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Time Economy

We have ignored the reality of time from the biological perspective in devising our current economic system. We have also largely ignored the reality of touch in devising our economic system. All things touch, touch has present and future consequences, when touch extends farther beyond the immediate sphere of the individual it becomes less private. Time is the epitome of all material both in the time it took for the material to be created by nature, the time it takes to replenish the stored time of used materials, and the human time it took to create the product out of the materials. When touch expands in terms of how far it extends from the individual it creates more touch feedback's, because all touch is mutually effective. The effect of the industrial revolution has greatly extended human touch, and we have a system that aligns all humans in a similar pattern of touch further making the touch more universal, or extended, therefore the feedback's are immense as well. Social time has been incorporated into our economic calculations of price as part of the commoditized process of labor contribution to product. Aggregation of social time and concentration toward a unified purpose is the essence of human time power. Anyone who can gather more than their own time and direct it toward an objective has power and can create things that others with less social time aggregation capability can?t. Social time is only part of the time involved in producing something to exchange fro money in our economy. Biological time is involved in the creation of energy and raw materials used in the production of any persistent object of value that is exchanged in the flow of goods through the economy. Raw material production use of water, minerals, biological products like wood, soil, and all other materials take time to develop before they are used. Some materials are created over short time periods like a flower, while others like soil are created over a much longer period. Some materials are replaced through natural means over various periods of time. Scarcity has been a way that time is factored into the economic equation of resource use. The more scarce a resource becomes the more it will cost if it is not replaced by another resource. This is ok when measuring the value of the resource from the point of view of the product in question but inadequate when looking at the value of the resource beyond the use in a particular product. As an example, when we remove a mountaintop to extract the coal the time to extract is counted in the price as the total human hours cost and the cost of the machinery that accelerates the effectiveness of human time in extraction of the coal. The time that went into the mountaintop, all the things that lived on it, and all the other non-living materials that formed the mountain have all been used but not accounted for in the cost. Human technological time enhancement (doing more with the application of finite human time than would otherwise be possible) has allowed us to use materials time at a greatly accelerated rate. None of the costs of the indirect materials creation time use are accounted for in the economic model we currently use. By accelerating the effectiveness of human time use on the environment through application of extra-biological force we have in effect been creating a situation, when viewed from the point of view of the integrated closed living system of our planet, where acceleration has moved the pointer of time forward much faster than the living system overall thus creating a time discontinuity between perceived human time and actual biological time. The effects of accelerated use of time from a biological perspective, bio-time, are not only real from a resource time depletion point of view but from an after effect of transformation point of view. The carbon cycle and the effect of accelerating rates of burning fossil fuels during the industrial revolution is a good example. First we use oil time on the extraction side of the equation where we use in 200 years what it has taken nature 1 million years to create making a time discontinuity there, but we have dumped the Co2 into the atmosphere for 20,000 years further amplifying the time discontinuity created on the extraction side. In effect we have accelerated bio-time to the point where our future is now far in the past, or we have accelerated so far past the present, form a bio-time perspective, that it will be very difficult to correct the problem. Accelerating more via technological advancement is not likely to repair our time discontinuity unless the focus of our technology is primarily directed toward accelerating the replacement, where possible and most necessary from a biological point of view, the restoration of used bio-time, and preventing further creation of time discontinuity in the process of technology enhanced human living. Soil depletion is an area where acceleration of soil enhancement via biological means of various means could move the hands on the time discontinuity clock backwards, massive efforts of reforestation and restoration of plant life around the globe might nudge the co2 sequestration clock backward a little. But there is no getting away from the idea that human physical technologically enhanced acceleration will have to slow dramatically to allow bio-time to catch back up with human time. So what kind of economic activity and economic system would be appropriately slow so as not to exaggerate our current time discontinuity while we work on accelerating the processes that will help heal the discontinuity we have already created? All sorts of knowledge amplification are good because they are powerful, satisfying and bio-acceleration slow. All kinds of maintenance activity, food, shelter, sanitation are good because they are relatively time discontinuity neutral and necessary for human quality of life. Plants form the base of the living system and should be regarded as foundational to life, reinvestment in the growth of all sorts of plants, even when done through artificial means of water, seed, and soil manipulation should be done to restore the excess bio-time we have used already in the industrial revolution and the population boom. All energy use must be 100% renewable and non-polluting. All physical products must be designed for extremely long lives that equal their bio-time extraction and post creation transformation time costs. Application of technology to the reuse of all things would help heal the time discontinuity over time. Brilliant technologists are proposing and working on the stupidest accelerants with an outrageous hopefulness that technology will somehow replace the bio-time perspective of the living world and whisk humanity out of the clutches of natural systems. Kruzweil and his singularity of advanced human health and longevity and the human genome guy, Craig Vetter, who thinks he will create synthetic life which will whisk carbon out of the atmosphere faster than we put it into the atmosphere are examples of overly hopeful long shots that would exacerbate with Kruzewil, or not sufficiently with genome guy deal with the time bio-time discontinuity caused by modern human extra-biological power based bio-acceleration. Proven natural systems that have developed over millions of years for C02 removal, plants, should be a primary investment in bio-time healing, with artificial life that removes C02 from the atmosphere being a long shot investment that should be very carefully managed with further potential creation of bio-time discontinuity through use of the technology in mind. This time discontinuity is reflected in our distribution of financial wealth-time, the distance of our elites from the rest of us, the distance of the elites from the consequences of their consumption, and the overall consequences of our illusory separation from nature based on the accelerating force of the industrial revolution. Acceleration and accumulation are directly related.

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