Let us rate the value to society and the environment of a range of job categories. Governments, economists, businesses and the media do not take into account what jobs do to the environment but we will because we are realists and they are illusionists. We will list the categories in our perceived order of value. So most people will need to go towards the bottom of the list to find the category that seems to indicate what they do for a living. That will encourage them to think and maybe they will becomes realists rather than pragmatists.
Here we go:
- providing understanding of the damge the operation of the systems of civilization are irrevocably doing to the natural life support system
- providing the young, aged and disadvantaged in society with aid, care and compassion
- teaching and lecturing on how to use sound information to develop useful physical and mental skills
- providing knowledge on how to manage biodiversity to limit the harm being done by human-introduced measures, including irrigation for farming
- teaching and lecturing on how society can manage a sustainable life style using a minimum of natural resources
- providing essential health, policing, information,organizational, management, banking, housing, food, energy and water supply, sanitation, maintenance, transportation services together with recreational and remedial facilities.
- promoting beneficial physical and mental activities, including participation in sport, playing musical instruments, having stimulating hobbies and enjoying social groups
- being an engineer who specializes in the maintenance and prolonging the effective operational life of all forms of infrastructure, including land, sea and air vehicles together with roads, tunnels and bridges.
- promoting devices to save on using energy on the pretext that will help to stop climate change
- farming using fertilizers, pesticides and machinery
- teaching and lecturing on how to achieve a high material standard of living
- driving trucks through cities loaded with containers
- mining irreplaceable natural resources
- mining coal, oil and natural gas for export to make money for foreign and local investors
- promoting, marketing and selling stuff that sales-addicted people do not really want
- contributing to the design and construction of high rise buildings that will be dependent on the continuing availability of services during their lifetime