Diet and society – from Rob’s facebook page

Facebook link from Rob’s page

For all my training in biochemistry, I didn’t pay a lot of attention to food until I was sitting on the other side of an office desk from an oncologist and watched him write “palliative care only” on my file. The medical system declared me terminal cancer, and was prepared to manage my pain as I died.

I investigated, changed diet – RAVE vegan, high dose vitamin C. That was 6 years ago. Over 5 years clear of the last tumour.

Not easy, and doable.
Worked for me.

And yes – one of many instabilities in the system we live in, based on market values – which are based in scarcity.

We have the technical ability to deliver universal abundance of all necessities, to every person on the planet. But, doing so would break the money system, as money requires scarcity to have value. If you doubt that, consider oxygen in the air – arguably the single most important thing to any of us, yet of zero market value.

When most things were in fact genuinely scarce, money made sense.

Now that we have the exponentially expanding ability to automate the production and distribution of goods and services, money (with its scarcity based measure of value) has become the single greatest threat to humanity generally.

It is a relatively simple job to automate systems to ensure every person has all the material necessities of life – food, water, shelter, education, housing, clothing, healthcare, transport, communication (writing as the owner and manager of a software business for the last 32 years). But no monetary system will ever do such a thing in and of its own internal incentive structure, as to do so would reduce the value of all such universally abundant goods and services to zero.

Why do you think the idea of intellectual property is in the news so much lately – it is needed to make information scarce, and thereby marketable. Without, information would be free to all.

It is a very strange world we live in!

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see
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One Response to Diet and society – from Rob’s facebook page

  1. Ted — I don’t just “like” this post. I love it!

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