Monday, May 08, 2017

Resources That Have Been TOO Freed

Here's a TED talk from a guy advocating Universal Basic Income. In it, he argues that people will not stop working because most of us have natural human ambitions for accomplishments.

I agree we all want to do something. But I think the modern entertainment-based world allows us to categorize non-productive accomplishments as achievements. Think of the feeling of achievement you get when you finish a show on Netflix, or (for those of us old enough) the feeling you got when you freed Princess Toadstool from Bowser.

How many people derive self-worth from food production? Some, sure, but as many as it takes to produce the food necessary to sustain all human life? I think a world that doesn't require work for sustenance will be a world with an overabundance of mediocre art, literature, and music, and a shortage of food, clothing, and shelter.

1 comment:

Alanna said...

I'll have you know that my blogging is so excellent it nourishes people's souls better than chicken soup. Maybe even better than those Chicken Soup for the Soul books! I should totally get in on this Universal Income based on my private blog!