Economic Universe

The foundation of all business is kindness and competence. Collaboratively we are able to do for others, what we are powerless to do for ourselves. As individuals we are helpless. ( Can you make your clothes, your food, your house, your phone, or your car? )

The collaboration used for business is cross-generational. We use ideas, tools, and materials that were discovered many generations ago, and generations from now they will use our discoveries. What we inherited has already determined our potential, and what we leave future generations will determine theirs.

Our potential is the size of the universe available to us. It is the economic environment that we share, for better or worse, in sickness and health. When we are gone, the size of  economic environment will grow or shrink. Its size, human potential, depends on our economic behavior. Kindness, what we do for each other, makes us more capable. It increases our potential.

We have the potential to become better, kinder and more competent. The purpose of business is to expand those attributes. Pseudo business relationships wear a mask that hides unkindness, incompetence or both. These masks allow the economic environment to shrink. Blame for the shrinkage often appears as if those who were pushed out were to blame for their own expulsion, but it inclusion that expands our potential. The exclusion of segments of the population decreases the size and quality of our economic universe.

Kindness has long been identified as an individual trait, but it is far more. Kindness is also a social trait that inspires trust. (Kind individuals have often, in the course of history, been used as pawns that hide injustice, incompetence, or both. They are both the product of masked pseudo business relationships.) For individuals to be socially kind they must socially aware of unkindness and incompetence. Social kindness unmasks pseudo business. Effort, cooperation, and perseverance may eventually accomplish an unmasking, but it is exponentially less costly to prevent the institutionalization of unkindness, injustice, and incompetence than to correct it.

How Our Beliefs Affect Economics

Beliefs are at least as individual as fingerprints. They are probably based on biologically inherited traits, health, religious affiliations, education, life experience, and perceptions. Knowledge is accepted or declined after being filtered through very personal belief systems, which are often stubbornly resistant to change.

The concepts of good and evil are beliefs. History has displayed innumerable acts of inhumanity by well-intentioned people. War, environmental devastation, impoverishment, and injustice have been and are being committed in the name of goodness, to conquer evil.

Personal beliefs are selfish. They control the path of individuals lives which are scripted to prove that their beliefs are accurate. The varying paths of individual lives have positive or negative impacts on the lives of others. Knowledge can add positive value to society, to humankind, and to each of us as individuals.

Knowledge is a special kind of belief. It can stand the scrutiny of testing. Truth is true in all cases. Testing truth is important because what is not true is false, and it is individually and socially degrading to truly believe what is truly false. Hiding what is false is even more degrading. Believing what is untrue is a matter of individually mistaken perception. Hiding it is miseducation. Miseducation causes people to believe what is not true.

Economics is the study of how we can serve and protect each other. It is our tool to eliminate war, poverty, and injustice. It is a place where beliefs are tested for safety and truth, where knowledge is stored for our individual and social protection, and for our individual and social betterment.

Democracy & Education

Democracy is correctly touted as a good form of government. The will of the people will turn it in a good direction. In reality a democracy cannot exist without a democratic economy. When 40% of the people control only .3% of the nation’s wealth, democracy doesn’t exist.

Thomas Jefferson said that democracy needed an educated electorate, if it is to survive. Just exactly, what are the things should that electorate know?

I taught in a public school for 26 years. Never once did I tell my students that 6 out of 10 of them would be competing for 4% of the nations wealth, or that the 1% of the population that holds 50% of the nations wealth would make life and death decisions for them, their families, and future generations.

I didn’t teach my students to be independent and free. My job was to teach them the curriculum that was handed to the school. That curriculum was, and still is, totally devoid of the very information that is most important in creating a democratic society, economics.

The vast majority of any people who know nothing of economics will be pawns for those who control the money. Free speech is of little value if exercising it costs your family a future. Thomas Jefferson said, “A despotic government could restrain its citizens and deprive the people of their liberties only while they were ignorant.”

The world’s despotic rulers want us to be stupid. We need to know — Who has what? Why do they have it? Are these resources used for the betterment of humanity? Without that knowledge, we use the rest of our knowledge to our own demise.

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Economic Order of Operations

In mathematical calculations, there is an order of operations. Logical solutions to problems require adherence to that order for at least two reasons. 1) The obvious, is that the results would often make no sense if we disregarded the order. Other times they would be, “spot on.” On a random basis the results would either be perfect or wildly divergent from being believable. 2) The subject of math would be characterized as a form of gambling. Rigid rules dictate the order of operations so mathematical results can be predictably accurate, comfortable measurements that we can use to quantify, explain, and predict much about our physical environment. Respect for the discipline is as important as its accuracy. First accuracy, then respect, that is the oder of operations.

Economics is a place where mathematics is used to quantify, explain and predict. It also has an order of operations, and as with math the results are randomly divergent when they are not adhered to. Mathematical explanations of these random situations are as incoherent as if they were produced with astrology, voodoo, or witchcraft. Economics, as with the discipline of mathematics needs respect in order to produce credible results, and it must adhere to its order of operations.

Economics takes place on a time continuum. Mankind receives genetics, wisdom, values, environment, and tools from previous generations. They work with their inheritance. They improve or degrade it, and pass it on to the next generation. Economics has no beginning, no middle, and no end. It is a moving target, like a cross generational lifeboat that travels in a good direction when we serve and protect its occupants, respect its history, and prepare for its future. Its order of operations are study and learn from history, apply its lessons kindly and competently, and aim at and prepare for a better future.

History has taught us one lesson that we have consistently ignored for thousands of years. It is the first step in the order of operations in economics. Many of the great leaders over the past several thousand years have alluded to it in documents or speeches, and we refer to quotes from these leaders as evidence of their greatness. So it isn’t for the lack of knowledge that we are economically incompetent. It is because the knowledge is not applied. There is no discipline of economics that adheres to the order of operations, because of that, what we call economics is logically associated with voodoo, witchcraft, and gambling. It is exploited in a very similar way.

The malfeasance and nonfeasance of the bureaucratic structures that surround us, are caused by the decay of civilized behavior. Those encapsulated cannot smell the stench of rotting flesh that it emits. Economics makes civilization rot resistant, and it sensitizes the olfactory systems of those who should notice. The economic order of operations is important because civilization cannot bloom with rotten roots, and the roots will rot if they are not protected and cared for. “We the people.” are the roots of civilization. The discipline of economics should respect our forbearers, afford us compassionate opportunity, and encourage, enlighten, and endow grace on the generations that will follow.

Order of Economic Operations

… Economics is a place where mathematics is used to quantify, explain and predict. It also has an order of operations, and as with math the results are randomly divergent when they are not adhered to. Mathematical explanations of these random situations are as incoherent as if they were produced with astrology, voodoo, or witchcraft. Economics, as with the discipline of mathematics, needs respect in order to produce credible results, and it must adhere to its order of operations. Read more.

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Kindness is Economic Glue

Kindness has been globally recognized as a positive characteristic in virtually every culture since history has been recorded. Without it we are economically incompetent. Unkindness increases antinomic force. It empowers those who exploit the vulnerable. We are one economic family, sharing Earth’s fragile bounty. We can do better. History has shown us the value of kindness, the glue of our existence. Read more.

Google Weakness

There is a google weakness. If you type an uncommon term into google it sometimes assumes that there is a misspelling of a more common search, and it offers no apparent method of searching for what they, wrongly, assume to be a misspelling.

Take the term ignoreance for example. It is increasingly used to portray ignoring what you know to be true and pretend that it is not. It is quite different than ignorance, the lack of knowledge. Google forces a search or ignorance. Hyphenate the spelling to ignore-ance, which has worked in the past. Again, google assumes misspelling, closing the option for the correct search. It offers, instead, a smorgasbord of undesired searches without the possibility for the correct one.

The repair would be simple. Offer one more option. “Search for what I typed.” I am looking for the proverbial, “needle in the haystack,” not something that looks like a needle.

Antinomic Slime – Sub-economic habitat

Business success is dependent on the integrity of the individuals who operate it. To be successful it must consider its customers, its investors, and the world at large. There, in history, has never been a way to ensure that the quality of ethical decisions would serve the business, the community, or humankind. Additionally, the dilemma has always existed in government and other institutions. They all count on good judgement to serve themselves and all of humanity.

… Economics is the embodiment of the institutional golden rule. We, as groups of people, should treat all other people as we want to be treated. Antinomics is the force that wants you to think that is stupid. Previous history makes that assumption credible, but we don’t live in the past. We have the opportunity to change Earth from a time bomb to a loving home for our children.

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