5. Localisation

Globalisation is a word we use for the exploitation of the poor by the rich which is the basis of Capitalism, the established religion whose teachings begin with the faith of people with money that money is good for every one.  

Well-meaning people trapped in the incorrect/wrong way of thinking promoted by “Philosophers”, have looked away while Globalisation has been imposed upon the (mainly poor) inhabitants of our Planet.

Capitalism/Economics is the incorrect/bad science, which begins with the specific judgement that money is objectively valuable. Nowadays that self-serving judgement has become comical as millionaires are made and unmade by the gambling mania called bitcoin. Let us be clear: our many sciences are broadly capable of benefiting humanity, and have long done so, and that should be their aim. The value-judgements of a self-interested minority should/can have no place in any science.

Yes, that, in itself, is a value judgement. It is the choice of good over evil that is available to individuals like you and me. If one assumes that money has objective value, then one may conclude, of course, that globalisation is good for everyone. This is an example of the incorrect/bad objectivist “Logic” which began with Aristotle.

The subjectivist alternative is that money can/may have value for those individuals who truthfully agree to respect that value. Accordingly, the correct/right logic of subjectivism offers localisation as its alternative to globalisation. It asks each individual to focus his/her actions upon the welfare of those nearby — his/her family and his/her community.

It may be that COVID-19 offers us the opportunity, here and now, to step away from the destructive path we have been following by substituting subjectivist localisation for  objectivist globalisation. If so, that realisation might be seen, by any one so-inclined, to be the Hand of God.

Localness is the property of Reality that the geniuses, Newton and Einstein, both insisted upon.

Both Newton and Einstein failed to see that thinking subjectively can/will release us from the objectivist trap. That is only a matter of distinguishing the one and only Reality itself, in which each of us finds her/him self, from the many stories that individuals believe about Reality.

To accept that claim demands no more of you than did the trivial empirical fact, you easily assimilated as a child, that the word “tortoise” is not a tortoise.

The subjectivist alternative to the greed, lies and violence of Western “Civilisation” is obvious. Whoever cares about Humanity only needs to begin thinking for him/her self to realise that evil can/will be greatly reduced by following the path of Science, with its many sciences, outlined in this essay.

This rather trivial conclusion is entirely dependent upon the non-trivial but correct definition of Science that was presented on a previous page of this essay.

Newton tried to explain the motion of such lifeless objects as the moon and a cannonball and had some success. Three centuries later Einstein did the same and had his own success. What is missing from both their stories is a genuinely causal explanation of the motions of lifeless objects.

Leibniz’s story of monads, on the other hand, offers a causal explanation of, say, the flying of an individual bird. That individual is free to fly where it chooses, but only in the limited way that is allowed at the (place and time) location in which it finds itself. A particular bird has some freedom to move where it wishes, but must adhere to the Laws, as we call them, of Physics and those Laws are local. What works for individual birds works also for individual human beings.

Of course the motion of an individual person (or an individual bird) is much more than his/her movement from place to place. Your individual brain/mind controls the movements of the legs that carry you from one place to another; and, equally controls whatever decisions you make to take a bus or a plane to get from one place to another.

In the human species, movements are responsible for the gift, as we call it, that somewhat separates Homo Sapiens from other species: the gift of language. It is your ability to very delicately control and synchronise the movements of your mouth and tongue and lungs and larynx that enable you to talk. And that ability is not just talk. It is also the thinking that your talking requires and enables.

In our species, evolution has brought speaking/thinking to a level that is far beyond the speaking/thinking of, say, magpies. Regrettably evolution has brought such power to our species that we are now easily able to destroy much of the life upon this Earth.