In physics efficiency is defined as energy used per unit time and human efficiency is the energy and matter or material used per unit time doing a task or some behavior.
If you are an efficient communicator then you will use the least amount of words or material (stored energy) in the shortest period of time to get your message across. If you are an efficient worker then you will do your work or task with the least amount of material (stored energy) and the least amount of steps in the shortest time possible.
Nature is very efficient and usually uses the least amount of energy and matter to communicate, locate food, and reproduce.
Society on the other hand with humans functioning in it communicates inefficiently with an inefficient language and conveys or teaches knowledge inefficiently mired in huge quantities of rather useless information. Many jobs are done inefficiently, travel is inefficient, manufacturing is inefficient, housing is inefficient, and many are leading rather inefficient lives with much random behavior designed to be entertaining but wasting much time, energy, and money in the process.
From 40 to 50% of the food grown and harvested is wasted in the United States and my guess is that material waste is probably a higher percentage judging by the incredible amount of garbage in landfills.
Manufacturing and technology pollutes the environment but a major cause of excessive pollution is human inefficiency and impulsive largely random behavior which consumes raw materials and energy very inefficiently causing much more pollution than necessary.
Look at the clutter in your house when it piles up and you may not realize that most of it was obtained with impulsive buying. There are probably many things which you rarely use or won’t use again and should never have been bought in the first place.
The arts and liberal arts education is very inefficient with vague goals, a real time waster, and brainwashes too many humans into leading inefficient lives which have little survival value for human civilization and is devastating biodiversity in the process.
Humans are too removed from nature and true moral living and the result is screwed up lives and a screwed up environment. It should be immoral for humans to be inefficient since nature frequently punishes the inefficient with death which is a harsh judgment of inefficient behavior. You may not realize it but nature is judging us harshly for our inefficiency with growing pollution levels on a yearly basis which is slowly poisoning this and future generations and what we will have is more sick, unhealthy, and dying humans in the foreseeable future.
Who is judging the immoral inefficient behavior of humans? Almost no one, since humans are myopically obsessed with themselves, largely removed from nature, and think that almost any human behavior is acceptable as long as it has some historical precedent.
If you locate inefficiency in society and try to do something to make it more efficient then you are on solid moral ground and to be commended.
Technology may eventually put many liberal arts majors on the unemployment line or force them to reeducate themselves in a more efficient relevant job for the 21st century and save humanity from repeating the error of living mythological historically inefficient lives. Historical inefficiency is trying to repeat itself and we should do everything in our powers to change the suicidal tendency of past civilizations with the help of technology used to benefit humanity and not destroy it.
Living by my suggested moral code which includes efficiency and the saving of biodiversity will also greatly help future generations as two of the necessary 6 worldwide commandments. Yes, traditional morality is also highly inefficient and taught inefficiently. It needs serious updating or restructuring.
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