Two issues mucking up the economy
By Aaron R. Lema
Two issues are mucking up our economy. What two issues? People may be either emotional or rational about economic issues. Unfortunately, those people who are primarily emotional about economic issues view the people who are primarily rational about economic issues as narrow minded and uncaring. Similarly, those people who are primarily rational about economic issues view the people who are primarily emotional about economic issues as narrow minded and whiney. So to quote the captain from the movie Cool Hand Luke, “What we've got here is...failure to communicate”. And that failure to communicate on an emotional and rational level is mucking up our economy.
Before moving on a simple explanation of an economy may be helpful. Basically economies operate on three levels. The emotional level, it's about an individuals need to feel good about participating in their society’s economy. The rational level, an individual decides how best to use their resources—or their money, in the economy to purchase the goods and services they need or want. And the together level, economies are how societies organize themselves from the bottom up, using markets—or consumers and businesses—as a way of trading goods and services with one another. So however you choose to view it, emotionally or rationally, we're all in the economy together—God help us all.
Now, how do we properly address the two issues mucking up our economy? Well, there are two ways, both will be put-forth below.
First, stop being jerks to one another—that's easier said than done. But all the emotional people need to remember is that a rational persons view of the economy is helpful; it provides a sense of direction for the economy. And all the rational people need to remember is that an emotional persons view of the economy is helpful; it reminds us all that our economy is made up entirely of people. Simply stated, people that are primarily emotional or rational about the economy are not narrow minded, uncaring, or whiney, each just has a different view of the economy—and both views are vital for a healthy economy.
Second, introduce a new economic model into society. Traditionally, people have equated economic models with their national economy and more complex issues such as GDP, inflation, and national debt. But the best way to understand an economic model is as a tool, it helps explain—and helps direct, an individuals and businesses behavior in an economy. When an economic model is utilized as a tool to look at things from the bottom up—at the together level, you can get an understanding of how consumers and businesses make decisions and then build upon that to investigate the more complex issues that will arise as a result of those interactions—such as how that economy is structured. And the best way to structure a complex—or emotional/rational, societies economy is through the introduction of a new emotional/rational economic model, humanatapilism is that new economic model. I can hear you now, “What the heck is humanatapilism?” Don't worry a brief explanation is provided below—for a more in-depth explanation read, Unscrew Humanity & Improve Capitalism: Humanatapilism, Part Deux.
Humanatapilism is a new free-market based economic model that approaches economics at the together level—the level of individual consumers and businesses—and builds up to an understanding of how those individual consumers and businesses work together to create an emotional/rational economy. And working together to create an emotional/rational economic model improves the quality of life of consumers, of businesses, and of our fellow human beings.
So a quick a recap on how to properly address the two issues mucking up our economy. First, stop being jerks to one another—easier said than done. Second, introduce a new emotional/rational economic model into society—humanatapilism. And for a more in-depth explanation of humanatapilism a new emotional/rational economic model read, Unscrew Humanity & Improve Capitalism: Humanatapilism, Part Deux. Oh, I almost forgot, remember—we're all in the economy together!
This is Aaron R. Lema’s first contribution to Enter Stage Right. © 2016 Aaron R. Lema