The real cost of a bad paradigm or cosmology is not just the bad things that happen to those who adhere to the bad cosmology or paradigm. Even when you add in the cost of bad things which happen to those who do not adhere to that paradigm this is seldom the largest part of the cost. The real cost is mostly in the many good things that are prevented from happening.
Humanity being reduced to something distinctly less than human is enormously costly. There is always a large force toward this reduction in large complicated human societies. What makes a civilization worthwhile is its ability to offset this reductive force. In other words, while we pinch and squeeze each other’s lives in many ways there should be at least as many ways in which we foster personal growth, technical advancement,social development and other good outgrowths of our shared lives.
We must never doubt that when there are a lot of people struggling to hang on to something and it is erased by change there has always been a loss. However, often the new thing can offset the value of the thing lost. On the other hand, where rapid and unplanned change sweeps over the world continuously and armies fight to protect that rapid and constant change it is extremely likely that lots of value is constantly being lost. Where nobody keeps track of expenses it does not take long for almost any enterprise or institution to go broke. Human society and the Earth itself are subject to that principle of conservation.
One of the principle foundations of the modern world is a doctrine called Ockham’s Razor. Ockham’s Razor is not as well-known as the famous parts of the Declaration of Independence or even Descartes’ famous dictum “cogito ergo sum” (I think therefore I am) yet it has done as much as either of these two ideas to make the modern world. William or John or Herby of Ockham said that the simplest explanation for anything tends to be the correct one. That is both true and a powerful truth. However, any coach or athlete in competitive sports can tell you how certainly the simplest explanation can be shown not to always be the best explanation. Trick plays work often but would work more if people did not believe they existed.
In areas of government and policy conspiracy theories are right many times, people lie to census and poll takers, new factors change people’s minds and politicians are inconsistent. In the world of making policy for a species and a planet that keep squeezing into tighter patterns — even if our population shrank from now on –complexity must be understood. Justice and decency often require complex answers and solutions. Survival sometimes demands that we take many course to several ends and not one simple single course.
SOMETIMES THE “KEEP IT COMPLICATED SMARTYPANTS” IS THE RIGHT SLOGAN.