There is an ecosystem that includes all the living organisms. Within that system there are those organisms that are totally dependent on the natural state of their environment. Small changes in their environment determine whether or not the species exists, thrives, or flourishes.
Within that ecosystem there is at least one species, human, that has the ability to modify its environment to increase the quality of its existence, and to increase the dimensions of the environment it inhabits.
The method available to people to increase the size and quality of their existence is economics. Economics is a force that exists in nature that allows knowledge, values, and infrastructure to pass from generation to generation. This is a natural force that was present the moment that humans inhabited the earth, and it is a natural economic force that will remain until human life is no longer sustainable.
The presence of this force gives each person the possibility of making the quality of life better for themselves, for others, and for future generations, and it presents the possibility of increasing the dimensions of where and if that life can occur.
Economic force exists within the ecosystem. The necessities for the sustenance of life that exist outside the economic system exist within it. Other life-forms, minerals, and forces of nature are economic resources that need to be shared, respected and protected.
The economic system is how all people serve and protect all people who live now, or who will ever live. The natural economic force which is available to them is at its maximum usefulness when humankind successfully increases its environmental dimensions and the quality of life therein. The well-being of humanity is the primary indicator of its effectiveness. Poverty, injustice, and war emerge as indicators of economic failure. They degrade the quality of life, and shrink the environment that can sustain human life.
Economic failure dampens the unique ability that humans have to increase the quality and size of the life sustaining environment, and the size of the environment that will support life. The natural economic force is natures gift to humanity. Failing to accept its rewards, and its responsibilities results in a decrease in the quality of life, and a decreased ability to sustain life. Economically speaking, humanity gets to choose whether to be its own best friend, or its own worst enemy.
Seven billion people, and their heirs currently need the protection and opportunity that is available to them. If they ignore the existence of this natural force they will survive or die as a less empowered species who has neither the power to preserve nor the responsibility to protect its own fate.
Economic force is knowledge building. Learning allows people the ability to explore and expand the limits of their environment to make changes in their behavior that allows them power over many natural processes, and it allows them to make plans that will improve their own history.
Humans have two choices. They get to choose whether to take advantage of the natural economic force, or not. These are individual choices that can only be carried out in groups. Groups have two choices. They, also, have to choose to whether to take advantage of the natural economic force, or not.
We are one group, humanity, that is composed of all people who choose to use the naturally existing economic force, or pay the high price of ignoring it. The force can be used to serve and protect all people.
For generations people have been using the economic force. They called it the force for good. Kindness is what is good. It is the choice to use the natural economic force to help or protect someone. It makes its recipient feel good, and it makes people who witness the kindness feel good. The force empowers people to feel competent, and to act kindly, and it opens them up to the hope of possibly being recipients of similar or even greater kindness.
Religions emerged in our history that recognized the power of kindness to advance humanity, and the necessity of universal kindness for the cross generational benefit to people, be they deceased, living, or yet to be born. Universal kindness is is a good economic foundation, but religious bureaucracies focus on dividing humanity into those they consider good and those they consider evil. That division has evolved into class based impoverishment, injustice and war. God-like deity is showered on the good, making them deserving of much while the less holy poor were deserving of economic exclusion. This targeting of the under served, and unprotected does not stimulate the natural economic force. It doesn’t further the cause of justice, or rescue the impoverished.
The whole of humanity is governed by the same economic force, lives in the same human environment, shares the same resources. One person can destroy the efforts of thousands, and thousands can ignore the needs of one. The same injustice that is the fuel for bureaucratic architecture is what denies humanity, us, access to nature’s, God’s, unique gift to humanity. The gift allows us to determine our own future. Yes, we are our “brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.” They are ours. We all succeed when we try to succeed.
Trying to succeed involves effort, the application of due diligence. Diligence involves a quest for knowledge about those who are not cared for or protected. Success is the lack of failure. Failure to serve and protect people occurs in a combination of three ways, by aggression, by apathy, and by ignorance.
Governments divide people against each other for the concentration of wealth and power. Commercial bureaucratic organizations emerged to squeeze benefit from cooperative effort and cooperative aggression. These bureaucratic organizations attempt to use the obviously present natural economic force to create power and wealth for the few at the expense of the many. People vigorously compete for a piece of the corporate pie. Their hard work is used as an excuse to treat the losers badly. The wonders of wealth are pitted against the horrors of poverty. The wealthy are superstitiously considered genetically and intellectually deserving while the impoverished are considered stupid, lazy, and genetically undeserving.
The economic question is, always has been, and always will be, How can we best serve and protect our fellow human beings? How do we effectively use the natural economic force to eradicate poverty, injustice, and war? To answer these questions we need to carefully construct the rules of economic engagement, academically, because our bureaucratic institutions have crafted and cling to superstitious antinomic rules that use war, poverty, and injustice to enslave most of Earth’s citizens while wealth and power are concentrated to those who inherit it, and those brazen enough to take it.
Money is used to bureaucratically hijack the humanitarian missions that could eradicate poverty, war, and injustice, could expand the quality of our life, and could increase the dimensions of our environment for us, for our children, and for our predecessors who lived their lives to make ours better. We need to make the choice to serve and protect our brothers, sisters, and God economically.
As, people we have the ability to use our ecosystem for the benefit of humankind. We also have the ability to turn our environment into human degradation, hell. Most importantly we have a choice. Will we superstitiously embrace bureaucracy, and allow it to cruelly continue to spew injustice, poverty, and war? Or, will we choose to use our common sense and compassion to achieve peace, prosperity, justice, and joy from this generation forward.