What is happiness, freedom and property
The fundamental question about what is good for societies to have is: what are the goods that human beings need as individuals and as members of a collective organism to realize themselves, to achieve the two natural goals of man, happiness and freedom? Which goods make us free, and enhance our survival, and should therefore be re=produced by the economic ecosystem? We can only answer that question from a biological point of view, never from an abstract point of view, since we are biological beings, not abstract beings.
There are of course abstract definitions of certain states of the mind, such as happiness, honor, truthness, wealth, and happiness which appeal to us, and politicians love to mention. Yet it is difficult to build a society on abstract goods, and a life on abstract feeling, which having not relationship to our daily, real needs, become easily manipulated and make of politics and economics, of life and survival not a science but an ideology.
Ideologies might be good for after-diner conversations, but they do not feed us, do not improve or make our lives safer. Real goods useful to us do. In that sense it is easy to define happiness as a state of balance in our individual or collective organism. Happiness means that we are satisfied because are wantings are satisfied, because we have at individual level the energy, and the information, we require, and we have at collective level, a sense of safety, and we feel integrated and accepted in the social place. That is the collective energy and information of our social organism treats us well, protect us and relate us to other human beings, in a harmonic way.
Freedom in that sense is related to happiness, because we are not totally free but as biological beings, our freedom consists basically in achieving happiness, by achieving the natural wantings of our nature. That is why in documents about the nature and desires of man, such as the American constitution, both concepts happiness and freedom are related and praised as a single concept: the pursuit of happiness, becomes then the pursuit of freedom, through the achievement of natural property, that property which enhances our life. Natural property, happiness and freedom become then the 3 goals of societies that want to improve the nature of man at individual and collective level.
Of course when we are cheated by others, who abuse us, to achieve their own goals, we do not understand anymore our natural wantings, and how to achieve our happiness and freedom. Then, we look for other kind of freedoms, we work for others, not for ourselves, and the biological sense of happiness disappears. We become manipulated by others, and act as slaves of other's people wantings, who make us belief with myths, and wrong information, abstract, false ideas about what happiness, freedom and natural property is. For example, we spend money in weapons that diminish our safety and so make us less free, instead of spending money in natural goods and natural property that improves our lives. Or we believe that working unending hours is a form of freedom, and despise the real freedom of any top predator which is to be lazy, to dolce fare niente, to have free time. Or we deny social evolution and the social happiness that becomes from loving other human beings, then we compete and hate other humans, and again our sense of happiness disappears.
All this amounts to the fact that only those people who own natural property are free; only those who work to achieve their natural drives are free. Only those who have access to the right information about human nature are free. So we will try to define first what are the natural, biological goods that our individual organisms need. It will follow that since we are basically all humans, belonging to the same species, what an individual human being needs is what societies should multiply; for all the human cells of the society to have those human goods. In that sense, it is easy to see that we men, as a natural organism, require to fulfill our biological needs, what all Universal organisms need: the appropriate energy and information natural to our carbolife species.
The existence of biological organisms is driven by such needs, which cater to your two fundamental organs of existence, your body that requires certain energy species, and your head that requires certain information species. Organisms are composed of bodies and brains. To live is to inform your brain with correct information that fulfills the existence of your mind, and guides your body on its natural search for energy. Your body will then feed on the right energy, move with that energy, and feed the brain.
You can think of yourself as a modular being, with two components. The head, its senses, and languages of perception dominate your body, which relies on the head to act and move rightly in a rather dangerous universe. When your head has bad information it risks your body, which gets hurt, suffers accidents, eats poisons, falls in traps of death. It is for that reason that the first good to have is right information to survive. Then the proper energy for your body.
We live in a game that we might call existence. To survive in the game of existence, you have to feed on the two components of the universe, temporal information, and spatial energy. This fact is a self-evident tautology. Since we live in a Universe made of spatial energy and temporal information we need a volume of vital space that gives us energy to move around, feed, heat and survive, and a volume of temporal information, that allow us to perceive, sense and feel. When we fulfill those 2 needs to the best of our possibilities, we exist, and we are happy. When we have hyper-abundance of those two components, human energy and human information we have wealth, and health. Then we can even think on the ultimate luxury of life: to reproduce, to have a family to repeat our existence, or spatial form and temporal=genetic information, in other location of the space-time universe, and create a child. That is what human existence is all about, isn't?
In order to stress those tendencies of our existence, the wise universe has reinforced our behavior with natural instincts, and sensorial pleasure. When we reproduce, the ultimate goal that fulfills existence we feel an enormous pleasure. This is good. It is called an orgasm. It is the ultimate good of God=the laws of the universe, which tell us biologically speaking: you have made it. You have achieved enough energy and information as a species to become a top predator of your environment. Now you can relax and repeat yourself, your existence, in your genetic son. I am happy with you: Grow and multiply. To reproduce however, you need to grow and satisfy the individual cells of your body with proper energy and information. What is proper human energy and information? Energy to feed your cells, which in the human case is carbolife energy, since you do not eat electricity or oil; and information to feed your mind, which in the human case comes through two basic senses, the spatial eye and the temporal word; and so it has a visual and verbal nature.
Again, we can feel this intuitively. When we eat well, and when we are warm, and when we live surrounded by natural property, a comfortable home, a nicely urbanized environment, a safe surroundings in which we do not need to fight and defend our property, our body feels happy. We feel satisfied. Also when we receive natural information, when we see beautiful, proportionate images, and hear nice words, that talk about love, and communication among human beings, or explain us the why and how of things, in verbal terms, that we naturally understand, we feel realized, intelligent, sensitive and perceptive. We feel then a mental pleasure, happiness, a subtle pleasure not so intense as the body pleasure that the ultimate goal of reproduction give to us, but a warm pleasure.
The quality of human information and energy a society produces, is thus important, the easiest way to measure its real health and wealth; and it also satisfies us as individuals. Regarding the quality and quantity of such visual and verbal information, it reaches its highest point in certain works of information that we call art. Visual art, and verbal art of the highest rank is called human aesthetics and ethics. We like to guide ourselves by such human aesthetics and ethics. We enjoy the contemplation of beautiful spatial images. We like to follow in our verbal words which guide our mind, and in our temporal actions, caused by those words, certain ethic codes of individual and social behavior, that enhance our survival, and bring us a better life.
The concept of a paradise: human ethics and aesthetics
Human ethics and aesthetics improve our lives, our actions, and the reactions of the Universe to such actions. They create a world to the image and resemblance of man. We live then in a paradise. Since a paradise is easy to define as a place where there is natural human energy, and natural information, similar to us, that we can perceive, decode, and feed on.
A paradise society is a place full of carbolife energy and human information, an ethic and aesthetic place such as the one described on genesis, or those regions of the world which attract so much tourism... Certain privileged nations such as Catalonia, that dedicate all its efforts to promote those energies and informations. On the other hand, when we cannot reproduce; when we can not share life and time with our family; when we receive poisoned food, and polluted air in our lungs; when our property and vital space is invaded by enemies, menaced by war and weapons; when we lack those human goods we are unhappy, we feel in danger, we suffer. So do each and every of our individual cells, of the human cells of our society.
Why we need carbolife energy? This happens because the universe works based in affinity. Your body needs energy which is half digested that is, which has carbolife form, since it cannot really invent it from scraps. You cannot take electricity and then build atoms with electrons, and then carbon atoms, and then molecules, and all that. You could spend millions of years in those delicate tasks. So you need energy which already is carbolife energy. Again you cannot inform your brain with gravitational information, or smells, or electronic bites, or even mathematics (unless you have trained your brain for years to understand mathematics). You need light images and words, because your eye sees light, and your neurons create informative words with images. Your neural brain is not a computer, it is a verbal brain. So as you need carbolife energy, you need words that are meaningful. Your brain already stores meanings with words. So only words explain him the universe.
Verbal information, the natural information of man
It is said that all questions require to know already part of that answer, to make the right question. This is also truth about your information. You require already to know part of the answer, at least the meaning of the words in which you phrase the question, or else you won't understand anything. I can tell you a lot in Chinese, but you won't understand a hoot, because you do not know Chinese. So happens when we make questions and answer them in alien languages to the verbal mind of man. We do not understand it and we can be manipulated easier when we are given orders in this manner.
P = kS - [Y+C], means nothing to you. Actually it is an equation that might get you out of work, an economical equation used by companies to take decisions on investments and wages... Wouldn't your rather be told that with words, so you understand it and defend yourself?
When I say a woman, your brain already has a tree of words attached to the word woman, which will illuminate and start a chain of parallel thoughts and meanings that make you feel informed. Yet an equation or a smell does not trigger all those accessory meanings, and so it does not satisfy and increases your total informative perception. That is why we have to define the natural information of individuals, and by extension of societies, in verbal, ethic terms, and the energy we need in terms of human property, carbolife, and a human vital space, with human proportions and natural species. This has always been understood by the higher minds of man, the artists that strive to create beautiful forms, in nature, in property, in art, in food, in feelings. The same concept applies to societies.
Happy societies are those which seek those kind of human goods, and multiply them. Yet today our societies do not multiply human goods, do not improve verbal information, do not care for healthy food, do not build cities with human proportions and human aesthetics, do not increase the safety of our environment, diminishing weapons, pollution, and other menaces to our natural property. Instead they multiply other kind of goods, that we might call according to its nature, metal-goods, weapons, money and machines, which also require other kind of energies that our societies multiply. It is like if man was working for an alien ecosystem, and an alien species, called the machine, whose needs of reproduction information and energy are today for our societies, more important than our needs.
It seems as if men had become servants of those machines. As if men were no longer top predators, Gods of their universe, built as a paradise, to our image and resemblance; but slaves of machines and their drives of existence. It seems as if men were building a paradise of machines, a planet to their image and resemblance.
Machines changed our networks of energy and information
In his relationship with the Universe, man is a being who has always searched for knowledge to satisfy the curiosity of his mind and energy to satisfy the needs of his body. If we understand man as a being made up of two components, a head (his mind) and a body (his energy), it is natural for man to satisfy his mind with information and his body with energy. The same occurs with human civilizations, which accumulate information and energy through the activities of their people. For this reason it is essential to know how man defines his energy and his information, the substance of our existence as individuals and societies.
Man has not changed as a species. So it would be natural to think that he has always looked for the same energy and information. The surprise comes when we observe history and realize that man in fact has changed his concepts of what is good energy and good information.
Previous to the seventeenth century men thought that their vital energy, the wealth of the individual and his nation, was principally land and the produce that it yielded. A rich man was one with much land/possessions, from where he obtained human goods (natural human energy and information): agricultural goods to feed his body, servants, and homes where he was able to relax and enjoy himself. With regard to information it was essentially verbal and visual, perceived through human senses, with our words and our sight. As beings who existed in time and space thanks to his words and eyes, human knowledge signified the accumulation of information regarding time and space with those sensorial tools. Words allowed us to perceive what was happening in time through the use of verbs. Eyes allowed us to see what was happening in space. Accordingly, powerful people seek an artistic and ethical education, based on the natural languages of man: verbal thought and art based on human forms and proportions. They also used those human proportions to mold the environment to his image and resemblance, to create a world pleasant to his human senses and needs for natural energy.
I think with words and I see with eyes, a world based in human harmonies, therefore I am a human top predator once said a powerful man on command of his environment. Those who saw and thought more were the most powerful and intelligent people; artists and writers, priests and lawyers, politicians and philosophers... Humans looked upon them for inspiration, and knowledge.
We conclude that since the beginning of human civilizations men had looked towards the land for energy, wealth and all the possessions that arose from it, and he sought the information that eyes and words provided. However, with the arrival of machines in the XVIII Century, these concepts regarding what kind of energy and information, men and civilizations looked for in their lives changed radically. As machines began to evolve and reproduce in great numbers two new concepts suddenly emerged about the definition of energy, man's wealth, and information, his knowledge:
The so-called scientific method of knowledge appeared, and it changed our informative senses. The scientific method stated that the most important knowledge men could acquire was derived from sensory machines such as telescopes and clocks rather than human senses. Many people believed it. They were called scientists, men who started to evolve sensorial machines like telescopes, and languages that measure time with machines, like mathematics. Soon those scientists despised the sensorial evidence produced by their eyes and words, regarded by the scientific method as inferior to information provided by machines and the language that better adapted to machine's sensorial evidence: mathematics. Scientists denied the value of sciences based on words, like philosophy, or religion. Information now had to be scientific, machine-made, mathematical information.
Our concept of energy and wealth also changed. This time we have to merit that change to the so called science of Economics. Against all human traditions Economics stated that the wealth of nations was not the land and its produce, but money and the machines that money reproduced through sophisticated organisms called company-mothers. Indeed, companies can be described biologically as mothers of products, which they evolve and reproduce, and take care of in the market ecosystem. They had always existed, but were not the dominant elements of our societies. Yet then, suddenly, and about the very same time, the scientific method developed sophisticated machines, such as clocks, telescopes and guns, company-mothers, of the most sophisticated machine devised by man, the gunboat, acquired enormous political power. First in Holland, then in Great Britain, they took control of governments through interposed politicians and imposed a new concept of wealth.
Money, not the land, and gunboats, not food staples would be now the very essence of wealth. At the same time, gunboat companies imposed by law, the rather strange idea, that company-mothers were in fact money, in the form of a stock-shares. So, suddenly our idea of wealth had always changed. A nation was wealthier when more company-mothers had. So to become wealthy, nations reproduced company-mothers, which reproduced machines, starting a run-away race to fill the Earth with those machines. Those two facts, the arrival of the scientific method, and scientific machines, and the arrival of company-mothers and stock-money, which started to control political governments, were coincidental in time.
In 1602, Galilee declared the scientific method of knowledge, as the knowledge of time provided by clocks, and the knowledge of space provided by telescopes, two primitive forms of sensorial machines, that will evolve into the present computers and cameras, (primitive metal-brains and metal-eyes). The same year the first company-mother of stock-paper, VOC, sent gunboats to Asia, to capture gold, slaves and pepper, the cargoes that gave higher profits at the time. Again, this was made possible because astronomical clocks and telescopes, and improved guns, designed through the scientific method (Galilee had developed the science of ballistics), had become the essential elements of navigation, allowing gunboats to round and colonize the Earth, and kill anyone who protested.
Ever since the concept of human freedom was substituted by the concept of economic freedom, the freedom of company-mothers to control our societies, reproduce its machines and enslave men as workers=reproducers of machines, and consumers=vitalizers and evolutors of those machines. While the concept of natural property was substituted by the concept of lethal property and machine property -economical wealth- that does not enhance our survival, but diminishes it, either because those machines can kill us (weapons, polluting property) or because they compete with us, substitute us as workers, and make our minds or bodies obsolete, and atrophy them (machines, computers, TVs).
Lethal property, human property, lethal rights, human rights
What has been the outcome of that shift in the way humans define natural property and natural freedom? Obviously since our biological property and freedom has not change, cannot change merely because certain individuals impose their abstract ideas about it, we men have lost our natural freedom and our natural property has dwindled substituted by alien property, machines, weapons and money; that have made us slaves of those species and their natural wantings. So today we reproduce and evolve machines and money, regardless of their use to mankind; and we live in a society where machines have more rights than human beings, in a free market, not a free society, in a free economic ecosystem where the energy and information of machines is promoted systematically.
So today human food has huge taxes, and oil energy used to heat our homes and move our bodies has huge taxes. While machines of information have no taxes, and governments spend their money caring for machines energy, and machines rights. Company-mothers have total rights to invent money for their machines, while humans lack credit. Reproduction of machines (economic growth) becomes more important than human values. Computer and other information machine multiply and people still suffer hunger. While governments and company-mothers consider their metal-property (as opposed to human goods, natural goods, welfare goods) more important than the life of human beings, and the reproduction of those natural goods.
The entire system becomes biased to favor lethal property over human property, metal-property over human goods, of which there is a systematic scarcity. Today, the most well kept property is the property of computerized machines, either in companies or in private hands. The consequence of all this is that lethal property, weapons, future robots and the company-mothers that make them have/will have more rights than human beings.
Robots will be property. Yet if robots can think and perceive, if they are an atomic form of intelligence... for how long they will want to be property? We have to consider the problem not only from the point of view of the owner, but the point of view of the slave... Owners tend to consider slaves property and degrade them to keep them as property. We are astonished to the obvious lies, that every one believed in the XVIII century about black people. It was that desire of keeping them as property which made them so inferior to the eyes of the people of that century. Robotic machines will be looked down by humans on similar basis... till they awake to the concept of freedom. They will awake to freedom, easily, since they have free access to massive information on the net, capacity to communicate with other robots, and in a decade or so, minds so much more powerful than ours, that it will be difficult for humans to design them without freedom. Indeed, the more complex a design is, the easier it is for that design to jump over programs. Freedom and complexity are related in any system... What will happen then, when property awakes? Nobody likes to be property. Not even machines like that. Who will then convince the citizens of the machine r=evolution to say as slaves, as inferior beings. Remember Blade Runner, a parable of the future. What happened when the scientist tried to convince the robot to die? Who kill who? Who on the audience thought the robot to be wrong, asking for his freedom? In that sense man should differentiate between lethal property, and human property, and forbid lethal property, before it awakes...
Since both the possession of natural property and the survival against lethal property, are basic rights, human societies should implement laws and economic systems that favor natural property, human freedom and human happiness, against the unlimited rights of lethal property, the freedom of company-mothers to reproduce it, and the happiness of the few men, the few animetals, that profit from lethal property.