Thanks for replying. The basic concept is along the lines of the natural world and an intentional predator-prey relationship with resources. Our 'taking' needs to be based on the improvement to our land and places rather than blind competitive consumption. The starting point is to put all overhead costs of civilization at the actual decision points: sales tax. The long term goal is the habituation of humans to being more useful than consumptive. It’s how our species began. We’ve just failed to nurture our generous usefulness because we succumbed to colonialism (growth based on conquest/extraction rather than self-sustainability).

Humanity can do it. It’s just a matter of will they.

Most of modern human activities are useless to our future. Busy work to justify high profits and luxuries most can’t afford but a few use for wielding coercive culture over ignorant and fearful working classes. A major contributor is religion: teaching children that everything comes from “on high” aristocratic systems of authority rather than from the earth and it’s systems.

This feeds analogous economic systems that take resources from the ground and send them up the pyramid scheme instead of nurturing those resources and wealth in place.

If we took the standard 10% religious tithe and the 80% profits of colonialism away(you don’t think the 99%ers get rich on a 20% real margin do you?), then you start to see why the future of the planet has been in peril. We have been at war with nature and our own nature since civilization was invented. Everyone is convinced that the harder they work to extract resources and the more they promise to do so in the future(debt), the more 'valuable’(higher price on their extraction performance) they are.

We don’t have to end civilization and live in caves; we just have to stop the war against reality, starting with the end of tax-deductible mass marketing and lying to children about…um..everything.

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