Sunday, October 29, 2017

Needs and Gifts: An Outline of the New Paradigm (Part B)



It is not a coincidence that at the same time we are conceiving that there may be a demand for subtle goods in a new ect is not a coincidence that at the same time we are conceiving that there may be a demand for subtle goods in a new economic arena for economic and business expansion, we are also discovering that there are people who are gifted to produce subtle goods.  Today, people complain about the lack of innovation in business. The truth is that the material well for new business production ideas is running dry. Recently, a newspaper columnist wrote tonomic arena for economic and business expansion, we are also discovering that there are people who are gifted to produce subtle goods.  Today, people complain about the lack of innovation in business. The truth is that the material well for new business production ideas is running dry. Recently, a newspaper columnist wrote that there has hardly been any innovation that has led to new innovative technology since the 1950s. All of today’s great ideas of business innovation – computers and robotics, communication satellites and cell phones, bioengineering, nuclear power, solar energy, aviation, nanotechnology – all are products of creative ideas of earlier times, with only a lot of fine tuning still going on.

In contrast to the material world, the subtle worlds are infinite worlds for new creative exploration for the production of subtle goods that will satisfy the consumer needs for the subtle for all the future to come, until all times are done.
A fallout of the success of materialist science in its exploration of matter and machines is that today we have the capacity to mechanize most of the routine jobs that human beings have been performing since the beginning of the agricultural and industrial ages.  We have robots already, and they will only get better in replacing humans.  Futurologists worry, but really, this problem already showed up during the recovery from the 2007-2009 great recession; many old jobs did not come back to humans in that recovery because they were mechanized.

In the coming era of subtle technology, the deployment of the subtle energies will involve not only the non-living, but also the living, including people.  Thus, people never have to worry about being out of work because machines might replace them, not in the subtle arena.

We will explore ideas in detail: how quantum physics leads to a new worldview and a new view of consciousness that include all our experiences; the details of how production and consumption take place in the subtle sectors; how an economics that includes the subtle and the causal solves the problem of business cycles, and even sustainability and economic inequality between classes.

And more. Adam Smith never clarified what he meant by the “invisible hands” of the free market. Today, we tamper with the free market all the time.  There is government intervention for creating public service jobs; there are tax cuts for the rich to have more money to invest; monetary economics to control the money supply and interest rates, and all that.  So much intervention goes on today that the whole idea of a free market has become a myth. And we are blindly curbing the freedom of the market because we don’t really know where the freedom of the market comes from or what keeps the free market free. We will see that with a quantum economics of consciousness, we are able to understand the nature of the movements that lead to the freedom of the market. We can choose to align with these movements.

The new economics gives us insights about other subjects as well; for example, globalization – outsourcing of routine manufacturing and other jobs from advanced economies to as yet underdeveloped but growing economies.  Some economists and politicians are against globalization; some are for it.  The new economics throws new light on the subject and resolves the controversy in a satisfying way with a timely contextualization of the priorities of the labor force.  The fact is that these priorities are not the same for the labor in advanced economies vis-à-vis the labor in developing economies.


As I said, even the question of sustainability can be addressed and solved in the new economics.  Today, there is a lot of talk about sustainability.  All serious thinking people understand that without sustainability, not only will we run out of energy, but long before that, the environment also will be affected so detrimentally that life as we know it may be endangered.  Unfortunately, under the worldview of scientific materialism, our values have been denigrated that include truth itself.  So in America, there is Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, continuing to defy the truth of global climate change due to global warming and influencing a lot of people with angry emotions – those who would like to return to an older time because in those times, in their perception, “values reigned”. Of course, you can question that, too. The truth is, because of the worldview polarization today – scientific materialism versus the religious “dualism” – thee is much confusion on the subject.

Fortunately, there is also a lot of awareness. I was in a hotel in London a few years back, and I noticed a sign saying that there is a new set of three R’s for the twenty-first century: reduce, reuse, and recycle.  The old 3 R’s as you know are: reading, (w)riting, and (a)rithmatic.  Out of the new three R’s, reuse and recycle are already widespread, although not as much as needed. But reduce? How?

Can we actually go backward and reduce our lifestyle dependence on energy guzzling and environmentally wasteful big technologies? Some time ago, Gandhi used to suggest such things, and the economist E.F. Schumacher wrote a book, “Small is Beautiful”, that seriously brought Gandhi’s idea into economics.  “There are two different paths to being rich”, said Gandhi.  “One is the way of multiplying material wealth beyond bounds… the other is to simply reduce our all too human needs to the domain of plausibility, civility, and grace”.

Behold! With the opening up of subtle arenas for economic expansion, we make room for consumers to be conducive to transformational changes so that they may want to explore noble emotions, because they enjoy consuming such emotions that would bring them an extended sense of the self that includes the environment.  The new worldview emphasizes not only ecology in the usual sense of  “shallow” ecology – taking care of the external ecosystem – but also recognizes the importance of deep ecology – transformation of our interior ecosystem, even our unconscious.  The truth is, only when Gandhi’s “other” way becomes the “American way of life”, nay, the world’s way of life under the aegis of quantum economics, then there will be sustainability.

Income disparity between classes and poverty still plague many parts of the world.  The rapidly developing economies like the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – are among them, and in truth, even the developed economies are not exempt.  As the economy becomes a sustainable economy, with both gross and subtle sectors, we will see that economic prosperity will no longer be gauged by GDP (gross domestic product) alone.  Additionally, an index of well-being will be called for.  This and the overall quantum society, with the quantum worldview and quantum lifestyle demands, will lead to the much-needed redefinition of our concepts of wealth and poverty and eventually will help eradicate wealth disparity between classes and even poverty.

  

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