Scarcity fosters creative thinking
Any system, could it be an individual, an organisation, a society or a whole planet, seems to be under influence of scarcity. For example, in order to be healthy and fit, we need to have interactions with our environment. We need to consume food, take it all in, express the energies in an creative outlet in order to repeat the cycle. This cradle to cradle principle is essential in order to remain healthy and fit on the long term. The more waste or pollution we create during these interactions of consumption and production, the greater the decline in health and well-being on the long term. So in order to continue this process, we need to be creative, otherwise there won’t be a relationship in which reciprocity can exist. We need to show some level of responsibility or care for the very things that keep us healthy and fit. Taking these things for granted will eventually cause the opposite effect of illness and dis-ease. Out of our alienation we tend to forget that our health is completely intertwined with the quality of our food, water and, therefore, the planet as a whole. In order to have a continuous or sustainable proces of consumption and production, the two need to be equalized and recognized as a co-existing reality. This is why many systems in today’s age and time are collapsing, simply because sustainability isn’t considered to be an important value in the interactions we have with our environment. Sustainability isn’t calculated in the cost drivers of a product or service, and, therefore, there is a schism between capitalistic profit and environmental profit. The truth of the matter is that the two are intertwined, and capitalistic profits cannot exist if the environment isn’t profiting also. Eventually, this ideology will break down as we see now in our world. The planets resources are heavily depleted, and the elements are polluted, which will cause great scarcity and a lesson to be learned from.
Scarcity is then always a sign of reflection, empowerment, change, creativity and productivity. If you are scarce in your health and well-being, you will definitely want to change that, since I don’t believe people really enjoy pain. The moment your body is so weak that it struggles resisting gravity, you might want to reconsider your priorities. You are a masochist, a lover of pain, if you are really to stubborn to change when great levels of scarcity hit your life.
Scarcity then isn’t a bad thing. Scarcity is a useful mechanism, we can use in order to build and re-build systems that can help us improve the quality of our lives. Scarcity is like a red alarm in the system that something needs to change. If we are not addressing scarcity, the system will eventually collapse all-together and we have to start from scratch. To take health as an example again, if you are too stubborn to ignore the signals of your body that you are lacking in movement, resources or rest, then the signals will be greater in pain and stronger in magnitude until you heed on these distresses. The longer you wait, the longer your recovery time will be. If you wait too long, you will eventually die. These are all really simple insights, but hard in practice as you can see in this world.
- Scarcity fosters creative thinking, because it forces the system (health, economics, organisations etc) to think in different ways to ensure its continuity.
- Any system that has interactions and dependencies upon others things besides itself is under influence of scarcity and, therefore, needs to take into account the well-being of these dependencies in order to ensure its continuity.
- Scarcity should be treated as a warning mechanism for change and new creative ways, and should empower us instead of feeling a victim of our destiny.
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