Can we squeeze some wisdom into the economy?

The wisdom to do so indeed exists, but it cannot be interjected into any economic system without our knowing the cosmic reason for our existence.

Unfortunately, while science takes a stab at the “how” of world creation, it has no interest in the “why” of creation. This is the realm of religion, un-provable metaphysical realities and smacks of Intelligent Design (which is a big no-no these days).

However, without a rational reason for why we humans exist on this planet there is no need for cultivating wisdom—only cunning.

Even if you prefer to wipe God and religion from the equation of reality, you can still get clues from physical Nature as to how wisdom is actually incorporated into the commerce of the biosphere and ecosystem. Evolution, whether it was purposely designed or simply serendipitous, has led to one curious outcome—unity! Everything in nature serves everything else (just like each single living cell in the human body serves all the others). In fact, nothing new can be added to a bio-structure unless it adds to the perfection of the whole system.

Is the human approach to commerce and economy equally noble? Does our getting “ahead” in this world benefit humanity or only our individual bank accounts?

Interestingly, Nature’s evolutionary trajectory has managed to harmonize the dynamics of aspiration with the perfection of unity (this is similar to blending capitalism with socialism). If I didn’t know any better I would swear that there was no better design for expressing the principles of “love” or a “heavenly kingdom” than what is displayed in our interdependent, interrelated and interconnected biosphere. (Even today’s physicists believe that the world is unified and that nature’s laws are inwardly consistent!)

Imagine that—blind nature has accomplished something that has eluded the human brain! How is it that nature and its evolution didn’t mess up until its most complex structure, the human brain, came into existence?

The reason is, the human brain and its desires can lead us to make personal choices that run counter to the common good and self-evident bio-principles. We can be caring people or selfish. The former constitutes wisdom. Wisdom is intelligence that promotes goodness. Wisdom is how we can lawfully continue Nature’s evolutionary trajectory towards increased unity. Wisdom, therefore, is why we are here!

Since many humans are not freely embracing wisdom in their life-choices, it will have to be forced upon us by disasters and by necessity. Nature continuously seeks harmony and the maintaining of its cosmic equilibrium. If humans continue to upset this balance (and wise commerce) then there will be real consequences. We are starting to experience some of these consequences right now.

To weather the storm it will be crucial for people with similar concerns to come together and form communities with local economies and support systems. Make yourself valuable to others. Promote goodness. That is the wisest move!

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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