I’m slowly pivoting from calling them “core objective functions” because this term is inaccurate and vague. Instead, I’m calling them heuristic imperatives, which is distinctive and much more accurate.
This note may seem pedantic. Oh well.
I think the following are necessary considerations.
You may be misusing the word “heuristic”. It means something like “pragmatic” or “non-theoretical” with a flavor of “makeshift”. For example, one might plan to use heuristic principles to formulate actions until a suitable theory or theoretic framework emerges.
A. What is “suffering”?
B,. What is “prosperity”?
C. Maybe “understanding” is adequately clear. Or maybe not.
You have replied to my points, preemptively. Sort of.
But assuming that the three definitions will just have to emerge does not help the discussion.
Every politician or pundit might agree with “reduce suffering” and “increase prosperity” yet do nothing.
I can’t get any mental traction in this discussion because everything is so vague.