Before going down this road as you’ve had a day to get over the gasps and groans over how could say such a blasphemist thing after all right? However lets look at what “zero sum” as its Christmas and the world is full of holiday cheer right? Well Zero-Sum is a simple concept, as no matter whatever you do the answer is zero, pretty simple stuff right? So if your do some [perceived] good there will be a similar amount of “bad” (assuming there is such a thing as good and bad). As let’s take a minute to look at the concepts of good and bad, so let’s play a game if you will.
I have $100 to give to you or your neighbor, so I pick your neighbor and not you, so “good” for them and “bad” for you right? If we reverse it, then “good” for you and “bad” for them, however change up the game and I give you both $50 instead. So now it’s both [in equal parts] “good” and “bad” for both of you as you both could have had more and less so your winners and losers. Believe you get the idea, however another change up, what if your neighbor didn’t know they lost the opportunity for $100 and I gave it to you, would it still be “bad”. As the saying goes, “one man’s meat is another mans poison”.
However the biggest zero-sum game I know is in fact mortality, as we leave the world with no more then we came into it with. Now some of you smarty pants our there might get the bright idea that we leave behind “information” however you would be wrong as since law of conservation of energy says matter cannot be created nor destroyed only, so what has existed will exist as it has existed.
If one was a really good debater, they may say we then leave behind order, however the retort would be order is lost to entropy so check and mate. However, the greater concept of Zero-Sum is not the argument today its more so the application as there is a loop in our argument as if you know your living in a dream then are you really dreaming? Here understanding that the game is zero-sum simply means there are new rules as the goal is to optimize the loop to the goal. For example there is no way to stop global warming, so the next best thing is fit the goal to the loop [zero-sum works in both directions] so we need to figure out how to make the most in moment.
Now many will take this and say its exploitation and that’s so we should just go back to pillaging and robbing right? Well not so, as if I pick a flower and hand it to my lovely wife [who I love more than the world] and make her smile, the equation says someone lost a flower, yet I’ve stolen a smile and feeling in my heart which is irreplaceable. So which is worth more…