'Sustainable Resource Use' and The Nature
companion piece to 'Business' and 'Making money'
"... there is no aspect of 'lifestyle and the quality of life' as we know it today, especially of 'the well-to-do' -homes, clothing, food, entertainment et cetera, that can be supported under 'sustainable resource use', that can be supported, that is, except out of pecking order, 'diasporatively cheap natural resources and labor' and an eventually-to-be-appreciated-in-hindsight, severely pejorative influence on 'the best well-being and viability of the organism-whole'".
Two facts completely account for how that 'destined inevitability' is to be determined out of the thus-far 'pecking-order-based commonality of all government/economy' (most human interaction):
2 - Knowledge of mankind's 'affect on the system' has successively evolved therein (inherent of 'deliberative capability'), but has remained -'absence of substantive countering', that of-
an organism of a fundamentally pecking-order-based disposition.
Regarding the interpersonal or socio/psychological material of pecking order then -as opposed to the operational material identifying and manifesting those relationships-
3 - All fundamentally non-reproductive operation of the past and present (government/economy eventually) is the natural, pecking-order-based operation of an evolving hominid that has yet to appreciate (inevitable) other than 'getting what he wants when he wants it' by imposing on others or by 'positioning' himself with respect to others for eventual such imposition.
[-the 'alpha' animal, the 'bully', the 'schemer', the 'pater familias', the clan head, the village chief, the 'leader', the dictate, the 'king', the innovator, the institutionalizer, the entrepreneur, the huckster salesman, the employee ('bootlick', lackey and slave at the bottom), the manager and his 'brown-nose'; the public servant, the government official and his lobbyist; the 'justice' buyer and seller, and the ignorant in his explanation of phenomena he does not understand that eventually becomes religion and belief in god for other ignorants -and any and all variations thereof for 'getting ahead'.]
'Pecking-order expression' is an issue (then) because meeting 'genetic imperative and sex' is determined by how its personal facilitation -'best well-being and viability for me and my own', fits into its general facilitation for others in
the hierarchic complex of what we now call civilization. Thus we 'determine' our pecking order by 'the nature and constitution' (existence and maintenance) of everything from where we 'hang our hats' (domicile and 'appointments') to what we do with our
free time including the expression of 'self-esteem', and the various 'badges' that tell others of our 'independence from pecking order itself'. (See companion piece, 'Business' and 'Making money'.)
4 - More importantly however, pecking order is an issue because the energy and other natural resources that go into that lifestyle-and-quality existence and maintenance (items 1 and 2, above) are subject to an intrinsically
successive 'maximizing of organism viability' that is driven by genetic imperative -but determined by the successively evolving heuristics implicit the natures of 'configuration space' and 'deliberative capability'(*4)
-inherently optimizing the use of natural resources and implicitly vestigializing their 'pecking-order-based abuse'. With respect to such 'inevitably heuristic hindsight', in other words, we are able to look back into the present
from a future of 'inevitably vestigializing pecking-order' to see 'lifestyle and the quality of life' successively tailored to maximizing viability, thus there is no aspect of 'lifestyle and the quality of life' as we know it today,
especially of 'the well-to-do' -homes, clothing, food, entertainment et cetera, that can be supported under 'sustainable resource use', that can be supported, that is, except out of pecking order, 'diasporatively cheap natural resources and labor' and an
eventually-to-be-appreciated-in-hindsight, severely pejorative influence on 'the best well-being and viability of the organism-whole'.
Human existence on earth, in other words (however innocently and inadvertently), has thus-far managed to parlay pecking order into the profoundly convoluted and wasteful use of the resource/environment that is 'the government and its economics'
today (appendix -*g).
[Under 'genetic imperative' one does not 'choose' to survive; rather, one 'survives' -or dies, naturally or unnaturally(*5), and in a competitive society (thus-far evolved government/economy -'American free-enterprise capitalist
democracy' in particular) one cannot but 'survive, pecking-order-based' -'make as much money as one can and spend it as he choose', 'trickle-down' as necessary -as long, that is, as 'diasporatively cheap labor and (untapped) natural resources'
exists to support 'competition'. What eventually develops (and has) -all civilized government/economy today, is a situation in which the once-employed is in fact abandoned to become either 'cheap labor' himself or be 'viability-supported' thru some
institutionalized hand-out on 'the cushion of other diasporatively cheap natural resources and labor' -as long, that is, as the system is 'fat' enough to support the disemployed and not 'intellectually or circumstantially driven to
appreciate this relationship and bend to inevitable correction'.]
Projecting forward then, under eventual (and inevitable) 'sustainable resource' use it will not be possible to sustain anything but a very small part of the energy consumption manifest in 'the human phenomenon and things human' today(*6). What we are talking about here is 'economic attrition to what the system can bear' -dirigiste heurism(*7) under inevitable response to genetic imperative -'lifestyle and the quality of life' today
affecting carrying capacity in geological time-frame(*4).
First posted: September 22, 2001; last updated: March 26, 2004
(*g - appendix)
Pecking-Order-Based, Diasporation Economics' -or
Economics is defined as "the science that deals with the production, distribution and consumption of commodities" (American Heritage Dictionary). Given the differences between peoples, societies and nations, and their various 'isms' and
resource/environments then, 'production, distribution and consumption of commodities' of the world is one profoundly complex whole. It is possible to get some very good idea of that complexity nevertheless, by 'etiologically' approaching its progression
into present dynamics -excluding in this sense, considerations of 'national autonomy', form of government, religion, ethnicity, culture, ignorance, natural resource wealth and various philosophics of one kind or another which, literally,
multiply that complexity, a progression, further, which suggests a world of eventual economics significantly different from what they are today.
Following next, in an 'adversarial framework', is a progression of statements and clauses underlying economics today -western democracy (the US in particular) effectively bringing the rest of the world into economic communion with it. The bottom
line of this progression is that we have no idea how what we are doing to the resource/environment is going to affect our future, but we do know with certainty that we will regret what done -someone eventually wondering "What in the world were they
1 - People exist and population is growing,
2 - Democracy is the best form of government because (natural rights and freedoms) people decide for themselves what they need and how to get it
(Each of the following aspects of 'democratic free enterprise and competition' terminates with an averral of its 'important goodness for the people'. It should be remembered however, that this etiological progression begins with pecking order and that that property remains an integral element of mankind so far -complexly propagating therefore, thru the whole of society and civilization today -the rest of this progression).
3 - Free enterprise is good because it motivates people to avail themselves the goods and services they need
4 - Competition is good for people because it lowers the prices of goods and services to consumers
[Fortunately or unfortunately, 'natural rights and freedoms' (democracy, here) does not have implicit 'college education and an inheritance for their children or comfortable well-being in retirement' except as a matter (personal) of free enterprise and
competition -which means then, that those goods and services depend largely on what money one makes and saves -ergo 'American free-enterprise, capitalist democracy and the right to make as much money as you can and spend it any way you choose -as
long as there's no law against it'. The problem here then, is that pecking-order-based as these complex dynamics are, they have little to do (except pejorative) with an ineluctable 'best well-being and viability of the organism-whole' in The Nature and Course of Human Evolution ...]
5 - Self-regulation is good because it motivates the principals of free enterprise and competition to generate and plow more venture capital back into those services
[A 'stock market' was born when some first, probably late-neolithic man accepted a second's stated expectancy to deliver some particular 'stock item or service easing sustenance' at some agreed-upon, future time -essentially 'improving
life-style-and-quality by reducing the physical labor of each'. If now, evolvingly, that first 'middleman' advanced the second something 'valuable' in the way of use or assistance (money eventually), he may be said to have 'invested' in that first
expectancy towards that autonomy. Second and higher-order expectancies eventually developing with such 'investment of his space by mankind', a stock market, the mechanics for trading and managing such operation in earliest (eg Sumerian)
civilization (nepotism and intermarriage included) eventually came to constitute the government/economy we associate with civilization today -stock-trading eventually a hierarchy of speculation including that of 'speculation itself': call, long,
short et cetera -derivatives ('betting' on the outcomes of 'betting') encompassing all. (-from Unemployment and Economic Policy)]
6 - Globalization is good because it motivates 'outside' nations into democratic communion and economic parity in goods and services that their peoples need
[Purpose in 'earning one's keep' by computerized stock-trading is, quite simply, minimizing one's sustenance-related activity with the more 'esoteric' purpose of maximizing autonomy of life-style-and-quality -'having whatever time and money
necessary to do what one feels like doing when he feels like doing it' -necessarily, therein, as little 'work' (clearly undesirable) possible. Whatever (stock) makes money, consequently, 'works', regardless of validity -'substance' irrelevant.
Computerized stock-trading, in effect, is 'the highest form of classically aristocratic -and primitive, freeloading' -sucking on the system, but 'What the system, ultimately and only a matter of time, will not bear'. -And worse, this freeloader
will do anything within law constraints (not uncommonly 'without') to secure and 'advance' that modus operandi/vivendi. (-from Unemployment and Economic Policy)]
7 - Stock ownership (a stock market economy) is good because (natural rights and freedoms) it motivates people to get the goods and services they need
-by opportuning them to potentially money-making control (stock-ownership) of decisions principals make in exchange for risking venture capital to those principals,
-but stock-holding does not naturally lead to the goods and services people need,
-and stock itself is now a new commodity with stock-trading its (therein) also new agency of free enterprise and competition
-where neither stockholder nor principals (many, stock-owners themselves) are obligated to other than making money,
-so some people engage in stock-trading expressly for the purpose of minimizing income-earning engagement and maximizing pecking-order-based lifestyle and quality of life(*j),
-some stock-ownership and trading therefore, is a waste of labor and natural resources of some possibly better use in the future;
-still, stock-trading is good because it makes money which can be plowed back into a democratic determination of the goods and services people need.
['American free-enterprise, capitalist democracy' is remarkably classical in its aristocracy: the farther down the 'democracy' one is, the more likely ignorant of its pecking-order-based dynamics he is and is accordingly 'used' by those above, and
the higher up one is (related factors equal), the more likely he is to understand those dynamics and 'elevate himself' within them -government included. 'Free-enterprise, capitalist democracy' in this respect, is profoundly 'incested' -officers of one
company serving on the director boards of others with (for want of better words) 'magnanimous power in the dispensation of various favors and blessings of a financial nature'. Worse still, it is inherent that agencies most influentially involved
with 'the goods and services people need' (the economy) also be most influential in its government -ergo, pecking-order-based, the various laws and governmental 'dispositions' favoring such agencies -immigration and land development
policies, tax structures, pension and retirement systems(*k) et cetera.]
The bottom line of this progression is that we have no idea how what we are doing to the resource/environment is going to affect our future, but we do know with certainty that we will regret what done -someone of the future looking back and wondering "What in the world were they thinking???" -The reader is reminded that this progression is intended to do no more than identify the complex convolution of economics today that is virtually all a consequence of pecking order.