Most people don’t care about 95% of the world’s problems. I’m sorry, I can’t sympathize with these people. The way I see it, there is nothing in the world that isn’t really messed up. If you’ve eaten a chocolate bar or a banana lately, I hope you know about the hundreds of thousands who have died or who are now child slaves to bring you those goods. If it was a Snickers bar, have you ever wondered why that little thing costs over a dollar even though it’s mass-produced in a factory, while the local candy shop or bakery, if it even exists anymore, sells all it’s stuff at 35 cents a piece? Did you know that fully electric cars that you can plug into your garage outlet have existed for years, but now if you want them on the market, they’re two to three times the price of gas cars, even though they cost the exact same price to make– 1/5 of the price they sell normal cars at? Did you know that the main reason for power outages in many states is air conditioning– but we can build inexpensive houses that maintain their temperature at all times of the year with no electronics whatsoever, and no problems with opening doors and windows?
There is nothing on earth that isn’t messed up. Most people don’t even care. But despite those facts, there are quite a few effective things we can do to fix these problems. Therefore, I present a philosophy called “Appreciatism”, and a movement called “Convenientism”. Together these go hand-in-hand to tackle large modern world problems.
Appreciatism is a philosophy that defines right and wrong based on appreciation. In and of itself, it is a good philosophy to follow in order to promote peace and construction. But alone it cannot fight many of the evils of the world, so where it really shines is when it is paired with Convenientism.
The primary point of Convenientism is that you cannot fix large problems by making people care or appreciate. Instead, Convenientism promotes indirect approaches to fixing problems.
The laws of morality, as defined by Appreciatism:
- Large-scope morals and decisions are most satisfactory and least destructive when they favor the appreciative. “Large-scope” topics include such things as laws, environmental decisions, and mass-marketed products and services.
- That which is enjoyed or productive is good. The preservation and improvement of that which is enjoyed or productive is good.
- The destruction of the things which are enjoyed or productive is evil.
- Greed and intended inconsideration are always evil.
- Everyone deserves to have to be met their positive expectations with something that is good. Therefore, everything deserves to be able to be improved.
- If the system cannot or will not let you improve something, it is good and it is your right to create competition that succeeds in where the original fails.
- In pursuing improvement and competition in favor of the appreciative, you prevent the careless from alone deciding the fate of the thing that is good.
- In pursuing improvement and competition in favor of the appreciative, you uproot a great many large-scope evils and dissatisfactions.
The laws of control, as defined by Convenientism:
- Everybody has high expectations and low expectations. Everyone cares about something and neglects something else.
- People are going to be lazy and careless about something. You can’t change that.
- You can and should, however, shape the world around you so that lazy or careless decisions end up being helpful ones, or at least non-destructive ones. In other words, the world should be shaped so that it is convenient to make the right decision.
- Sometimes the only way to shape the world properly is to have the system start over.
There is more that I could say about these things, but I tend to ramble and lose focus a lot. So I will post this as-is, and maybe some other day I will find a good way to expound.