posted on Mar, 1 2015 @ 03:37 PM
Ok, Sunday creativity has hit me with an idea. There was a thread in this forum discussing a new form of Capitalism where I voiced a thought of mine.
Subsequently after posting it, I've been navigating the complexities involved in my mind whether this idea would fly. I've been meaning to post my
idea for many months now but haven't really had enough creative juices flowing to make it worthwhile.
This is my idea. A society based on a merit system. The more you contribute to society, the wealthier you become. Call it "Philanthropism". So
whenever you see someone driving up in a Lamborghini, you know they got it from being a good person and not off the backs of the poor. When you see
the likes of Donald Trump, you know they made their money not off real estate, but from contributing to mas employment opportunities (which he does in
the form of construction jobs) health, science and leading innovative ideas.
So where's the money in good deeds? Where's the profit you may ask. How does helping people with less opportunity turn a profit and make you rich?
It's hard to get a capitalist head around making money from good deeds and that's because based on the current model, you can't. You must change
the game plan. So how can "Philanthropism" make a return on investment? Simple. Well maybe not so easy at first but the concept is. Downsize the
government and let the people dole out the cash cow.
Instead of sending in our PST to the government, we put it in a separate entity by the people for the people. Every single thing you do is categorized
in a merit earning point system. The more points you have, the more money is earned. Clean up a street, earn x-points. Volunteer in a hospital, earn
x-points. Design an infrastructure which aides the homeless, environment or creates jobs, even more points. You get the idea. The current system can
still work too. You can continue your day job, punch in/ punch out, get your paycheck and carry on with your life like the rest of us slave zombies
and do nothing. Or you can participate in the new system and collect a little gravy on top of what you normally make.
My guess is, seeing that world is made of greed, it won't take long for those hungry enough to earn more will go out and try to buy a $300,000 home
based off pure x-points. Or go on that vacation earned from points from volunteering 1000 hours of community services. Volunteer work should be
rewarded. Not just rewarded emotionally or on your resume, but rewarded on a merit system which can be cashed in. Within 10 years a dramatic change in
society would not only be noticeable but would trickle down to the lower class. Self-entitlement would disappear among the youth and people will be
biting at the bit to volunteer their time, mind, energy to assist in the merit system to buy that first home, new car or what have you.
The gap divide would change exponentially. The poor will be poor because they don't give a crap. The rich would be rich because they do. Roles would
be diametrically reversed and when you see a "poor" person, the stereotype and stigma we use on them now, would be correct in the modern sense of
"what we think about them". In reality, poor people are actually more giving than wealthy people as it is now with the current capital system we
have. And rich people are tight. This is the unbalanced world we live in. Rich people should be rich because they do good/smart things and or work
So after thinking, I realize something like this would never just be accepted right out of the gate. Some sort of "dry run" would be needed and/or
perhaps a "water bucket challenge" hive mentality. So how could one implement such a system or do a dry run first? Then it occurred to me. Offer a
brand new 4,000 square foot home, a vacation and a new car to the fist person who earns x-amount of points. Points would be handled with a tablet
application and your smartphone. Each check in to a designated "zone" or area of volunteer works via the app and credits are applied by the
administrator of each zone. Depending on the success of the dry run, players who did not win may keep their credits and apply them towards the next
available game. What do you think? There's one problem. Who pays for the rewards. Advertising? Sponsors? Just to get the ball rolling. Just a start
up event, something anyone can do anywhere, anytime.