Drawbacks of peace

What are some counterintuitive drawbacks of peace for human progress?

[ 17/March/22 ]

I can’t think of any that actually matter.

Of course there are thousands of scenarios one can dream up that give some advantage to conflict, but if you take a bigger picture view, then one can always find a scenario where peace and cooperation deliver far greater dividends in terms of security, freedom, and creativity.

With the potential for indefinite life extension, and the exponentially increasing understanding of the complexities actually present in reality; then there is an overriding need for peace, for any to have a reasonable probability of living a very long time.

And part of peace is “praus”, what in the bible got translated as “meek” (as in the meek shall inherit the Earth). “Praus” was a term one could use to describe a war horse – and if anyone has ever met a warhorse, they are nothing like the modern usage of “meek” – they are powerful, and that power is sufficiently constrained and trained that it can be effectively applied in cooperation with its rider. So the sense of “meek” one needs to have is that of a fully armed and trained populous of independent, diverse, responsible and cooperative individuals who keep their arms in their sheaths unless absolutely necessary. The sort of thing that removes any incentive for any level of bullying or cheating. Combined with modern digital memory, that effectively removes Dunbar’s number as a limit on the size of cooperative that can be maintained.

So I am all for peace, and it cannot be a peace of enforced weakness, but must be one of self developed and empowered strength, at every level one is willing to explore. And it must come with the sort of freedom that demands appropriate degrees of responsibility and cooperation at every level. Nothing less than this is actually survivable in practice over the long term.

And provided one has such a cooperative base, that respects the lives and liberties of all, and demands appropriate levels of social and ecological responsibility, then one can have a lot of fun with competitive games freely entered into.

In such a system, creativity and prosperity find their maximal universal expression.

With modern automation, there is no need for any of the necessities of life to be scarce, and without scarcity, markets cease to provide useful signals. So we need to move beyond markets as measures of value, and develop other tools that deliver appropriate and useful signals and that is a deeply complex subject.

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) with reasonable security, tools, resources and degrees of freedom, and reasonable examples of the natural environment; and that is going to demand responsibility from all of us - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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