One of the premises of Rational Praxis-ism, is an efficiency with value. What has value? Anything could potentially have value. Value presupposes a human perspective. Efficiency towards value demonstrates an awareness of others opinions and desires. Possible deveations from this rational praxis include being unconscious in relationship or insensitive towards the feelings and thoughts of the people one is in relationship with, or an overt anti-social contempt of the others one is in relationship with. Yet a third unreasonable deviation is an ascetic, hyper sensitivity to the desires of others and a lack of reasonable concern for oneself. (you will also find that this mentality enables the other two mentalities, because it projects it’s sense of self on the other rational people in the relationship to participate with it’s world view, and this mentality is tacitly self-loathing self-sabotaging, and self defeating, and it expects reasonable people to participate with it’s self destruction.)
The desire itself must be rational and must not extend towards things which it has no right to, such as the self expression of others, or influencing their resources if those resources have been earned meritocratically. It must take everything into account and their is a reprocity to this relationship which has to do with relationship and time.
WHAT HAS VALUE?
Space has value, clean air has value, being able to move through an area without obstruction has value, personal space has too much value, demanding too much personal space is a sign of narcissism, like a pirate captain that will kill you for stepping on his shadow. He demands not only that you respect him but his shadow as well. Likewise giving others too little space is irrational and a sign of self appointed authority to judge others and trespass boundaries because there are no rules as far as one self is concerned, because one self is always the cause of the good and never the cause of the bad, like a mother figure who (presupposing her own authority/superiority over you) feels that she has the right to come into your room, and rifle through your possessions, and spy on you and judge and punish you.
E2V requires an understanding of others and what has value to them, how they are in relationship with reality, and the subjects in reality or how one is in relationship with the world and the phenomena in the world. It is important to not, in (E2V) that you don’t get to control or influence someone’s relationship with the world or the phenomena in the world unless they have asked you to do that, think of this as the Guru principle, don’t offer unsolicited advice. If someone has asked you to help them or teach them or offer suggestions the rule is not violated. You can leave relationship with them if you disagree, but don’t try to force people to conform to your world view especially without evidence or reason. If you have a contract with that person it might be necessary to force their hand a little because of shared fate. (it is important to remember this is a portion of the perspective that is Rational Praxisism).
For example, how is one in relationship with noise? As I am writing this I have relocated myself in the library, because an old homeless man keeps rustling plastic bags. I despise white noise as I have an almost autistic level of sensitivity to sound (and communication) and I am not like other people white noise keeps me from focusing and thinking on higher mental plains. (If you read Mind of the Mnemonist you will see that high level savants with synesthesia often have their processes disturbed by unexpected or undesired sounds). A silent ambiance has value for me, and the homeless man and myself cannot both do our wills in close proximity to one another, I value silence and he has the need to constantly make noise, so no rational relationship is sustainable.
When you think about it, it’s really about understanding people better. When you apply it what you find is the closer and more frequently you are around someone the better they should understand one another, working together without friction and maximizing the value they create for one another. If you could see it, it would look like a fractal of value, and it would create a surplus of value for everybody.
Another facet of this rational praxis is Vicarious Value. Let’s say I were to come into possession of a delicious chocolate cake but because I am on the Paleo Diet the cake not only doesn’t have value for me it has negative value for me. I could choose to refuse it or to throw it away, but this action would lack understanding of the (E2V) formula. I remember that my room mate loves chocolate cake. The cake might not have value for me but it has vicarious value for me because we have a relationship and she might reciprocate in the future especially if she subscribes to E2V. Bench-marking the concept of trade sanctions I also recommend never giving anything of value that is un-owed to anyone that despises one self or one’s relationships or wants to antagonize one’s will. Just as in espionage one doesn’t give true information to one’s enemy, you instead give counter-intelligence to the enemy because that has negative value for those that create negative value for you.
This relationship presupposes that interactions be only positive, rational, useful, or pleasant. Some people, let’s call them cheerleaders, think that they create value by only communicating positive emotional data, from their perspective they think they are making an equitable contribution, they think positive words have an actual monetary or objective value. These people are Klingons. They will demand that you only tell them positive things about themselves as well so their is no way to communicate to them that they are not making an equitable contribution.
This relationship allows both people in the relationship to maintain an individuality. It realizes that people have different wills just as the founding fathers realized that people have the right to pursue their own happiness. One person or group of people doesn’t get to decide what the other people in the relationship should want. While there are some obvious ring pass nots, if one reached an impasse in the relationship they would simply go their separate ways doing as little damage to each party and their resources as possible instead of entering into a battle of attrition. It avoids the cognitive bias that everybody thinks like ourselves, and that what is normal for us is also good, and everybody should be like ourselves, think like ourselves, and want what we want, which shows an obvious blindness to the fact that if everybody wanted what you wanted then there would be less of what you wanted in the world. For example if you think that you are the most alpha male because you are a good downhill ski-er and you think everybody should value you as you value yourself the natural outcome would be everybody would be downhill ski ers and the amount of down hill ski-ers better than yourself would increase and the amount of opportunities you have to actually ski would be diminished because the resorts would be packed with ski-ers, many of them richer than yourself and prices would be driven up with increased demand.
Money has no intrinsic value, it isn’t magick, it is a symbol that we agree has a certain unit of value which is exchangeable. If people understood themselves or money better they would understand that value is only created in relationship.
Help them do their will for themselves, so that people will help you do your will for yourself.