- Taylor Tomasini
- Sugar Land, TX
- United States
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What if profit maximization is not only wrong, but dangerous?
Profit maximization implies hierarchy, standardization, and efficiency (how else do you maximize?) but these activities limit diversity and create bureaucracy.
Genetic diversity is what helped people survive the Bubonic plague. Terrorist organization survive because they have no leader (hierarchy). Your body creates redundancies (think two kidneys). And your psychological frame (profit maximization) can help you act in highly unethical ways.
What if profit maximization is contributing to unethical behavior, economic fragility, boom and bust cycles, and the degradation of society?
What if instead of placing profit at the center of our aims and desires we sought to maximize something else and simply made profits a constraint -- your business must be profitable in order to continue to exist?