True Self-Interest

This excerpt is taken directly from the TZM orientation guide found at this link (pdf): HERE.

Does anyone disagree with this argument?

True ”Self-Interest”

The notion of “self-interest” is clearly inherent to the human being’s common urge to survive. This is obvious enough and it is easy to see historically how the raw necessity of personal survival, often extending to family and then the “tribe” (community), set the stage for the divisive, protectionist paradigm we exist in today. It should have been expected from the standpoint of history that vast economic theories would also be based upon the notion of competition and inequality, such as in the work of Adam Smith. Considered the father of the “free market”, he made popular the assumption that if everyone had the ethic to look out for themselves only, the world would progress as a community.

This “invisible hand” notion of human progress arising from narrow personal self-interest alone might have been a semi-workable philosophy many years ago when the simplicity of the society itself was based on everyone being something of a producer. However, the nature of society has changed greatly over time, with population increases, entirely different role structures and exponentially advancing technology. The risks associated with this manner of thought are now proving to be more dangerous than beneficial, and the true definition of “self-interest” is taking a larger context than ever before.

Is it not in your self-interest to protect and nourish the habitat that supports you? Is it not in your self-interest to take care of society as a whole, providing for its members, so that the consequences of deprivation, such as “crime” are reduced as much as possible to ensure your safety? Is it not self-interest to consider the consequences of imperialist wars that can breed fierce jingoistic hatred on one side of the planet, only to have, say, a suitcase bomb explode behind you at a restaurant as a desperate “blow-back” act of retribution? Is it not self-interest to assure all of societies’ children have the best upbringing and education so that your future and the future of your children can exist in a responsible, educated, and increasingly productive world? Is it not in your self-interest to make sure industry is as organised, optimised and scientifically accurate as possible, so that we do not produce shoddy, cheap technology that might perhaps cause a problem in the future if it fails?

The bottom line is that things have changed in the world today and your self-interest is now only as good as your societal interest. Being competitive and going out for yourself, “beating” others only has a negative consequence in the long-term, for it is denying awareness of the synergistic system we are bound within. A cheaply made nuclear power plant in Japan might not mean much to people in America. However, if that plant was to have a large scale technical failure, the fallout and pollution might make its way over to American homes, proving that you are never safe in the long run unless you have a global consciousness…

Review – Kino’s Journey


*Warning: Spoilers*

“The world is not beautiful, therefore it is [beautiful].”

Kino’s Journey is a 13 episode fantasy anime series that centers around Kino and her travels throughout the very different countries that she visits. The countries range from places filled with only machines, places where prophecies are made and adhered to, and even to places where children are drugged at a certain age to turn into emotionless adults. The countries are creative and immediately draw you into the story. While character development is not the focus of this show, one still can’t help but feel a wide variety of emotions during Kino’s finest moments.

Animation [7.5/10]

The animation is well enough to take the viewer on a visual journey throughout the different countries that Kino and Hermes (the talking motorcycle that accompaniedAnimation Kino) travel to. The animation tends to be much more simplistic rather than ambitious or chaotic. However, the simplistic style of the animation functions well with the deeper philosophical tones of the show. While the animation was above average, it was not the main focus of the series.

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The Legend of Nikola Tesla (In Comic Form)

I never liked science or math when I was a kid. In fact, I used math class as nap time in high school and science class as an extra period of lunch. This all changed when I came across the legend of Nikola Tesla. In my curious search of the world (post high school) I picked up a biography on Nikola Tesla (Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla : Biography of a Genius) and upon learning of his contributions to society, I quickly changed my attitude towards science and math. In many ways, the story of Nikola Tesla has drastically altered the direction of my life (I like to think of this as a positive change).

If you are like most people, you likely haven’t heard of Nikola Tesla, which is a shame. I am convinced that his contributions to society are unrivaled. He is truly one of a kind. Attached to this post is a rather long ‘comic’ style representation of his greatness and why you most likely never have heard of him.

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