Originally posted by Disturbed Deliverer
Without the advances brought on by advanced civillizations, you wouldn't have enough food for everyone. You wouldn't have anywhere near our level of
technology. Society would not have developed beyond huts and small tribes.
If I am understanding you correctly, you are saying that without the motivation to be weathier, more esteemed, or happier than everyone else, a
civilization cannot or will not become technologically advanced?
Are we really such a greedy and pride-driven species, that we are unable to find any nonselfish reasons to better our lives?
Why would we lack the desire to create and invent advanced technologies, because everyone got to benefit from them, rather than just the ones who
could afford them?
It seems to me that, while they have often been hijacked by those in power, the most significant advances of our time, have been fueled by individuals
who wanted to benefit mankind, not just themselves. People used to try and find new, better and faster ways of doing things, solely because they
wanted to show the world what was possible.
The inspiration behind mankind's greatest achievements wasn't born from the desire for power, fortune and fame; nor will it ever be.
The best baseball players don't play for the money, but for the love of the game, and they would still play if admission was free, and all they got
out of it was room & board.
The Wright brothers weren't thinking about how much money they could make, when they built their plane. They just wanted to show the world it was
possible for man to fly.
I realize that I am an idealist, and that mankind will probably never develop the selfless qualities necessary for a truly "communistic"
civilization to succeed. I think the reason for that, however, is not because we can't but because we won't
originally by WeBDevil
Why we are comparing a religion to a political ideal is beyond me, but there you have it...
It is true that Jesus was not a politician. He was an idealist, and true"communism" is a philosophical ideal, not just a political one. During his
time, Jesus' ideaology did not have a label, but the concepts he taught, today, would be termed "communistic".
Communism: a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed
[edit on 13-4-2005 by jezebel]