Saturday, March 24, 2012

2012: Flaws in the design of our economic system - unemployment

This might be just a first part of a series of blogs about the flaws in the very design of the economic system (we’ll see about that in the future). I find it relevant to write about it, because I notice that flaws that are in the very design of the system, are not tackled, challenged, discussed, and because of that they are not being properly understood or considered. Those things seems to be perceived and accepted as ‘beyond’ change, and seems to be forgotten, even though they are present and influence our lives everyday, constantly.

So unemployment according to the definition on investorwords.com means: An economic condition marked by the fact that individuals actively seeking jobs remain unhired. Unemployment is expressed as a percentage of the total available work force. The level of unemployment varies with economic conditions and other circumstances. In other words, it means that unemployment is a countable value that represent people that are able to work, but have no work for one reason or another.

In capitalism and communism unemployment is a problem that requires to be taken care of constantly. The only difference is in how those systems deal with unemployment. In communism it’s the responsibility of the government to create jobs, in capitalism it’s up for the people, to find ways to sell something (and it doesn’t matter how and what – as long as it sells). And here It’s relevant to realize that the very workings of the money system haven’t been re-designed in those two most commonly known and popular models. Relevant, because people tend to connect equality and equalitarianism with communism, which is not what I suggest as a solution, as communism is flawed in the very design and based on the same flawed mechanisms as capitalism.

Now in terms of the nature and cause of unemployment, we must have a look at supply and demand of work. Because it is socially established, that to have an income – one must work. And currently as we have progressed and still progress in terms of technology – we do not require as much labor as in the past to produce things. That technological evolution then is progressively making many jobs obsolete. In other words there is a lower demand for work – simplistically, because it’s not needed. And the tries to solve this problem has caused the creation of consumerism, with all it’s twisted consequences like: overconsumption, planned obsolescence, senseless brainwashing advertisements, cult of perfection/beauty, self-identity and self-value based on possessions (need to change cell phones every year etc.). All those things, had been created and is being fed into people, so that they will through consumption of goods create jobs. All in the name of the ‘greater good’. We allow ourselves and our children to be a subject to constant brainwashing, so that the economic system is able to sustain itself.

Now to keep it short, I will not go into writing in detail about how insane it is to accept a system that isn’t supporting everyone, and is basically ruled by the survival of the fittest (because one can end up on the street, and without food with no support). We sacrifice our own sanity – just to keep such a system alive – as we allow a complete brainwashing on ourselves and our children just for the sake for it to work (all out of fear obviously). But let’s not even look at that, let’s just look at the sustainability of the system from the perspective of our own self-interest – as it’s impossible to over-consume forever, it’s harmful to stop technological advancement that can help people in various situations just for the reasons of job creation, and it’s simply so astonishingly stupid to continue like this. It’s like running around in circles. Which is absolutely pointless, as a system where unemployment is something inherently present in the very design of it - is going to keep us down as a society without a way out striving for survival and ‘something better’ in constant fear. It is IMPOSSIBLE to make such a system work without multiple flaws and drawbacks that will cause senseless suffering that is absolutely unnecessary, and is only a consequence of unreasonable management that is built around using fear as motivation.

Because that is what is the driving factor currently for people that work. They strive for work, because they need money, because if they don’t have money – they have nothing, and will not be protected by anything or anyone. Depending on the country they live in if they have no money, they will only get a certain amount of support – and they can loose their physical health, their psychological health, everything they have, being left without a place to live or any perspectives for the future, and the same happening to their children which is extremely cruel. And even if people don’t consciously, and constantly think about those things happening to them. They know, and they fear that – and are driven by this fear to get a job, and get money, so that they won’t end up like this.

To change that we need a new economic system. And to start approaching such a big task, we should start not only from the perspective of economic numbers, and knowledge that is known in this world about economy. But we must start from understanding what drives us, we must realize how we participate in the system, and how we make it work, as well as all other individual parts currently. Because we cannot change a system based on fear, to a new system if it’s going to be based on fear as well. It’s going to be the same thing with a new name. So to really ‘bite into’ that we must question ourselves, we must be self-honest and look at things as they are. Because currently we fear each other, and we fear for ourselves, and that is the driving force that keeps this system going. And in terms of ‘harvesting’ as a driving force people’s self-interest, ego, and all the fear that exist within us – the current economic system is doing a pretty good job. 

But this kind of living is to put it simply – fucked up. And creates countless problems. As it’s based on avoiding the issues that we face, designed to amplify our egos, and make fools out of us. But that happens because we want to be fooled. And at this rate we’re doing a pretty good job with fooling ourselves, because we live in an unsustainable system, that will be consequentially collapsing and in that process will create great amounts of needless suffering – and while that is what we face as a collective, almost nobody is challenging the system actually, as to challenge the system in fact means to also challenge oneself. Because if the system is only blamed without understanding how we’re taking part in creating it – then the issue is not even being touched at all, and stays absolutely out of reach, not even mentioning the actual changing of it.

So consider that, to change the ‘bigger picture’, we must take on the source of it. The economic structure that is currently set up didn’t came from thin air. It has been shaped by those who have lived within it. So it shows very well who we in fact are. As the current system, shows the nature of it’s creators, as it represents the laws and agreements which consist out of what we accept and allow individually, in a democratic fashion. As what you accept and allow within your life/world is an equal vote which constitute the reality that we create and have power over. And that reality that we have power over are the systems of the humans, where the economic system is the very base/root system that allows us to survive and support ourselves. If you can see the point that I've written about here and would like to look at more closely, or participate in taking on that issue – you might be interested in checking out desteni.org and equalmoney.org – where we as individual people from all around the world are looking at our accepted nature and it’s consequences. And through that looking for ways how to tackle that and in fact change in the direction of what is best for all living things.

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