Originally posted by schuyler
Yeah, but there are issues, especially when the same people become actively antagonistic to society when they don't have jobs, but do have energy.
Many of these folks may be ignorant, but not all of them are stupid. Even if they are functionally illiterate, that doesn't mean they are stupid. IMO
one of the worst powder kegs in the world today is unemployed youth. Witness the Middle East. Nothing to do, so let's riot. (BTW, I was just there a
couple of weeks before the excitement.)
I'm just saying that we need to find a way to involve these folks in suitable pursuits that will allow them to 'pursue happiness' and all that.
I agree, definitely. The way our society is structured right now won't last much longer. It can't. Something has got to give. Like you said, we
simply can't have millions of people unemployed and expect society to advance. Most people that have these expendable jobs are doing them because of
economic factors. Sometimes they have the ability to go to college and be an engineer, but simply can't afford it.
As we move forward into a more technological civilization, with more and more robots producing goods, providing services, and taking the "human
error" out of the decision making process, we need to come up with a new system.
When you think about it, we really just don't need so many people in the world. Huge populations have always been necessary to conduct manual labor.
Now we're entering uncharted territory, where manual labor is not needed to advance civilization.
There simply isn't enough needs. We really just don't need that many services. I'm completely at a loss for a solution to this increased population
with decreased need for it. Do we just provide them with their basic needs and leave them to their own devices?
The problem is that the purpose of technology is to make life easier and more enjoyable for people, and theoretically it should be doing that, more
people should be able to travel the world and enjoy the finer things in life, but the problem is that with capitalism, people work, work, work, work
their whole lives and hog up all the work opportunities.
Personally, I think the best solution isn't to create more jobs, but the distribute those jobs evenly. Instead of working a 70 hour work week, spread
it out between two people, so they both can earn a living and have the free time to spend their money on pleasurable pursuits while they are still
young and can enjoy them. It seems ridiculous that people work their whole lives nonstop, then retire and spend all their money on medication, care,
and paying off debt, and then they die a few years later. Some life, huh?
We really can't proceed to replace these jobs with robots until we have an adequate system in place.