I am for you

the ideal exchange of resources

from the tree to me to you!

Many folks are familiar with the Marxian ideology of

From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs.

The meaning behind this simple approach is one of permaculture — the inherent flow of matter and energy of unique inputs and outputs of individuals based on their nature~design. Individuals naturally want to take what resources they need for healthy growth from what is available in their environment, and they naturally want to give away the resources that they have in excess.

The key to making this ideology work well, and which hasn’t always been remembered, is that it’s the individual themselves who decides what they offer and what they need, not some authoritarian government, teacher, parent, or any other external entity. Obviously an external entity of any kind, no matter how clever they are, can’t possibly have anywhere near enough depth and clarity of data to make that kind of decision for another individual when compared to the individual themselves. In other words my body knows more about itself than any other body knows about me. So, except for very rare occasions when another happens to have some crucial information that I don’t, my body is always the best authority on what I need from the world and what I should offer the world.

Once we have this intention of respecting the authority of the individual’s governance of themselves as top priority, then we can follow this ideology of letting each individual offer resources to the world according to their abilities, and take the resources from the world according to their needs, and have the most naturally productive, healthy, and joyful results just like we see in areas of wilderness all over the Earth, where everyone is very much free to be themselves, and things stay far more in balance, with the overall beauty and inspiration that only truly liberated beings create.



  lenachen123 wrote @

There are many different paths to happiness. Health is not a prerequisite. Respect is not mandatory. Beauty is immaterial. Naturalness not required. Happiness is only a state of mind.

  turil wrote @

Happiness is a complex idea. In one sense, it’s essentially mental health: when one “feels good” in one’s mind one is happy. In another sense it’s physical satisfaction, which is physical health. Of course it’s always a temporary state, since life is all about change and growth, which requires at least a little imbalance of wanting more at least some of the time. And ultimately there is nothing in the universe that is unnatural, as it’s all part of nature. Though some things we do are in opposition to the natural law (physics) of reality, which leads to us getting hurt. These things we tend to call artificial. The more we work with the laws of reality/nature/physics), the less we get hurt. Thus the more natural we behave, the more happy/healthy we will be.

Of course everyone has to learn this for themselves via direct experience. Words can’t possibly convey reality in a way that is truly convincing when it comes to the value of working with nature… :-)

  lenachen123 wrote @

Are you familiar with Plato’s allegory of the cave? Our minds are incapable of direct experience of an external world, we are ever in the caves of our thoughts. Pain, suffering, and joy are states of mind, nothing more and nothing less. Finding contentment in any moment is within everyone’s means.

  turil wrote @

Yes, I’m very familiar with the cave metaphor, and with the fact that we can only ever “know” things based on our sensory connections with them.

That doesn’t change the fact that the external world affects us (we’re not supernatural gods!. The matter and energy coming into us from our environment actively changes our chemistry/biology, which changes how we “feel” (perceive things). Contentment is a fairly simple biological process that is caused by a combination of internal intentions for growth (needs) added to how well one’s environment is meeting them. Our emotions are therefore signals of how well the environment is meeting our needs. When we are aware that we are getting the food, water, air, warmth, light, and freedom to express ourselves that we need to thrive, we are happy. Of course, the more intelligent an individual is, the more they will be able to look at things from a broader view (third and fourth person perspective) and see how things right now aren’t the way they always will be, or were, and so a highly intelligent person can indeed overcome temporary challenges to their health. But this doesn’t work for long. Everyone has some breaking point, as I’m sure you’ve seen.

No living thing in the history of science has ever been shown to always be happy, unconditionally. :-) It’s a part of the life process that we are motivated to change/grow, and our emotions are that motivation. When our growth is threatened, we get upset, which motivates us to get away from, or eliminate the threat. If we were always happy, we’d die very quickly because we’d have no motivation to change anything! Not that happiness is antithetical to change, it’s just that we need at least a little fear/anger to know what kinds of changes we should aim for, to improve our health, so that we can be even happier!

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