HUMAN GOODS: THE WEALTH OF HUMAN BEINGS
The social organisms of History, and their biological needs
In its relationship with the Universe, man is a being who has always searched for knowledge to satisfy the curiosity of his mind and energy to satisfy the needs of his body. If we understand man as a being made up of two components, a Head (his mind) and a body (his energy), it is natural for man to satisfy his mind with information and his body with energy. The same occurs with human civilizations, which accumulate information and energy through the activities of their people. For this reason it is essential to know how man defines his energy and his information, the substance of our existence as individuals and societies.
The fundamental question about what is good for societies to have is: what are the goods that human beings need as individual organisms and as members of a collective organism? We can only answer that question from a biological point of view, never from an abstract point of view, since we are biological beings, not abstract beings. There are of course abstract definitions of certain states of the mind, such as happiness, honor, truthness, wealth, which appeal to us, and politicians love to mention. Yet it is difficult to build a society on abstract goods, which having not relationship to our daily, real needs, become easily manipulated and make of politics and economics not a science but an ideology.
Ideologies might be good for after-diner conversations, but they do not feed us, do not improve or make our lives safer. Real goods do. So we will try to define first what are the natural, biological goods that our individual organisms need. It will follow that since we are basically all humans, belonging to the same species, what an individual human being needs is what societies and economies should multiply; for all the human cells of the society to have those human goods.
In that sense, it is easy to see that we men, as a natural organism, require to fulfill our biological needs, what all universal organisms need: the appropriate energy and information natural to our carbolife species. The existence of biological organisms is driven by such needs, which cater to your two fundamental organs of existence, your body that requires certain energy species, and your Head that requires certain information species. Organisms are composed of bodies and brains. To live is to inform your brain with correct information that fulfills the existence of your mind, and guides your body on its natural search for energy. Your body will then feed on the right energy, move with that energy, and feed the brain.
You can think of yourself as a modular being, with two components. The Head, its senses, and languages of perception dominate your body, which relies on the Head to act and move rightly in a rather dangerous universe. When your Head has bad information it risks your body, which gets hurt, suffers accidents, eats poisons, falls in traps of death. It is for that reason that the first good to have is right information to survive. Then the proper energy for your body.
We live in a game that we might call existence. To survive in the game of existence, you have to feed on the two components of the universe, temporal information, and spatial energy. Such strategy of survival is a self-evident tautology. Since we live in a Universe made of spatial energy and temporal information, we need a volume of vital space that gives us energy to move around, feed, heat and survive, and a volume of temporal information, that allow us to perceive, sense and feel.
When we fulfill those 2 needs to the best of our possibilities, we exist, and we are happy. When we have hyper-abundance of those two components, human energy and human information we have wealth, and health. Then we can even think on the ultimate luxury of life: to reproduce, to have a family to repeat our existence, or spatial form and temporgal=genetic information, in other location of the space-time universe, and create a child. That is what human existence is all about, isnt?
In order to stress those tendencies of our existence, the wise universe has reinforced our behavior with natural instincts, and sensorial pleasure. When we reproduce, the ultimate goal that fulfills existence we feel happiness, and an enormous pleasure. This is good. It is called an orgasm. It is the ultimate good of God=the laws of the universe, which tell us biologically speaking: you have made it. You have achieved enough energy and information as a species to become a top predator of your environment. Now you can relax and repeat yourself, your existence, in your genetic son. I am happy with you: Grow and multiply. To reproduce however, you need to grow and satisfy the individual cells of your body with proper energy and information. What is proper human energy and information? Energy to feed your cells, which in the human case is carbolife energy, since you do not eat electricity or oil; and information to feed your mind, which in the human case comes through two basic senses, the spatial eye and the temporal word; and so it has a visual and verbal nature.
we feel this intuitively. When we eat well, and when we are warm, and when we
live surrounded by natural property,
a comfortable home, a nicely urbanized environment, a safe surroundings in which
we do not need to fight and defend our property, our body feels happy. We feel
satisfied. Also when we receive natural information, when we see beautiful,
proportionate images, and hear nice words, that talk about love, and communication
among human beings, or explain us the why and how of things, in verbal terms,
that we naturally understand, we feel realized, intelligent, sensitive and perceptive.
We feel then a mental pleasure, happiness, a subtle pleasure not so intense
as the body pleasure that the ultimate goal of reproduction give to us, but
a warm pleasure. The quality of human information and energy a society produces,
is thus important, the easiest way to measure its real health and wealth; and
it also satisfies us as individuals. Regarding the quality and quantity of such
visual and verbal information, it reaches its highest point in certain works
of information that we call art. Visual art, and verbal art of the highest rank
is called human aesthetics and ethics. We like to guide ourselves by such human
aesthetics and ethics. We enjoy the contemplation of beautiful spatial images.
We like to follow in our verbal words which guide our mind, and in our temporal
actions, caused by those words, certain ethic codes of individual and social
behavior, that enhance our survival, and bring us a better life.
The concept of a paradise: human ethics and aesthetics
Human ethics and aesthetics improve our lives, our actions, and the reactions of the Universe to such actions. They create a world to the image and resemblance of man. We live then in a paradise. Since a paradise is easy to define as a place where there is natural human energy, and natural information, similar to us, that we can perceive, decode, and feed on.
A paradise society is a place full of carbolife energy and human information, an ethic and aeesthetic place such as the one described on genesis, or those regions of the world which attract so much tourism... Certain privileged nations such as Catalonia, that dedicate all its efforts to promote those energies and informations. On the other hand, when we cannot reproduce; when we can not share life and time with our family; when we receive poisoned food, and polluted air in our lungs; when our property and vital space is invaded by enemies, menaced by war and weapons; when we lack those human goods we are unhappy, we feel in danger, we suffer. So do each and every of our individual cells, of the human cells of our society.
Why we need carbolife energy? This happens because the universe works based in affinity. Your body needs energy which is half digested that is, which has carbolife form, since it cannot really invent it from scraps. You cannot take electricity and then build atoms with electrons, and then carbon atoms, and then molecules, and all that. You could spend millions of years in those delicate tasks. So you need energy which already is carbolife energy. Again you cannot inform your brain with gravitational information, or smells, or electronic bites, or even mathematics (unless you have trained your brain for years to understand mathematics). You need light images and words, because your eye sees light, and your neurons create informative words with images. Your neural brain is not a computer, it is a verbal brain. So as you need carbolife energy, you need words that are meaningful. Your brain already stores meanings with words. So only words explain him the universe.
How machines have changed the earth's ecosystems
Man has not changed as a species. So it would be natural to think that he has always looked for the same energy and information. The surprise comes when we observe history and realize that man in fact has changed his concepts of what is good energy and good information. Previous to the seventeenth century men thought that their vital energy, the wealth of the individual and his nation, was principally land and the produce that it yielded. A rich man was one with much land/possessions, from where he obtained human goods (natural human energy and information): agricultural goods to feed his body, servants, and homes where he was able to relax and enjoy himself. With regard to information it was essentially verbal and visual, perceived through human senses, with our words and our sight. As beings who existed in time and space thanks to his words and eyes, human knowledge signified the accumulation of information regarding time and space with those sensorial tools. Words allowed us to perceive what was happening in time through the use of verbs. Eyes allowed us to see what was happening in space. Accordingly, powerful people seek an artistic and ethical education, based on the natural languages of man: verbal thought and art based on human forms and proportions. They also used those human proportions to mold the environment to his image and resemblance, to create a world pleasant to his human senses and needs for natural energy.
I think with words and I see with eyes, a world based in human harmonies, therefore I am a human top predator once said a powerful man on command of his environment. Those who saw and thought more were the most powerful and intelligent people; artists and writers, priests and lawyers, politicians and philosophers... Humans looked upon them for inspiration, and knowledge. We conclude that since the beginning of human civilizations men had looked towards the land for energy, wealth and all the possessions that arose from it, and he sought the information that eyes and words provided.
However, with the arrival of machines in the XVIII century, these concepts regarding what kind of energy and information, men and civilizations looked for in their lives changed radically. As machines began to evolve and reproduce in great numbers two new concepts suddenly emerged about the definition of energy, man's wealth, and information, his knowledge:
The so-called scientific method of knowledge appeared, and it changed our informative senses. The scientific method stated that the most important knowledge men could acquire was derived from sensory machines such as telescopes and clocks rather than human senses. Many people believed it. They were called scientists, men who started to evolve sensorial machines like telescopes, and languages that measure time with machines, like mathematics. Soon those scientists despised the sensorial evidence produced by their eyes and words, regarded by the scientific method as inferior to information provided by machines and the language that better adapted to machine's sensorial evidence: mathematics. Scientists denied the value of sciences based on words, like philosophy, or religion. Information now had to be scientific, machine-made, mathematical information.
Our concept of energy and wealth also changed. This time we have to merit that change to the so called science of Economics. Against all human traditions Economics stated that the wealth of nations was not the land and its produce, but money and the machines that money reproduced through sophisticated organisms called company-mothers. From these two new ways of understanding wealth, (the energy of nations), and knowledge (the information of nations) our machine civilization has arisen, replacing the vital/living civilization that came before it. We call our civilization a machine civilization and the previous one a vital civilization because when we take into account what has changed between them, we realize that while before information and energy were defined in living terms, they are now defined in terms of machines.
Before the seventeenth century the wealth of nations was defined as being the land and its vital produce made of carbolife. With the arrival of Economics and the Scientific Method wealth was defined as being made of machines and the money of a nation. Before the seventeenth century information was defined as the perception of the Universe through man's living senses, his eyes and words that measured space and time. In accordance with the scientific method, information now will be defined as the perception of the Universe through telescopes, cameras, clocks and computers, which are machines able to measure space and time.
The obvious conclusion is that our civilization has dramatically changed from being an ecological one that believed in carbon life and promoted the acquisition of wealth and information through natural means, to a machine one that favors the acquisition of wealth and information through machines. This change is due to two new systems of knowledge, Economics and the scientific method which uses machines to understand the Universe. These are two systems of knowledge that would never have emerged if it were not for the discovery of a series of machines like the clock, capable of measuring time, the telescope, capable of looking into space, and the steam engine, capable of producing energy.
The development of the machine and the two ideologies that favor it, the ideology of information based on the machine or the scientific method and the ideology of wealth based on the machine or economics therefore represents a radical change for man, a change of civilization and of living ecosystem. For since then man's civilizations have sought to create more machines, more economic wealth, more metal minds and more digital, mathematical information retrieved by these minds. Before man endeavored to create more agricultural wealth, more human goods, more verbal information, books and art...
This fundamental fact in the history of humanity is the origin of the great changes and transformations undergone by living species since then. Today the economic-scientific man abuses life and loves scientific machines, from weapons to computers, which reproduce and destroy the living world, leading to the extinction of many of the Earth's species. We are talking about a change in the Earth's ecosystem, caused by the change in ideas regarding what wealth and information really are. We have moved on from an ecological world to a metallic world, from a carbolife Earth to a Metal Earth. And this change is a biological, evolutionary change, caused by information machines and energy machines, which have substituted living energy and information species. They have also changed the languages of power of mankind. Information machines substitute man's information systems, and we have more faith in mathematics and numbers, the languages of computers, and money, than in the words of man. We have more faith in a telescope, a metal eye, than in a human eye, in Televisions than in Human Words. This causes a substitution of human languages and human organs by metal-minds and machines. Energy machines replace living energy organs. We prefer to drive rather than ride or walk. Metal-minds substitute human minds. Companies throw workers out and put computers in their place
It is a fact that machines have today as property of companies higher rights than most human beings. And his goods are systematically promoted, and have all credit needed to grow, given to them by stock-markets, while human goods are scarce. Take an example of modern days. Machines need energy to reproduce and work. Humans also need energy. Yet both energies are different. Humans need carbolife energy, clean water, clean air, food; heating, and transport, basically achieved through oil. Machines need electricity, and electronic systems of guidance and control. The question then could be put in those terms: which kind of energy our economic system favors? The energy of human beings or the energy of machines? Since economic resources are scarce, we can indeed talk of a fight between resources that will favor the development of one or other species, depending on which energy is promoted by the ecosystem, the eco[nomic]system.
Immediately we realize that the energy of machines is favored by our economic systems, that invest through governments and stock-markets, in electronics, and electric energy, while human energy, food, and agriculture lacks credit, and it is ignored by the stock-market.
As the machine evolution advances, robots will find that the world is indeed an ecosystem that promotes their electric energy over the human energy - food staples. Robots will be able to recharge on electric energy constantly while some human beings will still be hungry... This is becoming sorely truth these days. Gas, food, and oil, the main human energies, are scarce. We humans lack a lot of energy: there is hunger, and high prices for our energy goods. There are huge taxes against our food (GATT agreements that prevent rich nations from having cheap food, coming from poor nations; astronomic taxation on oil).
We could indeed talk of a fight for natural resources that humans need (what we shall call from here on, human goods) and resources that machines need (what we might call metal-goods). It is clear that the goods necessary to machines are a priority in our nations. The energy of machines receive all kind of investments, from our governments, through credits, subventions, and development plans... and its taxes are minimal. Machine information (computers, net, physical sciences) also receives huge resources, and ±75% of new stock-market investments.
since company-mothers control most of the
sources of power and information of our societies, the make-us-belief
those ideas. So we accept the economical goal, and confuse it with the real,
historic goal: to evolve human societies, and create a paradise, a world to
the image and resemblance of man. We are going in this manner against the laws
of social evolution.
goods Vs lethal goods
The key to understand the degenerative processes of nations, and history is that distinction between 2 kind of goods. Goods which are natural to the social organism of History, and goods which are unnatural, poisonous to the social organism. When I divide goods in those two categories, searching for what differentiated them, I realize of a very peculiar property of lethal goods, that in one way or another harmed the organisms of history. They are all made of metal, of a different substance to that of which mankind and most human goods are made. Most human goods are carbolife goods with a natural affinity to the molecular and cellular systems of our body. Food, education and health care, (which was delivered by other human beings), free time, peace, love, fruit of a proper education, and a proper job, tourism, the arts, textiles (often with a carbolife-based plant as its raw material), are mostly carbolife species. While lethal goods, such as weapons are lineal systems of metal, metal able to process energy. Since weapons are the most expensive items of society, it also turns out that those nations at war, or with massive war power are the wealthiest of each historic age. So we talk of two different ecosystems, that of history made of carbolife goods, and the new ecosystem of machines, the Metal-earth, born with the age of metals, as two different ecosystems, that sometimes are symbiotic, but most times destroy each other.