(15) How is value created?
20th-century economics states that value is created through labor. But is that true? When you live a Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability, you will readily understand that an overwhelming portion of value is created, in the first place, through a unilateral gift from nature. We may consider that the value is then elevated to its highest level when man takes thorough care of that blessing of nature.
You can see this well when you observe how agricultural crops grow. To begin with, it is nature that generates and nurtures the plants. Man, however smart it may become, cannot create a single leaf of greens. A plant that sprouts from a plowed field is a unilateral gift to us from nature. But at the same time, if you leave a naturally growing plant as it is, you will not, by any means, be able to harvest a savory crop. Only when we take care of the plant with devotion can we reap it as good produce.
The same could be said about the production of industrial goods in a factory. It may seem you have only to possess the manufacturing machinery and tools, and operate them according to a manual, in order to produce industrial goods. However, the true added value of an industrial product is determined by how devotedly you improve and how elaborately you maintain the manufacturing equipment, and how well you operate the tools and machinery. It is absolutely not possible to produce excellent products by simply placing machinery, tools and manuals side by side. The quality and value of an industrial product is ultimately determined by how devotedly man cares for the factory.
The same applies to education. Man has the capacity to grow by himself owing to the forces of nature. But why then has man always been keen on education from ancient times? That’s because a naturally growing man develops into a more brilliant person through others’ devoted teaching and guidance.
Thus, in daily work and life, we can acknowledge that the value of all things is earned by our devotedly taking care of the unilateral gift from nature.
(Date published / 公開日： 5/3/2021)
(Date last updated / 最終改訂日: 5/3/2021)