Human Wants Do Not Equate Human Needs

Georges van Hoegaerden
Georges van Hoegaerden
Founder, Author, and Managing Director of methodEVA.

I come from a country, The Netherlands, with more bicycles than cars. An economist would make you think bicycles are bad, really bad. And here is why:

“A cyclist is a disaster for the country’s economy: he doesn’t buy cars and doesn’t borrow money to buy. He doesn’t pay insurance policies. He doesn’t buy fuel, doesn’t pay to have the car serviced, and no repairs are needed.

He doesn’t use paid parking. He doesn’t cause any major accidents. He has no need for multi-lane highways. He is not getting obese. Healthy people are not necessary or useful to the economy. They are not buying the medicine. They don’t go to hospitals or doctors. They add nothing to the country’s GDP.

On the contrary, each new McDonald’s store creates at least 30 jobs, 10 cardiologists, 10 dentists, 10 dietitians, and nutritionists-obviously as well as the people who work in the store itself.”

Loosely quoted from Emeric Sillo.

To develop systems and rules around human wants is a net negative to human evolution. Be careful with your belief in democracy that does exactly that, perpetuate human wants over human needs. Human needs are defined by nature’s first-principles and do not require human consent.

The improvement of human performance and longevity is predicated on the adherence to human needs as defined by nature, not the wants as defined by humanity. if we want to improve humanity, we must make humanity adhere to nature’s gameplay. Not by consent, but by the adherence to nature’s principles.

The sign of an intelligent nation is its willingness and ability to reinvent itself, upstream. Let’s inspire the world with new rigors of excellence we first and successfully apply to ourselves.

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