Alternative Analysis to the Mainstream "Blackboard Economics</I> Based on the Concept of "Creative Mental Labor</I>
7- Final Remarks
The ambition “to have more” possessions whether in the form of money or products, for many individuals appear to be their main goal in life and the source of all their happi- ness. Individuals as the consumers of products have to learn to say “enough” and attempt to put a rein on this unbridled ambition “to have more”, which undermines the humanity inside us. After all, when we die we cannot take our posses- sions with us. The emphasis in the six previous sections of this book dealt with the “creative mental abilities” of the laborers. That is natural because it is basically these “mental abilities” supported by physical labor which create the new products and production processes demanded by the markets. Accordingly, it is again the mental abilities of men that help to organize the economic system and run it ef- ficiently in accordance with the rules. In addition, all kinds of economic deci- sions and transactions involve the use of man's mental abilities. If these mental abilities were not as developed and creative as they are, human beings would not have material living conditions that are different from any other creatures. This being the case, human effort would simply be confined to the finding of food, shelter and protection. Not only would there be no technological progress, no scientific advancement, no cultural activity nor any of the other diverse activities created by man's mental ability. The sole purpose of all creative mental activity is to improve living conditions...
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