A people have two curable traits that degrade the habitat for humanity. They unnecessarily cause, or allow WIP, war, injustice, and poverty. As long as these two traits exist WIP will continually degrade humanity. Humanity is unnecessarily fighting its own existence. The two traits are a lazy, inflexible, short-sighted belief system, and an inability to validate the humanity of other people. Both of these traits can be attributed to supernatural substitutions for reality.
We are one people who share a tiny celestial island. Competing for supremacy has not served us well. History teaches lessons, and people are smart enough to learn them. However they have adopted the lazy habit of ignoring them. How many planets does our habitat include? Who is not a product of their history? Which is a more effective strategy, conflict, or cooperation? Do the accomplishments, and failures of humanity affect the world after those who made them are gone? Could we make the world a better place to live?
Can we make the world a better place? What if the people there all loved you? Wouldn’t you be inclined to love them back? Are they perfect? Are we? As individuals we are all parts of the body of humanity. We feel best when we have all of our appendages. We need to care for them all. What is the best way to eliminate WIP, to become more powerful, or to become more lovable?
World wide two idealogical groups emerge for a single reason. Each group believes it is being cheated and disrespected by the other. The conflict that ensues is preplanned. It is the result of being manipulated by oligarchs. The solution is not in the conflict. It is to eradicate the conflict, and the superstition that causes it. Oligarchy can’t survive without injustice. Humanity can’t live with it.
Economics, if it is to be economic, must answer this question. How can humanity escape the bondage of poverty, injustice, and war? That is radically different than what is normally thought of as Economics. Economics, as it is academically studied, not surprisingly, fatalistically concentrates on operating in an environment fraught with the problems that have always plagued humanity, instead of improving them.
The problem with that ideology is that continuing to fail humanity, is a lousy goal. It is no goal. Economics as it is studied, is nothing more than a strategy to compete in an manner that is harmful to humanity, and the environment that it shares.
Just because poverty, injustice, and war have always existed, doesn’t mean we can’t eliminate them. We can do it with black box economics. Black box economics assumes that whatever is in the black box causes “WIP” (war, injustice, and poverty). We will reengineer what happens in the box to eliminate WIP from the planet.
Perhaps economics was supposed to have a process that eliminated WIP, but it was created wrong. It was designed to serve small units such as families, towns, states, and countries. That didn’t work because economics is only effective as a universal concept. It regulates the whole body of humanity, not just an arm, a leg, or a little finger. The same way that you need to feed and protect your entire body, the entirety of humanity needs to be fed and protected.
There is something in the black box that is causing trouble. People come in different kinds, babies, old people, sick people, and many other people. All people are vulnerable for one reason, or another. People are unable to care for themselves. They all need clothes, food, tools, protection, and shelter. Virtually no one has the time, material, or the skill to make all of the things they need. Other people do that for them.
People work for the benefit of others. Others work for them. The introduction of money allows people to work for people on the far side of the planet. People from distant locations can make what we need. Many people get paid for their work, with money. But, many work for little, or no money, and no respect.
The purpose of economics is environmental, to make a better place for human residency now and into the future. Economics doesn’t regulate behavior. It improves it by making it effective, and satisfying. If bad behavior is rewarding, it will continue. The black box must contain a filter that WIP cannot pass through.
Ideally, what goes into the box, is consequential behavior. It is processed inside the box. Only benefit emerges on the other side, environmental benefit with WIP removed. What is inside the box that must remove WIP? Two things are applied there, money and respect. If they are not applied to all behavior WIP gushes out as economic failure.
To understand the historically malfunctioning box, it is instructive to consider the reason that it is black. Historically, WIP has been produced in secrecy. The box was purposely painted black to make an opaque environment to hide destructive behavior. The purpose of the secrecy is debatable, but the deleterious results are clear. Secrecy is the reason it is difficult to understand what keeps going wrong. In the past people have been extremely vulnerable to unnecessary secret economic attack.
The black box needs to disappear. It must be transparent so we can observe its contents. Economic effort will be slathered with respect, and money after, and only after, WIP is removed. Economics is the golden rule, and the golden rule is economics. God doesn’t reward us, as a people, for being stupid or lazy. People produce both dignity, and the human habitat that fosters it, economically.
Communication requires clear labels. Information is disseminated, or interpreted as education, but some information is not educational, in the sense that it is either not true, or not probable. Beliefs stem from a lack of knowledge. People are not, and cannot be all knowing, so they operate on beliefs. Those beliefs improve with truth, or they superstitiously degenerate. On this website education is truth seeking. Learning superstitious notions is not educational.
What is superstition? Superstitious notions appear in schools, churches, and workplaces around the world. Valid beliefs can be wrong. They are normal. All of us have some. The world was once thought to be flat. That was a valid belief shared by many, but now there are photographs taken from space. The belief that the world is flat is no longer a valid belief. But for some, it is still superstitiously believed.
Information is disseminated based on facts, beliefs, or superstitions. Based on facts, disseminating information is educational. Information disseminated based on beliefs is incomplete. Superstitiously disseminated information is propaganda.
Propaganda is often used to prey on peoples superstitious beliefs, as a way to obtain power or wealth. Superstitions are deeply ingrained. Disproof feels like an attack on the believer. War and conflict is often, or usually a battle with a superstitious core. Education, learning, and teaching is how to reduce the conflict. While the superstition at the core exists, the conflict will not end. There is but one habitat for humanity, and conflict degrades it.
Democracy is one reason superstitions are hard to control. When people superstitiously believe something, they refuse to change their beliefs, even when the facts are contrary. Strong democracies require education systems that don’t allow majorities to discredit facts. If education doesn’t guide a democracy, superstition will tear it apart.
Communicating what we know as reality will reduce the incidence of superstition. Superstition vanishes very slowly. It changes the concept of reality for the superstitious in a way that makes them vulnerable to political and commercial abuse. Business and government have environmental responsibility. Business and the business of government must operate in reality. Using the superstitious core of conflict for the purpose of garnering disproportionate wealth and power defies the fact that we are one people, who share one planet that is unnecessarily under attack. The conflict harms this, and all coming generations.
Around the world people divide themselves into two groups, ideological polar opposites, liberal and conservative. While the ideology is superstitious nonsense, these groups are consistently engaged in a battle that is devastating to humankind, and the environment it shares with this and future generations. Each side has predetermined that the other is evil, and middle ground is not acceptable. Economics cannot be established superstitiously. The war, injustice, and despair that existed centuries ago, not only still exists, but it is worse. There is no plan to change. People feel helpless. They have chosen just to try dodging some of the harmful effects of economic failure. This always was, and still is a bad idea. There is a solution, and it is just math
Majorities in both groups believe in an ancient idea that survival is for the fittest, and schools back the the notion with flat world science, and pseudo economics. There presently is exactly one habitat for humanity. Sharing it is an astronomically better idea than fighting over it. Vast majorities deplore war and injustice, but they feel incapable of changing the habits of the seven billion souls with whom they share the earth.
Ecology is the science that studies protecting the environment for living things. Economics is a part of that science. How people behave affects the environment, and people can change their behavior. They do so willingly if it has a positive effect on how they feel. However people don’t control their own environment. They control their neighbors’ environment. Their neighbors control theirs. How can math help to control the environment? Haven’t we always used math?
Consider the following problem:
There are two witches stirring the caldron. Another witch joins them. How many witches are there in all?
Answer: None. Witches don’t exist. Math only produces predictable results in reality.
Keeping in mind that economics is ecology, a real science, and discounting the superstitious notions that were previously called economics, math will produce predictable results.
“Superstishomics” used math tricks to profit from injustice. Just as witches don’t exist, economic value was “hocus pocus”. Actually it existed but not as a value. It was an incalculable variable authoritatively, and ideologically assigned, with little, or no environmental regard. The result of this, produces trick money that is used to prop up leadership that uses trickery to divide humanity against itself. Conservatives try to balance the budget by taking resources from the poor. Liberals want a fairer distribution of wealth, but leadership won’t tolerate that because their power comes from keeping people needy.
Kindness is the principal of economics, people helping each other. Value is highest when everyone is included. The math will be used to establish environmental value. Money is blood for the economic body. Just as bleeding or clotting can sicken a body, blood flow keeps the economic body healthy and happy.
A great deal of superstition lies in what is called GDP. GDP is a total that fails to acknowledge the difference between the cost of harm and the value of benefit. Worse it includes harm that is not reversible. Any math done with GDP is probably phony, just as math done with money the value of which incalculably fluctuates according to who spends it, and when they spend it. A dollar saved sixty years ago, is worth about a nickel today.
Kindness counts. If it isn’t kind, it isn’t economic either. Economics needs to be real science. When the math works, war, poverty, and injustice will disappear. So will anger depression, and despair.
There are a few things that don’t change, constants. They are unchangeable. Ignoring constants, failing to identify them, or challenging their existence produces harm. Constants can be studied, recognized, and used to produce benefit.
An example of a constant is gravity. Gravity has unchanging rules of engagement. Constants such as gravity exist in nature. People choose to benefit by obeying constant’s rules of engagement, or they suffer the consequences for not obeying them.
There are constants that have gone unrecognized by history. They have been discovered, but people suffer needlessly, as they disregard them, and their rules of engagement. Those rules help avoid harm, and they unmask opportunities.
Constants are environmental qualities that give people power over their existence. Because of the existence of constants, people have the ability to create a better life. Ignoring their rules of engagement can destroy the quality of life, or the ability to live. People cause change, the quality, and dimensions of which depends on navigating in the sea of economy without crashing into the islands where opportunity is cultivated.
People are supported by constants. Releasing the benefits they hide requires efforts of many people living beyond borders, and beyond generations. It is not surprising that some constants go unnoticed. Some are invisible. Some are huge, and we stand so close to them that they go unrecognized. Constants are clearly identifiable, predominantly by their effect on humanity.
How can we learn about constants? Harm is often the first experience that we have with constants. Gravity for instance, teaches a lesson. A skinned knee, or a bumped head show how gravity’s existence can cause personal tragedy, but the study of gravity has allowed people benefits ranging from space travel to global communication. To avoid harm, and to produce benefit, people need to identify constants, and learn their rules of engagement, just as they are doing with gravity.
The environment is a constant. It is the one habitat shared by humanity, all people for all generations. Economy is a constant, it is the application of the knowledge base that is necessary to protect humanity, and the environment it shares. Education is a constant. It is the accumulation of knowledge that helps to protect economy.
The constants of economy, and of education are directional. The rules of engagement are to do no harm, and to provide benefit to people, and to their environment. It is the direction that is the constant. Economics, and education must discover, and create benefit while avoiding harm. Failing to do that is not economical, nor is it educational.
There is more to learn than is possible to learn. Learning uncovers more questions than it answers. The more people learn, the more there is to know, and ignorance is both dangerous, and unsatisfying. Constants are islands in the sea of the unknown. They are educational starting points, from which observations and calculations are applied. What would happen if the constants weren’t constant? Would the world be habitable? Consider gravity for instance.
The constants give people a way to effectively improve their being. People don’t have to count on blind luck to protect them selves, or to better their situation. Using education they can improve their lives. What happens when education is not recognized as a constant?
Failing to see the constants makes learning a free-for-all. People are surprised by harm, and they suffer alone. They try to achieve benefit individually, or in small groups. They fail. When people fail to recognize the constants, they work hard to find little.
The tragedy is wrongly blamed on evil people. Tragedy is caused by blindness. Those who cannot see the constants can be harmed by them, and they harm other people, and other generations. Goodness is not a gift from God. He didn’t give us goodness. He gave us constants. We have ability to see the constants. We create goodness ourselves, by not ignoring the constants. If we don’t look at them it is not God’s fault. It is our choice. Human history is adrift in an infinite sea of complexity, teaming with opportunity, and grave danger. It is vitally important to open our eyes, and notice the constants.
The constants create a habitat where people can thrive. They are shells that protect people while they explore, enjoy, and invent. People cannot survive either individually, or in groups in the sea of complexity. The constants can be used to create a colony for humankind where they are protected from oblivion. History is the only place people occupy. They, and they alone can create unimagined opportunities simply by clinging to the constants, and respecting their rules of engagement.
For the purpose of this article, the global oligarchic number is defined as the number of the richest people that individually own assets that exceed those of the entire poorest one half of the worlds population. The richest people, those who’s combined wealth is in excess of that held by the poorest one half, is an indicator of the economic health of the world community. Low numbers create a flashing red light on the economic dashboard.
Because oligarchs become oligarchs by siphoning money from the world’s economy. Down to a yet unidentified point, when fewer people control a larger percentage of the world’s wealth, the habitat for humanity degrades. That is astronomically more pronounced, when the degradation happens rapidly.
In 2010 390 people each owned as much as the poorest one half of the world’s population. As shocking as that figure is, in 2017 that number is reduced to just 60. Over the course of just seven years five sixths of those oligarchs have been pushed out of the global oligarchy. They, like the rest of us are beholden to those who have a monopoly on the welfare of humanity.
Wealth is difficult to identify, especially with oligarchs. Much of their wealth is obtained using either illegal subterfuge, or it is secured using clandestine trickery. Ill gotten gains are susceptible to loss, so they are often hidden. The actual number of global oligarchs may be far lower than publicly available figures show. In that case, the economic consequences could be even quicker, and more severe than they would be if more accurate data could be easily obtained.
Economically all people work for each other. Reality dictates that all work is not economic. Some work produces harm, such as in the case of war, and injustice. Harm to the human environment creates a cost, an economic impediment that will ultimately be paid for, by survivors.
People need to work to survive. They work for the people who control the money. When oligarchs finance the economy, they tend to hire people to do the wrong things, things that make no economic sense. Global oligarchic numbers, plunging from 390 to 60, in just seven years is spontaneous economic combustion. The sixty oligarchs are essentially slave holders. They control governments, education, and organized religious bodies. Seven billion of us do their bidding. “While they fiddle, civilization is burning.”
We are one people, that share one planet. We will do that economically, or pay the price with war, injustice, anger, fear, depression, and despair. Or perhaps, the entire population could be obliterated. The global oligarchic number, is an important indicator, that can help us avoid all of that, raising awareness by sounding the alarm. The red light is flashing.
The value of all money equals the value of all goods and services supported by it. There are also negatively valued goods, and services that degrade the value of money. For money to retain its value it has to be spent. Economy is spending money well. Money spent on human betterment is well spent.
The love of money is widely recognized as a path to bad behavior. There are philosophical, and biblical references that characterize the love of money as a sinful, or an evil force that tempts people to misbehave. This interpretation is economically problematic. Money is what people use to serve, and protect each other. We need to love it more, not less.
Money is a value placed on goods, and services. The value ranges from lethal to wonderful. Money is also used as a possession. The more money is used as a possession the lower its economic value. Monetary value is not determined by a bank or a country. By nature, It would automatically be placed on anything that is used to facilitate fair trade. It could be seashells, wampum, bitcoin, or any kind of currency. Equity over time increases value.
Economy is the monetary application of the golden rule. When money is turned into property, it is removed from the economy. Fewer people are using fewer resources to treat other people well. Money used as a possession has potential economic value, positive, or negative. While the money is used as a possession, however, it is withheld from the economy, and the economy has insufficient funds.
Love is a protective force. People protect people they love. They protect activities they love. They protect things that they love. Can you see a pattern? Money needs to be protected from misuse. If it isn’t spent for humanity, it is spent against it. Love of money, the value, creates natural economic force. Love of money, the possession, is harmful. It is the major source of injustice.
Love is empathetic. Loving money is loving humanity, when money is a value, but not when it is a possession. Money not spent empathetically is the problem. We need to protect money from people who either purposely or carelessly misuse it.
When money is removed from the economy, people just try to get more, but that is ineffective. If a gas tank leaks, refilling the tank doesn’t help. The hole has to be fixed. It takes a lot of gas to keep a leaky tank full. Failing to protect money, causes an economic leak that wastes many lives, and the habitat they share. It causes vulnerable people to suffer, and die early, and it causes people to become ineffective at charting a humane future.
It matters where money comes from, and where it goes. When money is withheld from the economy, it starts a contest. The more money you can get, the more prizes you receive. Of course the young, the old, and the vulnerable have no way to compete. Some people live in a war zone, they can’t compete, and many people were injured in the free-for-all. They too, are unable to compete.
Protecting money is protecting people. If money isn’t protected, all people lose because the single environment that we all share is trashed when money isn’t protected. Money is economic sap. It has to flow through the stem of personhood to protect the flower of life.
Prayers are answered with money. Money that is used for the toilet paper of inhumanity will not answer prayers. Protect money. Don’t blame money for the inhumanity of its misuse. Love money.
The purpose, and the effectiveness of motivation intimately affects the effect of motivated behavior. Motivation changes behavior. It also changes the value produced by the behavior.
As populations trend toward urban and suburban areas. There are some missed opportunities to learn the magnitude and the effect of motivation on learning, and the resulting change in behavior. Scratch the ears of your dog, and he will follow you wherever you want to take him. If you try to force him to go somewhere, it won’t work very well. If you get him where you want him, he still won’t be very cooperative.
People who are raised on small farms, though they miss out on many valuable suburban opportunities, commonly receive invaluable basic lessons on motivation. By the time they are young adults they have contentedly motivated cows, horses, chickens, ducks, sheep, pigs, and, oh yes, people.
There is a lesson they learn, about motivation, that seems to be majorly absent in large institutions of education, healthcare, business, and politics. Teddy Roosevelt’s famous quote about a carrot, and a stick is a motivational quote. It is a smug remark that makes “the good ol boys” laugh, while they push up their chests, and feel tough. But, it is not motivationally smart, because force causes harm to the environment of both the motivators, and the motivated. Force is a motivator that comes with a huge environmental cost that is sometimes levied over generations. Force is a type of motivational ignorance. It is vainly applied ignorance that has environmental impact beyond the time that it is exerted.
As time passes US education is motivated by fewer carrots, and more sticks. Curriculum is sometimes used as a separator. It separates students into categories, those who will be rewarded well to serve the rich, those who will be under compensated to compete for indentured servitude, and the forgotten masses. The motivation is to teach the curriculum, instead of the kids. Students pushback using rudeness, dropping out, taking drugs, or cheating. Ultimately they value what they learn. What they seem to be learning is impatient futility, a lesson that obscures alternatives to an environmentally devastating force.
There are many ways that people motivate themselves, and others. The results achieved by motivation are both qualitative, and quantitative. Does the motivation cause more to be produced, or perhaps better product? Is there an environmental effect? Is the motivation sustainable? Are there health concerns for the motivators, or for those being motivated. People collectively choose their habitat. We share one world environment. Are people motivated to improve their environment for a better tomorrow? If their existence, and the quality of their existence is threatened today, probably not. Is not the stick a particular motivator to make us serve the rich today, at the expense of all people, and all tomorrows?
There is a need for educational reform that will not spontaneously emerge from the existing introspective curriculum. Humanity is one body that shares a single environment that needs protection. Education is how people are able to differentiate between reality and superstition. That differentiation is not happening, and the resulting war, injustice, poverty, and despair are as prevalent today as the were centuries ago. Those are but some of the environmental tragedies that are well within our capability to relegate to the darkness of history.
What is education now? What should it look like after it is reformed? As it exists now, education looks at itself as empowerment. The theory is that, smarter people will capture, or retain power. They will do that for themselves, for their families, and for their countries. The increased capability works for everyone, except the losers. The losers are the vulnerable, the minorities, and the biggest loser of all is the future. Power causes harm to people, harm to the environment, and harm to the future. Education needs to identify, and calibrate that harm. Teaching people to cause harm is not educational, but it is stupid.
Education, when it begins to educate, will reprioritize its focus. Of primary importance is the environment. When that is wrecked, survival, and the quality of survival is either diminished, or it becomes impossible. That is true on the personal level, and on the social level, both locally and universally. Both happiness and utility are damaged when the environment is harmed. If we can believe ancient history, or the history that is playing out before our eyes, the powerful are the last to notice, and they are the most likely either to not understand the problem, or not care about its solution.
The new goal will be to find harm where it exists, and eradicate it. In the past, trivializing harm was accomplished by avoiding it. Democratization of governing was accompanied by democratization of identifying harm. Small amounts of harm, harm to minorities, harm to children, and harm in far places were treated as if they didn’t exist. They did exist, and the entire earth is not big enough to hide the catastrophic effects.
To make a long hike requires taking many small steps. The alternative is impotence, the inability to walk far, or learn much. Conquering harm is like that, small steps. Harm wrecks the environment, at home, in school, on the job, governing, and occupying the globe that we share across generations. People migrate toward kindness, and they return it. They are repelled by power, They can be herded, but they cannot be satisfied by power that does harm, even hidden harm.
In nature there is a, virtually unstudied economic, force that allows people to cooperate to accomplish astronomically much. The force is stifled by even small conflicts. Harmful conflict, occurs at home, at school, at work, in the neighborhood, in the country and in the world.
When Wall Street accounts for its money. GDP is used as an accounting tool to make sure there is monetary growth. Wall street is not accountable for harm done. That burden is shifted to citizens, and to the future. A US dollar is worth twenty times less than it was seventy years ago, but Wall Street investment didn’t calculate the cost of environmental harm in that decreased value. If they were held responsible for the environmental harm the seventy year old dollar would have a negative value. Saving the dollar was an expense, both to the bearer of the certificate, and to the people who were harmed by its use. Part of the money paid for war, pollution, extortion, and frustration that caused yelling at children, students, spouses, or politicians. At some point damage caused by harm is incalculable. Unchecked, at some point the environment that we take for granted becomes uninhabitable.
Education reformation will illuminate reality. Education has environmental accountability, starting in its own classrooms. American government has three branches. They are all feckless if they do not operate in reality. Education should be the foundation for that reality. Alternative truth is not true. Made up facts are superstitious notions, or propaganda.
Here are some ways to tether the ship. There are words that are used in education that fail to protect validity. The word education is used to describe activity that is not educational. When it is used in ways that cause harm, or fail to produce benefit it is not educational. Education is the discovering, the manipulating, and the disseminating of wisdom for the safety, satisfaction, and betterment of humanity. With economy the same applies. Economics presently uses GDP to hide negative values, and especially infinitely negative values. It ties product, and wages to mathematically incalculable values. Economics is human ecology, all people, across all generations, past, present, and future, working for mutual protection and benefit.
Reforming education will do more for human betterment than was previously possible. There are no drawbacks. Power will never eliminate harm because harm is the byproduct of power. Natural economic force is produced when people care for each other and protect each other. People are unsuited to be independent, and they make lousy predators. Kindness and competence are just a couple of the economic rewards for reforming education.