Net Future Usefulness: the concept that living things continue to survive only if they provide more usefulness to their environment than they consume in resources. Simple sustainability is not enough. As Raj Patel said, “The opposite of consumption is not frugality; it is generosity.” Humans must first learn that (on collective behavior) they cannot feel truly like they ‘belong’ anywhere unless they are needed in that place and capable of being useful to their own future self by improving it, so that they know where their next meal is coming from (better if by their own hands).
When all is questioned, we do know that living things survive symbiotically with their environment. One is useless without the other. Many religions have provided an ‘out’ by using the fantasy of an afterlife to justify evil in the here and now (Evil: an action taken based on an unquestioned belief), usually at a profit to the church-building fund, often at cost to the freedom and sanity of the weaker societies around them. Academic philosophers contort themselves into painful shapes to make excuses for the political/economic systems du jour. (House elves (sic)of Empire; Joe Bageant RIP).
Philosophers have failed the Socratic method and let massive evil systems go unchecked under their watch. They have (like the FDA) allowed majorities and populists as well as profiteers get away with murder by accepting things that are GRAS (generally regarded as safe) and not questioning ‘free’ market capitalism, competition, patriotism, faith and the quantitative ability of the will to actually fail to overcome market forces. Intentionality is now assumed to be everywhere (choice), but is actually nowhere except a few dark smoky rooms, and even there, it is simply brushed aside by assumed roles of over-conditioned primates.
Coercion has become so deeply ingrained that we don’t even see it, and any lifeline is torn asunder by the currents of cashflow that intentionality must fight against.