[ 9/4/20 ]
If you frame it as either/or(s) you see a set of possible patterns as points on a line.
If you frame it as all things being necessary, in different densities in different contexts, then an entirely different sort of geometry emerges.
The critical problem we face is one of over simplification of situations that are in reality deeply complex.
There can be a sort of simplicity that emerges after the complexity is accepted, and our uncertainties are acknowledged, but it is not possible to get there by trying to simplify too early in the process.
We need to value individual life, and individual liberty, and social structures, and technologies, and moralities, and ecosystems, and the lessons of the past, and the novelty of the possible, and ……
The future can be so much better than most imagine possible, but not by over simplification of the very real complexity that really does exist.
The time of the dominance of value in scarcity, value in exchange, must end. We must acknowledge that individuals have value in and of themselves.
If we are to retain an exchange mechanism (a money system), which is probably a good idea, at least for the next few decades, then we must change the way that the system works, and rather than creating money as debt, create it as universal dividend on the accumulated capital of human endeavour, and then let it redistribute as it will.