posted on Nov, 2 2008 @ 09:34 AM
How do you handle the nature of labour?
Technically, there would be a decrease in the number of “lazy bums” because as part of the Venus Project, everyone would be educated in a
“overall” view, which would imply that once you get a general education on everything there is to learn as part of the new society and world, you
would choose something you yourself are interested in pursuing then proceeding to contributing to society with that specific field you go into. The
society would revolve around EVERYONE working, though the load of work needed to be executed would be significantly less with the help of automated
processes. This means that the remaining work, essentially, would even have the likes of lazy bums be able to do some sort of job for the society,
though those who are not so lazy and pursue into a field deep enough to do R&D would help speed the process which the society grows and adapts new
technologies for the overall well being of the human race. Everyone would have something to do, no matter how lazy. Not perfect and still needs to be
fleshed out, but nevertheless plausible.
The “nice house, nice car” approach will not exist, that is just your materialistic view which has been grown into both you and all the rest of
us. If one was born into the Venus Project society, there would be no “better” of anything, but rather, efficient and productive usage of all
materials and resources for the betterment of mankind. The “nice” aspects, in general, would only apply to “what can we do for human
society?”. There will be no such thing as the nice car, the nice house, etc. Instead, there is more emphasis on merely each individual’s personal
taste, meaning more entitlement to ones opinion and further appreciation for the arts and the creativity behind them. If a piece of work is made, it
will be available to all which includes new car designs, new building designs, art, etc. Every person would have their required needs, sure, but in
exchange they (as I mentioned in the first paragraph) would have to contribute to society and ensure its development and maintenance. Food would have
to be produced, materials used would have to use the least amount of Earth’s material resources but create the most out of the least amount aka
finding new materials to create things out of or better methods to create materials, etc etc etc. This resource-based economy would be entirely
dependant on utilizing resources available and only building an society that can utilize these resources the most efficient and long lasting method
possible so that human beings can buy enough of a time frame to find other alternates to expand human kind.
As for the “utopian” comment here is their answer directly from their site:
Is The Venus Project a Utopian society?
A: The Venus Project is not a Utopian concept. We do not believe in the erroneous notion of a utopian society. There is no such thing. Societies are
always in a state of transition. We propose an alternative direction, which addresses the causes of many of our
problems. There are no final frontiers for human and technological achievement - it will always undergo change. Even if we can design a society having
all of the modifications to improve the lives of people and protect the environment we will still be at the beginning of the next phase.