Written by Gillie Roberts of Ware
By adopting a basic set of nature-informed rules as common practice, business owners can thrive to an even greater degree within the existing economic paradigm.
While dyscalculia (in laymen’s terms, difficulty with math) often gets between me and the correct number, I have immense respect and appreciation for the concreteness of accounting—truly, even more so because of my own ineptitude. Economics, on the other hand, can be a point of contention with me.
It is a social science, a cultural creation, a human construct that is afforded the most fixed authority as if we, its creators, could not simply change its rules to fit our needs at any time. It has always struck me as highly unnatural.
The first red flag for me was raised when I went to my college macroeconomics professor for additional help, as I was earning a dangerously low C in the course. I explained what I understood and where I thought my gaps were, and all the while, a knowing glimmer grew in his eye. He said something very close to, “You’re thinking way too hard about this. The concepts we’re working with aren’t points to be argued or even arrived at logically; they are rules to follow. Memorize them like definitions and math equations, and you’ll be fine.”
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