If I consider economics in its simplest form, I think of only two real elements: natural resources and human activity in effectively utilizing those resources. Everything else is a derivative. If I think of natural resources (earth) in its simplest forms, I tend to think of just two things again: the sun’s energy and water. I should also include the earth itself.
Now, let’s consider three looming problems – or potential problems, if you prefer.
- An aging population, and the costs to sustain that population with a smaller workforce or taxation base.
- An exponentially growing human population. Everyone should make an effort to understand exponential growth.
- Everyone’s favourite dinner topic, climate change.
Add to that the history of our current economic models, which are based in part on Keynesian theories.
Here’s a model in point form and in order of implementation.
- Consider changing our economic model to the Austrian economics theory espoused by Jesus (there’s that name again) H. de Soto; I gave my poor man’s interpretation of that in Appendix 7. You only have to assess the two models against the Cyprus crisis to get a new perspective.
- Reconsider human population in a fixed environment. Perhaps China was right, but is there another way. I have some thoughts on that issue.
- Build proven renewable energy facilities at barren desert location(s). Energy.
Establish desalination plants near desert areas and build a new-age university near the site. Water, and Innovators, . Sponsor the next generation of makers and creators, fuelling their innate (com)passions. Use creative and inexpensive building techniques that consume waste materials, including plastics. Invest in Graphene technology development, particular desalination efficiencies.
• Service those facilities by high-speed rail or marine services.
• Use those plastics that are clogging up our global waters in the construction somehow. Don’t worry; the students will work out how, and they’ll contribute to the continuous improvement and management of all the systems and technologies.
• Irrigate the land with the desalinated waters and establish some of the innovative farm practises we see today. Establish new farming and animal husbandry models. Apparently there are fast-growing commercial crops that should be reconsidered.
(Just sounded interesting and worth further investigation)
• Consider the roles of animal and insect populations.
• Build retirement homes in these burgeoning new cities. A number of opportunities present themselves here:
o Purpose build for ageing, at-home, and peaceful retirement enclaves.
o Retirees can supplement the care of their peers.
o Students can supplement income and their spiritual maturity by becoming carers.
o Land prices can be made so that the housing is cheap, making them a sought-after retirement option and a means of paying for the new cities.
o It reduces pressure on existing city infrastructures.
o It allows the universities to facilitate next-generation housing solutions.
o Considering the size of Australia, they should consider expanding the population to relieve the pressure on immigration, still honouring the planet.
o Build so that the air conditioning, designs, and materials will counter climate changes.
o Build sustainable, long-lived structures to reduce the pressure on resources.
o Consider a new economic paradigm.
• The university curriculum should consider meditation, tai chi, aikido, cooking, and gardening as core subjects, the last two being one subject. However, in my opinion these subjects should begin when education begins.
• Raise people’s health potential.
Tai Chi at 70 years
• Consider building new prison complexes in the new city based on a monastic self-sustained model. Only prisoners who commit to this lifestyle and follow its guidelines can live in these new prison models. Release programs could involve work in aged care services.
• Consider this biologist’s work to help convert the desert areas and increase wildlife and plant populations.
In short, look at the big picture and reinvent the way we think and live. It appears we are capable, and if it is too late, at least no one will say we didn’t try.
Those people that have amassed excessive wealth should consider funding these projects as a legacy and Go(o)d-spirited enterprise.
Be Go(o)d in the universal sense of the word, placing responsibility for peace at all levels.
Sam’tu, the sign of the Triangle – I can honestly say I’d not seen this before I’d thought of the earth, economy, and spirit logo. That idea was simply based on what I perceived to be the absolute basic elements to be considered when looking for a peaceful and realistic solution. Perhaps it relates to the notion of a connected consciousness?
And then there is also spirituality with which to contend.