Evonomics – complexity

Two Big Questions About the Job Guarantee: God, Devil, and the Details

Progressives have these questions. Others will too.

So many dimensions to the complexity of this question.

Aside from the one I continually raise, the idea that markets are based in scarcity and cannot give a positive value to any universal abundance that advanced automation delivers, there is another major problem here, and that is diversity.

Freedom will result in diversity.
All sorts of things result in diversity.

One simple example.
My wife and I organise things differently.
I organise by space. I can recall where things are, and where I put things.
Ailsa does not have 3D vision, the world occurs to her like 2D photos (which makes her a great photographer), so she organises things by colour.
There is something different about my colour vision. When I did the colour blindness test for my skipper’s ticket, I could see the several sets of numbers on every page with about equal clarity. I suspect I don’t see colours like most people do.
Whatever the causes, Ailsa just puts things whereever she sees a gap.
Anything that is more than 1cm from where it was is lost to me, and I start a systematic spatial scan to find it.
This is a constant source of conflict in our relationship.

It is an example in microcosm of the dimensionality of the difficulties present when there are multiple simultaneous sets of distinctions and interpretations present.

Often, there is no simple answer.
Often a degree of physical functional separation, and respect for those physical boundaries, is required.

Translate that into a work situation, and there is instant difficulty.
Work places tend to develop procedures and rules.
Those at the top of hierarchies tend to want the rules they are most comfortable with.
It doesn’t matter what set of rules or procedures it is, there will exist a wide spectrum within society as to how easily an individual can work within those rules.
For many, it will not be possible.
The individual may be totally committed to the outcome, yet psychologically unable to work within the set of rules and procedures of a specific organisation devoted to that outcome.

The issue for many in society is not simply finding work they see as valuable (that is relatively easy), but finding a group that achieves those values in ways that work for the particular particular physiological and psychological and skill sets present in that particular individual.

It is a very serious issue.
It is an issue I see clearly present in every individual I know.

There is not, nor can there be, any level of “one size fits all” solution to this issue; it is like a fractal system that recurs through every new level of system or structure present.

It requires active tolerance and acceptance of the need for diversity across all dimensions, which must involve respect for degrees of “personal space” across all sets of dimensions (including time).

So yes – the devil is very much in the detail.

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 www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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