Cultivating natural resources, human resources, or information to be sold
Extraction comes second after Finance. Do you know where your rawest materials are coming from and how you are going to get them at a fair price. Inversely, do you, as an Extractor, know who your clients are before you begin working and do you know how to get them to compensate you, despite them using that “fair price” BS on you?
Hunter-Gathers and Farmers
It is a concept so simple that it defines our first understanding of division of labor and civilization. For resources to used by the whole, a select few must first gather them. All raw materials have to first be extracted from their origin to be used, but for our definition, this includes not only natural resources, but human resources and intellectual extraction. Extraction is usually a very expensive, long, or complex process that is paid for by how lucrative the mass of clients will be. Any raw material that cannot attract millions of eager clients doesn’t get extracted. This compelling economic law leads to some unfortunate consequences on all fronts, as it stands that most resources are still non-renewable and scarce.
|Hunting||Law enforcement, war||Hunting, tracking||Journalism, medical science|
|Farming||Education, religion, business||Farming, husbandry||The arts and humanities|
|Mining||Workforce development, politics||Mining, sciences||Blogosphere, Wiki, the Internet|
Extraction’s Fatal Flaw
You may notice that the above careers are notorious for being poorly paid. People who hunt, farm and mine are paid to handle problems that most of society enjoys avoiding, but the apathy that sets this aspect apart from others also causes it to be wholly under-appreciated and under-financed. So an extractors’ job is at once difficult because of the task at hand and because of the up-hill battle to be fairly compensated.