Economics, The Pythagorean Perspective of
Part 1 of a 5 part series introducing the Pythagorean perspective of economics. At no point is the intention to imply that this series will fully encompass the discussion of economics on Pythagoreanism.com.
Overview: This article is the first in a series on economics, the state of the American (and more generally, the world) economy. The central thesis is that there are fundamental flaws with our economic system. To some, this may seem like a timid thesis, but when sufficiently proved, the implications are profound and far reaching. The series will point out some major flaws with our economic system, and will suggest some methods for fixing them. This post introduces the attitude, direction, and perspective of the kind of analysis which will follow.
Education, Economics and Society
As shown here on Pythagoreanism, our education system has serious problems. Previous articles on Pythagoreanism sufficiently prove this point, but barely scratch the surface of the kinds of issues that exist for modern education. This series discusses economics, which has significant and interesting overlaps with education. But this discussion proceeds with a completely different perspective than 99% of what most economists prefer to focus upon. The problems with economics are so deeply ingrained that a restructuring of society is necessary to fix everything.
Sufficient Proof of a Deep Problem:
I used to work with a woman who was in her 60s, and had great health insurance through her husband. Because of this, she pledged to vote against healthcare reform, no matter what. This kind of attitude exists everywhere in our country. We only care about the people inside our car on the freeway, it’s a race against all others, and we don’t care who gets hurt as long as it’s not us. If you think our society is fine, then why is this the first time in human history when experts have lost hope that our youth will “do better than their parents?”.
Youth underemployment and unemployment is out of control. Our elderly cannot retire, which creates an economic logjam, most severely hurting our politically silent youth. While there is a lot right about what we do, the society dies when the drive to improve dies.
Conclusion Oriented Analysis
Debate rages everywhere, but conclusions are extremely difficult to come by. Conclusions are the goal of the analysis at Pythagoreanism.
Ultimate Conclusion: We Must Remember
But even if we can’t fix these flaws today… Even if it takes years or decades to fix the problems we all agree exist… we must not forget that the problems do exist. We must never forget the lifestyle we could have, should have, but do not have. Let us never make the is ought fallacy. Let us never shrink our dreams so that they fit our reality. May we always bring the is to meet the ought, and not the reverse. Self denial is easy, and is the most dangerous thing a person can do. The most we can do to instigate change is by simply acknowledging that problems exist, and that they aren’t being fixed. No matter how painful it is to live with these unsolved problems, it will be ten times worse to pretend they don’t exist.
The kind of change everyone knows our society needs isn’t the kind of change that even a president could bring. We need not a single campaign for change. Shouting this word once is not enough. Nor is shouting it twice. We must chant it… We must chant the word, “Change,” until the kind of change we know really needs to happen, does in fact happen. Doom and gloom is not the point of Pythagoreanism. However, realistic optimism is a necessary part of survival. Pessimism is to criticize and tear down, offering no alternative. Realistic optimism is to tear down the wrong, and offer the proper solution instead.
Change is impossible without vision for what exactly should change. Pythagoreanism.com is a forum to describe exactly the kind of change we need.