Intrinsic Elements for Worthwhile Living –

Clean water, air, and soil

Contaminants in the air are taken into our bodies when we breathe; rain brings the contaminants out of the air and deposits them into the soil and water; when we drink the water, the contaminants enter our bodies; plants absorb nutrients from the water, air, and soil; contaminants in the air, water, and soil are also absorbed by the plants; animals ingest the plants and animals ingest other animals; whether a diet consists of plants, animals, or both – when eaten – contaminants as well as nutrients enter our bodies. These contaminants negatively impact our health.

Sufficient, appropriate, and nutritious food

Each species requires an array of specific nutrients to sustain health; digestive systems vary widely in how nutrients are absorbed and processed as well as what food sources and minerals are beneficial or toxic to their bodies. The absence of any nutrient necessary by a particular species’ body, over time, causes malnutrition; too little food over time causes the body to begin to digest itself and then proceed to shut down organs in their order of survival criticality. A lack of sufficient and appropriate food causes health to decline.

Adequate and healthful shelter from elements and aggressors

The type of shelter needed by each species varies. All need bodily protection from extremes wrought by the forces of nature – wind, rain, and fire; earth’s seasons also bring extremes in temperature that bodies need protection from. All species have predators requiring a safe place to hide, sleep, bear and raise their vulnerable young. Many species also use stationary shelters to store food to enable survival through periods of scarcity and a place to safely eat their food where the likelihood of it being taken by another is lessened. Layers of materials are also used as portable shelter over the bodies of species while they are away from their stationary shelters. These materials perform vital functions such as protection from predators through camouflage or from heat, cold, and the sun’s ultraviolet rays. These additions to the external body manifest in many forms such as plant matter, mud, cocoons, and clothes. All forms of shelter are only healthful to the individual they shelter if the materials of which the shelter is made are non-toxic to the inhabitant.

Individual freedom of choice, expression, and thought

When information is only available in selective segments versus presented as an unbiased whole, independent critical thinking is curtailed. This in itself is an obstruction to the development of real solutions. If the whole of a problem is unknown, then the root cause is unlikely to be identified and any solution devised will not address the core problem.

Freedom of expression enables the provision of a broad range of perspectives which are essential to the critical thinking process.

Freedom of choice allows for individuality. It also lays the foundation for responsibility and accountability; when we exercise choice, we become linked to the outcomes of our actions. Through this link, the generated results will be judged as good, bad, or somewhere in-between.

The freedom of thought, expression, and choice are fundamental to free will and self-determination. When individual free will is suppressed, the response is proportional to the degree of suppression exerted. The visceral response takes the form of resistance – whether passive or active – and at minimum culminates in scaled stagnation of cooperation perceived beneficial to the suppressors.

Openness for the gift and receipt of affection

Scientific researchers have found that communicating our positive feelings for others through words or actions offers a wide range of health benefits. These include lower stress hormones, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and a stronger immune system. And, these health benefits are experienced by both the giver and receiver.

Liberty to propagate species at sustainable population levels

Biological reproduction of every species must occur in order for species to continue to exist and preserve the food circle. Too few or too many of a species leads to extinction by upsetting the food circle. A balance of population throughout the food circle is critical for the sustenance of all inhabiting an ecosystem.

Access to knowledge

Each species is born with a set of survival instincts or innate knowledge. The odds for surviving to a natural biological age increase with learned knowledge; learned knowledge also increases opportunities for the individual to live a satisfied life and contribute their full potential to the benefit of the greater community.Therefore, it is incumbent upon society, for its own benefit, to provide equal access to its entire population.

Treatment for Illness and Injury

Illness and injury occur during the natural course of living. In addition to the suffering an individual experiences when ill or injured, these conditions also cause the functional level of that individual to diminish. Diminished functionality not only affects the individual, it negatively impacts all those who rely on the actions of that individual for their own well-being. Ensuring appropriate medical treatment is available to all individuals, not only supports a more fully functional society but the alleviation of suffering encourages the care and compassion one individual has for others.

Freedom to roam and explore

To roam and explore not only provides necessary exercise, it opens up new perspectives and fuels ideas. While partaking in this activity in a natural setting connects people to the planet, experiencing environments created by people is just as beneficial. All mobile biotic things participate in this activity to one extent or another – motivations include food acquisition, curiosity, and social interaction. The accessibility and availability of a variety of natural and people-made places to roam and explore are integral to a balanced and healthy life.

Endeavors that resonate

If we observe the behaviors of a species, whether our own or that of others, we note activities that produce a sense of pleasure are those most often repeated at one’s own initiative. Pleasure is derived from fulfilling the body’s needs such as eating, giving and receiving affection, stimulating the mind with a subject of interest,  exerting our physical being to create something with positive significance to us, and nourishing the spirit through activities that provide benefit beyond ourselves to things or beings that matter to us. Endeavors that resonate are activities that are pleasurably meaningful to the individual performing the activity.

In simple terms, an activity in which one has interest, produces good, and is stimulating will cause an individual to participate not only at their own initiative but with vigor.

Time to provide quality care for oneself, family, and habitat

Proper care of oneself, family members, and home environment involve numerous tasks such as preparing food, cleaning, sleeping, repairs, grooming, play, study, land maintenance, etc.; all of these take time. If enough time is not available to give adequate attention to home lives due to external influences and demands, corners are cut and the quality of life – health and happiness – diminishes. 

All of these elements are intrinsic as the lack of any one of them eliminates the ability of an individual to be fully functional, live a satisfying life, and contribute their whole potential toward the benefit of the greater community.


 

Components of Society:

  • Individuals and Family:

Definition, Premise, and Reasoning –

Individual is a singular entity; for biotic (living) things, an individual encompasses the body, mind, and spirit, and where one part is unable to sustain a fully functional physical existence without the others (i.e. a body needs a mind and spirit, a mind needs a spirit and body, a spirit needs a body and mind).

Family, broadly defined is a group of individuals that share a legal and/or genetic bond.

A family household is formed by individuals entwining key facets of their lives together within the same dwelling for mutual benefit.

Caring for another living thing besides oneself engenders a more empathetic and happy being which produces a healthier society. Therefore, the forming and maintenance of a family household minimally composed of One Adult and One Dependent should be promoted and supported. An Adult is defined as a person of enough years of age to be physically fully grown and that cannot lawfully be claimed by another adult as a dependent. A Dependent is defined as any living thing requiring the care from another for its health, welfare, maintenance, and protection.

  • Educational:

Definition, Premise, and Reasoning –

Education relates to the information gained through formal institutions, informal social interactions, individual observations and experiences, and assimilation of published works. This information influences individual behavior and determines the level of capability an individual possesses to be self-sustaining, the manner in which they participate in society, what opportunities are available to them to enhance their life through engagement in an external economy, and their ability to absorb a broad spectrum of views and draw well-rounded independent conclusions. A fully educated society is a supple society.

  • Spiritual:

Definition, Premise, and Reasoning –

Spirituality enables a sense of connection to something beyond oneself and prompts the individual to quest for the purpose of their being. Spiritual beliefs may be aligned with formal religious organizations or be composed of views unique to an individual. These formed beliefs provide a basis for people to relate to unknowns and hold sway in an individual’s thought process and actions.

Spiritual beliefs are deeply felt; they are part of the core self. When these beliefs are treated as sacrosanct to the individual by all other individuals, spirituality is a beneficial societal component.

  • Political:

Definition, Premise, and Reasoning –

The ideologies individuals support in regard to how they and others lives are governed.

If the proportion of cooperation offered is in direct proportion to the ability to exercise free will, then it goes to follow that the greater the equality of influence each citizen has on their own governance, the more supportive each citizen would be of their government’s actions. A political structure that incorporates a high degree of citizen participation, is a more effective government than it would be otherwise.

A governance structure premised on direct democracy enables a revolving flow of inputs and outputs energized by the entire society.

  • Economic:

Definition, Premise, and Reasoning –

Activities that provide for the living needs of individuals, households, and the greater community.

These activities are of two categories. One creates a product solely for self use. The other creates a product for use by others.

Self-use product cycle: Natural Resource + Labor (added value) = Product – Self-use = Neutral Gain (land + labor – self-use = neutral capital)

External-use product cycle: Natural Resource + Labor (added value) = Product + External Use = Positive Gain (land + labor + external use = positive capital (exchange value)

If an individual is able to create all that is required for living from their own land and their own labor, they would be considered wholly self-reliant.

If an individual is able to create some of what is required for living from their own land but must exchange some of what they create in order to obtain the remainder of what they need, they would be considered self-employed.

If an individual is able to create some of what is required for living from their own land but does not create product for exchange, they would need to provide their labor to an external entity for the creation of an external product. The capital earned from the added value of their labor can be exchanged for the remainder of what they need. When providing labor (value added) for the creation of an external product, they would be considered externally-employed.

Wealth is equivalent to retained surplus in excess of resilience reserves (resilience reserves meaning adequate retained surplus that enables the ability to recover from or adjust easily to adversity or change). When survival, comfort, and resilience reserve needs have been met, a flourishing lifestyle has been achieved. Wealth may be directed toward the enhancement of life for the greater community (planet and people).

A healthy economy is indicated when all participants within the economy are able to live a flourishing life through any combination of self-reliance, self-reliance + self-employment, and self-reliance + external-employment. A wealthy economy is indicated when excess surplus has been generated that may be employed for the benefit of others external to the wealth generating economy.

To support a healthy planet, a circular and localized economic system is necessary.

A Circular Economy is a regenerative system in which resource input and waste, emission, and energy leakage are minimized by slowing, closing, and narrowing energy and material loops; this can be achieved through long-lasting design, maintenance, repair, reuse, re-purposing, re-manufacturing, refurbishing, and recycling.

A Local Economy focuses on the production of most if not all intrinsic elements for a community within the bounds of that community which is located in a limited and connected geographical area (such as a village, town, or city).

 

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