Zero Value, Maximum Damage; The “Zero Sum Game”.
As readers and writers, most of us appreciate the power of words and languages.
The language used can be the hinge between understanding and not understanding the true nature of certain things, and thus our awareness of reality.
When we delve into the meaning of buzzwords, we sometimes find they appear to be perhaps unwitting contrivances which have the effect of mistakenly restricting our thoughts to within the boundaries of a conceptual “Box”.
This seems to be the case with the so-called “Zero Sum Game”, used to characterise human life as some kind of game, where the object is to compete over limited resources.
It has connotations of play. Even of fair play. If both players are aware of it, then the outcome can never be lamented. Like two gladiators agreeing to fight to the death, one or the other must win, and the other must die.
It characterises the mindset of those lucky enough to be hoarding assets as investors, or doing business trading assets, and those wishing they could do such.
And yet it is based on a completely false phenomenon, one that has been falsely believed in and propagated by most of humanity for its known history.
Socialists and Capitalists alike use it to justify their causes. By it, the gain of one or the other results in a corresponding loss to the opponent.
Rich capitalists fear socialism is a threat to their existing wealth.
Poor socialists believe that the only way for them to get any wealth, is to take it, from the capitalists who seem to have it all.
This is whilst all along, the main resource we need for life, the true source of wealth, the one from which all of our wealth and commodities throughout history, individually limited or otherwise, are derived from; the sun’s energy, is itself unlimited.
Similarly, our human capacity to generate value, and wealth; our ingenuity both as individuals and as collectives, is unlimited.
So why do we always think of wealth as something that needs to be obtained from other(s), who appear to have it?
At least part of the answer to that question appears to be down to the language we use to describe life.
In essence, we are potentially infinitely wealthy, each and every one of us, every soul on the planet.
Yet most of us, throughout our known history spend our time fixated on how to seize a little wealth for ourselves, from others.
When wealth is transacted this way, our only concern is to gain that wealth. Collateral damage impacting community and environment are generally ignored.
Historically, we had an excuse. But it has always been arguable, at least since we’ve been able to argue.
Now we have no excuse at all.
For the first time in our known history, we are networked in a way capable of adding our infinite value to our planet, both individually, and collectively.
We also have mechanisms in the form of distributed ledger token currencies (“Crypto-currencies”), which quantify the value of communities.
We have proof of this, in the studies of Metcalfe’s law applied to crypto-currency networks. When we extrapolate those results by expanding the numbers of users to include reasonable proportions of the population, we see tokens of almost infinite market value.
Our human function, is to produce unlimited value, to be added to our world, in response to the unlimited energy from the sun.
To open our minds to this, we need to dispense with terms like the Zero Sum Game, except where it literally and clearly applies, like maybe in a game of drafts or chess.
Otherwise we are restricting ourselves to thinking within a resource limited box.
We are not mice trapped in a cage.
Surely it is time we dispensed with the “Zero sum game” .