Conservative Numbers Structure the Details of a Secular Faith-based Creative Society
According to the Federal Reserve there is $1.34 Trillion in circulation in January 2015.
According to the Federal Reserve there is $11.63 Trillion in currency and savings, money market and CD accounts in December 2014.
According to the World Bank the United States Gross Domestic Product was $16.77 Trillion in 2013.
As you can see by these numbers, our nation’s currency is far from being fiat currency. Abstract value of wealth that has been placed in savings, money market, CDs, value of goods and services is much more plentiful than the printed, tangible dollar. When you figure in the value of stocks and bonds, real estate and other investments the difference between money in circulation and the value of GDP + savings + assets (gold, silver, real estate) is huge. Printed money and coins are a small percentage of the total value in dollars of our society. Every component of that wealth was created by a legitimate means – faith in our agreements to work, to invest and to save without fear of collapse.
People are valuable. In a society managed by faith people are the sole tangible value you can count on to retain their value over time.
From an investment perspective, conscious beings are an asset with tangible value. We are worth what we consume as well as what we create. This is true whether or not we purchase or create what we have or consume. In the United States our society provides its “beings” (humans and wildlife) with services such as a government, law enforcement, food benefits, etc. Planning for the environment in which we will achieve and investing in advance to prepare it is a common practice in our society.
Example: If your mother buys you a $5 salad she feels you are worth the cost. If we buy the $5 salad for ourselves we decide we are worth the cost. If we grow a garden ($3 seeds + 4 hours farming time + 2 months growing time), pick the vegetables (5min of time) and prepare our own salad (15 minutes of time) we decide we are worth the cost (~$0.25 + 4hrs farming time + 2 months growing time + 20min of preparation time). If we decide to sell salads we must first put a value on the time involved to farm, grow and prepare the salads. When we place a value on time we are creating an abstract value that at once assumes we (producer) are worth part of that value and the person having it as lunch is worth it too. Our work, time and the value others give to themselves to conclude that our salad fits their life are faith in each other
The moment of conclusion is the moment when value is certain and may be added to the cumulative total.
You cannot, for instance, assume that a painting is worth the value of its supplies and the value of the time of the artist before it is completed. At completion it is worth value of supplies + value of time of the artist. When the art is offered for sale the value is a potential that will be certain at the conclusion of the sale. At conclusion of the sale, it’s value is what someone will pay for it. It is a certain value at that moment.
How does a person come to the decision to advertise the sale of a work of art?
Example: If the art has a potential to profit the seller $10 the seller may decide to spend no money and advertise the art on a free classified ad. if the art has the potential to profit the seller $100,000 the seller may decide to advertise by purchasing an ad in a magazine for $250. The budget for advertising is an abstract agreement a seller has with herself to spend to create awareness with the faith that awareness will add value to the art. At the conclusion of the sale, the certain value of the art is $95,000.
Rights, Privileges & Removing Harm
Conscious beings have rights and privileges. To grant privileges without the ability to take them away is granting rights. Conscious beings have potential to create achievements that produce benefits to themselves and the society. Just as they do in themselves, our society will invest in itself (each conscious being and their chosen art) and in the government assigned to perpetuate society itself with the faith that doing so will produce benefits. In our lifetimes this has been agreed to in the form of the income tax and other tax systems (to government)on one direction and in the form of benefits & services (from government) in the other. A multi-directional show of faith.
All societies exist first to remove direct and common threats. Direct threats have the potential to affect every member of a society. Common threats will likely affect only a portion. Their necessary removal is a sign of societal compassion – applying a remedy before a clarification that defines the ill in blunt terms. After common threats to life are removed common threats to the quality of life are considered for removal. When society has achieved a continuity of life for its members that is sustainable and certain it can then focus on creation of common opportunities to increase the perceived value of living life in that society in the perspective of each citizen.
Common threats may emerge over time.
Therefore, a commitment to defining and eliminating them must be agreed upon. Those threats involving agreeable parties can be removed by agreement. Otherwise, force or flight are potential options.
Example: Three dozen human beings are scavenging for food. They are hungry. (Common threat of starvation.)Human beings form groups to gather and grow food for themselves. (Common threat of starvation is removed.) The supply of food attracts wild animals. The group decides that some of the members will stand guard for each other to protect the food supply and each other from the animals. (Common threat of animal attack is removed.) A neighboring village has no food and decides to attack with their superior weapons. (Direct threat to each member of society. Common threat to groups.) The leader of the group communicates to the leader of the attacking village that they are willing to share their food growing knowledge if the attackers will share their knowledge of weapons.(Common threat of war removed between groups, direct threat to each member removed.) Groups form to flee hostile environments. In all cases, harm is reduced or eliminated by the will of the members of the group to do so. Compassion is the understanding of each member that to succumb to that harm is not a conclusion they would wish for themselves or each other.
These investments are made in the form of abstract agreements such as laws, regulations, treaties. These agreements are followed through in creation and maintenance of military and law enforcement for safety, roads and signage for transport and commerce. They are made by willingness of society’s members to take part in the creation and maintenance of itself through elections, service and continuing faith.
How can a government decide on its budget for the coming year?
Behavior and thought process as ideals can be modeled in a single member of society and projected out to the wide view of an entire society. Just as in the example concerning art I suggest that the government (us, by our representatives) can decide on a budget based on the potential benefits the society produces in terms of its total value. The only agreement that must be achieved is on the percentage of potential value added each year. For the next example, let’s assume 9% of the following year’s added value.
Utopian Example #1: Our nation assumes there will be $17 Trillion in Gross Domestic Product next year. As a result, it will create a budget of 9% of society’s added value. $1.53 Trillion. This is a flexible limitation. If the money is not needed in full it will simply not be used. If money is needed beyond this amount it will require special approval, but we will gain approval. Why? For the same reason that we might spend a little more to frame that piece of art in order to gain more benefit at the sale – faith in the potential. (Credit to Herman Cain for coining this plan in advance. The 9!9!9! Plan!)
The benefit of having enough: Master-planning our nation
In our lifetimes, the United States government has followed a metaphor of reaction to clarification that fits its personality as projected onto it by the rest of the world. We have been the world’s policeman. Just like our military, policemen do not react until a harm has been committed or is imminent. In the reflection of society’s willingness to act to avoid harm to the civilian population, however, restraint is not a virtue since judgment of an equitable harm is unnecessary. Instead, principled action is the stronger persuasive argument to alleviate common threats to life or its quality. Once threats are alleviated and opportunity creation becomes the focus to sustain a matching reflection in Behavior Improvement the notions of restraint or allowance is replaced by the notions of better directions on the shared path of your master plan.