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“Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for

health


– Carl Jung

All the time, most people are preoccupied with the Herculean task of trying to rid off scarcity in all its forms. And though we were built to fill up all sorts of void created by a so-called deficient world we live in, it in no way implies that we ever attain that desired steady state, so as to warrant us sleeping our lives away.

Therefore here’s the proposal: our world is run as a scarcity-driven system. It’s not just a proposal – this article will dissect such truth.

Interaction of the Forces
Weather, climate et al. The systematic and periodic nature of all this is operated based on scarcity. Winds are directed towards a region of lower pressure, rains begin, and on and on, and on; it’s a system – and it’s what we thrive on.

The Medical Aspect
Oxygen is essential for our bodies, but it is not what drives our breathing. On the contrary, it is the level of carbon(IV)oxide that sets the pace for respiration. It serves as the index of scarcity of oxygen, hence chemoreceptors in our bodies are sensitive to this index. Therefore, eliminate all carbon(IV)oxide and a person stops breathing. This is especially significant for people on artificial ventilation.

From the Eyes of the Economist
Scarcity is an important commodity in economy. But a deviation from Thomas Malthus’ theory, the population is not limited by scarcity or famine – it is an incentive for more productivity. The lesser the product available, the more product to be formed.

The Last Straw that Never Breaks the Camel’s Back
It’s an elastic system – it goes round and round. And while people try to curb want and scarcity by going all out of their way, it never really is achieved. Want and scarcity need to be filled, but they never really go away. It’s the system’s foremost player, and the most important as far as life is concerned. Let not our toil and sweat be towards eradication of scarcity – let it be towards being the most productive of life we can be, playing by the rules: SCARCITY SETS THE PACE.

Luke O. Ogar

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