a reply to: Edumakated
The Native Americans didn't have poverty because they had a different way of thinking.
For one, they lived in tune with nature, which provided enough resources to survive. For another, they shared things throughout the tribe and cared
for one another's well-being on a personal level.
The basis of the Western world is to deny the population access to the basic needs that would be covered by nature and instead require them to work
for money to cover those needs. This is still rooted in the tribal model because a Native American also did work to acquire the basic needs from
However, as technology evolves, I believe more basic needs will be met for a more reasonable price and this is the just thing to do. There is no need
to artificially create a society where people have to work harder than they need to to earn basic needs. This is an outdated conservative idea rooted
in punishing poor people, and it will not stand up to the power of changing technology.
As our society evolves, we will gain newer and cheaper technology that will allow our civilization to focus less on working for needs and more on
working for wants. This has already happened in similar ways in the past. The industrial revolution brought things like washing machines and vacuum
cleaners that allowed women the time to become independent and eventually join the workforce (I'm not sure what that accomplished, but it was a step
towards something I think).
The information age has brought faster and faster computers into the realm of even someone in the poorest nations being able to afford one, albeit an
older or less sophisticated model. With access to the internet, information is free (for the most part) and so is learning. This puts people on more
of an even ground with each other. Someone working at McDonalds who spends their time surfing the web learning things might have a comparable
knowledge in certain areas to someone who has graduated from college and pursued a more established career. In the past, this might not have been the
case, as someone working at McDonalds might have been socially isolated and had little access to information on more intelligent ideas. This access to
information empowers the individual, including poor people.
The technological age also made entertainment a higher quality and available to more people, especially in first-world nations, than before. This is
another example of technology changing society. Video games allow anyone, even someone earning minimum wage, to live a second life where they are able
to obtain goals and make progress regardless of their real-world feats.
What kinds of societal changes will come with the technology in the next 20 years? It is inevitable that this will happen.
Only an active agenda based on hatred of the poor or greed will be able to stop the poor from making improvements to their quality of life as
technology advances, and even this won't succeed in the long run.
edit on 13pmWed, 13 Jan 2016 20:31:09 -0600kbpmkAmerica/Chicago by darkbake
because: (no reason given)
edit on 13pmWed, 13 Jan 2016 20:33:46 -0600kbpmkAmerica/Chicago by darkbake because: (no reason