How to define what is valuable, useful?
Question from the Internet:
“What are other human activities valuable but not useful? And What practical steps can help us remember the value of these activities?”
This is a difficult question to answer, as in order to know what valuable or useful is, we need some absolute measurement towards we can define the value and use of something.
At the moment we do not have anything like that, as each society, culture, nation, or individual has its own arbitrary value system, they all decide what is useful or not.
Unless we can find an overall, universal goal, standard we can measure our activities against, we cannot find the answer to your question.
Fortunately, we have such an absolute standard, as we have a unique, predetermined Human purpose, role in Nature’s system that evolution’s plan defined for us. It does not matter if we accept, believe this or not, we have no free choice about the matter, since our role, purpose is defined by strict, Natural laws. Thus our only free choice, action is to find ways to adapt to our predetermined role, purpose.
If we do this consciously, proactively, purposefully — and if do not then increasing failures, crisis situations, wars, intolerable suffering will “convince” us. — then finally we can define, catalog all our activities according to this overall goal, purpose towards which we have to develop.
Then we will know what is truly valuable and useful, does it help us closer to our overall Human purpose or not?