The Universal Demand Law
The Universal Demand Law makes clear what outcomes to expect from placing demands on anything living.
The 4 points of the Universal Demand Law
1. If a demand is made on any living thing, it will strengthen and/or improve that living thing. The greater the demand the greater the improvement.
The Universal Demand Law tested against the real world:
2. If a demand is decreased on any living thing, it will weaken and/or cause the living thing to deteriorate. The lower the demand, the greater the deterioration.
3. If the demand on any living thing is too great it will break or malfunction . . . . . .
4. . . . . from which the living organism will recover, and will emerge stronger than before it was broken, if it was not broken beyond repair.
To test and demonstrate the theoretical validity of any Universal Law, the best method is to test it against known outcomes in the physical real world.
1. RUN OVER BY A TRUCK
If you are run over by a truck, the demand likely is a vast over-demand and the body will be broken beyond proper repair.
2. BREAKING A MAJOR BONE
If you break a major bone in arm or leg and it is a clean break, not broken beyond proper repair, then the place where the bone mends will be repaired by the body with denser bone tissue and it will be stronger than before the break happened.
3. PARENTS APPLYING REASONABLE DISCIPLINE
If parents place a reasonable demand on their children and discipline them at an appropriate level, children will have a good chance to develop into reasonably well adjusted functioning adults.
4. PARENTS NOT DISCIPLINING THEIR CHILDREN
If there is no demand placed on children and they are not appropriately guided and disciplined, more likely will deteriorate into poorly functioning adults.
5. WELL INTENTIONED SOCIALISM
If you take the natural demands of normal daily life away from adults by placing them on one or other form of socialist program such as welfare for example, the Universal Demand Law predicts that they will deteriorate further and will not likely be able to meet the normal demands placed upon them by normal daily life. If those adults are allowed to be subjected to normal daily demands, those demands themselves will result in improved resiliance and ability to meet the demands of normal daily life. People with physical handicaps are constantly subjected to mental demands that people without physical handicaps are not subject to. These constant mental demands often propel people with physical handicaps beyond the mental capabilities that propel them beyond the average mental functioning they would have attained without the extra mental demand resulting from their physical handicap. People with a mental handicap may have a mental demand upon them that is greater than their current capability and may benefit more from a slight decreased demand by getting minor support with decreasing support later when their mental ability has improved through more gradually increasing mental demands placed upon them. Arbitrarily removing all mental demands from lesser mentally capable people is a very damaging violation against the Universal Demand Law, because it totally deprives these people of any mental demand, causing additional mental deterioration. This is also a grave mistake made with people that gradually lose mental capacity through the aging process. Taking away the mental demands through retirement and by providing all manner of physical and mental support is, according to the Universal demand Law, a great disservice to aging adults. Some of these well meaning and well intentioned mental and physical support measures are erroneously initiated by the aging adults themselves that are craving leisure and a mentally less demanding lifestyle. No wonder that these violations against the Universal Demand Law are swiftly "punished" with rapid mental and physical deterioration resulting in earlier death.
6. EQUAL EDUCATION FOR ALL IS NOT GOOD
If students are subjected to equal education for all, the Universal Demand Law predicts that only a small percentage of the students (say 20%) are subjected to the proper demand to induce optimum learning improvement and 40% or so may have an over-demand and another 40% may have an under demand resulting in the predictable disappointing outcomes that can be expected according to the Universal Demand Law. The 40% that are subject to under-demand will deteriorate because their mental abilities are not optimally challenged. The 40% of students that are mentally lesser equipped for the demands placed upon them, will be subject to an over-demand and therefore will "break or malfunction". Most members of this latter group could still benefit from the over-demand if they are "not broken beyond repair".
7. ADVERSE EFFECTS FROM LOWER REQUIREMENTS
Lowering University entrance requirements for special ethnic groups is counter to the Universal Demand Law and can only lead to other than the loftily envisioned and doubtless well-intentioned outcomes. A degree obtained by students subjected to lesser academic demands is generally less respected in the workplace because the skills obtained from lesser demanding courses are deemed to be of lower value.
8. PROHIBITION ALWAYS FAILS
According to the Universal Demand Law, placing a heavy demand on illegal drug use will only increase the consumption of illegal drugs. According to the Universal Demand Law, prohibition is the wrong way to proceed against hard drugs or similarly desired (but generally un-desirable) substances or services (prostitution). Giving people the freedom to fail is always the lesser of the evils. Good advice and education is the best prevention or remedy. The role of parents is to give valuable advice and guidance to their children in their formative years. The role of parents is not to keep their children in a straightjacket for life. Similarly the function of Governments is to give valuable advice to the governed. The function of Government is not to keep its constituents in a straightjacket of freedom restricting laws and regulations. A Government that protects the governed from failure, denies them the demands that will lead to success. People learn from failure, they will deteriorate by being prevented to fail.
9. MUSCLE STRENGTH
Placing a demand on muscles makes them stronger. Conversely, taking a demand off muscles will cause them to atrophy (a leg in a cast for six weeks will hardly have any muscles left). The health of a person confined to a hospital bed (or any other bed) will deteriorate very rapidly because demand is taken off the entire body. Specially when that person is given sedatives because that will keep that bedridden person even from making movements and from employing any muscles, adding to muscle deterioration. Making all things easier for physically handicapped people may seem the right thing to do from a socialist point of view
10. LANGUAGE IMMERSION COURSES
Placing a heavy demand upon immigrant children by teaching them in an immersion course the language of their new adoptive country will render them fluent in that new language in record time. Conversely, taking the demand off them by coddling them with lessons taught in their native language will handicap them for long periods of time and may prevent them from ever fully integrating in the society of their new adoptive country.
11. EMOTIONAL DEMANDS
A person enduring adverse human experience such as losing loved ones or going through a divorce or being subjected to other mental pressures, will emerge stronger as a result of the adverse mental demands or will succumb to them and be mentally broken in the process if the demands were too great where they broke the person beyond repair.
12. PHYSICAL HANDICAPS
People born with physical handicaps may be mentally strengthened by the extra demands placed upon them through the constant mental demands placed upon them (dealing with the handicap) and will excel in life beyond expectations. Others will not benefit from the extra physical demands when society will try to offset the demands by over-compensating for those demands with institutionalized social support for physically handicapped people.
The list of examples that prove the Universal Demand Law is endless. You can test the UD-law yourself with examples of your own and you will find that it holds true in every instance.
It is difficult to determine the right dose of demand
Since all living entities, including people, have different levels of capacity to tolerate demands placed upon them, it is difficult to determine what constitutes a demand and what will be an over demand. What may be an under demand for one, may be an over demand for another. The most effective method for maximum result may be a slow and gradual increase of demand to slightly past the point of failure and then cutting the demand slightly back.
The importance of the UD-law.
The discovery of the Universal Demand Law is extremely important to the future of the human condition because it explains in most instances the reason for success or failure of human endeavors. The UD-law will shed light on many aspects of all things living and on the functioning of their subcomponent parts.
Naming of laws that govern the workings of things within the Universe.
I prefer the term “Universal Laws” to describe the absolute unassailable laws by which the Universe seems to function. Unfortunately this term has been confusingly used to describe many other concepts as well, including metaphysical and religious concepts.
Known Universal Laws and this recently discovered Universal Law.
A well known Universal Law is the Universal Law of Gravitation discovered by Sir Isaac Newton. Newton’s law is also referred to as the law of gravity. Another well known Universal Law is Einstein’s Law of Relativity. Both of these laws seem to be subject of dispute about their Universal applicability and correctness. An additional newly discovered Universal Law is this, Alf Temme’s Universal Demand Law.
Very essential knowledge to understanding the Universe
It is very likely that most everything that happens and everything existing within the Universe can be adequately explained if all Universal Laws were known.
Most Universal Laws remain undiscovered and religion, myths and misinformation fill the void where human knowledge and understanding is lacking.
Unfortunately the human race has not as yet discovered much about Universal Laws. Consequent to this lack of knowledge and lack of understanding, humans are subject to a lot of wonderment and awe about many things and happenings within the Universe. Where knowledge and understanding are lacking, belief and conviction fills the void. Interestingly, most religious writings do not portray their Gods and deities as dictators. They rather portray their Gods and deities as wise and tolerant guides that give their constituency all the freedom to fail while teaching and proposing the methods and the guidelines for actions and behavior with which to succeed after having learned from failure. Most religious teachings practice the Demand Law of allowing people to fail and giving guidelines for success. There are some religions and beliefs that want to make certain that their constuency will succeed and they promote very lofty dictates for success and that is obviously a violation against the Universal Demand Law and the results are quite opposite from what the loflily anticipated goals are. This makes those religions or their extreme offshoots and such convictions as socialism such big failures.
Practical application of UD-Law to exercise.
I have been involved in the development of a very clever but very expensive exercise machine called ROM (for Range of Motion). It gives you maximum results for minimum time investment. The full daily workout on the ROM is EXACTLY 4 minutes. Also here the rule applies: Where knowledge and understanding are lacking (in exercise) myths will fill the void. The objective of exercise is to place a demand on muscles which in turn will place a demand on tendons and joints and on the cardio-vascular system. To achieve optimum results from exercise the demand on all body systems involved in the exercise should be such that all the systems are slightly traumatized (damaged) but not damaged beyond proper repair. The ROM machine follows the UD-law to near perfection in that it adaps its workload every second during its 4 minute workout to precisely slightly over-match the user's ability to perform work so that slight damage and slight pain will be invoked.
Following the ROM exercise the muscles, tendons and joints must have a 48 hour recovery time to repair the slight "damage" that has been induced by the exercise. All bodily systems, that were subjected to a small over-demand, will emerge better and stronger after the 48 hour recovery period.
Universal Laws are laws of nature that apply to observed highly predictable patterns of occurrences in nature or the universe as a whole. Universal Laws apply to patterns of behavior or outcomes that can be predicted with near 100% accuracy.
Such observed patterns of outcomes or behavior were observed by Newton, Kepler, Faraday, Pascal, Boyle, and the like and the laws of nature, or universal laws, observed and described by them became known as laws with their names attached to them, such as Newton's Law, Law of Pascal, Kepler's Law. Law of Faraday, Einstein's Law, Boyle's Law, Heisenberg's Law etc. So you could call this Universal Demand Law "Temme's Law" but I think "Universal Demand Law" is better and certainly more descriptive.
I discovered the pattern of predictability of the law I eventually named "Universal Demand Law" starting around 1970, but I was still unsure about its universal applications to all things living. Around 1985 I had gained enough confidence in the law to give it the name of Universal Demand Law and in 1999 I decided that the law was nearly unassailable and ready for publication. It would be a great service to society as a whole and the economy in particular if the law became known and applied by all government bodies around the Globe so that all new law proposals could be tested against the Universal Demand Law for their efficacy before they were to be enacted as laws . People could use the law to improve their personal lives and modify their decision making processes as well.
The UD-law explains why many actions taken by humans have such unexpected and often surprising not intentioned outcomes.
If you wish to comment or have some suggestions on more examples that support the universality and validity of my "Universal Demand Law", or you have examples that you believe totally show the Universal Demand Law in error, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org