Re: [ox-en] extrinsic motivation = coercion
- From: Stefan Meretz <stefan meretz.de>
- Date: Thu, 7 May 2009 17:57:43 +0200
On 2009-05-04 09:13, CTVN wrote:
non-coercise system is possible because humans are prone to act in
their own interest.
True, and this is a good thing. I name this selbstentfaltung.
well, at best its "adjusted selbstentfaltung".
Selbstentfaltung _is_ always adjusted, because it belongs to others who
are the condition for ones own selbstentfaltung. Of course, this is only
true in a free society, which structurally supports selbstentfaltung.
Under capitalists conditions it is only true to some extend (which the
capital happily welcomes) or in niches to some more extend (free
software). Don't forget: We are talking about germ forms of the new.
logically, if more than one person is living
together, this causes a conflict of interest situation resulting
in one of them giving in (or adapting their behaviour or adjusting
their self interest) to the others around.
The challenge is to find ways of conflict regulation, where one
does not prevail on the cost of others.
logically, this is not possible unless you make a distinction between
original "selbstentfaltung" ( i get 100% what i want)
I re-phrase: In the long run I get 100% what I want, because others get
100% they want. If I am convinced to reach my selbstentfaltung, then I
act with motivation. If not, I act under (self-)coercion or I don't act.
"environment adjusted" selbstentfaltung " (i get x% what i want
depending on my skills to convince, my strength, the character of the
other...). regradless, i really dont think such a system can work
when x billion people with x billion different interest live
together. even if it were to work, i think this is an extremely
On the contrary, it would be an extremely efficient system, because
motivated people do and give the best they can. And this is the only way
the new system can prevail: It must be better (not only more efficient in
the old narrow output-sense) than the old.
im fine with switching to such any inefficient
system when we managed to find effective pills without side effects
against all diseases.
You want to change efficiency against healthcare? For me, the measure of
efficiency _is_ having healthcare for all and generally satisfying the
needs of all people while doing as less as possible.
The goal is not, to avoid conflicts. On
the contrary, today conflicts are avoided if they are pre-decided
due to power-relations. The goal is to foster individual
selbstentfaltung, which is the precondition of the selbstentfaltung
of all and vice versa. A society based on these principles would be
a free society.
again, if two free wills are in conflict, one (or both) have to give
in or adjust.
You are thinking of isolated non-communicating monades with static
needs. Neither free will nor needs are isolated things.
in other words, you are coerced by the other to restrict your will.
No, I have to find ways to satisfy my needs and the needs of the others.
If there is a conflict, we have to find ways to solve this conflict. And in
a free society it is a _need_ to do so, because it is good for me.
generally, morally i support your model to a quite some degree. the
problem is that we
are talking about humans and they are - imv - not genetically and
evolutionary hardcoded for such an ecosystem.
And I feel, that you are simply generalizing peoples behavior you
observe under given conditions and declare this to be the "nature". Then
you conclude -- completely logical -- that humans are "hardcoded" like
that. You turn a social defect into a natural defect.
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