"You can not work on an empty stomach"
Immediate results are needed to live.
The previous principle drew our attention to the need to use our present wealth for long-term investment in natural capital. But there is no point in planting a forest for our grandchildren if we do not have enough to eat today.
This principle reminds us that any system should be designed to ensure autonomy at all levels (including on a personal level), effectively using the energy collected and stored to maintain the system and also to collect even more energy. energy.
More generally, in the transition from growth to decay, flexibility and creativity will be essential qualities in finding new ways to create a production.
Without an immediate and really useful production, all that we conceive and develop will eventually wither away. On the contrary, the elements that can generate immediate production will grow rapidly. Whether we attribute this to nature, market forces, or human greed, the systems that are most effective at creating production and then using it most effectively to meet survival needs tend to prevail. about alternatives.
A production, profit, or income acts as a reward that encourages, maintains, or reproduces the system that generated them. This is how systems thrive grow.
In systems theory, these rewards are called positive feedback loops that reinforce the signal or process of departure. If the intent is to develop truly sustainable solutions, then rewards that encourage the success, growth and spread of these solutions are needed.
This is obvious for the farmer or the entrepreneur, but in all cultures where the standard of living rises, there is a tendency to replace functional and productive environments with superficial and dysfunctional environments. Even in poor countries, where the systematic goal of many development initiatives is to enable people to escape the need to maintain functional and productive environments by enlisting them full-time in the economy market where the pursuit of profit becomes a mean and destructive process dictated by the forces of globalization.
The "new rich" model of success, which banishes the functional and the useful, must be replaced by an impartial evaluation of the sources of wealth and by true indicators of success. For generations, the culture of capitalist or socialist wage-earning in developed countries has led to an incredible disconnect between the activity of production and the sources of our livelihood. By helping middle class Australian urbanites to face the challenge of a more independent rural life, I explained that it was like becoming an entrepreneur. Paradoxically, one of the unintended consequences of the largely dysfunctional and cynical "economic rationalism" of recent decades has been to sensitize people to the need for all systems to be productive in one way or another.