Resources

"Resources are not, They Become."

According to Encarta English Dictionary one definition of a resource is: "a natural, economic, political, or military asset enjoyed by a nation." Natural resources, material resources, and human resources are all different types of resources. All resources are dynamic in nature, with the exception of human knowledge, and Erich Zimmerman said "knowledge is truly the mother of all resources." The dynamic resources that humans are indulging upon at this point in time are not going to be the same as they are twenty or maybe even five or ten years from now. The change is already being made to cut down our dependency on oil for gas. Hybrid cars are produced to run more on electric power than gas and soon they will be completely electric. This is a perfect example of how resources are dynamic. Our economy is on the last stage of the oil and petroleum game, and when this game is beat a new game will start. Our trusty old oil and gas game will be left on the shelf as memorabilia for what once was a resource that humans could not live without. It is nice to look at things and be able to say that knowledge will overcome the reliance on the finite resources that are being depleted. Although, the seriousness of the issue is, are the people of the world changing fast enough. Americans, as people of one of the world's most dominate economic countries, have the responsibility to consider the aspects and repercussions over depleting finite natural resources and not making our natural change with the help of material and human resources.
Natural resources are consistently being depleted, but which resources is being exhausted this time. A large problem with our economy is contentment. Everyone wants to talk about how terrible it is to pay almost $3.00 for a gallon of gasoline. Why are these people not going out and buying these hybrid or at least fuel economic cars? Why are they still driving across the parking lot to get to another class across campus when they have fifteen minutes to walk over? This is the product of contentment, people just keep watching gas soar higher and higher, and they just keep paying more and more for it. Americans, know better than anyone the meaning of the utilitarian principle, the maximization of human pleasure. Resources are used, abused and depleted for this purpose, but a resource could not be a resource, if it were used in this manner. Ingenious inventions were created to thrive off these resources in order for humans to live a comfortable and lavish life. The knowledge and technology is here and must be used to start depending upon other resources to sustain this comfort and gain independence from the resources that are soon to be departed. Just as Zimmerman stated, "resources are not, they become," humans are obligated to start this change when it comes to oil and gas as well as the many other finite resources that are vanishing.
Material resources are constantly being replenished and usually replaced by something bigger or better. They are and always will be a necessary aspect for the exploitation of natural resources. Material resources are things like machinery, buildings, and practically anything else that is man-made and can be used to satisfy human needs. Many material resources see obsolescence before the end of their useful lives. This is the primal meaning for how resources become. Humans produce material resources to make a job easier and more efficient, which ultimately contributes to making it more economic. Through the production of materials humans have found ways around the complete depletion of our natural resources. Electricity, for example, is an infinite resource that just needed the correct material resources in order to harness it. Dams and wind turbines are examples of man-made products that gather and convert electricity in order to put it to use for the "greater good." Now they have even found away to utilize electricity for transportation. Man has already created a material resource to harness a more abundant natural resource, to pick up when the oil runs out. Material resources are a strong advantage that humans have against reliance on what Mother Nature has provided.
Human resources truly take over where natural and material resources leave off. Without human resources there would not be material resources and no way to consume the un-harvested natural resources. Human resources are wide-ranged. The capabilities of man are limitless. Pure labor is a human resource that is taken for granted. All machinery has some human labor involved in the production. Knowledge is indefinitely the root for all resources. Ideas are created and put into effect for the use of all things at the world's disposal. "Since resources are a function of human knowledge, and since our stock of knowledge has increased over time, it should come as no surprise that the stock of physical resources has also been expanding," said David Osterfeld a political science professor at St. Joseph's College in Indiana.
"Resources are not. They become," a statement made by Erich W. Zimmerman. In other words resources are only resources until humans have the knowledge and the means to change the resources that are being used. Humans have done some irreparable damage to the environment, but it was all in the name of survival. The land has been taken from for a long time now, and for more than the allotted amounts of resources it holds. Due to human ingenuity no resource will be drained entirely, whether it is natural, material, or human. It is all a process like in anything else. Human intelligence creates a process to convert a simple substance into something useful. Then, with the knowledge of the resources existence, machinery is set out through means of labor to extract and convert the resource into its useful form. From this point there is a naturally occurring resource that does something to benefit mankind. In conclusion,
"resources are not" until "they become" a useful byproduct of human knowledge.

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