Personal Productivity is a form of self-actualization.
Most people in the world aren’t lucky enough to be as productive as Germany.
This country’s hard work should be a form of inspiration.
Before we look at the specific numbers, let us look at the incentive structure.
By our standards, Germany is the most efficient country in the world.
They work and consume more than they ever did. The whole country is doing the same amount of work they did during WWII.
This is super interesting to me.
Productivity is a function of your potential, not your current state
After WWII the goal was to rebuild Germany. It was only after decades of decline, and loss of pride, that productivity took off.
These days, Germans feel as though they are winning and that their competitors are out to sabotage them.
The government implements more and more efficient policies to help the country reach the top.
Most people in Germany believe they are achieving victory. Several very important forces are driving this energy shift.
We are currently in a period of history known as Feudalism 2.0.
That means, that it is about building strong institutions and creating more egalitarian systems.
This is why the increase in productivity and performance seems out of nowhere.
Since the monetary system is shifting to a fiat one, we aren’t talking about money anymore
It is about the invisible system that is the heart of the monetary system.
This is the most powerful system we have, it has the most potential to be the best.
Germany is the perfect example of this. The Empire is gone.
Germany is now a sovereign country. They are not dictated to by outside forces.
They control their own natural resources, their production levels, and their money supply.
A rising economy only occurs when the base is strong.
The masses are motivated by the rewards they get, and the disadvantages they don’t.
They are fighting for a chance to succeed. Feudalism 2.0 is like a fight between the elite and the masses.
The base is so powerful that they will fight with everything they have
Only these elites and the masses have any incentive to keep the game going.
Those who keep the game going will have the upper hand.
By creating more opportunities to succeed, society benefits overall.
This is the same reason we have schools and standardized testing.
If we are all a bunch of superstars, we can only choose the best of the best to join our team.
Once a system is broken down, it becomes easy for us to surpass the system.
And so, we are all competing to be the best.
Germany has the best healthcare system and quality of life in the world.
According to this report, the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) named Germany as the country with the highest quality of life in the world.
This doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. If you read the OECD report, you will see some warning signs.
In fact, this report can be used to “explain” the problems of America.
Several people believe that people in Germany work less than everyone else.
This is probably not true, they are just in the better physical condition and have much lower levels of disease.
We are stressed out, unhealthy, and sedentary
At the same time, our housing is much more expensive, the transportation system is inefficient, and we eat far more than is optimal.
As this report from the OECD points out, when there is a significant change in the quality of life in a country, you can observe several related economic indicators.
When it comes to the quality of life, many components contribute to the conclusion.
For example, take a look at these statistics for Germany:
- More than 17% of people receive welfare benefits
- 41% of households do not own their own home
- 63% of households own a car
- 92% of households own a TV
- 93% of households own a mobile phone
- 70% of households own a washing machine
- 89% of households own a microwave
- 80% of households own a personal computer
- 83% of households own a refrigerator
- 88% of households have a vacuum cleaner
- 85% of households have a clothes dryer
- 96% of households have a washing machine that works
And compare that to the United States of America:
- 15% of people receive welfare benefits
- 43% of households do not own their own home
- 95% of households own a TV
- 96% of households own a washing machine
- 91% of households own a vacuum cleaner
- 93% of households own a cellphone
- 96% of households have a refrigerator
- 92% of households own a clothes dryer
- 88% of households own a washing machine that works
- 88% of households own a vacuum cleaner that works
This demonstrates how important quality of life is to the average person.
If they have a lot of money, they can afford much better healthcare, safer cars, clean water, and a vacuum cleaner.
If they don’t have much money, they are more likely to get sick, their cars break down more frequently, they don’t have a TV, and they have to wash their clothes in a toilet.