Before we start, have you seen the movie Avatar? Plenty of my thoughts can be traced to that movie, it has certainly helped me in the development of my philosophy. One can truly learn a lot by analizing it.
Not so long ago, I watched a video on YouTube titled: "Imagining A World Without Money". I agree with it in mainly one thing: Our work is basically remunarated slavery. When I say so, I am not thinking about the activity we must do, because most jobs do not require intense physical activity. No, I am thinking about the reason we work. We all work to live or, maybe more precisely said, to survive. That reason is sometimes disguised behind the "search for happiness". I totally discard it, as the only place one will ever find happiness is in himself or herself alone; money, , possessions, fame and power are irrelevant.
This is how we are enslaved
That is the case for employees, at least. Not only that, but all the effort they put in their work mainly benefits their employers. Some of these employers get to their status by their own blood and sweat, following the path we all follow to get there (described in the image above), but, at least for most, once they do accomplish it, all they have to do is make sure their employees work. There are others who do not even have to work before becoming employers, and I am thinking of the ones that inherit their parents' company. Doesn't that remind you of monarchy? Oh, and the employer also makes his employees work harder as time passes, because their company has to be ahead of its competition in order to attract more clients and increase its profit. That's how our economy works: Nothing comes free. The more the employer wins, the more the employees work... unless the employer is actually not greedy and at some point stops thinking about "growth", while still directing the company, of course. We should know nothing can grow forever. It's not sustainable.
But... What About The Video You Mentioned!
Ok, ok, I finished my prologue. Well, the video proposed the automation of physical, repetitive jobs as the solution for... well, a lot of problems, mainly the inequities in our society. How? Well, automation would let us stop paying our workforce. The owners of the companies that would be automated would save that money, and thus their profit would increase. As an indirect consequence, the ones who were the workforce would be able to do what they really wanted to do, no longer having to work for their superiors as, supposedly, there would be no "superior". This "equality" would, in turn, be a consequence of the increased profit, as the employers would be able to provide people of their primary necessities, either directly or indirectly.
Truthfully, that would only happen if the owners of such companies would, again, totally stop being greedy, not only because they should stop thinking about growth (machines can't be obliged to work harder, and aren't easily replaced when they are in charge of the production and pretty much everything), but also because they would have to take care of the maintenance of the machinery. But, hey... there is no money! Who would take care of it and fix any problems for free?
Exactly, it has no real value, but, before going on...
Yet We Have Another Problem
Something else that shoots this automation dream further away from reality is the following: Someone will own all those machines, and that person, or group of persons (considering today's values), will definitely not take care of them, make sure that they work properly and fix them when necessary for free. That leaves us with a huge problemThat kind of reverts the order in which things should happen: If money still existed by the time this dream becomes true, the owners of the machinery would become completely rich, and, as I said, with money comes hunger for power: We would have more powerful people who will not want the change we are discussing to happen.
The objective society is one where everyone has an interest in transcending himself or herself, only there would this truly work, as everyone would have more time to learn and actually experience life with their full consciousness. I, personally, would love it, though I would still not support automation for reasons I will later explain. On the other hand, in an apathetic society, such as the one we currently live in (which is becoming more and more similar to the one Huxley describes in his book Brave New World, by the way), where everyone does what he or she does only to win money. we would all end up living similarly as people in the spaceship from the movie Wall-E did.
I want to slip in the common process one passes through when earning money. First, we all work to be able to live. Then, as our income increases, we look for luxuries. As our income increases even more, we are tempted by more things, and thus want to earn more. When one gets to earn something around $50,000 a month, money does no longer represent goods, but power, and our hunger for power is infinite.
Commodities & Effort
There is really no better way to illustrate the future we are all heading towards than that movie: Wall-E. We, as a whole, are becoming lazier and lazier in a way that is directly proportional to the number of comodities we get and take for granted. We want more and more things to be automatic, the only limit being everything, but... What will we do then? We, as humans, need physical activity to live. Our body must remain strong, and the only way it will, is by exercising it.
Another good point, in my opinion, is that the less effort you put into something, the less you appreciate it once you have it, or accomplish it. So, if everything was automatic, would we appreciate things? I don't think so, and that's why I don't want an automated workforce. It would not even be necessary, because, in the society I propose (no money; some would say it's too utopic, yet it exists), everyone works for everyone: Ideally, everyone would offer, once in a while, to clean sewers or sweep the streets (assuming we would still want them).
I am basing many of these points on a Buddhist society, so I got to say: If we were all "awakened", and that basically means conscious, fully conscious, there would be no necessity for plenty, if not all, of the commodities we now "need". I propose, though, that we should stay with the ones which have its uses like: interconnecting different societies, spreading information, facilitating our physical work (not removing it), etc.
What's the answer I propose, then. Well, we should abandon our economic mentality first, then we can do whatever we want, because no one would act for his or her own benefit, but for the benefit of their environment, of their whole surrounding. This is the formula for success, and it is seen in companies, why wouldn't we apply it for everything?
Finally, please comment. Notice any fallacies, mislogics? Tell me, because I may have missed a few things by trying to synthesize my ideas.
Also comment any mispellings, please.