In the Virtue-Color Model (VCM) of health, abundance is represented by purple, a color associated with royalty. The presence of this color in our health model highlights that health is a form of abundance or as we like to put it “Health is Wealth”.
Abundance is the natural fruit of a healthy environment and as human beings we have inherited this royal mantle in more ways than one. For example, in a healthy environment there is lush vegetation everywhere and we often find life flourishing even in the smallest of pavement cracks.
The planet earth has abundant resources for life, including plenty of oxygen, water, land, and energy to abundantly sustain all of its inhabitants. Any apparent scarcity that we perceive is created by our poor management of abundance due in some cases to lack of knowledge and in most cases to the purposeful engineering of poverty, pestilence and warfare attributable to selfishness and greed.
In the 2012 book titled “Abundance”, Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler describe the explosion in global abundance of material wealth over the next 25 years driven by Exponential Technologies. These technologies include 3-D printing, Nanotechnology, Internet of Things (IOT) , Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, and Genetic Engineering. An example of the argument for the coming age of abundance is shown in Diamandis’s youtube video below:
However, one of the factors that are not touched on much in his book is the problem of engineered poverty, pestilence and warfare. For example, according to Eric Holt Gimenez, Executive Director, Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy there is already enough food being produced to feed 10 billion people. The problem is not scarcity of food, but rather an economic system engineered to prevent food from reaching those who need it. Land that could be used to grow food for the 1 billion hungry is instead prioritized for the production of biofuels and production of food for confined animal feedlots.
Abundance and Healthy Natural Economic Systems
Ultimately we must turn for answers to more natural economic systems that have already proven their ability to manage abundance well in systems composed of trillions of individuals (i.e cells). One example of this is to note that in natural ecosystems money is never used and yet all individuals (i.e. animals, plants or cells) on the planet do very well without it.
For example in the economy of an oak tree, all of the resources needed for production are free and abundant. This includes water, air, energy (sunlight), and minerals. The farmers are the cells with chlorophyll that produce sugar from sunlight, CO2 and water. The miners are the root cells that acquire and begin to transport water and minerals up to the leaves. The miners trade water and minerals for sugar from the farmers. To the miners, sugar appears free for the taking, but each Miner (root cell) only takes what it needs. To the farmer minerals and water appears free for the taking, but again, each takes only what it needs. Thus production of basic resources is based on demand and then freely distributed to everyone.
Each cell contains its own elaborate machinery for the production and satisfaction of its own internal needs. This is the Do-It Yourself (DIY) philosophy in action at the cellular level. Because each cell can assemble the proteins that it needs using its own genes and protein synthesis machinery, it is very self-sufficient. As humanity begins to move towards the natural economic model the current DIY trends will explode. 3-D printers will become readily available and information freely accessible. Like cells we will have free access to all the information for making whatever we need. We will then print 3-D objects and build for ourselves a new level of self-sufficiency.
We can intuitively understand why money will be useless in a system where all individuals are free and wealthy from birth. Money loses all of its value if everyone has it in abundance because it only has trade value. But real goods do not lose their functional value even if they lose their trade value as result of abundance. For example if you have a box full of nails you still only need one nail to hold up a picture on the wall. The functional value is never inflated or deflated such that today you need ten nails to hold up the picture and then tomorrow you only need half a nail to hold up the picture. A better example would be the air that you breathe. It exists in abundance and yet its functional value is not diminished. It cannot be traded because everyone is rich with respect to air. In a natural economy all goods required for subsistence become like the air that we breathe (i.e. water, air, food, energy, shelter, connectivity, social integration, and access to DIY tools ).
The Year of Jubilee
We can learn much from nature’s economies of trillions of individuals if we observe them carefully. I believe that one major step needed for humanity’s transition to a natural economy is the reinstatement of a world-wide “Year of Jubilee”. This tradition taken from Leviticus 25:8-13 requires that all slaves be set free and debts erased once every 49 years. Land would also have to be redistributed to reset the playing field. It is sort of like starting a new game of monopoly where all the players start out with the same amount of resources. Think of it as hitting the reset button on the economy. Because debt is a form of slavery (Proverbs 22:7) all debts must be erased in order for modern-day slaves to be set free.
As we begin to enter the age of abundance, we will need to redesign our economies to function along “open source” rules that will work even if everyone is considered rich, and has free access to resources. An example of this is how information is shared in natural economies of cells. All cells share a complete copy of the entire genome, thus crucial information for all cells is “open source”.
Many more examples could be given related to the economy of the human body, but the idea is the same. In economies of abundance exchange happens naturally without money, energy production is distributed and freely generated by each individual, resources are abundant and carefully provided to all cells, and the well-being and health of each individual is carefully monitored by an extensive neural internet in the form of the nervous system.
Working out the details of a natural economy that allows all individuals to maximize their physical, mental and spiritual development will be an arduous task, but one that will be necessary for humanity’s next stage of evolution.
Abundance and Individual Health
Abundance is the natural outcome in a healthy system. In our environments this manifests itself as an abundance of healthy organic food, clean or filtered water, fresh air that is not stagnant and is negatively charged , plenty of sunshine, spacious shelter, and independent access to a means of healthy productivity.
In our bodies it manifests itself as an abundance of energy, high quality sleep, physical fitness induced by proper exercise, proper bowel function, proper posture and deep breathing, and a strong immune system,
In our spirits abundance manifests itself as generosity, creativity, nobility, and wisdom that comes from a balanced orchestration of the 7 virtues.
Relationships are also impacted resulting in more depth and satisfaction.
Because scarcity in our economic systems is mostly engineered, OnTierraHealth Technology believes that the future of health care will require individuals to connect together to implement changes that will allow existing abundance to be more effectively shared, and that will also allow new sources of abundance to be created in a distributed model.
Stay tuned as we endeavor to support your efforts to “take charge of your health.”