Beginning with the Self


Hi everyone,

I greatly enjoy Doughnut Economics! Especially the puppet rap is excellent and spot-on logically, in my view!

I think at the very heart of modern problems lies indeed this here question: how to win the revolution in economic thinking from cost-minimizing “let’s barely stay alive” logic to quality-maximizing “let’s be human” logic. For me, the rationality of the minds building the old model stems down to an insane perception of the world where the people concocting the poison literally think humans are robots - they are addicted to the illusion of “perfect answers”: they are acting like they are God, which is the feeling I get from the video.

I think we have to turn the outside-in materialistic, reductive logic of science around in economics and start from the inside-out with a deductive logic, beginning with the definition of the Self. This makes economics pretty much the most human science out there, and that isn’t understandable for those whose minds work like that of a robot, because they’ve been inside their crazy-Old models for so long!

I begin my definition of self by claiming my sovereignty using the logic of time, brought to us by the speed of light. You can use Google Translate for the Finnish parts of this post (hi from Helsinki!) but the final three post-its are in English and pretty much sum up the main point: we, as individuals, exist. That has to be laid out on the table against the Old:

I’m am also relatively sure the concept of quantum gravity - what I theorise to be how we as beings act in the moment - has something to do with all this, as well as understanding power and societal relativity:

Hope this spurs some good thoughts. I think solving the age old problem of existence, which philosophers still haven’t done, needs to be taken up by modern economists. Because once we’re agreed on the insanely obvious fact that you and I and everyone else around us exists as individuals, then I think we can start deducing some… uhh… better logic with which to run the economy.

The “first deal” is love: I think we start from there. Tinder and its users (many of whom seem to be emotionally entirely broken after the experience, which reduces you down to a half-step away from prostitution since many imagine Tinder is a hook-up app, and they are sifting through “product”… eww… I know, right?) would probably be a great place for data.