We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
"The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning, but without understanding." ~ Louis D. Brandeis
I guess in order to understand the reasons why people plunder the world, you have to understant the system we live in.
The prevailing Social System of the world today is Capitalism. Capitalism, which is often placed
under the umbrella of another theoretical concept known as the “Free Market”, is defined as: “an
economic system by which the means of production are owned by private persons, operated for
profit, and where investments, distribution, income, production and pricing of goods and services are
predominantly determined through the operation of a ‘free market’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism
A “Free market” is essentially an unregulated trading orientation where “the prices of goods and
services are arranged completely by the mutual consent of sellers and buyers; hence, the market
forces of supply and demand determine prices and allocate available supplies, without government
The level of a product or service’s ‘value’ is derived essentially from two factors:
1)The scarcity (availability) of the materials used.
2)The amount of human labor required to produce a product/service.
Now, if something is made out of abundant materials, and made without human labor
through the use of automation, the value of that would be very low or zero.
If everything was made this way, the whole system would colapse because there would be
no jobs, no consumeres and no economic growth.
In other words, it is the requirement of perpetual ‘Consumption’ that keeps the Employer in business
and maintains the Employee’s job.
Because of this, nothing physically produced can ever maintain an operational lifespan longer than what can
be endured in order to maintain economic integrity through ‘cyclical consumption’. The introduction of new
products and services must be constant to offset any increased efficiency of the prior generations of production,
regardless of functional utility, generating endless waste.
In other words, waste is a deliberate byproduct of industry’s need to keep ‘cyclical consumption’
going. This means that the replaced/obsolete product is expelled, often to landfills, polluting the
environment. The constant multiplicity accelerates the pollution.
‘The Need for Cyclical Consumption’, which could be considered the ‘engine’ that powers the entire
economic system, is inherently dangerous and corrupt, for the nature of the necessity does not allow
for environmentally sustainable practices to be maximized. The constant re-creation of inferior
products wastes available resources and pollutes the environment.
To express this from a different angle, imagine the economic ramifications of production methods
that strategically maximized the efficiency and sustainability of every creation, using the best-known
materials and techniques available at that time. Imagine a car that was so well designed, it didn’t need
maintenance for 100 years. Imagine a house that was built from fireproof materials where all
appliances, electrical operations, plumbing and the like were made from the most impermeable,
highest integrity resources available on earth. In such a saner world, where we actually created things
to last , inherently minimizing pollution/waste due to the lack of multiplicity and maximization of
efficiency, a monetary system would be impossible , for ‘consumption cyclically’ would slow
tremendously, forever weakening so called “economic growth”.
long post sorry
you can draw the rest out yourselves