Ethical Accounting

Ethical Accounting

There exists a garden that provides for human existence, and its general welfare. This garden is economics. It should be planned in order to produce the abundant safe supplies of life enabling benefits for people, all people. The garden should be protected from weeds that would keep crops from growing, weeds that would be adverse to the quality and the abundance required to keep us all alive and happy. The garden also needs protection from marauding predators, who could consume or destroy the crop without concern for the effect of that destruction.

Human effort is the gardener. Planning to have success requires that we not plant seeds of weeds that will destroy the garden’s capacity to produce, and it would be folly to assume that predators would just stay away from the garden because they respect our needs. Imminent hunger, and collective ignorance virtually guarantee predatory assault on the garden, if it is left unprotected. The economic garden that we currently rely on for our sustenance and for our well-being is overrun with weeds and predators.

The results of incompetent sub-economic gardening is recorded in history as poverty, injustice, and war. These problems are viewed as being so insurmountable that, even in our academic institutions, the repeating path of history is called a cycle. The effect of this fatalistic view on the direction of history causes people to fight for what they perceive as their fair share of natures booty. These people, all of us, are joined to groups that form to increase our selfish shares of the sub-economic spoils. Our depressing dysfunctional behavior seems justifiable because our weed infested economic garden is perceived to produce too little to sustain us all. What makes matters even worse is that it is infested with predators who care only for their own immediate needs.

Human-beings have proven that they can use their knowledge to increase their ability. People use other people, other species, and natural resources to change the environment they live in. They even change the environment that they will pass to coming generations. Knowledge is seeds planted in the economic garden. What will those seeds grow? Will they be crops for our sustenance, or will they be the weeds that compete for the quality and abundance necessary to sustain us?

Over the generations we have increased our knowledge about much, but we have never figured out which seeds to plant. How can we increase the quality of our garden if we cultivate weeds with the same vigor as we do our crops? By doing this we fail to adequately protect our potential harvest. There is a way to prevent growing weeds. We need to collect and disseminate knowledge about how to stop their infestation.

People have limited individual ability, but our cooperative potential is amazing, especially when we have a common goal, and we do. Planning our economic garden, cultivating it, and protecting it will erase the probability of poverty, injustice and war for this and all future generations.

Look at the seeds that you are planting. If you are planting them for yourself, they are weeds. All of the produce in the economic garden was planted by others for your benefit. The seeds you planted for yourself were weeds. Someone will help you pull them out, and you can share the meager crop, or you can steal from the young, the old, the ill, the weak, the stupid, or those who trust you, but is not in your best interest or in that of humanity to plant the weeds of selfishness, or those of ignorance.

To plant an economic garden each seed must be identified. It must “do no harm.” Weeds do harm. The seed must show beneficial results for the world’s citizens, the world’s environment, the world’s workers, and those incapable of work. The beneficial results must carry forward to future generations. The seeds sown in the economic garden are sown by people cooperatively trying to do good for others. Kindness is the purpose of planting the seed. Competence is the result of the effort to apply cooperative effort and knowledge with kindness. The garden’s crops are grown to eradicate poverty, injustice, and war from our environment. Humanity will finally protect itself. Kindly and competently it will explore the future.

Looking back at the path of history, where will the crazy circle straighten into a path that will lead to success for humanity?  It will be at the precise point where premeditated kindness is recognized as the only successful way to serve and protect mankind, us. It is the genetic human trait that nature provides for our survival. It uniquely gives us the ability to increase our existence, its satisfaction and its quality.

Economic knowledge is inapplicable without appropriate accounting. Like studying smoke while ignoring the fire, economic applications and outcomes are superstitious random wisps of trivial knowledge that choke common sense, complicate observation, and strangle reason. People succeed at doing kind things by trying to do kind things. Kindness is never an accident.

Failure can be caused by not knowing how to do what is kind, not knowing what kind is, or knowing what kind is, and intentionally doing something different. Knowing what kind is requires premeditation. Most religions value kindness, and natural economic force dramatically increases in its presence. That force needs to be studied and understood, and just as smoke can not be thoroughly understood without also studying the fire that emitted it, economics cannot be understood without studying the dimensions and targets of kindness. Premeditated kindness is a practical economic necessity.

Like a binary switch, kindness is what starts economic effort. Each person involved in the activity must kindly exert conscious effort. Economic kindness is not a matter of degree. It is a switch that can be documented as being on. Failure to document the position of the switch is also a failure to inspire trust, a failure that attracts predators to the economic garden.

Financial accounting as it is practiced, is accountable to bureaucracies that plant weeds in the economic garden. Their purpose is often predatory, and they are not held ethically accountable. This is not an environment that inspires trust, and so the work that is done, is done for predation. Besides financial efficacy, ethical accounting documents premeditated kindness. Its accountability is to humanity. We are blessed with access to economics, nature’s garden. We are the gardeners. Lets get to work.

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