1. Useful Saving

    Some economists have argued that the effects of saving can be beneficial to an economic system.

    How small scale are the benefits, and what are the results of these types of strategies?

    To save we would have to hold a resource and keep it from being used or somehow depleted, until something with a substantial value becomes available to replace it, or an opportunity to somehow profit from use becomes available.

    So, what about those times that there are no resources available, or there are no (directly) profitable opportunities for the saver in using the resource.

    But what about those cases where, even though the owner is not profited from use, someone else can be.

    In this case, we would consider the rate of depletion of the resource through usage.

    In cases where the rate of depletion of the resource is very low, or almost negligible (just by the nature of the resource, or when it is used via an efficient system of resource management), such as the case of bandwidth for television stations, or radio, or space on the internet. it may be sustainable and even beneficial to maximize usage of the resource, even in situations where there is and will be no direct short term benefit for the owner of the resource.

    However, the concept of gain is actually relative, in the practical sense. Although we may argue there is some sort of basic mechanism that somehow constitutes a gain, universally, we may have no way of actually determining what that mechanism is, because of its complexity (which may actually be so complex that it takes an infinite amount of time to physically contemplate). So, practically the physical understanding of gain from individual to individual varies, and we may then say that this personal understanding of gain is what leads to a personal motivation. The effects of these motivations would constitute much of the effects on the efficiency of the system under different conditions which cause different sets of motivations.

    We can look at the effects of this relativity positively and negatively.

    Positively, individuals of the population that are motivated by the effects of usage of the resource are in turn able to increase the efficiency of whatever systems they are involved with and utilize the resource to perform work, even though this may not be benefiting the owner of the resource who is currently saving the resource for a profit to be made. So this would generate benefits, but not particularly benefits to the owner of the resource.

    Negatively, the owner of the resource would have to spend time and do work, or deplete the resource they are saving without a valuable replacement for the resource, or a profit which allows for growth and sustainability.

    If we set goals to achieve maximum usage, which we may or may not understand as being profitable to an overall system or certain part of a system, then the most efficient ways to achieve those goals would be to identify resources that have low depletion rates, the forms of usage that minimize depletion, the strategies that allow saving to be achieved at the same time as usage that are the most efficient, and owners that are motivated to and  can efficiently utilize the resources during the times that they are not, or do not identify as directly profiting from the utilization.

    Please try to note the emphasis on the notion of motivation in these circumstances. This is one aspect of selection that I think is underestimated and too rarely stressed in our current systems of economy and organization. There are definitely attempts and many people can realize the value, but I get the impression that there is not much universally recognized science of determining what is motivation and who has it and how to find individuals with the most motivation. But that emphasis may be better as the subject for a different essay…

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    These are merely thought experiments, and factual data, references and collaboration triggers are effective immediately and would become appreciated.

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