Perhaps one of the more significant challenges will be the transition of
persons displaced by a decreased demand for the products and services of
the past. As technology improves efficiency there will be decreased need for
the numbers of employees required in the past. It is during this process
upon which time innovations will emerge to assure the displaced individual
can pursue meaningful employment without the need to sacrifice a lifestyle to
which he/she has become accustomed.
Perhaps lost upon acknowledgment of others was a sense of individual connection to the
material world. The entity of the individual gradually diminished as interface with others
gradually became a representation of self, increasingly defined by external influences. For
a species whose very existence ultimately depends upon the entity of the individual, this
was an ironic and significant development.
So this is where we are, it's better then
where we were...
Prior to acknowledging the influence and/or interests of others, service to self
was the priority to insure mere survival. Anything exceeding survival was a luxury
reserved for 'the fittest'.
But...We are stuck at where we are, failing to fully appreciate that where we've
been tells us where we are going.
The point is this...
When our sense of individuality was at its highest we most needed group affiliation to assure
our own survival. As we find ourselves most in need of the individual we find ourselves
primarily defined by our affiliations... This indentification-by-group thing threatens our
|Through an instinctual subjugation to the group we perceived ourselves as a collective entity separate
from the creatures and features of the material world. 'If you cant take it with you...you take it while you
can'. The luxuries of life are perceived to derive as a courtesy from 'Mother Earth' rather then a result
viewed as originating from a courtesy to earth.
What would happen if world economies allowed the principals guiding practices to be dictated by the natural
boundaries of our environment? What if the minimal standard, for any industry, was the requirement of
neutral effect upon both the natural environment and society? Is there anybody who believes human
ingenuity could not rise to this challenge?
Free markets and capitalism would be a perfect fit for such a business climate. It is the
consumer that dictates the products to be produced. It is the consumer who tells the
government the terms to which commerce must abide. It is the consumer who makes
legitimate the stated claim of concern for future generations by insisting these things must
The business practices of world economies will eventually convert to the acquisition of
wealth through the avenues of renewable and/or recyclable resources. Obviously this
process will have a profound impact upon the structures of all economies... To a fair degree
the consequences of these changes can be anticipated with some degree of accuracy.
Packaging, preservatives, paint, and pavement all serve a collective
perception we are removed from accountability to any consequences
associated with the habits of consumption.
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