I feel that society would benefit from being organized in more of a circular pattern as opposed to today's triangular shape. The top of a triangle is supported by the bottom, a circle, however; is supported by all of it's parts, each part of a circle supports all of the other parts. Not only that but you could take said circle and fill it with dots, each dot representing a person. No two dots occupy the same space and thus each dot is different. Draw a circle around any dot and see how the dots contained are similar in their location, draw a larger circle and the dots become less and less similar in location. So too is our race of beings I believe. Where everyone is different there are those that are similar and that probably ends up being the people one 'dot' or person would most enjoy spending time with. Dots or people farthest away are really quite different and although they may not enjoy spending really any time at all with each other they are still integral parts of this whole filled circle. Remove any dot and our circle is incomplete and unable to support itself as a perfect circle.
Given the complex interactions of nature I do, however; think it quite possible that some dots or people might actually enjoy spending a great deal of time with dots that are far away from them or dots that rather enjoy spending time with almost any other dot. These people probably fall closer to the center of our circle, might even consider them to be socialites. Today we have people that seem to be under the impression that if you're not 'producing' anything tangible you're not helping society in any way shape or form, I couldn't disagree more. These socialites have a very valuable role in my opinion, though they may not 'produce' much in the way of tangible objects, technologies, food or what have you, they communicate with a great deal and variety of people. With this they are able to spread ideas and ways of life around the circle so that people have access to ways of life that may be quite different than the common ways found where they are born. With this people can be born anywhere and yet still be able to determine exactly which way of life they prefer because they will have access to the knowledge of many ways. Not only that but people may become aware of goods and technologies produced in far away lands they rarely if ever visit.
People in a circular society are much like an ant colony. An ant colony thrives in almost any environment, the ants work so well together that it's almost as if the colony as a whole were one organism. One might think that an individual ant is taking orders from the queen or some other ant. In actuality each individual ant is doing only what it wants and it just so happens that what it wants benefits the colony as a whole. What if worker ants told nursery ants that raising babies wasn't very productive and they should be digging instead? What if warrior ants felt that the queen wasn't helping to protect the colony and she should fight like they? Yeah, the queen would be quashed in her first battle, the colony would cease to exist. So why is it we humans feel that we should be forcing our individual ways of life onto each other. Why is it that handymen think computer programmers aren't 'real men.' Why is it that doctor's or lawyers feel that if they have an artist as a child they'd be 'shamed?'
In a circular society we would see little need for trade or things such as money. People could simply share with each other. For instance, a farmer might grow plenty of food and with modern technology he could easily grow far more than he and his family require. Anything extra could just go to whomever needs it. You might say that people are too greedy and would simply wipe out all of the farmer's food. If said people knew what was in their own best interests they'd know that if they did such a thing the farmer would soon starve and as a result they too would soon starve. They would know that if they left enough food for the farmer that he would continue to grow more and they too would continue to receive more. So too would they know that if they left enough food not only for the farmer, but also for others such as computer programmers then the programmers would have the time and life they need to make video games to entertain, or even programs that could help the farmer do his job better so there's even more food to go around. Today we don't teach things like this in school, in fact all school seems to teach is how to pretend like you're better or smarter than someone else. School does not teach how to share, only how to hoard. How to make money to obtain things for yourself and keep them locked up gathering dust so no other can use them.
To elaborate on the farmer example, if a farmer feeds a computer programmer then that programmer could come up with new applications that could make the life of a mechanic easier, thus the mechanic could fix the farmers tools quicker, maybe even come up with better tools for the farmer to use. So in this case it's best for the farmer to help out the programmer and the mechanic, best for the programmer to help out the farmer and the mechanic, and best for the mechanic to do the same. These are just examples, our world is much larger, but I'm sure you can get the idea of how people can simply give and receive. You might give now and not receive until later, but nonetheless you will receive. Today we expend so many resources trying to stop people from using the things we have and don't even use, why waste the resources, why not just let them use what you don't need. If you have a power tool that you're not using you could let someone else use it. If they don't return it you could just go get it yourself, if it breaks well just go get another one from someone that likes making power tools. If you do some simple searches on the internet I think you'll find plenty of people that make things like this in their spare time as hobbies, not because they get paid, but because they enjoy it.
I'm not proposing the factories that make computers be burned to the ground. These factories will still be around, we can still use them to churn out goods, they just won't be running 24hrs a day, and if people share the things they're not using we won't need to have the factories running 24hrs a day. If a factory breaks down then so be it, someone will come around with the ability to fix it, it doesn't need to be repaired immediately, we can be patient. If we're not busy throwing away 9hrs a day we'll be less irritable and thus able to withstand a small wait without much fuss. I find that the lion's share of a person's stress comes from their job, remove that job and find that their anger levels decrease to near zero which not only increases their level of health, but also decreases the likelihood that they would hate someone else.
Better yet, since everything is free and available because we're sharing, people will have plenty of things to do and enjoy. People will be less willing to turn to food or drugs to maintain pleasure or happiness, and thus people will consume less food. They'll really only want to consume the amount of food they need to survive and be less willing to consume food for pleasure or boredom. In a circular society you could consider the whole of society your storage garage. Instead of keeping everything you've ever owned in your locked garage you can let anyone who needs it use it, then when you need it you can go get it. If you can't find it then you can find another one that someone else isn't using.
Again most of this is simply called sharing and I think that many parents today find that their own lives are much easier if their children share with each other. Wouldn't it stand to reason that all of our lives would be much easier if we simply shared with each other? One of the largest problems facing society today is poverty, but where does this come from? This planet has more than enough to go around, but it's all being hoarded rather than shared. We're left with a few people having 90% of everything and everyone else having virtually nothing while doing the lion's share of the work.
How do we fix the world's problems? Here's a thought, why don't we treat each other like family? Instead of demanding that someone fulfill your desires or else we could say... Oh I dunno, SHARE!
P.S. The ant colony is one of the most resilient and successful species on the planet. Ants do not interview each other, they do only what they want, only what they were born to do. The warrior ant was born a warrior and the nursery ant was born a nursery ant. No one made that decision for them.
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