posted on Nov, 26 2012 @ 05:19 PM
Originally posted by wildtimes
I watched a program on PBS yesterday talking about the Earth's age, development, and resources. Resources are not scarce, we have a world
full of them.
You misunderstand the economic term of scarcity I believe. While resources themselves may be abundant, but the wants are unlimited. Each of those
resources are placed into production which require land, capital and manpower. It is the basic tenant of even the most basic of human interaction.
We depend on this world (meaning, the planet, not the other people) for everything we need. Basics are a human right; it is the birthright of
every person to breathe, to have water, and to have food. Hopefully they will also receive shelter and love. It is HOARDING of resources and other
commodities that causes the strife.
As with the OP, I admire this world view, it is however hardly plausible in my estimation.
We must learn to live WITH THE LAND, to give it care, and to be provided what we need by doing so. Long, long ago, humans did this.
Then came "money." And it all went down the crapper.
No, then came technological advances. Currency plays a part in it all, but technology, and the additional consumption of resources to fulfill that
technology -- along with gathering, refining and manufacturing.
On the smallest scales, I believe your world view works. Small pockets of societies can achieve this, but when they see and want what a neighboring
society has, they will initiate trade. If they cannot initiate trade, they will find other means of obtaining it; by force.