If there is a right and wrong of living, of acting and of believing then there is a right and wrong way of thinking and choosing and doing business. There is a logic to the world and a logic of existence. There are rules and standards that we cannot escape. There are rules and standards to life and an ethical way of doing business we cannot escape. To succeed we must learn to live within the rules or suffer the consequences.

We have, in this life, but two choices. This is not negotiable. The options are contradictory and incompatable. The paths cannot be reconciled or made to co-exist, not in reality, not in our conscience or consciousness nor in theory or in our ways of living. At each step in our life we are confronted with the inescapable fact we must choose one path or the other. There is ultimately no compromise, or peace, consensus or reconciliation. They are diametrically opposed one with the other.

The modern world is the result of an institutional kind of thinking and organizing. It is linular and forms hierarchies and produces monopolies of power. Monopolies are not ethical nor are they compatable with the creative process.

The other path is rational, ethical and creates Intentional Community.

Institutions have an ideal to which they subscribe. The ideal becomes the goal or purpose of the institution. They are heirarchial to focus on the single factor or end to which they direct their energies. Human beings become the means by which the ends or ideals of the organization are sought. Institutional ends justifiy the means used to attain those ends, so often an organization will do some very unpleasent things as it pursue its objective. Its employees and administrators are the means used to acheive the ends including creating costs that for society may outweigh the value of the ends obtained.

All pollution, crime, environmental destruction and social decay are costs created in persuance of an institutional ideal.

People must pay costs they create. If costs are created that are not paid others are harmed. This is not productive, ethical or economically rational. Harm does not produce creative results. Logically this harm cannot be cirumvented in that a cost remains a cost and the only thing that is to be determined is who will pay it.

A stolen necklace loses value. Its theft creates a cost for the person who lost the necklace. If we cut down a tree the tree is gone, a cost is created in the form of the loss. Now, the tree may have been cut down for good reason. Removing it may benefit the remaining trees giving them more light and nutrition. The wood from the tree may be used to heat a home or provide lumber. The cost created by the cutting was paid for by the use. This is creative destruction.

Our struggle as human beings is against injustice; against the forces of darkness and destruction; chaos and entropy. Mankind is in a fight against ideals that devalue human life. The struggle is with Babylon and Babylon epitomizes institutions and institutional thinking.

Exchanges enable us to be productive using what we have and know. The values of an institutions are not human values. Its ideals are not consistent with human needs. It is important to realize just how divorced human needs are from institutional priorities. So long as men serve the needs of institutions there will always be a conflict between human needs and the ends to which our efforts are directed by institutions.

If you are concerned about being or becoming the means to an end, especially when the ends are not ethical or consistent with your needs and concerns perhaps you will consider joining our leadership team. Rational Exchange is looking for creative individuals and Entrepreneurs who are interested in establishing Exchanges.  Please contact us today and become part of Rational Exchange's Leadership Team. Contact us here.

 

Revised: August 11, 2013; February 07, 2014

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