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This is the true problem... simply put

 
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This is the true problem... simply put
VALUE - A chemical reaction that takes place in a human body.

What? Sounds weird right. Totally different than anything you have ever conceived before.

Well. That's why everyone is so damn confused about what is wrong with... EVERYTHING

Lets say you have a house for sale. How valuable is it? Well... someone might say, "one hundred thousand dollars".

Okay. That is how much it is WORTH. On average, people in the market for a house will trade you one hundred thousand dollars for that house.

But how 'valuable' is that house to each person? It is different for each person. Each time a person thinks about the house, their neurons will fire, and their brain will make all sorts of calculations, and they will either WANT/DESIRE the house or they won't.

This WANT/DESIRE/VALUE is a chemical reaction. A neurological response. A psychological phenomenon.

So what's the problem?

Well... our entire society is designed to provide us the CHEMICALS we need to survive. Food. Water. Clean Air. Medicine.

Right?

But some of the chemicals we need to survive are produced inside of our body.

And only in response to certain stimulus.

Now... when humans look at one another, our subconscious evaluates them.

Can this person help me acquire food? Can this person be a good sexual partner? Can they provide information? Etc.

This is not a conscious process. It just happens in a split second.

We are not aware of it consciously. But... we feel the results.

If the subconscious sees the person as VALUABLE, then it will release those chemicals. You will VALUE the person.

So our society thought that with division of labor, assembly lines, etc. we could create an abundance of food, water, and technology.

We were right.

But... we did not take into account, the fact that we were making people less VALUABLE to one another.

Think about it. If everyone in your neighborhood died tomorrow. Would you have less food? Less water? Would your life change at all?

If everyone in Detroit died tomorrow... how would that affect you?

If a million people died in Japan right now... would you have less food?

The answer is no. And our subconscious KNOWS it. When we look at people, our body doesn't release all those chemicals that cause people to respect, love, care for one another.

So you find it harder and harder to care about people. And you realize that no one around you really cares about you either.

If you died tomorrow, there would be a funeral. A couple of people would miss you.

That's it. In three days no one would remember your name.

Thing is... we need these social relationships. Food, water, air? Great. All of those chemicals released when we hear friends laughing, and when people are showing respect and love? Um... no.

And so we are sick. Weak. Incomplete. Like a man without testosterone or adrenaline or any one of the vital chemicals our bodies produce.

So how do we cope?

We self-medicate. We take chemicals that release some of these chemicals.

But we all subconsciously understand the problem. We are caught up in this huge inhuman machine. And we are getting sicker every day.

The new generation is raised on antidepressants and sugar to substitute social relationships.

The doctors are busy trying to build a synthetic pancreas and genetically re-engineer us, rather than identifying the problem.

But the day to day guy?

More and more are beginning to fantasize that a zombie apocalypse happens. Or robots go bezerk. Or an asteroid destroys civilization.

Why? Because he wants everyone to die?

No. Because he wants to valued.

When his wife looks at him, he wants her to value him. He doesn't want her to look at him, and idly think about killing him or divorcing him.
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Re: This is the true problem... simply put
lol if you say so

it took all that typing to simply put your ideal??

you labor under the wrong philosophy

value is like rotted eggs or milk

so is the path of understanding

always thinking someone or something is looking up or down

to someone or something higher or lower?

did i get that right
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11/22/2012 08:34 AM
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Re: This is the true problem... simply put
seems logical.
thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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11/22/2012 08:44 AM
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Re: This is the true problem... simply put
That's truely insightful OP! I have long held similar sentiments. The philosopy of Malthusian scarcity is driven by the fact that humanity feel no sense of interconnected responsibility for one another. That's why the metaphor of the body has been used in the past. (as in the Catholic teaching of the body of Christ)...When one part of the body suffers, all of the body suffers. There is a scripture teaching also that the foot cannot argue that it is more important that the hand etc. since both need each other for the body to function as a whole. A nation could be similarly viewed as a body which functions as a unified whole. However as in the case of cancer, a house divided against itself is doomed to fall. When the market place is driven by selfish interests without concern for what is necessary for all constituent members of the country to survive, it too similarly can become as a cancer. A country which is not self autonomous unified and whole will lose it's strength and it's freedom and seeking to impose it's will upon other nations for selfish gains is only a preditory act toward survival, that only underscores the severity of it's illness.
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Re: This is the true problem... simply put
Whats the differance between a zoo and Circus.

Nm but ...
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Re: This is the true problem... simply put
That's truely insightful OP! I have long held similar sentiments. The philosopy of Malthusian scarcity is driven by the fact that humanity feel no sense of interconnected responsibility for one another. That's why the metaphor of the body has been used in the past. (as in the Catholic teaching of the body of Christ)...When one part of the body suffers, all of the body suffers. There is a scripture teaching also that the foot cannot argue that it is more important that the hand etc. since both need each other for the body to function as a whole. A nation could be similarly viewed as a body which functions as a unified whole. However as in the case of cancer, a house divided against itself is doomed to fall. When the market place is driven by selfish interests without concern for what is necessary for all constituent members of the country to survive, it too similarly can become as a cancer. A country which is not self autonomous unified and whole will lose it's strength and it's freedom and seeking to impose it's will upon other nations for selfish gains is only a preditory act toward survival, that only underscores the severity of it's illness.
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wow! very insightful! But how do you legislate empathy into a corporation? I've never really thought about it before. But using the body comparison... when I hurt someone, my heart hurts.

So if we had a regulatory body, that penalized corporations for hurting people... that would be like empathy I guess.

Thing is. We kind of already have that. It's just the penalties are so small, the corporations don't care.

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