The long-term / short-term question

[Versión en castellano]

The lack of solutions to the mankind most serious challenges and problems is mainly due to the unbalance between the long-term and the short-term issues.

Thus, since the planetary challenges are long-term issues (environment, population growth, food, water, energy, social, political, economic, ethnic crisis, …), the mechanisms and interests presently driving the world are short-term ones (personal ambitions and motivations within the establishment, required fast return to money, political mandate duration, …).

Unfortunately, the councils of elders (essentially inspired by the experience of long-term issues) no longer apply. They are useful only if meeting the needs do not impact the availability of resources for future generations. They are useful only in the context of the Tao Te Ching assumptions, where Lao Tzu states:

The Tao is like a well of water
never extinguished despite heavy use.

Could anyone argue today that a heavy use will not extinguish a well?

And about the elders: they wake up every morning with a new gadget in the market for them even less understandable than the one they just met yesterday …

The beginning of the solution to planetary problems significantly relays then in the answer to this question: How can short-term incentives be applied to long-term sighted actions?

Any volunteer to respond?


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