Sanity means health in its etymology and its current use, applied to the mind, the healthy mind. What is most of all needed for the healthy mind of society is re-grounding in the life of the planet and humanity’s universal life needs: all of which have been blocked out and degraded by a systemically eco-genocidal system more ruinous than the rest of history put together. This instituted global insanity only grows more cumulatively mass murderous and tidally wasteful under ruling financial-growth policies of the US and its allies.
In fact, this system’s growth is the reverse of life growth at every level. But even anti-growth activism misses the point by opposing all ‘growth’, even life-enabling growth. This is one more symptom of a ruling global group-mind without a life-ground. Ecology itself blinkers out the money-capitalist system propelling the ongoing global eco-genocide. It instead smears humanity as a whole, calling it the “anthropocene extinction”. The real problem is taboo to recognise: a transnational money-cell carcinoma invading and metastasizing through all domains of life organisation on the planet - organic, social and ecological. All levels of humanity’s life capital are being polluted, run down, defunded and despoiled.
How can we choose humanity’s liberation from this robotic money-system cancer when we have no idea of a life-coherent alternative? The life capital bases of all economies and ecosystems are rigorously defined by the Primary Axiom of Value and Universal Human Life Necessities. But while they are proven as self-evident and undeniable in fact and principle, they are blocked out because they go against all the dominant doctrines, silos and ruling lies. Life capital – life wealth that produces more life wealth without loss in cumulative gain - does not even have a name. Only money capital exists, including to Marxists.
With no life-coherent alternative to the life-blind global money system which by definition sucks the lifeblood out of human and world life hosts with no committed life function but only more limitless demands for more control of everything to multiply its private money demands. It increasingly sucks the life blood out of everything - from our water and energy security to our public healthcare and pensions, from our children’s higher education as debt slavery to all our material infrastructures. What means of life on earth is not in cumulative cancerous erosion for ever more money demand to the top and ever less responsibility to any life carrying capacity of society or the planet? (this is called “libertarianism” by the rich and their ideologues).
Always the ultimate question no-one can answer is: Who decides the better system? What principle of life development can we all can agree on? What common ground or standard works across domains? Contemporary philosophers have so failed that they variously conclude that there is no such thing as a universal value or moral standard. There are only contingent world-views, values, perspectives, diverse languages and cultures, never any unifying principle of good or evil across them. Thus by default only money value propagated from Wall Street rules across cultures with the global corporate market of junk and homicidal commodities as its vehicle of invasion of life bearers and support systems. With no more basic value to live by, the life world is progressively spoiled and devoured by the transnational money-sequence cancer.
Here is where we can finally touch bottom and anchor in what no-one can dispute without rejecting human and planetary life itself - the Primary Axiom of All Values and Universal Human Life Needs/Necessities. They spell out the universal life ground and value system in exact and measurable terms across domains. These principles and algorithms of life value are self-evident across perspectives, societies and the world. They are universal and without limit of validity. They together form the ultimately regulating life coherence principle to govern moral, economic, mathematical and political theories now a-priori life-blind.
A NEED is (and only is) that without which life-capacity is always reduced.
There is no real value in the economy that is not life value. This is a self-evident truth, but not recognised in the world where any value is the price it can get. But people do come to understand that junk foods or cigarettes that dispose their consumers to ill-being and disease are not real values. They come to ground in life value instead. But what is it? The objective ground, standard and measure of life-value can be stated in three basic philosophical steps. They provide us with the life-value compass we require in steering any rational economic or material course or life:
- all value whatever is life value,
- good versus bad equals the extent to which life is more coherently enabled versus disabled, by
- greater/lesser ranges or capacities of thought, felt being and action through time.
Collective life capital development is the rational measure of a real economy – what produces and reproduces life goods, not priced bads, through generational time.
For example, the collective life capital of the world’s water in planetary hydrological cycles or a community’s clean water supply through time is a great, essential and foundational good to the extent that it enables all people’s lives, all of which are reduced or destroyed in proportion to their deprivation of it. Life capital and the life value it bears is no more a matter of opinion than “sufficient water/nutrition/heat/waste-disposal cycle/space to move in” are opinions. The necessity of the life values and goods that life capital produces here is an objective matter.
Collective life capital refers to all universal life-value bases. Natural cycles and social constructions work together to sufficiently provide them – the ultimate substance of a real economy. We can tell thus how well or badly an economy does by how it suffices to reproduce and develop the material life goods of its members. The universal life necessities it must provide for are always that without which life capacities are diminished or destroyed in proportion to their loss – the criterion of all economic necessity and goods. Nordic economies do relatively well here, the US poorly for 40% of the population (although they are richer in average per-capita money terms). Collective life capital development is the rational measure of a real economy – what produces and reproduces life goods, not priced bads, through generational time.
These real goods include not only those necessities defined above, but more generally all the evolved social constructs that distinguish human from non-human lives – language in all forms of symbolic transmission with knowledge as the ultimate collective life capital of human evolution. Yet this ever advancing life capital base is also under threat by corporate copyright closure to transmission and silos of commercial expertise as well as mass media with no criterion of information, entertainments for sale in place of understanding, and – in general – what drives them all, transnational private money sequences multiplying to more as an end in itself. Here the truth is what sells, even if its mass production kills tens of millions of people a year.
Other evolved collective life capital formations are similarly at risk – life -protective laws and their enforcement, for example. They are widely dismantled by radical de-regulation of borderless money sequences multiplying through organic, social and ecological life hosts with no life standards to govern their “freedom from government intervention”.
Life Capital is the underlying ground long eluding us – the ultimate base of human society and development, and the only concept which unifies/bridges across social, ecological and organic systems. It is the unseen foundation of the unifying alternative, and applies across all domains without exception.
New ‘natural’ and ‘social capital’ categories may seem to assist us here. But they now only repeat the vicious circle. ‘Natural capital’ is what can be exploited for more money. ‘Human capital’ is more future private money-demand for its owner. ‘Social capital’ is lower transaction costs for profit. ‘Physical capital’ follows suit. Life capital remains without a name.