Quora – For true change to happen, be it economical and environmental, would a whole generation have to accept that they would sacrifice for future generations?

Quora – For true change to happen, be it economical and environmental, would a whole generation have to accept that they would sacrifice for future generations?



That is not a useful framing of the context we exist in.

What is more useful is seeing that we need to all become aware that the competitive “game space” of markets and money, when in the context of exponential automation, becomes a self terminating system.

We have to start to look deeply at the lessons encoded in biology and culture.

The more complex the system (and we are the most complex systems we yet know of) the more it is true to say that its survival is predicated upon cooperation.

But you do need to look deeply into both the systems of biology and the systems of culture, to clearly see that.

We have the automated technology, to meet the reasonable needs of every person on the planet for what they would consider a reasonable lifestyle, with security and freedom. But markets must necessarily deny that to the majority, as market value requires scarcity. The air we breath is arguably the most important thing to all of us, but because it is universally abundant, it has no market value. We have the technology to deliver most of the reasonable needs of all people in that sort of abundance, and to do so in ways that are compatible with the needs of the ecosystems we share the planet with and rely upon in many different ways. But the incentives of the market are to create profit, and there is no profit in universal abundance. For there to be profit, the must exist scarcity for some significant fraction.

When most scarcity was real, that wasn’t a problem.

Now that most scarcity exists just to meet the need for profit, it is very definitely a problem. The levels of injustice in that fact create danger – always.

So no – we don’t need to sacrifice, and we do need to change our systems, and our understandings of them.

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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