Adding values

Having created the quadrant model we can add some more depth to the model.

First there are two critical additional circles to draw. The first is tightly defined and will, for most people, be insignificant because of its remoteness. This is an inner circle which indicates absolute life threatening poverty. This might be caused by hunger, emotional isolation, an inability to communicate, the failure of your purpose: all can be life threatening (sometimes making people take their own lives). If a person’s level of experience is reduced to this level of achievement then they are at imminent risk, probably of death. Urgent action is needed.

This state of being is indicated by this inner circle, marked A for absolute poverty here:

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Thankfully for most people most of the time this is not an issue: they are surviving at a higher level than this. But they can still be in what society would define as relative poverty; their well being is below that which it is generally considered to be necessary to achieve a reasonable standard of living. So this justifies the addition of a second circle, between that which represents absolute poverty and that which represents a person’s potential achievements. It is shown here marked R for relative poverty:

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There are now three concentric circles. The innermost circle, marked A represents absolute deprivation. The area that surrounds it, marked R represents relative poverty. The area between poverty and a persons potential represents, for now, relative abundance

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3 Responses to “Adding values”


  1. 1 Paul June 30, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    I think my previous objections still have worth, but I like this adaptation very much.


  1. 1 Plotting people « Enough Economics Trackback on June 28, 2009 at 9:27 pm
  2. 2 Another perspective « Enough Economics Trackback on July 8, 2009 at 9:30 am

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