Children’s health and True Value; Why Poor Quality Food makes Negative True Value.
November 8, 2017
Health, considered in this case as near-optimal human physiology, has a large amount of true value, or “ability to increase effectiveness”. Human health is therefore considered directly and intrinsically valuable. Health is considered as actual value-stuff, very like how gold is thought of today. The health of children, furthermore, is especially valuable as it has such a large bearing on someone’s health throughout their entire life. The value of health can be thought of both in terms of the extra time and energy a healthy person can devote to helping others and creating value, and the resources saved from not having to care for a sick person. There is a twofold increase in true value this way.
In true value theory, the health of children is one of the most important real, measurable and physical stores of value, as it has a direct consequence on the future health of the population. Instead of considering the flow of money and profit, what matters most is the use of resources and what effect those resources have on value. Because the health of children is profoundly truly valuable, it is therefore very important to use resources in such a way as to maximize the health of children. This is critical in maximizing true value, which is the ultimate purpose of a society.
From the perspective of true value theory, money is a way to facilitate exchange of resources, but has no intrinsic value, and is not a store of value. For example, one trillion dollars, or a pile of gold has no intrinsic value, but it can be used to facilitate the exchange of large amounts of valuable resources. A population of healthy children does, however, have a large amount of intrinsic value. In a true value model “saving money” by compromising the health of children makes no sense at all. This is a net decrease in true value, because the “money saved” has no intrinsic value. This is essentially saying that resources being used to create healthy children could instead be used in a better way, to create more value somewhere else. This doesn’t even really make sense, as the value of healthy children is extremely high, and the cost in resources is relatively low.
Let’s compare this way of thinking to that of the United States. In this country, children in school are often given food of poor quality as a cost saving measure. The companies that provide food for children are doing this to maximize their profit. This is essentially equivalent to a vast net reduction in true value, to provide an increase in access to money for a relatively small number of private parties. What is profit? It is ultimately an incentive, it is access to additional resources. The entire society of the united states is giving up a vast amount of true value, so that a small amount of people can have more access to resources. From a true value perspective, this kind of trade-off doesn’t make any sense. It is completely and utterly nonsensical.
It is rewarding people with profit, or access to extra resources, who are actively damaging the true value of the society. In other words, at the end of the transaction a few people are richer, but the entire society is vastly truly poorer. Negative true value is created. This kind of negative value exchange has no ultimate positive side, no reward, and leads to a society that, while maybe having monetary wealth, is poor in terms of true value, or in a state of true poverty.