Theophillis Goodyear: Abstract Wealth Destroying Real Wealth

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Theophillis Goodyear
Theophillis Goodyear

The Solution is the Systems Perspective—-the Key Component Is Human Compassion—-and Common Sense Tells Us That It’s Best to Keep Networks Intact and Change How They Function, Rather Than Destroy Them and Star from Scratch.

Lately I’ve been thinking about two realities:

1. When the economy crashes, there’s no traditional solution to the problem because the scale and complexity of the global interdependence of national currencies is unprecedented.

2. Networks can take a long time to form, so it’s generally a bad idea to eliminate them and start from scratch, especially if you try to eliminate all of them at once and start all of them from scratch. That’s a recipe for disaster. That’s what happened in the Russian Revolution, and look how that turned out. That’s what Mao tried to do, and look how that turned out.

So I’ve been trying to understand this looming crisis from the standpoint of banking, since banks are the institutions that control and manage money. So I’m doing some research so I can understand the problem, when it occurs to me that people who are already in the banking industry could show us all the solution if they had the proper mindset—-the mindset which this blog is devoted to exploring.

If someone in the banking industry could be made to see what you and I can see—-if they could be trained to see humanely, ethically, and holistically, and to start seeing things from the systems perspective and the perspective of complexity—-then they would probably instantly see the solution to the currency and banking problem, because they know the system. And if their creativity was inspired by the same mindset that your creativity and my creativity are inspired by, they could write a better book about it, instantly, than you or I could in a dozen years. And they could see concrete solutions, where you and I would only see abstract solutions.

The Deep Need:

Someone needs to write a book that can help people in any field start seeing things from the systems perspective and the perspective of complexity. But it can’t be a cold, dry, intellectual book. A central theme must the key component that makes all human enterprises function smoothly. Compassion. Once they see that from a systems perspective, they will be able to contribute to society in ways that you and I never could. They can reform their field from the inside.

Then banking institutions would stay intact after the crash. The networks would stay intact. Banks would keep their employees, except the rules will be changed so that a new system can emerge from within the old. And the new system will be more humane, and will thereby facilitate the growth of concrete wealth instead of creating primarily abstract wealth, which is not only an illusion but has started to destroy concrete wealth—-real wealth, actual wealth.

Someone needs to write a book that shows how compassion, combined with a systems perspective, is the key to solving all the contemporary problems of complex human social systems. It is the lack of compassion that has turned these systems into destructive predatory systems. It is the lack of humaneness that has turned these blind collectives into meat grinders that even grind up the leaders who are delude enough to think that they control them.

Ken Kesey once summed it up very well when he said: “Love is just common sense.” Others have also said it well:

“That is is a bad thing to be tortured and starved, humiliated or hurt, is not an opinion; it is a fact. That it is better for people to be loved and attended to, rather than hated or neglected, is again a plain fact, not a matter of opinion.” —-G. J. Warnock

“Genuine politics—-every politics worthy of the name—-the only politics I am willing to devote myself too—-is simply a matter of serving those around us: serving the community and serving those who will come after us. Its deepest roots are moral because it is a responsibility expressed through action, to and for the whole.” —- Vaclav Havel

“Compassion will no longer be seen as a spiritual luxury for a contemplative few; rather it will be viewed as a social necessity for the entire human family.” —- Duane Elgin

Phi Beta Iota:  Such books have been written but not gained traction outside of the Pacific Northwest.

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