I agree that in light of evolutionary social dynamics that something has to change for the better.
I am firmly of the belief that the fundamentals for survival should be a given, but I'm also not naive to forgo a requirement for some sort of
understanding between the recipient and the provider needing to be in place. An equal give and take, of sorts....or at the bare minimum, a clear
understanding between both parties.
Population growth is a primary concern....some people still refuse to use birth control and even when provided the educational outlets there are those
who give the finger to the current system and hold by the "I do what I want" mentality.
Sadly, such self-referential behavior only further reinforces that a large percentage of humanity is not ready for "free" anything....a large swath
will continue to abuse resources and horde things as they deem fit, breed indefinitely and without planning because they are still slaves to the lower
mentalities, forgo or shun education and never become productive and contributing members of the greater social dynamic because they claim they
instinctively "know what's best" in every instance (even though "what's best" usually only benefits them and not the greater collective).
It should also be noted that these mentalities are not exclusive to any one definable group or subset of the population - bad seeds run in all circles
out there...please don't think I'm pointing the proverbial finger at any group or social class here.
It's still a very sad state of affairs out there when it comes to fine tuning Utopia.
But that doesn't mean we should ever give up on the dream.
I'm with you on this premise, and agree with a lot of the major points you have articulated already.
From my perspective, I believe it would help to integrate a system where the base levels of creature comforts are a given....food, shelter, and a
modest recreational budget to be spend however one sees fit.
However, because of the nature of the reality that I see every day, this could only be achieved by strict rules if the Trust between Partners is
broken. Say, if one uses their entertainment budget to create social strife in their communities or dangerous outlets are pursued. If the recipient
in question abuses their allowance, it is taken away and they are removed from their freedoms until they understand such gifts are not without a
degree of personal and social responsibility.
Now granted, I'm talking from a position where I have seen folks suffering (and causing suffering) because of the free availability of resources and
too many choices and too much freedom, mainly because they have never in their lives had to be held accountable for anything of consequence, and fail
to respect the small things in life....and other people...so it's dangerous to trust that sort with unlimited resources to serve their every whim.
I also am in a position where my neighbors and I are still struggling to keep food on our tables because for whatever reason we are not deemed
"socially desirable". It's very hard reading about careless and reckless behaviors of the children of wealth and affluence taking everything for
granted. One cracked iPhone replacement could feed most of us for two months or more.
The entire social ambivalence and short sighted value system needs to be rectified.
But the first step towards developing a Utopian World is by talking out all the problems and finding agreeable solutions to them, so count me on board
with this thread 100%!
edit on 1/31/15 by GENERAL EYES because: minor clarifications