8 HOW CAN WE CHANGE THE PRESENT ECONOMY INTO WHAT IT SHOULD BE?
The key to reorganizing how people get what they want in order to increase
their contentment is involuntary patterns of behavior.
Involuntarily following leaders and copying other people's behavior cannot
simply be substituted by a fully conscious economic system, however. The
limited (capacities to grow) complexity of identity and (to increase)
activity of the people involved doesn't permit jumping from primary or
secondary economics to quaternary economics or from primary to tertiary
economics. The transition to a next form of economics can only be made when
dissatisfaction with the former one has increased sufficiently for people to
try a new type of leaders. As said before: such transitions are usually not
substitutions anyway, but additions of new types of society and leadership
and gradual changes in the balance between the different types.
Changing the economy therefore requires identifying wants that are less then
optimally satisfied by involuntary patterns of behavior and leading people
new way to satisfy them in a different way. The tactical way is to present
these wants as new wants, but confrontation with leaders formerly organizing
the satisfaction of comparable wants cannot always be avoided.
Back to the title: 'economics of want and greed'. Until now I have only
dealt with 'wants' and 'want'. 'Greed' refers to a statement that always
strikes me as profoundly true: 'Our fear and our greed are destroying our
Fear is the result of trying to change people's involuntary patterns of
behavior that are satisfying real wants. They don't know yet what they will
get instead and cannot consciously work it out, because of the unconscious
way in which they satisfied these wants before.
Greed is what motivates leaders who do not relinquish their leadership when
a better way presents itself to satisfy the wants of their followers which
they are presently organizing. As said: 'political economists' who want
other people to want something and who organize satisfaction of that want,
can do so to get something for themselves in return or to contribute to a
better world. The first (not necessarily conscious) drive constitutes greed
once that way of organizing satisfaction of that want can be superseded.
Both fear and greed are what political economists who want to contribute to
a better world have to deal with. The way to do so is given by the opposite
of the former statement:
'Our trust and our selfless commitment are building our future.'
Not necessarily trust in leaders of course...