In view of survival - update

Eat, survive, reproduce. The basic pattern that all living organisms seem to follow consciously or unconsciously.

Survival is the basic pattern that all living organisms seem to follow consciously or unconsciously. Animals, plants, bacteria, etc. They all try to survive as well as possible. The man forms here as member from the animal Kingdom no exception. Basically, life is therefore extremely simple. Gather enough energy to grow and sustain yourself, and pass on your genes if necessary to the next generation.

Life may then be in the basic pattern easy however, it is far from simplistic. There are a huge number of different strategies for following this pattern. The BBC shows with its documentaries from, among others Planet EarthThe Blue Planet & Earthflight to see the enormous diversity of life. Also the movie Home shows a wonderful overview of the earth and its many inhabitants. Whether you are a mushroom, a tree or a human, all are examples of successful paths to respond to the simple pattern of life, survival.

The basis for life

The sun is the power plant that provides life on earth with the necessary energy in its survival game. Plants are able to make complex biological connections with the help of solar energy. Other organisms, including humans, use these again to get their energy (in the form of food).

The sun provides the energy for the great survival game that we all play on planet earth.

It's smart to use the energy from the sun so efficient, local and immediately possible to use. The faster you can convert the sun's energy into products that you need for your own survival, the easier your survival becomes.

A handy method that can help with this is permaculture. Permaculture systems can provide humans with healthy food, clean water, a pleasant living environment, etc. Via the design principles of permaculture enables humans to become functional ecosystems design around them, build energy-neutral or even energy-producing houses and set up additional local economic systems. In this way, humans can continue to exist well in the long term in collaboration with their natural environment.

The Pyramid of Maslow and the 8 dynamics of survival

But let's look broader than the immediate environment. What do people also consider important? Maslow's pyramid looks at people's wishes on an individual level. According to Maslow, people start filling up the pyramid from the bottom and once that level is completed, people can step up the pyramid.


Maslow's hierarchy of needs looks like this:

  1. Organic or Physical needs. This includes the need for sleep, food, drink and the excretion of faeces. Maslow also classifies sex and other physical matters such as sports and comfort below.
  2. In need of safety and security, the individual is going to seek security in an organized small or large group. This can be, for example, the neighborhood, the family or the company. Typical examples are: housing, work and relationships.
  3. In need of togetherness, need for friendship, love and positive social relationships.
  4. In need of appreciation, recognition and self-esteem, which increase competence and prestige in a group context; attach importance to status in a social context.
  5. In need of self-realization or self-actualization, is the need to develop your personality and your mental growth potential. The social environment cannot be ignored as a supportive basis for this.

Besides Maslow, which goes deeper into the needs of the individual, there is a philosophy that also takes survival as a starting point. However, this one draws survival much wider than the individual, and divides it up 8 drivers of survival. The drivers that are distinguished are:

  1. The individual and the personal development of someone themselves.
  2. Sex, the family and other forms of creation.
  3. Groups that people choose to join.
  4. All humanity or all individuals of the human species.
  5. All living organisms outside of humans such as animals, plants, etc.
  6. The physical world; consisting of matter, energy, space and time.
  7. Spirituality / life force, that which can animate the physical universe.
  8. Pre-existence in the broadest sense of the word, also called the definition of god within this thinking trend.
    (If necessary, watch a video here about these 8 drivers of survival)
How do 3D printers contribute to our survival? And can they possibly still be optimized so that they support survival on as many drivers as possible? E.g. by using recyclable printing materials.

In the light of survival

After this deepening and broadening it is interesting to look at everything we know in the light of survival. How do the things around us contribute to survival? Can we find concrete examples? From a fork to rain gear and from an apple tree to 3D printers. How do they actually contribute to survival?

In addition to advantages, are there also disadvantages for the survival of certain things? For example, many industrial products are useful to a certain extent for the people who use them, on the other hand they often also pollute nature, which is detrimental to survival. Things can have an advantage on one motivation but a disadvantage on another. Can such matters possibly be improved and optimized so that they have as many advantages as possible for all drivers and at the same time as few disadvantages as possible?

Viewing the world in the light of survival provides a practical tool for valuing things relatively easily. It is interesting to see that survival value and financial value are sometimes far apart. For example, clean water is essential for the survival of basically all living organisms on earth, but it is hardly appreciated from a financial point of view. Diamonds, on the other hand, have some survival value in industrial applications and in human social climbing games, but otherwise their survival value is very limited. While diamonds are highly valued from the economic system.

The survival value and the assigned monetary value of things can differ enormously from each other.

It is therefore useful to first determine the survival value of things and only then look at the price tag attached to it by the financial system. In this way you prevent that you do not forget to assign value to the most important things of your survival such as healthy food, a clean environment and a safe pleasant environment. Because otherwise it is all too easy to focus on material things such as cars and televisions. (both of which also certainly have a certain survival value)

Viewing the world around you from Maslow's theory and the eight dynamics of survival can shed a whole new light on the world. Can it also help us guide our future? What survival strategies and patterns have been successful for humanity so far, and can these patterns be used to increase future survival with them?

Don't believe anything, but understand as much as you can.

1) Science

First of all, researching and understanding the world around us has proven to be very helpful. The scientific method has been developed to gather knowledge as openly and objectively as possible. Knowledge that is based on repeatability and not on authority. This way of approaching the world has been extremely valuable. Many of the inventions that have greatly improved people's lives have come to us through this path. It therefore seems wise to continue to follow this method and so on objective and practical possible to keep exploring the world around us.

2) Open communication

Another strategy that has proven useful is the exchange of ideas between people. This started with spoken language through folk tales and songs. This was later supplemented with writing and printing, which allowed ideas to be spread much more widely and preserved more easily. With the invention of the internet, the exchange of ideas between people has become much easier. So let's make sure that every person in the world has access to the internet as soon as possible.
After that, there is only one major barrier to the global exchange of ideas among all the people of the Earth, and that is the fact that people all over the world speak different languages. It Esperanto tries to overcome this last barrier. Esperanto was designed specifically for humanity to unite in a common language that transcends nationality and easy to learn is.
With the resolution of the language barrier in any way, combined with access to the Internet for all Earthlings, optimal communication between all the people of the world will be possible for the first time in human history. An increase in the exchange of ideas between people has always been very positive for human survival in the past. This seems to be something we should be actively committed to.

3) Renewable energy

The availability of energy and raw materials is a third important factor. The beginning of agriculture can be seen as the beginning of the systematic harvesting of solar energy in a form usable for humans, namely edible plants. Humanity later discovered fossil fuels, concentrated forms of solar energy collected over millions of years. We still make extensive use of this, but many are now well aware that these fossil fuels will run out sooner or later. In addition, they also have the necessary disadvantages such as environmental pollution and the many conflicts that are being fought over worldwide. Fortunately, there are now plenty of technologies available that can harvest renewable energy sources such as the sun, wind, water, tides, geothermal energy, geothermal energy, etc.

An area the size of France is needed to provide the entire world with solar energy for the annual energy needs. There are deserts and oceans where solar energy is relatively easy to absorb without destroying nature. The frequent harvesting of renewable energy may, for the first time in human history, lead to one plenty of energy without conflict. After all, there is plenty for everyone and it is available everywhere if you install the technology to harvest it. And technology has always shown that the more you use it, the cheaper it gets. By directly harvesting the energy from the sun and other renewable sources on a large scale, energy can become cheaper and all people can have access to it in abundance.

In the field of raw materials, it is especially important to deal with this in a cyclical manner, if you keep reusing your raw materials, an enormous amount of work and waste can be saved in the longer term. It also becomes possible with a lot of renewable and cheap energy to extract raw materials from seawater, which can provide us with a practically endless source of raw materials.

4) Aerospace

A fourth strategy is to explore new areas to live. Good and fast connections by road, rail, water and air ensure that people and materials can move quickly across the planet if desired or necessary. A good and preferably energy-efficient infrastructure that connects people around the world will further enhance survival.

And now that the Earth's surface has been fully mapped, it makes sense outside of the earth to go and have a look. Perhaps we can spread the life of the earth in this way beyond our globeSpace travel humanity also gives a jointly challenging goal which we can all benefit from. In fact, if humanity does not make the step to other planets, our survival game here on earth will eventually stop automatically.

5) Peaceful cooperation

Peaceful cooperation is a final strategy to realize a good survival for humanity. Too often in the past it has been shown the tremendous loss humanity suffers when it comes into conflict with itself. The video below by Carl Sagan clearly shows how silly these conflicts really are when we look at the bigger picture.


With survival as a practical idea, we can organize today's world better and smarter. It can also set a clear and constructive path for the future. With this knowledge, one can start immediately and in a practical way to increase the survival of all of us.

“Do the best you can, with what you have, where you are.
We are the people we have been waiting for, now is the time. ”

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40 thoughts on “In het licht van voortbestaan – update”

  1. A question I have for you Douwe is the following: how can the current economic system be seen in the light of its survival? You have made a complete study of these subjects. An extensive intellectual quest and with that done a lot of thinking. How would you answer this question. I am curious about that.     

    1. I once wrote the following about it in a previous article:

      Let's take a look at money in the same way. What is the survival-promoting aspect of money?

      Money enables people to exchange goods and services among themselves. This makes it easier for people to work together. In this way they can specialize to some extent and complex systems can be set up in which everyone contributes a bit to the big picture, and the big picture in theory should contribute to the positive survival of all the people who are part of it. Money could thus be described as the visible part of the function of easily exchanging goods and services with each other. This function promotes our survival and is therefore desirable.

      However, this does not seem to be the current reality of money. What is happening now and is being done in the name of money, in part, seems to follow very different patterns. There are plenty of ways to promote the survival of humanity and there are plenty of people out of work who would like to get started. Yet this does not happen, money does not seem to be able to fulfill the role it ideally would have here.
      Pieter Stuurman has also written a nice piece about it with the title What is Money:

      But to get back to your question. 

      The current system has brought us where we are and whether that is very good or not I honestly do not know. However, I think we should be able to design a much better system than the current central monopoly where a small elite can actually cream off the labor of entire peoples.

      So let's look at how we can build a system that would optimally promote survival. :-) 

      1. Thanks for your comment. I think this is also a good description. The reason I asked this was, among other things, this video:
        It states that economics can actually be considered a branch of philosophy. It's about observing and telling the story of what happened. Economy is a morally based system that has to serve the real economy and not the financial economy as is happening now. The founder of economics as a science is Adam Smith. Originally a moral philosopher. Moral philosophy or ethics should certainly not be forgotten when building a new system.

        1. I wouldn't be too difficult about it either Uncle T, philosophy is fun, but in the end it's all about practice. You have to be able to arrange that properly and honestly and then you can philosophize as much as you want afterwards. :-)

          The ultimate test is the ability to make things go right. :-)

          With this piece I especially want to show that survival is and will always be the basis of life. And that an economic system is therefore always secondary and should actually be structured in such a way that it is as useful as possible to optimal survival. So human survival should never be at the service of our economic system.

  2. Dear Douwe, read your piece twice now and one of my conclusions is that you must be a very positive thinking person, mind you with all respect from my side. In my opinion there are a number of bottlenecks, I do have that in my head, but I still have to put it into words, so please be patient. The piece is also not to read quickly and then react immediately, it therefore takes time. That's the least we as visionaries can do for you. I also think, now that you have written many topics about this, that the book will be ready soon ?! Finally, as OomT actually points out one of my points, to what extent should you see the current economy as part of survival, I think you should see that completely detachable from survival. For example, there are many data that you do not list in the basic package, read DNA from the basis. Again, I'll get to it. Mvg Paul. ;-)

  3. Dear Douwe, I think that the basic pattern is by no means simple, for the following reasons: If you look at our DNA, where the new data from generation to generation is stored, is in itself a complex fact. DNA on its own doesn't actually do anything, we need the RNA-m (read messinger) to perform the tasks. That system in itself is already a very complex process. If we assume that the process of becoming a human being was still fairly simple at that time, compared to the human being now, as all information is stored over and over again, you could therefore now speak of great complexity. And that will become increasingly complex over time. But the mechanism of action does not change that remains the same. Ps, I have the films of Planet Earth and The Blue Planet and many related films. Beautiful and educational films.
    Without sun we would absolutely not be able to live, first of all concerning the oxygen we need to live, think of the photosynthesis, in addition we need food, which also needs sunlight to grow with some exceptions. In addition, food provides nutrients and energy that our body needs to function, seen in all its diversity. The difference of the food that people use is also a determining factor, for many factors. Such as, for example, the skin color (pigment), the thinking process which is a pure chemistry (so that there is also diversity of thinking, given the different population groups), etc. Since over the centuries a certain amount of people always migrated, which has increased explosively in the last 60 years, you also get changes in the DNA, which partly because of this also makes people more complex again. Finally, due to the very large amount of information that is recorded in our DNA, you could therefore say that the brain is becoming increasingly larger in order to be able to process and execute that amount of information, there is still much to do about this. to write. Visual perception is also recorded in the DNA, in other words when we perceive something it is immediately sent to the archive in the brain, it is recognized and there is no change in the subject, it remains unchanged, if there is a change it is immediately stored . So you could say that the moment visual perception and / or another action is required, the RNA-m passes the message on to the appropriate component that needs it to perform the action. I have no idea how many actions this is per second, but it must be somewhere in the millions if not more. I call this event a reflection. But this first so far, I will come back to the rest. Mvg, Paul.

    1. Hi Paul, the diversity of forms of life itself are far from simple, but the pattern of what all these forms seem to accomplish is simple. Survival. A human body is a successful example of this, but so is a cat flea. Instead of going into the how and why and the building plans of a body or the details, I have tried to sketch how we can perhaps best further flesh out this basic pattern of survival from our point of view of humanity. If you reason from survival, it is sometimes much clearer which decisions are and which are not useful.  

      What you say is certainly very interesting, but that does not fit in such a piece. I found both previous articles that you submitted very interesting and feel free to use them again. I would like to publish your follow-up or your view on this matter. :-) 

  4. Continuation,
    Douwe we actually say the same viz But the mechanism of action does not change that remains the same. I think you call this the pattern, if so then we agree.

    To finish what was written earlier, you could say that if you again look at the DNA that consists of data from the first human and some of the predecessor of the human is 40% and you then get 40% from you. ancestors, there remains 20%, which you therefore fill in yourself through experience and awareness, that we are actually programmed for in our thinking, doing and not doing. The 20% that remains is partly filled by our creative ability. Different for everyone, depending on the composition of the brain.

    Permaculture and everything related to it you actually go back in time. The first human once started with demarcating a piece of land to grow his food on it and shielded it with a demarcation for game damage. In garden architecture this is called “the utility gardens”. Despite the fact that I think it is a wonderful goal and I support this, it is almost impossible in terms of circumstances in this current time, with some exceptions. You would then have to overhaul our entire infrastructure. And that is no small matter to accomplish that. So you would have to operate on a larger scale and draw up good and equal rules there that are necessary to be able to achieve this on an equal system such as permaculture.

    What Maslow shows in his pyramid, as well as the 8 motives of survival, also seen in this present life is a wonderful fact, but actually this is also old news. Many have preceded Maslow in the past. It may be in a different wording, but it boils down to the same thing. Consider, for example, Spirituality of many religious forms and / or the Pluralistic religious theory.

    As I indicated here in the first part, the diversity of thinking, acting and acting, seen in all its diversity, of humanity is too great and too complex. If you want to change everything, you would have to delete the information and rebuild it, but that fact is not yet developed, maybe in the future, but even then I remain gloomy. There is still much to argue, partly in view of the language of Esperanto and / or to unite humanity. History has taught us in the past that we do not want that, think of losing our own identity and whether the wars that have been fought in this regard, etc.
    In conclusion: Douwe with ALL respect for positive thinking, dualism cannot be deleted so we have to learn to make do with the belts that we have. But never give up hope, keep fighting. I wish you much strength and wisdom. Mvg Paul :-(

    1. Hey Paul,

      This piece is mainly a vision of how we can harmonize ourselves as well as possible with the basic pattern that runs through all living organisms, the survival. These seem to me to be strategies that actively contribute to this both individually and for survival on higher dynamics.

      A vision in particular is something that does not take much notice of the current reality. If I had to start from the existing reality, drinking beer, watching GTST and football is the future of humanity. Doesn't seem like a good model to get visions from. :-)

      See it as a kind of personal ideal image, it gives people a direction in which if it appeals to them they can work in the knowledge that it is not only good for themselves but perhaps also for the people around them and future generations.

      It is difficult to determine direction without points on the horizon. Above all, I hope to put a clear point on the horizon that this is a direction we could move towards.

      Furthermore, everyone has to do what he or she wants with it, but I hope it can inspire a few people. :-)

      1. Dear Douwe, I understand your piece very well and that you must have ideals to look at the future in a visionary way is a piece of wealth if you have it.
        Maybe you have to be young and a little naive about that, at least I was when I was young and hadn't been into the world yet, at least I was. But I think I have seen and experienced too much, then you will be put back into reality with hard facts. So that works to a disadvantage for me. That does not mean that I am not open to it, I would only welcome it.
        So I sincerely hope that among our visionaries, there is a positive-thinking person who can put something there, so visionaries get to work. Mvg Paul. :-D

  5. Hello Douwe,
    it is striking that you have a clear passion for a philosophical exploration to compose your own metaphysics and from there you try to translate this into appropriate practical tools such as a practical philosophy such as permaculture. Or other practical applications such as Esperanto. What must be consistent and form 1 whole. From which you can write articles like this, for example.      
    Incidentally, I use the following definition for the term metaphysics:
    The branch of philosophy that tries to build a general, theoretical world view. Metaphysics tries to give a systematic explanation of all reality and experience. Usually this implies an epistemology (learning from knowing), an ontology (learning from being), an ethics (doctrine of morals) and an aesthetics (doctrine of beauty). '
    When drawing up or philosophizing about, for example, a new economic system, it is also about the image of man and which image of society you use. The father of economics as a science Adam Smith wrote the basic theory or the standard work 'The Wealth of Nations' of capitalism or rather economic liberalism from a certain view of man, world and society in which ethics is of great importance. Here's an interesting article about Adam Smith: Unsurprisingly, Adam Smith has a liberal worldview.
    Another well-known example of a philosopher who developed his own extensive political and economic theory is Karl Marx. He started out as a philosopher and later developed into a thinker who has had a great influence in various fields such as sociology, politics and economics. His most important work is 'Das Kapital'.    
    What is striking is that both people started as philosophers and then started to develop their own theory. Possibly strongly inspired or using the ideas of others. To then make a practical one to an economic system with a matching society image. You could perhaps refer to them as visionaries who had a major impact on society and world history since then. The aspect that I seem to miss (but I don't know if this is really the case, because I have never read these works) and what I do see in articles on the site is the role of money. To be able to think carefully about a new economic system, you will also have to involve philosophy. After all, it is about matter at the interface of economics and philosophy, in which moral philosophy plays an important role. Moreover, philosophy teaches you to think critically and contemplatively in a systematic way. An essential skill in these types of issues that are about thinking about the value of the current financial-economic system and its renewal. It is very complex matter with different dimensions.   
    What you see, however, is that on the basis of both standard works, others are again inspired and subsequently an evolution takes place in their practical implementation. What happened in the Soviet Union is strongly inspired by the work of Marx. And our current capitalist system is strongly inspired by the work of Adam Smith. However, the question is to what extent it still fits with the original work and is in the spirit of the original work. All kinds of people are inspired by it and then start giving their own interpretation. You also see the same effect with the Bible on which different interpretations of different religious movements of Christianity have arisen.
    But why is the economic system so important to our survival? The following site is therefore interesting:

    Thinking at the interface of economics and philosophy According to economist John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), the ideas of economic thinkers have an enormous influence on our everyday practical life. We will discuss the main philosophical and economic ideas that shape the world of money and value: Where does money come from and how is value created? Why are there recessions? Which moral values are the basis of our capitalist system? Does money make you happy? How do we deal with abundance? How is prosperity distributed, both within countries and between countries? Using excerpts from the anthology The Value of Money (published in 2011), compiled by the course leader, we discuss some of these core philosophical and economic ideas every day using text excerpts from Galbraith, Marx, Krugman, Taleb, Lietaer, Epicurus, Smith, Weber, Schama, Campbell, Bataille, Keynes, Simon, Pen, Singer, Van Parijs, De Soto and Yunus. We use different working methods: lectures, Socratic conversations and group discussions.

    "Anyone who understands the economy understands how our current world works."

    We are all part of the economic game. We use money almost every day. Some are addicted to it - others get sleepless nights. Everyone depends on the money system and is tied to it through a bank account or a mortgage. So it is a central theme in our life and in our society. The economy appears to be a rigid system, but it is actually based on ideas about exchange and values. In addition, economics has everything to do with typically human matters such as trust, desire and the need to make an impression. In short, money affects us in many areas ...
    An interesting philosophical concept or metaphysics to consider is the Hegelian dialectic.
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (Stuttgart, 1770 - 1831)
    Hegel is without a doubt one of the most ambitious philosophers of all time, determined to explain everything, including all previous philosophies and all of history, in an all-encompassing system of extraordinary power and greatness.

    He showed that the cosmos and everything in existence undergo a breathtaking evolution with self-awareness as the final destination. Everything is in an upward trajectory to the highest possible outcome. Humanity, like everything else in existence, is moving toward divinity, only it is completely unaware of this.

    Existence is undergoing a process of perfection. It strives for a specific end: that of maximum realization of the original potential. It started as nothing but possibilities. It "ends" when it has reached the zenith of possible realization.

    While still a student, Hegel was strongly drawn to the philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the work of the German genius Goethe.

    The dialectic
    Dialectics is the driving force behind Hegel's philosophy. Although it is usually expressed as thesis, antithesis and synthesis - and this is without a doubt the easiest and most practical way to describe it - the concept is actually a bit more complex. Thesis and antithesis are usually regarded as two different things, independent beings, but Hegel treats antithesis as something contained in the thesis, thus intrinsic to it. In other words, the thesis contains its own antithesis. Hegel says, “Everything is the opposite. In neither heaven nor on earth, in the world of spirit or that of nature, there is such an abstraction as 'this or that'. Everything that exists is concrete, with difference and contradiction in itself. ”

    Hegel himself preferred the following terminology for the stages of the dialectical process: "Abstract", "Negative", "Concrete" (and sometimes "Immediate", "Mediated" and "Concrete"). The initial idea (the thesis) is too abstract, too theoretical. When it is tested in reality, when it is subjected to experimentation and experienced in the real world, the “negatives” come to light (ie, the antithesis in the thesis asserts itself). As the negatives are increasingly considered and resolved, the original abstraction becomes much more robust and solid. At the end, the idea is completely concrete.

    Hegel's dialectic resembles the scientific method in which an initial hypothesis is experimentally tested and constantly refined until the predictions of the hypothesis exactly match the experimental results on which the hypothesis becomes a theory. In scientific terminology, a theory is not a speculative concept: it is something so well-founded that it has become a practically irrefutable law of science.

    The Hegelian dialectic is a fluid process. The evolution of the universe takes the form of a cosmic spiral, revolving around a point of genesis as it drifts further and further away from that point.

    Sometimes the spiral moves upwards (the thesis) and sometimes it moves in the opposite direction (the antithesis) through inner opposites, but it keeps growing and developing. As the antithesis phase diminishes, it is reconciled with the thesis to form a synthesis, which then becomes the new thesis, leading to an antithesis etc. Each repetition of the cycle represents a new synthesis at a higher level of evolution. than the previous one. And so it continues until the dialectical endpoint is reached - the ultimate synthesis, the omega point.

    Source: www. Roundtable policy .nl
    Hegel's system comprises three major parts in dialectical relation to each other: the philosophy of logic, the philosophy of nature, and the philosophy of mind, the thesis, the antithesis, and the synthesis, respectively.
    Karl Marx has also taken inspiration from this concept when developing his ideas. The interesting thing about this story is that it starts from an evolution or spiral that is finally going up again and again. An ever-repeating cycle of thesis, antithesis and synthesis. This is also referred to as the dialectical process. Something you see happening again now. You could call this process survival. The current financial-economic system is turning again and is entering a crisis. It is coming to an end and it is time for something new to come. That is something that is not new and of all times. Something that has happened with all money systems and is likely to happen in the future.
    The way I think about it now, contradiction is part of life. It seems to be an essential condition for survival and survival. This would also explain why it is good for the survival of humanity as a whole that there are individuals who go purely for self-interest. This calls for a counter-reaction or people who oppose it and that in turn ensures progress. The fact that we are currently working to drain resources from our planet eventually forces us to develop further. Ultimately, we have no choice. First you apparently have to go up one extreme and then go up the other extreme to end up in the middle again. So the Hegelian dialectic.
    And it seems that this is correct. You are writing this article because this world has turned into financial-economic thinking instead of sustainable real-economic thinking. And it also reaches an audience that also finds this interesting.
    Incidentally, this is a tactic used by politicians. You consciously create a problem and then propose a solution to the problem, which is exactly what you had in mind. You can now see that with the euro, for example. You set up a poorly thought-out Eurosystem that is not crisis-proof and at the moment of a crisis you push a fiscal union or federal Europe through it. Because that is the 'best' solution to the problem.  

    'Life may then be in the basic pattern easy are, however, it is far from it simplistic. ' You could also use the term simply. Then you get: 'Life may then be in the basic pattern simple are, however, it is far from it simplistic.'Something may seem very simple, but it does not have to be simple right away.              

    1. To me, Hegel is also a philosopher who was largely right. The world is just very gray, often too gray to draw direct conclusions from. To do something with those gray conclusions you must first have done something with them, have a starting point and disgust and start over from a new point. Somehow it is impossible to skip steps. This has to do with the inviolability of facts, which sometimes only arise when you have devised a new solution. That is why triangulation is known in science, trying to prove something in several ways, but that is often not even enough.

      Another philosopher is Rene Descartes. Reviled by the church for its mechanical worldview and reviled by empirical scientists for claiming that thought is the starting point of all knowledge. Empiricists felt that experience, repeating experiments with the same outcome, would bring us to knowledge. Despite warnings from Descartes that experiences are not sufficient for the conclusion to be rational in the end, the world has gone a long way in that. I think Descartes was right to state that all knowledge building must begin in our own consciousness and not how we act from our consciousness. That is, a consciousness that constantly doubts everything, until the doubt is banished forever. You can also see that in Hegel. In the sense of descartes it is then: we know something for sure, doubts arise and we arrive at a new model, which can also be questioned. In that sense, some form of doubt always indicates that something needs to be changed. Unless Descartes' doubt does what his opponents feared his approach would result in eternal baseless doubt.

      What Descartes was so easy to attack is that you can never prove that anyone is thinking. You just have to assume that. But I think that assumption has led us to a new era and people started to think differently about themselves. That is why I think he can rightly call himself the most influential scientist ever.

  6. Hey Uncle, nice contribution!
    My addition to this is Sylvia Nasar's book: Grand Pursuit (Dutch title: the will to prosperity)… she also wrote the book about the film “a beautiful mind”, but this aside.


      1. Beautiful right!? I think it's a great contribution from you!

        The book also mentions Marx, but it is actually about the development of the field of Economics.

        Quote from Keynes (a great thinker and philosopher after all):

        Artists, writers, choreographers and composers are the keepers of civilization ...

        for economic thinkers he had a more modest role… these are not guardians of civilization but a possibility to!  

        I think this is a nice statement 

        1. Thank you very much! Good tip again in terms of book. So I am looking for these kinds of books. Also a very interesting statement by Keynes that I did not know yet. It's a truth as a cow.

        2. Very vague that it won't link. Tip is to cut and paste the link in the address bar and it will work.

    1. Nice article idd, recycling and cyclical thinking is the way to go! Waste does not exist, it is a raw material that you leave unused and therefore wasted when it is thrown away. After all, nature also recycles everything :-)

      1. I think the average person is lazy, easygoing and selfish. Cyclical and sustainable thinking in an individual is weighing up the advantages and disadvantages (costs / benefits). If sustainability costs too much, people will put it aside, so it has to be worth it. 
        Environmental awareness has grown enormously in recent decades, but this is true in the more developed areas. But the vast majority of humanity is still well behind this. Those people are busy with other things. I see a connection with socio-economic growth and the personal development of individuals, who together will take humanity to a higher level. This view is partly reflected in Maslow's pyramid, and it also says that you cannot skip phases. I see a problem here that about 90% of humanity do not yet have the chance to develop sufficiently (because they are still mainly focused on their own person), so something like environmental awareness must be imposed from above. And that in itself is not a sustainable solution.

        1. Do largely agree with your analysis. It is true that recycling your raw materials is also directly related to your long-term survival as an individual but also as a society. Being efficient is always good for your survival.  

          China and India, for example, are making big strides, not so much because of the fact that they are so environmentally conscious, but purely out of necessity to deal with the scarcity of raw materials. Most solar panels now come from China.

          The Netherlands (and the West in general) is also a country where we have great plans and ideas but actually do nothing in practice. Where is the Dutch renewable energy industry, the electric bicycle, scooter and car industry?… Etc. 

          The Netherlands has actually missed all these boats, in fact, with Shell and Gasunie and a much too large banking sector, the Netherlands is precisely a country that puts a brake on global progress in this area. And unfortunately the Dutch people will suffer the consequences of this in the long term.

          It is wonderful that permaculture and transition towns are doing well in the Netherlands, but that is also a dire necessity because we do far too little institutionally. A country like Costa Rica that already uses 100% renewable energy is doing much better in that regard.

  7. Life is not about survival I guess. It's about reality itself. We as humans like to assume that the reality around us is complete and finished: we do not live in a box or a song that keeps repeating itself, or bang that ends in nothing in the end. We live in a song that never ends, always looking for new input, new experiences. Our consciousness is the part that has to finish the song. That gives consciousness its urge.

    Reality must be built, it is an eternal task that awaits us, as individuals and as human beings. Death is only something that occurs when people no longer want to build their reality and want to live in their own world. We want to survive, because we have the urge to make our reality as big as possible, which is why nature made us too. Just like the building blocks, to arrive at something new that did not exist before. If you think about it, that is also very logical, as humans we don't invent much ourselves, we look at it from nature, we will do that for millions of years, until we can get to work ourselves.

    Just wanting to survive is not something that everyone can afford. Some people do not like their existence, they think it is of too low quality and do not even want to survive. The question to be asked, what does quality have to do with survival? Do we want to live longer because then we think we will get quality? I think so, you can already see that the thought of letting go of quality already forces us to want to live longer. So we are looking for something tangible in the longer term.

    1. Man's egoism also lies in the reluctance to finish reality. Before a part is finished, we often want to be part of it ourselves. Adjust everything to our will. That in itself is not a bad thought and even desirable if the reality is already finished. In an unfinished reality, selfishness is a force that limits your own capabilities, if you can ever draw them to you.

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