Economy and Values

The theme of Economy & Values could be seen to relate to everything; in that much of what we encounter can be viewed in terms of the value it holds. And in using these terms, I am in a way setting the economic against other systems of valuation: it may be that everything has its price, but whether that price is a true reflection of its value is a different matter. It seems to me that Western civilisation adheres quite strongly to economic values; that this often takes precedence over many other considerations in life.

With the Economy, I tend to see this as a way of looking at the world around us and shaping our relationship with it; with economics then offering a way of understanding that relationship, of analysing or predicting how that’s working out and might continue to do so. I’m no economist, but it seems to be a way of thinking that must also make sense to the rational observer; and also a way of being that needs our understanding.

In contrast, the list of Values could presumably go on forever. Do we value the environment; the social fabric of the life we’re creating; the worlds of thought, philosophy, meaning; concepts of beauty, simplicity, balance; or the notion of leaving a better world, and applying ourselves wisely in what we do? There are many concerns we could place first, should we choose to.

 

Posts on Economy & Values:

Economy & Humanity (12 Dec 2017)
Language and values (23 Jan 2018)
What is economical (03 Jul 2018)
Cost and convenience (28 Aug 2018)
Mathematics of life (04 Oct 2018)
Interdependency (06 Nov 2018)
Making ends meet (17 Dec 2019)

 

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