reply to post by AfterInfinity
While you are not addressing me..
I think that is an idealistic, and beautiful, goal to attempt to attain.
I find it interesting that we are so destructively competitive with one another. It seems most think that the alternative is an ultra-utopian world
view where no one competes, ever.
I think there is a middle line though, one which I have alluded to recently. Why dont we approach the way we live in a logical and rational way? Is
there a way that we could improve the quality of life for everyone involved, and not just the few who continue to selfishly hoard away all
I truly believe there is. I feel there should be certain things that the government should have control over, and those should be specifically rooted
in encouraged a society to grow and flourish towards specific goals. I think these goals should be teaching, science, and healthcare.
Currently, we do not particularly encourage any one of these areas as a foundation for our overall "Cultural Story" (Ishmael
those so inclined).
To attain what you are speaking of, we will need to take steps.
We should focus on the health of our overall society, the education of the overall society, and imbue the Cultural Story itself with a scientific
mindset. I also feel that instead of wasting billions upon billions of dollars on useless things, we could actually use that to meet everyones basic
needs like food, clothing, and shelter. While many would take advantage of the system (just like it is now), we have far too many that NEED to be
concerned about meeting their own basic needs on a daily basis. All of that time could be spent teaching, exploring, growing, and learning. I am
aware such a notion repulses much people.
I think our education system should start out with teaching basics like math, writing, etc. but make the scientific method a mainstay and foundation
for how we approach things. Again, the importance is in the process, so we wouldnt be so focused on teaching the findings
of the scientific
method, but actually teaching how to practice the method itself. We would essentially teach this in elementary school for several years. Telling our
children to just go and explore the world, learn about it! Then, come back to the classroom and share the findings with the other students who have
been doing the same thing. In later years, we would begin teaching "what we currently know to be true." As I have said before, I think we should
teach our children how
to question, THEN teach them what
to question. Right now, we dont even give a "standard" questioning method
until much later in education. Leading me to think of it more as indocrination..
Our healthcare system is currently more concerned with profit than it is health. However, many people need to focus on their health care and paying
for it. This is all time, energy, and resources that could be used towards the growth of the individuals and as a consequence, the society that they
reside within. It is in the peoples best interest to have everyone healthy, in many different ways. Making it into a system that encourages profit
at the expense of peoples lives (literally) is outright destructive to a society. It leads to a lower quality of life for every one involved,
including the ones who perceive they are gaining so much at the expense of others.
The focus on science would just come naturally, as our education system would set a foundation that encourages children to explore things
scientifically from day one. In doing this, it will also make it much more clear that there are innate limitations on the process. While we can
attempt to explain everything, the process is ongoing. There is never a single moment that "all" is achieved, even in a unified theory. There is
always more room to grow, to improve, and to better ourselves.
I am running out of room here, but you wanted a sincere response AI and I promise you I am sincere in my thinking (even if it may be outright
Edit: There is one more aspect, that I hesitate to even bring up. But you threw it all out there in your own way, and I will respect your choice in
my own actions (you are successful, in other words). That is standardized pay for everyone in a society that is based in how they want the society to
grow. It would have modifiers that specifically address certain aspects. So, base pay would be X, with a +% modifiers for things like hours spent
productively teaching and how much an individual enables others to contribute (meaning, a higher modifier for true leaders). It is essentially an
expanded minimum wage.
edit on 15-2-2013 by Serdgiam because: (no reason given)