we are trying to survive
in an self-destructive system
(that is sick of cancer of corruption)
sounds highly unsustainable to me
but as some very studied person said
even an absurd system can exist – for a pretty long time
Is a simple one, it can be put in one sentence, but to enact it, will require massive reforms:
Let’s compare two examples:
Which of the two cases add more value to society?
money wise case b) can create much more profit, but does it add value to society?
Given the fact, that a lot of houses are purposely left empty (not for rent), just to speculate on rising house prices? (a good example of the perversion that capitalism has become, if unchecked, by a smart, fast moving gov)
In this case, case a) does not only add more value to society, it also does not purposefully harm society as case b) does, by denying access to resources, people need to survive.
So pay those well, that ACTUALLY add value to society, and tax those high, that are malicious to society, and you have a nation that automatically creates value – in the true meaning of the word
all those well-known tax heavens, need serious threats of boycott, if they don’t start changing their business model (Cuba style of trade embargoes).
Failing to do so, will seriously damage the trust of the people in democracy.
ok some philantrophy is better than no philantropy… but … look at this case:
Harvard’s (https://alumni.harvard.edu/community/stories/adding-value) example “story” of, how to add value to society:
“I think it’s important to remember where you came from.”
“Giving back is part of my core philosophy,” says Kim Wagner PhD ’94, who has given consistently to the Graduate School Fund for twenty years.”
“She came to the Graduate of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) for a doctorate in pharmacology, intending to go into academia.”
“Instead, she was inspired to take on the world of biopharmaceutical consulting.”
“I felt like an industry position was the best place for me to add value to society,” says Wagner, who spent the next twenty-five years at the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company.”
let me translate that:
Dear reader, if you are reading this blog post, and dedicated time and brain-resources (energy) thinking about the value of it’s content – if it makes sense or not – how to improve it – what is missing – you just contributed positively to society as well!
What would contribute even more positively: the information from which, action can be derived from.
What is the difference between humans and animals?
As Dutch historian Rutger Bregman points out in his book “Humankind – A Hopeful History” genetic wise – not much (really would not mind if the reader skips all the depressing parts of this book… THIS BOOK is a GREAT read, a realist’s thriller of a history book, but partly depressing, some assumptions exaggerated or even wrong).
So what is the difference between humans and animals?
Imho humans (should be able) to learn faster than other species.
So these are the two things everyone HAS to believe in:
With those two believes, come two questions:
Bregman & The Neaderthals
Mr Bregman makes COMPLETELY FALSE ASSUMPTIONS, that a bigger brain, would equal to more intelligence.
On average: women have smaller brains, are they less intelligent?
No: ‘”Just like with height, there is a pretty substantial difference between males and females in brain volume, but this doesn’t translate into a difference in cognitive performance,” Nave says.’ (labroots.com)
If that was true, the “sperm wale” (having the biggest brain of all animals), would already have build a swimming pool on Mars.
What can not be ruled out, is that the “evilness” of homo sapiens accelerated the extinction of the Neanderthals.
BUT there might also been partnerships between them.
“results of a 2010 project to map the Neanderthal genome showed that 1% to 4% of Middle Eastern and European DNA is Neanderthal DNA” (shortform.com)
“Neanderthals were fairly specialized to hunt large, Ice Age animals.”
“But sometimes being specialized isn’t such a good strategy.”
“When climates changed and some of those animals went extinct, the Neanderthals may have been more vulnerable to starvation.” (si.edu)
Assumption: While homo sapiens (probably) was here and there in conflict with the Neanderthals, imho homo sapiens was not the deciding factor when it comes to extinction of this species.
Same as the mammoth, the neanderthals (probably) fell victim of:
… with ever faster climate change, a dire situation, homo sapiens will have to face too.
But have to say, yes Mr Bregman, homo sapiens “helped” many species to die out. But not all of them.
“The woolly mammoth (M. primigenius) was the last species of the genus.”
“Most populations of the woolly mammoth in North America and Eurasia, as well as all the Columbian mammoths (M. columbi) in North America, died out around the time of the last glacial retreat, as part of a mass extinction of megafauna in northern Eurasia and the Americas.” (Wiki)
During the time of the Dinosaurs, there were no homo sapiens (so this time can’t blame them)
Dinosaurs had no capitalism and clearly did not a good job at
Mankind could do better, but will it do it?
Because what is for sure: if mankind sees a crisis coming, and does nothing, everyone can see that chances of survival for mankind are not great.
Right now the evolution of technology is remarkable, but what has not kept up is the evolution of inter-human civilization in the sense of a civilized living together – sustainably (non-sustainable means: it is going to end).
Society was “programmed” by a fiat-loan-money system – basically giving the banks all the power, corrupt politicians (Clinton) removing important protections that were put in place in the past because of devastating crisis (1929), which is simply asking for trouble.
Who is going to steer this boat? profit?
Profit of the 1%?
And then? The end of it all?
Settling on Mars will be a hard thing to do, especially if not a lot more of the 1% invest into
ok some rules clearly make no sense (some are from 1936 and definately need a rethinking).
Also Elon is right, when he says, there needs some sort of “garbage” collection of laws, otherwise, law is cluttered with laws that either make no sense or tie down everyone until nobody can do anything (because everything is forbidden).
BUT: the major problem is like with an old software system like MS DOS.
Can it be reformed? (very hard)
Or: (depending if the mess can be reformed, sometimes it might be better to “start from scratch”)
As with in software development: a list of cases needs to be kept, to test, if the new system can handle them all and better.
PS: Mr Bregman, rather than writing books, what about writing a blog?
Because: A paperback book that contains errors, is much harder to update, than a blog post. (also printing books wastes resources).
(it SHOULD be enough to instead of printing out the whole internet, just every once in a while protect it against mass extinction events with backups to M-DISCs that are then stored in a fire proof vault).
“According to Millenniata, the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division of the U.S. Department of Defense found that M-DISC DVDs are much more durable than conventional DVDs. “The discs were subject to the following test conditions in the environmental chamber: 85 °C (185 °F), 85% relative humidity (conditions specified in ECMA-379) and full-spectrum light“.“