posted on Mar, 27 2010 @ 12:22 PM
reply to post by m0r1arty
Not entirely sure about flipping burgers (not that there’s anything wrong
with it), but that wouldn’t be for me. Perhaps something more,
Your scenario reminds me of Iain M. Banks’ fictional creation “The Culture” – a post scarcity (advanced tech offers almost limitless material
wealth, comforts and luxuries for free. Possessions are therefore virtually redundant), anarchist (there are no rulers in the Culture and few laws
(apart from murder), rather social convention is enforced by the desire for a good personal reputation, and the obvious necessity for decent manners.
Crime is punished by ostracism, that and the threat that everyone
would know about your crime), socialist society.
That may sound like a bizarre mix, and not what we would prefer as an ideal, but it does – even allowing for it as fiction – work.
No one really has
to work in the Culture, but many do. And through choice. Sometimes it’s just fun to work behind a bar and meet incredible
beings, or spend years exploring unexplored regions, or indulge your self as part of an erotic troupe (don’t ask).
So, would I go?
Yup. And I’d bring my wife.
Where do I sign?