Around the world, the majority of adults feel that they are under economic stress. They feel that they have insufficient access to the necessities required for their wellbeing, and access to necessities for their home, their neighborhood, their country, and the wellbeing of the world as a whole. This is the case now, just as it was centuries ago, Clearly there is room for improvement. How can we remove economic stress from our lives?
The answer to that question for the past many centuries has nearly always been wrong, not just because that is my opinion. It clearly is wrong. The answer is not wrong just because of the repetition of a myriad of tragic economic consequences that appear so often in history. The answer to the question, how can we remove economic stress from our lives? has a correct answer. The correct answer is important because Economic stress causes depression, dismay, and despair, and it exists for exactly one reason. We allow it to exist.
The cure for economic stress is plainly visible, but it is unattainable by the archaic methodology applied by this, and by past generations. One would think that multiple centuries of failure would prompt people to look for a solution that would actually work, but people are divided against each other, with each side supporting failure, and both sides discouraged from looking out the window into a new paradigm. The window from superstition faces actuality.
When we look at the horizon we can only see objects above it. Below the horizon objects also exist. It takes diligence to first discover their existence, then to travel there, and to feel their utility. We people, today, and for previous centuries have been pretending that nothing important exists below the economic horizon. Immense human treasure exists there. Many individuals have seen it, but their references to the value of what is below the horizon are belittled by those who monopolize the objects above it. Reverence to monopolies, and paradigm blindness are inseparable. They superstitiously undermine logic and magnanimity. Because of this lack of understanding, people often willingly, participate in inhumane practices that keeps humanity partially human, but behaviorally beast.
Each species that exists, does so with genetically provided endowments. If nature provides bounty within the realm of their abilities, they thrive for as many generations as the bounty exists. Most species are incapable of traveling beyond the economic horizon because they don’t have the opportunity. Genetic endowment in most species is what determines their being that only exists in the tiny space this side of the economic horizon. Nothing exists for them beyond, neither time nor space. Within narrow confines they compete for food, space, and wellbeing.
Although people can compete for space on this side of the economic horizon, as plants and animals do, they tend to poison that space for themselves, for others, for other species, and for other generations. Other species live exactly the same way their ancestors did, but when people try that, it doesn’t work well. People have the ability to learn across physical boundaries, and across generations. They also have the ability to change the environment for the benefit of others. It is that ability to make life better for others that reduces economic stress.
The garden of Eden, or Shangri-La are not places people are adept at occupying because people do not thrive where there is no room for improvement, The human genome is adapted to occupy space that needs improvement. Individuals are not self-sufficient. Competing groups of individuals poison the space removing safety, damaging regeneration, and dissolving tranquility.
All of us are little selfish. Heck, who cares if someone else is happy, as long as we are? Looking beyond the horizon, it is we who can make life better for others, but it is they who make our life better, or maybe worse. I don’t know what makes the organisms on a coral reef create the symbiotic environment that they share. Probably it is their genetic endowment that mandates their behavior. They behave in a manner that creates a better environment? They cooperate to create a spectacular place to live. Cooperation is genetic opportunity that exists, or not. People have the opportunity, but not the mandate. Neither God, nor nature make our choices. We do. When people are capable of generating symbiotic opportunity, each time they decide not to do that, the opportunity shrinks, or vanishes. We behave on a time continuum that matters. Economic stress poisons the space people occupy with other people, in cooperation with other species, and with consequences for other generations. Each person, in whichever stage of life they inhabit, is less capable and less kind than they would be if they were ignorant , or ignore-ant of the space below the economic horizon.
Unlike the organisms on a coral reef who are genetically programed to cooperate, people must learn how to work in concert with each other. We people, both individually, and socially have to make the choice to cooperate, and to do that we must study how to do it effectively. In the old paradigm that we have been operating under, people envisioned themselves as animals that lived in the space above their horizon. Some were domineering, some gentle. Some were ferocious, some were submissive. People used other people, and wasted or polluted limited resources from above, and below their horizon for political gains. The gains were not satisfying, and the gains of some were at the expense of others. Danger and poverty were always near, and hate was used as an ineffective means of preventing harm, while it poisoned space above the horizon, and space below it. Our historical precedence is to always fail, and to always avoid responsibility by blaming the failure on others. Economic stress is of our own making, but we have the genetic capability to eliminate it.
As people we have the ability to shape the environment for the betterment of all other people. We choose to make it better, or we fail to make that choice. We dedicate at least a portion of our lives to it, or we fail. Historically we have not made the effort. It is difficult to obtain a consensus in the presence of ignorance and superstition. Because an opportunity exists doesn’t mean we will take it. The desires of human satisfaction must be extracted with opportunities that are hidden by precedence, and by nature. They can only be exposed by nurture. Ancient superstitious concepts of human nature have been falsely evaluated in the absence of dignity and service to humankind.
People feel needs, wants, and desires that can only be fulfilled by the efforts of others, but tranquility, and satisfaction are not automatically generated by opportunity. People can only utilize the opportunity that they have by making a choice, and pursuing it with diligence. We are genetically equipped to serve and protect others, other generations, and other species. Failing to do that, we suffer the consequence, the devastation of economic stress. Our opportunity is not an individual ability. We can not do it individually. Our natural economic power can be delivered only in accordance with other people, all other people. We currently are a body that is in a war with nature that we will lose. Economic stress is the consequence for allowing the siege. There is no logical way to prepare for war. War is natural economic failure. It makes no sense. Preparing for failure is embracing failure. It is peace that requires our preparation. It is time to prepare for peace.
Look through the window. Do you not see actuality. Economic stress is the consequence of all the wars against nature, the lazy,superstitious, notions that we are independent of others are false. We eliminate stress for others. They eliminate it for us. Those efforts are what exerts a natural economic force that has the capability of eradicating injustice, war, and poverty from the space occupied by humanity. Natural economic force is what makes us human. It is either God’s gift to our species, or natures’ gift… Will we use it, or will we lose it?
Consider this translation of a quote by Martin Niemoller:
When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn’t a Jew. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.
The only protection from injustice, unkindness, and incompetence is the application of the natural economic force that exists only because, and only when we apply it. Bad situations are not the result of evil intensions. Evil intensions are natural economic failure. They are the result of ignoring economic opportunity, thereby failing to apply it toward the protection, and betterment of others. Of course that ignore-ance comes with a cost, a stress to you, to others, to other spaces, and to other generations.
Riches and power are grandiose superstitious concepts that economically stress humanity. The riches that we possess are only beneficial if they are used to benefit humanity. The same is true with power. As we become more capable of helping others, they become more capable of helping us. Choosing to use capability wisely, and trusting that others are doing the same is the unique opportunity that people have to live the satisfying lives that were a gift to them, a gift that they pass to others, to other spaces, and to other generations.