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the most difficult problem

the most difficult problem

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how do we share Earth's dwindling resources?
how do we share Earth's dwindling resources?

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Published by: sam iam / Salvatore Gerard Micheal on Dec 06, 2011
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the most difficult problem
The most difficult problem facing the world today is sharing Earth's dwindling resources.. There areseveral ways to look at this problem.. Imagine we're rats in a cage with limited food supply. There are afew distinct ways we can organize to allocate that limited food supply: dictatorship, democracy,communism, and cooperative. Surely, the food supply belongs to
all 
rats in the cage, but
 some
rats feel
entitled 
to decide how to allocate that food based on: familial preference, strength, intelligence,education, or any combination of those factors.. This is the essence of human social order. i cannotquestion it; it's a human historical fact.But human beings have a
 strong 
tendency to administer local resources based on 'birthright' and other social/political factors. Let's say i was a Saudi with strong family ties to a region where we claimedownership, where tremendous oil reserves existed, and where other families did not dispute our claim.Great for our family; dismal for the rest.. So our family becomes rich beyond 'dreams of avarice' andothers must pay to access our resources.. simply because our family was fortunate to claim thisresource laden land.Is it fair? Certainly not. Is it the case with
most 
resources on the planet? Unfortunately yes.So one of the principal tasks of modern society is to 'unravel' and 'solve' this problem about resourceallocation.. First, we must decide what are 'global resources' – those material things many human beings depend on.. Like oil, like water, like arable land.. Then we must decide some scheme wherethose human beings are allowed equitable access to those resources.. My 'final' concern would have been about 'tithing' / paying taxes to the 'landowners' but.. We must decide globally-democratically if they even 'deserve' such a thing.. i know this sounds like communism but.. Considering our onlyalternatives are: global warfare, global conflict over resources, and waste of those very resources inconflicts over them – it becomes a critical concern – whether or not we should recognize 'originallandowners' or not..We need to decide several factors about Earth resources:1.what are global/semi-global resources2.how to provide equitable access to those resources3.if we should tithe any percentage to local landowners4.finally, how those resources are distributedHow do we equitably distribute global/semi-global resources? Good question. If we base resourcedistribution solely on
need 
, this would equate with 'whomever is neediest gets the lion's share' but that'shorrifically unfair to responsible minorities. The key criteria is self-evident: responsible usage. Sowasting oil on SUV usage is irresponsible while using oil to produce hybrid vehicles is responsible. :) irealize i'm being over-simplistic but we must begin somewhere. My mother asked the question: “Howdo we democratically decide resource allocation?” i realize it's infeasible, at present, to create a pureglobal democracy but a true representative parliament might temporarily satisfy this question. Another question: “How can we actually conquer human greed?” We can't. But we can produce a viablealternative economic model that is more sustainable and equitable than the current floundering profitmodel: the co-op. :) And we can emulate that model at all levels of society as best we can. :)i realize these suggestions and ideas will not be listened to nor acted upon but someone must take astand and explicitly demarcate what is going wrong in our society and why. They must also makeexplicit what courses of action we may take to better our situation. :) We've already passed 'peak oil'

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