful, desperate, and combative.

The world to them was limitless. There would always be more room and a better place. All they had to do was find it, and take it. Intellect was superstitiously used to become more treacherous, and more powerful. Obscurity masked each attack. Women, along with other vulnerable people, were seen as objects to be taken and trifled with. Trust was an indication of weakness. There was no nest for civilization.

The world hasn’t changed much. Even though curious people know that resources are not endless, and there is no war that makes people trust each other. Progress cannot happen simultaneously with chaos. Power fueled by human degradation produces unnecessary harm to all of humanity. Even the king of the junk pile, still lives on a pile of junk, and the people who keep him there are working against their own futures, and that of their children.

In darkness, shine a light on one side of a ball. The back side is invisible. Invisibility hides reality. People see what is illuminated, and project what they can see to what they can not see. A few people have peeked at the back side, they know what is there. People who are looking at the visible side are speculating what is on the other side. Intellectuals are listening to the speculation, adding their learned speech, and contemplating how to use their speculations to amass power for themselves.

People who have not already peeked, see that those who have established themselves as
the, “smart guys,” have a following that trails along behind looking for favors. Many people, perhaps most, are using their mental capabilities to establish a phony reality that begins, and grows new superstitions. The people who know better are nearly powerless to correct the perception because of the size of following that trails behind, looking for favors.

Paradigm change comes when the other side of the ball is illuminated. Squint your eyes I’m turning on the light. Following along behind “smart guys” looking for favors, is both stupid, and dehumanizing.

Reality shows a different picture of the far side, the future. There is still a quest for power, but it Flows naturally. It is used differently. It pushes the other way. It protects humanity. Instead of protecting people from harm, it eliminates harm, freeing people to pursue benefit. There is no fear, or anger because power is friendly. The paradigm shift freed people. Now they are able to help, and protect others. They are happy and confident because others love, and serve them.

Dehumanization is the cause of war, poverty, and injustice. Illuminating the future shows the wisdom of establishing deep friendships with those we know, those we don’t know, and those who will populate future generations. The only war will be against the dehumanizing harm that hides in superstition. In the light of reality, politics, economics, religion, and education have no negative values, and no zero because they dynamically do no harm.

Electing God

There is an old saying that rings true in the personal, or political life of many. “I don’t love my friends. My ‘friends’ are the enemies of my enemies.” There is tribal nature of people. They tend to choose their friends from people that they don’t hate or fear. They give misguided credence to a God who helps them fight their perceived enemies. God is elected to do harm to enemies, to send them straight to hell.

There is a theme in history that blames other people for harm done. People are hyper-valued, or they are sub-valued. Good vs bad. Those are superstitious notions that people have that historically assign blame for harmful behavior that debases humanity, and deteriorates the environment that is shared by all people, for all generations. Assigning blame for harm done does not alleviate the harm. It multiplies it, and intensifies it. It harms humanity in this generation, and the harm continues into generations yet to come.

Past generations did not know there was but one environment that humanity had to either share, or fight over at its own peril. The people didn’t realize that the genetic links shared the economic links that make each of us who we are. Broken economic links unnecessarily generate superstitious beliefs. They result in ineffective and unkind behaviors that work against individuals, and against humanity. We can do better, much better. Our behavior allows the achievements of past generations to benefit this and new generations by avoiding harm, and not repeating it. This is perhaps the generation where self inflicted harm can be intellectually identified as the enemy of all humankind. Each person lives in the body of humanity. Harming one harms them all. Worse, it puts God on the ballot of an election that tries to deify severing the limbs of the body of humanity.

God can’t be elected. He loves your enemies, and detests harm to humanity. Casting a ballot amounts to superstitious, and harmful self-aggrandizement. Do no harm. Electing God does not forgive sins. Electing God magnifies them. They are sins that are repeating harm being done in an unfortunate history, one that we will either improve, or suffer dire consequences.

Natural Environmental Decay


Nature is indifferent to the needs of humanity. History’s tragic downward cycles are the result of nature taking its natural course. Let a ball go and it will roll downhill. There is an alternative to letting the ball go. Starvation is natural, but it can be avoided by eating. History’s tragedies can be avoided. People need to use the same strategy to avoid historic tragedy as they do to avoid starvation. They need to use conscious effort to push back against natural environmental decay. Environmental decay is what happens over time if there is nothing to counteract it. No effort, or insufficient effort produces bad results for each person. Its tragedy is shared by all of humanity.

Nature exists as a changeable space. The environment naturally decays. Plants and animals are part of that decaying space. It is their environment until its decay no longer supports their being. People inherit a decaying environment, and natural decay can, and will continue, unless people do something about it. War, injustice, and poverty are accelerants that increase the natural environmental rate of decay.

When people fight over diminishing space, and its receding resources in a decaying environment, they predicate their individual being on the failure of other beings. They are predators. As predators people have no ability to keep the ball from rolling downhill. In fact, they push it downward. The environment will continue to decay until it can no longer support individuals or humanity. If they choose predation, which is a natural choice, the desirability of their being will decrease until it disappears altogether. Predation is a negative effect that nature exerts on being. Conversely, humanity is a positive effect that people can exert on the natural environment that all people share.

As people we have a choice whether or not to resist natural environmental decay. History is a series of lessons. Each one shows how stupid it is not to stop the ball from rolling downhill, not to stop environmental decay. Humanity is capable of building a better existence by stopping the decay of its environment, the decay of its betterment, and the decay of its future.

There is a way to personalize nature. It starts with a binary choice. Either stop the ball, or watch as it rolls our environment into the pits of despair and oblivion. Other species become extinct when the environment fails to provide for their needs. People can avoid extinction by choosing to improve the environment. The simple fact is that other species are solely dependent on nature to provide their necessary environment. People have the ability to modify what nature provides. It is a strategy that can improve being, and lengthen its duration. Of course, success is not easy, and it only comes after choosing to provide sufficient effort. There is a first step. To improve humanity people must first choose to improve the space that it occupies.

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 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 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 skin. Humanity’s skin 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 a force such as the one affecting the travel of the afore mentioned ball. The force goes 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 it 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. It starts now. 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 facts. 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.