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economy, quality of life

1. ECONOMY. Economy is a quality of life: supplies: the land, natural resources, food, clothes, shelter, tools, and art.  A person has a good economy if the person has adequate supplies to keep him or her healthy. 

2. Overview of conditions that affect economy. A good economy depends on numerous social elements and environmental elements being optimal.  Such social elements include having enough freedoms to use, sustain, protect and celebrate local natural resources from which you make your necessary supplies; having enough freedoms to connect with the local outdoors to engage in art and creative practical use of the local natural resources; living in a well-functioning family and having deep friendships; family, friends, and you work together to shape and sustain a culture that uses, sustains, protects, and celebrates local natural resources from which you make your necessary supplies; having a healthy daily routine; having a useful and hands-on education (learn to be capable and sustainable, discover connections); and having morals and spiritual qualities (kindness, honesty, courage, etc.) and practical values.  Such environmental elements include clean drinking water; unpolluted air to breathe; the fertility of soil and the vigor of habitats to provide people with natural resources for food, clothes, shelter, tools, and art); and the vigor of habitats to supply people with serenity, excitement, inspiration, recreation, entertainment, and a deep culture.  Everything is connected to everything; thus, an optimal economy is most likely achieved when everything is optimal, – all social elements and all environmental elements are optimal. 

3. GOOD ECONOMY. Various examples of doing things and experiencing things that help create and uphold a sustainable economy. A family or local society likely has a good economy if the family or local society has adequate supplies to be well-nourished, to be well-hydrated, to be warm enough and cool enough, to be protected from the weather, and to locally harvest and make food, clothes, shelters, tools, and art.  A family or local society likely has a good economy if the family or local society is free to live on an adequate amount of land with enough natural resources from which it can harvest materials to make food, clothes, shelter, tools, art, and can develop and or continue a sustainable local culture.   In a good economy, a family or local society has nutritious food.  The most nutritious food is fresh food.  In a good economy, a family or local society has the time and takes the time to harvest local food and make their own cuisine.  Many factors help make and sustain a good economy.  For instance, living with morals, expressing spiritual qualities, and having deep kinships & friendships help keep a positive attitude and inspire creative ideas to form and or uphold a good economy.  If a family or local society has enough liberty and autonomy and is in good health, the family or local society will have enough freedom and vigor to make and or sustain a good economy.  If education is comprehensive and useful, a family or local society will learn about social & environmental connections and how to gather, grow, and make their necessities in a sustainable way to make and or uphold a good economy.  If the environmental factors are optimal, if habitats and ecosystems are thriving, if the water and air is clean, if the soil is fertile, etc., there will likely be enough local natural resources with which a family or local society can make enough food, clothing, shelter, tools and art.  With a good education and in a good economy, each person is vastly competent and capable of harvesting local resources and making a broad range of necessities.  There are divisions of labor and specializations, but they are minimal.  In a good economy, clothes, shelter, and tools are usually humble.  Adequate simple clothes, shelter, and tools are good enough; vainly extravagant clothes, shelter, tools, and fashions are not necessary, and are even perhaps harmful to the economy and to society, culture, and the environment.  In a good economy, people have only what they need or perhaps just a little more than what they only need.  Having too much stuff likely clutters the economy in the present and likely depletes vital resources for the future.  In a good economy, everyone is poetic and an artist; everyone actively creates thoughtful art and artifacts.  Simple local natural materials are enough to create deep and inspirational artwork.  The best works of art is the mind using simple materials to creatively make deeply meaningful art.  Art usually reflects and supports a family’s or local society’s economic values.  In a good economy, people value, use, sustain, protect, and celebrate local natural resources and people form and keep up a culture that connects society to the environment.  Hence, the process of making art also values, uses, sustains, protects, and celebrates local natural resources.  In a good economy, there is plenty of time to rest, to relax, to play, and to obtain and make supplies.   Furthermore, almost everyone has ample free time; in general, no one is over worked.  In a good economy, supplies are free; there is no money.  People are free from money; they are not dependent on money for supplies; they are not “a slave to the dollar.”  Without money, there is neither poverty nor slavery.  Furthermore, without money, land is not divided up, owned, and referred to as property.  In a good economy, almost everyone has enough supplies and they are healthy, are moral, have deep kinships and friendships, have liberty, are artists, and are well-educated with useful wisdom, sustainable skills and a vast knowledge of the local outdoors.   Moreover, almost everyone has a great quality of life.  In a good economy, hardly anyone is homeless, malnourished, starving, obese, unhealthy, depressed, stressed, bored, lonely, has nature-deficit disorder, or is over-worked. While everything is mostly good, the economy is generally good and vice versa.  Everything is connected to everything; thus, economy is related to all social elements (health, school, government, art, values, etc.), culture, and all natural elements (habitats, plants, animals, water, ground, air, etc.).

4. Etymology of "Economy." According to Dictionary.com, “Economy” originally comes from the “Greek word oikonomos, ‘one who manages a household,’ derived from oikos, ‘house,’ and nemein, ‘to manage.’”  Indeed, the word “economy” itself originally had a humble and locally-oriented meaning.   It is paramount to regain the importance of localness to the economy.  The economy will globally seem good, only while every local society independently has a self-sustaining economy.

5. POOR ECONOMY. Various examples of doing things and experiencing things that likely promote an unsustainable economy. Likely, the economy is extremely poor if all social and environmental elements are in dire conditions; for instance, if: grandparents, parents, and children are separated from each other for the bulk of most days; families spend a lot of time away from home each day; many people have hectic over-worked lifestyles and, meanwhile, many other people live in poverty and starvation; food is prepared in ways that remove its nutrition; jobs are boring; the extreme divisions of labor makes most careers too narrow; schools generally give wasteful tedious busywork; many buildings, which have mind-numbing indoor spaces, are quickly being built; the fast development of buildings, paved roads, and lawns are vastly destroying the natural habitats of local lands and quickly depleting resources from distant lands; many people are ignorant of how to make their own supplies; many people are dependent on money to get supplies; health care is costs money; many freedoms have been lost; there's not enough freedom to have the time to do enough exercising, being outdoors, relaxing, and resting; and there's not enough time to have deep friendships; there's not enough time to prepare food in a nutritious way; there's not enough time to adequately engage in art; intelligence is reduced to fragmented trivia; fame, money, career, vain fashions, reckless parties, and shopping become more important than kinship, friendships, health, spiritual qualities, and sustainability; and the drinking water has toxic chemicals, the air is polluted, habitats are destroyed, and natural resources are depleted so that there is not enough for food, clothes, shelter, and tools.  Money-dependency leads to extreme corporate powers; as a few powerful corporations influence the globe, unique local societies vanish, cultural diversity fades, language diversity disappears, and biodiversity diminishes.  Money and globalized corporations spread monotony, boredom, shallowness, greed, and poverty to every place and every person around the world.  Everything is connected to everything; thus, if many people are suffering from a poor economy (a few people are rich and many people are poor, many people are starving and or malnourished, many people are over-worked and or are slaves, etc.), likely many other social and environmental elements are in poor condition as well.  If many elements are in poor condition, it’s logical that many people are suffering in a poor economy.  If many things are dire: freedoms are lacking, deep friendships are lacking, education is fragmented and useless, culture is shallow, food lacks nutrition, the daily routine is hectic and boring, water and air is polluted, there’s famine, biodiversity decreases, and habitats are destroyed, it’s no wonder that the economy is poor.   Everything is connected; it’s no wonder that societies around the globe have many economic problems: over-working, being stressed out, money-obsessions, house clutter, people having credit card debts, nations having debts, bankruptcy, homelessness, theft, selling illegal drugs and prostitution to make money, obesity and malnutrition in the USA, famine elsewhere, poverty everywhere in general, etc. 

6. IMPROVE ECONOMY. Various examples of doing things and experiencing things that will likely improve the economy. If the economy is poor, improving the economy has a lot to do with improving all the social and environmental elements.  The economy will likely improve, for instance: as habitats and ecosystems flourish again; as biodiversity increases; as soil organically becomes more fertile; as water and air become less polluted; as people spend more time connecting with the natural outdoors for wisdom, inspiration, excitement, and relaxation; as freedoms and autonomy increase; as people learn how to make a broad range of necessities (food, clothes, shelter, tools, art) for themselves; as local societies make their own necessities and develop their own local economies again; as each family makes their own food in a nutritious way; as kinship and friendships deepen; as education becomes more practical and focuses less on trivial things; as the daily routine becomes less hectic; and as grandparents, parents, and children spend more time together at their home and in the local outdoors.   A society’s money-dependency pressures society to ruin all the social elements and environmental elements.   Thus, as society becomes more independent from money, society can develop a culture that helps to enrich and sustain all the social elements and environmental elements.

Everything is connected to everything; thus, economy is related to all social elements (health, school, government, art, values, etc.), culture, and all natural elements (habitats, plants, animals, water, ground, air, etc.).

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Southwest Michigan's Sustainable Pursuits
In Southwest Michigan, various examples of how people are trying to improve social and environmental conditions to provide people and society with a great economy.

Additional Sustainable Pursuits
Various examples of how people of Michigan, USA, and beyond are currently taking action to enrich and sustain nature and society and to improve people's and society's economy.

A Great Life, Great Culture
Explores a lifestyle and culture that supports a great economy.

Questions about Civilization and Uncivilization
Explores economics in civilization and uncivilization.

Nature Connections
Explores many natural resources and habitats that helps the economy of people and society.

100% Totally Sustainable
What it takes to have the optimal conditions in society and nature for people to have the greatest economy.

Imagine a School
An Economic School. A school at which each student learns how to do activities that enrich and sustain the economy of himself or herself, society, and the environment. A sustainable school. A school in which children learn about their connections to social elements and natural elements; and children learn how to be a benefit to society and nature and to enrich and sustain society and nature. 40 ways a school can be a benefit to children, society, and nature.

Local Business of Sustainable Design:

z-design
A landscape architecture firm in Three Oaks, in Southwest Michigan. The firm’s mission includes designing each landscape with multiple purposes: each landscape to be beneficial to society and nature and to be beneficial, beautiful and enticing, useful, and engaging to the people who use it. Also, the firm’s mission includes helping to improve the economy by designing landscapes in which people use, care for, and help replenish the natural resources that are on-site.

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