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March 30 , 2011

Limits of Power


Man's specific qualities led him to a state of over-development. His power in relation to the environment grew disproportionately disrupting the ecological balance and ushering in a state of population explosion. The excess population resulted in a sellers-only situation in the market for human qualities. In this inflationary situation you can buy men a dime a dozen, utilize them below their capacity and without impairing feasibility.
In sum, the fact that the vast majority of mankind functions in a sub-human manner, is positive for the minority on top of the various human hierarchies; it is also positive in terms of the average standard of living as measured in economical, longevity and physical terms.
But what about the standard of living as measured in terms of individual human happiness? Assuming as we do that functioning as a human being, bringing human potential into play, is a prerequisite for happiness then the answer is probably negative. Was the 'noble-savage' hunter-gatherer roaming the wilderness barefoot and naked, in constant fear for his life but expressing his humanness, his courage and his leadership to the utmost; was he better off than the contemporary urban dwellers that drive cars, watch television but spend the greater part of their life in the workplace in boring, repetitive, uninspiring and unchallenging tasks?
Of course, we have no objective parameters to measure or compare levels of happiness in different ages and eons. We can say with certainty, however, that the masses of the minimum wage earners, or the unemployed, or the partially employed of all countries of the globe are not very happy. We can also suggest that the only plausible way to change the trend of diminishing global happiness is to turn the population explosion into population implosion and gradually decrease the planet's population. This would result in the shifting of sub-human work to machines and human work to humans. Coincidentally it would also halt or slow down the destruction of the environment.

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