What are we searching for? Is it happiness? Earlier, I defined Freedom through the ability (and opportunity) to respond, yet without continual and varied attempts to provide equal opportunities for all there is no absolute. Virtue, for first “responders” is competitive. The feedback mechanisms are the mechanics of the market and economies of scale. This is our praxis, our methodology. In the widest sense, an economy is how we describe the movement of people, an artificial ecosystem feeding on the exchange of capital. Are we a reactionary society with the glimmer of innovation percolating in the background? Hardly a definition of unadulterated Liberty! Education levels the playing field, not laying on a beach or the ability to do nothing (I call this the Amway fallacy). What would you do if you could do anything? Opportunities are as important as any innate or learned ability, with the scales of Justice “weighing in” on the conversation, happiness should be a byproduct of equal opportunity. For me1, an interesting thought experiment would be to initiate social programs under the Veil of Ignorance and provide organic incentives for the betterment of our brethren. A no brainer. This is just how it’s done. A micro economy with different market indices makes lives worth living for those unable or ill equipped to thrive. Institutions heal the sick, these institutions are called hospitals. Safety nets should be axiomatic, not the motivation for social homeostasis. Accomplishing this is another story. Sadly, I haven’t yet worked out these details, complex as they are, quantum physics is easier (for me).
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