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conor desmond
Posted 7 months ago
Ideological topics: Wealth Redistribution, Equality, Universal Health Care are quite contentious. Is there common ground for common good?
I agree with your yearning for a change to the economic system. Competitive economics has no value on a human. The only economic value is the future productivity stream of that individual, as we get older we all cross a line whereby we become an economic liability! Ha. Thankfully to be human is to put value on other humans. Biologically and not economically speaking we value one another. The system of economics is at odds with the system of our biological better nature. For the economic system to change we need to change our behaviour, a few at first...with other catching on to behaving in an ethical manner. more evolution than revolution. I have an essay on the subject. see http://www.goviralbaby.com/world-peace-anyone.html
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conor desmond
Posted 7 months ago
Are the ethics of healthcare compatable with the ethics of business?
The business environment is all about competition, its akin to a horse race or a stampede towards individual success, there is no true care of others as we compete to secure our individual well being. The 21st century business environment sometimes contradicts with with our natural humanity. Lets go back a century or so...(not a long time in the grand scheme of humanity) Its human to live in a community, take care of your family and friends and your neighbors in that community, They will take care of you when you need that care. True care and competitive business are not compatible. The market distorts the compass of the caring profession. Carers are human, they truly want to care and help. The market drives that care only towards the patients who can deliver a profit. A boob job for a wealthy girl, nice teeth veneers for the economic winners. This profit driven system depletes the necessary care that can be given to people of low wealth. The caring professionals are hindered in allocating care to where it is most beneficial because they are shackled to a profit driven business model. The only way to truly maximise health care, ie to deliver the maximum amount of benefit from the resources available - is through a national health service akin to the uk NHS. Ideally private medical practice should be discontinued as it pulls care away from patients who need it most towards patients that can pay the most. Within the NHS doctors have budgets to spend on their patient base. They spend that budget within the publically paid (Taxes!) health service...The service works like a market with the doctors demands and budgets directing and shaping the supply of medical care. Its not perfect, nothing is. The Uk people are by in large very proud and protective of this service.
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conor desmond
Posted 7 months ago
Ideological topics: Wealth Redistribution, Equality, Universal Health Care are quite contentious. Is there common ground for common good?
Thats the problem right there, the markets are not social, neither individual or company are taking responsibility for our commonly desired requirement. With anonymity we consume and chip away at the common good - to our own and our childrens detriment. Anonymous market activity does not care because our reputations are hidden. Reputations need to become visible - can a scheme emerge which enables responsible consumers to build and display their ethical reputations. Can this behaviour trend into the mainstream as individuals do not wish to be seen as individuals of no reputation. (shady...) Modern tech can deliver a solution to this by enabling individuals and companies/social business to build and display their reputations. Envisage this.. individuals who make charitable donations gather electronic reward points. Electronic reward points maybe also being gathered by supporting social businesses, maybe by reducing utility bills/energy consumption, or gathered by using public transport. Individuals and businesses who are socially responsible and cooperative to our common good can build their ethical reputations. These reputations can be displayable on outgoing email, social media. When we have a reputation to build and maintain common ground for the common good may be real estate gold!
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conor desmond
Posted 7 months ago
Ideological topics: Wealth Redistribution, Equality, Universal Health Care are quite contentious. Is there common ground for common good?
Our ideology is so competition driven we are conditioned to compete, finding common ground doesnt get results. I need to find ground on which i have advantage! Its my view that the free market fails on supply of commonly demanded goods. eg clean environment, fair opportunities, etc We can succeed in a market economy by being selfish, being altruistic is risky with no secure return. Its my view that necessity, the mother of invention shall drive a change. The change is currently emerging - the social business sector is emerging and may ultimately go mainstream and dominate all markets. see http://www.goviralbaby.com/world-peace-anyone.html where i have an essay on this subject.
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conor desmond
Posted 7 months ago
Does your perception of time change as you age?
I have a few comments on this. When we are 4 years old one year represents 25% of our lifetime thus far. One year can only be perceived as a very long time in the eyes of a four year old. As we age our passing time becomes a decreasing fraction of our lifetime experience. Time accelerates past us as we progress through life. A year when we are older is a small fraction of our life time and doesnt seem like a very long time at all. Time in the moment can be described differently. Its a bit conflicting. On a rollercoaster if were having fun its over oh so quick, however if were dying on there it takes an eternity. In very dangerous or scary situations time perception slows. In a car crash survivors can recollect a lot of detail occuring in a split second, their experience going into slow motion. This may be due to a prehistoric genetic ability that we have. Going back a few zillions to our ancestors the fish, if we were about to be eaten by a larger fish our decisions in that split second determine our survival. Assess the situation, which way will the big fish snap - decide to swim this way or dart that way for survival. The slowing down of time perception in a danger situation enables an animal to make a better survival choice. Its interesting to consider the time perceptions of animals. Lets say a fly lives for a day. A day is a lifetime. We see him as buzzing around - but in his life hes going at a normal speed. In his perception the humans are big slow moving creatures - hardly moving at all. When a human moves to swat a fly the fly looks at the approaching swatting hand and thinks it will arrive in a few months time. He has plenty of time to fly out of the way. An elephant on the other hand moves slowly and lives a lot longer than us. He looks at the humans. To him we are buzzing around like flies! That said, having time on your hands is unavoidable, no excuses do something worthwhile!
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conor desmond
Posted 7 months ago
What will it take to move our nation and then the world to the place where we value and nurture people.
I largely agree with your answer. Our economic mode does encourage us to compete. Its compete or starve. The competition in a free society creates winners and losers and its great that were in a free society. It seems anti freedom to suggest that the world should be any other way. However we need to be free to cooperate with one another . Improved health technology is enabling population growth. The world is being increasingly required to sustain more and more people. Wealth disparity in a world of increasing populations will only exacerbate global tension and conflict. Its a truly tragic situation with unthinkable human pain being suffered. Necessity is the mother of invention... and to satisfy our need in an increasingly crowded world to be safe, we need a caring environment to exist within, our economic mode will evolve to one within which we can freely cooperate more and assist one another. The birth pangs of this evolution is being seen in the growth of social business and non profit organisations. Such businesses and our support of them can go viral with the assistance of online visible personal reputation building programs. TED cred for ethical cooperating consumers... I have written an essay on how such a scenario may emerge.see http://www.goviralbaby.com/world-peace-anyone.html Can we have a world in which we value and nurture people? Answer. Yes
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conor desmond
Posted 7 months ago
What will it take to move our nation and then the world to the place where we value and nurture people.
Our current economic mode encourages our competitive nature. If we do badly in the competition we and our children starve. The environment and everyone else are secondary consideration in the competition. Unfortunately in the competition, some win some lose and the environment is raided. The good news is we also have a cooperative nature, maybe a nature in ourselves which is stronger than our competitiveness. The economic mode does not do well at encouraging our cooperative nature. We need to set about encouraging and systemising responsibility within our market behaviour. In a regular market prices are transparant. Responsibility like price needs to become transparant if the markets are going to care for us and the world. I have written a lengthy essay on the subject if this is your interest see.... http://www.goviralbaby.com/world-peace-anyone.html
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conor desmond
Posted 9 months ago
We have a non-viable, unsustainable societal system, leading us to non-viability as a thinking specie.
Capitalism needs to evolve to supply us our common needs. This can be achieved by the growth of the social business sector. This sector can facilitate our natural altruistic tendency which has been dulled by the current all out competitive way of life of the market system. Its win or starve out there at the moment. The social business sector encourages sustainable consumption, fair trade, encourages cooperation. The disorder you allude to requiring more laws to offset may dissipate as a culture of cooperation takes hold - replacing the culture of competition. Within a cooperative culture individual choices shall culturally lean towards a cooperative accommodation, reducing requirement for ever more laws. I have written an essay on how the emergence of a social business economy can go mainstream. see www.goviralbaby.com the essay is on the loftily titled page 'world peace anyone'.
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conor desmond
Posted 9 months ago
How can we get people to want to do things that are right for the environment without having to offer a monetary incentive?
People really care when their reputation is at stake. When others are watching our behaviour is at its finest. People could gain reward points which are displayable on social media and outgoing email displaying their positive environmental credentials. Its my view that when social businesses /environmental NPOs introduce visible reputation systems for their supporters/customers they can tap into the powerful emotion of peer pressure. Something like ted cred for ethical consumers - reputations being displayable on social media and on outgoing email. Ethical consumers will be enabled to build their online ethical reputations. Other consumers not wanting to be left behind or be seen as irresponsible will join in the scheme. Consumers could gain reward points for weekly recycling, reducing energy consumption, purchasing from social businesses, fairtrade etc, and for charitable donations. In Martin Nowaks' (Harvard mathematics) book Supercooperators he demonstrates that it is mathematically true that cooperators prevail over non cooperators. Cooperators win over free riders. It is mathematically shown that the success of the cooperation greatly improves when reputations of the individuals are visible to one another. Free riders are exposed and start to cooperate otherwise they are shunned by the cooperators. Can ethical behaviour go viral? Maybe we can arrive at a tipping point whereby best practice ethical behaviour changes the world... see my essay on this subject www.goviralbaby.com (essay on the loftily titled page 'world peace anyone?)
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conor desmond
Posted 9 months ago
Competition or Collaboration?
Over consumption does not make anyone any happier - its simply a symptom of western culture which has been driven on by excellent marketing. Meaningful reduction in consumption may come about as social businesses and not for profit suppliers dispel the marketing myth that more stuff makes you happy. To reply to your question - A cultural idea change may come about whereby we cooperate by consuming what we require. I enjoyed your weblink - nice site. Feel free to cut and paste from my work onto your site if you wish. conor