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Redefining Individuality

We all love our individuality. It is what shapes us as human beings and not some brainwashed robots, right? But how free and individual are we really? Can anybody, regardless of their situation, go to any local store and buy the food they need, rent an apartment that provides them with the human and sanitarian needs such as sleep, a shower to clean themselves and a place to cook their food or perhaps book a flight to India the next morning that would enrich their life personally and socially purely out of the enjoyment of visiting and exploring other cultures and places? No. You are only as free as your purchasing power. That means from the day you are born you are dependent on other people to take care of you and provide you with the necessities of life until you are old enough to attend school (assuming it is free), memorize the information that will hopefully grant you with a diploma and that would hopefully make you able to compete with many others to a job that will likely rob your personal freedom to express your individual desires to take on your own projects, just so you make enough money to survive. Is this truly individuality?

Now, what if we made a society where we utilized science and technology to intelligently manage and allocate our resources to meet the needs of all human beings on the planet by claiming all of Earths resources as the common heritage of all mankind. Where we collectively would utilize technology to free mankind (through automation of jobs and labor) in order for every human being to be able to reach their fullest potential personally, socially and culturally. That sounds like a society that cherishes the individual, right?

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    Nov 10 2012: "War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength" 1984

    "Can anybody, regardless of their situation, go to any local store and buy the food they need, rent an apartment that provides them with the human and sanitarian needs such as sleep, a shower to clean themselves and a place to cook their food or perhaps book a flight to India the next morning that would enrich their life personally and socially purely out of the enjoyment of visiting and exploring other cultures and places? No"

    That is not freedom, that is entitlement, and slavery. Freedom, and individuality... are your right to fly to India... If you can build a plane, and refine fuel. In the words of Louis CK "I hate Verizon... How can that thought exist? Really you hate them? Well... build your own. You go out there with antenna's and wires and see how close yours is to perfect!"

    Freedom to have someone else do your plumbing for you? What kind of backwards freedom is that? That's "Until everyone in this country has water, our society must force people to plumb"... Isn't it much better for plumbers to occasionally become rare, and thus desired and profitable, so that people choose the profession? That's freedom, you can do whatever you want for society, as long as you contribute, and how much you contribute, is based on how rare and qualified you are at your labor, and how much society chooses to value it freely.

    In Europe, America, and many western nations, people do not want to do tradeskills anymore... They're getting lazy. Slowly, over time, that makes less and less qualified tradeskill labor, which causes the price for that labor to rise naturally. Thus people who fail at their dream job, now see plumbing as a way to make 60-80k a year and buy a house.

    That is a good, free, and just society where you can express your talents in their highest form. Now, no society, actually operates entirely on these free market principles, but it would be the direction to move in, imho.
    • Nov 11 2012: "That is not freedom, that is entitlement, and slavery."

      How is collectively utilizing technology to free mankind (through automation of jobs and labor) in order for every human being to be able to reach their fullest potential personally, socially and culturally anywhere near slavery? Entitlement? Sure, it should be a right that all people got access to the necessities of life. Your hundred year old ideology will never manifest in this day and age.

      "Freedom to have someone else do your plumbing for you? What kind of backwards freedom is that?"

      Once again, your mind is all over the place and this is what happens when you don't pay attention to what the case really is. Automation would replace humans for low-skilled and medium-skilled jobs and labor, so that humans can focus on _important_ and _desirable_ stuff that enrich their lives.

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