Quora – Which one is more important for me as a human, justice or peace?

Quora – Which one is more important for me as a human, justice or peace?

[ 15/3/20 ]

There is no way to disentangle them.

The mathematics of strategy is clear, if you want peace (or justice), then you must be prepared to do what it takes to prevent injustice – to identify and remove cheating strategies (while respecting the agents currently exhibiting those strategies).

And that rapidly get extremely complex, as modern humanity has multiple levels of understanding and complexity and systems and societies all coexisting together.

It has the added complexity that the more stressed we become, the more simple the models of reality our subconscious brains produce and deliver to us as our experiential reality (the reality beyond remains complex, be we experience it as something simple – friend or foe, good or bad, etc).

As the covid19 virus situation at present demonstrates, there are many sources of threat external to humanity that demand a level of global cooperation to mount adequate responses. This virus is relatively mild as pandemic viruses go, but it has still stretched our current (economically “efficient”, “just in time”) systems to breaking point in many cases.

We are in extremely complex times, where automated technology is fundamentally breaking many of the ideas from our past that worked in the past – particularly the ideas of money and markets, and many of the systems of justice that are deeply entwined with markets and money, that deliver such peace as we currently experience.

One of the biggest problems for the currently dominant concepts of justice is a failure to comprehend how deeply the evolution of complexity like ourselves is founded on cooperation rather than competition (many orders of magnitude). That failure has been a big part of the development of the competitive market systems we have at present that now pose existential level risk to humanity, to peace, to justice, to liberty.

There are no stable solutions going backward.

Real peace, real justice, demand distributed and massively redundant very high technology embodying fully automated systems; and cooperation between all levels of structure in human society (from individuals on upwards). And making that stable is going to demand a lot from all of us.

And that is going to take a lot of acceptance of diversity, of respect, of making real effort to understand perspectives we may never have considered possible.

And it also requires of each of us that we be prepared to go beyond the consensus when that seems to us to be required.

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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