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God, Government, and YOU

Aug 22, 2016


Creationists believe that God created the world. And most creationists believe that God governs and regulates the world.

On the other hand, Darwinists, evolutionary biologists, and rationalists believe in the theory of evolution...that species evolved by natural selection. Most Darwinists do not believe in a creator god (though the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive).

My purpose today is not to engage in an existential debate. I will keep that for later.

But there is one key contrast between these two theories that determines how you perceive reality...and how the world around us functions.

That key contrast is about where the intelligence (or God) resides.

Creationists believe the intelligence resides outside...that there is an omnipotent controlling authority outside that regulates the world. Believers of evolution theory believe that a God-like intelligence resides within every organism that helps it adapt, learn, and seek its own survival.

You may ask - why does it really matter which theory we believe in?

It does. In a big, big way. Our collective beliefs and ideas are constantly shaping and transforming human civilisation...our social, political, and economic ideologies and institutions.

So, if a devout Creationist were to be a government official, central banker, or economist, he would be more inclined to opt for big government, more regulation, more intervention, more control, more central planning, more market manipulation.

Similarly, if a scientific-minded evolutionary biologist were to be in these positions, he would probably opt for a laissez-faire free-market system with minimal government intervention and manipulation. He would believe in the individual intelligence of each market participant to make optimal decisions, self-corrections, and adjustments to the changing external circumstances.

Take a look at the world around you. Which guys are running the world? Are they Creationists or Darwinists? Which system works better?

I would like to leave you with these questions for now.

In my next installment, I am going to tell you about a concept that could change how you perceive and understand the world of man and money.

To be continued...

Ankit Shah (Research Analyst), has been a research analyst at Equitymaster for nearly 6 years. In the past, Ankit has been the driving force behind our learning initiative Equitymaster's Secrets. He has also travelled extensively across India with Richa and the Hidden Treasure team to identify winning small cap stocks. He now works closely with Vivek Kaul and his global network of independent thinkers, analysts, and economists.

Besides being an ardent follower of the Warren Buffett and Peter Lynch style of investing, he is a keen student of the Austrian school of economics. He is deeply fascinated and inquisitive about the workings of the human mind...and all the bizarre things that conspire when it comes in contact with money and power. He follows the multidisciplinarian approach to thinking and learning, drawing ideas and insights from fields as diverse as quantum physics, evolutionary biology, history, neuroscience, behavioural economics, and psychology...to the ancient arts and sciences of India and the rest of the world.

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2 Responses to "God, Government, and YOU"

s k sarda

Aug 23, 2016

Good Karmas will bring good results and Bad Karma bad results. This is the law of Almighty- Every action will have an equal and opposite reaction. We cannot understand the effect of Karmas in one life because for Almighty knows that Life is a continuous flow with death and birth as small stops on way.So SIP Tea with Modi and move ahead. Who knows our Good Karmas brought Modi as our boss to look after us. You earn or loose money in capital market not because of your fault, but because of Prarabdha that plays as the environment to give you the results that your Karma frutifies. Good Luck to you all.


Mahendra Singh Kakde

Aug 22, 2016

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