THE FUNCTIONAL THEORY OF RESOURCES (A Dynamic Concept)
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THE FUNCTIONAL THEORY OF RESOURCES (A Dynamic Concept)

THE FUNCTIONAL THEORY OF RESOURCES (A Dynamic Concept) There is great controversy about the meaning and definition of resources. The exponent of old and static school hold that natural phenomena are all resources. They are already in the realm of nature and are fixed or static. Resources are not made or created. Man by his intelligence and skill, has simply developed some of those (natural) resources making them suitable for human use and the rest of the (natural) resources are still left undeveloped.

THE FUNCTIONAL THEORY OF RESOURCES (A Dynamic Concept)

There is great controversy about the meaning and definition of resources. The exponent of old and static school hold that natural phenomena are all resources. They are already in the realm of nature and are fixed or static.

Resources are not made or created. Man by his intelligence and skill, has simply developed some of those (natural) resources making them suitable for human use and the rest of the (natural) resources are still left undeveloped.

To this old school of thinkers resource means nature. Natural things good or bad, effective or ineffective are all resources. To them the hydro-electric potentiality of the Congo river and the coniferous forest belt on the higher slopes of the Himalayas are all resources, even though, there is little chance of these being used under the present socio-economic condition of the countries concerned (viz., Congo and India). This view about resources without any reference to their functional aspects,—is not acceptable to modern thinkers. Prof. Zimmermann and other supporters of modern school hold that, resources bring human welfare.

1. Natural phenomena are not all beneficial to man. In nature there are floods, earthquakes, storms, poisons, etc. which hinder human progress and welfare. These are not to be" treated as resources.

2. Resources are not confined to nature alone. There are human resources and cultural resources as well. A healthy society, scientific knowledge, technological skill etc., can bring welfare to man and are certainly resources.

3. the most significant specialty of the modern thinkers is that, they believe in the Functional Theory of Resource, which entails that—

(a) Resource is functional and operational.

(b) It is made or created by efforts of man, and

(c)It is dynamic and not static.

As stated in the definition given earlier, resource satisfies human wants and brings human welfare. That is to say, resource is something functional to man. The term 'functional' denotes functional character, i.e., the capacity of satisfying human wants.

A natural phenomenon which can satisfy human wants, is functional and so a resource. The sunshine which helps our organic growth the air which we breathe, the solid earth on which we stand, is automatically resources. They are functional in their original state and forms. But most of the natural things, e.g., minerals, soils, rivers, water-falls, forests, etc., did not possess their functional capacity in their original state. As long as coal was unknown to man and was lying underground, it had all its inherent qualities but it was not functional to man. It was then a 'neutral staff and not a resource. It acquired its functional capacity when man by his efforts discovered it and learnt the art of putting it into various uses.

 

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