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THE TRUTH ABOUT VALUE***

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Value: n. corresponding to a degree of desirability and/or usefulness of a subset(s) as measured by its equivalence in (money and/or ingus) and/or (prestige and/or worth)

Something which is valuable is frequently desirable and has some usefulness. The value of information, goods, and services is frequently measured in money as well as prestigious positions in society.

Utilitarianism is an attempt to translate everything into monetary value but there are still things like morality and good human personality traits which are hard to quantify and they are what can be considered to be intangible assets. Immorality and bad human personality traits can be considered to be intangible liabilities.

A good personal reputation is of great value to society and a business operated by moral humans will usually also have a good reputation which can translate more readily into profit or money.

A properly educated, talented, industrious, thrifty, and moral citizen is a great asset to society but we must recognize that we also have to deal with those who are badly educated, mediocre in talent, lazy, profligate, and relatively immoral. A society which begins rewarding the later unjustly is on its way to decay, self destruction, and bankruptcy.

The one drawback of utilitarianism is that it is sometimes very bad in evaluating the value of long duration assets such as wilderness. It may not be obvious that biodiversity and wilderness is a vital safety net of healthy food when domesticated plants and animals become unhealthy and bad for human consumption.

Wilderness now is not making money for very many humans who are not in the tourist business but that does not mean that it has very little value and can be destroyed and exploited at will. Wilderness will have very great value to future generations which the present generation just simply is not adequately aware of.

The value of something goes up greatly when it is scarce or rare and we simply can’t let society make wilderness so rare that it effectively will no longer exist on this precious planet.

The tragedy is that the value of something is only realized once it is gone or has disappeared. Human death should not be the only source of human grief. The death of wilderness should be grieved for even more!!!

What do we value the most? The things which we spend most of our time, energy, and money on are frequently the things which we value the most. In fact we may also value time, energy, and money so anything in this life can have value to a human. We value what we want, do, and have and also frequently value what others want, do, and have.

At one extreme humans value money and material possessions and at the other extreme monks value mental activity which uses very little money and material possessions. Most of us fall somewhere in between and value money, material possessions, other humans, human behavior, and our beliefs and opinions.

Frequently most of us have our own priorities in life and we spend the most time, energy, and money on the most important priorities in our lives. Some have uncontrolled priorities like compulsive addictions which sidetrack a balanced healthy life and we impulsively value an unhealthy physical and mental existence as long as it lasts.

Some of us value things which we can’t have or probably will never have and spend much time thinking about them and even trying to get them.

Finally the goals which we make in life both conscious and impulsive are an indication of what we value or want in life and we spend much time, energy, and money on trying to achieve those goals.

Ingus: n. information and/or goods and/or services

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THE TRUTH ABOUT THRIFT

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Thrift: n. being efficient and utilitarian with money

If you are an impulsive shopper who buys what you want and not what you need, if you have no money saved for emergencies or retirement, and if you don’t budget your money then you are not being thrifty.

Society no longer encourages thrift by not paying decent interest on savings accounts and no longer having safe investments for the long duration with the exception of real estate. It no longer pays to be thrifty with your money. The result is personal bankruptcies and nations teetering on the verge of bankruptcy not being able to balance their budgets.

China, Japan, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland are still examples of relatively thrifty nations but profligacy with money is also threatening them in the long duration.

Nature is thrifty with energy and has fat reserves for emergencies. It is time for humans, organizations, and nations also to become more thrifty with money or the symbol for energy. Live within your means or suffer inevitable personal, organizational, or national financial collapse.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT UTILITARIANISM

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Utilitarianism: n. making efficiently useful with beauty and/or large size being relatively unimportant

If you are promoting the efficient use of money and efficient human behavior with minimal emphasis on beauty and large size then you are a utilitarian.

Aerodynamic vehicle shapes are utilitarian and are objectively beautiful and efficient as are passive homes which utilize the least amount of energy to obtain creature comforts.

Subjective beauty in fashion and clothes and large size as a symbol for strength or power is misguided value judgments which are not utilitarian and lead to inefficiency and profligate use of natural resources with the corresponding pollution.

We also desperately need a utilitarian efficient worldwide morality which includes biodiversity and efficiency as part of the moral code which I have stated more than once in many of my blogs.

Utilitarian morality coupled with utilitarian efficient use of money or energy is what the world needs to escape its inevitable plunge into inefficient human self-destruction. Self-destruction is caused by inefficient human behavior which nature abhors and will punish us for our immorality in the long duration.

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