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Originally posted by triune
So.... lemme see if I got this right. You're saying that an unskilled worker like your babysitter is paid at the same rate as a highly skilled worker like a lawyer, doctor, pilot etc..
The janitor is on the same money as the CEO.
I think that idea would go down like a lead balloon.
Originally posted by Valorian
Keep it as simple as possible, going back to the BARTERING SYSTEM is a much bettr value.
If you have something of value that someone else does not have then it's value is based upon the person needing that service.
A negotiation is undertaken into so that each get the percieved value back.
Money was invented to make bartering simpler and we all know where that ended up.
Originally posted by Valorian
Fair enough, but in this day of social networking you would never be out of luck.
An Ebay type system with 'values' and not $£ involved would work.
Originally posted by Skeptical_Seeker
See, I'm one of those silly "treehuggers" who believes that somehow the world would manage to survive, even without those amazingly skilled and educated individuals. And I definitely think a world without CEO's, lawyers and bankers would be UTOPIAN. As for healers - my guess is most of them, like their earliest predecessors, would be incentive-ized to do what they do for:
1) the benefit of themselves and others (stronger survival likelihood in groups as opposed to going it solo). So its not altruistic to heal people - its in your own best interest to keep those around you who are skilled in other functionally necessary abilities alive as well.
2) Like artists paint, singers sing and writers write, the curious explore, etc. - natural selection and personal affinity suggests then, that it's likely that healers would heal.
Most of us, at one point in time, did what we did because it was in our nature to do it. Oh, and this silly little factor - our innate desire to survive would incentive-ize most of us to - oh, you know - plant crops, feed ourselves, clean up after ourselves. In fact, frankly - I think that was EXACTLY how the world was intended to be.
Technology or advancement without moral center or compass is just as horrific as any atrocity you can name. And the need to control, using tools like wealth, commodity hoarding, skill hoarding are actually defined as deviant behaviors according to the FACTS of psychology. We've just managed, somehow, societally, to culturize these things as a "norm" while those who DO get it correctly - ya know, treehuggers, do gooders, people who believe in environmental responsibility - we've marginalized them. And even when we SEE time and again that having ALL the money in the world and all the POWER in the world actually ends up making these people even more deviant and sociopathic - we still perceive it as the ultimate GOAL in life. Tell me how THAT isn't crazy and lacking logic!
A revolution is coming - they always do. Whether its humans against humans, or mother nature (the universe) against us - its coming. And I don't think the "educated elite" will ring in very high on the ladder of necessary or useful to our future survival in either scenario. Education, btw, isn't the problem - its the need to CONTROL KNOWLEDGE, brokered like any other power-mongered commodity that is.