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, poverty and social inequality. First we need to look at what society consists of. Civilisation is comprised of all the achievements of art and science, technology and industry. It is a result of mans invention of symbols including letters, words, numbers and concepts. The concept of having separate countries is abstract and in reality, these divisions are just an illusion. if we see the earth as one organism comprised of waters, forests, animals and humans then there would be more awareness in connection to the natural world. This confusion of an abstract symbol of reality is the cause of most of the suffering in the world today. Lets look at money for an example of how people confuse this symbol as reality. Money is a way of measuring wealth, it is not wealth in itself. If a sailor was shipwrecked on an island, no amount of money would be of use to him. Real wealth consists of things which are useful and relevant. In the case of the shipwrecked sailor, it would be food, water or a raft. this confusion of money with wealth is the reason we are not fully going ahead with the development of our technological abilities for the production of more than adequate food, clothing, housing and utilities for every person on earth. It can be done for electronics and computers. Automation techniques and other methods for mass production have lifted us into an age of potential abundance. In this case the political and economic ideologies of the past are simply outdated and irrelevant. There will be an opposition by people who will wonder where the money is going to come from to support the new system. But money never came from anywhere and it has no inherent value. It is simply a 'measure' of wealth. because we have made such advancements in technology. Automation has freed people from all kinds of work. It started with factories and the automated assembly lines, now it has even shifted into the 'serv ice' sector with self checkouts and automated telephone operators. however, as a consequence of not being able to distinguish a simple and reality, machines putting people out of work ends up depriving these people of money and basic necessities. but in depriving people of purchasing power, the manufacture in turn is depriving itself of outlets and markets for their products. As a result, machines produce more and more whilst humans find it harder and harder to find jobs and therefore lack the money requi red to purchase products. Most of you will struggle to understand the concepts because mankind has existed for thousands of years with relative material scarcity and it has only been about 100 years since the beginning of the industrial revolution.
But at one point in time it was difficult to persuade people the earth is round and that the earth orbits the sun. Similarly it may be just as hard to understand the currency system is obsolete. the temptation to amass either money or wealth will dwindle as i t becomes obvious that the technology will keep the supplies coming and that it will simply be a burden to stockpile so many products. When everything one needs is readily available, the is no basis for hoarding possessions therefore it would not make sen se to steal anything. A world without work would mean a reversal of the traditional focus on hard work in order to support yourself and others because it is no longer necessary. there would also be an increase in opportunities for artists and other kinds of creative people to explore their potential. Everyone would have the time for travel and see all over the world, people could experience proper education and they would have the chan ce to pursue things which they were genuinely interested in rather than sacrificing their passions for money. There would have to be a lengthy transition period while they allow technology to gradually continue on its course to phase out most jobs People may wonder who will step forward to do the work that is not capable of being performed by machines, but there are countless people that volunteer their time to service and help others. And in a new system that doesn't force people to survive, people should be more willing to help out when necessary. people dont need money as n incentive to accomplish things. in reality, most peoples passions die out as they are forced by this outdated system to compete with others for jobs and money. A true utopia is unr eachable and many people are bound to be dissatisfied to some degree, even in a world without work. However, a less corrupt system will tremendously reduce the probability of social stratification, war and crime. Crime is not caused by inheritantly evil p eople but instead, ones behaviour is a direct influence of their environment. If you live in a poor area and lack opportunities for jobs and education then you are more likely to resort to crime. there was a case study done in the US in which the research found that a 1% rise in unemployment resulted in a 6.7% rise in homicide, 3.4% increase in violent crimes and a 2.4% rise in property crimes. this translated to 1459 homicides, 62607 violent crimes and over 200,000 property crimes. In this capitalist system, countless amounts of money and resources have been wasted on war. In his farewell address, US president Dwight D Eisenhower warned us of the consequences he called ' the military, industrial complex'. As he claims the connection of industry, government and war has become dangerously dependant on having wars in order to economically stimulate and sustain various war related
industries since their creation during the 1st and 2nd world wars. War also excites people. Not because we are inheritantly aggress ive, but because we long for the sense of adventure, and so it gives many a sense of purpose and thrill. But if machines freed people from the vast majority of jobs then opportunities for real adventure would be much more accessible. There are also countl ess ecological consequences of the priority to profit in our current system. Confusion of money with wealth leads corporations to pursue the maximum amount of money without regard to the harm done to the environment. It simply doesnt make sense to focus so much on money, a 'symbol' of wealth or destroying the planet you inhabit. there is a saying that 'only after you have cut down the last tree. Only after you have caught the last fish. only after you have polluted the last river. Only then will you realise money cant be eaten.' So many people help to perpetuate this outdated system. Their identities are so caught up in their roles as high ranking employees, they wouldnt know who they are or what to do with themselves if they never had to work again. These people need to recognise that they are out of touch with the natural world. They get so caught up in their jobs, money and possessions that they fail to realise its all an illusion. The bottom line is we have the potential to live in a much more sane wor ld. To dismiss these things as impossible will only support the status quo of 'theres a lack of imagination'. Just think about how the Wright brothers proved so many people wrong when flying seemed only to be an unobtainable imagination. it simply does not make sense to have so much suffering and stress in a world where work is becoming unnecessary and everyone could have their basic needs fulfilled. We must transcend these obsolete social structures that perpetuate war, corruption, pollution, poverty, disease, inequality and crime.
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