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A New Article

The regular thing for me is to do everything on my own. I don´t like asking for help. But this new article I wrote is making me ask that everyone come give me a hand with this. I have posted an excerpt of my article in the following page:

http://www.moralityofprofit.com/the-morality-of-profit-and-the-survival-...

I need your comments so bad, as the excerpt with more comments, more tweets, more facebook shares, will get published first. The closing date is approaching really soon, and if you come by to read, to comment or to tweet, you will help me get published.

I really need the support of the community today. I humbly ask for it. If you can do this soonest, it will be better. God bless you all for giving me your precious time.

Hugs and love,

Jackie

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Dear, it is sometime I don't post here (or anywhere else, for sure).

So, is a special pleasure I am back, with this message, of appreciation and awe.

Reading your article, I had an idea I try now to share.

When an adolescent, I asked my math professor why banks pay positive interests.

My point was that, if you consider "all" money exchanges in the world, and take into account any of these generates its own interest, you see the overall monetary mass to grow. Then, either "something else" has to grow to back it up, or the value of money "must" by necessity decrease overall. This is not "inflation", as we intend it local and connected to some local monetary area. It's a global thing.

The professor answered, saying me "money is a social convention, after all".

Later on, I've heard many people equating the growth of GDP to the increased production of wealth. This is not true, of course: the increase in GDP measures the growth of *profit*, not wealth. Would costs be entirely accounted for, you would see the GDP does not "grow" at all.

One point is, some of the resources consumed at increasing rate to make the GDP grow are not renewable, and additionally, as you say, they generate a (now hidden) cost for their future disposal. I'm thinking, in Italy, to the devastation of territory in some regions after the Prime Minister has declared building industry is (or should be) the training force of Italian economy. Any building generates some profit in the moment, but:
- Occupies space quite irreversibly (often to the expense of agricultural land)
- Attracts inhabitants in already overcrowded areas
- Then, altering (usually to the worse) traffic patterns, pollution, ...
To remove buildings after they have been legally bought by some subjects will almost be impossible for at least a century.
Damage, then, tends to be long-enduring.

Another interesting point is, any kind of "wealth" produced today will naturally degrade. This is a physical law, not something we can elude. And its weight is more evident when sharp angles, strong chemical gradients, unconventional matter states (as glass, which is not crystalline but a very viscous liquid): in other words, from the products of our technology.

If we reflect a bit, the shapes of natural world are not similar to the ones of manufactured products. In some way, the former feel me "smoother". The sharp edges of a quartz crystal can be found inside a well-buried geode, where they can resist million years. But as you expose them to air, they will immediately degrade even within the tighter museum expositor.

The natural "instability" of the shapes of technological products (a consequence of functionality - and maybe lack of vision by our side) means, need for "maintenance". This is good at increasing a GDP artificially: the more building exist, for example, the higher their maintenance cost will be. This "cost" will typically be perceived as unpleasant by owners.

How quick the degradation of our wealth might be?

An interesting mental experiment has been made by an American journalist (I don't remember his name, but will recover in a next post to the Math Support Gals), who wondered what might it happen if all humans would instantaneously vanish from the ecosystem. All technology would then decay, at a rate inversely proportional to its sophistication. Underground lines would fill of water within three days. Large towns would be undetectable in 500 years. And so on.

An apparent "fact" is, the finer the kind of technology, the higher its "time-instability". To be investigated.

When people construct something, they often intuitively do hoping it will endure, potentially forever. I see within this an old religious paradigm, with Man (as a species; but I have to add, "man" much more often than "woman" in this case) trying to transcend his finite nature through some material symbol. This tends to yield too much "symbols" to dispose for future generations, and an apparently growing GDP.

Why, then, not to imagine a technology which is more adapt to the cyclic nature of reality?

That is, more self-stable (imitating the smoother shapes of natural objects), and meantime more able to decay smoothly. (I don't think these two aspects are disjoint).

An "ecological technology"? ;-)

Hugs.

Mauri

jap21's picture

HI Mauri

Exactly! It is amazing to see this comment. I think we need to make different disciplines get together and put them to work into this new perspective. I wonder if other scientists would be interested. I am guessing we need to build something like a new community of scientist who share this new way of standing to view the future.

I will take your words into account and present them in my book also. Thanks so much honey.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

The Afrika way's picture

done!!!

Consider it "commented"....lol.

It is such an interesting piece.

love,
Grace

jap21's picture

Hi Grace

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Hugs,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

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