This is a good topic. In order to answer the general idea, let me first tell you a true story, err, I mean parable. I have two relatives, let's call
them A and B. Relative A has a house that is worth 1.5 million, at the time she bought it(and the reason she can afford it is because her husband won
a share in his company or something.) Relative B's house is worth 250,000, at the time she bought it. Relative B looked at relative A's house, and had
this idea that she would "remodel" her house to look like relative A's house. It turns out that the remodeling cost her "just" $50,000. She also added
a pool for about $50000, so the total was about 100,000. When I checked out both houses, I really couldn't tell the difference. If anything, relative
B's house was better, as it was bigger. When relative B had her house appraised, it was 800,000.
On a humerous note, relative A's house has ADT security, and a sign that says so in front, which we know is just smoke and mirror. Relative B, through
my advice, simply bought a few handguns. I even jokingly told her that she should have a sign in front that says, "Burglars Beware: We Own Guns."
Moral of the story? You don't need to work your entire life for a dream house. You can just build it.
Needless to say, we copied relative B's idea, so the only thing we have to worry about now is the bills, and what happens when we get old. The rest of
our house is filled with HDTVs, and gold(owning these things does give you a sense of satisfaction.)
Can EVERYONE afford this? Well, at first look, 250,000 for relative B's house is still a lot of money. However, that is only because it's a 4-room
2-bath house. However, you can still have two beds in each, so as long as you're not a single mom working on minimum wage with 4 or 5 kids, I think
As far as the original issue, you can't have too much space among each houses(imagine all the extra wiring and roads) and too many "unspecialized
people" or jobs, it would simply be too inconvenient and counterproductive. And no family needs an acre just for shelter.
The system does not need to be overhauled, people's common sense is. Money is not bad in itself. It's when people do not understand their limits and
keep "extending" themselves, then it becomes a never-ending chase.
On the other hand, I wouldn't mind land being completely free either. But if that happened and everything was free, then there's no motive to work,
and you wouldn't have these technological advances.
edit on 20-6-2011 by np6888 because: (no reason given)